By Izabella Cuyuca

At this exact moment, life feels so serendipitous. As someone who was born in the Year of the Pig, who will also be in China during Chinese New Year in 2019, it all seems like it’s meant to be. In Chinese, 緣分 (yuánfèn) means “fateful coincidence”, a concept in Chinese culture used to describe one’s destiny and fortune in life. Here in China, terms like ‘fortune,’ ‘destiny,’ ‘chance,’ and ‘fate’ are closely linked to your zodiac animals. For myself, and anyone else born in the years 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007, the Pig symbolizes a year of good fortune and health.

Personally, my knowledge on Chinese zodiac related topics are minimal save for the fact that Pigs often symbolize wealth. Like horoscopes, I never thought too much about predictions and chalked up everything that happens was for a reason that I as a mere human being couldn’t quite comprehend.

After delving into the world of Chinese astrology, I realised how much zodiac descriptions were incredibly similar to aspects in my own personality. Was I reading into it too much? Or was I being influenced by China entirely? Either way, my being in China was no accident. Call it ‘chance’, ‘fate’, ‘serendipity’, or ‘yuánfèn’ but there are bigger works happening for this little Pig in China. You decide.

This year, we decided to ask a few Pigs about their goals and dreams for the new year, along with what they hope to do to before the year ends.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Pig in 2019:Year of the Pig

Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 8

Lucky Colors: yellow, grey, brown, gold

Lucky Flowers: hydrangea, pitcher plant, marguerite

Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

Most compatible with: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat

Least compatible with: Snake, Monkey

Aspects in Life Advice for Pigs
Relationships Heads up Piggies because it seems as though romance is not in the books for us. Regardless, this year is about new prospects and focusing on friendship and making long lasting connections. For Pigs in committed relationships, remember to communicate with your significant other to prevent breakups.
Career Avoid any sudden change of careers and be aware of conflict.
Health All clear on the physical health front! Just make sure to stay healthy be keeping up with our usual doctor visits and maintain a balanced diet and exercise regimen. If anything, pay attention to your mental health and don’t be afraid to be vocal about your opinions.
Lifestyle This year is all about focus, whether it be focusing on your future, relationships and long-term goals, focusing is vital to a successful year.
Education Investing in your education seems like the way to go this year.

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