Year of the Pig: What 2019 Has in Store For Us
Dr. Lawren Chan | Minute Read
Happy Lunar New Year!
This Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, marks the start of the Chinese lunar year, following the new moon the day before.
2019 is the year of the pig or boar, the twelfth and last of the zodiac animals. Along with the associated animals, the Chinese calendar also cycles through the 5 elements of nature, and this year is earth. Past years of the pig are 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007. Pigs are diligent, compassionate and generous. Pigs are thought to be blessed with good luck as their chubby faces and big ears symbolize! Earth pigs, in particular, are popular, communicative, steady and productive yet patient.
Traditionally, during your birth sign year, you are expected to be faced with challenge, but people born during the year of the pig have generally good fortune this year!
Health-wise, pigs are advised to focus on taking the time to create balance between work, play and rest – making sure not to overlook symptoms with their busy lives. Keeping a healthy, balanced lifestyle and not over indulging in food/drink, while practicing regular physical activity is especially important this year. With hard work, pigs have good prospects financially and may be well rewarded for their investments.
For people born in the years of the rabbit, goat and horse, a more auspicious year than the last (Year of the Dog) is likely in store as their natures complement the pig well. However those born in the years of the ox and snake should be cautious and may be challenged in the coming months. Overall, a year of foundational progress and slow and steady change that pave the way for greater shifts in the future may lie ahead. Keep in mind that it depends who you ask, what texts and resources you cite and that all the information you encounter should not be seen as prophecy, rather respect and interest in the tradition and culture of the Chinese lunar new year!