Today is Chinese New Year and heralds the start of the Year of the Pig – one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.
Unlike Western astrology, each sign of the Chinese zodiac ‘rules’ over an entire year, bringing with it particular energy to everything that occurs over the next 12 months.
As might be expected, the Year of the Pig signals good fortune for those born in the ‘Pig’ years of 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007. It also influences the fortunes of the other 11 animal signs, depending on their relationship with the Pig.
Here, Kay Tom, a Leicester-based master in feng shui and horoscopes at The Energy Specialist, reveals exactly what the next 12 months holds in store for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
It is worth remembering that unlike the Roman calendar new year, the lunar new year changes, although it usually falls between January 21 and February 20.
This means that those born in the early part of the calendar year are actually assigned the Chinese zodiac of the previous year.
Scroll down to read Kay’s predictions…
The Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
The Rat will have the chance to seize rare opportunities in 2019. The only challenge is not to procrastinate as once the opportunity is passed it rarely shows again. This is a year for staying upbeat with a keen eye on your targets as next year the Rat will be taking over as the leading energy of the year 2020.
The Rat represents the direction of north, therefore there will be opportunities presenting in this direction. This can be north of your city, county, country or north of the world the world.
The Ox: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
The Ox acts as the diplomat to prevent an argumentative situation boiling over.
He is a very dependable character in the Pig’s team but needs to be cautious not to have too much pressure dumped on his shoulders. He is strong and can cope but there are limits and the Ox must set his boundaries in 2019.
Setting a strong health regime also needs to be a priority. There is potential for ill health in properties on the northeast/ southwest axis so the use of white in décor and bed linen will be valuable.
The Tiger: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
There is a strong chance in 2019 for the single Tiger to find romance. There is a natural attraction between the Pig and the Tiger. More so than any other combination of animals in the Cycle of the 12 animals these two complement each other perfectly. There is therefore mileage in this relationship. For anyone looking for love February is an important month to get out and socialise. Generally, this is a good year for the Tiger.
The only Tiger that needs to be cautious in dangerous situations such as walking in narrow dark alleyways in the evening, high places such as cliff tops, busy building sites or participating in dangerous activities is the fire Tiger (born 1986). It is advisable for the fire Tiger to wear a red string around his/her waist for the year, or to wear red socks or underwear for support.
The Rabbit: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The Rabbit appears to carry a lot of responsibility in 2019 and is very much in demand as the diplomat and negotiator. In fact, there is no simple fix to a given situation.
The Rabbit represents the direction of east where there is an indication of the potential for a lack of diplomacy leading to war or fighting in the east.
The Dragon: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Everyone loves the Dragon, the magical, mystical animal of the Zodiac and to be sure, the Dragon has skills. More so than any other animal this creature can turn a situation round for the better.
However, the Dragon represents the earth element and the Pig the water element, together creating muddy water. This isn’t good as it can represent misdemeanours in both finances and in sexual encounters. Together these two animals will expose any indiscretions, particularly in the month of April.
The good news for the Dragon is that his natural seat is in the southeast and this is one of the best locations for 2019 so as long as he stays mindful of his enemies then he cannot be caught off guard.
The Snake: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The Snake in the Year of the Pig is most definitely not a match made in Heaven. The Pig loves the open and honest approach to life while the Snake prefers to lie low in the long grass and keep his secrets to himself. There are three Snakes that are particularly vulnerable this year, those born in 1953, 1977 and 2013. Just like the fire Tiger these three Snakes need to avoid dangerous sports and dark places.
In general, it is best for the Snake to keep a low profile this year and avoid major decisions in life such as changing jobs, moving house, getting married or making major purchases or investments.
The Horse: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
The best policy for the Horse this year is not to waste his energy trying to help those who do not want it. Sometimes we just have to sit back and watch and let another play out their own destiny as at the end of the day its their life and their choice and not for us to impose our own ideals and beliefs on them.
The Horse represents the direction of south so 2019 is a year for relaxing and building your strength for people living in properties on the north south axis, as 2020 will be a demanding year.
The Sheep: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
The Sheep does have vulnerability in matters of health this year so he must 100 per cent take care of himself with good diet and exercise and plenty of nourishing sleep. It will be wise to make this a priority.
The Sheep represents the direction of southwest. It is good to keep this direction calm and relatively inactive affording the sheep the chance to simply keep his head down, do his job well and keep a low profile.
The Monkey: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
The Monkey is a very outgoing and social animal that doesn’t like to offend and therefore never says no to a party. For this reason, it is very easy to overstretch him. He is an entrepreneur with ideas that very much connect to the energy of the Pig so 2019 will see his ambitions taking off.
This year the Monkey will gain great satisfaction in helping others less fortunate than himself as he directly teams up with the Snake, the animal against the energy of the Pig, and together turn a difficult situation round.
The Monkeys that are particularly vulnerable this year are those born in 1944, 1968, 2004. Wear a red string, socks or underwear. Avoid dangerous situations and sports.
The Rooster: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
The Rooster likes to have his say and especially to be the first to say it. His voice is loud and strong thus he is particularly useful when a point needs communicating.
He is very solid in his beliefs and in fact does offer support to the Pig, providing he learns a diplomatic approach and avoids becoming overbearing. 2019 is a year when the Rooster needs to learn a discreet approach in order for his voice to be heard.
The Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Last year was a demanding year for the Dog as leader of the year. Handing over the reins of responsibility at the beginning of the New Year is not always a smooth process, particularly for the Dog who is not a great advocate of change. The challenge for the Dog is that he overthinks a situation and worries too much.
2019 takes away the responsibility and presents a year of rest and recuperation. It’s best not to take on any major projects or investments this year but to focus on your own status quo and bring back equilibrium to your life and to let sleeping Dogs lie.
The Dog represents the direction of northwest, the position of the leaders. The Dog is a natural leader and a tremendous diplomat that identifies to all walks of life. If leadership is vital to your life try to lead from the back in the form of guidance rather than from a dictatorial stance. 2019 is not a good year for the leaders so steer your ship towards calmer waters.
The Pig: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
This is the leader of the year and as such commands respect in all matters. He represents the direction of northwest, so it is therefore 100 per cent vital that any digging or commencement of construction is not started in the northwest.
The northwest is also the natural leadership position further adding to the importance of this area. This location should be kept clean and fresh avoiding heavy objects, waste bins, and clutter, bathrooms and utility rooms.
The only Pig that needs to air on the side of caution is the wood Pig, born 1995. Wearing a red string around the waist, red socks or underwear will help this Pig as well as avoiding dangerous sports, high places and dark allies.