Year of The Pig. Photo: Insider
Year of The Pig. Photo: Insider

The pigs realistic and likes to enjoy life. They have a great sense of humor, therefore enjoy of larger social circles and tend to forge lifelong friendships. Pigs love to entertain and organize gatherings. They are brave, noble and chivalrous and will always seek justice. Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.

Who are born in a Year of the Pig?

Most recent years of the Pig are 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935...

However popularly, a new Chinese zodiac year starts in January or February according to the lunar calendar. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Pig, or possibly a Dog. Additionally, if you were born in January/February in one of the years immediately following those above (2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, etc.), then you may be a Pig or a Rat.

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. Each Pig-element year corresponds with an element and comes once in a 60-year cycle. For example, 2019 was a year of the Earth Pig. The next Earth Pig year is 2079.

Pig Personality & Characteristics

Pig's characteristics are smart, knowledgeable, sociable, understanding, trusting, loyal, sturdy, persistent, hardworking, composed, striking and popular. Pig also can be judgmental, self-indulgent, gullible, impatient, or irritable.

Pig has a very friendly personality. It's easy for Pig to get along with others. Pig likes to help people. But sometimes people think Pig interferes with their business.

Pig doesn't like to change the daily routine. It doesn't care about the quality of the surrounding environment and lifestyle. Although it doesn't care about a dirty environment, Pig still likes a clean place close itself. Since Pig cares about itself and focuses on tiny things, people feel Pig is kind of selfish. When against its interest, Pig is quite difficult to negotiate with others.

Pig is the last animal of the 12 Chinese Zodiac. Pig is connected to the Female Water. In the Chinese Five Elements Theory, Water is connected to wisdom. Female Water people usually can provide the opposite suggestion to others. They can see and learn things from different angles. They have a good memory. People will respect their knowledge. Therefore, Pig is considered as a smart animal with wisdom.


Pig month is November. It's the beginning month of winter. Therefore, Pig is connected to the cold water in the winter. When too cold, Water won't help plants to grow. Cold water can be destructive, offensive and encroaching.

Therefore, the Pig has dual personalities. Sometimes, Pig has dark-side thinking for itself. It might have some negative minds when encountering the troubles. It will become impatient, irritable and stubborn. When things go wrong, then it will regret its decision. Therefore, Pig people need more outdoor activities to receive the bath of the sunshine.

Pig people don't care too much about wealth when they are young. They will find a solution when they need money. They earn money hard way. But they can live well during the late age.

Men born in the Pig year are optimistic and gentle. They are very focused. Once they decide on a goal, they’ll put everything into it.

They are not the best with money. Though cool-headed, they are also gullible. They trust others easily and are often scammed. This can cause them to lose a fortune.

These men are also quiet. They love learning but don’t really know how to put their knowledge into words. They’re not conversationalists, but treat everyone warmly. This results in a large social circle. Whenever they run into difficulties, there are always people who stand up to help. Though people will lie to them, more will love them.

Women born in the Pig year are full of excitement. They attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely. Combined with their easygoing personality, they gain everyone’s trust.

However, they are sometimes over-friendly. In their excitement, they can forget to give others personal space.

They also have good fortune with wealth. As long as they keep at it, the efforts will not go to waste. Though they don’t start with an advantage, their hard work will keep money flowing in.

At home, they are highly organized. If the room is messy, they’d stay up the entire night to clean it up. These women love children too. Playing with children is one of the things that bring them the greatest joy.

Chinese Zodiac & The Five Elements

Just as in Western Astrology, no person is defined solely by their primary Zodiac or Sun Sign. In Chinese Astrology, each of the New Year’s animals’ personality traits and characteristics are colored by 2 of the 5 elements.

Each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals has an ascribed fixed element which affects their basic personality. In addition, the element belonging to one’s birth year is a secondary influence on who they are, can and will be, life’s purpose, career path, etc.

Scroll down to find your birth year. This will tell you which “type” of Chinese Rat you are and help you to learn more about how the combined energies of the fixed and secondary element impact your life.

Metal Pig

* Jan. 30, 1911-Feb. 17, 1912

* Jan. 27, 1971-Feb. 14, 1972

Whatever the Metal Pig does, it is done all the way and then some. This Chinese zodiac sign is larger than life. Their appetite, passions, goals, dreams and emotions are intense and the Metal Pig will endure almost anything to have what they desire.

Those born in The Year of the Metal Pig are incredibly affectionate and caring. However, the flip side of this Chinese animal is that they can be prone to a possessing a violent temper.

Though very social, the Metal Pig doesn’t always “get” the social cues. Like all the elemental types of Chinese Pigs, they want to believe the best of people so they sometimes aggrandize their friends and don’t realize when someone is their enemy.

Water Pig

* Feb. 16, 1923-Feb. 4, 1924

* Feb. 13, 1983-Feb. 1, 1984

The Water Pig is the more peaceful and centered of all the elemental types. Because of the water in their charts, this Chinese zodiac sign has an intuitive knowing about people’s most inner secrets and desires. Even still, they strive to see the good in humanity and can come into harm’s way because they will consciously and subconsciously deny that anyone could or would do anything “bad” to them.

When the Water Pig loves someone, they want the whole world to know and will put much effort into showing their friends, family members, lover, etc. how much they care for them.

At their worst, those born in The Year of the Water Pig have an addictive personality. Sex and alcohol make the most dangerous ground for them to walk on.

Wood Pig


* Feb. 4, 1935-Jan. 23, 1936

* Jan. 31, 1995-Feb. 18,1996

A bigger heart of gold there may not be in all the Chinese zodiac but the Wood Pig will not hesitate in manipulating people and situations so they can have what they want.

