The Pig is the last animal sign on the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig; forming a 12-year-cycle. "The Year of the Pig" is not any particular year in history, but a position in the zodiac cycle.
It is not quite as simple as being born in one of the above years, because the Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year in January or February, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.
Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.
General speaking, Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.
Pigs generally have good health all through life, if they avoid excess. While they have frequent dinner parties and social activities, they should avoid excessive eating, drinking, and smoking, which can cause sickness. In addition to a balanced diet, proper exercise is badly needed for Pigs to keep fit.
As Pigs have a free mind on everything, they rarely encounter stress trouble. Faced with work overload, they know how to relax themselves from tiredness. Sleep is a usual way for them to refresh themselves.
Pigs enjoy fine fortune in their careers. Their work and cause develop in a relatively smooth way.
When encountering trouble and difficulties, Pigs tend to receive help from others. With a great sense of responsibility, Pigs are not afraid to try to do what they are interested in, and Pigs have rich creativity and imagination.
In social relationships, they should build up their own interpersonal network to help them achieve career success.
They thrive as entertainers, caterers, doctors, veterinarians, and interior decorators. Promising career fields include transportation, entertainment, retail and hospitality.
Pigs enjoy good social relationships, so you don’t need to try very hard. With traits of sincerity and integrity, they are popular friends. Pigs are clear-minded, and not preoccupied with minor things that concern other people. They value friendship highly and never betray friends unless in special circumstances.
In love relationships pigs are affectionate and sexual. They are faithful to their partners. Once they find the right partner, they’re typically committed for the long-term. However, due to lack of proper communication, sometimes Pigs cannot handle problems in relationships.
If you want to have a long-term relationship with a Pig, be honest with and have knowledge of his/her inner thoughts.
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Pig with other animals, and find out if the Pig is compatible with your sign or not.
People born in a Year of the Pig will suffer many disruptions in this Monkey Year. Their career, wealth, health, and relationships will all be at a low ebb.
People born in a Year of the Pig will encounter so many disruptions in their career that they will work under great pressure. It will not be suitable for them to carry out new plans or new measures.
They must not clash with their superior or they will have endless problems. They will suffer the most disruptions in the first, sixth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they must increase their awareness.
In the second Chinese lunar months, their work will be relatively smooth so they should make hay while the sun shines.
In this Monkey Year, Pigs will have a low monetary fortune, so they must try to save money for a rainy day. They should completely avoid gambling and speculative business, or they will be trapped.
They will have the lowest fortune in the ninth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months. Therefore, they must manage their monetary matters carefully.
In the seventh Chinese lunar month, they must not lend any money to others. Otherwise, it will not only be difficult for them to take the money back if needed but they will also offend their friends.
Their monetary fortune will go relatively smoothly in the second Chinese lunar months, and it will turn out for the better in the next half of the year, but it will still be necessary for them to manage their finances carefully.
In this Monkey Year, people born in a Year of the Pig will have unstable health, and they will feel heavy pressure at work. Therefore, they must look after themselves carefully and avoid overworking, lest they get ill, especially in the third, eighth, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth Chinese lunar months.
If possible, they should travel to feel relaxed. It will be best for them to go out in the second and fifth Chinese lunar months. They need to guard against water damage in the sixth Chinese lunar month.
People born in a Year of the Pig will not have very good relationships in this Monkey Year. They should not long for love. Although quite a few members of the opposite sex will emerge, it will be difficult to win a lover’s heart.
They will have a better opportunity in the fifth and eleventh Chinese lunar months. Pigs will tend to be self-centered and sentimental in this Monkey Year, so they should have more mentors and must not split hairs or they will lose all of their popularity.
Lovers should get along in the spirit of mutual understanding and accommodation to ensure that their relationship does not break down and they do not go in different directions.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Pig comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Pigs, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Pig||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Pig||1935, 1995||Good-natured, lovely, easy-going, generous, brave but irritable|
|Fire Pig||1947, 2007||Ambitious, persevering, but impatient|
|Earth Pig||1959, 2019||Communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of timekeeping|
|Gold Pig||1911, 1971||Broad-minded, amicable, and willing to help others|
|Water Pig||1923, 1983||Gentle, modest, earnest, responsible, but subjective in life|
According to Chinese astrology, in the year of their birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) people offend Tai Sui, the god of age in Chinese mythology, and so have bad luck.
Therefore Pigs should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Pig year is 2019. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.