Welcome to the Year of the Pig

On Tuesday February 5, 2019, we celebrated Chinese New Year and brought in the year of the pig. The Chinese new year falls on a different day every year and this is because it is based on a lunar cycle, unlike our calendar, which is based on the movement of the sun. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is dedicated to an animal, and it runs in twelve year cycles in a specific order. Each year also corresponds to an element based on the Chinese five element system - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. This year is the year of the earth pig.

Years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031. The pig year occupies the twelfth and last position in the Chinese zodiac. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, starting with the rat and ending with the pig.

People who are born in a year associated with a specific animal are said to have certain traits. Those born in a pig year are said to have the personality traits below. There are also five elements which rotate throughout the zodiac, 2019 is the year of the pig associated with the earth element. These elements further distinguish personality traits among people born in pig years. The different characteristics are listed below.

The Pig Personality

Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration, and once they set a goal, they will devote all of their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they are always generous with their time and energy. Pigs tend to be very trusting, so can be easily fooled. They need to work on being a bit more discerning with the people they meet.

General speaking, Pigs are calm and collected when facing difficulties in life. No matter how difficult the problems Pigs encounter, they can handle things thoughtfully and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility and are very good at being able to finish what they start.

Pigs might not stand out in a crowd, but they are realistic and grounded. Others may be all talk and no action, but pigs are the opposite - they are hard workers and dedicated to the task at hand always managing to bring their efforts to fruition.

Pigs are careful with money, but they do allow themselves to enjoy life. They love entertainment and sometimes treat themselves to things that make them happy. They are a bit materialistic, but this motivates them to work hard and earn money. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them a sense of needed security.

Pigs are energetic and always enthusiastic, even if they are in boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. Pigs believe that leaders are the ones who have often worked the hardest to advance, thus are the ones who should make decisions and tell people what to do. This motivates pigs to work hard so they can get ahead in life and business.

Metal Pig - Years - 1971, 2031

  • Mind their own business and are not interested in gossip
  • Slightly lazy and unmotivated but focus on their work
  • Will succeed if they place more emphasis on work, not play
  • Must learn how to budget and save to not squander financial luck that comes with their sign

Water Pig - 1983, 2043

  • Responsible and serious
  • Full of ideas
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Good in relationships, attentive and caring partners
  • Listen and communicate well with friends and family
  • Have good fortune and will retire with ample savings

Wood Pig - 1935, 1995

  • Earnest and lovable
  • Not focussed on accumulating money
  • Need to plan and save for the future
  • Take each day at a time
  • Face difficulties with calm and equanimity
  • Have kind and loving relationships

Fire Pig - 1947, 2007

  • Dependent on others
  • Excel in jobs that require cooperation and teamwork
  • If they focus in their work, they will be successful
  • Very good with money
  • Very popular, get along well with everyone
  • Some difficulties in romantic relationships

Earth Pig - 1959, 2019

  • Very social with friends from all walks of life
  • Have a lot of support in both work and life
  • Fortunate lives and can find happiness
  • Often have success later in life
  • Need some work in the relationship department, not particularly romantic

If you were born in a pig year the following things are considered lucky...

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and numbers containing them (like 25 and 58)
  • Lucky days: the 17th and 24th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
  • Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
  • Lucky direction: east and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 7th, 10th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Things for Pigs

  • Unlucky color: red, blue, green
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and numbers containing them (like 17 and 71)
  • Unlucky direction: southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

 

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 too gullible. They trust others easily and are often taken advantage of. If they are not careful, 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 with a lot of friends. Whenever they run into difficulties, there are always people who stand up to help. Though some people will lie to them, more people will love them because of their warm, honest personalities.

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 and are well liked by everyone.

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, their efforts will not be wasted. Though they don’t start with an advantage, their hard work will keep money flowing in and give them financial security.

At home, they are highly organized. If a room in their home is messy, they’d stay up the entire night to clean it up until it was spotless and up to their standards. These women love children too. Playing with children is one of the things that brings them the greatest joy.

Famous People Born in Pig Years

  • Henry Ford (Founder of the Ford Motor Company, born July 30, 1863)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th U.S. President, born February 6, 1911)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (Former Governor of California, born July 30, 1947)
  • Hilary Clinton (Former First Lady of the U.S., born October 26, 1947)

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Sources:

China Highlights - https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/pig.htm

Chinese Zodiac - https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/

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Chinese Year of the Dog

By Emma Suttie D.Ac, AP

On Friday February 16, 2018, we celebrated Chinese New Year and brought in the year of the dog. The Chinese new year falls on a different day every year and this is because it is based on a lunar cycle, unlike our calendar, which is based on the movement of the sun. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is dedicated to an animal, and it runs in twelve year cycles in a specific order. Each year also corresponds to an element based on the Chinese five element system - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. This year is the year of the earth dog.

