2019 is the year of the Earth Pig. Let’s celebrate.Feb 05
Call it a pig, call it a boar, whichever you like. It’s a brand new year in Chinese astrology, so it’s time to get our bearings on the cosmic shifts we need to tune into in order to live our best in 2019. Also, it’s one helluva celebration, even if you’re just a spectator.
First up, a tiny bit about Chinese astrology. The Chinese astrological calendar occurs in 12-year cycles with each year belonging to one of twelve animals. These twelve animals earned their position based on the order (and the manner in which) they arrived to a party hosted by the emperor. For example, the rat is first to arrive because she hitches a ride on the ox’s back and then races to the palace, leaving everyone in the dust. The pig arrives last because she may have been sleeping, had to fix up her house, or just got the wrong date and time. These myths are adorable and full of clever double meanings that link the attributes (good and bad) of the animals to the personalities and fortune of people born in that year.
So now, let’s talk pig (or boar) characteristics. Pigs are rather social and docile creatures, living well in groups and avoiding conflicts with each other. As such, people born in the year of the pig are said to be sociable and easy going. In China, the pig, due to its physique (and tendency to gain weight easily) is associated with gaining and retaining wealth. For year of the pig people, this is good, as it means you may have an easier time attracting and holding onto personal wealth. Pigs are thought to be a bit gullible and should be careful, especially when something seems too good to be true. Also, pigs are not thought to be especially romantic and may need to work harder in that area to keep their relationships fresh. (Jus’ sayin…)
The Earth part of this year tells us what element cycle we’re experiencing this year. There are five elements (earth, air, fire, water and metal) and each element cycle lasts 12 years or one full zodiac cycle. As an element, earth is nurturing and stable, while offering a sense of security—think, getting your feet on solid ground. Coupled with the social energy of the pig, it could be a very supportive year for community all over the world.
Another interesting facet of Chinese astrology, the year of your animal does not bring good luck. Rather, it means that you have to be careful in that year to protect yourself. For pigs in 2019, your fortune doesn’t seem too bad because you’re a pretty mellow group, but it’s still good to be careful. The rest of the signs have mixed fortunes based on their relationship with pigs and pig characteristics, as well as the elements.
Chinese New Year heralds the coming of spring, as well as the new year. Traditionally, people returned to their family homes to celebrate, which kicks off with a lively feast on the eve of the new year. China is a vast, multi-cultural country, and the cuisine to celebrate this holiday is regional, so there are literally thousands of celebratory dishes. Some common ones include spring rolls, dumplings and noodles—which are very long and symbolize a long life. Tip: don’t cut these, just slurp them up for your health.
February 5, 2019 is the first day of the new year, but the festivities last for a full two weeks, culminating in a beautiful lantern festival. It’s a vivid, colorful celebration where a billion (maybe more) people around the world are creating positivity for the year ahead. If you can, take some time to join them, if only in a search or two to for photo highlights from this year’s parades, decorations and attire. They are a sight to behold.
Happy New Year, everyone! May this year’s Earth Pig bring us closer together on the journey to sustain health and happiness.