Tuesday, February 5th is the second new moon following the winter solstice. For Asian cultures this is the New Year and the start of the spring festivals and planting season. This year the Earth Dog will surrender to the jolly Earth Pig.
A bit about the Asian Zodiac –
Each year of the Asian (Chinese) calendar corresponds to one of the 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep , Monkey, Rooster, Dog and the Pig). Besides the animal, we also cycle through each of the 5 elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) to create a full 60 year cycle. By the time you cycle back to the animal year and element that you were born in you will be 60–so, don’t hold your breath. Each animal carries its own unique personality and disposition, couple that with the elemental energies and can get an idea of the nature of the how the year may play out.
Pigs are the 12th animal in the cycle. Legend has it that all the animals were invited to a great celestial party by the Jade Emperor, the pig overslept and ended up being the last to party. Or if you prefer, another myth has the Pig’s house was destroyed by wolves and he took the time to rebuild his home before coming to the party.
The Pig’s personality and nature –
Happy, big eared and chubby faced, Pigs represent wealth and good fortune in the Asian cultures. Add to this the grounding Yin nature of the Earth element and we should see some stability and blessings this year. Pigs don’t often draw attention to themselves. Where others may bluster and boast of their works, the diligent and hard working Pig may stay humbly quiet while working on. They are enthusiastic in their work, even if that work is seems dull or boring to other. In positions of power, Pigs are kind and lead with integrity.
Pigs are courageous and energetic, having lots of energy to carry on their lives. They are caring and nurturing parents and friends. They tend to have easy going personalities and are honest, however, they can be stubborn and won’t back down from a fight should you manage to anger a Pig. They enjoy long friendships, entertainment and like treat themselves to life’s pleasures. They usually enjoy long life and good health.
Correspondences and compatibility-
The Pig is the 12th animal in the Asian (Chinese) Zodiac system.
Lucky numbers – 2, 5 & 8
Colors – yellow, gold and brown
Flowers – hydrangea
Compatibility – Goat, Tiger and Rabbit
Incompatibility – Steer clear of the Monkey and the Snake
Here’s to a wonderful year!
Thank you! A huge thank you to Ken Hsu for the playful, plump piglets.