The Dog in the Year of the Water Tiger 2022

Dog Pic by @elliespinelli

Who is a Dog?

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Years:         1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006.
Month*:      October
Hour:          19.00-21.00

Day:            you’ll need a Chinese Calendar.

* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. We can let you know this too.

What is a Dog?
The Dog is yang earth and a byword for faith and consistency. Terriers and Rotweilers are as fierce as they are loyal. In mediaeval heraldry and Renaissance painting, the greyhound symbolises constancy. The downside of this is that like 1946 Fire Dog Donald Trump and two of his three predecessors (ie not Obama – naturally), they can take some moving on. And the primary force in the world in 2022 remains the eclipse of the post-war era which opened in the Fire Dog year of their birth 1946, and the search for a new beginning in which humanity has some chance of survival. Only rejection of the dogma of perpetual growth which continues to ravage the planet offers an escape. You Dogs may be absorbed with that very question. Google the Volker Plan or the Nixon Shock, both cooked up in the Dog Year of 1970 if you want to fully understand this.

A Dog can be expected to revere tradition and have a strong family background. If a Dog commits to something they can generally be relied upon to see it to completion – for better or worse. The difference between male and female Dogs can be that the female gets the message quicker. Interesting to note that Kate Middleton and Prince William are twin Water Dogs of 1982; a very solid match because as a yang Earth sign, the Dog is pretty immovable, an ideal best friend or protector. These two are, whatever appears to occur to the contrary, first and foremost good friends.

The Dog’s thinking may not always be flexible but when he gets an idea, he really gets it; that’s yang Earth for you. His natural grouping is with the hunters, the Horse and Tiger where the apportionment of tasks is obvious: the Horse provides pace and the Tiger ferocity while the Dog watches the rear. If more people studied Chinese metaphysics, more workplaces would zing: in business the Horse will tend to be the sales person, the Tiger the closer or credit controller and the Dog the provider of after-sales service or er…HR department.

The Dog excels at service because he never gives up. He will return your phone calls and keep that appointment. He’s the friend who sends a card every birthday and the spouse who remembers every anniversary. He’s the charmer as well as the Tweeter at dawn.

The Dog perhaps surprisingly, also mixes well with the gentle diplomatic Rabbit. The Rabbit schmoozes while the Dog ensures that her openness is not abused. He makes a wonderful bodyguard and middle manager. A Dog employer will generally have achieved that position by sheer hard work and will demand the same from all around.

The Dog doesn’t like the Dragon because he’s such a smarty pants. Also the Dog hates success without effort and he sees the Dragon create with such apparent ease. Consider Trump’s man-crush on Dragon Vladimir Putin in this light. The Snake too; the Dog would resent the Horse as well, except that they are scrupulously loyal to their own team. And just as an aside, it’s a principle of yin and yang that opposites co-exist. So some Dogs will express these qualities in the omission rather than the observance. This may make some little sense of Donald Trump.

An unbalanced Dog is a bit of a shop steward. He knows his rights and the way things should be – often the way they always have been. An unbalanced Dog (such as one with an October or mid-evening birth) is rigid. Those recent US Presidents in a downward progress of de-evolution bottoming out at Donald Trump, have been champions of stuck, male, white, wealthy privilege.  Make no mistake: it may not be clear very soon, but the post-War dispensation in the form of the Fire Dog, is over. The smart Fire Dog has already become mentor and confessor. That’s a pursuit at which he can often excel. The shallow Dog of course may never see this.

The Dog will often have a strong spiritual agenda and if he has a blind spot it may be the inability to tell the difference between religion and spirituality or spirituality and therapy. Because this means he sticks to his guns, the Dog is suited both to new age therapy and religious persecution. He will not be thrown off by the opinions of others once he has committed to a line of action. The unbalanced Dog can be thick skinned in matters of belief; this Dog would be ideally suited to being a Grand Inquisitor. The problem is that her motto is “Do as you would be done by,” and she thinks it already is. Resentment is a trap that is so easy to fall into.

The Dog can work well with other Dogs and even with the Pig. With the Pig he shares a love of home and team and they are so different they don’t crowd each other. Sometimes the Dog and Pig can be telepathically close; this is because they are adjacent signs in the calendar linked by the yang Earth that is a feature of both. Sometimes this Earth is expressed by banter or earthy humour, sometimes by complimentary delusions. Beware though: the yang Earth and the yin Water have to mix just right or it can all end in tears.

But the most powerful and most demanding role the Dog can play is in a creative team including the irritating Dragon, the autocratic Ox and the soft Sheep. If the Dog acts as conscience and bookkeeper, the Ox will relax, the Sheep toughen up and the Dragon acknowledge someone else for a change. If you are a Dog recruiting for non-executive directors, take note. What is great about the Dog is that if he finds advice that works he will adopt it as if it were religion. Bless. As for the unbalanced Fire Dog – it’s pretty much over. Change Horses, I should.

Richard Ashworth © 2022

The Dog in 2022

You have a friend in the Tiger this year, and the Tiger helps you to fire up and move – no more staying safe and snoozing at the fireplace. Your loyalty to your mission will be rewarded if you stand up and go for it.

This is a year to get out there and seek promotion, visibility and success.  You’ll find yourself loosening up (helpfully), and an unfamiliar willingness to follow where the flow takes you – trust this, a slight change of course may be refreshing and enlivening.

Keep conscious of a simultaneous desire to withdraw when the heat of being in the spotlight all feels too much.  You may feel a draw to bookish study and spending time on your own – absolutely fine if this is what you truly want, but if and when you start to feel lonely remember you can call on the Tiger and Horse to draw you out of your mood and find some spontaneity and passion.

The first few months of the year feel comfortable and relaxed as you feel in step with the vibe of the new year.  Summer time brings you support, but it may feel half-hearted – perhaps you don’t even need it as long as you stay connected with a Horse in your life.  The second half of the year brings challenge, but again with the help of a Horse and/or the tenacity to just get out there into the limelight yourself, you’ll be able to turn the challenge into inspiration and success.

San Sats:

Wah koi

Helpful friends:  Horse, Tiger, Rabbit

Best months: February, March, June

Zoë Vita James | Classical Feng Shui & Ba Zi


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