The Dog: An Earth Sign
The Dog sign is of the Earth element. Generally, people born with the Earth element are known for being unpretentious and honest. This element brings them a strong sense of stability and integrity. Earth people are very reliable and you can be sure of their loyalty, hard work, common sense and practical approach to making the best of every situation.
The Metal Dog – 1910, 1970, 2030
The Dog is already known for being a very loyal sign – the Metal Dog is all the more so and can be depended upon to be a stalwart, lifelong friend. Altruistic in nature, this Dog will give everything they have for the sake of someone or something they have committed to, to a point that they may become too overprotective or possessive. It can also mean they often takes a backseat (particularly in relationships) becoming passive and even a little bullied.
Metal Dogs can also tend to be outspoken, especially if it’s for something that they believe in strongly… and boy, can the Metal Dog be righteous. They have extremely high ethical codes and will do whatever it takes to fight for justice, expecting others to be just as principled and noble as themselves. They will make themselves heard and speak up for others – this is one of the frankest more forthright people you will meet. No beating round the bush, this conservative, serious character will tell it to you as it is.
Their loyalty however, can have a dark side too. It can mean that if someone has wronged them, they become enemies for life and the Metal Dog can be relentless in their drive to get rid of enemies or to force them to align their views to his.
The loyal Metal Dog should learn to balance his faithfulness to loved ones by developing their own sense of individuality. Also, while they gets top marks for their high ethical stand, they needs to be a little less imposing on others and relax his conservative views a little.
The Water Dog – 1922, 1982
While Dogs are often quite guarded and find it hard to trust others, the Water Dog is the most pliable and open. The friendly, loyal character of the Dog is brought out all the more with the Water element, which makes them more sensitive to others and more able to establish good relationships with them.
The Water Dog maintains a very cool and approachable façade; they are often charming and very good looking too, making it easy for them to draw many admirers and develop large circles of friends. They works well with people, maintaining very fair views and holding strongly to what they believes their right, as all Dogs do – this would make them excel in vocations such as counseling or law. The Water in them makes them especially good at expressing themselves in ways that will please and help others.
Their more open nature also allows the Water Dog to listen to and accept others’ views. They are adaptable and able to fit into different environments, with the skill to approach problems openly and with new ideas. The only downside to this is that they can be very “open” with themselves too, which can lean towards being too self-indulgent.
Because they have a very flexible and accommodating nature, the Water Dog should be careful not to let others take advantage of them. They will also need to be more disciplined with themselves and not get carried away by self-indulgent acts or spending.
The Wood Dog – 1934, 1994
Solid and stable as oak trees, the Wood Dog has very firm principles and a reliable, stable nature. People will like working with them because of their intrinsically altruistic nature and desire to make others happy. It may be a bit hard to get through to them at first – they are a Dog after all, and they are always a little cautious of letting people in. However, once you’re in, you have a friend for life. The Wood Dog likes solid, lifelong friendships.
The Wood Dog has their head squarely on their shoulders so even if they are attracted to material wealth, they won’t be over-indulgent and will know how to strike a good balance. This also means that they will also know how to follow the best and more ethical course of action; the Wood Dog has a very strong sense of morals. They expects the best from themselves and others, and most of his life with be defined by heroism. You can count on the Wood Dog to save the day and stand up for others.
Any team would do well to have a Wood Dog in their midst for they will set out to accomplish everything they decided upon. They will also do it well, ethically and is not afraid to develop and improve themselves along the way. They have a lot of energy, capacity for hard work and a logical, clear mind that makes measured, mature decisions.
The Wood Dog can be generous to a fault because their desire to make others happy can mean they gets taken advantage of. It could also mean that they finds it difficult to make firm decisions as they looks too much for the approval of others. They will need to learn a stronger sense of discipline and independence to move ahead.
The Fire Dog – 1946, 2006
Expressive and dynamic, the Fire Dog is among the most popular Dogs who will draw not only many friendships but also many suitors! This Dog is more likely to take risks, with a natural draw to adventure and exciting new challenges. When things get tough however, the Fire Dog may not be as well prepared and often shirks from adversity.
At the heart of all he does, the Fire Dog is just as passionate and strong-willed as their other Dog siblings about upholding their ideals and what they believes is right. Try forcing a Fire Dog to do something they doesn’t believe in or attacking their principles, and you could be up for a big fight. Unlike other dogs, they doesn’t just make a threat – they will see it through.
While they have the natural friendliness and charm of all Dogs, the Fire Dog has a particularly independent, strong spirit. They are led by their strong ideals and a clear, honest way of doing things which will gain them the respect of many.
The Fire Dog should be more conscious of their fiery nature; they should try to temper their tendency to lash out at people, act less impetuously and be more patient with people who may not have the same views or ideals as them.
The Earth Dog – 1898, 1958, 2018
The Earth Dog is careful and practical but also holds on to their ideals and standards very strongly. Because of these qualities, they can be a very hard worker, sometimes expecting the same devotion and stability from others. Not one to be afraid of sharing their views, they will also be a straight-talker, very honest and direct, perhaps to a point that is overly critical. You can however, depend on them to give good advice and even be there to help you see it through.
Of all the Dogs, the Earth Dog is practical enough to listen to the views of others and is more amenable to accepting others’ decisions. Like the steady Earth, this Dog is a realist, one who plans quietly and wisely and doesn’t make rash decisions. They are also more able to manage his emotions, and won’t be likely to swing between extremes of feelings. Intuitive and sensible, this Dog will know how to work best with others in a team. They are good at harnessing the best out of the resources thy have and the talents of people around them.
While they are often right and does act in very righteous ways, the Earth Dog could do with learning to mince their words a little, so as not to offend others. They are good at spotting others’ talents but they must also learn to work with their capabilities and not impose their high standards on them.
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