what does the YEAR OF THE DOG have in store for you?

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Chinese New Year is upon us once more and the 2018 lunar calendar is dedicated to the Earth Dog. After last year’s powerful and ambitious Year of the Fire Rooster, 2018 promises to be all about action and embracing change.

Of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals, the dog occupies the eleventh position within the cycle, and corresponds to people born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and, of course, 2018. Officially falling on Friday 16th February this year and ending on Monday 4th February 2019, even if the dog is not your zodiac sign, there is a lot to be excited about over the dozen months.

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Chinese New Year opens up plenty of doorways, so the best advice for all zodiac signs is to be ready to adapt to new opportunities and be willing to rethink longstanding beliefs. This year is the perfect time to welcome lifestyle changes, no matter how big or small.

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Whether you wish to quit a bad habit or adopt a healthier regime, or you aim to think bigger and finally put your new business ventures or career goals into action, this year offers good fortune. Health and happiness are crucial over the coming months too, so it’s important to pay close attention to any areas that may be hindering your progress, whilst keeping communication channels open with family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. The Earth element links this year to rejuvenation, so you can expect to unlock your dreams and see success clearly on the horizon. This year also offers the chance to relax and reflect amid the change, and learn to enjoy life fully.

Want to find out more about your zodiac sign specifically? This is what you can look for from the year ahead…


Birth years: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

Are you ready for an influential year? This year is all about new starts, giving you the chance to renew your motivation and pick up old achievements. Happiness isn’t far away, but you’ll want to be careful in whatever you do. You are likely to meet many obstacles in your path, but should overcome these by reflecting on previous successes rather than looking to ambitious solutions. You will mature and learn to use your strengths to best effect, rather than focussing on bettering your weaknesses.



Birth years: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

This year is all about fulfilment. You will want to be alert and aware of any potential problems you may encounter; but this year will be a chance to reconcile old mistakes and fully ground yourself away from unrealistic goals or dreams. Be realistic with your finances, at work, and in relationships, to ensure things run smoothly and conflict-free.



Birth years: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.

You may have felt overwhelmed and exhausted in previous years, but this year is all about resting and recharging your body and mind. It’s important to take a step back and revaluate your schedule if things start to become hectic again; let old feelings and fears go. You will also want to be patient when putting new plans into action, rather than rushing to decisions.



Birth years: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.

Your sign embodies hard work and perseverance, and this year will be no different. You will have a lot of important choices to make over the coming months in your work life, family life, and relationships, all of which may test your patience. Evaluate the weight of your worries and don’t doubt your own judgements or strengths. Facing these challenges will make you stronger for the future.



Birth years: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.

There’s no denying that you are a people person, with the ability to charm anyone who meets you. This year you will need to learn how to share the limelight though and be motivated to put in more energy, even if the results don’t feel as rewarding. Be committed in your work life and relationships, but unafraid of asking for help if needed.



Birth years: 1951, 1962, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.

The past year may have been difficult for you, but this year you can finally let go of certain worries and look towards meeting your goals successfully. Devoting yourself to an area of your life – from your career to your relationship – will pay off, bringing many happy and joyful moments. Old relationships may resurface and new ones materialise, whilst business ventures will take off at last and begin bearing the fruit of your hard work.



Birth years: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.

You’re no stranger to success and achieving your goals – no matter how complex – but this year offers the chance to refocus. Assess exactly what is working and what isn’t; don’t become fixated on devoting all your energy to relationships and projects that are fizzling out. There are a number of things you could risk losing, so be cautious and prepared to swallow your pride; prioritise what is most important to you.



Birth years: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.

You are in good company over the next twelve months and can expect enjoyable things to present themselves, with little stress or risk. It will be a soft and calm year, as long as you put in the effort required to receive the reward. New relationships and new professional opportunities are within touching distance; just remember to restructure your ambitions and aspirations to make sure everything aligns.



 Birth years: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.

It’s easy to get swept up in the momentum of the year, but the next twelve months should be about devotion. You will need to clearly differentiate your goals from your dreams, pursuing only things that are realistic. Be willing to redouble your efforts in order to reconcile abandoned dreams that still preoccupy your mind, whether in your personal life, work life, or relationships.



Birth years: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.

Your intelligence and insightfulness will be beneficial this year as you learn to prioritise personal goals over those of loved ones. You will need to become self-sufficient and reassess strained relationships that may be holding you back. Learn to say ‘no’ when needed and channel your energies into achieving things you may have otherwise put on hold.



Birth years: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.

Never one to shy away from change and the chance to embrace new innovations, this year will be all about cultivating your existing knowledge and learning from past mistakes. Don’t feel disheartened, as your hard work will pay off. Maintaining a positive and steadfast perception to change will help tenfold.



Birth years: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.

Although last year was your year, the zodiac year of one’s birth sign is often considered the unluckiest year. This year comes with good news though; it is a favourable year for starting new projects, taking on new responsibilities, and entering into new relationships. You will need to be organised and determined so that all aspects of your hectic life provide rewards.

Whatever the next twelve months bring you, embrace the Year of the Earth Dog and look internally and externally when it comes to making changes to you life. Whatever your plans and goals for this Chinese New Year, we would like to wish you, from all of us at Legacy of Taste, a Hapy New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Xin Nian Kuai Le! San Nin Faai Lok!