Year of the Earth Pig

by Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM

Year of the Earth Pig, Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM in Davis, CA
It's the Year of the Earth Pig!

The Lunar Year of the Yin Earth Pig began February 5, 2019. The system of 12 animals combined with the five elements creates a 60-year cycle, with the Pig as the final animal of the cycle. The end of each 12-year cycle means that there is a lot of energy around completion and concluding things, so it’s a great year to finish projects, even if they are not done perfectly!

The Chinese character for ‘home’ is a roof with a pig under it. The Pig is the ultimate symbol of nourishment, nurturing, and generosity. The qualities of the Yin Earth Pig make it a good year to focus on home, farming, health, good food, rest, relaxation, and comfort. It’s a time to visit with family and friends, cook family recipes, do home projects, work in the garden, and revel in the senses. Enjoy yourself! Pig energy can be somewhat sedentary, so weight gain is likely this year, so light exercise, massage, stretching like yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi and walking are also good and enjoyable forms of exercise.

Paying attention to relationships of any kind will be important: family & friends, community, internal affairs, diligence, infrastructure, healing, compassion, introspection, social justice, conflict resolution, reconciliation and truth. Resolve past conflicts and practice forgiveness, lovingkindness, and compassion for yourself and others.

While this is a year to focus on family, friends, and community, it’s also a time to dig deep and start exploring the inner workings of your mind, the nature of who you are, and how you show up in the world. This is a time when that which has been hidden gets rooted out and comes to the surface.

The main goal of the year is contentment and enjoyment of life. Develop strong rhythms and routines, resting and healing to prepare for the next cycle, all while having fun and enjoying the moment!

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