According to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is the year of the pig. The world will celebrate the Chinese New Year from 5th February to 19th February this year. Millions of people all over the world celebrate this festival with their loved ones by decorating their homes with bright red lanterns which have become symbolic of the Chinese New Year.
According to Chinese astrology, there are 12 zodiac signs represented by 12 animals. Each of those 12 animals denote certain specific characteristics. Every year is dedicated to an animal from the Chinese zodiac in a 12-year repetitive cycle. The year of a person’s birth decides his Chinese zodiac animal. For the year 2019, any baby born this year will have ‘pig’ as their Chinese zodiac sign.
Key concepts to understand
Chinese zodiac is an extremely complex tapestry of astrological calculations and theories. In order to develop a preliminary understanding of the Chinese year of the pig, we need to understand various elements such as the Chinese lunar calendar, the four pillars of destiny and the five elements. You can read about them in an earlier article we published on the Year of the Dog 2018.
Facts about the Chinese zodiac ‘pig’
Like every other animal in the Chinese zodiac, the year of the pig also arrives every 12 years. Since 2019 is the year of the pig, any person born in this year would be said to belong to the ‘pig’ zodiac and carry the personality traits of a pig. Before 2019, the year 2007 was the year of the pig. The pig is the twelfth of all the zodiac signs. According to a Chinese myth, the Emperor Jade invited all the animals to his party and the pig was the last to arrive as he overslept. Therefore, the pig comes last in the series of all the zodiac signs.
Personality traits of the Pig Zodiac
The pig is associated with the ‘earth’ branch which is one of the five elements in Chinese astrology. It is also associated with the night hours between 9 PM to 11 PM. In terms of possession of ‘yin’ or ‘yang’ energies, the pig is said to have the feminine energy known as ‘yin’. According to Chinese mythology, the ‘pig’ is the symbol of wealth and fortune.
The people born under the year of the pig are said to have beautiful physical features. They are said to be blessed with a good fortune. They are realistic, enjoy life, and do not believe in wasting their resources. They love to entertain themselves. They work hard in order to achieve the materialistic things in life. They are enthusiastic and thrive in positions of power and status. They are also known to be good-tempered, kind and loyal with a positive attitude. However, they can be gullible and slow-witted sometimes. They are also said to have low immunity.Key Highlights of the Pig Zodiac
The people born under the pig zodiac have the following lucky elements –
- Lucky Colours: Yellow, grey, brown and gold
- Lucky Numbers: 2, 5 and 8 or any numbers containing these digits, such as 58 or 25.
- Lucky Flowers: Hydrangea and daisy
- Lucky Directions: East and South-West
- Lucky Days: The 17th and the 24th of every Chinese lunar month
- Lucky Months: The 2nd, 7th 10th and 11th months of the Chinese lunar calendar
The unlucky elements for the people born in the year of the pig are:
- Unlucky Numbers: 1, 7 or numbers containing these digits, such as 17 or 71.
- Unlucky Colours: Red, blue and green
- Unlucky Direction: South-East
- Unlucky Months: 4th, 9th and 12th months of the Chinese lunar calendar
Famous ‘Year of The Pig’ Personalities
Several notable personalities have been born under the pig zodiac including celebrities like American politician Hillary Clinton, musician Sir Elton John, singer Mariah Carey, tennis player Pete Sampras and entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Some Predictions for 2019 – Year of the Pig
According to Chinese astrology, the Earth pig represents the year 2019. During this year, everything a person under this sign would aspire for, he may get. He will be successful in the tasks he undertakes. He will be lucky in most areas of life which will give rise to his self-esteem. He will enjoy the company of friends.
But he should also exhibit great self-control during the year in order to fully enjoy the benefits that this year brings. He can then reap the rewards of his years of hard work. If he is not careful, his success may attract all kinds of negative people into his life as well. Therefore, he should have the sense to differentiate between true friends and opportunists. This is also a good year to get married. A pig is most likely to succeed in marriage with another pig, rabbit, goat or a tiger.
The people born under this sign can also gain financially this year through a salary increase or an inheritance. However, a possible increase in wealth or fortune can also cause jealousy in others around them. They should be careful with people born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the ‘snake’, as it is considered to be antagonistic to the Chinese zodiac sign of the ‘pig’.
You can learn more about Chinese zodiacs in our previous article here.
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