Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Pig

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 (), 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

Year Celestial
Stem

Earthly
Branch
Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1935 Hài Pig Wood Yin
1947 ding Hài Pig Fire Yin
1959 Hài Pig Earth Yin
1971 xīn Hài Pig Metal Yin
1983 guǐ Hài Pig Water Yin
1995 Hài Pig Wood Yin
2007 ding Hài Pig Fire Yin
2019 Hài Pig Earth Yin
2031 xīn Hài Pig Metal Yin

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

Element Year Fortune
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.

Compatibility

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

Unlucky things

  • 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.

Horoscope

Pigs in the Year of the Ox (2021)

The Year of the Ox will be a stable one for the Pig. You will not encounter any major troubles, and your overall fortunes will be average. What your year will look like largely depends on what you make of it.

You can either keep the peace at home and work, or you can push yourself out of your comfort zone and take on more challenges. Either way, you will experience a stable atmosphere, making this will be a great period to establish your long-term plans for the future.

Career

The Pig will have a stable and easy professional life this year. You will not encounter any major problems, but you will not have many spectacular performances either. A promotion or raise is unlikely this year unless you are willing to put yourself in the spotlight more often.

As a Pig, you may prefer to take a more laid-back approach to your career. If stability is what you desire, you will find yourself quite content in 2021. If you wish to advance, however, you will need to reexamine your attitude and develop a stronger work ethic.

2021 promises to be a year of better finances for the Pig. You may undertake some investment risks, but the rewards can be significant. Though Pigs usually have trouble saving, now is the time to change your mindset and start saving on a regular basis.

Do not give in to your cravings for luxuries, and do not spend beyond your means. Refrain from making any major purchases, such as a new house or car, this year. A steady income means nothing if you fail to handle it properly. Stay in your comfort zone, and wait for your lucky stars to appear on the horizon.

Lucky Months: February, June, and October

Unlucky Months: April, July, and August

Education

As a Pig, you will need to work harder than usual to reach your academic goals this year. You will need to make some tough decisions concerning your education at the beginning of the year. Some of you may be unhappy with your class selection, your major, or even your school.

If you decide to change course, be sure to do so before midyear. Your ambitions will slowly get into action as the year progresses. You will start to connect with authorities in your areas of interest, which may help your academic career. Be sure to avoid stress whenever possible, as it may harm your academic progress.

Relationship

The love life will be nothing special for the Pig this year. With no lucky stars in sight, your romantic prospects will depend entirely on your approach. Single Pigs should be cautious, lest they run into trouble.

You may feel an urge to chase after new partners, and believe that the grass is greener on the other side. Do not fall for such illusions. Try to learn more about your current partner instead, and allow yourself to fall in love.

If you are in a committed relationship, you may find yourself having petty arguments and disagreements with your partner. Make it a point to work on your relationship before things get out of hand.

If you do not, you may inadvertently foster deeper issues that can ruin your relationship. 2021 should be a year in which you build a stable foundation for the future, rather than rushing ahead to take the next big step with your partner.

Health

Your health will be quite good this year, and your energy levels will be generally high. You may suffer small bruises and sprains here and there, but you will always recover quickly. Maintain a balance between your physical and mental endeavors.

The Pig does not deal with stress well, so be sure to leave room in your schedule for rest and relaxation. Take some “me-time” to relax, and consider starting a physical exercise routine to help you stay fit and in good spirits.

Lifestyle

Overall, 2021 will be a stable and uneventful year for the Pig. Happiness will abound at home, which will give you a sense of security and support. Look out for chances to focus on self-improvement in all your endeavors.

Utilize this year to hone your skills and garner knowledge of topics that interest you. Alternately, you may want to support community works and contribute to good causes. 2021 will be a great time to establish your long-term goals and reaffirm your values as your dreams take shape.

Pigs in the Year of the Rat (2020)

The Year of the Rat will surely be better for the Pig. One’s zodiac year is known to bring misfortune, and this was certainly true for 2019. Now that a new year is on the horizon, Pigs can look to the skies and eagerly await a better tomorrow, especially for the second half of the year.

Opportunities may present themselves at any time, so look forward to what is ahead. Take note, however, as a few unlucky stars are bearing down on you for the year; expect difficulties keeping your temper and concentration. Do everything you can to focus on the good for the year.

Career

Opportunities abound for Pig’s career in 2020. Deploy your positive energy and enthusiasm to hone in on your goals. If that means a promotion, new job, or raise, get to it, and in short order, you should see real change. Dedication and hard work will be required throughout the first half of the year—especially in the first few months which will test your limits (but know it will be worth it). With a strong foundation, the rest of the year will propel you over the top, and the promise of success will be yours!

Nothing is perfect, however. In your career, stress will take its toll. When you can, take small breaks here and there for a refresher. Remember, a day off once in a while is a good thing. Take care of yourself. Just don’t let too much relaxation time detract from your work; keep your eyes on the prize.

Lucky Months: February, June, September, and December.

Unlucky Months: January, March, April, August, October, and November.

Education

Concentration will be your Achilles heel for the year, and you’ll need to be extra focused, especially during your studies. Get ahead of the problem and figure out ways for yourself to focus better and maintain concentration. For example, set alarms for deadlines, study in the library to avoid distractions and work when you are most productive. If you put your mind to it, you can do it.

Health

To stay healthy this year, Pigs must be vigilant in taking care of themselves, paying particular attention to their digestive and the urinary systems. Take care when choosing restaurants and food trucks or markets; look out for unhealthy working environments or unhygienic practices. If food service workers are not wearing gloves, hair nets, or the conditions are dirty, do not eat there. Food poisoning will get you down at some point during the year. When it does happen, refuel yourself with electrolytes, water, and salty crackers.

Because Pigs tend to laze around when given a chance, do your best to keep moving. Exercise is valuable for everyone. Try to get those muscles working for at least thirty minutes to an hour a day, even if it’s just walking.

Relationships

Get ready; as this year, Pigs will experience the absolute best luck of all zodiacs in terms of love. Passion will follow you wherever you go, for singles and married alike. But don’t squander this excellent outlook—go out on dates, meet new people, and watch the magic happen. A blind date might even lead you on your way to finding the one. This year really could be the year for your long-awaited love.

Couples will be the envy of all in the year 2020. Connected at the hip, they will be inseparable. The Pig’s gentle and warm nature will carry the relationship to new levels of passion. Delight in each other and make the most of this lucky year. For married couples, there will still be little spats here and there. Nothing out of the ordinary, but make sure to communicate well and let go of any anger toward your spouse. It will all work itself out in good time.

Lifestyle

A year of improvement in on its way; what the previous year lacked in good fortune, 2020 will makeup twofold. If you work hard and take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, it will be a great year. One thing is for sure; a very romantic year is in store. A new or continued love will be your inspiration! There are plenty of options for growth in careers as well. Keep your head up, focus, and stay positive.