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CHINESE YEAR OF THE BOAR, 2007


 
New Year of the Pig.

February 18, 2007 is New Year's Day, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar used by millions all over the world together with the Gregorian calendar. And according to the Chinese almanac, the year is 4705 and a Year of the Purple Fire Boar.
The pig or boar is the twelfth in a 12-lunar-year cycle of animal-year signs. The twelve animals, in order, are rat, buffalo, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, 4075:  Year of the Boarmonkey, rooster, dog and pig. Thus, the last year was Dog and the next will be Rat. The last Year of the Pig began on January 31, 1995 and ended on February 4, 1996. The next Year of the Pig will begin on February 5, 2019 and end on January 24, 2020.
The pig is one of the symbolical animals corresponding to or having affinity with the twelfth of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches, called the "Hai" Branch, and symbolises generosity and good will. This branch is simple, honest, characterized by great fortitude and the ability to generate a feeling of abundance and charitable open-handedness. He is considered the happiest animal of the Chinese zodiac. With him, what you see is what you get. He is very approachable and easy to talk to, plans things on a big scale and has a tendency to be chivalrous almost to the point of profligacy. Eternally optimistic, the Pig looks on the bright side and only believes the best of every situation. He can be quite undiscriminating, and by trying to please everyone he may wind up pleasing no one at all, including himself.
In China, this sign is called Wild Boar, a symbol of the wealth of the forest, plenty and prosperity. Pig girls, reputed to be docile, gracious and cultured, are the easiest to marry off in Chinese culture. In the Chinese Buddhist novel Xi You Ji (Journey to the West), the agreeable Boar character, Zhu Bajie, represents extreme sensual appetites. However, he is well loved and respected because he openly admits to the indulgences that everyone enjoys. The ancient Taittiriya Samhita and Satapatha Brahmana of India tell how the creator Prajapati became a boar and spread out the earth, who thus became Vedic goddess Prthivi, the "extended one," and gave birth to many gods. The cosmic Great Horned Boar is also the second avatar of Visnu and in this form saved Prthivi ("Earth") from the demon Hiranyaksa by raising her from the chaotic primeval waters with his phallic tusk, in the process recreating the world that had been destroyed as the cosmic sacrifice at the end of the previous creation. The pig also is depicted on the Buddhists' Sacred Wheel of the Law in the inside center, as one of the "Three Poisons," the animal manifestation of the quality of ignorance.
In the traditional Chinese mind, which is echoed in the annually-reprinted ancient almanac, the Pig is the sign of honesty, naiveté and innocence. Though he is bright and has a great thirst for knowledge, the kindly Boar can be alarmingly undiscerning when it comes to financial matters, and is frequently a mark for unscrupulous swindlers and freeloaders. Of all the signs of the Chinese zodiac, the Pig is the best cook; he truly excels in the culinary arts. He adores company and social life and also loves to entertain extravagantly. A pacifist at heart, he hides plenty of willpower and authority, and can be quite an unopposible force to be reckoned with. He has a strong sense of responsibility and endlessly and indecisively weighs the pros and cons of the matter, but once a decision has been reached he is immovable in his position.
The main virtue in the Boar character is generosity; he altruistically sacrifices his comfort and happiness for others. He is blessed with incredible luck and will find fame and fortune when he least expects it. He believes in miracles and miracles happen to him. All the good will that he plants will reap huge dividends. He needs to direct his energies toward doing what is right and not just what is expedient. He rarely criticizes or tries to change others, and expects others to take him at face value as he has no intention of changing for anyone either. Both males and females of this sign are very family-oriented. Cooperative and compromising, the gregarious Boar grows on a person until one doesn't know what one ever did without him. Although he has few friends, he finds it easy to make them and those he does have are life-long. With an almost bottomless capacity for giving and forgiveness, the loyal Boar is capable of the greatest sacrifices for his friends and will literally give them the shirt off his back.
A tendency to be quick-tempered and play the victim are perhaps the most negative of the Boar qualities. Unfortunately, sometimes he can be an ultra-competitive, authoritian, egocentric expert on everything, rejecting outside advice and information. When it comes to his personal gratification, he can be callous and insensitive. He has a difficult time accepting favors or gifts from others, obsessively indulging in generosity to all around him but asking nothing in return. In the face of awesome losses or catastrophes, instead of seeking a solution he will blame himself and sink into a deep depression, adopting a pessimistic, fatalistic or even self-destructive mien rather than surrender. Luckily his influential network of friends and contacts are usually close by, ready to come to his rescue. He finds it difficult to curb his gargantuan appetite and suppress his emotions or extravagant impulses. As a result he is easily corrupted by those who know how to exploit his shortcomings. He can be gullible, unsophisticated, tactless and earthy to a fault, even crude. The most important thing for him to remember is to be careful where he places his trust. He must learn to be judicious and selective, and not consistently set himself up in situations where he is the victim. If he could control his tendency to be overoptimistic and overly generous, he would have very few difficulties.
In his year no one should ever get greedy, push his luck too far or otherwise take advantage of the Boar's good nature or he can turn suddenly vicious. Be forewarned -- his fury and revenge can be both swift and horrible!
According to a common Chinese proverb, "the coming of a pig into the house betokens poverty, and the advent of a dog riches;" the reason advanced for this theory is that the pig only sleeps and eats, whereas the dog protects the family. 4075:  Year of the Boar (wild boars in hills at Khas Odi, detail of watercolor by Bakhta, 1761)
Gallant and courageous, the kind-hearted Pig will bond well with those who share the same lenient and easy-going outlook on life, and emphasize the virtues of compromise over those of confrontation. He will be most compatible with the eloquent Rabbit, the passionate Tiger and the diplomatic Sheep (although he should be aware that the Sheep has a tendency to take advantage of his generous nature). He will have no conflict with the Rat, Ox, Dragon, Horse, Rooster and Dog. He may not feel very stimulated around other Boars but should be able to take it in stride. Most of his problems will arise from the Snake and the Monkey, who will play him for the fool. With the calculating and punitive Snake in particular he will encounter distrust, unhappiness and complications. Even if both have a similar goal, it would be best for them to deal through intermediaries and mutual friends they respect.
The first phase of the Pig's life will be relatively calm. During the second, every conceivable marital problem will be visited upon him. But whatever his troubles, the Pig will never ask anybody else for help. This can be quite harmful to him as no one would ever suspect the anguish and suffering he's going through. Once he has developed a healthy self-defense, learned to say no loudly and clearly and refuses to serve others -- usually post middle-age -- the Pig's surges of rage will abate and he will settle comfortably and contentedly into the third phase of his life.
If the Pig's birthdate is a long time before the traditional lunar new year feasts, he will be able to escape a lot of the disappointments otherwise in store for him. However, the closer to the Asian New Year he is born, the more likely he will be betrayed and duped, and in the long run may well be consumed as part of the festivities!

