The Year of the Pig marks the end of the Chinese zodiac 12-year cycle. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said that the order of the lunar cycle would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. When he arrived, he was the last one and took twelfth place. But it’s not all bad for the Pig, as they have a knack for finding the gems hidden in murky situations – you can count on a Pig to lead you in the right direction.

Pig years are 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. The Pig is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥). In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth; their chubby faces and big ears are also signs of fortune. Pigs are symbols of luck, prosperity, happiness and abundance. They represent integrity, sincerity, intelligence, strength and courage. The kind and convivial Pig bestows gifts of honesty, reason, thoughtfulness, patience, freedom, and security.

According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success for all other signs. The Year of the Pig will initiate important changes. Closure is a major theme this year – put your ducks in a row, cross your T’s and dot your I’s, finish projects, complete goals and tie-up any loose ends to make way for a bigger and brighter future.

An eternal optimist, the Pig encourages us to take advantage of everything beautiful in life. But take care not to be selfish or over indulge – enjoy, but try not to over do it.