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 The Year of the Hare 2011 

Hare year can be a nurturing time of peace, calm, leisure, and rest after the intensity of the previous Tiger year. During gentle Hare's influence, good taste and refinement are valued, and comfort is desired. Money can be made easily, but spent easily. Dragon year 2012 will be a wild, exhausting time, so appreciate the small pleasures of Hare year as opportunities to heal, relax, and entertain. Make time for family gatherings and comfortable travel. Expect political compromise and diplomatic peacemaking on a global level. Discretion and persuasion are effective in a Hare year, whereas force does not work.

The year of the Hare begins on the new Moon of February 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM PST. This is also the date of Imbolc, or Candlemas, the cross quarter-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Lovely Hare is a symbol of purity: fastidiously clean Hare washes its face with its front paws to look beautiful as polished jade. According to Chinese legend, a magical jade Hare lives in a palace on the Moon. The Chinese Moon Goddess Ch'ang-o allows this charming jade Hare to keep her company so she will not be lonely. The Hare is an herbalist and alchemist who peacefully mixes elixirs of immortality under a cassia tree on the Moon for the Great Mother of the West, a Chinese Goddess of death and rebirth. Hare's Moon palace is delightful, and the company of the Moon Goddess so enjoyable, that Hare never leaves the Moon. Over time, Hare has become a yin Moon spirit.


YOUR FORTUNE IN HARE YEAR

RAT Hare year brings much-needed peace and tranquility. Rats can succeed in business endeavors and enlarge their circle of friends, family, and influence. Rat loves the pack sp enjoy these lively social times. But try not to get frustrated with delays. Your lucky year will be Dragon year 2010, your time to shine.

Looking for love in Hare year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, Monkey, Dragon, and Ox. Horse is least compatible.

The Way of the Rat: 
Quick mind, good bargainer, and a natural charmer.
1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Rat is the first sign of the Taoist zodiac. Rat represents the beginning of the winter season (winter solstice) and the seed of new growth. Because Rat is number one, the ability to be first in all things is a Rat trait. This first of the twelve earthly branches represents December, the eleventh month in the Taoist lunar calendar. December is the time of Sagittarius, Rat's western counterpart.

Clever, magnificent Rat is honored in Asian culture, unlike the western stereotype of Rat as a plague-carrying vermin to be exterminated. In Japanese lore, a white (metal) Rat is the symbol of Daikoku, the god of wealth and prosperity. Therefore, Rat has the natural ability to be successful. Although some translations refer to Rat as mouse, this is misleading because Rat's personality is rarely meek and mousy. The most significant Rat character trait is their cleverness. A Taoist folk tale recalls how Rat outsmarted Ox and became the first animal of the Taoist zodiac:

There was a contest in a Chinese village to select the twelve animals of the horoscope. Ox was working on a farm when Rat came to see him. Rat told Ox about the contest because he wanted to ride on Ox's back to get to the village.

Ox trudged for miles over difficult terrain with Rat on his back. Ox struggled as he swam across a mighty river with Rat on his back. When Ox and Rat finally arrived at the village, people saw Rat riding on the back of Ox. They were so impressed that they made Rat number one in the sequence of the twelve animals.

In a Buddhist version of this Taoist folk tale, the first animal to the bedside of the dying Buddha would be made the first animal of the zodiac. Rat rode on Ox's back. Then, as Ox approached the bedside, Rat jumped off and got there first. Rat has been the first animal ever since.

The year of the Rat is a time of plenty, bringing abundance and good fortune. In this auspicious year, some of Rat's prosperity can influence everyone, regardless of one's birth animal. Expect a powerful year when people are firm about their goals, passions, and aspirations. Although there may be fluctuation in world economies, it is an excellent time to start a business, buy property, invest in long-term plans, or accumulate wealth. All ventures begun in Rat year will prosper if well prepared. But it is not a time for foolish risks. Save those for Tiger and Monkey years. Rat loves the pack, so it is also a time for socializing, entertaining, and enjoying ourselves.

OX
   

Both Hare and Ox are kind, gentle creatures so peace can be found. Health can improve, and affairs will flow more smoothly with fewer personal conflicts. Oxen can recover from last year's difficulties. Stay strong and healthy.

Looking for love in Hare year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, Serpent, Phoenix (also called Rooster), and Rat. Sheep is least compatible.

