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"The Year of the Pig" is not any particular year in history, but a recurring position in the 12-year zodiac cycle. The following are years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.
The Pig is the last animal sign on the Chinese zodiac. A Dog year always comes before a Pig year, and a Rat year always comes afterwards in the next 12-year Chinese zodiac animal 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.
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|
|Famous Pig||Birth Date||Element|
|Henry Ford||July 30, 1863||a Water Pig|
|Ronald Reagan||February 6, 1911||a Gold Pig|
|Arnold Schwarzenegger||July 30, 1947||a Fire Pig|
|Hilary Clinton||October 26, 1947||a Fire Pig|
|Hugh Laurie (Dr House)||11 June 1959||an Earth Pig|
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 have average financial prospects in 2018.
If you are a Pig, you will need to be careful of losing money when working with deputy leaders and dealing with law enforcement.
You are likely to be swindled, and you are not likely to get an unexpected fortune. So don't participate in gambling or the lottery, or high-risk investments. Otherwise your prospects will be worse than average.
Pigs will do well if they invest in thermal power projects or the mineral industry. Work hard to grab your opportunities. Once you succeed, you will be well rewarded.
Pigs don't have good luck forecast for their careers in 2018.
Pigs, you will easily be bullied by deputy leaders or law enforcement. So it will be hard for you to get a promotion, and you will experience greater pressure at work.
For entrepreneurs, it's not a good year for you to develop your business. You will need to deal with law enforcement or fines.
However, if you are working on thermal power or mineral industry projects, or apartments for officials, you will do well. Don't expect good returns from real estate projects.
2018 is a lucky year for Pigs in their relationships.
Female Pigs, you will meet your favorite man. He will have a good background, but might be a little stubborn, and sometimes mysterious. You will find him at happy events or activities.
For male Pigs, you will also have good luck, but not as good as females of your sign. You might have to spend more money on developing a relationship. Your favorite woman might hide her feelings quite deeply, or your temporary lack of progress may be because you don't express yourself well. Express your feelings clearly to make steps forward.
Pigs don't have good health prospects in 2018.
Pigs, you might run afoul of the law in 2018, and become injured. You will easily contract acute diseases. And it will be hard for you to get well with one treatment. Your maladies will have to be healed slowly.
But give yourself a sigh of relief, your health problems will not be serious ones.
Avoid dangerous hiking, climbing, or adventurous actives. Instead, you are suggested to do some relaxing walks at places with woods and lakes to ameliorate your aura.
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.
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.