2019 Lunar New Year
~ Yin Earth Pig ~
by Maria Furlano, DMQ/DCTM (China), MTOM, L.Ac.
The new moon and the year of the Yin Earth Pig (also known as the Boar) begins on February 4, 2019 and ends on January 24, 2020. This year, 2019, is the Chinese 4716th Year.
In Chinese culture, Pigs are a symbol of prosperity and good fortune!
Chinese New Year is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, and that means the exact date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. Traditionally celebrations begin the day before the New Year and continue until the 15th day of the new year (known as the Lantern Festival).
As is expected with the energy of a New Year, Chinese New Year represents symbolically letting go of energy of the previous year and ushering in the happiness, abundance, growth and health in the new lunar year. It’s a celebration of the start of spring, new birth and opportunities.
Find your birth year on this chart below…
The Pig (Boar) Is The 12th Chinese Zodiac Sign. An Earth Pig comes once in a 60-year cycle.
The lunisolar calendar is based on the sun's longitude and Moons phases.
The Chinese Animal Signs Represent 12 Different Types Of Personalities.
The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 houses and each house is a year in length.
Pig Personality Traits…
Characteristics of people born in the Pig year: They are social and love to have a variety of friends. They work hard and are easy going. They are known to be generous and compassionate. They tend to be gentle in nature and don’t like to lose their temper. When they finally set goals, they work very hard to achieve them. They are responsible and finish what they start. They are a bit materialistic, but they are not wasteful spenders. Usually remaining calm when faced with difficulties, they try to settle situations quickly and will tend to compromise because they want everyone to live in harmony. They are patient and have good spirit. Pigs are said to have beautiful personalities and tend to be blessed with good fortune in their lives. They are said to be energetic and enthusiastic.
Health In An Earth Dominant Year
From Grand Master Raymond Lo…
“The Year of the Pig, 2019, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two Chinese characters – with Yin earth sitting on top of Pig which is water element. So it is an earth year with Earthly branch water conquered by Heavenly stem earth on top. According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, if the two elements are in the destructive cycle and have fighting relationship, then the year will have more conflicts. This happened in the previous years of 2015 wood over earth, 2016 and 2017 fire over metal. In 2018, year of Earth over earth, the U.S.A. made peace with North Korea. This year 2019 is Earth conquers Water, the two elements are in destructive cycle. Normally such configuration will mean more conflict and less harmony in international relationship. But the nature of Yin Earth is a garden or “Mother Earth” which is more gentle and moderate. A person born on a Yin Earth day is more philosophical, humanitarian and peaceful. Hence the atmosphere is that people may choose to be more considerate and less stubborn with tendency to compromise and accommodate others needs. Under such atmosphere, there will be improvement in harmony and peace in international relationship. However, as the yin earth element is sitting on water. The peace and harmony is merely superficial without foundation and solid support from below. Hence the peaceful atmosphere is fragile and there is under current of secretive hostility and so there will be terrorist activities and assassinations, unrest and rebellions in various parts of the world.”
The Earth element is a central supportive base to the other 4 elements (Fire, Water, Metal, Wood).
In traditional Chinese medicine the digestive system (Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas), are central for digestion and nutrient distribution to all parts of our body.
So, just as last year was also an earth year (2018 Yang Earth Dog), keeping the earth element (stomach and digestion) in balance this year, is important for health.
Emotions & Elements (for this “earth” year)
In medical Qigong and Chinese medicine, we always look at the emotional components surrounding any imbalance.
Each organ in the body holds within it a set of congenital, and a set of acquired emotions dependent upon our individual experiences.
CONGENITAL emotional patterns: According to medical Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, the congenital emotions are the balance of optima emotional vibration contained in that organ. _Even more specifically, they are expressions of the “virtues” contained within that organ. Congenital emotions of the earth element are: Trust, openness, acceptance, and intention.
ACQUIRED emotional patterns: According to medical Qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, the acquired emotions are the balance of emotional vibration that has been accumulated through the events in our lives. If not released and healed, these acquired emotions can be stagnating and depleting to our overall energetic system, not only affecting our physical health, but our relationships (with others and ourselves), creativity, professional success and overall well-being. Acquired emotions of the earth element are: Worry, regret, and obsession (I.e.. addictions).
Breathing Patterns (earth element)…
In medical Qigong and Chinese medicine each energetic balance of the organs, also has respiratory patterns that are directly related to how energy is flowing within them. Through techniques we can learn how shift energetic flow, by tuning in and supporting our breathing patterns.
An example of respiratory patterns dealing with worry: The respiratory (breathing) pattern of a person who is worried, or in deep in thought will have a shallow & weak inhalation, sometimes held for long periods of time, followed by a long gulping burst of inhalation and exhalation. The person may also experience sighing for prolonged periods of time.
What to do?
If you’re experiencing this kind of breathing pattern… Tune in to what is bothering you and acknowledge how it’s affecting you. Then as soon as possible, take a brisk walk, or do a series of stretching to open your body and breath. (Visit my Free Tools page for breathing and gentle Qigong support). It’s important to move the energy in your body – by doing this, it will also help your mind and heart open to new ideas and actions to better deal with what’s bothering you.
How Do You Wish Someone A Happy New Year?
For fun, you can visit this site for audio pronunciations of the many ways to wish a Happy New Year!
AS A SIDE NOTE: This week I found an interesting post that I was not aware of regarding a caution for saying “Gung Hey Fat Choy” (wishing you great happiness and prosperity) you can visit that post here.
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