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2018: Year of the Earth Dog
Part 2: Your Year Ahead

Richard Giles presents his Chinese horoscope forecast for the Year of the Dog in 2018. He looks down the timeline for all of the Chinese Zodiac Animals and gives the flavour of the year for each one. And you can calculate your Zodiac Animal with our free on line calculator!

Go to Top What's in store for the 12 animal signs in 2018?

What Chinese zodiac signs work this year?  The Dog is a good Yang Earth element and this year it clashes with the Dragon (Dragon is ruled by Earth - born: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012).  Dragons need to watch their money, their safety and travel.

The most unfavourable animal sign this year is the Dragon, due to its direct clash with the Dog. Such clashes will usually bring turbulence, movements, accidents or changes. As it's a heavy Earth clash, it will stimulate disasters related to the earth, such as possible mountain slides, earthquakes, collapse of buildings, landslips, and maybe traffic accidents.  People born in the year of the Dragon can anticipate more travelling, or movements such as changing jobs or moving house.  It's very helpful to carry the pendant of a Rabbit as protection to against the negative Dog energy.  The clashing relationship with the Dog may cause impacts on people born in both Dog and Dragon years, and it can also impact anyone who has these zodiac animals in their birth month, day or hour.

Quick summary: The three animals that do best in the Dog year are the Tiger, the Horse and the Rabbit. These animals are in harmony with the year. The animal sign having the most trouble is the Dragon.  The Dragon also being square to the Ox and the Sheep, has what's called an 'Earth penalty' with the Dog. People born in these years have to be more careful in 2018.  People who are born under the Dragon, Ox or Sheep signs, may find it good to wear a Rabbit pendant which will help to attract away the negative Dog energy, and minimise any poor influences this year. Dragons need to look to their home life and to work commitments.

Calculate Your Chinese Zodiac Animal

Enter your birth year. For example: "1980"

Please bear in mind that the Chinese year begins in February
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Remember though, that this animal astrology is only a simple guide; a proper forecast for 2018 looks at your Four Pillars Chart, which is your full Chinese zodiac chart, using the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth to get a true picture of your character.

Check the full Chinese astrology at the, where you can calculate full birth date details of your Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth (or see Feng Shui Institute Four Pillars of Destiny Calculator).

NB: When the animal is listed here, its element is in brackets.

The Year Ahead for Each Zodiac Animal!

Dog THE DOG (Earth):
(1922, '34, '46, '58, '70, '82, '94, 2006, 2018)

Tricky year for the Dog person even though it is your year.  Some pundits say your Chinese animal year is very trying . The Dog year for you will help you to get away to other places and do some of the travel you have been planning for a while. Try not to work too hard this year as your tendency to tire out is there. Putting effort into your work may pay you, but watch your health and energy levels.  

Pig THE PIG (Water):
(1923, '35, '47, '59, '71, '83, '95, 2007, 2019)

This is going to be a different year from 2017. People will be attracted to you and you may find yourself in demand. Take good care of your health and start some healthy physical exercise to improve on your body level of fitness. Your health can be lower this year so pay special attention and if sickness comes give yourself plenty of rest.  

Rat THE RAT (Water):
(1924, '36, '48, '60, '72, '84, '96, 2008, 2020)

This year of the Dog is one where communication plays a bigger part in what you do this year. Travel is significant to you this year and its important to keep yourself on the move. This means exercise as well as seeing where you can get about to visit. You may upset some people by your communication methods this year so try to be very clear in what you say when you are after something important.

Ox THE OX (Earth):
(1925, '37, '49, '61, '73, '85, '97, 2009, 2021)

The Ox is in a tricky position with the Dog this year as you need to look at relationships in your life, the whole range of them, and see how they are helping or hindering you.  You feel the need this year to help out with people in need and it falls particularly to young people and children that you feel you must help. Money comes slowly in 2018.

Tiger THE TIGER (Wood):
(1926, '38, '50, '62, '74, '86, '98, 2010, 2022)

The Tiger is in a very good year as the Dog and you form a good combination and things go well and you will be forging ahead for yourself. If its been difficult for you over the last few years, then this year will help you get a lift to do more towards seeking for your goals. Start looking at your career directions this year.

Rabbit THE RABBIT (Wood):
(1927, '39, 51, '63, '75, '87, '99, 2011, 2023)

The Rabbit is in a better position  to the Dog in the zodiac this year and because of this, things can go very well for you.   Relationships are important to you as well and new connections may be made with people to help you out and its maybe also about becoming closer to someone.

Dragon THE DRAGON (Earth):
(1928, '40, '52, '64, '76, '88, 2000, 2012, 2024)

It's a tricky year for Dragons, and 2018 shows you will have some troubles with your home and with work, and there may be issues for you about relocating or looking at new residences.  Home life itself will go better for you and financially things will improve in 2018. Travel is a thing that may be more prominent in this coming year too.

Snake THE SNAKE (Fire):
(1929, '41, '53, '65, '77, '89, 2001, 2013, 2025)

For the Snake, recognition in work and rewards will be a focus. You have to work harder this year and it may not bring any rewards just yet but in the future the groundwork you have laid will benefit you further in 2019. If you are looking to your financial investments, just wait another year before you do anything. Family may take second best to work at times. Watch out for that. 


(1930, '42, '54, '66, '78, '90, 2002, 2014, 2026)

This year for the Horse is great as it shows that you can expect a year which boosts your income and your energy levels. You will do well this year. You need to watch your language though and the way you address people so as to avoid any unpleasantness.  When approaching others do it with much consideration.

Sheep THE GOAT or SHEEP (Earth):
(1931, '43, '55, '67, '79, '91, 2003, 2015, 2027)

Socially you are on the way to a good year with friends important to you. Its important to be with family through the year and especially with brothers and sisters.  If you have children make sure they feel more special by spending more time on their projects and showing your interest. 

Monkey THE MONKEY (Metal):
(1920, '32, '44, '56, '68, '80, '92, 2004. 2016)

Its a good year for improving your health and improving your exercise routines. Maybe take up yoga, tai chi or other physical practices to boost your body.  Family counts very importantly this year. And the other advantage of the Dog year is travel for you. Put aside time and money to see a bit more of the world. 

Rooster THE ROOSTER (Metal):
(1921, '33, '45, '57, '69, '81, '93, 2005, 2017)

Last year may have been a tough year. This year of 2018 you will feel less pressure and tensions over your problems. In 2017 you made a number of decisions, and they will now start to pay off for you. Make the most of good relationships this year and network with friends and acquaintances.

Every Chinese animal sign is different and it's important to remember that with each animal year there can be one of five different elemental combinations (with the Five Elements). As an example, there are Fire Dog years, Wood Dog, Earth Dog, Metal Dog and Water Dog years. Each of those elemental combinations mean you'll react differently to the year depending on what elements are in play for you in 2018. If your element clashes with Earth, you may have a tougher, more challenging or testing year. It doesn't mean you won't be successful – the challenge may be just what you need to make it work.

May you greatly prosper, experience abundance and be successful in 2018.

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Yin Yang Richard Giles is an astrological, geomancy and Feng Shui consultant living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. Richard has been involved in astrology for over 28 years and Feng Shui for 18 years. He writes for several Australian magazines and websites. He was previously the director of the Earth Healing School of Queensland with courses in Earth Healing and Geomancy. Phone him on (07) 5435.0158, or click to contact Richard Giles.

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