The Year of the Pig is one of the years in the Chinese Zodiac. The last Year of the Pig was in 2007, and there will be one in 2019 and one in 2031 and every 12 years thereafter.
The pig is the last animal sign – it follows the Dog year, and precedes the Rat year. To determine whether you were born in the year of the Pig, you need to check your whole birthdate, not just the year, because the animal years are based on the Chinese New Year, which is usually in January or February – not the standard calendar.
There are five different kinds of Pig (and other zodiac signs as well), based on the elements – they are Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth.
A Gold Pig is good-natured, easy going, generous and brave, but also irritable. A fire pig is ambitious, but can be impatient.
Earth pigs are popular among their friends, and have a strong sense of punctuality. Gold pigs are broad-minded and always eager to help people.
Water pigs are modest, earnest and responsible creatures.
All the varieties of the pig are said to be diligent and compassionate, and to have a good sense of concentration. When they set a goal, they will work very hard to achieve it. They tend to be independent and won’t often ask for help – but if someone asks them then they are eager to give it. They are sometimes naive – they don’t tend to assume the worst so they are quite easily fooled.
Pigs tend to be calm in the face of difficulty, and they have a strong sense of personal responsibility and take pride in finishing what they start.
The lucky numbers for the pig are 2,5 and 8, while the unlucky numbers are 1 and 7. Th colors yellow, grey brown and gold are lucky for pigs, as are the flowers hydrangea and daisy. Southwest and East are lucky directions for them, while Southeast is unlucky. Their unlucky colours are red, blue and green.
Pigs are blessed with good health, as long as they can avoid excess. They tend to be stress-free and have the ability to avoid over-working, and to maintain a sensible work-life balance. They are good at getting enough sleep. It is hard for them to follow a balanced diet, though, because of their thriving social lives. If you would like to learn more then go here for additional insight from Master George Tang.