The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.

Recent years of the Pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although hài is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial

Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1935 Hài Pig Wood Yin
1947 ding Hài Pig Fire Yin
1959 Hài Pig Earth Yin
1971 xīn Hài Pig Metal Yin
1983 guǐ Hài Pig Water Yin
1995 Hài Pig Wood Yin
2007 ding Hài Pig Fire Yin
2019 Hài Pig Earth Yin
2031 xīn Hài Pig Metal Yin

Personality and characteristics

Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.

Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.

They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.

Element Year Fortune
Metal 1911, 1971 These Pigs mind their own business. They’re a bit lazy and unmotivated but focus on their work. They’ll definitely succeed if they place more emphasis on it. However, they must learn how to budget and save. Otherwise, their financial luck will be gone.
Water 1923, 1983 These Pigs are responsible and serious. They are full of ideas but are easily influenced by others. In relationships, this is a good thing. They listen and communicate well with their friends and family. They have good fortune and will retire with ample savings.
Wood 1935,1995 These Pigs are earnest and lovable. To them, it’s okay if there is no money. But they should still save and have an emergency fund. They take each day at a time and calmly face all difficulties. They have plain but smooth relationships.
Fire 1947, 2007 These Pigs are very dependent on others. They are more suitable for jobs that require cooperation and teamwork. If they focus on a specific skill, they can build a solid foundation for their career. They’re good with money too, and have nothing to worry about in that aspect. They are pretty popular and get along well with everyone. However, romantic relationships are rockier.
Earth 1959, 2019 These Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have a lot of support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.

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.


Most compatible with Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat

Pigs are the most compatible with Tigers. The brave Tiger gives Pigs the security they need.

The Rabbit will be attracted by the Pig’s intelligence and warmth. With the Goat, there are many common interests and topics.

Least compatible with Pig: Snake, Monkey

Pigs and Snakes have clashing personalities and are the least compatible. They have biases against each other and can’t compromise. It’s hard to get along with Monkeys as well. The relationship is full of tension.

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

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.

Pigs in the Year of the Dog (2018)

The Year of the Dog is a turning point for Pigs.

They must take advantage of opportunities to develop their career. But they must be careful of jealous people. They should keep a low profile and concentrate on doing their own work well.

A plan should be made in the beginning of the year. Then accomplish things step by step. Rabbits and Tigers will be great help this year.

However, Pigs might be sensitive and emotional in 2018. They should learn to control their feelings and leave some things to fate.


Work is smooth for Pigs in 2018.

If they take advantage of this fortune, they’ll be able to accomplish great things.

But make sure this success doesn’t lead to arrogance. Otherwise, they risk becoming isolated. March and June are months where they must be exceptionally careful.

Luck with finances is also high this year. But similarly, Pigs must be careful of those who might take over the profits.

Successful months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), June (July 13-August 10), and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


Pigs have sharp minds and think quickly this year. They are highly intuitive too. If they can concentrate and ignore distractions, their grades will improve immensely.

However, they are also sensitive this year. They must not let worrying or frustrating events affect them.


Pigs are almost always healthy and this year is the same. However, they may suffer from headaches and insomnia.

They’re at risk of influenza and contagious diseases in spring and summer. In February and July, be careful of food poisoning. Pigs should also avoid high altitudes in April and October.

Healthy months are: January (Feb 16-March 16), May (June 14-July 12), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Months where Pigs must be careful with their health are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), July (August 11-Sept 9) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


Emotional issues are the only difficulties in an otherwise smooth year. Pigs might experience mood swings. This will affect and hurt loved ones and friends.

If anything happens, Pigs must remember that some things cannot be forced. If they leave things to fate, they might gain something unexpected.

The sweet months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Pigs this year are the northeast, southwest and northwest. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room. To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the southeast and west.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 3 and 4.

The lucky colors in 2018 are yellow, white and purple. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are blue and gray.

Overall, the Year of the Dog is a great year for Pigs.

It is the same for a Pig’s life in general. There are some small problems, but those are inevitable.