The almanac lists the occupations for the Pig -- manufacturer, doctor, scientist, architect, film-maker, librarian and businessman. Pigs also make supurb public entertainers, from comedians to rock stars. Since he is sensitive, he also will do equally well in the arts as a writer, poet or painter. A person born in this year will be a great fund-raiser. He will have a predilection for social work and charity because his sympathetic personality seeks to identify with as many people as possible. The Chinese attribute to the Pig an uncannily strong attraction to water. All Pigs can be guaranteed to succeed at careers where shipping and/or liquids are involved, and in fact, good luck and success at almost any profession are assured due to their conscientiousness and aptitude for hard work.
Some important people born in the Year of the Pig are John Quincy Adams, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Mathis, Paul Cézanne, Lucille Ball, Vladimir Nabokov, Arnold Schwarznegger, Ernest Hemingway, Al Capone, Garcia Lorca, Prince Rainier, Rosalind Russell, Noël Coward, Chiang Kai-shek, Carlos Santana, King Henry VIII, Maria Callas, Henry Kissinger, Boris Karloff, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Nina Simon, Humphrey Bogart, Oliver Cromwell, Karim Abdul Jabar, François Sagan, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Astaire, John D. Rockefeller, Julie Andrews, Samuel F. Morse, Woody Allen, Nicholas Ray, Tracy Ullman, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Marcel Marceau, Jean Harlow, Luciano Pavarotti and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Year of the Boar is a time of licentiousness and fun. Since it closes the 12-year cycle, this is not an auspicious year for starting anything new but instead is a time for reaping benefits from past efforts, tieing up loose ends and finalizing deals. It also is a time of peace, understanding, harmony and friendship. Business should be good, at least for the first half of the year. Pleasure and enjoyment of the good life will be valued more than power and status. Family ties, relationships, social life and entertainment will be emphasized. There is a little less competition among people and a little more kindness. Expensive vacations, extravagent meals and impulsive, lavish spending on luxuries can be expected. (At the same time there are some good deals to be had as the Boar year is conducive to luxury travel at bargain prices.) People find it easier to ignore the bills that accumulate now, and the following Rat year will be the time to face reality after this year's gratifications.
The Boar Year also symbolizes dangers surrounding water. There could be dramatic weather changes with catastrophic floods, storms and sea disasters. Perilous events will have a tendency to happen in the nighttime. Negotiations and treaties are the favored methods of political reconciliation this year, and peaceful resolution of conflicts are well-aspected. Hidden political intrigues and corruption will come to light, causing clashes of values over secrecy. Concealed information, with fantastic or possibly even extra-terrestrial origins, will be revealed. There will be more friction and agitation politically, particularly from authoritarian governments trying to impose their will on the people which may result in sudden leadership changes and dramatic rebellions. Sadly, assassinations of reporters, media personalities and/or environmental leaders are all a possibility. Some medical breakthroughs in viral diseases are predicted. The overindulgent Pig Year can bring obesity and sexual excesses, so all are advised to eat moderate, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and practice some meditation for peace of mind.
The Chinese believe that the Boar year brings good fortune for intellectuals as well as for financiers, with a particular spotlight on women in all enterprises. Although certain minor administrative difficulties may crop up, this is predominantly a time of surplus and an opportunity to savor the joy of living. This is a great year to marry and raise a large family. However, those already attached should guard against extra-marital relationships. Impulsive acts of generosity are to be avoided.