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030. The dog year occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac.

People who are born in a year associated with a specific animal are said to have certain traits. Those born in a dog year are said to have the personality traits below. There are also five elements which rotate throughout the zodiac, 2018 is an earth year, therefore, this is an earth dog year. These elements further distinguish personality traits among people born in dog years. The different characteristics are listed below.

Wood Dog - Years - 1934, 1994

• Sincere
• Reliable
• Considerate
• Patient
• Understanding

Fire Dog - 1946, 2006

• Sincere
• Hardworking
• Intelligent

Earth Dog - 1958, 2018

• Excellent Communicator
• Responsible
• Serious

Metal Dog - 1910, 1970

• Cautious
• Conservative
• Always helpful to others
• Desirable

Water Dog - 1922, 1982

• Excellent at managing financial affairs
• Self Reliant
• Brave
• Independent

Lucky Things for Dogs

If you were born in a dog year the following things are considered lucky...

Lucky Numbers - 3, 4, 9 (and any numbers containing them, ie: 34, 49)

Lucky Colours - Red, Green and Purple

Lucky Days - The 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month

Lucky Months - The 6th, 10th and 12th Chinese lunar months

Lucky Directions - East, South and NorthEast

Lucky Flowers - Rose, Orchids

The Dog Personality

Dogs are loyal, kind, honest and trustworthy and will do anything for the people in their lives that they feel are the most important. They are cautious however, and will only give their loyalty and affections to someone whom they feel truly deserves it. Dogs are always happy and in a good mood, and able to see the bright side of any situation. Most seek out a simple life spending their time and energy on good friends, family and things that make them happy. Because of their inherent goodness, they also do not tend to crime, violence or other negative activities, they are more interested in the positive things in life.

One thing that dogs struggle with is communication, and always seem to have difficulty expressing themselves to others. Often, things can be misunderstood or misinterpreted and this can lead to problems. This can make relationships difficult and people sometimes are left with the impression that dogs are difficult to get along with.

Dogs are always ready to help others and are very selfless and not interested in their own gains, especially for those in their inner circle. Conversely, if they are deceived by those they trust, they will be deeply hurt and the betrayal can send them into a deep depression.

Dogs are usually very healthy and love to be active. They tend to have strong immune systems which makes them resilient when illnesses like colds and flus are going around and everyone else is falling ill.

Famous People Born in Dog Years

WinstonChurchill (wood dog) / Madonna (earth dog) / Elvis Presley (wood dog) / Mother Teresa (metal dog) Michael Jackson (earth dog) / Steven Spielberg (fire dog) / George Bush Jr. (fire dog) / Bill Clinton (fire dog) / Donald Trump (fire dog)

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Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Rooster!

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese new year is not based on a solar calendar like ours is in the West but based on a lunar calendar, meaning that it lands on a different day each year depending on the movements of the moon. This year, the Chinese new year falls on January 28th, and we move from the year of the monkey into the year of the rooster. There are twelve animals that make up the Chinese calendar, each cycling in order. Here are all twelve animals, in their respective order. The rooster is the tenth animal in the sequence.

Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey.

You can determine what animal you are by referring to the chart below.

  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961

  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963

  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

  • Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

The year that you were born determines what animal you are. People born to certain animals are said to engender the characteristics of that animal. Each animal has symbolic meanings given to it by the ancient Chinese. You may wonder why these twelve animals specifically were chosen? Well, the theory is that they were the most influential animals in the lives of Chinese people. The ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are the animals most commonly raised by Chinese people, and the rat, tiger, rabbit, snake, monkey, and dragon are greatly loved by the Chinese.

2017 - Year of the Fire Rooster

In the Chinese zodiac, each animal also has a cycle of rotating elements. There are five elements - fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The rooster's element is metal, but in 2017, the rooster is the element of fire. This means that fire rooster only happens every 60 years. Each element changes the characteristics of that particular year. Generally, people born under a metal sign have a great deal of confidence and drive for success, but when out of balance, they can be stubborn and hard headed. Metal signs are very charismatic and often have magnetic personalities which make them well liked by everyone they encounter.

The Rooster Personality

Fire rooster is like taking all the metal personality traits and amplifying them so they are off the charts! Fire roosters are dynamic, highly intelligent, extremely organized, independent thinkers and their charisma take it all to the next level. Their drive and perseverance make fire roosters very successful in all of their endeavors and they always have a great many admirers. Fire roosters are very sociable and their friendships are important to them. They love to be the center of attention and are the hit of every party and social occasion. They are fiercely independent and more capable than most which can sometimes lead them to prefer to rely on themselves rather than on help from others. Fire roosters can be extremely strong willed and once they have set their mind to something, no one will be able to change their minds. Fire roosters can become obsessed over details and may be critical if they see others doing a job that fire rooster feels he can do better himself. The good news is that there is no one more capable of executing a task efficiently and to a very high standard than the fire rooster. They may be hard-headed and stubborn, but they get the job done, usually better than everyone else and with such flair that nobody complains!