The Way of the Ox:
Steadiness, perseverance, and determination.
1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

Ox is the second sign. This phase represents the beginning stages of a plant's growth, the seed's struggle to break out of confinement and sprout. This determination and perseverance in struggle are Ox qualities. This second earthly branch represents January, the twelfth lunar month. January is the time of Capricorn, Ox's western counterpart.

Oxen and all cattle are blessed by the compassionate Chinese goddess Kwan Yin because of their gentle, peaceful nature (Kwan Yin is known as Kwannon in Japan). The ancient Taoists harnessed the Ox, but didn't milk it, for they honored this strong, hardworking animal. The mythical golden-haired Ox king, Niu Wang, protected cattle from epidemics. In the Buddhist tradition the white Ox symbolizes contemplation and wisdom. Some translations refer to Ox as buffalo, water buffalo, bull (male), or cow (female).

According to an ancient Taoist legend, humans have a special relationship with Ox. In early agricultural communities, people often went for days without eating and feared starvation. To aid suffering humans, the Gods and Goddesses removed Ox from heaven, where she was a star, and sent her to earth. The divine ones instructed Ox to tell people that with her help they would avoid starvation and eat every three days. Ox misunderstood and told humanity that they would eat three times a day. Ox had to make her words true, and that is why Ox must labor so hard for people and endure many burdens without complaint.

The year of the Ox is time for hard work. Like Oxen plowing the fields, we to must toil during this year. Success is attained through diligent work and conscientious effort. Begin by putting your affairs in order, especially your home. Stick to routine, tried-and-true methods, and conservative actions. Wild, new concepts will not be well received. (Save them for the following Tiger year). Ox year is not a time for laziness. Everyone is expected to work and contribute. But if we refrain from rebelling, follow the rules, and obey authorities, there will be a bountiful harvest. Expect conservative politics.

TIGER  Anticipate a happy year with time for some rest and relaxation. Personal affairs and business can be successful, goals can be attained, and you can expand on your success from the previous Tiger year. Use diplomacy, not your usual Tiger growl, when needed.

Looking for love in Hare year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, Dog, and Pig. Monkey is least compatible.

The Way of the Tiger:
Vigor, leadership, and courage.
1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.

Tiger is the third sign. This phase is symbolized by the vigilant new sprout that has just broken free from the earth. People born in a Tiger year share the same positive and upward-reaching qualities as a growing sprout. This third earthly branch represents February, the first lunar month. February is the time of Aquarius, Tiger's western counterpart.

Tiger is grand, daring, and powerful. Four mighty Tigers guard the four directions. North is guarded by the black (water) Tiger who represents winter. East is guarded by the green (wood) Tiger who represents spring. South is guarded by the red (fire) Tiger who represents summer. West is guarded by the white (metal) Tiger who represents autumn. The center is guarded by the yellow (earth) Tiger who represents the sun.

The Chinese god of wealth, Hsai Shen, rides a tiger for Tiger brings good fortune. All Tigers scare off thieves, ghosts, and fires. Therefore, Tiger is a formidable animal totem to contact in the shamanic realm to assist in banishments and purifications.

The year of the Tiger is explosive, wildly creative, big, and bold. All of life's activities will be experienced on a grand scale. It is a time of extremes. Tempers flare, drama and excitement reign, and crazy dreams can become reality. Expect massive social change, political rebellions, and military coups.


HARE
  Expect a great year! Opportunities abound, success is inevitable, and family life is very rich. Enjoy harmonious, pleasing, and lovely experiences. Finally, your sensitivity and diplomatic nature are appreciated. Excellent year for marriage or children.

Looking for love in Hare year? Hare is most compatible with another Hare, Sheep, Pig, and Dog. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.

The Way of the Hare:
Friendliness, diplomacy, sensitivity, and adaptability.
1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

Hare is the fourth sign. This phase is the beginning of spring. It symbolizes the effortless growth of plants in warm, magical spring light. The gentle qualities of springtime are traits of those born in Hare year. This fourth earthly branch represents March, the second lunar month. March is the time of Pisces, Hare's western counterpart.

