The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.
Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.
Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.
Recent years of the Pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although hài is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.
Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.
They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.
In addition to the twelve year cycle corresponding to each of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, there are Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) which are associated with their own "life force" or "chi"
This energy blends with the corresponding animal to determine that year's fortune. In 2019, the corresponding element is once again Earth, as it was in 2018.
Earth is of course also associated with the color brown. The Year of the Earth Pig is therefore also known as the Year of the Brown Pig. You will also see it referred to as The Year of the Yellow Earth Pig, as many people associate yellow with the color of soil and earth.
So what happens when you mix the Pig with the Earth Element?
The Pig is realistic and likes to enjoy life. They have a great sense of humor, therefore enjoy of larger social circles and tend to forge lifelong friendships. Pigs love to entertain and organize gatherings. They are brave, noble and chivalrous and will always seek justice.
The Earth element, by its very nature, denotes origins and growth and is associated with practicality, harmony and hard work. The Earth seeks to nurture and be nurtured, it anchors you and provides stability. It provides your base for prosperity.
An Earth Pig year combines a realistic but happy-go-lucky sociable pig combined with the steady and sensible characteristics of Earth, it heralds a rewarding and prosperous year, a year to enjoy friendships and social contacts and come together for the common good. An Earth Pig combines the relaxed attitude of the animal with a very "down-to-earth" realistic climate, don't try to push too hard, this is a time to take things in stride.
What to watch out for? The carefree and easy disposition of the Pig can be misunderstood as lazy and irresponsible when in fact Pigs are enthusiastic with everything that needs to be done and follow through until accomplished. They are team players and always make sure everyone does well and the goals are attained
The Pig is the twelfth animal in the Chinese Zodiac, which legend has it, the order of the animals was determined by a race in which the Pig came last. Was it laziness ? Some argue it might have been, others contend it was the Pig trying to encourage everyone along the race, he finally came in last, but as always, got the job done! For the Pig, it was definitely all about the journey and not the destination!
Because of the Pig's willingness to always help others out, it tends to bring good things to everyone around him. The Pig in Chinese culture represents wealth and prosperity.
After a diligent and harmonious Year of the Dog, the Year of the Pig will follow on the same pattern with a bit more relaxation and fun thrown in the mix.
Febuary 15th 2019