The Chinese New Year is steeped in astrology and symbology. It typically occurs between Jan 21st and Feb 20th – the second new moon after the winter solstice. Each year is associated with an animal, running in 12 year cycles. 2018 heralds the Year of the Dog.
The characteristics of the Dog in Taoist astrology are loyalty, honesty and integrity. Dogs are friendly and good-natured. They are smart and work hard. A Dog Year is a good year to finish projects you’ve started and to collaborate with other people. Honesty, justice and integrity are values that are rewarded with success.
This Dog Year is in the element of Earth – representing fairness, equality and stability. The earth element allows us time to balance and relax after the previous two fire years of Monkey and Phoenix! The earth element rules the stomach, so this year take good care of diet and digestion for optimum health.
This Chinese New Year also coincides with a solar eclipse, meaning what is hidden can come to light. The sun itself represents plenty and is connected to the heart.
Have yourself a great Year of the Dog in 2018 – we wish you every success! The highlight of our calendar is Mantak Chia teaching in Dublin in May. Join us by booking your tickets here.
With good chi,
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