Happy Chinese New Year. What will the year of the Yellow Wood Dog bring us? This year, Chinese New Year starts on 16 February 2018 and ends on 4 February 2019, when the Year of the Pig begins.

The Dog symbolizes luck and when one comes to your house, it brings good luck to the occupants. Therefore, anyone who loves and cares for dogs this year will get a little extra luck for honoring them.

This year expect more stability than the past two “fire” years, with some exceptions, of course.

Overall, people will be calmer and more relaxed. The themes this year are justice, loyalty, generosity and assimilation.

Having a baby this year?

Dog people have a strong sense of justice. They are brave, forthright, friendly, loyal to his friends and like righting wrongs. Loyal and honest, they have the most profound sense of duty in career. They are also good working partners. In love, they are fiercely loyal.

Unfortunately dogs are also stubborn and can easily become angry and irritable. They too often borrow trouble and are fond of getting to the bottom of matters, criticizing others, can be suspicious and fussy.

Your Health

In Chinese Medicine, the Earth Element involves the Earth Organs of the Body – the Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas. This is considered a good year for health but there are some health conditions exacerbated by the Earth year. The most common will be digestive disorders. Overeating will be a problem along with esophageal reflux. More people will also be diagnosed with diabetes and pre diabetes and it will be harder to keep your blood sugar regulated. Unfortunately you can expect to see an increase in diagnoses of cancer, particularly those involving the Earth Organs – the Spleen, Stomach, Pancreas and the Lymph system. People must also be careful of blood clots as blood will be thicker this year and this forecasts an increase in phlebitis, strokes and heart attacks. It is important to strengthen the Wei Qi, the immune system, as the Spleen is part of that system clear boundaries between self and other will also be very helpful on a psychological level.

Remember, Dogs like to travel in packs. So this year should prove a good year for those establishing friendships, forming the perfect union or making your own offspring of pups.

Let Chinese Medicine fill your soul- keeping you stress free, building your immune system and expanding your family!

Happy Chinese New Year!



2017—Year of the Fire Rooster

Last year (the year of the monkey) was quite a dramatic year, full of unexpected turn of events. We can expect more challenges, but on a much less rocky rollercoaster ride.

Those born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being loyal, highly motivated, dedicated – and often blunt. They like to be independent and don’t like to rely on others. Roosters also enjoy being the center of attention, making them great hosts and natural born leaders. Beneath their sometimes bossy exterior is a caring heart and deep love for family them keeps them grounded in what truly matters.

Its a good year to:

Start a family. Want an academic star? Many will choose this year to have children for that very reason. Family and love should also trend in 2017. It’s a year to clear up any misunderstandings and renew family relationships. Looking for love? Monkeys, Rats and Dragons are especially lucky.

Concentrate on your health. Want to lose weight or try alternative therapy? It’s a great time to be mindful of your physical, emotional and spiritual being.

Step up to the challenge. In 2017, no matter which Chinese animal you are – you can benefit by tapping into Rooster traits—have a clear purpose and step up to challenges.

2017, the Year of the Rooster could be summarized as the “wake up” year. Roosters wake up early in the morning to rouse everyone into action with their enthusiasm. We can already see plenty of rooster action in the US!

Mercury retrograde

During the year 2017, Mercury goes retrograde four times and during these times one should be careful:

Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017 From earth sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius.

April 9 to May 3, 2017 From earth sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries.

August 12 to Sept 5, 2017 From earth sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo

December 3 to December 22, 2017 During fire sign Sagittarius.

Sources: Lillian Bridges