Because of his fiery personality, fire rooster needs to be careful not to become too intense and learn to slow down and relax. He tends to want to control and take over but could use a little humility when taking on projects with others and not let his ego get out of control. He tends to burn so hot that, although this makes him a charismatic character and draws people to him, it can also burn and hurt people's feelings unintentionally.

Fire roosters are intelligent, organized, hard working and make excellent and loyal friends. They are meticulous and dependable which makes them very successful in all aspects of their lives.

Lucky Things for Roosters

  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow
  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky directions: south, southeast
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months.
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb

Unlucky Things for Roosters

  • Unlucky color: red
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
  • Unlucky direction: east
  • Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

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Welcome to the Year of the Monkey 2016

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

On February 8th 2016 we will bring in the Chinese year of the red, fire monkey. The year of the monkey will last until January 27, 2017. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and the monkey is ninth in the order. There are twelve animals and five elements - fire, earth, metal, water and wood - and this year is the year of the fire monkey.

The Chinese new year falls on a different day every year because it is based on the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is based on cycles of lunar phases unlike the solar calendar, the one used in the west which indicates the position of the earth in the suns orbit.

Below is the Chinese zodiac with the animals, their order and corresponding years...

 

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Monkey Years

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Lucky Things for Monkeys

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

The Monkey Personality

The Chinese believe that the year that a person is born is significant because they are engendered with the qualities of the animal of that year. Monkey's are witty, inventive and intelligent. They are problem solvers and very independent, and often over achievers. Monkeys are playful and graceful with their movements and as a result, a pleasure to watch. Monkeys are natural tricksters and excellent at reading people and, if out of balance can be manipulative and opportunistic.

The monkey, holding the ninth position in the Chinese zodiac, it is associated with the 9th terrestrial branch (of the twelve  terrestrial branches) and is called the "Shen" branch, which symbolizes limitless curiosity and and creative energy. Monkey's are strong willed, and natural tricksters. Monkeys also represent freedom of the mind - a mind free of inhibitions and guilt, which are uniquely human qualities. Because they are unbound by these attributes, monkeys have the unique ability to think outside the box, experimenting and pushing boundaries in ways that most wouldn't. They are risk takers, and often come up with brilliant solutions to difficult problems. Monkeys are fearless, and willing to take risks. This is why monkeys can do the impossible, as they do not see the limitations that would discourage others.

Monkeys are lively, talkative and highly sociable. Because of monkeys intelligence and skills in conversation he attracts a wide circle of friends. Monkeys are inquisitive, extremely curious and because of this, have a hard time staying in one place, or doing anything for an extended period of time. This makes monkeys prone to boredom and in need of constant stimulation to stay engaged and happy. Monkeys will succeed in any profession as they are intelligent, highly adaptable, able to think creatively and love a challenge.

 

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The Fire Monkey

Under the influence of the fire element, these monkeys are energetic, self assured, expressive and honest. They are natural born leaders and innovators who have a competitive drive and tend to be at the top of their chosen profession. They are however prone to jealousy and can become domineering, wanting to be in complete control. Fire monkeys tend to be very healthy, with great strength and vitality. Inventive and intelligent, those born in the year of the fire monkey have boundless enthusiasm that they use to broaden their minds and acquire new skills.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Monkey

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Amadeo Modigliani
  • Federico Fellini
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Mick Jagger
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Queen Sirkit of Thailand
  • Bette Davis
  • Charles Dickens
  • John Milton
  • George Lucas
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Diana Ross
  • Joe Cocker
  • Joan Crawford
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Danny De Vito
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Mel Gibson
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • James Stewart
  • Annie Oakley
  • Jacques Tati
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Salvador Allende
  • Ravi Sankar
  • Charlie Parker
  • Howard Cosell
  • Arthur Hailey
  • Isaac Stern
  • Aubrey Beardsley
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Sylvia Plath
  • François Truffaut
  • Omar Sharif
  • Anouk Aimee
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Louis Malle

 

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Welcome To The Chinese Year of the Snake

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

1905 ~ 1917 ~ 1929 ~ 1941 ~ 1953 ~ 1965 ~ 1977 ~ 1989 ~ 2001 ~ 2013

2013 is the Chinese year of the Snake, the sixth in the cycle of twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, a person’s personality is said to be governed by the animal ruling the time of their birth. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and 5 elements, so each animal year (occurring every 12 years) also has an element (which happens every 60 years). In 2013, we are in the year of the water snake.