The almanac also states how people born under other signs will fare in the Year of the Boar. This is an auspicious year for Dragons, Sheep, Roosters, Dogs and Boars. It can be a difficult year for Oxen, Rabbits, Snakes and Monkeys. Rats and Horses should beware their finances and Tigers should take care in their relationships this year.

The following are forecasts for the individual signs in the Year of the Boar:

The Rat
All will go very well for the Rat; he will find lots of opportunities and profits in his business this year. It is a good time to expand his career path, plan for the future, consolidate his business position and for students to further their education and studies. His good reputation should bring him profit and he will reap the benefits of many social engagements and weddings to attend, with good food, fine wines and plenty of enriching cultural joy. Care must be taken in relationships and in particular a love affair could fog the Rat's usually clear mind, provoking family confrontations and disagreements. This is the time to rest, indulge and recoup from past losses this year. He would be well advised to make alliances and join forces with others to achieve his goals, taking advantage of the goodwill available in the year of the Boar.

The Ox
This may be a bumpy, unlucky and unproductive year for the diligent Ox. He may not have much to show for his efforts because he will have to spend more than he earns. Although some money may be lost, if managed correctly the loss will be minimal. This year will force him to speed up activities despite his reticence. He feels as if he is surrounded by one disaster after another, including ill health. He needs to keep his eyes on his goal and take it easy once in a while. There will be much activity, both at home and in business; the extra work can motivate and stimulate the Ox. It is best for him to avoid confrontations with family or friends as family, work and romantic problems can take up most of his time and keep him more involved than he wants to be. He may feel without support, stuck in the middle and stabbed in the back. He should try to not let the gloomy situation upset and anger him, but understand instead that it all is just part of a luck cycle. New contacts and opportunities appear that promise to be very beneficial in the future. Affairs of the heart may bring disappointments during this year so he should take care.

