THE DOG MAN


His physicality

  • People often say of the Dog male: “He’s born an old man.” The remark is fairly accurate, for the native never offers an air of freshness and insouciance, even as a child. He always looks morose, tense, austere, even tormented, as if suffering eternally from constipation or disappointment. In addition, with his awkward gait and slight stoop, he gives out every indication that he carries all of the world’s misfortunes on his shoulders.
  • This individual is never quite happy with the physical aspect he projects. It pains him to realize his natural stiffness, clumsiness, and lack of refinement. If he labours under timidity, it is because he feels ill at ease in his body which he finds unattractive and unprepossessing.
  • He is often thin, even emaciated, no matter how rich his diet may be. With his high, bony stature, his narrow shoulders, his long and gnarled hands, he presents a rather caricatural appearance – and he knows it.
  • His face makes no happy contrast with the rest of his physique. It recalls the head of a goat. His nose is long and drooping, his eyes somewhat dull and downcast, his ears larger than the average, and his mouth bordered with thin, tight lips. He rarely has abundant hair and is liable to precocious baldness.
  • His health is basically sound. His most appreciable advantage lies in his tremendous nervous stamina – he can resist the stresses and strains of modern life better than the majority of people. Although his organism tends to show outward signs of senescence somewhat prematurely, he feels better and better physically as he advances in years and his endurance increases with age. He almost inevitably suffers from arthritis during a major part of his life and for this reason, according to popular belief, is not exposed to untimely natural death.
  • This is essentially an emotional person whose reactions do not lack intensity. But people around him are hardly aware of it because he exercises self-control very well – perhaps too well to stay on the safe side health wise.
  • He is not a hypochondriac in the usual acceptation of the word, that is, he does not spend his time worrying about his real or imaginary diseases and having them treated by a host of puzzled specialists. On the contrary, he hates illness so much that he always shows reluctance to consult a doctor or undergo a regular medical check-up for fear of discovering an affection. In case of unmistakable trouble, he may choose to simply ignore it, or to fight bitterly against it in the hope of recovering his well-being as rapidly as possible.
  • As indicated earlier, his joints often make him suffer considerably. Actually, his whole skeleton can be the seat of various deformations and disorders, with scoliosis and rheumatism ranking among the most frequent ones.
  • His skin constitutes another of his weak spots. Usually dry and fragile, it is constantly liable to scratches, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, prurigo, and urticaria: Cold weather may cause him itching and chapping. More often than not many of his skin affections are nothing else than his own way to ease his internal tensions and conflicts, and it may be in his interest not to obstruct this outlet completely lest it should be replaced with much more serious illnesses.
  • A slowing down of physiological exchanges is always possible in his case. Unless he takes appropriate preventive measures, hypo tension is likely to set in, so are arteriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, constipation, and faulty elimination of toxins. Even in the best conditions the prospect of his machine’s getting clogged up could not be definitely averted.
  • Nobody would contest the Dog man’s image as an extremely hard worker. But his worst weakness lies precisely here: He tends to overestimate his power of endurance and push his luck too far, always hoping that everything will be all right. He easily lets himself be caught up in the train of his multiple activities, paying no attention to his minor and major miseries as though they simply did not exist. And when suddenly cut down by an illness, he will be the first one to be surprised – and furious because he does not give himself the right to fall ill.
  • In all good common sense, he must fully realize his own limits and respect his own physiological tempo. Basically a peasant like his Buffalo counterpart, he can find his interest in adapting his rhythm to that of nature – by rising and going to bed with the sun, eating mostly seasonal products, and leading a simple life.
  • He must drink profusely in order to ensure an adequate elimination. It is well for him to know that citrus foods, such as grapefruits and cherries, as well as cabbage and red cabbage aid the eliminative organs in their work very effectively beside being quite rich in vitamins and minerals. A big cup of celery stock every day could work wonders with him.
  • Emphasis must be placed on cheese of every variety and other dairy products, rich in calcium, which his skeleton needs in order to stay in good condition. He may not be aware of it, but regular sexual activity has been proven to be an excellent antidote to arthritis.
  • Daily physical exercise would be more indispensable to him than to others because of his greater tendency to go rusty. An extended period of inactivity could rapidly introduce a self-intoxication process in him, which is likely to entail as nefarious as varied consequences. While a moderate sport is highly recommendable, systematic gymnastics, practised every day, would be vital. He must also force himself to take a long walk every now and then, preferably in a wood or the countryside.

