Year of the Brown Pig 2019 (Abstract by Lillian Pearl Bridges)
February 5, 2019 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Brown Pig. This is a Yin Earth Year with the Yin Water of the Pig below. This combination is a tricky one as the Elements are in opposition. The combination of Earth and Water together make mud, which is why this year’s Pig is brown! This can be taken literally, meaning that there will be more mud created in the natural world, or it indicates that there may be a lack of clarity in people’s thinking.
The Pig is the final animal of the Chinese 12 animal system. This means that many long-term projects, ongoing investigations or delayed lawsuits will be finalised. There is a lot of energy around completion and concluding things that can’t make the jump into the next cycle. Pigs are peaceful animals, except when angered, which is rare. To the Chinese, Pigs symbolise the values of family, friends, home and good food. In fact, the pictogram for home is a roof with a pig under it. So plan on being more of a homebody or staying closer to home this year, as that will bring more fortune than traveling around.
Overall this is a good year for business because both the Earth and Water Elements feed the Wood Element that business runs on. However the Chinese saying is that “Businesses should plan in the Pig Year and launch new projects and expand in the Rat Year”, which is in 2020. Home building, publishing, environmental/ecology industries and businesses based on natural sciences should all have good years. Earth Businesses, like Real Estate home sales and all businesses involving Food will get a boost: food growing, production, distribution, preparation, and sales will also have a good year. Farm to Table restaurants and family dining restaurants will do best. Beauty products and spa treatments using mud, clay, seaweed or stones will be very popular. Partnerships and businesses working together and joining forces will become stronger and gain mutual benefit.
The energy of the Pig will make Education-related businesses flourish, particularly involving children and children’s educational toys. The Pig also benefits all professions involving caring – healing, therapy, counselling and social work. Charities and non-profits that focus on the welfare of children and the disenfranchised, as well as shelters for the homeless and feeding the hungry will receive more donations and gain more volunteers. This is definitely not a year to flaunt money, power, status or conspicuous.
People will be very interested in food this year and the theme is that food must taste good. They will be less concerned about the calories or the nutrients and more focused on flavour. People will be cooking more; gathering and eating together more. They will cook family recipes and from their heritage. Comfort foods will bring pleasure. It is important to eat more cooked foods this year instead of so many raw foods. Fruits and Root
Vegetables and Pulses all belong to the Earth Element and will be very nourishing this year. Yin Earth is also lightly sweet foods or sweets eaten in small quantities, so small pastries, light desserts, and creamy custards will be popular and consumed more than dense heavy desserts.
Weight gain is very likely this year, especially around the stomach. But it will occur in small increments and may not be noticed until the end of the year. This might also occur because people will be drawn to wearing comfortable, oversized clothing that drapes and hides weight gain well.
Because the Pig energy can be somewhat sedentary, light exercise, particularly bouncing with rebounders and Shaking Qi Gong is recommended for moving the lymph fluid. Massages, including Lymph Massage or Bodywork will help alleviate tension and enhance relaxation. Calisthenics and stretching like Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are also good and taking frequent strolls will be enjoyable forms of exercise. People will also be drawn to group exercise and exercise classes, instead of individual training.
The combination of Earth and Water signifies Spleen Dampness in Chinese Medicine. To counterbalance this dampness, saunas can be helpful. This dampness can manifest as problems with the Spleen, Pancreas and Stomach, which are Earth organs. This may cause digestive disorders, so warm, cooked foods are recommended to ease digestive distress. It is also advised to add Ginger to the diet to aid digestion and for warming the stomach, along with more spices like Cardamom and Cinnamon, and hot drinks. Soups and stews are also good. It is very important to eat very regular meals. However, people won’t be able to resist snacking this year.
The lack of fire makes circulation problems increase and there is slightly more risk of heart failure and small blood clots, haemorrhoids and varicose veins due to stagnant and thicker blood. Giving blood helps alleviate these conditions and some foods are considered very good for improving blood quality. These include Mu’er (Wood Ear) Mushrooms and red fruits that look like hearts, like Cherries, which in Chinese Medicine is said to clean the blood.
