The Year of the DOG

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By Zakariya Adeel

As the busy Rooster year draws to a close, the Dog herds us dutifully towards his home territory on 16th February 2018.  Creative, witty and confident, the next twelve months promise to be a roller coaster of extreme emotions.

The dog sign is much more than it seems; this is the sign of edgy beauty, diva-dom and personal sovereignty; it doesn’t matter who is in charge and who follows who, the dog dances to its own beat.  That is precisely why, the most popular personalities (as well as many of the most polarising) belong to this sign.  It’s the sign of creative genius and, loosely put, those people who are termed, with a royal pre-fix.  Consider for a second who is believed to famously be the “King” or “Queen” or “Prince” etc of any environment and the chances are, it will be a Dog.

Who is the Queen of pop? Madonna.  Who is the King of pop? Michael Jackson.  King of Directors?  Steven Spielberg.  Prince of Pop?  Justin Bieber.  King of Rock and Roll?  Elvis.  The ingenious Prince,  lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, even Queen Latifa.  But what about the Queen of the Catwalk?  Naomi Campbell.  All Dog Signs!!!

So what does that mean for you in the Dog year?

Well, it might help you to perceive yourself as royal and do what you want your way.  Bring your personality to everything you do and be uncompromising about it.  Reveal who you are.  What’s special about you!  And Dog will be impressed.  He just wants to see who you really are, how your colours shine.  At times, the coming year may feel like a cartoon, full of fun, frolics and just a hint of outrageous drama, but that’s what you get when you’re dealing with the Iconoclast.

An old Chinese proverb says, “Dogs are born old and grow younger by the day” and they can be recognised by their eternally youthful personalities, looks and ability to connect with young people.  This youthful outlook is one of the strongest influences one may feel in 2018.  With the Dog’s confidence many may be inspired to finally take that balloon ride or go rock climbing or do that special thing they’ve always wanted to do but feared that the time had passed.  It is the year of the underdog so  major feats (especially creative ones) can be achieved.  It is a favourable time for small ventures to expand, to launch new brands and a good time to take risks.  It may also see changes in humanitarian policies with regards to minorities of any kind.

Being a sign full of contradictions, the Dog influenced year can be complicated and meeker signs may find themselves tapping into a plethora of emotions they may find uncomfortable, yet, empowering.  Dogs also have a darker side but they aren’t particularly afraid of it, in fact, they kind of love it.  Hence, why, many explore the darker aspects of their characters.  The key is moderation and not to impose any extreme puritanical ways upon oneself so that repressed feelings don’t express themselves in strange ways.

Of the twelve signs, the dog is the guardian, so for those the dog favours, (ie the Rabbit, Horse, Tiger and Boar signs) they can expect to have an extended party of a year because the dog protects you from difficulties.

The Dog year has more than its fair share of serious issues, politically there may be revolts, rebellion and public humiliations as the Dog diligently hunts for the truth in order to serve justice.  Many get their comeuppance as the Dog can be ruthlessly objective when called in to play judge.  Despite the Dog’s ability to be impartial and objective when they observe other people’s circumstances, many still take things very personally.  So expect people to be a tad touchier than usual too and it might be wise to have a mechanism in place to handle it when people to trigger you.  This is a year to be bold and courageous, challenging yourself to challenge yourself.

Rat: 

Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020,

Famous Rats
William Shakespeare, Mark Zukerberg, Simon Fuller, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, America Ferrera, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marlon Brando, Mozart, Freddie Prinze Jnr., Yves St Laurent, Jennifer Garner, George Washington, Rebecca Romijn, Mandy Moore, Antonio Sabato Jnr., Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jonny Lee Miller,

In Harmony with: Dragons, Monkeys, Ox
In Conflict with: Horse

I am the instigator, the fire starter, the beginning. I am magic manifested to create an entirely new world, a new order, a new way. Tiny is my body, Vast is my spirit! Feel the power of my energy, see it sparkle in my eyes. Through me you will see colors you have never seen before, experience delights you have never experienced before, I am the one who knows the way to Eden, follow me, I’ll take you there. Gracious am I if you value my time, my voice and my contribution; be blind to my gifts and be blind to your own ignorance. I direct you to your own guidance, open you to your own intuition, lead you from the barren lands to the oasis because I know my world intimately; its structure, material and its effective usage. I should know, I was here before all else. I am the oldest sibling. I am the first born of the Chinese Zodiac.

