Feb 19, 2007

Happy New Year, You Pig, You: Chinese New Year Welcomes Year of the Pig (Boar)


Do you believe in Chinese astrology? Not sure? Well, I asked my Japanese mama-san about it, once (she's a wise woman), and she said, "The Chinese have been studying astrology for thousands of years, and they have ancient wisdom we'd do well not to underestimate." From Chinese Astrology, "The Eastern zodiac is the oldest known horoscope system in the world. With origins tracing back to 2637 B.C." You have to have at least a modicum of respect for a subject with that kind of history behind it.

Yesterday was the first day of the Chinese New Year (happy new year to all!), and the start of the year of the pig--or boar. Pig year people are thought to be lucky, so Chinese parents actually try to have children born in the year of the pig. My husband is a pig--no, I mean that in all sincerity--and is therefore deemed "polite, honest, hardworking and loyal." How about you? What are your characteristics and what's up for you this year. Even if you don't believe, it's fun to check what might be in store.

What's Your Chinese Astrology Sign?

Rat ( 1912 - 1924 - 1936 - 1948 - 1960 - 1972 - 1984 )

Ox ( 1913 - 1925 - 1937 - 1949 - 1961 - 1973 - 1985 )

Tiger ( 1914 - 1926 - 1938 - 1950 - 1962 - 1974 - 1986)

Rabbit ( 1915 - 1927 - 1939 - 1951 - 1963 - 1975 - 1987 )

Dragon ( 1916 - 1928 - 1940 - 1952 - 1964 - 1976 - 1988 )

Snake ( 1917 - 1929 - 1941 - 1953 - 1965 - 1977 - 1989 )

Horse ( 1918 - 1930 - 1942 - 1954 - 1966 - 1978 - 1990 )

Goat ( 1919 - 1931 - 1943 - 1955 - 1967 - 1979 - 1991

Monkey ( 1920 - 1932 - 1944 - 1956 - 1968 - 1980 - 1992 )

Rooster ( 1921 - 1933 - 1945 - 1957 - 1969 - 1981 - 1993

Dog ( 1910 - 1922 - 1934 - 1946 - 1958 - 1970 - 1982 )

Boar ( 1911 - 1923 - 1935 - 1947 - 1959 - 1971 - 1983 )


2007 Year of the Fire Pig Forecast
Here's a brief review of what you might expect during the year of the pig:

Rat:
The Year of the Fire Pig is very prosperous for the industrious Rat. You will achieve important goals, and you will have a great deal of freedom to do as you please. You can live the good life by following your nose and trusting your intuition, as it will guide you toward a good source of income that you earn by using your natural talents.

Ox:
This isn't likely to be a stellar year for the Ox, but if you stay focused and work hard, you'll have everyone's respect. It might seem like others are having a lot more fun than you, and this probably will be true. Rather than grumbling about how life isn't fair, learn to appreciate the good things you do have and the people who love you. Next year will be better.

Tiger:
The Year of the Pig promises to be a lot of fun for the Tiger, who will be very popular and in social demand. Many of the invitations you get will be to parties, but there also will be opportunities to mix fun with working for your favorite humanitarian causes. Single Tigers have a good chance of meeting a new romantic partner as a result of all this networking.

Rabbit:
The Rabbit has a natural affinity with the Pig, so 2007 should be an excellent year for you. Your biggest challenge will be overcoming your natural shyness to take center stage and revel in the adoration that is heaped upon you. In both your professional and your private life, resist the temptation to downplay your talents and accomplishments, and take credit where credit is due.

Dragon:
Dragons are trailblazers, and you will get many opportunities to put your maverick ingenuity to good use in 2007. By heading in a new direction, you could net both recognition and financial rewards. The key lies in expressing your true talents and following your heart. Nothing less will get results. Leave behind your fear of not having enough, and cultivate abundance consciousness. Let your enterprising spirit soar.

Snake:
The Pig and the Snake are natural enemies, so this is not going to be the best of years for you. The Snake does not tolerate change very well, and changes are likely in 2007. Even when they are for the better, they may seem too abrupt for comfort. Fortunately, your natural endurance and social grace will carry you through. Hedge your finances by setting aside some funds for a rainy day.

Horse:
The Horse will feel very restless in 2007, making this a highly unpredictable year. How you fare depends largely on your attitude. If you respond to the demands of others by being rebellious and bolting out the door, you'll experience ups and downs, especially regarding your finances. If you'd rather have some stability and security, form good working relationships and be a team player. The choice is yours.

Goat:
The Goat isn't the most social of signs, but you'll do well this year if you leave the comfort zone of home and family in order to expand your social network. The Goat and the Pig are natural allies, so you could have quite a bit of fun if you make an effort to meet new people. Don't worry, they'll love you, and they'll find many ways to show their appreciation.

Monkey:
You'll need to work hard to stay upbeat and positive in the Year of the Pig, but your efforts will pay off handsomely in terms of connections and material rewards. The Pig is a big party animal, so your best bet is to stay social and use your Monkey charm to talk your way into the hearts and minds of those who can help you. Maintain a can-do attitude.

Rooster:
Has anyone ever told you that you could use a little tact? If not, be advised that in the Year of the Pig, you'll get what you want by being more diplomatic and lightening up. Doing so will assure that you get fair compensation for your hard work and diligence. Better still, it could win the heart of one special person. Overall, this should be a quite romantic year for you.

Dog:
The Dog will be very busy in the Year of the Pig. Not only will you do a lot of social networking, but you will engage in many activities to help your fellow humans. You will receive lots of praise and attention for your efforts, so prepare yourself to be in the spotlight. Just be sure to balance all that activity with some serious downtime so that you don't wear yourself out.

Pig:
Simply put, the Pig can have it all in his own year. You are generous by nature and have much to give, and now you can expect to get even more back. Entertaining will be very much on your mind, with lavish parties and great company. Yet you'll also be devoted to your work, and the payoff could be quite grand. Get your original ideas out and circulating, as all eyes are on you now.

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