The year of the Earth Dog has past and we’ve begun the year of the Earth Pig. The Pig is the last animal of the 12 year Chinese zodiac cycle. Legend holds that the Yellow emperor held a race for all animals to determine their position in the yearly line up. The Pig was the last to cross the finish line.
On February 5th we officially began the “Year of the Pig.” Being the last animal in the zodiac is like being the party at the end of the December. The pig year should be an opportunity to switch from the territorial nature of the dog to the generous perspective of the pig.
The Pig brings new opportunities and perspectives.
In ancient China the pig was thought of as a symbol of nourishment, generosity and abundance. If you had many pigs you could feed your children and provide for your neighbors and protect your future. They are a lazy animal that does no farm work like the ox or horse. The pig’s focus is on enjoyment of life.
Focusing on joy, art, music, food and pleasure will be a pleasant shift for many of us who have been consumed by current events, news and politics.