Pig in the Chinese zodiac legend
According to the myths
, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor
called for the great meeting. Other sources said that Buddha
called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth
. The Pig came in last.
has it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term "lazy Pig" is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac
Other sources say that given his very stout form, he was just too slow a swimmer, and thus he could not do anything against the other animals.
Years and the Five Elements
The Pig and the Elements
However, the Pig is yin
, and thus only the negative aspects of the elements
can be attached to them, thus only 5 kinds of Pigs are found in the zodiac
. They are the following:
- 乙亥 (yǐhài) – The Wood Pig
- 丁亥 (dīnghài) – The Fire Pig
- 己亥 (jǐhài) – The Earth Pig
- 辛亥 (xīnhài) – The Metal Pig
- 癸亥 (guǐhài) – The Water Pig
The Years of the Pig
People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Pig", while bearing the following elemental
|Start date||End date||Heavenly Branch|
|4 February 1935||23 January 1936||Wood Pig|
|22 January 1947||9 February 1948||Fire Pig|
|8 February 1959||27 January 1960||Earth Pig|
|27 January 1971||14 February 1972||Metal Pig|
|13 February 1983||1 February 1984||Water Pig|
|31 January 1995||18 February 1996||Wood Pig|
|18 February 2007||6 February 2008||Fire Pig|
|5 February 2019||24 January 2020||Earth Pig|
|23 January 2031||10 February 2032||Metal Pig|
|10 February 2043||29 January 2044||Water Pig|
The month and hour of the Pig
Month of the Pig
Aside from being assigned a year, the Pig is assigned to govern a month in the Lunar calendar
. As the lunar month
cycle begins in spring, the Pig is assigned to the 10th month, usually the time when winter begins. This lunar month
corresponds to the Gregorian calendar
as beginning from 7 November, and ending at 6 December.
People born in any year are said to inherit some attributes of the Pig if they are born during these months. Thus, in order to complete the astrological
reading, it is important to know this month as well.
Hour of the Pig
Given that the day is composed of 24 hours, each sign is given to the different signs of the zodiac
. The Pig is assigned to govern the time between 21:00 hrs to 22:59 hrs. According to tradition
, this is the time when the Pig is doing what it does best (sleeping and enjoying the sweet life).
In terms of astrology
, the hours in which people are born (technically termed as the Ascendant
) are the second most important facet
of their astrology
. Thus, this alters greatly the characteristics
. Even if people are born in any year governed by another animal (for example, anyone born on 20 December 2000, i.e. year of the Dragon
) will display strong characteristics
of the Pig. Thus, they may be fierce and strong like the Dragon
, but at the same time emotional and intuitive like the Pig.
Chinese Zodiac Pig Compatibility Grid
Relationship with other signs
The Pig belongs to the fourth Trine
of the Chinese zodiac
. It is most compatible with the Rabbit
. The gentle and sensitive Goat
is most compatible with the Pig. Also, two Pigs
can get along well with each other. It is said that the relationship between these three archetypes work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life. Their calm nature
gives them great leadership abilities.
They are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit
, and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures
than the other nine signs.
These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive love. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic.
, is said to be incompatible with the Pig as the jovial character
of the Pig, and is opposite from that of the reserved and contemplative Snake
Basic astrology elements
|Earthly Branches Of Birth Year:||Hai|
|The Five Elements:||Water|
|Lucky Numbers:||2, 5, 6, 8; Avoid: 3, 4, 9|
|Lucky Flowers:||Lily of each and every species|
|Lucky Colors:||yellow; Avoid: red, blue|
|Closest Western Zodiac:||Aries|
Earth (classical element)
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of Acragas (c. 495 – c. 435 BCE)
proposed four archai
by which to understand the cosmos
, and earth
. Plato (427 – 347 BCE)
believed the elements were geometric forms (the platonic solids
) and he assigned the cube
to the element of earth
in his dialogue Timaeus
(384–322 BCE) believed earth
was the heaviest element, and his theory of natural place
suggested that any earth–laden
substances, would fall quickly, straight down, towards the center of the cosmos
In ancient Greek medicine
, each of the four humours
became associated with an element. Black bile
was the humor identified with earth, since both were cold and dry. Other things associated with earth and black bile in ancient and medieval medicine
included the season of fall
, since it increased the qualities of cold and aridity; the melancholic temperament (of a person dominated by the black bile humour); the feminine
; and the southern point of the compass.
Alchemical symbol for earth
, earth was believed to be primarily dry, and secondarily cold, (as per Aristotle). Beyond those classical attributes, the chemical substance salt
, was associated with earth and its alchemical symbol
was a downward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line.
As Prithvi Mata
, or "Mother Earth
", she contrasts with Dyaus Pita
, "father sky
". In the Rigveda
and sky are frequently addressed as a duality
, often indicated by the idea of two complementary "half-shells." In addition, the element Earth is associated with Budha
or Mercury who represents communication, business, mathematics and other practical matters.
Earth and the other Greek classical elements were incorporated into the Golden Dawn
system. Zelator is the elemental grade attributed to earth; this grade is also attributed to the Qabbalistic
The elemental weapon
of earth is the Pentacle
Each of the elements has several associated spiritual beings. The archangel of earth is Uriel
, the angel is Phorlakh, the ruler is Kerub, the king is Ghob, and the earth elementals
) are called gnomes
Earth is considered to be passive; it is represented by the symbol for Taurus
, and it is referred to the lower left point of the pentagram in the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
Many of these associations have since spread throughout the occult community.
It is sometimes represented by its Tattva
or by a downward pointing triangle with a horizontal line through it.