People born in the year of the snake are considered to be intelligent and cunning, methodical in their approach to things, and successful in business due to their skills in moderating and communication.

Snakes are thoughtful, private people and not outwardly emotional. From the outside they can appear cunning and devious as they have the ability to keep their composure not matter what drama is unfolding before them and are not easily flustered. They are the most calm and collected of the animal signs. They are generally attractive, graceful and refined people with a hint of darkness and mystery that can seem both enticing and dangerous to the outside observer. Some of the most beautiful women and the most powerful men are born in the year of the snake.

Snakes are generally ambitious and material possessions are very important to them. If they decide they want something, they are willing to plot and scheme to attain what they most desire. When out of balance, the snake can become greedy, possessive and will resort to cunning and deceit to get what he wants.

Chinese Year of the Snake

The Water Snake

The last water snake year was 60 years ago, in 1953. People born in a water snake year are insightful, and good organizers. They tend to manage others well, and thrive in managerial positions in the workplace. They are ambitious and determined to be successful. They are intelligent and work hard for what they want and they believe that the goal is worth their efforts as well as the praise that comes with it.

Snakes are warm and affectionate with their families, devoted spouses, and responsible, loving parents. The snake, however, does not generally show this sensitive side to friends or colleagues.

Snakes love taking time off and going on vacation. They most enjoy just lying around and being lazy. When they take a trip, they go all out eating at the best restaurants, shopping at the best boutiques and visiting spas and health clubs, the snake loves to indulge! The snake has to be careful however, as his love of luxury can sometimes overcome his financial means, so snakes must be careful about money. Although they are ambitious and hardworking, they love to spend money, often on things they don’t need.

Snake Health

The snake personality is calm and serene, so their surroundings must be the same for them to feel relaxed and happy. The snake can become easily stressed or anxious if put in a loud, hectic or chaotic environment. To thrive and succeed, they need to lead a calm and quiet life. Some people love the adrenaline of parties, lots of people and loud music, but not the snake. The snake would much prefer a quiet afternoon alone with a good book. A snake must get lots of sleep and stay relaxed to live a long, healthy life.

Predictions for the Year of the Snake

Ahead for this snake year is a time that will be powerful for inner reflection, growth and self discovery. This year promises to bring a deeper awareness of spirituality and things whose meanings were hidden in the past, will be revealed this year. It is a year of release and renewal. So this is a good year to look deep into yourself and find the things you are holding on to, work through them and let them go, so that you can create space that you can fill with the new, wonderful and fulfilling experiences that are coming to you this year.

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Famous People Born in the Year of the Snake

John F. Kennedy
Queen Elizabeth, I
Dick Cheney
Charlie Sheen
Daniel Radcliffe
Marlon Brando
Sarah Jessica Parker
Liv Tyler
Ronan Keating
Bob Dylan
James Joyce
Pablo Picasso
Virginia Wolf
Hulk Hogan


Happy Chinese New Year - Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

January 23, 2012 is the Chinese New Year, and it brings us into the year of the Dragon. This is a very important year!

The Dragon is the only mythical animal in the Chinese zodiac, and anyone born in this year is supposed to be very lucky. The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and immense power and in Chinese culture, the Dragon is a divine creature. In Eastern philosophy the Dragon is said to deliver good fortune and is a master of authority, therefor people born in Dragon years are to be honoured and respected.

DRAGON CHARACTERISTICS

The key to the Dragon personality is that Dragons are the free spirits of the Zodiac. Conformation is a Dragon's worst nightmare. Rules and regulations are made for other people. Restrictions blow out the creative spark that is always aflame in these passionate people. Dragons must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colourful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and utterly irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas, ornate gestures, extreme ambitions. However, this behaviour is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident and fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful. Dragons usually make it to the top.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their generous personalities, but deep down, Dragons are solitary people at heart. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. A Dragon's self-sufficiency can mean that he or she has no need for close bonds with other people. Dragons are fiery creatures and have tempers that can flare fast!

Dragon

DRAGON FACTS

People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics. The Dragon sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual's personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Dragon.

Occupies the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese name-LONG.
Sign of luck

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Innovative
  • Ambitious
  • Enterprising
  • Driven
  • Flexible
  • Generous
  • Self-assured
  • Brave
  • Passionate
  • Dominant
  • Conceited
  • Tactless
  • Scrutinizing
  • Unanticipated
  • Quick-tempered

龍-seal

An ancient seal script form of thecharacter for "dragon" that is now written 龍 or 龙
and pronounced lóng in Mandarin Chinese.

DRAGON YEARS

1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000