His psychology

  • One may not like the Dog male for one reason or another; but one would find no reason not to respect him, for he is a man of lofty ideals and his dedication to them forces the admiration of all. Always engaged in more than one crusade, he follows his convictions through to their complete realization, whatever the sacrifices involved. His actions are magnanimous, unselfish, and always in line with the noble causes he fights for.
  • This subject’s primary concern in life is to establish the reign of justice among men. Nobody would have a more acute sense of equity than the Dog man. He appoints himself the champion of the wronged, the oppressed, the underprivileged: He is always the first to speak out – and to act – against injustice, and will not rest until wrong has been righted. His field of action encompasses all levels and sectors – his family, his community, his professional circle, his nation, and the world at large. Tirelessly, he participates in such diverse struggles as those for the rights of consumers, the rights of workers, the rights of man, etc.
  • A firm believer in human dignity, the Dog male unflaggingly wages a relentless war against whatever may directly or indirectly threaten or infringe upon it. No wonder why we can find him take an active part in any and all campaigns against hunger, ignorance, and illness, wherever these scourges may hold sway. He considers it an imperative moral obligation, for him as well as for all, to try to make this world a better place to live in.
  • A fervent advocate of the universal brotherhood of man, he feels the compulsive need to be of service to others. His interest in the physical and moral well-being of his fellow men is not only absolutely sincere and unselfish but also quite personal. He always shows himself full of concern and compassion for those he thinks need them. He often goes out of his way to lend a helping hand to his friends, acquaintances, and all those to whom he can be useful in a way or another.
  • Because he is anxious to change the world, to make it more “decent,” this man is generally viewed by those around him as a revolutionary. But he is a revolutionary in his own way and could be called a “bourgeois revolutionary” because he never calls for a drastic, immediate, or violent change in the existing state of things but only for a gradual, peaceful mutation of human societies. It should be remembered that, apart from the noticeable conservative streak in his character, he never wants to bring about revolution merely for the sake of revolution, at the expense of certain human values. In other words, he is made of a more humanitarian than revolutionary fabric.
  • Not only is the Dog male a person of high ideals, he also possesses many of the finest traits of the human soul. It would take too long to enumerate all the qualities associated with this sign; let us speak briefly about the main ones.
  • The native’s honesty and integrity, everybody would readily concede, are above all possible reproach. He will remain intransigent even when these virtues of his are likely to make him appear unrealistic or, worse still, feeble-minded. He hates dishonesty and hypocrisy with every fibre of his being. He never agrees to compromise with his conscience, whatever the cost. It would be impossible to corrupt him or induce him to behave contrary to his reputation as a law-abiding citizen.
  • His friends and adversaries alike cannot but appreciate his absolute frankness, sincerity, and dependability. He is totally incapable of make-believe, malice, or deviousness – he says what he does and does what he says, come what may, and one can always trust his given word. Owing to his sternest moral fibre people often make him a depository of their confidences. In addition, his friendship is highly valued because of his exemplary loyalty and fidelity.
  • With his deep, acute sense of duty, he can always be relied upon to honour to the last detail what is expected of him. There would be no need to exhort him. He likes assuming responsibilities and deliberately looks for as many of them as possible, partly out of his desire to be useful to others and partly because being responsible is one of his ways to ward off rejection and indifference, which he abhors.
  • The Dog man’s patience is well known to those around him. He has nothing to envy his Buffalo counterpart on this score. What he has to do, he will take all his time to do it to complete satisfaction, regardless of the difficulties involved. People hardly ever see him in a hurry: It is as if he had no notion of time or as if time belonged entirely to him. If he fails in one of his undertakings, it will be due to some factor which is definitely not haste.
  • He possesses considerable self-mastery and power of concentration. While it is true his imagination often remains in an underdeveloped state, he never permits his train of thought to run off the trails. Although his feelings and emotions run very deep, he is good at hiding them under a mask of impassivity, so much so that many people could mistake him for an insensitive person. He also exercises a perfect control over his anger despite the fact that he has a rather irascible character; a psychologist would advise him to lessen this control somewhat and let off stream from time to time for the sake of his health.
  • People who meet him are generally impressed by his modesty and reservedness. However shining his virtues and ranking his social position, he invariably insists on keeping a low figure, avoiding publicity, and appears embarrassed when receiving compliments. He speaks parsimoniously – except when he is defending a good cause or feels justified in castigating someone. But nobody knows how to listen as he does: Anyone who talks with him can be sure to be heard out by him, no matter how divergent their respective viewpoints may be.
  • Born with peasant dispositions, the typical Dog man will forever preserve his simple tastes even if extreme honour or opulence may be his. Though not exactly tight-fisted, he frowns on luxury. Frugal, he despises epicureans and hedonists of every description.
