How lucky will you be in the Year of the Earth Dog?

Welcome to the Year of the Earth Dog! Let me take the time to wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai. At the beginning of the year, it is common for people to check their forecasts through the 12 Chinese Animal Zodiacs. As such, I am proud to present a short summary of each animal’s forecast for this year.


1. The Rat
(Years 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960)

Rats strive to be ahead of the game, and this year they could have a chance to progress in their personal development. They might have an enhanced ability to learn and could benefit by enrolling in courses that would allow them to pick up new skill sets or improve those that they already have — hence, rat academicians, scholars or students could be the main beneficiaries.


2. The Ox
(Years 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961)

Ox folks are generally known to be diligent, industrious and humble. They could have a strong potential for wealth accumulation and career advancements this year. However, they may be required to practise moderation and keep a healthy work-life balance. It is also inadvisable for them to indulge in excessive spending or bragging, as it might taint any potential good luck.


3. The Tiger
(Years 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962)

Most Tigers are fighters who will likely fight for their own rights. They may get wealth and success in the professional sector, but those might only come if they make solid plans and sound strategies to achieve their goals. Tigers would also need to constantly pay attention to details in order to accomplish tasks quickly and properly.


4. The Rabbit
(Years 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963)

Rabbits are usually sensitive individuals who strive to keep the peace between others. This year, they can probably expect to be surrounded by an abundance of support in their efforts. It would be a good time for them to seek out mentors who can guide and teach them to achieve greater success in their goals.


5. The Dragon
(Years 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964)

Dragons tend to be extremely charismatic. However, this could be a tough year, as there could be challenges, changes and setbacks ahead. They would need to strategise carefully and consider all possible scenarios before executing any plans. They should also be prepared with counter-measures for worst-case scenarios.


6. The Snake
(Years 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965)

Snakes are generally calm, secretive and reserved. They can expect smooth progress through the year, which could give them time to relax and enjoy the joyous atmosphere. This could also be a good year for them to improve on their social and personal lives. It is fairly likely that Snakes will find themselves in a better position at the end of the year.


7. The Horse
(Years 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966)

Most Horses are lively individuals who might try to do as much as they can each day. This year, they could be surrounded by generous and supportive people who can help them in any wealth or career opportunities that might appear. They might also have an edge in solving conflicts, making it likely that 2018 would be a smooth-sailing year for them.


8. The Goat
(Years 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967)

Goats are typically gentle and cultured individuals. They will probably have a good 2018, as it looks to be full of good tidings and positive events. They might encounter a few trials and tribulations, but it’s likely that none of them would be significant enough to cause much trouble. It is also possible for Goats to meet individuals who could help or guide them.


9. The Monkey
(Years 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968)

Generally, Monkeys are bright individuals who are able to comfortably adapt to any situation. However, it would take all of their skills to successfully navigate through the challenges that might occur this year — these difficulties could appear in both their personal and professional lives. As long as they remain determined, it is highly likely that Monkeys would be able to overcome any challenges in their path.


10. The Rooster
(Years 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969)

Most Roosters are honest and feisty individuals with untiring spirits. However, this could be a good year for them to slow down and take a breather, especially if last year was eventful for them. Roosters could also use this downtime to take better care of their well-being and find a healthy balance in life. At the end of the year, they could emerge both physically and emotionally stronger.


11. The Dog
(Years 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970)

Most Dogs are kind and caring individuals who try to put others before themselves. They might face several personal or professional problems, but those can be overcome if they remain optimistic and confident. Fortunately, it is very likely that they can achieve success in several of their goals which they have been working towards for a while.


12. The Boar
(Years 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959)

Boars are generally jovial individuals with sunny and cheerful dispositions. It is highly likely that they will be able to achieve success this year, as they might be able to effectively perform in any situation. Although Boars should not hesitate when attempting new opportunities or challenges so that they can achieve their goals this year, they should also keep a clear mind to handle any unexpected difficulties encountered.


The information provided is only a small amount extracted from your BaZi chart. But if you want a preliminary reading on your fate in 2018, the above is good enough to begin with. If you want to know more about how to make 2018 your best year ever, download Joey Yap’s Thriver’s Guide 2018 for FREE at If you have any feng shui-related questions for Yap, please go to the Tools section of

Datuk Joey Yap is the world’s leading Chinese Metaphysics consultant and bestselling author of more than 160 books which have sold over four million copies worldwide. He is chief consultant of the Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics. His nearly two decades of professional consultancy includes working with Microsoft, Sime Darby, UEM, Prudential and Citibank. He has students in more than 30 countries.

This story first appeared in pullout on Feb 9, 2018. Download pullout here for free.

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