The Mythology of the Pig
The mythological stories of the Pig are fascinating, as the Pig is always associated with knowing the next world. Pigs were wild in old China and Vietnam; they were powerful solitary animals that fed on acorns and corn and often devastated the harvests of farmers. In Celtic mythology, the pig was a supernatural animal and the herd of swine was regarded with the utmost respect. The Celts regarded the pig as an assistant in understanding the spiritual nature of man. In many other mythologies too the Pig is regarded as an animal of spiritual authority. The Pig even has a shaman-like quality to him as there are old stories of him changing into human form.
In our western culture, however, we have huge problems with the Pig and often find him revolting, or regard him with gastronomical delight and serve him up on platter, knowing little about his symbolism in older cultures. The other image we have is of the pig wallowing in mud â€“ we imagine him as a lewd or indulgent and repulsive beast. Nothing could be further from the truth about Pig. He is a strong and significant animal of spiritual guidance.
Pigs in Love
Pigs love life and even know how to make flowers grow in the desert. They have great imaginations for beauty and therefore make joyful poets and word people. They are fascinated by love and even from their early days are motivated and conditioned around the pleasures of loving others. They can be quite sensual, passionate and imaginative. They like to experiment in love and if you are with a Pig partner, expect to be adaptable in your love life.
Pigs are also very faithful by nature and are quite demanding and discriminating. Once they have found the person they love, they are with him/her forever. Pigs expect their partners to be honest and fully express their feelings, like the Pig does. When happy with a relationship, they are very reliable, peaceful and dependent.
The Pig is naturally an overprotective parent who is very concerned with the well-being of his offspring â€“ a stickler for education and the right values. He instills the children with a strong sense of morality. The negative side is that he can find it really hard to allow the children to leave the nest and cut that cord â€“ Pigs can be just too possessive.
At home the Pig, when he finds a pleasant environment, will rarely move about. This is because he always enjoys a congenial physical environment where he can relax and luxuriate in the best conditions. He finds divorce a bit shocking because it breaks up the harmony and comfort of the home.
Each year, the elemental influence of the year changes, and this year we will experience a combination of Fire and Water. There are Five elements in the Chinese system: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, with each successive element supporting the next. Across the five, however, they clash and Fire and Water do not sit well together. This year the element is Yin Fire, which is more powerful than Yang Fire. Yin Fire symbolises emotions, tension, agitation and illusions. Underneath is Yin Water. Resulting from this combination will be many conflicts over politics, government and also authorities imposing their will onto the people. Yin Fire is also very explosive and symbolises firearms. The AK47 assault rifle, a deadly weapon, was designed and began production in 1947, the last Fire Pig year.
2007 is a mixed one with the year being ruled by the Fire element in Chinese and the Pig being ruled by Water element. With Fire and Water together it’s going to be a struggle, as one is inimically the enemy of the other. Fire is on top this year with Water below â€“ and Fire cannot burn without support. When Fire and Water clash, they either result in lots of scalding hot steam and explosions or they can transform whatever situation it was into something completely different.
Previous Pig Years
Previous Fire Pig years have been very dangerous, with much political to-ing and fro-ing, plus lots of upheavals. Other Fire Pig years were 1947 and 1887. In 1947 the separation of India and Pakistan took place and, although it was negotiated well, the two countries tried to move 4 million Hindus and Muslims between borders. By the end of the year, the two were at war.
Palestine was partitioned after a British plan to divide Palestine was rejected by the UN. Britain recorded its most severe winter since 1894 and a fierce blizzard hit New York, where 28 inches (72 cms) of snow were recorded. It was the year of the first plane to fly at supersonic speeds (above the speed of sound) and Bell Laboratories invented the transistor, which revolutionised radio and electronics. The CIA was established in the US (Water rules secrets) and, also that year, President Truman released his Truman doctrine, which was an attempt to slow down the spread of communism throughout the world. It was the birth year of the Cold War. At the same time in Burma, the national leader Aung San (father of today’s Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest) was assassinated.
The other most interesting event of 1947 was the report of a crashed UFO near Roswell, New Mexico in the USA. Although several flying saucer crashes were reported in the literature around that time, the Roswell crash is the one that has dominated UFO research and been the most publicised.