The legend of the moon goddess Ch'ang-o is associated with the Hare. Ch'ang-o was the wife of an archer named Ki. Brave Ki shot down ten suns when the suns rose together to scorch the earth. Although Ki was courageous, he was a ruthless man. In reward for shooting the suns, Ki was given a brew of immortality. One day when Ki was out hunting, Ch'ang-o drank his brew in an attempt to stop his cruelty. When Ki returned and realized what happened, he tried to kill Ch'ang-o. But she escaped to the moon and was protected by the moon Hare. Afraid to return to earth, Ch'ang-o lived happily with the moon Hare and became a moon goddess and protector of children. Hare's lunar connection is that it takes 28 days, one lunar month, before newborn Hares are ready to leave their mother.

Translations occasionally render Hare as Cat or Rabbit (do not confuse Cat with Tiger, who has very different attributes). Hares differ slightly from rabbits in that rabbits are born naked and blind, whereas hares are born with a coat of fur and good vision. Hares run faster than rabbits and do not freeze when confronted by danger. Hares symbolize long life, as do cranes and turtles.

The year of the Hare is a time of peace, calm, leisure, and rest after the chaos of previous Tiger year. People enjoy the arts, gourmet food, and luxuries. Money can be made easily, but it is spent easily. The Dragon that follows will be a wild and exhausting time, so enjoy a Hare year as an opportunity for relaxation, pleasure, family gatherings, entertainment, and comfortable travel. Expect political compromise and diplomatic peace-making on a global level.

DRAGON  A calm year of good fortune before the Dragon year 2012 storm. Home is stable, and life can be entertaining and enjoyable. Anticipate peace, harmony, and opportunities to nurture and heal. If the spotlight is not on Dragon, it will be in 2012.

Looking for love in Hare year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, Rat, Monkey, and Phoenix (Rooster). Dog is least compatible.

The Way of the Dragon:
Power, passion, and drive.
1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.

Dragon is the fifth sign. This phase happens when plants are growing and vigorously expanding. The life force, the yang part of the universe, is very strong. This powerful life force is fully visible in people who are born in the year of the Dragon. This fifth earthly branch represents April, the third lunar month. April is the time of Aries, Dragon's western counterpart.

In Asian cultures, the qualities of Dragon are the opposite of European interpretations. Dragon is not an evil, malefic enemy. Instead, Dragon symbolizes royalty, prosperity, wisdom, and benevolence. Dragon has magnanimous and spiritual qualities and is a protector of temples and monasteries. Dragon has magical attributes because Dragon can change shape and transform her/himself into any type of creature.

Dragon brings rain and represents masculine yang power. In China, the celestial dragon, T'ien Lung, protects the gods and goddesses in heaven. T'ien Lung flies through the sky, chasing the sun. Dragon is a mythological creature. In ancient times, primordial humanity may have worshipped, or been in awe of, serpents and the sun. The development of the imaginary Dragon fulfilled a role in the psyche of ancient peoples.

The year of the Dragon is a time of ambition, power, and daring. Events seem as if they are magnified threefold with increased intensity. The energy and vitality of Dragon year may make some people overly optimistic. Dragon year is an excellent time to start a business, marry, have children, and take incredible risks. On a global level, expect extreme earth changes, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tidal waves.


SERPENT  Success is foreseen with far fewer problems than in Tiger year 2010. Enjoy the arts, fashion, and cuisine. Take time to relax during pleasant holidays. A life of art and beauty will take you far. But good times can be costly so limit spending.

Looking for love in Hare year? Serpent is most compatible with another Serpent, Ox, Phoenix (Rooster), and Monkey. Pig is least compatible.

The Way of the Serpent:
Wisdom, mystery, sensuality.
1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.

Serpent is the sixth sign. During this phase, plants have completed their growth. This turning point brings the outward growth inward, turning vigor and power into wisdom. These characteristics are reflected in people born in the year of the Serpent. This sixth earthly branch symbolizes May, the fourth lunar month. May is the time of Taurus, Serpent's western counterpart.

The Chinese Serpent goddess Nu Kua formed the first people from yellow clay from the banks of the Yellow River. This creation myth is one of many Taoist tales starring magical, mysterious Serpent. The Serpent is associated with goddesses and heroines who assist women in childbirth and bless children with remarkable talents. Serpent heroines charmed and helped scholars learn the Confucian classics. Asian cultures respect Serpent and honor her feminine yin energy, unlike the West, which associates Serpent with cold-blooded evils.

