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Here's What to Expect From the Year of the Dog

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While most of the world celebrated the new year on January 1, 2018, the year of the dog was feted in parts of Asia on February 16th. Asian astrologers believe the animal ruling the year will determine the events which will shape history for the next 12 months or so.

They also believe the year will have different outcomes for each of us, depending on when we were born.

This year will be ruled by the brown dog or 'earth dog'. Its characteristics are strength and steadiness.

It's a solid year to work on something you'd like to last beyond the next couple of months like a job, your family or that recipe that always causes your fire alarm to go off. Luck can be increased if you own red clothes and wear them often.

Astrologers predict this year will be one of citizens demanding more change for themselves. Social awareness and collective action will be a big theme and individuals who show kindness to others are expected to have a better year than most.

Strangely, people born under previous years of the dog are not expected to have a particularly fortunate year. Under the Chinese Zodiac, living in the year of your animal is considered bad luck.

So if you were born in the 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006, it's likely your year will be ordinary at best. Chart readers do warn that those born in these years should pay attention to their health to avoid burnout.

Find out which animal your year belongs to here.

2018 will bring many opportunities to start businesses and expand your social circle. However, those born in the year of the dragon, sheep and rooster should also be careful, lest they experience a burnout similar to that of the dogs.

But what about those born in other years?

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