Chinese astrology is based on the interrelationships of the zodiac with the five elements that make up the earth — metal, wood, water, fire and earth. This particular Year of the Pig is symbolized by two elements — fire sitting on top of water.
According to Chinese astrologer, Raymond Lo, “Fire sitting on water is a symbol of conflict and skirmish, and this may bring a relatively less peaceful year with more international conflicts and struggles.”
And astrologer David Weatherly writes, “The year of the Boar always brings a time of dramatic change. Success is the norm during Boar years, so set long-term goals. You’ll find the adaptable, clever energy of the Boar lends you new tools to accomplish your dreams. Career, finances and relationships are the areas most affected by this transformative energy.
“Artistic energy runs high so cultivate your creative abilities. The Boar enjoys fine art, music and writing. An intellectual sign, Boar is an avid reader with a great thirst for knowledge. Because of this influence, you will find this a good year to expand your horizons and open up to new ideas. Deepen your knowledge in your fields of interest or embark on new areas of study.”
But he warns that the Boar, while chivalrous and idealistic, is also known for being self-indulgent. Fine foods, clothing and extravagant vacations are all things that interest the Boar. Because of an inclination to overindulge during Boar years, special care should be taken to maintain healthy habits.
Under the prosperous and self-gratifying influence of this sign, luxury, comfort and the desire to enjoy a good life become much more important than competition or power. Therefore, there are great opportunities for wealth in 2007. “Business ventures in helping, teaching and healing areas will do especially well. Spas, fitness centers and party oriented businesses will see growth through the year. Healers, fitness instructors, caterers and chefs can all expect a year of wonderful opportunities.”
Chinese New Year marks the ending of Winter and the beginning of Spring. It is a time for family reunions, for honoring ancestors and for thanking the Gods for their blessings.
Families make elaborate preparations for this special celebration. Before the new year, all debts should have been paid. And nothing should be loaned on this day, as anyone who does so will be lending all the year.
Hopefully, your house was completely cleaned and food prepared ahead of time. On New Year’s Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year’s Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away.
To celebrate, fill your home with flowers and fruit. Oranges and tangerines, in particular are symbols of abundance, happiness, and good luck.
Children are encouraged to behave impeccably because they are warned that what happens the first day of the year may decide events for the coming year. However, if you cry on New Year’s day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even if they become mischievous.
Shooting off firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the new. On the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, every door and window in the house is opened, to allow the old year to go out. Even if it is very cold, it is a good idea to throw open your doors and windows for a brief time today, to let out the old and welcome in the good fortune of the new year!
Most of all, take extra care to avoid foul language, cursing and bad or unlucky words. Death and dying are never mentioned and ghost stories are totally taboo on this day. References to the past year are also avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning. Most of all, wishing good fortune to all, thinking good thoughts, and welcoming the coming year with joy will set the tone to bring good fortune for all.