The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.
Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.
Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although hài is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).
Recent years of the Pig
Personality and Characteristics
Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.
Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.
They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.
Elements and fortunes
|Metal||1971, 2031||These Pigs mind their own business. They’re a bit lazy and unmotivated but focus on their work. They’ll definitely succeed if they place more emphasis on it. However, they must learn how to budget and save. Otherwise, their financial luck will be gone.|
|Water||1983, 2043||These Pigs are responsible and serious. They are full of ideas but are easily influenced by others. In relationships, this is a good thing. They listen and communicate well with their friends and family. They have good fortune and will retire with ample savings.|
|Wood||1935, 1995||These Pigs are earnest and lovable. To them, it’s okay if there is no money. But they should still save and have an emergency fund. They take each day at a time and calmly face all difficulties. They have plain but smooth relationships.|
|Fire||1947, 2007||These Pigs are very dependent on others. They are more suitable for jobs that require cooperation and teamwork. If they focus on a specific skill, they can build a solid foundation for their career. They’re good with money too, and have nothing to worry about in that aspect. They are pretty popular and get along well with everyone. However, romantic relationships are rockier.|
|Earth||1959, 2019||These Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have a lot of support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.|
Men born in the Pig year are optimistic and gentle. They are very focused. Once they decide on a goal, they’ll put everything into it.
They are not the best with money. Though cool-headed, they are also gullible. They trust others easily and are often scammed. This can cause them to lose a fortune.
These men are also quiet. They love learning but don’t really know how to put their knowledge into words. They’re not conversationalists, but treat everyone warmly. This results in a large social circle. Whenever they run into difficulties, there are always people who stand up to help. Though people will lie to them, more will love them.
Women born in the Pig year are full of excitement. They attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely. Combined with their easygoing personality, they gain everyone’s trust.
However, they are sometimes over-friendly. In their excitement, they can forget to give others personal space.
They also have good fortune with wealth. As long as they keep at it, the efforts will not go to waste. Though they don’t start with an advantage, their hard work will keep money flowing in.
At home, they are highly organized. If the room is messy, they’d stay up the entire night to clean it up. These women love children too. Playing with children is one of the things that bring them the greatest joy.
Most compatible with Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat
Pigs are the most compatible with Tigers. The brave Tiger gives Pigs the security they need.
The Rabbit will be attracted by the Pig’s intelligence and warmth. With the Goat, there are many common interests and topics.
Least compatible with Pig: Snake, Monkey
Pigs and Snakes have clashing personalities and are the least compatible. They have biases against each other and can’t compromise. It’s hard to get along with Monkeys as well. The relationship is full of tension.
Lucky things for Pigs
- Colors: yellow, gray, brown
- Numbers: 2, 5, 8
- Mineral: agate
- Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, east
- Directions of wealth: northeast
- Directions of love: north
- Colors: blue, green
- Numbers: 1, 7, 9
Careers Fit for Pigs
Pigs are gentle and rarely lose their temper. Even when they do, it’s never a dramatic commotion. They’ll always try to compromise and settle things quickly. Because their goal in life is for everyone to live in harmony, they are suitable for careers related to charity and fundraisers.
They are also very tolerant and understanding. If someone makes a mistake, they’ll try to help the person fix it. They are patient and want the best for everyone. This makes them great teachers and coaches.
If Pigs are interested in business, they should be braver. Take some risks in investments, but to an extent. After some small obstacles, the road to wealth would be smooth. Real estate is a good option for these Pigs.
Health and Lifestyle
Pigs mostly have a great build and a resilient body. They are always spirited, as if they will never run out of energy. Their natural health is something Pigs are proud of.
But sometimes they can be overconfident and overlook some minor symptoms. If neglected for too long, even the smallest things can become grave.
In addition, Pigs lead very busy lives. Even if they don’t feel tired, they should still remember to take breaks. Seasonal changes have an effect on Pigs’ health too. They may be at risk for respiratory diseases. Unhealthy diets can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol and heart problems too.
Pigs are never one to give in to difficulties. This is a positive trait in the workplace, but might not be here. For good health, Pigs must learn to take small illnesses seriously and get regular checkups.
Pigs in the Year of the Rabbit (2023)
The year of 2023 should be easy breezy for the Pig, and has the potential to become a fantastic year, if you work with your favorable aspects rather than against them, lucky you!
Work will be rather pleasant for the Pig as the year starts. Whether you work for a company, or for yourself, you should find yourself being trusted with more responsibility and projects with the month.
Seize the opportunities that come your way, no matter what. Entrepreneurs, in particular, will meet plenty of new clients, or discover a new sideline business that will grow into quite the profit maker.
Love is equally favorable, especially for single Pigs, who have the best shot of finding that special someone than they’ve enjoyed in a long time, thanks to two favorable influences in your love aspect.
Honestly, the only problem the Pig could run into in 2023 is likely in the health department. But if you learn to take care of yourself, the chances of that happening will be greatly diminished, so nothing to worry about!