A Chinese classic tale tells of a one-thousand-year-old serpent who practiced magic and transformed herself a beautiful woman. Through her charms, she married a scholar, and her life was happy and content. But a Taoist monk pursued her because he knew that she was not human. The monk was an expert at capturing shape-shifting animals who falsely assumed human forms. Wise Serpent outwitted him many times before he finally exposed her dual lives.

The year of the Serpent is a time of introspection, planning, and seeking answers. People will ponder and think before they act. Good taste and elegance will prevail in fashion, theater, film, and all the arts. Serpent wisdom influences contributions in the sciences through new technological inventions and discoveries. But this is not an auspicious year for gambling, investing, or taking any financial risks because the calamities of the previous Dragon year can continue into Serpent year. Expect political extremes, scandals, and the exposing of secrets.


HORSE  Good fortune and luck can flourish in romance, social activities, and business. Horse love to explore, and Hare year brings opportunities for exciting adventures and travel. People can overly sensitive in a Hare year so be less direct. Practice restraint should any conflicts arise due to differing points of view.

Looking for love in Hare year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, Tiger, and Sheep. Rat is least compatible.

The Way of the Horse:
Good humor, friendliness, carefree attitude.
1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.

Horse is the seventh sign. This phase occurs when the sun is brightest (summer solstice) and the plants are strong, having reached maturity. Horse people possess a sunny disposition and are bright, open, and cheerful. This seventh earthly branch symbolizes June, the fifth lunar month. June is the time of Gemini, Horse's western counterpart.

Powerful Horse has magical qualities, including the ability to fly. A white (metal) celestial cloud horse was sacred to the compassionate goddess Kwan Yin (known as Kwannon in Japan). Kwan Yin's white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. The Horse is descended from a region in upper Asia, and the ancestor of all horses was the strong celestial charger of the horse king, Ma-wang. Horse breeding was a highly developed art and the hobby of Emperors in classical China, especially during the T'ang dynasty (a.d. 618 to 905). Great dynasties expanded and wars were won thanks to the horse, which is revered in China.

The year of the Horse is a time of victory, adventure, exciting activities, and surprising romances. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings success. Energy is high and production is rewarded. A Horse year marks the middle of the twelve-branch cycle and is the culmination of activities begun six years ago. Actions and achievements during this important year can influence the direction of the remaining years of the twelve-branch cycle. On a global scale, expect world economies to become stronger and for industrial manufacture to rise - or expect economic chaos and collapse, such as World War One in 1918, a yellow Horse year, or the Great Depression in the 1930s, which began in a white Horse year. Under strong Horse's influence, there is no middle ground.


SHEEP  One of your best years! Sheep and Hare are best friends who love art and beauty. Sheep's social life is lively, and love can be found or deepen. Hare year is excellent for marriage or children. Sheep can be happy, well loved, and content.

Looking for love in Hare year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, Hare, and Horse. Ox is least compatible.

The Way of the Sheep:
Artistic, gentle, and loves the good life.
1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Sheep is the eighth sign. It is the phase when plants are ripening and all is peaceful. This gentle peacefulness is the core of Sheep's nature. The eighth sign symbolizes July, the sixth lunar month. July is the time of Cancer, Sheep's western counterpart.

In China, eight is a number of good fortune. Sheep is the eighth earthly branch and symbolizes good fortune, peace, and abundance. There is a Chinese saying, "Three sheep open doors to good fortune." Three Sheep in an extended family were considered extreme good fortune, and three Sheep together are a symbol of springtime. The gentle characteristics of Sheep were incorporated as part of Confucian ideology. The lamb kneels before its mother to nurse, as if obeying the correct filial manners of obedience to the parent.

Some translations refer to Sheep as Ram or Goat. This can be misleading. Ram is a symbol of masculinity, and Sheep is essentially feminine. Ram could be confused with the Western sign of Aries the Ram, and Sheep has little of Aries' fiery combativeness. (Instead, Aries correlates to powerful Dragon.) Goat may evoke the Western sign of Capricorn the Goat, but Sheep rarely possess the drive and ambition to ascend to the mountain top like Capricorn, which corresponds to Ox. Sheep correlates to the western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer. In rare instances, Sheep is referred to as Deer, due to Sheep's gentle nature.