The combination of elements symbolised as muddy water can also affect the Kidneys and Bladder. This can manifest as more Urinary Tract Infections, which make the urine cloudy (Blueberries can be helpful). Or, there may be an increase in small kidney stones (Watermelon juice can be helpful). It is unfortunately easier for Kidneys to fail, requiring dialysis or even transplants. Kidney deficiency may also manifest as lethargy, low back problems, teeth problems, knee problems or as a low sex drive. Be sure to rest and sleep more to support your Kidneys. Interestingly, although people may not be having as much sex this year, they will likely be much more fertile and many babies will be conceived.
Phlegm is another manifestation of muddy water, so the number of people who fall ill with respiratory infections is expected to rise, with congestion lasting longer than usual. If you find yourself suffering from congestion, cook more Chicken Soup with Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions and Cayenne Pepper and drink hot Water with Lemon and Honey – a shot of whiskey makes it even better!
People will want to stay at home more because the Pig is considered a home loving and family-oriented creature and they value comfort. There will be a strong pull to gather together with family, friends and workmates often. It is a good year to spoil children and grandchildren. The Yin nature of the year may bother a lot of people, but it will balance out their Yang natures. Take naps and spend more time just being. The idea is to relax and enjoy life in the Pig Year and spend time with loved ones.
People will be more caring, considerate and nurturing this year, and more willing to help others. This is a very good year for dealing with family issues and overcoming previous hurts. Forgiveness is easier and reconciliation is one of the themes of the year. People will take romance seriously and there are likely to be more proposals. It is not a good year to play with someone’s heart or engage in superficial relationships.
Emotionally, people will feel more worried and more fearful, but can be consoled easily by their loved ones. Most people will feel like hugging and cuddling more. They will feel more affectionate and less angry. Confrontations should be easy to diffuse and patience will help. It is easier to feel a connection to others and it is easier to make friends. The main goal is contentment and enjoyment of life – resting and healing to prepare for the new cycle.
Overall, the Pig brings gifts to most people this year. Tigers, Rabbits and Sheep get particular benefit, but any barnyard animal is favoured. Snakes, Monkeys and Pigs (except those celebrating their 60th birthday) will find this year more difficult. This means that they may have to work harder, move, travel more, change jobs, start a new job, get married or have a baby – the Chinese call it experiencing “Good Bad Luck.” The remedy is to carry a Tiger Charm.
Individual Animal Forecasts for 2019:
RAT – Water Element: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
This is a good year for socializing and romance. However, finances are tricky so be careful with money and don’t take a lot of chances. It’s a time to finish up with projects already started.
OX – Earth Element: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021
This is a good year for Oxes. Finances improve and reputation is enhanced. However, it is best to stay close to home.
TIGER – Wood Element: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
This is a good year for Tigers. Business grows and finances improve. New plans can be implemented with success. Some family issues may occur and caution is advised when traveling even short distances.
RABBIT – Wood Element: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
This is a happy year for Rabbits, especially in the family. They will feel more creative, express themselves better and will be more appreciated. However, Rabbits should be cautious about spending money.
DRAGON – Earth Element: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
This is a fortunate year for Dragons, financially and socially. However, Dragons may be more irritable and have less patience with others. This is not a year for doing any remodelling or redecorating.
SNAKE* – Fire Element: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
This is an up and down year for Snakes. Family connections can become frayed, but it is a good year for romance. Money can be made, but will require hard work. Travel, especially over water, is not well-aspected.
HORSE – Fire Element: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
This is a stable year for Horses emotionally and the family is happy. There is positive growth in work and finances. However there may be some problems with the home, requiring repairs.
SHEEP – Earth Element: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
This is a happy year for Sheep, especially in family life. This is a good year to add to the family, by marriage or birth. Short trips are better than long and will make some happy memories.
MONKEY* – Metal Element: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
This is a tricky year for Monkeys, so they need to be more careful than usual. However it is a good year for making money and expanding business. Watch out for overconfidence and internal tension.
ROOSTER – Metal Element: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,1993, 2005, 2017
Life improves a lot this year after two hard years. You get along better with others or reconcile with family members. There is luck in business and finances and it may also be a more social and romantic year.
DOG – Earth Element: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
This is a happier year for Dogs with some sudden good fortune in business. They will spend more time at home and it is recommended that they do not travel very much. People around them may need emotional support.
PIG* – Water Element: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
This is a slow year for Pigs and may feel boring, but it will be peaceful and calm for the most part. Travel, especially international travel, should be limited. There will be few gains financially, but also no real losses.
*Pigs, Snakes and Monkeys should carry a Tiger charm for protection this year and to bring more luck their way.
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