I am the Rat.

Suitable careers: finance, medicine, law, science, politics and the arts.

Your Fortunes in 2018

A complicated year lies ahead as you feel like you are on an unending treadmill. Just when you’re done with one thing, something else will crop up and you will find yourself wasting precious time on petty unnecessary issues. You may find that superiors or people you respect may start criticizing your work more than usual or in a different, more intense manner that you may find offensive or hurtful. Don’t take it personally and recognize that it’s genuinely an attempt to push you to greater perfection. If you rise to the occasion, you will be rewarded, just don’t take the route of indifference or reactive anger as the Dog rewards patience and perseverance, not revenge.

Ox

Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021,

Famous Oxen:
Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher, Meg Ryan, Bill Cosby, Michael Douglas, Kate Moss, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Napolean, Clark Gable, Robert Redford, Vincent Van Gogh, William Butler Yeats, Peter Sellers, Vanessa Redgrave, Dustin Hoffman, Aishwarya Rai, Barrack Obama, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Peter Gabriel, Meryl Streep, James Marsden, Jim Carey, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy,

In Harmony with: Snake, Rooster, Rat
In Conflict with: Sheep

I am the sturdy rock of the cycle, the immovable object, the monolith! The world is my charge and I alone am responsible for its improvement. Waking before dawn I graft until after sunset without uttering a word. My diligence is noticed and I am given increasingly greater responsibility as well as greater resources; now I set the rules; do as I say, but only do as I do when you stand in my shoes; you’ll need unending resolve, military discipline and seductive charisma. My presence and humor cast an enchanting spell that makes me irresistible. The masses want to follow me, do what I ask and enjoy my dominance! I control my external world because I am but an alien in my emotional one, pretending that feelings don’t exist doesn’t work, so the emotional arena seems to be my steepest learning curve, but I’m already halfway up the hill and as everyone knows I keep going until I reach my finish line: I either win, or I end. There is no alternative option.

I am the Ox.

Suitable careers: stand-up comedians, actors, carpenters, managers, mechanics, sculptors, teachers, architects, real estate and politics, gardeners.

Your Fortunes in 2018

You may think that things are bleak and miserable, but they really aren’t. The troubles you see and expect are all in the mind and you’ll soon realise the sun is shining brightly on you. Things will be made easier for you and circumstances will allow a high degree of creativity at work. You’ll find that people are being unusually co-operative and you will not need to use a heavy hand, in fact, avoid it, because it will spoil things. Money isn’t great but has been worse recently so you can’t really complain. Entertaining on a large scale may be required and an unexpected journey lead to entertaining adventures.

Tiger

Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022,

Famous Tigers:
Queen Elizabeth II, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ryan Phillipe, Joaquin Phoenix, Robbie Williams, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Alyson Hannigan, Natalie Imbruglia, Alanis Morrisette, Marilyn Monroe, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Victoria Beckham, Stevie Wonder, Beethoven, Robert Pattinson, Usain Bolt, Ralph Fiennes, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Bon Jovi, Julie Walters, Lady Gaga, Hugh Hefner, Lindsay Lohan, Leah Michele, Dr Phil, Louise Hay, Bradley Cooper,

In Harmony with: Horse, Dog, Boar
In Conflict with: Monkey

I am passion personified with more confidence than I can keep up with. Curiosity has nearly killed me a million times, but I’m quick on my paws and love the thrill of the game. Calm on the surface, a storm on the inside; nobody understands the enigma that I am, I feel so much, I care so much, but I need my freedom even more! Wealth, status or fame, rarely impress me as these cat-eyes see bullshit for bullshit. Earn my respect, give me the truth and I’ll infuse you with my energy, a rush of a trillion stars that flow from my veins into yours. I can fuel you when you’re depleted, I can excite you when drabness threatens: my aliveness revives even the dead. As a feral cat, expect the unexpected, but also know that what I really want is to be tamed… actually, I’ll never be tamed but I’ll let you think I am. I’m the impulsive, independent, improviser; the lone warrior, I trust myself and myself alone, even if I love you, I’ll always be alone in my Tiger-ness, you wouldn’t understand.