Love and Relationships in 2023
Looks like you’ll be a fan-favorite this year in terms of love, Pig. You’ll be naturally more attractive, and the glow you see in others’ eyes will in turn make you more confident of your own more laidback charm. Just do you, and don’t worry about being perfectly polished. Those people are never as fun or interesting as you, or offer as many unique qualities that’d make you a wonderful partner for anyone.
Pigs who are single will seem to encounter potential mates at every turn, even if they’re just taking out the recycles in their sweats. You have a good chance of finding that special someone in 2023, but when you do, you’d best be proactive about getting to know them, or you could regret missing a golden opportunity in a few years’ time. The one doesn’t come as often as all that, you know what I mean?
Those who’re already in a relationship will do best not to let their eyes linger on anyone who aren’t their significant other this year, or it could lead to misunderstandings or even a breakup. We know you don’t mean anything by it, but in the moment, your partner could seriously feel threatened and want to break up.
If you’re already married and/or started a family, 2023 will paint a rather rosy picture as well. You love your partner as much as you did all those years ago, don’t you? Just make sure they know that, by expressing your affection and doing little acts of service for them if you remember, and you’ll continue to be “that golden couple” among your friends.
Goodness, Pig! Looks like you’ll either stay in love, or fall into it by year’s end!
Career in 2023
In 2023, the Pig will gain other’s respect and trust with a natural ease, thanks to the aspect of “Tian Yi”, and that means both with colleagues and partners, as well as those in positions of influence of power. Pigs are well-liked in general for their down-to-earth attitude and easygoing nature, and that will be magnified this year.
Don’t squander others’ trust in you, Pig! If you’re given a new project to spearhead, for example, put your best effort into it and you’ll be rewarded when it wraps up. Opportunities like these could provide a steady staircase for you in the workplace in 2023, even if they don’t all seem promising at first. They may just be tests of your merits if you know what I mean!
For Pigs in business for themselves, the year will be a stellar one as well. Everyone you meet will either be a new prospective client, or else an important connection who will lead to many new clients, and they all seem to trust you. What an enviable position to be in, Pig. You may well end the year with a few more lines of businesses than you started with, just keep an open mind, and you’ll do fine.
Last thing, don’t be gun-shy, alright? This isn’t a year to be modest, or to worry about not being good enough. You’re given an opportunity because everyone knows you’re more than ready, but you have to believe that yourself to truly take advantage of what comes your way!
Wealth in 2023
The positive developments in the Pig’s work sector will be reflected in your bank account in 2023. Provided you take on the opportunities that come your way, and excel in the execution – which we all know you will, Pig – you’re looking at promotions, raises, bonuses and new lucrative contracts all year long. Your income could stand to double, triple, or quadruple by December!
Those who’re in business for themselves will find their company expanding and taking on bigger orders, which will add to the inflow on your balance sheet. Don’t rest on your laurels, however, because some of the new business will ask you to be bolder and more imaginative than ever before, so take stock of what you’re already doing well, and look into upgrading the areas where you’re not as solid just yet.
If you’re not already in business, however, this isn’t the year to put investment into any new ventures. Investment instruments won’t favor you either, so be sensible and practical, and don’t trust any get-rich-quick schemes. We know you can find better ways to enjoy your new wealth, dear Pig.
Education in 2023
School will go well for younger Pigs this year. They’re efficient, jovial, and seem to genuinely enjoy learning. You’ll ace your exams, and grow in confidence across all subjects at school. That’s a wonderful sight to behold, and your teachers, parents and classmates will notice this in you, and want to praise you or find out your secret!
The truth is, you’ve really come into your own, Pig, and your secret is none other than you’re being yourself. Isn’t it such a great feeling to revel in living in your own skin? Your optimism and high performance will inspire those around you, and everyone will want to get to know you for your positive influence.
Don’t let that go to your head, however. When we get too cocky, we risk becoming overconfident and a braggart. That’s not who you are, is it? Inspire and lead by joy, Pig, as you’ve always done, not by superiority.
Health in 2023
Alright, are you ready for the only potentially problematic area of your life in 2023? Please take care of your health this year, Pig, as the effect of “Da Hao” could mean you’re more likely to get injured, become sick, or otherwise be afflicted by chronic discomfort to the point of needing time off from work. That would be a travesty!
The solution isn’t difficult, but with how many struggle to eat sensibly across the world despite all sorts of new diets every year, it isn’t that easy, either. You’re quite the epicurean of the zodiac, of course, and there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself once in a while. But we must ask you to adopt a healthful diet, refrain from drinking too much, and take yourself to bed at a reasonable hour on more days during the week, if you want to take advantage of all the blessings coming your way.
Minor illnesses are not to be ignored, either. If you have indigestion, or a common cold, either adjust your habits or take some remedies immediately. In fact, do both! You don’t notice your bodily sensations at times, Pig, especially when you’re enjoying yourself. But in a year like this with so many stimulations in your life, these small health problems could really add up to one big surprise if you’re not careful.
