As we celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 5, 2019, the congenial Earth Pig takes the helm, changing the cosmic landscape dramatically. The world could become a much friendlier place under this convivial creature’s watch—and it’s about time!
The past two years have been particularly divisive. The strutting Earth Rooster governed 2017, driving up toxic masculinity and breathtaking displays of ego. Then, the territorial Earth Dog snarled his way through 2018, fostering a divisive pack mentality and some intense “stranger danger” amongst neighbors—from voting blocs to national borders.
The Earth Pig, however, is more of a barnyard ambassador, an easygoing creature that cohabitates well with others. Pigs are also complex communicators who dream, recognize their own names and have over twenty oinks and squeaks that have been identified with a shared language. After a year of barking through the “picture window” of our Twitter feeds, it will soon become natural to talk to (rather than at) each other once again.
The Earth Dog year of 2018 was like a 365-day hygge season where our homes were our shelters. And while we can thank the canine’s influence for making our apartments Pinterest-perfect, what’s the joy of having a beautiful space if you can’t share it? The dinner party may become de riguer in 2019. Make sure to step out and mingle, and maybe get involved in (or organize) a block party. During a welcoming Earth Pig year, we’ll be inspired to collect friends from every walk of life.
Did you just spend days Konmari-ing your life to supreme minimalism? Don’t worry, your place won’t turn into a “pig sty” as of February 5. Aesthetics are everything in 2019. We might even start dressing for dinner again instead of wearing statement sneakers like they were interchangeable with our Rockstuds. Cleanliness is next to godliness under the Earth Pig’s watch…with a caveat. This is also an indulgent time, and we might not always feel like tidying up after hosting a party. Don’t shoo off the guest who offers to help do the dishes!
There’s one proviso to all this affable energy. While we might become legit BFFs with all different types of people, Pig years can muddle our discernment. By all means, rock the rose-colored glasses here and there, but don’t use them to screen out any red flags that are waving about your newfound “friends.”
Health-wise, it’s important to monitor our diets, as Pig years can be rather hedonistic. Once people start passing around the sweets, willpower will be scarce! By the same token, denying ourselves the pleasure of an epicurean delight is not going to work! A better plan? Discover healthy forms of hedonism through amazing ingredients and spices. How about some young coconut milk, saffron, and truffle oil—a pig’s favorite!
Apply the same approach to consumerism in 2019. With environmental concerns mounting in scary ways, we’ll also have to tamp down our craving for excess in the Year of the Pig. What the world does NOT need is more plastic floating in the oceans or rotting food in landfills. With the earth element ruling, now’s the time to switch from recyclable to compostable—and push to have neighborhood businesses and our offices do the same. Ethical fashion could get even greener with recycled clothing programs, already adopted by brands like Eileen Fisher, H&M and Patagonia.
When it comes to finances, the Earth Pig is known for having a solid work ethic, putting one hoof in front of the other until the job is done. Money may flow in slowly, but don’t be deterred! With patience and willpower, you can get ahead and create a lovely nest egg in 2019. Quality of life is as important as a paycheck during this cycle, and some people may decide that a slower lifestyle is more of their jam than endlessly climbing the corporate ladder. The trouble is, we can burn as fast as we earn in the Pig year. Make an entertainment fund—and budget—so you can enjoy life’s finer things without blowing through the rent money. A wise move would be to automate bill paying and transfers into savings and retirement accounts with each paycheck. If you don’t see it, you won’t spend it—as long as you don’t go crazy with the credit cards, that is. Looking to create more wealth? In 2019, the hospitality fashion and entertainment industries could have a boon. Get creative!
Will you feel like a “wild boar” in the bedroom in 2019? Maybe, maybe not. Pig years aren’t known for being the most romantic, so we may all have to work a little harder to cultivate that sexy spark. That’s all the more reason not to fall into a food coma after overindulging. Nevertheless, the Pig is associated with Scorpio in Western astrology, a sign that can be intensely erotic and capable of going through long spells of conscious celibacy. If your love life has been stuck in an unhealthy groove, an intentional dating hiatus (even for a few weeks or months) could be profoundly healing this year. During any such spells, you can utilize the Pig’s energy to form friendships with new people—ones who bring a supportive and positive energy into your life. Couples may feel more social in 2019, which can be a bonding agent for sure. But private time can be scarce, so be sure to intentionally put some date nights and “just the two of us” getaways on the calendar too!
Ultimately, this is a year to pursue togetherness. But we don’t have to throw out the important lessons of 2017 and 2018—the other two years in this three-year Earth element cycle. The Rooster awakened our continued fight for gender equality while the Dog alerted us to the ways where we may have been too guarded or sheltered. As the Earth Pig guides us back out into the world, we can socialize with this consciousness in place. Call it “making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” if you will.