With the passing of another year, it can be easy to get caught up in the celebrations without actually stopping to think about what the Year of the Pig may mean to you and your loved ones. Seeing as China’s ancient philosophers had their own givings on how astrological signs affect people’s personality and behavior, it’s best to wise-up on Chinese zodiac signs so you can better know what lies ahead (or at least call BS when you dodge all of your predicted pitfalls).
Rather than dividing each year into 12 zodiac signs (星座 xīngzuò) as is done in the west, the Chinese zodiac (生肖 shēngxiāo) represent each lunar year, combined to create a 12-year cycle. The Chinese zodiac signs are represented by 12 animals, starting with the Rat, and followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
2019 is a year of the Pig, starting from February 5th 2019 and ending on January 24th 2020. It will be an Earth Pig year. 2020 will be a year of the Rat. 2018 was a year of the Dog.
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.
They are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit, Goat, and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other nine signs.