2018 - Year of the Dog


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Kristina Kehrer's picture

Fighting for What You Believe In

I am an enthusiast of the esoteric. In my younger day, I searched the stars to find the meaning of my own life. But now, I read the tea-leaves looking for any sign that the Trump administration will end abruptly, and America will find its way out of the hand basket to hell.

In the Chinese astrology, the Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018 – more specifically an Earth Dog year. The qualities of the Earth element are: fidelity, honesty, prudence, sound reasoning, discipline and slow growth. The Earth Dog year is Yang: positive, male, active, south or sunny side of a hill.

While reading about the year of the Dog from the book, The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau & Laura Lau, I found slivers of optimism for 2018 that I will share with my own laymen interpretations.

The martial strains have summoned me
to hear your sorrows,
still your pain.
I am the protector of Justice.
Equality-my sole friend.
My vision is never blurred by cowardice,
my soul never chained.
Life without honor
is life in vain.

The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. In the Tarot, 2018 is an “eleven-year,” which is represented by the Tarot card, Justice. Could there be any better cosmic news then embarking on a year of Justice?

If you are not following my excitement over a Justice Year in regards to the political landscape, investigate Russia.com.

Characteristics and qualities of The Dog:
The egalitarian Dog likes to meet others halfway, is always willing to listen to reason and can be counted on to do his share.”
Can you image what progress we will make this year if Congress steps up its Dog behaviors and discovers compromise and duty?

No matter how much he or she complains, scolds or feigns indifference, the Dog person cannot ignore a real call for help. At times, the Dog protects the interests of others more avidly than his own.”
My cry for help is going directly to Robert Mueller who seems to be working in the essence of Earth energy: slow, methodical, meticulous, and disciplined. I also want to believe this could be good news for the Dreamers and the Daca program.

The Dog-born sometimes sticks to the object of his affection no matter how unworthy the person may be. The Dog does not desert easily.”
The first words that come to mind are: the Republican Party, Evangelicals, and the 40% of Americans who approve of Donald Trump still to this day.

Not all dogs look for fights. It would be more apt to say the Dog person is a clear-eyed and open-minded observer who aims to preserve the social fabric and guard the interests of the general public.”
On the surface that sounds great, but we are a divided country, and it is unclear if there will ever be a majority consensus pertaining to the “interests of the general public.” Will it be another year of extreme division? Or will we actually become a United States of America?

When the Dog decides to take up a cause he thinks is right, he will emerge victorious. Fortunately, he is not one to champion bad causes because his ideals and morals are of the highest order. As the symbol of justice, the Dog is very serious about his self-imposed responsibilities.”
I immediately think of the latest school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. and the no holds barred call for action from the students there, who are demanding sensible gun legislation and tighter gun control.

Even as a young pup, the Dog will be able to spot the good guys and the bad guys. He’ll want to be one of the good guys.”
This is a big problem in America – think Fox News. A large portion of the population suffers from gullibility, a lack of critical thinking, and delusion, which leads to our bigger problem of hypocrisy. President Obama wears a tan suit and salutes the military with a cup of coffee in his hand - bad guy. Trump brags about grabbing pussy, makes fun of a handicap person, picks fights with Gold Star families, and has his lawyer pay $130,000 to a porn star weeks before the 2016 election – good guy. Is this the year when people finally have that eureka moment where they recognize the truly good, from the truly bad?

The Dog, whether he admits it or not, will have an inborn need to divide people into fixed categories. To him, you are either a friend or a foe: a supporter or an opponent. He doesn’t allow any mousy grays or other shades of in-between.”
Well, guess who I first thought of when I read this? Trump. So, I goggled his birthday and guess what? Donald Trump is a Dog in the Chinese astrology. Oh boy, where does that leave us?

“Chinese horoscopes say that the Year of the Dog, which is about to start, brings bad luck, and those born in the same zodiac year will face that bad luck.” Thank you Aljazeera.com!

The Dog is an unemotional, although altruistic leader. But he is also prone to bouts of erratic and cantankerous behavior. This may be because he is really an introvert at heart and hates having to function in a social and political arena.”
Now a warning?! Since we make our presidential choices on silly things like, “whom we’d like to have a beer with” (Bush Jr.), may we also check astrological charts and Chinese horoscopes? Or better yet, just “Know thyself.”

When he is in the right, the Dog can be obstinate and unbending. It is hard to influence the unprejudiced Dog once he makes up his mind. He will cut the opposition’s arguments to ribbons with his flawless logic and acid wit. His bad temper and hot criticism can do a lot of damage, but only resorts to them when he is getting nowhere with diplomacy and formal protests.”
I’d hardly consider “#SAD,” and “something terrific,” as flawless logic and there is no connection between the words Trump and diplomacy. But what occurs to me is, the first sentence in the description of the Dog is, “The Dog may be the most likeable sign in the Chinese horoscope.” Trump had it in him to be all the positive aspects of the Dog and a good person, but something went wrong somewhere. My guesses are: parents, money, and power. Trump like all of us have the potential to be good citizens, but when potential is perverted for whatever reason, America pays the price.

Most people born under this sign are tough-they can endure a good deal of stress without cracking up. During times of crisis, they can suffer great hardships and deprivation without complaining. They earnestly wish that the world were a better place to live and will not be afraid to go out and do something about it. Many saints and martyrs were born under the sign of the Dog.”
It is going to be a tough year, because we are exhausted, but the strength is there. The key word is Justice and the movements have begun. "MarchForOurLives" “Nevertheless, she persisted.” “Vive la résistance.” “#Me Too.” “Black Lives Matter.” “#timesup.”

The Dog is ultimately a humanitarian, but I’m not counting on Trump. I’m counting on Americans to be good citizens and to take pride in your civic duties; to have care and consideration for someone other than yourself for liberty and justice for all.