  • The Dog male may be accused of having too much ambition by those who do not know him well and who see how persistent and indefatigable he is in the pursuit of his objectives. In fact, he is ambitious only in the good sense of the word – he is quite willing to do everything in his power in order to achieve his goals. His own needs usually find outlet in hard work; his salvation lies in hard work; he does well whatever he has to do and admits of no half-measures. Having the exceptional strength to endure hardships, he can time and again bring success out of failure.
  • If the qualities of his mind are admirable, those of his heart are even more so. He is generous to a fault, always eager to oblige or share what he has with those whom he deems less fortunate than he.
  • Probably no one could be more affectionate than the Dog man. Unfortunately, this is in general the least known of all the character traits of the native. Because of his straight-faced and serious appearance, he projects his image as a cold, distant, aloof, and unresponsive nature; only those who are on intimate terms with him are in a position to realize how much tenderness and lovingness he is capable of. His affection reaches unequalled heights when it is felt for those who are under his responsibility in one capacity or another.
  • More than anyone else this type needs attention, kindness, gentleness, and love. Dejection or indifference under any form can hurt him very deeply. One could only deplore his extreme emotional dependence on others as it makes him utterly vulnerable. It may be of interest to him to learn to acquire some detachment and serenity; as a rule age provides him with good help in this direction.
  • Is it not strange that a man like the Dog male, who is graced with so many fine qualities, usually makes more enemies than friends? What is actually wrong with his natural inclinations? Astrologers know the answer to such questions. Apart from his positive points, this man has many traits which, instead of endearing him to people, are apt to antagonize them. These traits are not necessarily negative morally, but they are socially.
  • The average Dog man is keen on bringing everything under moral scrutiny, which of course cannot please his interlocutors; and when considerations of morality are involved, he habitually sheds off his natural modesty to become obnoxiously intrusive, overbearing, and obstinate, which pleases his interlocutors even less. It proves impossible for him not to make a point of defending or condemning a particular side of any issue on moral grounds, whether or not he is called upon to do it. Once he has made up his mind about a given question, he means his judgement to be infallible and irrevocable: There is no way to change it, and he does not seems afraid to appear self-righteous. Moreover, he gives the impression of looking systematically for faults in everything and never misses an opportunity to give his counsel, which is always well meant, it must be admitted, but often obtrusive. While his moralizing, nay, sanctimonious comportment is only intended to “improve” people, they cannot help feeling that they are mercilessly judged by him. In addition, he tends to be a shade snobbish about his own moral rectitude.
  • The Dog man barks quite a lot as he has an incurable tendency to play the critic – always for the sake of the improvement of mankind, naturally! His remarks are never casual or sugar-coated, but packed with exacerbated emotion, ferocious irony, and unbelievable causticity. He justifies the use of his sharp, biting tongue by believing and arguing that it is the best means to enforce morality. It never occurs to him that his “rightful indignation” often misses the mark and that a little more diplomacy could have achieved better results.
  • In sum, this man is so anxious to save people from moral ruin that he simply does not care about their feelings; it is more important to him to enforce his ideas than to seek to please. When confronted with others’ hostility, his reaction does not amount to saying “mea culpa,” but to developing a severe martyr complex. In fact, it does not quite displease him to feel misunderstood or loathed for there is an unmistakable masochistic side to his nature.
  • The hostility allows him on the other hand to justify his profound pessimism and cynicism. This is a man who delights in showing how sorry for human nature he is and how little good he expects out of life. The more he rails at all the sins of this world, the more people try to avoid him, and the more he has reasons to whine and lament.
  • Even in quite ordinary circumstances, when no moral considerations can be at stake, the Dog man does not seem very eager to win the sympathy of others. For instance, his puritanism and undeveloped sense of humour are certainly not assets in social adjustment. He can always be reproached with being too serious-minded – he does not appreciate fun, jokes, and is never noted for his gaiety – or with lacking a certain degree of freshness and innocence – he has an over keen sense of the tragedy, not of the comedy, of life. To be sure, he has a soft inner core, but it is so well hidden under his straight-faced carapace that it seldom comes to public notice.
  • Chinese astrologers habitually insist heavily that this subject is born a frustrated person. This aptly explains some of his inescapable character traits, among them his extreme suspiciousness and his chronic anxiety. To him, caution is the beginning of wisdom; therefore, his vigilance is never down. Always on the defensive, he feels the visceral fear of being fooled or exploited; he trusts nobody and takes great pains to verify and control everything himself. On the other hand, there could hardly be an equally confirmed professional worrier as the native. He frets excessively, never allowing himself to be at rest, and seems eternally a prey to deep depression and black moods. A real danger to him lies in his inability to be detached and gain sufficient equanimity. In the most severe cases he could well, eventually, be driven to the bottle or drugs despite his solid moral fabric.
  • Lastly, his misogyny can earn him many enemies. It has its root in his belief that women in general are selfish, malicious, and most of the time incapable of moral improvement.

