2018: The Year of the Earth Dog and Your Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar.

In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions, such as the Chinese New Year.

A popular folk method which reflected this cyclical method of recording years are the Twelve Animal Signs. Every year is assigned an animal name or “sign” according to a repeating cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Therefore, the same animal name or “sign” would reappear every twelve years.

We’ve just entered the Year of the Earth Dog. Read the interpretations below to see how your animal sign will fare in 2018.

 

Rat:

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

The Rat is intelligent, energetic, creative, charming and resourceful. This is a fairly good year for you. Taking time to rest and recharge and focus on family will help bring out the best in you and the year ahead.

 

Ox:

1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The Ox, like the Dog, is reliable, loyal and hardworking.  They are also honest, quiet perfectionist, willful and cautious.  Maintaining patience and having faith in your abilities will serve you well in 2018. Be flexible and try to see strengths in others that are different from yours.

 

Tiger:

1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Tigers are charming, magnetic, powerful, dynamic, daring, unpredictable, adventurous and independent. They, like the Horse, also have a special affinity with the Dog, making this a favorable year. Showing forgiveness and offering second chances, beginning with yourself, is a theme this year.

 

Rabbit:

1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

The Rabbit is gentle, caring, creative and playful yet reserved. The Rabbit and the Dog have compatible vibrations, so 2018 should be a good year for those born in the years of the Rabbit. This may be a time of taking action for you.

 

Dragon:

1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Dragons are decisive, determined and charismatic. In Chinese astrology Dragon and Dog are opposites, which could make this a tricky year. Practicing patience, compassion and self-care will help you rise to create opportunities from any challenges that may arise this year.

 

Snake:

1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

The Snake is wise, watchful and tenacious. Completing projects that have already been started is a theme this year as is expressing love. “Slow and steady” wins out over “all or nothing” regarding working toward your goals in 2018.

Horse:

1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

The sign of the Horse can be described as driven, lively, independent, honest and exuberant. Like the Tiger, this year is likely to be a favorable one for the Horse considering its affinity with the Dog. Focusing on home and family in 2018 will serve you well as will taking time to recharge.

 

Sheep:

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

People born in the year of the Sheep are stable, idealistic, forgiving, nurturing, sensitive and kind. Balance is key in 2018. Setting priorities and standing up for yourself will help you make the most of this year, as will focusing on projects started in 2017.

 

Monkey:

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Monkeys are clever, inquisitive, fun-loving and adaptable. Sometimes easily distracted, Monkeys can help themselves make the most of this year by practicing patience and perseverance and paying careful attention to details.

 

Rooster:

1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Roosters are typically reliable, honest, passionate, precise, efficient and hardworking. Relationships with others in work and personal life come to the forefront in 2018. In line with the way of the Dog, thinking of other people more could be in your best interest.

 

Dog:

1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

The Dog is considered to be loyal, fair, empathetic, protective, affectionate and resourceful. Trust yourself. Self-doubt can be your biggest obstacle. Step onto the path by taking action. Small actions can result in large gains. Avoid procrastination. Focusing on family, friends and self-care (getting enough rest, eating well) will help you make the most of this year.

 

Pig:

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Pigs are kind, honest, patient, generous, loyal, sociable, industrious and enduring. Pig and Dog energies are complementary indicating that 2018 may be a good time to begin long-term projects and relationships. Being flexible and patient may help you make the most of opportunities presented this year.

 

January or February Birthdays

Chinese New Year falls between January 21st – February 20th each year. If your birthday falls in January or February, check the exact dates below to determine your animal sign.

RAT

February 5, 1924 to January 23, 1925 (wood)
January 24, 1936 to February 10, 1937 (fire)
February 10, 1948 to January 28, 1949 (earth)
January 28, 1960 to February 14, 1961 (metal)
February 15, 1972 to February 2, 1973 (water)
February 2, 1984 to February 19, 1985 (wood)
February 19, 1996 to February 6, 1997 (fire)
February 7, 2008 to January 25, 2009 (earth)
January 25, 2020 to February 11, 2021 (metal)

OX

January 24, 1925 to February 12, 1926 (wood)
February 11, 1937 to January 30, 1938 (fire)
January 29, 1949 to February 16, 1950 (earth)
February 15, 1961 to February 4, 1962 (metal)
February 3, 1973 to January 22, 1974 (water)
February 20, 1985 to February 8, 1986 (wood)
February 7, 1997 to January 27, 1998 (fire)
January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2010 (earth)
February 12, 2021 to January 31, 2022 (metal)

TIGER

January 25, 1914 to February 12, 1915 (wood)
February 13, 1926 to February 1, 1927 (fire)
January 31, 1938 to February 18, 1939 (earth)
February 17, 1950 to February 5, 1951 (metal)
February 5, 1962 to January 24, 1963 (water)
January 23, 1974 to February 10, 1975 (wood)
February 9, 1986 to January 28, 1987 (fire)
January 28, 1998 to February 15, 1999 (earth)
February 14, 2010 to February 2, 2011 (metal)

