As we leave the year of the Fire Rooster, many of us will welcome the calmer energy of the Earth Dog. In five-element theory, the earth element is known for stability, harmony and nurturance. Dogs are known for being friendly, loyal, devoted, and protective of their fellow pack-mates. The combination of the earth element and the dog year energy provides opportunities to care for and support others. The friendly and loyal nature of the dog year reminds us that through caring for and connecting with others we build trust and strengthen our communities.
The year ahead should bring about more stability however beware the excesses of earth. During Yang Earth years, potential exists for one to become bogged down in ruts and old patterns of overthinking and worry. In the year ahead it will be even more important to nourish oneself with fresh, quality foods as well as quality thoughts, avoiding excesses of heavy, fatty foods and alcohol. And don’t forget the importance of self-care and cultivation in the year ahead!
Wishing you, your family and friends happiness, abundance and health in 2018!
Stephanie Gregory, LAc & Hazel Gregory, Dog
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