His productivity

  • The Dog male is the right person for all long-term undertakings. It would not be an exaggeration to say that time is on his side, for he has the ability to take his time. His patience also disposes him to do difficult and exacting jobs which would discourage those with a shorter attention span. Consequently, he can achieve good success in scientific work, philosophical speculations, and researches of every description. Since there exists an intimate, almost mystical link between him and the past, he is quite able to distinguish himself in such disciplines as history, archaeology, geology, and anthropology.
  • Only when he works by himself can this man show all his worth. An essentially solitary soul, he abhors team work as it prevents him from assuming his responsibilities in their entirety; he also hates impersonal, irresponsible jobs of all kinds. Moreover, he only trusts himself and finds it hard to delegate his powers.
  • His intelligence is much more analytic than synthetic, which inclines him towards the search for the ultimate cause of mechanisms and phenomena, towards the quest for quintessence.
  • It would be surprising to see him earn his reputation as an inventor or visionary, for natives of this sign are in general conspicuously deficient in imagination and intuition. On the contrary, the average Dog man has a taste for concrete things and can therefore do well in such professions as architecture, agriculture, volcanology, or speleology.
  • In any case this male is enthusiastic about a job only insofar as it enables him to be useful to society at large or to promote his moral ideals. He does not care much about material gains and has so little personal ambition – success would leave him rather indifferent if it only benefited him.
  • In view of his humanitarianism, there is every likelihood that the Dog man wants to make his career in charitable or social work. As a rule, any profession that affords him an opportunity to be of good service to others or to cure the world’s physical as well as moral ills may appeal to him; and so we can find him as a doctor, psychiatrist, educator, priest, pastor, or missionary. His motivation and dedication in such fields of activity are incomparable, and his efficiency unparalleled.
  • As he always wants to improve society in every respect and defend the defenceless  it would be only natural for him to be active in politics, trades unions, and every conceivable protest or reform struggle. But for reasons already invoked, the Dog male harbors serious misgivings about, if not downright hostility against, the sexual revolution and the feminist movement. It is here that he is not quite true to himself.
  • Brilliant professional success usually comes to the native only from his middle years onward as his intellectual potential takes a very long time to mature. If he is born “old,” he becomes younger and younger physically as well as mentally with the passing of time. Paradoxically enough, the evening of his existence is the sole period that can see all his capacities in full bloom.

His love behavior

  • This sign provides more bachelors than any other sign of the Chinese duodecimal zodiac. The fact is no mere coincidence: The dispositions of Dog-born people, it is true, do not incline them very much toward love and marriage.
  • The Dog male is never very sure of himself or of the female he is hung-up on. Mistrusting his own sentiments, he has much difficulty in ascertaining that he is not mistaken and in deciding to take the final plunge. It always takes him a considerable length of time to make sure that he loves – infatuation is something absolutely beyond his comprehension. Any woman with serious designs on this man should arm herself with much patience and refrain from prodding him into making a declaration of love, let alone a proposal of marriage. Suspicious by nature, he is also afraid to be rejected, ridiculed, abandoned, or to suffer in a way or another. For all these reasons he enters the realm of love only on tiptoe and often with an unapproachable comportment. Few people would be as cautious in love matters as he.
  • This man is all the more reluctant to commit himself as he is of a faithful nature. He knows better than anyone that his “Yes” is meant to be final and irrevocable. Besides, he abhors change, not only as a matter of principle but also of temperament.
  • The norms he adheres to in his choice of a mate frequently constitute additional obstacles on his way to love. Wedded to his high ideals, he would not accept to share his life with a female who falls short of his almost impossible ethical standards. Moreover, he tends to idealize his mother to whom he attributes all sorts of virtues – be she dead or still alive – and make a comparison between her and his prospective mate; in such conditions the latter cannot but appear under a disadvantageous light, thereby discouraging him from proceeding further.
  • The Dog man’s fine moral qualities do not necessarily help him to be easy to live with as a lover and husband. Any woman, even the most patient and indulgent one, would find it hard to handle him. He gives the impression of being a cold fish because of his extreme detachment. It proves most difficult for him to come out of his protective shell, to give himself up to love. Communication is not his strong point. He reacts very slowly to advances. Although he may shower his wife with presents from time to time, expressing his love verbally seems to be something utterly above his forces. However strong and sincere his sentiments may be, he is not inclined to be demonstrative – it is up to the woman of his heart to know once and for all that she is loved by him and not to demand anything more. He appears to be unaware that true happiness can be attained only through a perfect communion of bodies and souls.
  • His lynx’ eyes are not likely to facilitate things for him. No weakness or blemish on the part of his mate will be allowed to go unnoticed. True to his moralizing propensity, he will air complaints or level criticisms at the first opportunity. This perfectionist is not expected to relieve his pressure until all the wrongs have been definitely done away with. And there is every likelihood that his tongue will be as sharp here as elsewhere.
  • Of all members of the stronger sex this is doubtlessly the most sincere, the most honest, and the most faithful in affections. A disloyal Dog would be as much a queer rarity as a constant Goat. Once the native of the Dog sign has pledged himself to a woman, all other women immediately cease to exist in his eyes; he will fulfil all his obligations toward her in the most scrupulous and exemplary way. But his irreproachable comportment has its price, which not all females are able or willing to pay. He will demand absolute loyalty from his mate, which is only normal and fair; what is abnormal and unfair is his jealousy and possessiveness which are so excessive and absurd that she cannot but feel humiliated, traumatized and paralysed.
  • Not every female appreciates his particular sense of decency and puritanism either. He is shy, awkward, having difficulty letting himself go or giving some rope to his imagination. He is constantly on his guard for fear of taking a morally reprehensible step. Not rarely do his masochistic tendencies come into play to further complicate the already tense and confuse situation.
  • If at first glance this man does not seem brimming over with sentiment, he is actually one of the most affectionate men in the world. His feelings run very deep, so deep that much shrewdness and patience are needed for their discovery. The true intensity of his emotions can be felt by a woman only when she has walked a long way with him and secured his confidence. But if he so apt to hide his sentiments, he craves on the contrary for tangible proofs of devotion, for tenderness and verbal endearments, which, in view of his chronic anxiety, are to him a most precious reassurance.
  • The Dog man’s numerous problems in love may be summarized as follows: His emotional maturity comes along much later than his physical, psychic, and intellectual maturity. In other words, everything cannot be changed for better through the sheer alchemy of love, but primarily through age. There will come the time when his love behaviour becomes “normal,” when his defence mechanism will ease up, and when he can show his true self in its entirety. He would be a perfect mate in tardy unions!
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THE DOG WOMAN

