Cheri Haines, ABT
The Essence of Qi
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2019 Year of the brown Earth Pig/Boar

Chinese New Year officially begins on Feb. 5, continuing for two weeks until celebrations draw to a close on Feb. 19. Boar connects us all in fellowship and symbolizes our spiritual purity and faith. A year to be mindful of efforts that will honor home, family, charity and sensibility. Happy New Year!

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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 and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang, the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

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2019 is the year of the Earth Pig, the fortunate golden Pig, a time to make peace and enjoy life. Pig is a year for harmony and fellowship when kind  actions are rewarded. People can work together with good will and enjoy community.

Under the influence of the Earth Pig, we can find some peace, happiness, and contentment in life. Artistic endeavors are successful, including all things foodie and gourmet. There’s more emphasis on the earthly pleasures of sex, the beauty of nature, fine food, and beautiful things. If you’ve been stressed out, this Earth Pig year is good to take a vacation, relax, and not work so hard.

After serious Dog year 2018, Pig loves a party! It’s time for celebration, and appreciation for the fine things in life, especially good food. Ease and enjoyment are valued more than power and status. Power and status make their comeback in Metal Rat year 2020.

Honest Pig can be naive, so be sure that no one takes advantage of you this year, especially in financial dealings. For some, money is spent on luxuries such as sumptuous meals and fine clothing — ignoring the bills that accumulate during a Pig year.

Note that this Pig year 2019 is not the time to attempt big or overwhelming career projects. Plan in Pig year, and if you can, launch in Rat year 2020.

Yin Earth Pig ranks 36th out of 60 Stem-Branches. Yin Earth is the Heavenly Stem and Pig is the Earthly Branch in Chinese Zodiac calendar. Since the color of Yin Earth is brown, therefore, Yin Earth Pig Year is also called the Brown Pig Year. <no ALT needed>

Yin Earth stands for wet soil or farmland. According to Chinese Five Elements, Pig is Yang Water. Yang Water stands for running water or river. The sign of Yin Earth Pig is that a farmland is adjacent to a river. Farmland needs water for growing plants. But river brings potential risk of flooding. Water represents money to Yin Earth. Pig brings money opportunity to Yin Earth. But too greedy about money might cause the trouble.

Yin Earth is the wet farmland soil. It will become muddy when mixing with large amount of water. Pig becomes muddy and dirty when playing around on it. It's a Dirty and Muddy Pig Year.

Earth and Water have two combinations in Chinese I-Ching. One is that Water like river flows on the ground. Water is a resource for living. People will get together around the river. This is a sign of prosperity. The other case is Water is under the ground. People will look for water resource. Water represents danger in I-Ching. This is a sign of a dispute or a war.

Pig also contains Yang Wood. Yang Wood is tall tree or big wood. Yang Wood can be a boat flowing on the river. Water represents wisdom in Chinese Five Elements theory. Pig should make you smarter. If Yin Earth bring you trouble, you might find a solution from Yang Wood.

On New Year’s Eve, at midnight, the doors and windows are opened to let the old year go out.

Red is the color associated with fire, which is thought to ward off evil spirits, this is why many Chinese people wear red.

Making amends, reconciling with people, avoiding offenses, and reestablishing relationships and friendships are important things to accomplish before the New Year.