Part 2: 2018 The Year of the Earth Dog

 Ginger - This one is for you!

2018 is the year of the Earth Dog! We all can relate to man's best friend, making this assessment a particularly joyful one. In addition, the year of the earth dog is a welcome change from the volatility of 2017 (fire to metal conflict), to a more subdued (earth to earth ) relationship. 

The 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 16th. It is the 4715th Chinese year and the zodiac sign of the Dog. The Solar New Year begins on February 4, 2018. The difference between these two dates is based on the following:

  1. The lunar start of the year must start on the 11th lunar month and is based on a new moon during this period. This is the time of the year when the moon starts a whole new cycle. It can fall either in January or February.
  2. The solar start of the year is when the Sun is at 315 degrees exactly. It usually falls on the 4th of February, but can be on the 3rd or 5th. This is the beginning of the new solar cycle for a year and for Chinese the beginning of the Spring season. Essentially, it marks the mid-point between the winter solstice and vernal equinox.
Earth Strong:

2018 is dominated by the earth element, specifically the yang polarity of earth. Human affairs and concerns take front and center along with the rise of a more conservative approach. Universal values of justice and equal opportunity will be heard from around the world, as the characteristics of the dog leaves no room for selfishness and indifference.

For the first six months of 2018, the earth element is compounded. It is beneficial to move at a slower pace and rely on functional and practical aspirations. Use deductive reasoning  when pursuing anything and plot out your goal in a methodical manner. Concern yourself with reliable pursuits while keeping things in perspective.

Because the dog contains strong earth along with the hidden elements of yin metal and yin fire, there is a combination of fueling source. First off, yang or male earth is associated with the dry soil earth of the mountain. Earth over earth can be interpreted as mountain over mountain. Picture that just for a moment. Sounds a bit precarious to me, and it is. Think about tectonic plates shifting in the earth. What comes to mind? You guessed it; earthquakes. This is something to be especially aware of if you live in an area that is earthquake prone.

The double mountain can also be viewed as obstacles, perhaps something blocking our view and therefore we are unclear about what comes next. Not to worry, albeit strong earth will trigger the "worry syndrome." If you take the slow methodical approach with a tincture of patience and wisdom, then you will see the full picture with clarity.

The yin metal and yin fire hidden elements within the dog, provide a creative or sheng flowing cycle (fire, earth, metal). Metal, and especially if metal is a good element for you personally, means wealth will come to those who choose truth, justice and fairness in business dealings. Those in the industry of real estate and renewable energy will especially reap financial gain. In addition, the fields of health and healing, along with spiritual and religious focus, will also do very well. 

Earth is a transformative element, so we may also find an awakening of consciousness in 2018. A revival of great works of literature and metaphysical topics will feed this collective awareness. Strong earth practices such as meditation, qigong and yoga will prosper in 2018. These are practices that will assist in elevating collective consciousness. Yoga is especially important for 2018 and beyond. To understand why read about the 18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga, According to Science.

Mountains also relate to stability, slowness, lethargy and stubbornness. Don't fall into the "laziness" trap this year, otherwise opportunities will be missed. There is a difference between being methodical and steadfast in seeking goals and being just lazy.


With strong earth, there is the likelihood world leaders will feel the pressure of citizens acting out for social justice. It will be interesting to note if these leaders take the higher moral ground and seek justice for the greater good, or look to be selfish and keep for the select few. Where is the human spirit? Is it collectively elevated enough to seek the higher moral ground like that of the dog with its unconditional nature? Cultivating the spirit of the dog, namely intelligence, companionship, honesty and loyalty, is there for the taking. Time will tell if our world leaders are elevated enough to make the right choices.

President Trump and the Dog:

The president of the United States was born in the year of the dog. Dogs are loyal to family and friends and are straight forward in their thoughts and words who feel responsible for the well-being of others. Dogs can also be quick to anger, be critical of others and hypersensitive to criticism. Obviously we have seen all these traits in President Trump.

Since a chart has many components to it, you might find it interesting to read more about our President and his energetic make-up. I did an analysis of Donald Trump when he was running for the presidency. Click here if you would like to read more about his energetic profile.

What's your Best Element?

If your 4 pillars chart welcomes the element of earth to assist or strengthen the day stem, then 2018 will be a very supportive, resource oriented, and beneficial year for you. If the element of earth is predominant in your chart, 2018 will be a very stable year for you. For those with water and wood element preference for assistance or strength, you will find 2018 will come with its challenges. To find out what your chart has in store for you in 2018, email me for a discount analysis when referencing this blog.

Key Points to Remember for 2018:

  • Be practical and realistic
  • Avoid making impulsive moves
  • Develop discipline and patience
  • Embody truth, justice and empathy
  • Avoid unnecessary expenses
  • Avoid selfish behavior
  • Plan mindfully and be meticulous
  • Be loyal like man's best friend; the dog
Here's to you Ginger. We love you and know you are in heaven!

Stay tuned for part 3 of this series for the Earth Dog Year 2018! Part 3 I will delve into the energetic directions for 2018 including cures to be aware of. 

Mary Jane Kasliner


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