Her physicality

  • There seem to exist more physical as well as psychological resemblances between male and female natives of the Dog sign than between those of most other signs in the Chinese duodecimal zodiac. What is said about the Dog man may quite well apply to his feminine counterpart; when one has come to know him, one would have no difficult in knowing her.
  • Like her astrological brother, the Dog woman has a rather elongated face which suggests the head of a goat. In most cases she has slanting eyes, a short and retrouss nose, jutting cheekbones, and a broad forehead. She is almost always recognizable by the deep wrinkle that appears as soon as in her twenties on each side of her small mouth.
  • Her face is much more darting and expressive than that of the Dog man – she cannot well conceal either her joys or her sorrows. Her gaze conveys an impression of aloofness, perhaps also of boredom, and, when she is annoyed, possesses this famous glint which can cut her interlocutors down. She often prefers speaking with her eyes to making use of words.
  • Up to her early forties this woman generally looks older than she actually is. Then around her menopause she often appears younger and in fuller bloom than when she was in her twenties. This phenomenon is due to several factors – her physical and physiological maturity takes a very long time to come along; gaining enough self-confidence is in her case an extremely slow process; and she begins to lose some of her crippling complexes uniquely when she has acquired enough experience of life and wisdom. In compensation, she grows old gracefully and seems to be in the best possible shape only when on the “wrong” side of fifty.
  • The Dog female does not distinguish herself by her beauty – except for some extremely rare cases. Having her roots in the earth like her Buffalo sister, she appears somewhat unpolished and lacks an air of natural distinction regardless of her origin or social status. She may very well be graced with some charm of her own; but she usually doubts it, believing herself to be more unprepossessing than she actually is. Proud and prudish at the same time, she wants people to see her and like her as she is, refusing to use ingenious tricks to make herself look beautiful and attractive.
  • The Dog woman likes activity and hard work, and this is a good thing in her particular case. She always finds her interest in keeping herself busy as idleness proves most apt to plunge her into anxiety, which may give rise to all sorts of physical disorders.
  • She detests diseases and hates being ill. When bothered by one or more miseries, her first reaction is generally to totally ignore them. Rarely does she resigns herself to keeping her help, let alone having herself treated. If she goes and sees a doctor, it is not to find out what may be wrong with her and look for ways to cure it, but only in the hope that he would confirm her perfect physical condition. She trusts him only insofar as he discovers nothing or casually shrugs off her real troubles. He should not be quite frank with her, for his any hint of a disease may be interpreted by her as the beginning of a disaster.
  • Liable to anxiety and frustration, this woman is also vulnerable to insomnia due to her tumultuous and uncontrollable thoughts. She must beware of noise of whatever origin, which makes her irritable and depressive by depriving her of her chief means of biological recharge – what she vitally needs is silence, peace, quiet, and a lot of sleep.
  • As is the case with the man of the sign, the Dog woman presents a marked predisposition to rheumatism, circulatory troubles, allergic reactions, skin diseases, colitis, and intestinal dysfunction. Besides, she faces the real danger of arthritis, arteriosclerosis as well as self-intoxication.
  • The advice given the Dog man is equally valid for her. She must imperatively learn to relax and rest. She must also refrain from overeating – she tends to indulge unduly in food and drink as an unconscious compensation for her frustrations. A few minutes of physical exercise everyday would help her impede stiffness from setting in.
  • As for her diet, she has every reason to avoid alcohol, fats, and meats cooked in sauce. Eggs and all dairy products, especially hard or cottage cheese, can do her much good as they are rich in calcium necessary to the adequate maintenance of her weak skeleton. Yoghurt serves the same purpose beside being good for her intestines – and her figure. All naturally diuretic foods are highly recommendable.

