2018 Yang Earth Dog

Chinese New Year
2018 Chinese New Year of the Yang Earth Dog
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Chinese New Year

The year of the Yang Earth Dog

by Maria Furlano, DMQ/DTCM, MTOM, L.Ac.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè
"Happy New Year!

The new moon and the year of the Yang Earth Dog begins on February 16, 2018 and ends on February 4, 2019.

2018 is the Chinese 4715th Year.


2018 Yang Earth Dog & the date changing Lunisolar Calendar

The 2018 Yang Earth Dog Chinese New Year is based on the lunisolar calendar. This calendar is based on the sun's longitude and the Moons phases, that are based on exact astronomical observations. Chinese New Year is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, and this means that the exact date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year.  Traditionally celebrations begin the day before the New Year and continue until the 15th day of the new year known as the Lantern Festival.

In 2017 (February 3, 2017 – February 16, 2018), we experienced the year of the Yin Fire Rooster.

In 2019 (February 5), we'll be moving move into the year of the Yin Earth Pig.


The Chinese animal signs represent 12 different types of personalities.

The Dog is the 11th Chinese Zodiac Sign…

The Year of the Dog doesn't occur again until 2030.

The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 houses and each house is a year in length. 

Find your birth year below…


Earth Dog personality traits…

Characteristics of the Earth Dog are goal accomplishing and persuasive, but to many people born under the earth dog year, will seem calm, quiet and reserved. 

Earth Dog's personality is usually liked very much by friends and family, as they are often generous, helpful, reliable and kind natured.


Yang Earth Dog year is characterized as a double earth year…

The energies of this year are dominated by the earth element, but in its Yang form. This makes this yang earth dog year a good year for action, events and movement. 

In Chinese astrology the five elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) are connected to each zodiac year.

"The Year of the Dog, 2018, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two Chinese characters – with Yang earth sitting on top of Dog which is also earth. So it is a double earth year with Earthly branch supporting Heavenly stem on top."

"The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia calendar format. The unique feature of such calendar is that all information about time – year, month, day and hour are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. The relationship between the five elements accurately helps one predict what is to come by way of one’s fortunes and thus, one can by using this knowledge, multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in one’s life."

Raymond Lo Grand Master | Feng Shui and Destiny consultant

Health in an Earth dominant year…

Maria Furlano 5 phase element chart copyright 2017


In Chinese medicine, earth element pertains to the pancreas, stomach and spleen, including the muscles and cells of the body. So keeping the earth element in balance this year is very important for your energy and your health. 

The earth element and digestion go hand in hand. A nourishing and vitality supporting diet is always important, but in this "yang earth dog" year the need to keep ourselves elevated nutritionally will assist us in positive movement forward. 

The Earth element is a central base to all of the other elements (Fire, Water, Metal, Wood) and in Chinese medicine the digestive system (Spleen, Stomach and Pancrease) are central for digestion and nutrient distribution to all other parts of our body. All organs depend on the energy we give them from our nutritional intake. This impacts our emotional stability, mental focus and overal immunity and stamina.

Enjoying plenty of dark leafy greens that includes a wide variety of veggies, is an excellent way to stay physically strong.

Ginger and fennel are essential digestive aids and can be used not only in delicious meals, but also as delicious soothing and relaxing teas.

Letting go of as much sugar, dairy and processed foods is also optimal for great digestion, reducing inflamation and improving overal brain focus and stamina.

Soups, are a fantastic way to uplevel your health and digestion.

In an Earth Dominant Year it's benficial to pay a little more attention to supporting the Earth element (Digestion and nutrient assimilation of the Spleen, Stomach and Pancrease). 


Emotions & Elements 

In medical Qigong and Chinese medicine we always look at the emotional components surrounding any imbalances. Each organ in the body holds within it a set of congenital and a set of the possible acquired emotions we develop over the experiences within our individual lives. 

CONGENITAL emotional patterns:  According to medical Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, the congenital emotions are the balance of OPTIMAL emotional vibration contained in that organ. Congenital emotions of the earth element are:  Trust, Openess, Acceptance, Intention

ACQUIRED emotional patterns:  According to medical Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, the acquired emotions are the balance of emotional vibration that has been accumulated through the events in our lives. If not released and healed, these acquired emotions can be depleting and stagnating to our overall energy system, not only affecting our physical health, but our relationships (with others and ourselves), creativity, professional sucess and overall well-being. Acquired emotions of the earth element are:  Worry, Regret, Obbsession (addictions).


Breathing patterns of emotional imbalance of the Earth element…

In medical Qigong and Chinese medicine we fully integrate aspects of phyisical, emotionally and spiritual. Each energetic balance of the organs also has respiratory patterns that are directly related to a person’s thoughts and emotions.

  • Respiratory patterns for spleen dealing with worry:  The respiratory (breathing) pattern of a person who is worried or in deep in thought will have a shallow & weak inhalation, sometimes held for long periods of time, followed by a long gulping burst of inhalation and exhalation. The person may also experience sighing for prolonged periods of time.

In the work I do with my private clients, understanding the root cause and experiencing the release and healing of the accumulated acquired emotions. is not only renewing for health, but it positively impacts all areas of our lives!

I would say one of the most beneficial things I've ever had the priveldge to learn is how to see the congential and acquired emotional patterns in my clients and students and use the exceptional skill set of medical Qigong and Chinese medicine to heal what's out of balance.


How do you wish someone a Happy New Year?

Visit this site for Mandarin audio pronunciations of the many ways to wish a Happy New Year!


heartTo You …

Thank you for being here. I wish you and your family a blessed, harmonious, healthy, abundant and joyful New Year!

Gǒunián Jíxiáng! (狗年吉祥) = Translation:  "Good luck for this Dog year" 


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