The year of the Sheep is a time of peace, calm, and contentment. Travel is highlighted as are relaxing vacations. Life's hectic pace is slowed and people are more caring, sensitive, and emotional. Family, close friends, and intimacy are valued. All the arts will flourish and creativity will flow, but such refined beauty and elegance is expensive, and debts may easily accrue. Sheep's love of peace prevents major political upheavals and severe weather changes.


MONKEY  Expect a very good year with opportunities to regain power after the difficulties of the previous Tiger year 2010. Hare's harmonious, peaceful  influence helps Monkey calm down and succeed, especially at work. No need to worry and fret under gentle Hare's influence.

Looking for love in Hare year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Serpent. Tiger is least compatible. 

The Way of the Monkey:
Quick wit, many talents, lack of inhibition.
1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Monkey is the ninth sign. During this phase, crops are ready to harvest. That is why Monkeys naturally have so many developed talents and abilities. This ninth earthly branch symbolizes August, the seventh lunar month. August is the time of Leo, Monkey's western counterpart.

Asian folks adore Monkey. The famous Buddhist novel JOURNEY TO THE WEST (also translated as THE MONKEY KING), tells of a magical Monkey who assisted a holy monk on a pilgrimage westward. This story is so popular in China it has been included as one of the four BOOKS OF WONDER in Chinese literature. The story reveals the typical positive and negative characteristics of a Monkey individual.

One special magical Monkey, Sun Wukong, was born from a stone. He was born with supernatural abilities and soon was crowned king of the Monkeys. This magical Monkey was smart but overconfident of his tricks. He was so fearless and arrogant that he even challenged Buddha. He bet that Buddha would never be able to catch him. Sun Wukong jumped on a cloud and traveled to a place thousands of miles away. When he came upon a five-peaked mountain, he took a rest. While he happily congratulated himself for outsmarting Buddha, the five mountain peaks suddenly turned into Buddha's five fingers.

To teach this wild, magical Monkey humbleness and selflessness, Buddha requested that Monkey accompany a monk to India to bring the Buddhist sutras (teachings) back to western China. During the journey west, the magical Monkey experienced many adventures, including his fearless battle against the evil bull king, ruler of the underworld, who tried to stop the monk. Due to the events of this journey, the magical Monkey learned to turn his quick wit into wisdom and his rebellious character into leadership skills and courage.

Fabulous Monkey is unlike any other animal of the Taoist zodiac, a fearless hero who is much loved and celebrated. Countless Taoist folk tales recall this clever trickster's abilities, and crafty Monkey even found a way into great religious literature. The Ramayana, a Hindu epic, tells of the brave Monkey hero Hanuman, a devotee of Rama (an incarnation of the god Vishnu), whom he fearlessly served in battle. Hanuman is honored all over Asia - in China, southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The year of the Monkey is a time of courage, action, anarchy, and true devotion to even the wildest of schemes. Success can be attained in business, politics, and real estate. Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. Now is the time to start new endeavors, for they are destined to succeed under Monkey's influence. But woe be to the dull or slow witted: Monkey will steal all the peanuts and leave nothing but empty shells.


PHOENIX (Rooster) Hare is Phoenix's opposite so do not plan any big changes this year. It is most advantageous to follow Hare's peaceful pace. Cultivate calm, think before you peck, and create opportunities for quiet reflection.

Looking for love in Hare year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don't peck and fight), Ox, Serpent, and Dragon. Hare is least compatible.

The Way of the Phoenix:
Keen judgment, perceptive, and a good planner.
1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029.

Phoenix is the tenth sign. This phase occurs during the month of harvest and prosperity. Responsibility, duty, and satisfaction for work well done characterizes people born in the year of the Phoenix. This tenth earthly branch symbolizes September, the eighth lunar month. September is the time of Virgo, Phoenix's western counterpart.

The rare and enticing Phoenix is a universal symbol of transformation, rebirth, and eternity. The Phoenix rose anew from the flames of purification and was not destroyed. In China, the Phoenix is honored as a symbol of the Empress, the earth, and feminine yin energy. The noble Phoenix is partnered with Dragon, a symbol of the Emperor, the heavens, and masculine yang energy.

