01 Feb
Dog Year. Pen with her two labradors.

Dogs are known to be loyal, protective, and good crusaders ~ especially when they have been made aware that an injustice has taken place. With so many humanitarian causes that need to be championed, it is likely to be a productive year.

The year of the Rooster will end by February 16th, 2018 and the Dog year will begin. The Rooster was good for peck, peck, pecking her way to reveal unpleasant truths (and she had a lot to crow about). This doggy year is one in which dedicated progress can be made. Hopefully, this will be a time when integrity and altruism is valued above all else.

I was born in the year of the Earth Dog, and in my 60th year it has come around once again. (There are five elements attributed to each of the 12 animals in the Chinese Horoscope, so the sign you are born under only comes around again in the year you turn 60 years old.) This is exciting for me in so many ways ~ I’m ready to have a ‘special’ dog type of year!

My own two Labradors (RIP) have been great models of how to enjoy life. I want to follow their example and know when to lie in the sun to gather energy, and when to spring into action when needed. They showed empathy when I needed someone to care. Forgiveness was second nature to them. And their excitement to see me when I walked in the door never failed to lift my spirits.

As a dog/person, being of service has always been important to me. I want to continue to do so (through my work), but as I enter into this new decade in my life, I want spontaneity to also factor in. I plan to travel more, spend less, drink coffee at odd times of the day (wow ~ maybe I’ve gone too far) and linger in beautiful places.

I let myself have a special gift this year too. (Thank you, Ed!) Emerald is my birthstone, and my favorite form of energy healing, Reiki, comes in on the emerald ray. So there is an emerald ring being designed for me that is symbolic of allowing myself to be taken care of in small, beautiful ways. Even though I’ve never been much of a jewelry person, I plan to put it on my finger and never take it off. It is a commitment to love and care for myself, and to spread love to all others who cross my path.

Let this be a compassionate, faithful and progressive year for everyone.

May we all live like dogs!

Dog Year. Pen with her two labradors.

About the Author

Written by Pen Augustin

Pen Augustin is author of Waves of Light and The Priestess Tale series. She is also founder of Lady of the Lake Holistic Health. Pen loves to give messages about how we can heal ourselves and bring balance to our beloved planet. Living near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, she enjoys spending time in nature and communing with the local wildlife.

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