For hundreds of years, the Chinese lunar calendar has been in line with a 12-year repeating cycle that contains 11 actual animals and one legendary one (a dragon). On February 16, 2018, we’ll be coming into the Year of the Dog, the 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac.
Each signal is related to one of 5 components: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth (the explicit affiliation adjustments from cycle to cycle). In 2018, the Dog is paired with Earth— making it, extra exactly, the 12 months of the Brown Earth Dog.
The Dog is related to exuberance, kindness, just right fortune, unity and humanitarianism, and idealism overshadowing materialism. It could also be mentioned that Earth Dogs make nice leaders as a result of they’re devoted, unswerving, assured and supportive of others.
All issues thought to be, this can be a propitious time for the Dog to upward push to the best of the wheel. Kindness, unity and idealism are for sure qualities price striving for in the new 12 months.
Dogs in Chinese Mythology
Legend has it that the order of the zodiac animals was once made up our minds via the order during which each and every completed a swimming contest, referred to as the Great Race, throughout a large river. While the Dog was once a powerful and herbal swimmer (for sure extra so than the Rooster or Rabbit), he additionally appreciated to play and frolic with the different animals; thus, he got here in next-to-last, adopted simplest via the Pig. (The Rat got here in first.)
Another fable pals the Dog with bringing the first grains to his human buddies, thus giving us agriculture. For the ethnic Tibetans in Sichuan, the tale is that whilst people had grasses that produced grains, they didn’t know what to do with them. Rather than devour them, folks used them as “wipes” after defecating. This angered the mighty God of Heaven, who took the vegetation clear of the people. But in stepped the Dog, barking, howling and begging the God to present him a couple of seeds from each and every grain. He then fetched the grains again to the people.