When encountering the Pig, we sense his or her quiet sincerity and purity. The Pig is so honest that he feels guilty for the
slightest error, and he is more indulgent and forgiving of others than he is of himself. He is without artifice or pretense, and dislikes
forcing himself on others or being the center of attention. Chivalrous, gallant, obliging, scrupulous to a fault, the Pig is naive,
innocent, confident, and defenseless. He allows himself to be duped easily, accepts his own faults calmly, and those of others with
tolerant understanding. He is incredibly sincere, almost to the point of doing himself harm, and always disarmed by the bad faith of
others. He lies rarely, and then only to defend himself. Powerless against hypocrisy, he will often crucify himself in an attempt to
justify his actions. He is an absolutely straight dealer and it's very rarely that he will accept a compromise. Ironically, though the
Pig believes without question whatever anyone tells him, he is always finding it necessary to produce proof of what he himself
People born in the Year of the Pig have a taste for la dolce vita. Possessing a strong sense of luxury, they can be extravagant
and take great pleasure in pampering themselves and their loved ones; they delight in the stimulation of the senses. However, when
they need to work they will get right to it. At these times a half-hearted attitude just won't do; where they're concerned, it's all or
The Pig is a splendid companion, so much fun, and game for a risque evening. He doesn't say much, but when he does decide to
speak, suddenly the barriers are down and nothing can stop him until the subject's exhausted.
Like the Monkey, the Pig is intellectual, a character with a great thirst for knowledge. He reads a lot, but reads anything that
happens to be around. Although he appears to be well read, the Pig's knowledge is only superficial. Referring to this, a Japanese
proverb says that the Pig is "wide of face but narrow in the back."
The Pig is sensitive, caring, and indulgent. Not only intelligent and cultured, the Pig also has a streak of bawdiness and
earthiness. Their various indulgences can verge on gluttony. Unlike the conniving Machiavellian pigs of Animal Farm, Chinese
Pigs tend to be helpless and insecure. During fat spells they suddenly lose all and are unable to defend themselves, much less
attack others. Pigs in general are lucky but lazy.
Pigs can be very practical, logical and down to earth. They may at times be considered somewhat cool and reserved because,
blessed as they are with composure and self-control, they don't usually allow emotion to cloud the issue. They are cheerful and
love company and social life. They find it very easy to make friends and also seem to hang on to them for life. For them the Pig
is capable of the greatest sacrifices. He is extremely considerate of the chosen few who do merit his affection. The women of this
sign like nothing better than to make presents for people and organize parties; they are marvelous hostesses.
Whatever his ambitions may be, whatever the tasks and goals he has set himself, the Pig will do his duty with all the strength he
is capable of, and that same strength can be an inner force to be reckoned with, a force that nothing can oppose. Once a Pig has
come to a decision, nothing can stop him from carrying it out. But before he arrives at it, he spends ages weighing the pros and
cons, which sometimes gives the impression that he is indecisive. Nothing could be further from the truth, but to make sure he is
avoiding any possible complications, he will sometimes ponder for so long that he destroys his own case.
Untiring workers, Pigs will succeed in their careers, especially if they are their own boss. Because they like to accumulate
ancient objects and fine pictures, they might become art dealers, specializing in antiquities. Their aim is to live in relative affluence,
both for themselves and their families, and to enjoy the pleasures of life. Materially, the Pig will always have all the necessities of
life, regardless of his chosen career. Work and money in sufficient quantities seems to gravitate his way without his having to
make any particular effort. People will help him all his life, and thanks to this help he will be able, if he wishes, to reach the highest
heights in the financial world.
Popular superstition in the East says that people help him thus just to fatten him up so he will make a better meal over the New
Year. Because of this, the Pig may be overwary and trust nobody. If the Pig's birthdate is a long time before the traditional
feasts, he will escape a lot of the disappointments in store for him. However, the closer it is to the Asiatic New Year, the more he
will be betrayed, ridiculed, duped, and perhaps in the long run, eaten!
Though generally tolerant and fairly placid people, when absolutely backed into a corner, Pigs can turn vicious. When they find
that their friendship and good nature have been seriously abused, they will give no quarter and that friendship will somewhat
unceremoniously be cut short. Perhaps they can be accused of exhibitionism, of being flirtatious and even licentious at times, but
there is no doubt that Pigs in general are very good sorts -- honest, decent, generous, supportive, loyal to their friends, and
The first phase of the Pig's life will be relatively calm. During the second, every conceivable conjugal problem will be visited upon
him. But whatever his troubles, the Pig, discreet and shy, will never ask anybody else for help; he'll try to get out of the mess by
himself. His reticence in this respect may do him harm, for nobody will even suspect the torment he's going through.
The Passionate Pig
Above all else, Pigs are sensual, self-indulgent creatures. They adore anything that smacks of physical pleasure, whether it is
gorging themselves with sweetmeats or idling a whole day away with their newfound heart throbs between their satin sheets.
Passionate by nature, some younger Pigs could tend towards promiscuity while some of the older ones could well become bawdy
and lascivious. Unfortunately for them, love seems somehow to befog many a Pig; when deeply smitten, their emotions become
rather transparent and they can become putty in the hands of unscrupulous types who can induce them to behave quite out of
character. They may often be deceived, often disappointed, often made a fool of ... and often loved. The female Pig makes a very
Pigs are loving and loyal to their mates, and caring and considerate towards those they love. In any close, intimate relationship it
is friendship that the Pig will value most. Settled with the right partner, these generous, warm hearted individuals will enjoy happy
and contented lives, developing their talents within that supportive framework and devoting themselves completely to their family
and their loved ones. With their simplicity of soul and their sensual appreciation of nature, the Pig always seeks the authentic and
the true in personal relationships.
The Pig would be well advised to share his or her life with those born under the sign of the Rabbit -- that's the surest way of
avoiding arguments. They must keep out of the clutches of the Snake, who will make a complete slave out of the Pig in no time,
enmeshing the Pig in his coils to the extent that the poor Pig loses all power of movement. The Ram will take advantage of him.
Like the Rabbit, the Tiger and Rat are excellent partners for the Pig, but the Monkey is not honest enough for his taste.
December is the month of the Pig. The time of the Pig is from 9:00 p.m. to 10:59 p.m.; their direction of orientation is
north-northwest. The Pig's color is dark blue.