The Tiger
With the exception of his personal life, this should be a good year for the Tiger. Academically or career-wise, anything is within his reach. This is the time to make an investment that will result in an excellent return; insurance purchases are well-aspected. Risking everything on a single throw can pay dividends, provided the luck lasts! With this in mind he would be well advised to keep a tight rein on his finances since the prosperity that ushers in the new year may not stick around for too long. He can ward off unpleasant financial surprises by reining in the spending and asking his family to contribute towards some of the expense. The Tiger should reflect on the personal history of his friends and colleagues with understanding and try to keep most of his comments to himself, step back and take the long view. This is a time to enjoy the finer things in life, but don't overspend or overextend!

The Rabbit
This is a very lucky year for the Rabbit, with a benefactor always close by to assist in time of troubles. Business is good, although the bounty he expects to realize may have to be shared with many others. Fame and fortune are forecast, and the Rabbit will find himself emotionally secure in a contented, comfortable position of relative prosperity. A romantic interest custom-designed to his discerning tastes is foreseen as well. The Rabbit should avoid acting aggresively and provoking a physical fight that might lead to criminal action as this could force him to sell his property as settlement. Despite the positive aspects, accomplishments may be negligible so it is best for him to keep expectations low and take every precaution to protect his interests. He should guard against overindulging or risk a cardiovascular accident.

The Dragon
Although his most cherished dreams may begin to come true this year, the Dragon would be well-advised to exercise extra care in reviewing contracts and business proposals. Even though all looks good on the surface, things are not always what they seem. When in doubt, he should seek professional advice to avoid losses and with a little shrewdness, things should go well. He may be tempted to overspend so should exercise caution with his finances. This is a romantic time and Dragons who had relationship problems will have an opportunity to reunite with loved ones. Although he may have to travel or entertain a lot more than he may want to, easy travel, light entertaining and amusing recreation are all well aspected. No troubles are foreseen in his family affairs. The Dragon should behave more modestly and be more humble and gentle, if only for the purpose of gaining the goodwill of those who previously found him too overwhelming. For politically-minded Dragons this is a good year to run for office, and an auspicious time for unattached Dragons to marry.

The Snake
The Snake needs to protect himself in this hectic and mixed year as there will be constant travelling, attending business away from home or relocation that could lead to unexpected financial rewards. He should set aside enough time for travelling plans, relaxation and exercise so that a busy schedule does not adversely affect health. Boar years may bring lack of comprehension into the Snake's private life and as a consequence he may suffer financial mishaps caused by poor judgment, legal troubles or separation from someone close to him. He needs to diversify, insulate himself from uncertainty and risks, and refuse to take on more responsibility than he is able to handle. Snap decisions are not favored, nor is this a year to visit sick people or attend any memorial services besides immediate family. Although accomplishments may be negligible and he may have to exert maximum energy for minimum gains, the Snake should try to enjoy the leisure and indulgence that a Boar year brings.

The Horse
In this year of heightened expectations, the Horse can count on benefactors in times of trouble even though some of his success may be destroyed by outside interference. He should seek the advice of trusted friends and experienced family members. Home and work should go smoothly as the Horse's good reputation preceeds him. Charity work assisting the community and friends will bring him recognition. He may overspend on luxuries; perhaps at last he will be able to realize a dream he has had secretly for ages. Difficulties with coworkers, miscommunications or indecision can delay success. Projects and investments can develop many complications. In relationships, the Horse should concentrate on harmony and shy away from emphasizing rights. This is a good year to set up a health improvement regimen and meditation practice is especially well-aspected as it is so effective at reducing stress-related illnesses. The Horse must take care to persevere and work toward more realistic goals. At the onset of winter life will become less stressful, troubles will fade and there will be new opportunities and good luck. Married Horses should beware an extra-martial affair.