Money seems to find the Wood Pig whenever they want or need it and business ventures always seem to have a way of getting off the ground when this Chinese zodiac animal is involved.

Those born in The Year of the Wood Pig are natural communicators. They always seem to know exactly what people want to hear and are able to sway others.

Fire Pig

* Jan. 22, 1947-Feb. 9, 1948

* Feb. 16, 2007-Feb. 6, 2008

The Fire Pig is a force of nature and completely motivated by love. They know no fear of any kind because their optimism gives them a sort of blindness to anything negative or potentially harmful. Further, that same optimism gives them a confidence few have as it simply never occurs to them that they could fail; ironically they rarely do.

Those born in The Year of the Fire Pig will work like the proverbial demon to accumulate true and lasting wealth so as to provide for their friends and family.

The Fire Pig is in their element when surrounded by large groups of people. To that end, they make great heads of companies, states, countries, etc.

Earth Pig

* Feb. 8, 1959-Jan. 27, 1960

* Feb. 5, 2019-January 2020

The Earth Pig is grounded, patient, dedicated and enduring. Their willpower is the stuff stories of heroes are made of. This Chinese zodiac sign can and will endure conditions the rest of can’t even comprehend in order to achieve their desired goal.

Kind, thoughtful and sensible, those born in The Year of the Earth Pig usually find financial success and stability. What they want most is a happy and peaceful home life.

The Earth Pig loves to indulge in food, drink and laughter. At times they can overdo it with the food and drink but that is not the norm for this fairly well-balanced Chinese Pig.

Year of Pig: Compatibility & Incompatibility

The most compatible Chinese Zodiac Signs to Pig is the Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep, and Horse. Pig and Tiger have attraction relationship in Chinese Horoscopes. Tiger can have a peaceful love relationship with Pig. Rabbit can live in harmony with Pig. Sheep can become be a great companion for Pig. Horse and Pig have double hidden attraction relationships, which imply a secretly love relationship.

Snake and Pig have a fighting relationship in Chinese Horoscopes. The Snake will have constant conflicts with Pig. The next incompatible Zodiac symbols are Monkey and Pig. The Pig will constantly create pressure and conflicts with Monkey. Pig cannot stand another Pig’s judgmental and irritable nature.

Year of the Pig: Birthstones

Pig Chinese zodiac lucky stones: Alexandrite, amazonite, amethyst, aquamarine, azurite, black noble opal, black tourmaline, blue calcite, blue chalcedony, Ceylon sapphire, hawk's eye, purple fluorite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, rainbow obsidian, peridot, rainbow fluorite, serpentine, turquoise, tsavorite garnet

Lucky things for Pigs

* Colors: yellow, gray, brown

* Numbers: 2, 5, 8

* Mineral: agate

* Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, east

* Directions of wealth: northeast

* Directions of love: north

Unlucky things

* Colors: blue, green

* Numbers: 1, 7, 9

Chinese Zodiac for Kids: The Pig Child

These children are little knights in shining armor (even the girls). So loyal in fact that they are blinded to the faults of those whom they’ve pledged their allegiance to.

Usually very physically strong they are brave and loyal. Independent and inquisitive, the Chinese Pig child has a great sense of humor and can let most things easily roll off their backs. When they do experience a setback, they bounce back quickly.

Careers Fit for Pigs

Pigs are gentle and rarely lose their temper. Even when they do, it’s never a dramatic commotion. They’ll always try to compromise and settle things quickly. Because their goal in life is for everyone to live in harmony, they are suitable for careers related to charity and fundraisers.

They are also very tolerant and understanding. If someone makes a mistake, they’ll try to help the person fix it. They are patient and want the best for everyone. This makes them great teachers and coaches.

If Pigs are interested in business, they should be braver. Take some risks in investments, but to an extent. After some small obstacles, the road to wealth would be smooth. Real estate is a good option for these Pigs.

Health and Lifestyle


Pigs mostly have a great build and a resilient body. They are always spirited, as if they will never run out of energy. Their natural health is something Pigs are proud of.

But sometimes they can be overconfident and overlook some minor symptoms. If neglected for too long, even the smallest things can become grave.

In addition, Pigs lead very busy lives. Even if they don’t feel tired, they should still remember to take breaks. Seasonal changes have an effect on Pigs’ health too. They may be at risk for respiratory diseases. Unhealthy diets can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol and heart problems too.

Pigs are never one to give in to difficulties. This is a positive trait in the workplace, but might not be here. For good health, Pigs must learn to take small illnesses seriously and get regular checkups.

How to Build Relationships with Pigs

People born in a year of the Pig are usually sensitive but trusting. When talking to Pigs, being straightforward and blunt will be helpful for you to understand each other and avoid confusion leading to a perceived breach of trust.

Pig people are generous and find it difficult to refuse a proposition. Not being overpowering will make Pigs feel comfortable, and will avoid some unnecessary conflicts down the track. Being sincere and honest will help to build a good relationship.

Celebrities born in the Year of the Pig

Jules Verne, Elon Musk, Hillary Clinton, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, Diego Velázquez, King Henry VIII of England, Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Kissinger, Dilma Roussef, Edward Snowden, Ernst Hemingway, Stephen King, Yaşar Kemal, Elif Şafak, Woody Allen, Alain Delon, Mélanie Laurent, Michel Berger, Snoop Dog, Christopher Boykin, Logan Paul, Ross Lynch, Kendall Jenner, Troye Sivan, Niki Demartino, Kim Taehyung, Brittany Raymond, Park Jimin, William Brent, Meredith Foster, Swae Lee (Rae Sremmurd), Timothée Chalamet, Lucas Hernández, V and Jimin (BTS members)

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