Her psychology

  • The Dog woman has nothing to envy the male half of the sign as far as the sense of self-sacrifice is concerned. Like him, she is always busy devoting her health, time, and energy to one or more noble causes of humanity. Her need to be of service to others is enormous while she asks so little or nothing for herself. But although an idealist, she does not lack practicality, and it is why her efficiency is recognized by all.
  • One of the causes she fights for with the fiercest dedication is that of women. Her feminism could surprise if one knows that this woman is essentially conservative and holds no special grudges against men in general; it springs from her acute sense of justice and equity and also from her unshakable belief in human dignity – whereas she readily recognizes differences between the sexes, she refuses to accept inequality between them.
  • Everyone would acknowledge that the native of the Dog has a healthy amount of self-respect. But to those who are close to her she may appear a little showy in her moral rectitude. In any case, there is no question of casting doubt on her honesty, loyalty, dependability, punctiliousness, and sense of responsibility. People can rely on her under any and all circumstances. There is nothing she hates more than lies, and she always means to be true to herself and to others. If by accident someone refuses to trust her word, she will be seized by an extremely violent rage, which is not likely to explode in broad daylight but will have devastating repercussions on her physical as well as mental health.
  • She is well noted for her hard-working habit and strong sense of duty. She finds in hard work not only a necessary means to achieve her idealistic goals but also an anaesthetic against anxiety and frustration, which are her most dangerous and tenacious enemies. On the other hand, she never fails in whatever is normally expected of her, being steady and conscientious in all her undertakings.
  • She often goes out of her way to assumes burdens – any pretext may be taken that may bring her additional responsibilities. Many reasons account for her comportment. First, her heart is liable to fits of generosity, just as her skin is to periodic disorders. Second, there exists in her a solid root of masochism: If she does not do to others everything that is in her power, it is she who will develop a feeling of guilt. Third, to be responsible means to be needed, and there is nothing she prizes more than feeling needed. It is hard for her to adopt a more detached attitude. It may help if she realizes that her excessive good will and uncalled-for solicitude can bring about the exact contrary of what she expects, namely, other people’s acceptance and sympathy, partly because ingratitude is an ingrained human defect and partly because it is generally embarrassing and unpleasant to be overwhelmed with somebody’s kindness.
  • Just as what happens to her male counterpart, the Dog woman possesses a very precious quality which very few people are aware of and appreciate: She is one of the most affectionate souls that ever inhabit this world; in particular, she can have exquisitely tender feelings for those closest and dearest to her. What is wrong with her here resides in her almost systematic disinclination for demonstrativeness. She honestly believes that it is quite sufficient to have sentiments and that all tangible proofs of the heart are only unnecessary frills. It may be well for her to heed this warning by Shakespeare: “They do not love that do not show their love.”
  • Considered under a certain angle, this nature appears to have many undesirable traits. This may explain why she is never quite popular despite her numerous finest qualities.
  • Although less taciturn and secretive than the male side of the sign, the Dog woman still has a distinctive coldness and aloofness in her make-up by normal standards. Rarely does she show herself warm and sympathetic. She expresses herself rather dryly in speech and writing, reluctant to let herself go a little freely. About the only times when she loosens her self-control are when she feels justified in flaring up – but her non-violent, harmless indignation ends quickly, too quickly to reveal her real self.
  • It is always surprising to see so much stiffness and strictness in this woman. If she is exacting and severe with others, she is even more so with herself. Still, she is a hard person to live with, and being under her authority invariably proves a harrowing experience because of the tremendous, relentless pressure she is keen on applying. It seldom occurs to her to consider the necessity or advisability of being more tolerant and easy-going.
  • Her worst defect is perhaps to take everything, and especially herself, too seriously. Incapable of light-heartedness, she cannot appreciate the value of fun, the charm of frivolity, the pleasure of amusement, or the necessity of play. The sense of humour is quite inaccessible to her – she takes things as they are presented, rarely perceiving the point of witty irony or jocose subtlety in then. On the other hand, she can never forget a bad joke or an injustice to which she has fallen a victim.
  • People seldom feel completely well at ease in her company. Actually, she abhors society life and suffers from clumsiness in social gatherings. She always prefers keeping her distance from those who enjoy themselves, ready to judge them or detect the faintest sour note – it will always be impossible for her to participate wholeheartedly in the merrymaking.
  • It may not be exaggerated to call this woman a termagant or virago, for she is endowed – or, more properly, afflicted – with a biting tongue. It is simply impossible for her to resist her urge to make acerbic judgements about others or level sharp criticisms against them. She tends to justify her scolding attitude by invoking all kinds of moral principles. Whereas there can be no room to doubt her sincerity and earnestness, it is not by being a spitfire that she may endear herself to others.
  • Despondency and pessimism rank among the average Dog woman’s chief enemies. She has a pronounced tendency to look on the dark side of things. It seems as though the brighter aspects of life did not interest her in the least. Her frequent bouts of black gloom most likely stem from a feeling of impotence before the overpowering tasks she assigns herself. She certainly has a dire need of help, support, and encouragement, although she would not want to recognize it.
