2018 year of the Dog
is the people under the Dog sign’s Ben Ming Nian
(zodiac birth year). In traditional Chinese customs, Ben Ming Nian is believed to be inauspicious, in which people under the animal sign will have quite bad luck and disasters. Therefore, many people choose to wear some lucky charms to exorcise evil spirits and improve their luck. Then, what are the lucky charms for you people under the Dog sign in 2018?
Traditional Red Ornaments
Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Chinese people have worn red ornaments, such as red belt, ribbon, socks, scarf, gloves, hat and underwear, to ward off evil spirits in their Ben Ming Nian. Red is a festive color which can inspire people, imply something prosperous and festive and counteract the negative energy in Ben Ming Nian.
Ornaments in Four or Six Compatible Groups
For you Dog people, ornaments in the shape of Tiger, Horse and Rabbit are the right choices for you in 2018 - the animal year of Dog. Since Dog and Dragon are one of the Six Offending Groups, you should not wear a mascot of Dragon. Besides, Dog and Rooster are one of the Six Harming Groups while Dog and Sheep are one of the Punishment Groups, so you should not wear a Rooster or Sheep-shaped lucky charm.
Buddhist Protector for Dog People
According to Chinese tradition, jade is a spirit item which can calm the frightened mind, ward off evil spirits and counteract disasters. Each zodiac sign has a Buddhist Protector
which serves as the lifelong guardian. As long as you worship your Buddhist Protector piously, you will be protected to turn calamities into blessings. The lifelong Buddhist Protector for you Dog people is Amitabha - the hierarch of Western Paradise which is the symbol of infinite brightness and longevity and can bring you wisdom, help you to get out of trouble and keep energetic. The Buddhist Protector in jade is a lucky charm based on Chinese zodiac culture and traditional numerology and it has the amazing folk functions of pursuing good fortune and avoiding disasters, such as driving away bad luck and trouble, counteracting Tai Sui, and promoting health, study, wealth and fame.
Lucky Beads are round or oval hollow beads made of gold, silver, jade and other materials and stringed with a red silk thread or necklace, which can be wore like a ring on your finger, wrist or neck. Folk China believes that Lucky Beads symbolize good fortune and can turn the ill luck into good. Lucky Beads can drive away evil spirits and bring you good luck in your Ben Ming Nian. The functions and meanings of Lucky Beads vary with materials. Golden Lucky Beads imply good luck for wealth and power. Silver Lucky Beads imply good health and wealth. Jade ones benefit your skin, blood vessels, meridians and collaterals and prevent diseases while sandalwood ones can exorcise evil spirits and disasters and protect you.
Auspicious Time to Wear Lucky Charms
On the Birthday before Ben Ming Nian
If you are under the Dog sign, you will have the luck of Dog year after the birthday in Rooster year, during which your luck will be like a fetus that decides your luck in the next 12 years. Once you wear a Lucky Charm at this time, you will lay a good foundation for the next 12-year cycle of fortune.
On the Chinese New Year's Eve
If you fail to wear a Lucky Charm on the last birthday, the next best time will be the Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve
. On that day, everything changes from old to new and your fortune will be improved a lot if you wear a Lucky Charm on this day. The Chinese New Year's Eve for 2018 falls on Feb. 15, 2018.
On the Birthday of Ben Ming Nian
This day is just like the birth of a baby, and many birth defects and hidden dangers can be changed on this day, which decides your fortune in the next 12-year cycle. You can wear a blessed Lucky Charm on your birthday of Ben Ming Nian to make up for the deficiency of fortune.
The Time You Have Bad Luck
When you feel you are in bad luck and everything goes wrong, you can wear a blessed Lucky Charm to exorcise evil spirits and improve your luck.