I am the Tiger.

Suitable careers: musicians, singer-songwriters, lawyers, dancers, sports, teachers, journalists, politicians, PR workers, military positions, and jobs within science and technology.

Your Fortunes in 2018

The Dog creates an environment in which you flourish so you find yourself with all your buttons pressed on.  This can lead to bouts of hyperactivity because of all the stimulation and excitement.  The barriers come down and the world becomes your oyster. Career prospects sky rocket and your finances stabilise.  Relationships mature and sone sort of rite of passage is possible.  Of course, if this cat is still curious, it’ll find itself embroiled in a few scrapes here and there but will escape with all nine lives intact; so when you play, play hard. Luck protects the Tiger folk this year, although still prone to the occasional bout of self-pity from imagined unpopularity, it’s important to remember to put yourself out there as influential associates are waiting to lift you up.  Active, creative and busy, decide now to make the following year (Boar year), your time time to rest and give this Dog year your all.  It’ll be more than worth it.

Rabbit

Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Famous Rabbits: David Beckham, Andy Murray, Whitney Houston, Angelina JolieBrad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robin Williams, Mike Myers, George Michael, Rodrigo Santoro, Blake Lively, ingrid Bergman, Tobey Maquire, Lauren Hill, Eva Longoria, Dermot Mulroney, Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Ian McKellen, Kate Winslet, Eva Cassidy, Zac Effron,Tori Amos, Albert Einstein, Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Quentin Tarantino, Sri Devi, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Zeenat Aman, Kangana Ranaut, Tina Turner, Nicholas Cage, Jane Seymour,

In Harmony with: Sheep, Boar, Dog
In Conflict with: Rooster

I am the sensual Casanova, the seductive siren and the political artist. With aristocratic manners and cultured flair I waltz through my world wanting to inspire greatness in others through my own amazing talents, yet hoping that nobody embarrasses me by highlighting my genius. It separates me from the mere mortals but I am one too and I see the greatness of being regular. But for some reason, this bunny is placed on a pedestal even though I am not the sort that likes to be paraded for the sakes of entertainment, well, not for too long anyway… I have real work to do. My art is my life and I do it to elevate consciousness to an unearthly plane, for some divine interruption, occasionally intervention for I bridge the real and surreal worlds. I am the psychic channel that communicates with spirit that is why the future flows from me. I just know that which is beyond psychology, beyond philosophy and beyond regular comprehension – I am of this world but my mind is beyond. Because I’m noble, responsible and divinely beautiful, don’t mistake me for an angel – I choose not to live up to anyone’s expectations and will hop away in the blink of an eye.

I am the Rabbit.

Your Fortunes in 2018

After the end of your opposite year, the Dog brings welcome comfort. Your nerves can relax as the Dog’s influence is one you understand and can work with. Especially since this is the sign of your Soul Mate. It is a great time for romance and all things love. Be careful of getting too comfortable though as you may find there are a number of surprises that crop up, mostly positive and a few you probably saw coming but did not know how to manage. You may find yourself frustrated the behavior of superiors or peers, but don’t lose heart, keep on keeping on and you will eventually reap the rewards you deserve. Generally, it is a relaxed year with no major problems and much to experience on an emotional level. Focusing on fun, lightness and your creative pursuits will place you in an ideal situation to let your natural beauty shine. You will find love showered upon you from all directions. Enjoy it.

