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The Chinese New Year begins on February 16! The Year of the Yang Earth Dog ushers a different element and feel. For the previous two years we had fire energy clashing with metal and we had our share of explosive events. Fire is about optimism, while Earth is about being resourceful. 

For 2018 we have Earth on Earth. Although this relationship looks supportive, it is too strong. We may see situations where compromise is hard to achieve. Optimism may be hard to maintain. However, being aware of shifts in energies can help us make better choices and decisions that allow us to grow. 

The environment we live in is the energetic “soup” we live in. The quality of Life Force energy is explained more clearly with best and bad areas. 

The space we occupy at home or work is not empty,

it is full of thoughts, feelings – and beings or life force energy.  

~ Atala Toy

Best Areas for 2018

Rose Quartz Palmstones

Rose Quartz Palm Stones in Singing Bowl

Southeast, South, Southwest & Northwest

The Year of the Dog has a strong Earth Element. Crystals are also Earth Elements, which can be used to enhance the Southwest and Southeast areas of your space. 

Bad Areas for 2018

North, Northeast, East & West. North sector is extremely bad this year. 

Metal is a good Element this year. In the productive cycle of five elements, Earth produces Metal. Place metal items, such as wind chimes and metal singing bowls, in the North and West areas of your home to neutralize the effect of negative energies. 

Using Elements to balance your space, brings harmony – this is how we can grow and prosper.  

More On the Yang Earth Dog

The Dog is the eleventh sign in Chinese Astrology. It applies to those born after February 4 in the following years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018. 

The Dragon is opposite to the Dog in the Chinese Astrology Wheel. The technical term for this is “clash.” Changes are due this year for the Dragon, it is best to be proactive. Dragons were born after February 4 in the following years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012. 

Year of the Dog & Color

Chosen by Pantone colors, the color of the year is purple, the color of the crown chakra. Located at the top of your head, this chakra is the energy center for wisdom and spirituality. Wisdom can help us to grow – we can use this energy center to transcend limiting beliefs. Growing every day contributes to attaining our goals, therefore, our happiness. 


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Guest blogger Veronica Montinolla is a Master Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology consultant. A former staff member at Crystal Life, Veronicais known for her calm, measured approach. If you’re interested in learning more about Feng Shui or schedule a consultation, visit her Facebook page or her Website

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