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

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.


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.


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.

Pigs in the Year of the Rat (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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.