The dog is the most popular domesticated pet in the world and it was already a very popular animal in ancient China.
While primates have the closes DNA with humans, dogs get along with us the best. It’s no coincidence that they are often affectionately called man’s best friend.
It carries various symbolism in different parts of China.
In the north for example, it is known to be able to drive away evil spirits. In the south, legendary stories abound of how they sacrifice themselves to save their owners.
Even in archaeological excavation exercises, dogs made of of pottery were discovered. Proving that they’ve long had a bond with humans since ancient times.
A folklore of how the dog became a zodiac signs was that the Jade Emperor summoned the animals to heaven for a race to represent a zodiac sign. And the dog was finding the cat as it’s primary competition. An argument ignited between and the cat went into hide as it was afraid of the dog’s bite. It was then that the dog realized that the selection was almost finished and rushed to keep up with the other animals and managed to make it as the eleventh of the 12 zodiacs. The cat, still in hiding, missed out as the pig became the twelve.
In mythology, the dog is most famously depicted as the celestial hound and trusted sidekick of Erlang Shen (二郎神). A god with a third eye capable of seeing the truth in deceit.
And in feng shui, they are best known for the pair of male and female fu dogs (lion dogs) that guard a house from negative energy.
The dog hours, which can also be called the Xu hours (戌), are between 1900 to 2100. And it’s related to the Bo (剝) hexagram, and Chien trigram.
Xu is the eleventh of the 12 earthly branches and a direct translation can the meaning of destruction and rejection.
The elemental base is yang earth (陽土) and is linked to the later period of autumn season from October to November.
With regards to TCM practices, Xu can refer to the body parts of stomach and cardiovascular area.
It sits on northwest on the compass at 292.5° – 307.5°.
It is ranked as the eleventh zodiac, fundamentally associated with yang metal element, related to the season of autumn and the month of October.
Loyalty, vigilant, ethical, fair.
Pessimistic, rash, apprehensive, critical.
People born in the dog year love honesty and a strong defender of their beliefs.
They also tend to be selfless, courageous, and every so willing to fight for their loved ones and for what they feel is right until their last breathe.
Justice and cautiousness is a strong driver of their behavior.
However, a strong advocate of political correctness can often lead them to awkward situations when they cannot accept reality that proves otherwise.
They are also sensitive and empathetic to people around them.
Dogs can be nervous and anxious before a partner proves that she can be trusted.
Only when one wins over the trust of a dog will he be able to open and reveal his vulnerabilities.
However, they might prefer a simple and quiet lifestyle over an adventurous one.
Relationships tend to grow slowly instead of burning with passion and desire from the start.
They can sometimes also be too frank and critical. So a partner has to be able to appreciate people with these attributes.
Relationship with others
Because of a strong moral compass and sense of justice, the dog is very suitable for positions of authority.
Ideal for government jobs.
They make very good followers but are not natural leaders.
They work well with teams, especially when the roles of everyone are very clearly defined.
You can expect dog personalities to persevere in following through.
A intuitive artistic nature also makes them able to thrive in creative work.
5 Elemental Dogs
The wood dog (1934, 1994) is sociable and popular with everyone. Family is what’s most important and their happiness is what motivates him to do more each day. However, he can be too gullible at times.
The fire dog (1946, 2006) will lead a charmed life with luck often in his corner. He sometimes intentionally creates a mess so that he can enjoy cleaning it up. He will become a credible person in his personal and professional life. Travel will be a big indulgence.
The earth dog (1958, 2018) is a perfectionist and a strong contender to be OCD. Organization is the name of the game and he can be easily turned off by a lack of systems. Often mysterious, he would find it tough to accumulate wealth in the long term.
The metal dog (1970) can be bossy and domineering. With the right opportunities, they will be able to attain high positions of power and authority. While family orientated, they might be loathed by subordinates and friends.
The water dog (1982) has a fun personality that easily attracts more friends. A restless nature means that he constantly needs to find new things to occupy his time and energy.
Fortune in Chinese zodiac years
The dog year is understandably a cautious one that people need to be mindful of.
Those born in the year of the dog will experience ups and downs in different zodiac years.
Dog in rat year
This won’t be a good year for the dog as he will experience various events that he just don’t like.
This is down to his sense of correctness and things just don’t seem right to him.
Be patient and understand that your values don’t apply to everyone.
Dog in ox year
Things will almost always seem to come up short to the dog’s expectations.
Another year of patience is best.
Avoid offending people with your honesty.
Dog in tiger year
It would be a productive year as one will find that things are not just happening at a high volume and fast pace. But also satisfactory to expectations.
Reap all the benefits you can and enjoy the ride.
Be careful of scams.
Dog in rabbit year
Problems, competition and enemies will magically disappear.
With obstacles out of the way, the dog has to make a decision of whether to forge ahead or stay contented.
Danger lies ahead as a fine line defines success and failure.
Expect a period of giving advice and mentorship.
Dog in dragon year
The dog will have to play second fiddle to the dragon this year as celestial energy will overrun him.
As there is little point in fighting an irresistible force, it would be wise to spend time taking stock and plan for the foreseeable future.
Dog in snake year
It is potentially a year of betrayal and distrust.
It is at this time where experience learned from previous years could guide you on the best course of action.
When in doubt, trust your gut feeling instead of going with the crowd.
Dog in horse year
It will be a year filled with small setbacks. But nothing disastrous.
It is critical to stay true to yourself as the rainbow after the drizzle is already forming at the horizon.
Dog in monkey year
The monkey year will present an avalanche of opportunities for the dog. Some of which can be life-altering for the better.
The best financial rewards will come from bold action.
At the same time, don’t for a moment think that success is a given.
Dog in rooster year
The idealistic mentality of the dog is scheduled for a rude awakening as practicality might dictate his decisions for the year.
Don’t see this as a compromise to your principles. But rather as a life experience that everybody goes through.
You will emerge stronger than before.
Dog in dog year
The dog might enjoy celebrity status for his values.
Not only will he be praised, but also admired by others.
Enjoy the moment.
Dog in pig year
Stability is the theme of the year as the dog find it a smooth period with little disturbance.
It would be a good time to let your guard down and enjoy some of life’s pleasures.
There is never a better time.