Asian astrology, like its Western counterpart, features the qualities of animals. From the fiery flight of last year's Fire Phoenix, with its illuminating 'insight' and passion for changing things up, we go this year to double down Earth Dog.
Centuries-old, Taoist time-tested observations of Dog Year qualities suggest this as a time of fairness, equality and addressing injustice.Like a watch dog caring for an underdog, controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, politics are liberal and political oppression is opposed. Integrity and honesty are highly valued and we're called to dig into the earth work in service to the whole. Whether that be climate disruption, fracking, coral reefs, sustainable practices, social and political platforms that you value, and more.
The element earth adds a dimension of deliberation, diligence and vigilance. This earthy energetic may help settle our nervous systems and invite a light touch including humor and spaciousness with depth and follow through. This helps us aerate and till the soil of our inner landscape where tender places yield healing opportunities in befriending what at depth concerns us.
A downside of a double earth dog is a "doggedness" and entrenchment personally and collectively. This stalls collaboration and mediation between the inner aspects of ourselves and in the cultural commons.
Yet with Dog by our side, playfulness IS our companion. Being a rascal and engaging irascible play tends to create through disruption and preserve through loyalty the integrity, stability and beauty of who we are and what we seek. This helps us self-regulate, come to center.
Dog's canine cousins Coyote and Wolf make sure of that!
Coyote as trickster allows a deep angst, from planetary to personal, to be held in a bowl of light through surprise; a koan, a puzzle that wakes us up, frees us from binding illusion. Howls the Mystery in laughter, humor as healing, news as True as an irreverent rascal of relevance.
Wolf is clan savvy, caring for the pack for the benefit of all. Wolf runs big territory, taking space for all to be known and nourished. Its call of the wild restores us to common justice, common sense of land and people. Wolf wisdom lies in keen perception, strategy and whiskers that perceive wounding and howls a chorus of healing.
In our canine companions we have tough tested allies we can call upon to "be the change we want to see happen" as we take courage to address with diligence and devotion that which calls our name.
Add laughter and play, and grace and space will ease the way.