Dragon

Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024,

Famous Dragons: Calista Flockhart, Emma Stone, India Arie, Keanu Reeves, Sandra BullockBruce Lee, Sean William Scott, Reese Witherspoon, Courtney Cox Arquette, Rupert Grint, Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali, Mae West, Sigmund Freud, John Lennon, Florence Nightingale, Alicia Silverstone, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Swayze, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Burke, Adele, Jessie J, Wayne Dyer, David Icke, Colin Farrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joss Whedon, Roald Dahl, Josh Waitzkin, Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou, Joseph Campbell, Shakira, Rihanna, Ryan Reynolds,

In Harmony with: Rat, Monkey, Rooster
In Conflict with: Dog

I am the spiritual messenger, the motivator, the mythical monster that channels the sun from within. All know I breathe fire, but what they know not, is that fire comes from a sun that burns in my belly, connects to the suns of the universe and amplifies my charge a million-fold. It is the source of my infinite power and functions on every plain, physical, mental, spiritual. I am a gift to mankind. I came to serve man’s mind; to enthuse, to enliven and enlighten for I tread where no others can reach. I run, I climb and I fly. That is why I am beyond comprehension, sometimes even my own, but my inner sunshine god guides me to my next odyssey. Adventure to adventure I expand my experience, then I mirror it back to the world in shades they can see, in shapes they recognize, for I am the everyman in a beautiful beasts shell. I do not need to speak to impassion, my presence is enough, I do not need to touch, my presence is powerfully experienced, I do not need to take any action, my presence is every thing. I am nature’s purest secret.

I am the Dragon.

Your Fortunes in 2018

The year of the Dog favors the unprivileged and those who usually have to struggle to be seen or heard. Unfortunately, this is not you. In addition to this, the Dog is your opposite sign which means that this could be a tough year. You may notice that every six years you go through important changes, this usually happens in your own year of the Dragon and then its opposite sign of the Dog. These changes, although tough, are never beyond you and somehow you’ll always derive a positive outcome from them. This is one of those years, so be prepared, don’t rely on your presence or your luck to get you through. Call in friends or associates to handle the confrontations and remember to see the humour in the trying moments.  You may find yourself having to function without your presence and regal powers so humble yourself and be prepared to be one of the civilians. It will not last for long, but while you’re in the Dog year, tow the line and do not expect special treatment.  That being said, there is always opportunities to be found within any obstacles.

Snake

Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025,

Famous Snakes: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Van Der Beek, Kevin Williamson, Michael Fassbender, Linda Evangelista, Tim Ferriss, Liv Tyler, Cindy Lauper, Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling, Tom Welling, Oprah Winfrey, Iyanla Vansant, Barbara Walters, Lata Mangeshkar, John Malkovic, Taylor Swift, Peter Krause, Ronan Keeting, Samantha Morton, Ruby Wax, Brittany Murphy, Famke Jansen, Kanye West, Pierce Brosnan, , Tony Blair, Charles Darwin, Bob Dylan, Gandhi, Greta Garbot, John F Kennedy, Robert Downey Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Jacqueline Onassis, Pablo Picasso, Shania Twain, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan (actor), Dick Cheney, Chris Rock,

In Harmony with: Ox, Rooster, Monkey
In Conflict with: Boar

I am the mentor, the political philosopher, the teacher. My life is my example to inspire you. My great ego endows me with power, influence and persuasive prowess but I must choose my path; for karma afflicts me powerfully and my deeds are read from the circumstances of my life. I am the mysterious strategist and there are only ladders for me to climb as I am the snake that can bring others down, or, if I choose, I can also be a ladder to support the growth of others. Though I am quiet, calm and wise, my anger, when released, creates earthquakes. Though my mystique is well acknowledged, my weakness is my need to be admired, seen as the ultimate sophisticated being. My words are sometimes tools and sometimes weapons, be my friend or my foe, you will be affected by my rhetoric. I breathe, I sweat and I bleed power – there is always more inside me than I release and I will never give it up until the time comes for me to shed my current skin and renew myself once more.

I am the Snake.

Your Fortunes in 2018

Like the Dog, many Snakes also have the vice of an addictive personality, so in a year where there are temptations all over, you must exercise your willpower in order to maintain your health. You can still have fun, but everything in moderation. The Dog lays out a mini adventure playground that you enjoy and it can really help to push you along in your current career path, but beware you don’t get trapped. Sometimes things go missing for Snakes in Dog years but if you take this as a sign that the old is leaving encouraging the new and fresh to enter then that is exactly what you will invite. Let yourself indulge your interests this year, art, fashion and music are expected to be prolific so your involvement (in all ways) would be encouraged by the barking guardian. Generally, it’s a productive year where you may entertain, be entertained and travel.

Horse

Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026,

Famous Horses: Katie Holmes, Cindy Crawford, Halle Berry, Annie Lennox, Rowan Atkinson, Angus Deaton, Joshua Jackson, David Schwimmer, Nelly Furtado, Emma Watson, Aaliyah, Aldous Huxley, Spike Milligan, Nelson Mandela, Paul McCartney, Tammy Wynette, Martina Macbride, Genghis Khan, Isaac Newton, Rembrandt, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Barbara Striesand, Chris Everet, Sally Gunnal, Will Young, Gael Garcia Bernal, Ashton Kutcher, James Dean, John Travolta, Kristen Stewart

In Harmony with: Tiger, Dog, Sheep.
In Conflict with: Rat.

I am the humanitarian rebel, the brave savior, the noble fighter. I am swift and agile and need space to roam. I crave freedom; therefore obtain it for others.   With my external yang spirit and internal yin life, I present to the world an eternal contradiction, even though I maintain nature’s perfect balance. I am 100% instinct! That is why I present such an inconsistent front. I require sole exploration. I want to know who I am without prior definition. I want to live life with blood coursing through my veins a million miles per hour because it suits me, because I know I’m the only one who can handle it, because anything other than that is death. That is why I have this raw instinct, invisible antennae and reflexes: I was born with speed so I can live on the edge because that is where I belong! Pushing my own boundaries and that of society. If that pushes your buttons at the same time, deal with it! My job is to equalize the status quo, not make you comfortable.

I am the Horse.

Your Fortunes in 2018

This is the year that you’ve been waiting for. Every sign has one year where the fates bless you generously and for the horse, it’s always the year of the dog. The air is softer, music sounds better and you find joy in everything. You may get a promotion, get noticed by influential people, make more money than you expect and have a blinding time during all of this. The dog creates an environment so attuned to your way of being that you can actually feel the changeover from the roosters strict, petty ways to the relaxed, laid back and fun environment that immediately begins at the end of January. You’ve earned it. Enjoy.

Sheep

Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Famous Sheep: Julia Roberts, Pamela Anderson, Nicole Kidman, Mira Sorvino, Clare Danes, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Matt Le Blanc, Mena Suvari, Christina Ricci, Brandy, Guy Pierce, Heath Ledger, Andy Warhol, Sally Jesse Raphael, Billie Jean King, John Denver, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, James Mcavoy, Michelangelo, Laurence Olivier, WH Auden, Nat King Cole, Thomas A Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Chow Yun Fat, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Jamie Callum, Kurt Cobain, Kelsey Grammar, Sarah Mclachlan, Reba Macintyre, Harry Connick Jr, Jason Statham.

In Harmony with: Rabbit, Boar, Horse
In Conflict with: Ox

I am the social artist, the subconscious scientist, the compassionate innovator. My calmness, tender countenance and warmth invite all to love me. That is why I am often family favorite, the golden child, the chosen one. Though I may seem docile and malleable, I let you think what you want so that your needs are met and I can be free to be unconventional me. I experience the greatest me in my daydreams, for it extends the self in this tangible realm. I am not easily understood for what I understand is the un-understandable. I am the connection to subconscious worlds, to unknown realms and to divine plans. I feel it, I sense it and then I know it. I pull magic from my dreams and manifest it into tangible reality. I take my intuitive esotericism and add it to my emotional awareness to become the ultimate human behavior expert. Though I can be spoilt, frivolous and expensive, you will never feel more at home than when I am there, for I am home, I am comfort, I am your woolen security blanket… and I’m worth it.

I am the Sheep!

Your Fortunes in 2018

What is a playground for others looks like a mine-field to you, but fear not dear fluffy Sheep, once you acclimatize, you will see it for the party it actually is. The biggest issue is that of fear, as the Dog challenges all to move onwards in their lives in a dramatic and powerful way. For you this may mean challenging the status quo in your romantic life, financial issues and family pressures. Conserve your energy and remain positive, as things are not as bad as they seem. More than any other year, you will be encouraged to put yourself first and prioritize your own needs. If you choose to put others first at this time, you may find that your good intentions might be taken advantage of and taken for granted. Do not make any long-term financial commitments or spend money on risky ventures. In this highly creative year, you may make headway towards a professional goal that you’ve long been working towards. But make sure it is your vision. When in Rome, do as the Romans do… in the Dog year, put yourself first!

Monkey

Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Famous Monkeys: Jerry Hall, Giselle Bunchen, Lucy Lawless, Michael Douglas, Michael Schumacher, Roseanne Barr, Will Smith, Julia Sawalha, Brendan Fraser, Christina AguileraHugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake, Kim Catrall, Ashanti, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Julius Caesar, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonardo da Vinci, Bette Davis, Celine Dion

In Harmony with: Rat, Dragon, Snake
In Conflict with: Tiger

I am the most evolved of the cycle, I see the obvious and I turn it into comedic music, for I am the agile imp, the cheeky chimp, the naughty nymph. Naughtiness is present in my every gesture, my eyes wink without moving and I project sexiness without trying. But I am more than just a passing fancy, for within me is balance that all my astrological siblings lack; some may share my wit, attractiveness, a few have a presence I do not, but what they lack is a firm, grounded common sense and that I have in spades. I know what needs to be done and I do it, not because I feel it is the right thing to do, even I question my moral colors at times, but because I can see the results of the potential outcome if I do not take the action. It is not discipline that keeps me moving, it is my need for monkey motion and foresight. I want paradise for my own and I know what to do to get there.

I am the Monkey.

Your Fortunes in 2018

With your flexibility and self-possession you excel because you plan to excel.  Although, things might not always go the way you expect, it just pushes you to take matters more into your own hands.  This self-reliance serves you well at this time and choosing better associates is also helpful.  You may change your career this year and choose something you are personally connected to.  You take the Dog influence in your stride and because of your fiery energy and fun personality, the Dog opens the doors to his home, lets you through the guarded gates into the party, so you can expect to have your fair share of fun too.  Work hard, play hard and channel that Dog creative genius for your own projects.

Rooster

Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029,

Famous Roosters: Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, Sean “Puff-Daddy” Combs, David Boreanaz, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Joan Collins, Joan Rivers, Amy Schumer, Dawn French, Ellen Degeneres, Cate Blanchett, Rene Zellwegger, Gwen Steffani, Julia Stiles, Jason Priestley, Mathew Perry, Joss Groban, Amy Lou (Evanescence), Michael Caine, Josh Holloway, Roger Federer

In Harmony with: Ox, Snake, Dragon
In Conflict with: Rabbit

I am the critical calculator, the cerebral conservative, the quality controller. I am the last to sleep and the first to rise for my service is necessary and my goals, paramount. Of course, I am a special child of nature, less the common farmyard bird and more the peacock. My head-comb is shines so bright, it can blind, my wings are perfectly brushed and my feathers are stunningly fanned! I have to look perfect so the world recognizes my superiority. I need to be “on” all of the time, I need to be available, I have to be perfect! When I am not happy, you will know, for I am a cocky, cocksure, cockerel. I know what I’m cockadoodledooing about… even when I don’t! I am not critical, I am discerning! I am not impulsive, I’m confident. I listen to my head over my heart because my heart is an impudent child in an adults world. Discipline is necessary in all areas leaving the rest of me to dazzle and attract without any of my peacock-eyes leaving sight of the goal!

I am the Rooster.

Your Fortunes in 2018

You were a gracious host in the Rooster year just past, so now, take a seat, put your feet up and rest. The Dog allows you to recuperate and you are able to rebuild your position and authority. It’s a good year for a new enterprise or new relationship. For most, one’s own year marks the beginning of an official new cycle, however, the Rooster’s sense of duty may have delayed such rebirth in the powerful way you would have wanted last year. Now your responsibility is over, you can allow yourself the luxury of putting your own needs first. Travel, redecorate your home, or relax in the company of your friends, this is an auspicious year for you.

