2019 is considered the year of the Pig!
At least according to the Chinese Zodiac. Similar to western astrology, there are 12 animals of the zodiac and it is believed that depending on the year you were born in, you would receive the characteristics and personality traits of the animal assigned to that year. However, that’s where the similarities end.
There are many stories about how the Chinese Zodiac animals were selected, legends and myths passed down through generations. Some stories tell about how the Jade Emperor [The Emperor in Heaven] decided to hold a feast to assign the animals to calendar signs, and the first 12 animals that arrive would be chosen. The story goes on to tell of the cat who was too late to the feast, and the rat who was the first to arrive. In most versions of the story, the rat in some way tricked the cat so that it would be too late to the feast, which is why the cat is constantly chasing the rat. There are many different versions of the story, in case you know any yourself, you're welcome to share with us in the comment section below!
Now, lets get into the details.
This year marks the Year of the Pig! But what do these Chinese Zodiac signs even mean?
While the Pig would normally be listed as last in the Chinese Zodiac, as it is the 12th animal, we’re highlighting it up front and center, because 2019 is the Year of the Pig! Those born in the year of the Pig tend to be honest and frank with a calm appearance and a strong heart. Many people wait for the year of the pig to get married or have children, as it is normally looked upon as the zodiac sign that provides wealth in life. Somehow people born in the sign of Pig end up stumbling onto those golden chances we all so desperately crave in order to advance their career, or even personal life. They are tolerant and optimistic, which makes them popular among others, however only once they start trusting you will you get to fully experience their virtue and loyalty. When problems occur they will not shy away from them, but rather do their best to work them out step-by-step.
Perfect matches: Sheep, Rabbit, Tiger
Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8
Lucky colors: Yellow, gold, brown, gray
Years of the Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959
For most people, the standard reaction to hearing the word ‘rat’ is jumping up onto the highest chair or counter in your vicinity. In the Chinese Zodiac however, the rat is ranked first which is a great honor. Known for being adaptable, smart and flexible, they can easily accommodate to any situation and adapt to different surroundings. Often seen surrounded by people sporting huge smiles, they’re positivity and cheerfulness is often contagious.
Perfect matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Lucky numbers: 2, 3
Lucky colors: Blue, green, gold
Years of the Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
You’d probably think the characteristics most often associated with this animal would be stubbornness… and it is, but there’s so much more! True, they can be stubborn but they’re also very persistent. They will have stability no matter what situation they find themselves in, which makes them a good fit for leadership. In the Chinese Zodiac an Ox is considered patient, honest and yes, strong-willed. They’re also among the most peace-loving within the zodiac, and treat people with equality in mind.
Perfect matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster
Lucky numbers: 1, 9
Lucky colors: Blue, red, purple
Years of the Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Once a Tiger makes up their mind, there’s no changing it! They tend to be very frank, honest and speak out about their feelings without constraint, so they can easily gain others’ trust. Failure doesn’t exist in their dictionary, and they handle it poorly, so they always push themselves harder to succeed. They have a strong sense of justice, so they almost feel compelled to help others when they notice them treated unfairly.
Perfect matches: Dragon, Horse, Pig
Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4
Lucky colors: Gray, orange, blue, white
Years of the Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Those born in the year of the Rabbit are usually perceived as gentle and sensitive people. Their politeness and kindness makes them well liked and trusted among their circle of friends, family and co-workers. They do tend to be more cautious in situations, and can easily be hurt. Being frank and honest makes them very popular, and a joy to befriend.
Perfect matches: Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky colors: Red, pink, purple, blue
Years of the Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
People in the Chinese zodiac sign of Dragon are seen as natural-born leaders with supreme leadership skills. Combined with their ambitious nature they have an extremely strong drive to chase after their dreams, and make them a reality. They tend to be very passionate and their eloquence in expressing themselves makes them charismatic speakers. Thought to have been born with innate luck, they seem to always achieve their goals with ease.
Perfect matches: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
Lucky numbers: 1, 6, 7
Lucky colors: Gold, silver
Years of the Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
While those born in the sign of Snake might appear nonchalant, they actually tend to be quite enthusiastic people. They tend to be wise, eloquent and humorous which makes people feel comfortable and relaxed when talking to them. With usually clear goals about their career, they tend to make plans to achieve success step-by-step. In light of problems they tend to stay calm and face the situation with a rational mind.
Perfect matches: Dragon, Rooster
Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9
Lucky colors: Red, light yellow, black
Years of the Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
The majority of those born in the sign of Horse have very pleasant personalities, and tend to be warm-hearted, upright and easy going people. Unsurprisingly, it’s exactly these personality traits that usually cause lots of friends to flock around them. A strong feeling of independence and persistence makes them likely to succeed in business, especially as they do not easily give up when things get difficult. With an acute ability to learn and perceive situations, they have good insight into others’ mind which makes them good at leadership.
Perfect matches: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit
Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7
Lucky colors: Purple, yellow, brown
Years of the Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
People born in the year of the Sheep are hardworking, diligent and persistent. They trust in their own judgement more than what others might think. They have a habit of being thrifty, and tend to accumulate quite a bit of money saved. Being considerate of others and soft hearted often makes them popular with friends and family, and easy to get along with.
Perfect matches: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky colors: Purple, green, red
Years of the Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
In the Chinese zodiac Monkeys are known as intelligent and intuitive which is why others often feel as if these people have some mysterious predictive powers. When they have a clear goal in mind, they tend to work hard at achieving it. They have a strong sense of curiosity which makes them surprisingly brave when it comes to trying new things. With their upbeat and positive attitude they often positively influence the people around them.
Perfect matches: Ox, Rabbit
Lucky numbers: 1, 8, 7
Lucky colors: Blue, white, gold
Years of the Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Known as deep-thinkers, those born in the year of the Rooster tend to be honest, communicative, ambitious and warm-hearted. Quick to jump to conclusions, they do struggle with a hot temper. They tend to be well-organized, and think out of the box professionally, which makes them a great asset to any business. Not one to fall behind, the Rooster will always stay busy and complete their work timely and neatly.
Perfect matches: Ox, Snake
Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8
Lucky colors: Gold, yellow, brown
Years of the Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
According to the Chinese Zodiac those born in the Year of the Dog tend to be very straightforward people. As their real life counterpart, they are likely very faithful and warm-hearted, which combined with their courageousness and wit grants them success in love or business. Being able to easily keep secrets, makes them well-liked by those in their social circle, and easy to open up to.
Perfect matches: Rabbit [also compatible with Rat, Tiger, Monkey, Pig]
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky colors: Red, purple, green
Years of the Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
In case this got you curious, there’s still a lot more left to learn about the Chinese Zodiac, details about each sign, their compatibility and more importantly… what each sings luck will be in 2019!
Maybe you believe in horoscopes, astrology or similar things, or maybe you simply find such things as an interesting read to fill a few moments while you’re sitting in a bus… either way, if this got you curious about more, there are many online resources available via Google.