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2018 Chinese New Year - Zodiac Year of the Brown Dog

When is the Chinese New Year 2018?

The 2018 Chinese New Year Day is on Friday, February 16, 2018 in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 05:06 on 16-Feb-18 in China's time zone.

Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2018 is the Yang Male Earth Dog. Brown is connected to Earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called Brown Earth Dog Year.

The first day of the Brown Dog is not the Chinese New Year in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2018 Chinese Brown Dog starts on February 4, 2018 in China's time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Brown Dog Year. If a baby is born February 5, 2018, then baby's zodiac sign is the Dog, not Chicken.

YearZodiac Animal SignNew Year First Zodiac
2018Brown Earth DogFeb. 16, 2018 FridayFeb. 4, 2018
2019Brown Earth PigFeb. 05, 2019 TuesdayFeb. 4, 2019
2020White Metal RatJan. 25, 2020 SaturdayFeb. 4, 2020

How Old is China?

The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4715th year on February 16, 2018. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Male Earth Dog is the 35th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4715 = (60 *78) + 35, therefore 2018 of Earth Dog Year is the 4715th Chinese Year.

Some web sites say the year 2018 is the 4716th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the calendar of Yellow King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year. The winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st means nothing to Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C. for a year, then year 2018 is the 4716th Chinese year.

2018 is the 4715th Chinese Year. However, Chinese civilization is up to 8000 years. The Dadiwan relics show the civilization of houses, palaces, cooking tools, color pottery, weapons, artifacts and agriculture. Archaeologists doubt the I-Ching was invested there.

What's meaning of Brown Earth Dog?

The Brown Earth Dog name is from the Chinese Stem-Branch calendar. The first Stem-Branch name is found in the document around 1739 B.C. The original stems and branches only use for counting the days. Using Stem-Branch to count for Month, Hour and Year sequences began around 206 B.C. during Chin dynasty and Han dynasty. That idea might come from Chinese Yin Yang Five Element scholars. Therefore, all zodiac signs can be converted into five elements. For example, Dog is equivalent to Male Earth. If we find all the Earth Dog connections from Chinese calendar, Five Elements and I-Ching philosophy, then we can foresee what signs will come in the year of the Brown Dog.

2018 is Male Earth Dog. Male Earth is connected to dry soil, wall, mound or mountains. The major five elements inside Dog is Male Earth too. The sign of 2018 Earth Dog is mountains over mountains. 2018 will be a very strong Earth. That implies the events related to land, real estate, county territory, agriculture, earthquake, mineral and the Earth will be more active than before. In Chinese astrology, Earth is also connected to stability, meditation and religion. Many people will be interested in spiritual or religious study.

The mountain of 2018 appearing in the front of us means something is blocking our view or our path. That's a sign of obstacle. We need to climb over it to see the other world. So we need to find a flat road around the mountains to find our way. Either way, we need to take extra effort to reach our destination. Therefore, 2018 is a challenge year for many people. We need to use our wisdom to find the better way to conquer the mountains. If you can do it, then you will be ahead of many others. If you cannot, then you will behind the world.

The mountains of 2018 are related to stability, slowness, stubborn, laziness and conservativeness. If you are too lazy and lack of the diligent spirit, then you will miss career or money opportunity. The Original Chinese Horoscope 12 Branches page explains where 12-branch signs come from using the life cycle of the plant. Dog Month is October. Fruits on the tree had ripened. If we don't pick and sell them right away, then they will be rotten very soon. That implies we need to complete our unfinished project quickly. Otherwise, our income source will disappear soon.

Dog Hour is between 19:00 to 21:00 p.m. The sun completely disappears in the sky. That sounds the sun goes down inside the mountains. The sun is connected to the Yang Fire. Therefore, Dog has a nickname of the Storeroom of the Fire in the Chinese astrology. Mountains also can absorb rainwater very quickly. Rainwater can be collected into the dam inside the mountains. The mountains become the warehouse of the Water. Fire and Water represents money to many people. Dog of 2018 brings people the concept of savings. Many people will consider the necessity before spending money. 2018 will be a good year to increase your wealth.

2018 of Dog is a very strong Earth year. If your Lucky Element is Earth, then 2018 will be one of your great years. If Earth is your lucky year, then you need to think twice before taking risky action. The following are the Chinese Five Element Astrology and Chinese zodiac predictions for 2018, the year of the Dog.

2018 Chinese Horoscope Forecasts

Chinese Fortune Calendar provides two different 2018 predictions. The first method is the simple Chinese Zodiac Prediction to analyze the relationship between Brown Dog and your zodiac sign. The second method is the traditional Chinese Five Element Astrology. It will read your complete Chinese Astrology birth chart, Find Your Lucky Element, then forecast your luck in the Brown Dog year. This way is required your correct birthday and birth time.

Chinese New Year Festival Before and After

Chinese New Year festival is from Chinese New Year Day to Chinese Lantern Festival for 15 days long. Chinese families have to prepare for the Chinese New Year festival a month ago. To understand those events, we need to know Chinese history and cultural background.

2018 Feng Shui for Chinese New Year

9-Purple Star flies into the center palace of the 9-Star diagram in 2018. Therefore, the kua number of 2018 is 9-Purple.


Lucky directions are
1 (White) is connected to Business, Romance, Social Relationships.
4 (Green) is connected to Intelligence, Academic Achievement.
6 (White) is connected to Windfall, Money, Power, Position.
8 (White) is connected to Money, Wealth.
9 (Purple) is connected to Happiness, Marriage.

Unlucky directions are
2 (Black) is connected to Illness and Sickness.
3 (Green) is connected to Quarrel, Dispute, Lawsuit.
5 (Yellow) is connected to Sick, Trouble, Bad Luck.
7 (Red) is connected to Robbery, Villain.
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at the northern side. Do not have any remodeling in the western area of your house.

More detailed information is available in the Chinese Farmer Calendar Farmer Calendar CD.

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By Master Allen Tsai on November 18, 2021

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