Year of the Dog

Emperor Huang Ti introduced the concept of a chronological record of years in the 61st year of his reign. The twelve animals of the zodiac comprise one 60 year cycle. We have now entered the 78th cycle since its conception in the year 2637 B.C.

According to legend, Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, summoned all of the animals to him before he died. Only twelve
animals responded to the summons. He named a year after each animal in the order of their appearance: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.

Each animal corresponds to the five elements that constitute the universe: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. They are also charged negatively or positively in accordance with the principle of the Yin and Yang. The Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, and Dog are positive; while the Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, and Boar are negative.

The Chinese believe that the animal sign under which you are born constitutes your disposition. They believe the animal hides in your heart. Chinese New Year falls in between the end of January and end of February. They rotate every 12 years, so it’s easy to figure out your sign.

Animal Personalities:

Year of the Rat – 1960, 1972,1984 – Hardworking and thrifty; he will be generous only to those he is inordinately fond of.

Year of the Ox – 1961, 1973,1985 – A patient and tireless worker, he sticks to routine and conventions.

Year of the Tiger – 1962, 1974,1986 – His vigor and love of life are stimulating. He will arouse every sort of emotion in people, except indifference.

Year of the Rabbit – 1951, 1963,1975 – He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment. His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar.

Year of the Dragon -1952, 1964,1976 – Proud, aristocratic, and direct, the dragon demands the same high standards and perfection from others that he has for himself.

Year of the Snake -1953, 1965,1977 – Graceful and soft-spoken, he loves good books, food, music, the theater; he will gravitate to the finer things in life.

Year of the Horse -1954, 1966,1978 – Earthy and warmly appealing, he is very perceptive and talkative.

Year of the Sheep -1955, 1967,1979 – He is artistic, fashionable, and a creative worker.

Year of the Monkey– 1956, 1968,1980 – Being the quick-witted genius of the cycle, he is clever, flexible, and innovative.

Year of the Rooster –1957, 1969,1981 – Outwardly, he is the epitome of self-assurance and aggression, but at heart, he could be conservative and old-fashioned.

Year of the Dog – 1958, 1970,1982 – The Dog is honest, intelligent, and straightforward. He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play.

Year of the Boar -1959, 1971,1983 – The sign of honesty, simplicity, and great fortitude.

ABOUT THE YEAR OF THE DOG

The martial strains have summoned me
To hear sorrows,
Still your pain.
I am the protector of justice;
Equality my sole friend.
My vision never blurred by cowardice,
My soul never chained.
Life without honor
Is life in vain.
I am the Dog

The Dog Personality
The Dog might be the most likable sign of all in the Chinese cycle. A person born in the year of the Dog is honest, intelligent, and straightforward. He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play. Generally amiable and unpretentious, he will know how to get along with others as he is not too demanding.
He tends to worry to worry unnecessarily and will expect trouble is lurking in every corner. But there are times when his predictions come true. Anyway, it will be a wise to note that Orientals, as well as Westerners, have the same belief that everyone needs a Dog at home to distinguish friends from foes.

The Dog Year
The year of the Dog will bring happiness and dissent in the same boat. The Dog’s domestic auspices will bring harmony to home life, patriotism to one’s country and unwavering fealty to whatever cause you to wish to support. On the other hand, his riding willpower, and unbending sense of justice will also lead to major confrontations with their weaker side getting the upper hand. We will become more idealistic in our views, shedding some materialism by doing charitable acts or otherwise championing some worthy projects.

The Dog’s year will lend integrity to our intentions and make us act in good faith. Nothing should concern us so long as we stick to the righteous path.

The Dog might be the most likable sign of all in the Chinese cycle. A person born in the year of the Dog is honest, intelligent, and straightforward. He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play. Generally amiable and unpretentious, he will know how to get along with others as he is not too demanding.

He tends to worry to worry unnecessarily and will expect trouble is lurking in every corner. But there are times when his predictions come true. Anyway, it will be a wise to note that Orientals, as well as Westerners, have the same belief that everyone needs a Dog at home to distinguish friends from foes.

The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau.