2018: The year of the Earth Dog
The Chinese zodiac works on a 12-year rotation, with each animal sign getting their own year. Your sign is based on the year in which you were born. (Want to know your biggest career strength, according to your Western zodiac sign? Here you go.) However, what many people don’t realize is that your animal sign is only part of the story: There’s an element attached to you as well; metal, water, wood, fire or earth. “In Western astrology,” says Chinese astrology expert and Tai Chi master Sharon Smith, “we have the planets, we have the houses. In Chinese astrology, they have something they call the four pillars. The four pillars give you an indication of the elemental balance of your life. It takes basically 60 years to go through a complete cycle in Chinese astrology because you have the five elements, and you have the 12 animals and every animal goes through every element.” The year of 2018 happens to be the year of the Earth Dog, which will mean greater stability and a greater sense of being grounded. The year of the Earth Dog is great news for some signs, but not all. According to Smith, “The animals that are going to have the most trouble are dragon, sheep (or goat), and rooster. The ones that are most compatible with dog energy would be the tiger, the rabbit, and the horse.”
Birth years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Next year of the Rat: 2020
People under the rat sign will be forced to think about changing their ways in 2018. In order to get by, they will have to re-examine their values and how they relate to others. “Rats are very clannish,” Smith says. “They keep to themselves, and they are very psychologically shrewd. The dog isn’t like that. The dog is upfront and honest, so the dog is going to teach the rat something about how to relate to people in a more straightforward way.” Looking at it in a positive light, this might be the year that Rats learns to come out of their proverbial shell. However, Rats may also struggle and feel a lot of tension in their relationships. These are the Western zodiac signs that should never, ever date each other.