The place of extraterrestrial races in the Five Elements system is ruled by the Fire element and the issues of UFO contact with humans on earth has resulted in UFOs becoming classified information and subject to great secrecy. Secrets are ruled by the Water element. The resultant clash has been a point of dispute with many citizens’ groups ever since the 1960s. We can expect that in 2007 this issue may surface again very strongly and the resultant publicity may allow some secrets to be revealed about UFO sightings in the past. With Fire (ideals) and Water (secrets) prominent in the 2007 chart we can expect clashes of values over secrecy. It’s possible some great announcement may be made by authorities in 2007, not necessarily to do with Roswell, but perhaps to do with the possibility of ET life in our solar system (or elsewhere) being acknowledged this year. Other secrets may also be revealed in politics or about our ancient past history this year.
The Economic Tests
The economy in a Fire Pig year can be very driven, as the Yin Fire aspect starts off the year well. Seasonally, when the Spring and Summer months begin (which is from March/April onwards in the Chinese calendar) then the economies of many countries will perform well. These months are favoured by the Fire element. After the summer finishes and the second half of the year comes, the Water element in the Pig year is more favoured: the Fire dies off, so the economy and stock market may slow right down in that second half. In 1997 which was also a Yin Fire year, the Asian markets collapsed in the second half of that year.
Looking at industries â€“ those related to Fire and Water will not do so well this year with Water and Fire elements clashing. Water types of industries include communications, media, advertising, shipping, and the water bottling and soft drinks industry. The Fire industries are the stock market, finances, energy generation, electricity, technology, and entertainment. Fire and Water can contribute to sudden breakthroughs though, in technology or new energy devices, and there is great potential for new and dramatic inventions that revolutionise the way we generate power and also solve medical problems.
Weather and Politics
Fire and Water clashing says a lot about climate and weather and you can bet that the year 2007 will be one of even more unnatural climate extremes. Expect dramatic weather changes, storms, fires, droughts, volcanic eruptions, floods and even tsunamis. Other events that could be characteristic of 2007 will be chemical fires, industrial explosions and incidents related to factories or chemicals mixed in the wrong manner causing toxic poisoning and maybe even in food poisoning outbreaks.
The Fire Pig year will also be a year of drama and change in politics, as the Fire/Water combination means clashes of values and criticism, unrest, threatened coups or violence in politics and arguments, disputes and fights over values and rights. Those who tackle political issues in a violent, combative or aggressive mode will not do well this year, but those who take on issues with a more sympathetic and embracing approach, using mediation techniques, are far more likely to achieve success in a Pig year. There could be sudden changes in leadership, many arguments in politics and dramatic rebellions of peoples fed up with oppressive rulers. Keep all that in mind in your business, family, education areas and daily life â€“ you’ll be more successful.
Those born in the year of the Pig who have achieved fame and good fortune include people like:
- Artists Cezanne, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Chagall
- Musician Duke Ellington
- Film director Alfred Hitchcock
- Writers Ernest Hemingway and Francoise Sagan
- Oliver Cromwell, English protestant general, overthrew king 1649; became dictator 1653 (“Lord Protector”)
- Carl Yung, influential analytic psychologist, populariser of the “Collective Unconscious”
- Henry Ford, inventor of mass-production and the Ford motor car
King Henry VIII of England
- St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order
- Viscount Montgomery, the British general
- Prince Rainier of Monaco
- Albert Schweitzer the humanitarian reformer.
Richard Giles presents his Chinese horoscope forecast for the Year of the Pig in 2007. He looks down the timeline for all of the Chinese Zodiac Animals and gives the flavour of the year for each one.
What’s in store for each of the twelve animal signs in 2007? The Snake, ruled by Fire, is the Chinese zodiac animal opposite to the Pig, and traditionally the animal opposite the year sign has a testing time that year. The animal signs that really benefit from this year are the Rabbit, the Sheep and the Tiger. If you feel that you are having a hard time this year, get yourself a Tiger pendant or jewellery piece or put up a Tiger photo in your office environment. The Tiger is in an harmonic combination with the Pig. You’ll note here that I’ve frequently mentioned giving yourself social time-out in the forecasts below. The Pig is a social animal and enjoys others. Take a leaf out his/her book this year.