An individual born in the year of the Phoenix has the potential to transform their soul. By overcoming obstacles - trial by fire - s/he can become a new person. Phoenix has opportunities to remedy actions from past lives and bring this new awareness into future incarnations.

Sometimes Phoenix is translated as Rooster or Chicken (the male referred to as cock and the female referred to as hen). We use the term Phoenix because we find it to be a more spiritual translation with the potential for personal transformation. When the spiritual journey of evolution and transformation is too great for Phoenix to bare, s/he may revert to the role of a rooster or chicken.

The year of the Phoenix is a time of practical endeavors, conscientiousness, hard work, and discipline. Politically, conservative police states gain power, and law and order are championed.


DOG
  Hare is lucky for Dog. Enjoy a pleasant year of ease and contentment. Dog can finally relax and appreciate loving family and friends. Dog benefits from Hare's nurturing influence. An excellent year for marriage, children, or buying a home.

Looking for love in Hare year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, Horse, and Hare. Dragon is least compatible.

The Way of the Dog:
Honest, idealistic, unselfish.
1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030.

Dog is the eleventh sign. During this phase plants gradually disintegrate and return to mother earth while the animals prepare for winter. This ability to diligently prepare and be responsible are qualities of those born in the year of the Dog. This eleventh earthly branch symbolizes October, the ninth lunar month. October is the time of Libra, Dog's western counterpart.

The Dog is a very valued in China, famous for exceptional loyalty to family and profound aggressiveness with strangers. These behavioral extremes are viewed as manifestations of the Taoist yin and yang. Dog exhibits yin behavior when faithful and devoted, and exhibits yang behavior when a fierce guardian.

The Chinese myth of Tien K'ou, the celestial red (fire) Dog who chases away evil spirits, indicates how valued Dogs were in traditional China. Taoist monks and Chinese nobles developed many breeds including the mastiff, the oldest breed of Dog in the world; the small Pekinese and shih-tzu; the sturdy Tibetan terrier and spaniel; and the fierce Chinese shar-pei, the Lhasa apso, and the chow chow. Taoist monks bred chow chows to chase away evil spirits and fulfill the important role as temple and palace guardians. Royalty bred chow chows to protect their property and to hunt.

The year of the Dog is a time of fairness and equality. Controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, politics are liberal, and political oppression is opposed. Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog's watchful and just influence.


PIG  Good times continue for sensuous Pig! Hare, Pig, and Sheep are best friends so expect a calm, peaceful year when home and family life are very fulfilling. Luck is with you for marriage, children, home improvement, or a fun vacation. Time to eat, drink, and be merry.

Looking for love in Hare year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, Hare, and Tiger. Serpent is least compatible. 

The Way of the Pig:
Peaceful, optimistic, sensitive.
1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Pig is very intelligent, sensual, and self-indulgent. In China and Japan, the white (metal) Pig is associated with the moon and possesses the courageous qualities of a warrior. In the Chinese Buddhist novel JOURNEY TO THE WEST the good-natured Pig character, Zhu Bajie, symbolizes extreme sensual appetite. But Zhu Bajie is well-loved and respected because he openly admits to the indulgences that we all enjoy.

Pig is a strong animal known for its intelligence. A classic Chinese tale tells of a smart Pig who refused to work for the farmer who owned him. All the other animals labored: Ox plowed the field, Cat chased away Rat, Horse pulled a cart, Monkey carried the farmer's son to school on his back, Rooster crowed at dawn and Hens produced eggs, and Dog kept guard. But Pig just ate and slept - and ate and slept. Pig even complained about the quality of his food. Pig realized that he would have food whether or not he worked, so why bother to contribute? When Pig least expected it, the farmer sold him and his life of contentment ended. In this way, smart Pig defeated himself through his own cleverness.

The year of the Pig is a time of self-indulgence and fun. It is also a time of peace, understanding, harmony, and fellowship. Ease and enjoyment of the good life will be valued more than power and status. People can be kinder to each other in everyday interactions and feel little need for competition. Extravagant vacations, sumptuous meals, and lavish spending on luxuries and fine clothing are to be expected. Individuals tend to feel content and satisfied, ignoring the bills that accumulate over a Pig year. The following Rat year will be the time to face realities after Pig year indulgences.

Written in English By Susan Levitt of Taoist Astrology
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