Tips for 2018 Chinese New Year. Year of the Dog!

2018 is the Year of the Dog according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Earth Dog, starting from Feb. 16, 2018 (Chinese New Year) and lasting tto Feb. 4, 2019. Chinese New Year’s Eve is the the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. To find out which sign you are, check here

The Chinese New Year is always a perfect time to clean house. Clear out the old and unused, and make room for the new, literally and metaphorically. For me, the Chinese New Year is a great excuse to clean out the closets, change the sheets, sweep the floor, empty the cupboards of junk, give away clothes I never wear, set intentions, and put out to the universe what I need. 

Earth Dog year 2018 is time for honesty, integrity, and loyalty. This is the year to create an environment that reflects who you really are, and helps you live simply in your truth.

2018 is also time to heal and regain balance after two Fire years of 1016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster).

2018 is an Earth year, as will be 2019. Great, auspicious time to make your home comfortable and earthy. 

As an Earth year, it’s also important to focus on and take care of your diet and digestions. Because element Earth rules the stomach. 

Keep your environment clean and tidy. Especially your work space. And don’t forget your outdoor space. Home is close to the heart of those born in the year of the Dog. Dogs like a safe, clean, dry environment. They’re protective and territorial of their space, and they respect clear boundaries. 

To Start the New Year Right (one to seven days beforehand):

  • Do a thorough cleaning. Sweeping and cleaning on the first day of the New Year is considered bad luck because it can sweep all the good luck out the door. The god of luck is said to avoid dirty houses. So clean now, but don’t clean your house on February 8th or for 3 days after. If you can’t physically clean your house, do a psychic cleaning of your space. (Go counter-clockwise around your space to the door and then return clockwise from the door, use incense or a bell to help you get there “mentally”.)
  • Give away stuff. My rule of thumb is to give away clothes and shoes that I haven’t worn in a year. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. For the most part, though, it’s a good one to follow. It works for the rest of the house too. If you have appliances, linens, or other things you haven’t used for a long time, pass it on to someone else. A wonderful way to make room for MORE (love, luck, energy…) in your life.
  • Take Time to Clear & Forgive. When cleaning your space, physically or mentally, take time to forgive and clear out bad energy from your mind, anger, envy, fear, worry. Forgive yourself most of all. After you forgive, invite in goodness, for yourself and others. Invite all that you wish for yourself. (I find writing everything down in a notebook really helps.)
  • Be Present. Practice Gratitude. Be present with all that you have in your home. Be grateful for all you have in your life. Gratitude brings more of that which you are grateful for. 
  • Make New Year Preparations. Organize, buy a new outfit (or find one in your closet you really love), wear red (a color of prosperity in China) or accessorize with red. Clean, declutter, re-arrange and refresh your decor.
  • Purchase flowers. Bulbs, such as daffodils or hyacinths, lilies, and peonies are especially auspicious. Chrysanthemums, especially yellow, represent joy, optimism and perfection. Display these potted flowers (not cut) in a prominent place. They signal to the Universe you want growth in your life. 
  • Make a List of Your Wishes. Make your wish list for what you want in the Year of the Monkey.
  • Citrus! Have bowls of citrus around. Keep a bowl filled with mandarin oranges (or another orangish/red citrus) on your table, enjoy them yourself, and offer them to every person that comes into your home during the New Year’s celebration. These oranges are a symbol of prosperity, good fortune and longevity.
  • Start at the front door. Make sure the first thing you see is inspiring. Focus on your dining room. From astrologer Susan Levitt: “Where to start to bring in luck in 2018? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby –whatever the entry is where you live.What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes the room inviting to enter, and sets the tone.Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of mess. Stay tidy, especially in this Earth year when it’s easy to get bogged down in clutter and just too much stuff. Every room of your home or office has a Marriage and Partnership corner to focus on in Dog year. After that is complete, another important room this year is your dining room because that’s the room of the Element Earth, and 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog. 

    Start by standing at the entry of your dining room. Really look at your dining room to make it softer and easy to eat and digest. This is a yin room so round or oval shaped tables are best, and round or oval mirrors. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast.

    If you do not have a dining room in your home, you can still focus on diet, nutrition, food choices — what you dine on. Keep your kitchen clean and inviting in this Earth Dog year.”

And here’s what to do on the New Year, February 16th:

  • Go out to eat for your meals. Share your food with others, friends and family, share your prosperity and good luck. Go out for dinner. No work today. And if you do eat at home, keep it simple. Cutting and chopping food represents cutting your luck — and work. 
  • Be kind. No yelling or scolding anyone today. Avoid reprimanding or lecturing your kids or spouse or work colleagues. This is a holiday meant to be enjoyed and celebrated by all. 
  • Wear new clothes today. Why? So that you can renew yourself. And if you can’t find something new, wear your best this day.
  • Have a good day. Take the day off from worry and anxiety. No worrying or fretting. Celebrate the holiday and your good luck by being happy. Fake it till you make it. Celebration of the big events in life, including the New Year, is really good feng shui.
  • Have an open heart and the best intentions for this new year, for yourself and the planet.
  • You are your own oracle. Your actions set up the year for you. So act with pure, good intention.

This year I’m starting early because I want to paint the upstairs rooms (I did the downstairs rooms and entrance 2 Chinese New Years ago) and wallpaper the bathrooms. I want to freshen up everything. Do a deep clean on closets. Taxes from 10 years ago, gone, golf clubs never used, donated, and even sets of new bed sheets are being given away. I have been blessed with so much, why not share it, pass it on, recycle, renew, regift, and reuse. And, it’s helping me make room for new creative endeavors and for good luck in work and life. 

 Wishing you all a wonderful, prosperous, happy Year of the Earth Dog!


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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.


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