The Chinese Zodiac has a 12 year cycle and each year is prefixed with an animal sign. Depending on what year you were born, you’ll be either a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig. With the turn of the new Chinese year, we’re about the enter the year of the dog, but what does it all mean?
If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 or 1946 you fall under the zodiac sign of the dog. Each sign is split into five elements, including gold, wood, water, fire and earth. This year, it is the Earth Dog and the character traits are communicative, serious and responsible at work.
Regardless of the elements, in general those who are born in the year of the dog tend to be loyal, honest and amiable. Slightly sweepingly, you’re less likely to be a criminal and you prefer a quiet life surrounded by family. You also tend to enjoy a relatively good bill of health and aren’t obsessed with power or money.
You might assume that if you fall under the year of the dog, then luck will be on your side throughout 2018, but the opposite is true. The Chinese believe that when it is the year of your zodiac sign you’re more likely to experience bad luck and turbulent change. There are a few things that might help though, your lucky numbers are three, four and nine, and your colours are red, green and purple. In terms of flowers, roses and cymbidium orchids should bring you luck this year.
What will 2018 be like if you weren’t born in the year of the dog? As it’s an Earth Dog year, tigers, horses and rabbits are likely to have the best luck. If you’re a rat then you’re likely to be in for a good year with career, love and finance prospects looking good. Roosters won’t be as lucky in love, but job wise it’s not so bad.
For those who take more of a cynical approach to horoscopes, there are plenty of other areas of Chinese wisdom to appreciate. In particular, their knowledge of healing herbs. Siberian ginseng in particular, has been used in China for over 4000 years and offers a myriad of health benefits. Not only is it known to rebalance stress levels, but it also boosts our energy. Although Siberian ginseng does come with some side effects, so it’s worth reading Shabir’s feature, The Benefits Of Siberian Ginseng.
On a skincare level, Gua sha, the massage technique used by the Chinese for centuries is also worth exploring. Gill wrote about this at length on the February newsletter and The Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong was so taken with the technique, and Hayo’u’s Beauty Restorer, she declared it “The £35 jade stone that gives your skin a new lease of life.” Perhaps this is the start of C-Beauty, after all, K and J (Korean and Japanese) beauty have both already proved incredibly successful.