The Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig

Though pigs are often thought of as being lazy and unclean, they’re an important part of Chinese culture and symbolize good fortune and wealth. Those born under the sign of the Pig are compassionate, generous, and always willing to lend a helping hand. Many believe that having a pig as a friend will bring you tremendous luck in wealth. Though people born under the Year of the Pig are good-natured, they can often live up to their negative stereotypes and exhibit lazy and stubborn personalities.

Basic Astrology Elements

Though most people are aware of the yearly assignment of the Chinese Zodiac signs, Chinese astrology digs deeper and each sign is also tied to a month, day, and hours. The sign of the year you were born represents how you present yourself, your birth month represents your inner self, the day of your birth is your true self, and the hour you were born reveals your secret self. Figuring out your 4 pillars can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

The Pig is in the final position on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

Years of the Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: 亥 Hai

Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Water (Shui)

Yin Yang: Yin

Chinese Symbol: The Year of the Pig Zhū

Season: Winter

Lunar Month: 10th

Gregorian Date and Western Zodiac Equivalent: Nov 7 – Nov 21 Scorpio or Nov 22 – Dec 6 Sagittarius

Solar Term and Longitude: 224°立冬 lìdōng or 244°小雪 xiǎoxuě

Hours (based on local solar time): 21:00 – 22:59 This is the time when Pigs are sleeping sweetly

Days: Zodiac animal of the day you were born can be calculated here:

Personality Traits

People born under the sign of the Pig tend to have genial, friendly, and caring dispositions. Pigs possess affable traits that help them to lead harmonious lives. They rarely clash with other people and are well liked for their kind hearts. Their easygoing nature does often bring trouble for the pig. If they aren’t careful to about being diligent, their laziness and lack of ambition can lead to their down fall. Pigs must also be careful not to let others take advantage of pure and trusting hearts.

Positive Traits: Happy, Easygoing, Honest, Sincere, Trusting, Loyal, Gentle, Good tempered

Negative Traits: Naïve, Gullible, Sluggish, Stubborn, Over-reliant, Lazy, Materialistic, Angry

Elemental Variations

Different birth years lead to elemental variations in pigs’ personalities. Though they often share similar characteristics, pigs can have different temperaments.

Wood Pig: 1935 and 1995

Wood pigs are often simple and honest people who get along well with others. They possess strong endurance and never give up until the job is done. Wood pigs are often ambitious and have dreams of owning their own business. Like most pigs, they are open to others’ opinions and thus have many friends. The downside to their friendly nature is that they can be too dependent on other’s help. They value sincere and long love, so when they find a suitable partner they are devoted and never stray from their marriage. Though they have favorable luck in wealth, wood pigs often squander their money.

Fire Pig: 1947 and 2007

Unlike most other pigs, fire pigs tend to be highly vigorous and ambitious. They are determined people who are quick to carry out their goals. They work hard to achieve their dreams and never give up. Though they are enthusiastic about their tasks, they often become impatient and anxious when their desired results are slow to achieve. Fire pigs are best suited to jobs that require cooperation. They are open, friendly, and often well-liked by colleagues and friends. They general have good fortune in wealth and never waste money.

Earth Pig: 1959 and 2019

Earth pigs’ strength lies in their ability to cultivate good interpersonal relationships. They are also punctual and have a strong sense of time. Earth pigs can over exert themselves in their vigor and have many accidents. They have excellent luck in wealth throughout their whole lives. With good money management skills, earth pigs are able to live comfortably through the money they make from their careers. The key to career success for earth pigs is to follow the lead of their predecessors. Earth pigs are conservative with their feelings and are thought to be unromantic. However, when they do find love, they are loyal and devoted to their partner.

Metal Pig: 1971

Metal pigs feel a great sense of obligation and will always pay people back in kind no matter how small their gesture. Though they are natural born leaders, they are content enough with the status quo to shake things up. They would rather leave peacefully then take on the stress that can lead to success. They are direct and frank when expressing their feelings and often unintentionally hurt people because of this. Metal pigs are sincere in love and will pursue the person they are interested in until they relent. Though they are extremely lucky in wealth, metal pigs lack the knowledge to further their wealth and often lose it.

Water Pig: 1983

Often smart and adaptable, water pigs are good orators. They are responsible and serious in their work and have good relationships with their colleagues and friends. However, water pigs have dual personalities and can quickly turn on those they care about. They are stubborn and too dependent on the thoughts of other people. Water pigs have a weak relationship with their family and have to rely on themselves to achieve success. Surprising, water pigs have good romantic relationships and pay close attention to their lover’s feelings.

Career Options

In general, all those born under the Year of the Pig work well with other people and their amiable nature is perfect for careers in charity and social welfare. Pigs possess rich creativity and imagination and are suited for jobs in the arts. Their amazing patience and will power often scores them points with their superiors. They are also well liked by colleagues because their optimistic attitudes produce a pleasant work environment.
Best career options: Teacher, Artist, Scientist, Veterinarian, Entertainer, Caterer, Writer, Engineer, Health Care Provider


Pigs are general lucky, especially when it comes to wealth and friendships.

Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 8
Lucky Colors: Yellow, Grey, Brown, Gold
Lucky Flowers: Hydrangea, Pitcher Plant, Marguerite
Lucky Directions: East and Southwest
Lucky Days: The 17th and 24th of every Chinese lunar month
Lucky Months: The 2nd, 7th, 10th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Numbers: 1, 3, 9
Unlucky Colors: Red, Blue, Green
Unlucky Directions: Southeast
Unlucky Months: The 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months


Pigs are usually lucky in relationships and get along well with others. Their easygoing attitude and friendly personalities make them very popular. They put great importance on friendships. They’re very loyal and would never betray the people they care about. Pigs are affectionate and faithful and make good romantic partners. They can be a bit naïve and overly trusting, which leads them to betrayal from those around them.

Best Matches: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep

Pigs pair well with signs that have similar understanding and patient natures. The sweet, quiet personality of the Rabbit pairs well with the Pig’s relaxed demeanor. Pigs and Tigers work well together to overcome difficulties with their patience and understanding. A pairing between a Sheep and Pig will lead to very little conflict and leads to a harmonious relationship.

Worst Matches: Snake, Monkey

Pigs don’t do well under pressure and would fare better in love when they avoid overly critical partners. Snakes see the worst in people and would put tremendous pressure and strain on a Pig. Similarly, Monkeys suspicious natures would lead to many misunderstandings and fights with pigs.

Good Friends: Dragon, Rat, Horse

Pigs thrive well with people who are cooperative and harmonious. Dragons, Rats, and Horses have similar interests and values as Pigs and make great friends.