  • Another reason for her pessimism may be her extreme touchiness and cautiousness. She is very particular about other people’s attitude toward her, and she cannot help being suspicious of their intentions. She feels the effects of events, particularly of “affronts,” for a very long time after their happening. All this naturally induces her to isolation, and anyone can notice the unmistakable air of loneliness that surrounds her.
  • A typical feature of all natives of this sign, male or female, is their self-righteousness. The Dog woman has her own notions of good and evil, which have been conceived once and for all, and is stubborn in upholding them. She is always so sure of holding the truth of everything that she refuses to listen to other people, certain in her own mind that those who contradict her must lack good will or sufficiently stern moral fibre  But she may sometimes change her mind without knowing it if one knows how to maneuver her by beginning with agreeing completely with her.
  • The Dog woman’s love behaviour is highlighted by two features which are apparently exclusive of each other but which in actuality stem from the same and one reality. These are her fear of suffering and her masochism.
  • The native always approaches love and marriage with great apprehension. Proud, hypersensitive, over-anxious  and having serious private doubts about her femininity, she is very much afraid of being betrayed or abandoned by the man of her heart. Even the mere idea of bereavement can terrify her. The wounds inflicted by such possible – but not necessarily probable – events would prove unbearable to her. Therefore, often, the Dog woman who loves and is loved almost systematically looks for ways and means to destroy her happiness, to leave on her own initiative the man of her life. She obscurely feels that it would be easier, less painful for her to endure a drama of her own making than to let herself be struck down by it; if it is she who provokes a separation or rupture, she would have the necessary stamina to support it. This kind of reasoning, obviously, is only a trap that she lays to herself in perfect subconsciousness. She would need a great amount of courage and clear sightedness to realize the self-destructive mechanism that functions inside her against all logic and evidence.
  • Not rarely does she immunize herself against possible sorrows in love by appealing to her natural masochistic tendencies. She may choose to become infatuated with men who are clearly inaccessible to her for one reason or another – for instance, married men – thus preserving her total freedom to love or to cease to love whenever the fancy takes her. She may also decide to get involved with a male who really needs her, who depends on her for his very survival; in this way she would not need to fear a betrayal, though she generally has to pay too high a price for this quite relative security. A shrewd psychiatrist would readily find out at the back of her mind her willingness to accept defeat even before giving battle. Her unconscious wish, it seems, is to be unlucky and suffer in love – but at the same time to be totally free from any responsibility for her own unhappiness.
  • In these conditions it is not surprising to see the large number of spinsters in this sign. But there are other reasons which account for natives’ shying away from matrimony. The Dog woman’s total devotion to her ideals and misgivings about her desirability as a woman have been mentioned earlier. She is convinced that love and marriage are unable to fill her life, contrary to the case of numerous other women. Since she attaches too great an importance to wedlock and expects too much from it, the mere idea of entering it may inspire her enough awe to discourage her. Finally, this woman is essentially a loner and would not view spinster-hood as a calamity. However, age tends to modify her attitude and comportment rather drastically. It is why a late marriage is very likely to suit her, and her real happiness  generally comes along after her forties.
  • This female, who appears rather barren-hearted and whose glance suggests that she judges without indulgence, is in fact not a cold fish at all. There are wells of feelings and emotions for the right man to discover. The depth of her sentiment and affection can always surprise him as much as it can delight him. Happily married, she would prove as good a mate as any other woman, and is capable of almost everything for the man she loves. But however fiercely she may long to love him, she simply cannot express her own emotions and feelings, for it is definitely not in her nature to be demonstrative.
  • She will not give in to a man who has not proven his adoration in countless ways over an extended period of time. It would be futile and even dangerous to hurry her into agreeing to give her hand. Once she has said “yes,” however, her chosen one may feel assured of her admirable devotion and loyalty.
  • But this is not a lover to trifle with. Infidelity under any guise and shape will certainly meet with a violent reaction from her part. Her domestic impulses are practically non-existent  and there is no hope of improving her in this respect. Her lover or husband must be prepared to sustain the deluge of her biting criticisms on the chapter of morality, even if he believes himself to be the most perfect man in the world.
  • The typical Dog female’s love behaviour is never sex-motivated for the simple reason that she has very little interest in the physical side of love. Her puritanism and prudery also have their share of responsibility for the situation. Although she can be surprisingly gentle when she is making love with the man of her heart, her ability to express her love physically will always remain shallow and inadequate: It is impossible for her to shed off her sense of decency completely and abandon herself body and soul into each experience.
  • Lacking imagination, she will not appreciate long hours of preliminary romancing. True to her conservative penchant, she will prefer her partner to always take the lead in bed, but will categorically reject any of his attempts at sex games or perversions.
  • The Dog woman has a very strong, but not undue, sense of family. What she may be reproached for is her tendency to be too severe and unyielding a disciplinarian: with the best intentions in the world, she is strict, bossy, and demanding with her children, prone to squelch their desire for self-expression. But it would be extremely difficult to make her realize her error here.