Dog

Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030,

Famous Dogs: Madonna, Cher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Leanne Rimes, Kate Bush, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Charisma Carpenter,  Kirstin Dunst, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Mo Gaffney, Belinda Carlisle, Liza Minelli, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Judy Garland, Annette Benning, Dorothy Dandridge, Ani di Franco, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, DMX, Andy Roddick, Leonard Cohen, Paul Weller, Charlie Kaufman, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, M. Night Shyamalan, Ben Chaplin, Danny Glover, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, River Phoenix, Tim Robbins, Tim Curry, Saif Ali Khan, Benjamin Franklin, Vladimir Lenin, Henry Moore, Socrates, Voltaire

In Harmony with: Tiger, Horse, Rabbit
In Conflict with: Dragon

I am the independent guardian, the iconoclast, the belligerent-diva. I was born cynical, suspicious and mature of mind, I get younger as I age. My mind flowers with youthful exuberance as I realize that I was never alone and that I did not need to be so strong. Forget 20/20, I have 50/50 crystal clarity. It frustrates me that the rest of the world lags so far behind; my creativity captivates the masses as I bore of my own edgy magic. My convictions are titanium. I need not external validation for I have greater inner resources. Many come to me for validation; oh how I pity those fools! But it is my duty to create a safety net for others and as I do, the heavens create a safety net for me! All are drawn to my beauty though some fear the feral creature hiding behind my eyes. Allow my doggy-drive to inspire you to the heavens for it is in my nature to uplift. Come to me for creativity, for guidelines, for magic and watch it manifest in my paws. I am the practical dreamer.

I am the Dog.

Your Fortunes in 2018

Welcome to your Kingdom dear Dog.  It’s possible that the events of the previous Rooster year create a heaviness that you carry with you into your own year.  However, there is a momentum the Rooster year provided which allows you to add a turbo boost to when the time is right.  Setting priorities can wait, at the early part of the year, do what you need to and do it right.  Your capacity to believe in your convictions despite external pressures and your copious amounts of courage will be your greatest asset.  Things that seemed like impossibilities manifest.  Ironically, you are more grounded than ever, yet, you’ve never been more lost in your day-dreams.  As a secret misanthrope, you are pleasantly surprised by the behaviours of others around you and their psychological elevation (part of which is caused by the influence of the Dog year) brings you comfort.  Work goes well and you find increasingly more ways to be creative.

Boar

Years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.

In Harmony with: Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger
In Conflict with: Snake

I am the capitalist, nature’s raw sensualist, the baby of the astrological cycle. I am the completion of the cycle and the beginning, so within me is both the spiritual wisdom of my former maturity and the enthusiasm of this frisky fresh being. I am the sophisticating country child working to leave my humble beginnings behind. My past conditioning affects me with its heavy haze. Sometimes, I know not where I am or where I stand but am committed to figuring it out. Time is an enigma for I live partly in the past, partly in the present whilst tipping a trotter into the future for a peek. I live not for myself, but for my tribe. No role is beyond me, regardless of my gender, for my love comes without boundaries. This causes me much heartache and I learn to love with more discernment, leaving my self-sacrifice and martyr complex behind, I step into this sophisticated, compassionate and highly successful creature that everybody adores.

I am the Boar.

Your Fortunes in 2018

The Dog has always felt like a big brother to you, so in this year, you will feel protected but you mustn’t expect too much. You may still feel frustrated when things don’t go your way and must recognize that it’s due to your own previous choices. Also, some in the circles you walk in may find success earlier than you this year, which may cause a bit of bitterness; your biggest enemy though, is your overactive imagination which lowers your vibration if you let it. Stay positive always and choose what surrounds you based upon the way it feels, it’s energetic composition. Opportunities to be creative and to have fun are plentiful and you have the potential to get a big idea that could be exceptionally fruitful in the future.

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