Pigs in the Year of the Tiger (2022)
Pigs will be blessed by Tai Sui in 2022, but unfortunately, other aspects may cause a bit of trouble despite this. As such, Pigs can look forward to an abundance of good luck this year, which may be punctuated by periods of instability and changeable fortune.
The way to deal with this is to prepare for everything, and to never be in a hurry—pressure like that never sits well with Pigs. Take an optimistic approach as you usually do toward life, with plenty of backup options for the things that are important to you, and everything will likely work out in your favor.
Love and Relationships in 2022
Love won’t be smooth sailing for Pigs in 2022, and many may find themselves “trapped” in an unsatisfying romantic situation. For Pigs already in a long-term relationship, if your engagement or wedding is set for this year, leave a lot of time to prepare for any unforeseeable circumstances—think along the lines of a wedding planned for summer 2020, which would have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The issues you face in your love life this year will not be caused by the love between you and your partner having diminished in some way, but rather be rooted in external factors that no one will be able to change.
Singles are luckier this year. Single Pigs, you will have an excellent chance of meeting someone you like, and if you play your cards right, you will end 2022 with them in your embrace and a new year’s kiss as 2023 rolls around. The way to approach this will be to employ your usual patience, only with occasional bursts of boldness splashed in between. The planets will support a little more daring from you this year, so go for it and watch love blossom between you and a brand-new person of interest.
Career in 2022
Pigs careers will be blessed by the god of Tai Sui this year, with a few more lucky stars in their quarter as well, so 2022 will be a strong career year and a period of rapid expansion for Pig natives. Education, learning and promotion are all favored by these stars, and these are activities Pigs enjoy anyway, so everything is likely to go well.
Pigs in civil service, such as administration and government work, will enjoy special blessings, and those in creative industries, such as screening writing, advertising and design, will find themselves more inspired than usual. This is a great year to invest in work-related training courses as well, the effect of which will be felt for many years to come in Pigs’ career sectors.
Those who want promotions and raises will be helped along by higher-ups and will take place before the year is out. This is also an excellent year for changing jobs if your old company is too small for you already. A new position offering a much better package and more meaningful responsibilities will be Pig’s for the taking.
Interpersonal relationships, especially at work, will require some delicate treatment in 2022, however. Pigs are naturally judicious, although not everyone else will function this way, so keep that in mind before quarreling with others, especially your colleagues.
You want more votes in your corner this year, as you may well find yourself being voted on for a better position or a partnership in your firm. Leave aside rumors even if others tell them to you freely—you will thank yourself for holding your tongue soon enough, and watch as those rumormongers end up paying a heavy price.
Wealth in 2022
Both Pig’s income and side income are set to increase in 2022. With great luck in their career, Pigs are likely to see an improvement in their expected earnings this year. Many will change to a better job with more pay, or be promoted within their company and be asked to take on additional responsibilities. Pigs in business for themselves will see their client base widen this year, with major sign-ons offering previously unseen contracts and more money for everyone.
The only thing to note is that all changes ought to come gradually instead of radically for Pigs. Do as you usually do, Pig, and learn about new things – whether it be a new investment or a new partnership – before committing yourself. Otherwise, the extra cash you earn may just as quickly flow out of your bank account. Minimize investment risks when you can. For Pigs, gambling opposes your nature and will not offer you anything in return. That will remain true this year, despite your blessings from above.
Education in 2022
Pigs born in 2007 will have some ups and downs in their studies this year. They are likely to do very well in their favorite subjects, while completely failing in others, giving them mixed results by the end of the year. This won’t average out well, of course, so Pigs are advised to put in more effort in their weaker subjects and go for well-rounded progress if they can help it. Ask your teacher or classmates for help because you are tasked with improving your academic performance this year. If you don’t, you will have a hard time preparing for college in the next two years, and you won’t be aided by the stars as you are this year. By then, it will almost certainly be too late.
Health in 2022
The year of 2022 will present health risks for Pig natives, with the overall outlook being not very optimistic. Most of Pig’s Tai Sui blessings will be in their professional sphere, increasing their visibility and social standing, which will be accompanied by more socializing. Pigs are susceptible to overeating and overindulging in pleasures, which may well be the case this year, as things look up and Pigs find their wallets more swollen than usual. Aside from wasting money, too much pleasure will cause serious problems for Pigs, including high blood pressure and obesity.
Wake up in time, and refrain from indulging in alcohol or even more serious addictions. It’s not worth the momentary pleasure to damage your health, Pig. Take time to rest, too, and try your best not to smoke too much. It’s advisable to quit smoking and drinking altogether this year, but unfortunately most Pigs will not find that possible.
Those with lingering illnesses must be extra vigilant this year, as they may sneak up amidst the general merriment in 2022. It would be horrifying that your year of expansion is cut short, Pig, because you have not taken care of yourself and you land in the hospital halfway through – keep that in mind the next time you find yourself tempted by yet another evening out.