Happy New Year, everyone! Tomorrow, February 5, starts a very different energy for us all that I think will be most welcome. I will write more about the energy shifts for the year in the next week’s post, but for now, I offer a reprint of the wisdom of Master Astrologer, Gahl Sasson from his latest post about the Year of the Pig/Boar. Please enjoy!
A few days ago we entered the fixed air sign, Aquarius, and as always, on the new moon in Aquarius, Feb 4/5 we will celebrate the Chinese New Year. From February 4, 2019, until January 24, 2020, we will be visiting Miss Piggy and her “Pigs in Space”. Since the pig is the 12th animal in the Chinese zodiac, it means we are finishing a 60 years long cycle of Earth signs and moving into a 60 years cycle of Metal. During the Earth signs we realized the importance of our destructive impact on the earth as well as the damages we have caused life on the planet. From 2020, during the next 60 years of metal, which I call the Cyborg element, we will have the tools to hopefully fix these issues. We will also have to deal with our offspring, the emerging “metal” Artificial Intelligence.
New Moon in Aquarius
The Chinese New Year always falls on the new moon in Aquarius, which is the halfway mark between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. During the new moon in Aquarius, the Sun and the Moon meet under the influence of the Water Bearer, or more accurately, the Electromagnetic Bearer. Astrologically speaking, Aquarius is the sign of humanity. It is also considered to be the sign of fraternity, altruism, equality, democracy, nonprofits, as well as science, technology, metaphysics and the future.
During the new moon in Aquarius, humanity comes back home, to our essence, to what defines us as a species. Aquarius is also the sign of wishes and manifestation of our hopes for ourselves as well as humanity. You can always use the new moon in Aquarius to give a boost to what you wish to manifest and accomplish in 2019. While January 1 has no astrological significance and therefore 90% of New Year’s Resolutions fail, the Chinese New Year, which is a new moon celebration, is an auspicious time to start your year’s personal project.
New moon in Aquarius is also a great time to start a new friendship, begin a project that connects to technology, innovation, or a community.
Intro to 2019
2018, the Year of the Dog, was as predicted: a ferocious dog rather than a docile one. According to many Chinese, as well as Western astrologers, 2019 should flow a bit smoother. We have less retrogrades and the eclipses seem less dramatic. However, there are a few tension points in July as well as the end of the year. We still have to deal with Uranus (revolutions, rebellion) re-entering Taurus (finance) in March, right at the deadlines for Brexit and the Chinese-American trade war talks. Just a reminder, Uranus first moved into Taurus in May when the trade wars officially started. Last time Uranus was in Taurus was during the Great Depression.
There is also the looming Saturn Pluto conjunction at the end of the year and beginning of 2020 that is often associated with an economic downturn. However, Jupiter, the planet of luck, is in Sagittarius and that is good for everyone. Jupiter promises to deliver truth and expose lies. He is also creating opportunities for expansion and growth.
The Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
How will we do under the pig? Unlike the image of the dirty pig, the pig actually represents cleanliness. According to Feng Shui, during the Year of the Pig, it is recommended to find the spot in your home or office (or car) where you cram things or the area in your habitat that is most cluttered. Maybe it is a closet or an attic, a storage unit, a cellar, or under your bed? Take it all out, throw things and rearrange. Since it is the last Earth sign for the next 300 years, it is a great year to connect to earth. Landscaping, gardening, potting, reconnecting to nature and spending time in green places is highly advisable.
During the Piglet Year, it is a good time for a piggy-bank. It is recommended to focus on saving and avoid spending. The pig likes to pig out so watch your diet. Pigs are born 2 pounds and can get up to 200-300 pounds. That is a lot of eating. It can get hedonistic and addictive, so take heed. But, or maybe therefore, the Piggy Year is very creative. The connection to the five senses is strong and all forms of art and creativity can greatly benefit. This is the year to exercise all your creative outlets from singing in the shower to cooking, baking, acting, massaging, making music and making love.
The pig does not like to be in the center of attention like the cock or dragon or monkey. It is a good year to deflate your ego and come down to earth. It is a good year for social activities and family. No quests for the Holy Grail or boldly going where no one has gone before. Better stay close home in your glorious hog-pen and grow a vegetable garden.
Boars and Leadership
The pig is associated in mythology with the goddess. From Isis in Egypt to Demeter in Greece and Marichi in Buddhism, pig goddesses represent dawn and light. Some scholars attribute the biblical (later Islam) disdain from pork meat as an attempt to banish the goddess worship.
However, to be honest, pork meat is unhealthy anyhow and eating bacon in the Year of the Pig is almost like being, mythologically speaking, cannibalistic. The pig, or more often the boar, is also associated with the death of the hero. Like I said before, the pig does not want to be in the center of attention and therefore, its arrival in the story can herald bad new for leaders and autocrats. Even in our most popular modern mythology Robert Baratheon dies while hunting a wild boar, which of course is the inciting incident and the stage-setter for the Games of Throne. Putting into practical terms, maybe this year will end the reign of kings, CEO, leaders, or presidents?
I wish you a happy Year of the Pig and if you are in China or Hong Kong, have a wonderful new year and happy vacation. I wish all the pigs in the world a happy year and for all of us, peace, end of intolerance and hate and may we bask in the altruistic electromagnetic waves of Aquarius.
I offer this with love and gratitude and thanks to Mr. Sasson…