The Sheep
Unanticipated worries may dog Sheep natives this year as they recover from past troubles. Perhaps they feel that friends are avoiding them. They should appear to be unaffected and most of all not comment too much about it. The prosperity of others will bring happiness to Sheep insofar as they can see a way to profit by it themselves. Hard work and patience will reward them in the end in this productive year. Good fortune is foreseen in romance and business, and there is a possibility of winning, inheriting or finding money given up for lost. Sheep should avoid confrontations with family members (Boars in particular!), using understanding and patience to avoid legal entanglements. There is a possibility of a death and much sadness in the family.

The Monkey
This could be an active but trying year but the Monkey is relieved to see the end of the change in fortune after the difficulties of the last two years. Business looks up! There will be financial benefits to travel this year, and the Monkey will learn more from afar than staying at home. A change of residence is foreseen. Health may be compromised by too much hard work; schedule extra time off to replenish energies and ignore the gossip. There could be many small misunderstandings, bickering and things may not move as quickly as he hopes. He should try to see things from the other point of view. It's not necessary to give up the dream, just postpone it until the time is ripe. Although he may not like the compromises he has to make, the Monkey will find that it's worth his effort to work with what he has. Rewards may even exceed his expectations. He should beware overindulgence and take better care of his health; this is the year to go on a strict diet and get more exercise. This is not a good time to visit the sick or attend memorial services for anyone other than immediate family to avoid bringing in additional death chi. Unattached Monkeys should start making wedding plans.

The Rooster
This could be an expensive or disturbing year for the resilient Rooster. There is lots of extra work to do in the laborious re-ascent of the financial slope. Minor career setbacks and challenging responsibilities are in store. His family or love life could suffer as he spreads himself too thin trying to please everybody. This is a time to be realistic and act conservatively. Roosters will need to pay attention to their health this year and in particular to what they ingest; food poisoning is an unpleasant possibility. There could be an unexpected natural disaster, accident or injury. Roosters will need to control their temper as arguments and confrontations can easily arise which could be part of a setup to ensnare. He should discount good news and plan prudently. There are indications of a possible death in the family. A benevolent path is the best for him to take, patiently keeping his goals in clear view throughout the year, depending upon no one but himself, and knowing that nothing worthwhile comes easily.

The Dog
Everything should work in the Dog's favor and he can expect a calm, peaceful and prosperous year due to the Boar's salutary influence. Fame and fortune are attainable but there is a potential for ill health as well. This can be mitigated by easing up on the work schedule and using the extra time to rest. This is a good time to begin new relationships, expand the circle of friends and go on a long-overdue family vacation, and the family better make hay while the sun shines because it won't last! The Dog's popularity is up and people will seek his advice and cooperation. Rural investment is favored in Boar years. Some gains could be made through speculation, or he may reap unexpected benefits from past efforts and investments. Moderating sexual activities and paying attention to dietary needs will contribute to a better sense of well-being. Single Dogs will find this an auspicious year to get married.

The Boar
This unfortunately may not be as good a year for the Boar as he would wish and he should make efforts to minimize the bad luck of this year. Boars would be well advised to take it easy and not make too many aggressive changes or new investments. It is important to work within the limits of laws and to seek legal advice at the first sign of trouble. Any decisions made this year will be the foundation for all he does until the next Boar year rolls around. He may be unexpectedly left money or come in for a large sum in some other way, perhaps through a secret admirer. Romance is well aspected and his social life will be happy and fulfilling with new friends and opportunities presenting themselves. This is a good time for Boars to further their education and plan ahead for the future. The Boar needs to exercise control over his spending and not make overoptimistic promises that will be difficult to keep. He should step back, look at the big picture and quit while he is ahead. Remember that what goes around comes around so the Boar should never miss an opportunity to offer a helping hand to others.


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