HARE (Rabbit)

February 13, 1915 to February 2, 1916 (wood)
February 2, 1927 to January 22, 1928 (fire)
February 19, 1939 to February 7, 1940 (earth)
February 1951 to January 26, 1952 (metal)
January 25, 1963 to February 12, 1964 (water)
February 11, 1975 to January 30, 1976 (wood)
January 29, 1987 to February 16, 1988 (fire)
February 16, 1999 to February 4, 2000 (earth)
February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012 (metal)

DRAGON

February 3, 1916 to January 22, 1917 (fire)
January 23, 1928 to February 9, 1929 (earth)
February 8, 1940 to January 26, 1941 (metal)
January 27, 1952 to February 13, 1953 (water)
February 13, 1964 to February 1, 1965 (wood)
January 31, 1976 to February 17, 1977 (fire)
February 17, 1988 to February 5, 1989 (earth)
February 5, 2000 to January 23, 2001 (metal)
January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013 (water)

SNAKE

January 23, 1917 to February 10, 1918 (fire)
February 10, 1929 to January 29, 1930 (earth)
January 27, 1941 to February 14, 1942 (metal)
February 14, 1953 to February 2, 1954 (water)
February 2, 1965 to January 20, 1966 (wood)
February 18, 1977 to February 6, 1978 (fire)
February 6, 1989 to January 26 1990 (earth)
January 24, 2001 to February 11, 2002 (metal)
February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014 (water)

HORSE

February 11, 1918 to January 31, 1919 (earth)
January 30, 1930 to February 16, 1931 (metal)
February 15, 1942 to February 4, 1943 (water)
February 3, 1954 to January 23, 1955 (wood)
January 21, 1966 to February 8, 1967 (fire)
February 7, 1978 to January 27, 1979 (earth)
January 27, 1990 to February 14, 1991 (metal)
February 12, 2002 to January 31, 2003 (water)
January 31, 2014 to February 18, 2015 (wood)

SHEEP (Goat, Ram)

February 1, 1919 to February 19, 1920 (earth)
February 17, 1931 to February 5, 1932 (metal)
February 5, 1943 to January 24, 1944 (water)
January 24, 1955 to February 11, 1956 (wood)
February 9, 1967 to January 29, 1968 (fire)
January 28, 1979 to February 15, 1980 (earth)
February 15, 1991 to February 3, 1992 (metal)
February 1, 2003 to January 21, 2004 (water)
February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016 (wood)

MONKEY

February 20, 1920 to February 7, 1921 (metal)
February 6, 1932 to January 25, 1933 (water)
January 25, 1944 to February 12, 1945 (wood)
February 12, 1956 to January 30, 1957 (fire)
January 30, 1968 to February 16, 1969 (earth)
February 16, 1980 to February 4, 1981 (metal)
February 4, 1992 to January 22, 1993 (water)
January 22, 2004 to February 8, 2005 (wood)
February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017 (fire)

ROOSTER

February 8, 1921 to January 27, 1922 (metal)
January 26, 1933 to February 13, 1934 (water)
February 13, 1945 to February 1, 1946 (wood)
January 31, 1957 to February 17, 1958 (fire)
February 17, 1969 to February 5, 1970 (earth)
February 5, 1981 to January 24, 1982 (metal)
January 23, 1993 to February 9, 1994 (water)
February 9, 2005 to January 28, 2006 (wood)
January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (fire)

DOG

January 28, 1922 to February 15, 1923 (water)
February 14, 1934 to February 3, 1935 (wood)
February 2, 1946 to January 21, 1947 (fire)
February 18, 1958 to February 7, 1959 (earth)
February 6, 1970 to January 26, 1971 (metal)
January 25, 1982 to February 12, 1983 (water)
February 10, 1994 to January 30, 1995 (wood)
January 29, 2006 to February 17, 2007 (fire)
February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019 (earth)

PIG (Boar)

February 16, 1923 to February 4, 1924 (water)
February 4, 1935 to January 23, 1936 (wood)
January 22, 1947 to February 9, 1948 (fire)
February 8, 1959 to January 27, 1960 (earth)
January 27, 1971 to February 14, 1972 (metal)
February 13, 1983 to February 1, 1984 (water)
January 31, 1994 to February 18, 1996 (wood)
February 18, 2007 to February 6, 2008 (fire)
February 5, 2019 to January 24, 2020 (earth)

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4 Responses to Chinese Zodiac: What Does Your Sign Say About You?
  1. I am a rabbit. Born January 26, 1952
    What would my element be?
    Water,wood,fire,earth, or metal?

    And how do you figure this out please?
    Thank you!

  2. Oh I just found it. I’m a metal

    • Happy you were to discover your element. As a metal rabbit, you have many precious traits that allow you to move quickly, make decisions that are instinctive. What a great “choice”!!

  3. Muslim calendar is base on the moon. Chinese, on agriculture/farming.


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