THE PIG (Water): (1911, ’23, ’35, ’47, ’59, ’71, ’83, ’95, 2007)
Pigs enjoy themselves and this year is going to be no exception. Take time to flow along with events in the year and you’ll be fine. Watch your appetites, don’t overindulge and don’t overspend. People born in Rabbit, Sheep and Tiger years will help you this year.
THE RAT (Water): (1912, ’24, ’36, ’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, 2008)
A year when you find the flow of events very rapid and you need to keep your mind on your tasks. There are opportunities and openings for you to take advantage of this year. Make changes in the way you do things and you’ll be okay. Particularly look at attitudinal changes.
THE OX (Earth): (1913, ’25, ’37, ’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, 2009)
The Ox is a quieter person generally and not in the league of the Pig when it comes to a social life. If you associate with Pig born people you may learn to loosen up somewhat. Enjoy yourself. Its a good year for you to travel long distances and good fortune will come from it.
THE TIGER (Wood): (1914, ’26, ’38, ’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, 2010)
This is a better year for you as the Pig benefits Tigers. You can make great connections this year that will help you in business and travel. It can also be an attractive year for love and romance. Keep an eye on your expenditure limits though, as you’ll often feel in an enthusiastic mood.
THE RABBIT (Wood): (1915, ’27, ’39, 51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, 2011)
This year your fortune is great as you will benefit from the Pig. Friends will be good to you and you’ll receive support in your career. Don’t take risks or gamble with your resources and finances. Possibilities open up for you and its also good to take time for fun and relaxation.
THE DRAGON (Earth): (1904, ’16, ’28, ’40, ’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, 2000)
The year ahead becomes for you one that favours celebrations, business success and the possibility of marriage. Help yourself by getting the cooperation of others and you’ll do okay. Take time out to give yourself breaks and holidays so that you can spend time relaxing.
THE SNAKE (Fire): (1905, ’17, ’29, ’41, ’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, 2001)
Not the greatest year for you as you’re the opposite sign to the Pig. The year can bring turbulence, marking time, changes in your life and even the possibility of accidents. Its probable you’ll travel this year and that will assist you to deal better with the Pig year. Wear a Tiger pendant in your jewellery for support this year.
THE HORSE (Fire): (1906, ’18, ’30, ’42, ’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, 2002)
Another sign that benefits indirectly from the Pig year. You are up for some new directions this year and you’ll also enjoy the social opportunities offered by the Pig. Be open to trying new things and you’ll derive much from 2007.
THE SHEEP (Earth): (1907, ’19, ’31, ’43, ’55, ’67, ’79, ’91, 2003)
A great year for the Sheep as you are one of the animal signs favoured by the Pig. New projects, new opportunities and social situations are all good for you this year. This is also a year for receiving rewards and being acknowledged. Romance is a good possibility too. Take it all in.
THE MONKEY (Metal): (1908, ’20, ’32, ’44, ’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, 2004)
A year when you’ll be quite busy and its important to make sure you’re not run off your feet. Get things in writing and be sure to check out all the details. Don’t go on your hunches in 2007. Make enough time for yourself.
THE ROOSTER (Metal): (1909, ’21, ’33, ’45, ’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, 2005)
The year of the Pig is one is one that has you on the move, but you need to look carefully at your directions and make sure its all worth it by January 2008. Don’t miss out on details so keep an eye on your diary and plan things well. Keep your friends close to you this year.
THE DOG (Earth): (1910, ’22, ’34, ’46, ’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, 2006)
This year coming up for the Dog is going to be more of a social one. You’ll find yourself still campaigning to save others though, so you may be racing about somewhat. Not everything will fall into your lap this year so bide your time. Plan good times away this year.
Every sign will be different and it’s important to remember that with each Chinese animal year there can be one of five different elemental combinations. As an example, there are Fire Dog years, Earth Dogs, Metal Dogs, Water Dogs and Wood Dog years. Each of these elemental combinations mean you’ll react differently to the year, depending on what’s in play for you in 2007. If your element clashes with Fire you may have a tougher, more challenging or testing year. It doesn’t mean you won’t be successful â€“ the challenge may be just what you need to make it work.
Best of Fire Pig luck with this year and may all the most illustrious blessings and good fortune come your way.
Richard Giles is a Feng Shui practitioner and astrologer who is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. He has been involved in astrology for 15 years and writes for several Australian magazines. He is also the director of the Earth Healing School of Queensland, running practitioner courses in Earth Healing and Geomancy.
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