Born 11-Ajpu: Mary J. Blige, Eve (singer), T-Boz (Tionne Watkins), Art Blakey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sathya Sai Baba, Holly Hunter, Jim Breuer, Mike Wallace, Oh yeah, one more – Albert Einstein
This new solar year (2018) began last Monday (8-Noj). Out of the many nations celebrating every January 1st, the Russians have a tradition of giving each year a branded ‘mascot’, which is the year’s animal according to the Chinese 12-year calendar. Most of 2017 was the year of the Fire (red) Rooster.
This year, it’s the Earth (brown) dog.
Although the Chinese year of the dog is yet to begin (16 February, 2-Akbal), many the Russians who celebrated last Sunday night wore and sported the dog mascot.
According to Wikipedia, the dog is part of the 3rd Trine (out of 4, making up 12), along with the horse and the tiger:
“These three signs are said to seek true love, to pursue humanitarian causes, to be idealistic and independent but tending to be impulsive. The three are said to be productive, enthusiastic, independent, engaging, dynamic, honorable, loyal and protective, but can also be rash, rebellious, quarrelsome, anxious, disagreeable or stubborn.”
This list of traits can easily be compared to those of the nawal known as Oc in Yucatec.
It’s an interesting fact of timekeeping that this particular Gregorian new year began in the middle of the 1-Dog trecena, on 8-Noj (Earth).
P.S. 2019 will begin on 9-Ik (Chinese year of the Earth Pig), and 2020 on 10-Kej (Metal Rat). After that, because of 2020 is a leap year, January 1st will take place on another year-lord quadruplet, when 2021 will begin 12-Ben (Metal Ox).
But the number sequence is maintained (8, 9, 10 – leap year, 12, etc.)