Her love behavior 

  • The Dog woman’s love behaviour is highlighted by two features which are apparently exclusive of each other but which in actuality stem from the same and one reality. These are her fear of suffering and her masochism.
  • The native always approaches love and marriage with great apprehension. Proud, hypersensitive, over-anxious  and having serious private doubts about her femininity, she is very much afraid of being betrayed or abandoned by the man of her heart. Even the mere idea of bereavement can terrify her. The wounds inflicted by such possible – but not necessarily probable – events would prove unbearable to her. Therefore, often, the Dog woman who loves and is loved almost systematically looks for ways and means to destroy her happiness, to leave on her own initiative the man of her life. She obscurely feels that it would be easier, less painful for her to endure a drama of her own making than to let herself be struck down by it; if it is she who provokes a separation or rupture, she would have the necessary stamina to support it. This kind of reasoning, obviously, is only a trap that she lays to herself in perfect subconsciousness. She would need a great amount of courage and clear sightedness to realize the self-destructive mechanism that functions inside her against all logic and evidence.
  • Not rarely does she immunize herself against possible sorrows in love by appealing to her natural masochistic tendencies. She may choose to become infatuated with men who are clearly inaccessible to her for one reason or another – for instance, married men – thus preserving her total freedom to love or to cease to love whenever the fancy takes her. She may also decide to get involved with a male who really needs her, who depends on her for his very survival; in this way she would not need to fear a betrayal, though she generally has to pay too high a price for this quite relative security. A shrewd psychiatrist would readily find out at the back of her mind her willingness to accept defeat even before giving battle. Her unconscious wish, it seems, is to be unlucky and suffer in love – but at the same time to be totally free from any responsibility for her own unhappiness.
  • In these conditions it is not surprising to see the large number of spinsters in this sign. But there are other reasons which account for natives’ shying away from matrimony. The Dog woman’s total devotion to her ideals and misgivings about her desirability as a woman have been mentioned earlier. She is convinced that love and marriage are unable to fill her life, contrary to the case of numerous other women. Since she attaches too great an importance to wedlock and expects too much from it, the mere idea of entering it may inspire her enough awe to discourage her. Finally, this woman is essentially a loner and would not view spinsterhood as a calamity. However, age tends to modify her attitude and comportment rather drastically. It is why a late marriage is very likely to suit her, and her real happiness can generally come along after her forties.
  • This female, who appears rather barren-hearted and whose glance suggests that she judges without indulgence, is in fact not a cold fish at all. There are wells of feelings and emotions for the right man to discover. The depth of her sentiment and affection can always surprise him as much as it can delight him. Happily married, she would prove as good a mate as any other woman, and is capable of almost everything for the man she loves. But however fiercely she may long to love him, she simply cannot express her own emotions and feelings, for it is definitely not in her nature to be demonstrative.
  • She will not give in to a man who has not proven his adoration in countless ways over an extended period of time. It would be futile and even dangerous to hurry her into agreeing to give her hand. Once she has said “yes,” however, her chosen one may feel assured of her admirable devotion and loyalty.
  • But this is not a lover to trifle with. Infidelity under any guise and shape will certainly meet with a violent reaction from her part. Her domestic impulses are practically non-existent  and there is no hope of improving her in this respect. Her lover or husband must be prepared to sustain the deluge of her biting criticisms on the chapter of morality, even if he believes himself to be the most perfect man in the world.
  • The typical Dog female’s love behaviour is never sex-motivated for the simple reason that she has very little interest in the physical side of love. Her puritanism and prudery also have their share of responsibility for the situation. Although she can be surprisingly gentle when she is making love with the man of her heart, her ability to express her love physically will always remain shallow and inadequate: It is impossible for her to shed off her sense of decency completely and abandon herself body and soul into each experience.
  • Lacking imagination, she will not appreciate long hours of preliminary romancing. True to her conservative penchant, she will prefer her partner to always take the lead in bed, but will categorically reject any of his attempts at sex games or perversions.
  • The Dog woman has a very strong, but not undue, sense of family. What she may be reproached for is her tendency to be too severe and unyielding a disciplinarian: with the best intentions in the world, she is strict, bossy, and demanding with her children, prone to squelch their desire for self-expression. But it would be extremely difficult to make her realize her error here.

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Dog Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL DOG 1910 AND 1970

 

Metal Dogs have extremely high standards and expect a lot of themselves and of others. They are loyal and hold a strong outlook about the direction they want their life to take. They choose their friends and causes with care, as they do not plan to ever not support these people and things again. Once they have committed themselves, there is little to no turning back. They are bold, unafraid to disagree out loud about anything they feel is unjust or unfair. Metal Dogs are easily stressed if a plan does not go accordingly. They find it difficult to relax when there are things to be done. The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigor and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. 

THE WATER DOG 1922 AND 1982

 

These Dogs have great foresight and are well-educated on many different things. This quality helps them appreciate other points of view, making them quite flexible and liberal. They are easygoing, but this can cause them to be too spendthrift with money and less loyal with friends. Still, because of their flexible natures and their ability to appreciate difference, these Dogs always have friends and are usually popular people. The Water Dog expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

THE WOOD DOG 1934 AND 1994

 

Wood Dogs are well-rounded individuals. They are adaptable, flexible and laid back. However, they are not as independent as other Dogs and like being part of the group. This is due in part to the support they crave, but it also makes them feel secure and self-confident. In return, they are faithful friends, shy at first, then warm and affectionate. Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in the dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.

 

THE FIRE DOG 1946 AND 2006

Fire Dogs are natural leaders. Fire Dogs are popular, charismatic people, always surrounded by a group of admirers. Not only admired for their vibrant personalities, these Dogs also possess a sexual attractiveness that makes them irresistible. These people are adventurous and vivacious, yet, honest and open-hearted. However, because they are so active, they are generally not the settle down type. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

 

THE EARTH DOG 1958 AND 2018

 

The earth Dog is clever and genuine. He is rational and supportive, stable and stoic. Earth gives this Dog an element of security, for he is inspiring and confident. These characters are just, certain to hear both sides before making a decision. He makes a great leader because he is such a trustworthy, diplomatic individual.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions. 

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