Chinese zodiac animals - the Pig: What does it mean if I'm a Pig?

Which one of the Chinese zodiac animals is yours? Keep reading to discover the characteristics of those born in the Chinese year of the Pig. Plus, you'll see how each Chinese element (Water, Metal, Wood, Fire and Earth) adds more detail to your Chinese horoscope reading. And that's not all — you can also find some celebrities with the same Chinese birth sign.

Of all the Chinese zodiac animals, the pig is one of the most sought after. Perhaps it's because they have more good fortune in store for them? Or maybe it's because the Pig is very compatible with most of the other Chinese zodiac animals?

I know this for certain though — on the last Dog year, I was in China. And I saw far more weddings than ever before — especially as the year drew to a close. There were wedding processions on every street, especially on the lucky wedding dates in the Chinese calendar.

Why all the weddings? Because the newlyweds want their baby born in the year of the Pig!

Chinese horoscope pig symbol

Here are some of the characteristics of people born in the Chinese year of the Pig:

Pigs are generous, kind-hearted and courageous. They love to help others, especially their friends and that's probably what makes them so popular.

Like their namesake, Pigs can be lazy. But on the plus side, this gives the Pig a relaxed and easygoing attitude. Once they get their momentum going, they can move mountains.

Being naturally optimistic, Pigs love to look at the bright side of life. It's easy for them to be happy. And they have absolute confidence and plenty of enthusiasm for all their projects, undertakings and work.

Pigs are simple, straightforward, and honest in their relationships. People with this Chinese zodiac animal are admired by others and pleasant to deal with. They trust others freely and can easily fall in love.

Lucky colors for the Pig: Yellow, Grey

Lucky directions for the Pig: Southwest, Northeast

Lucky numbers for the Pig: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9.

Friday is the lucky day of the week for Pigs.

How the Five Elements Influence this Chinese Zodiac Animal

Want more details? Well, depending on which year you were born in, there are 5 different subcategories of Pig:

  • Earth Pig

    1899, 1959, 2019, 2079

    Earth Pigs are strong willed and call on their natural patience, endurance and calm when life is difficult.

    They have a bold personality. Yet they are easygoing, simple and honest. And also very cute and lovable.

    Earth pigs have plenty of friends, too.

    Conservative in love and romance, the Earth Pig is slow to fall in love. Once they do though, they are loyal, very sweet, and very happy in love.

    Earth Pig celebrities: Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Alfred Hitchcock, Tom Arnold, Flavor Flav, Lars Larson, Emma Thompson, Luc Besson, Sheena Easton, Ernest Hemingway, Kevin Spacey, Rosanna Arquette, Duchess of York Sarah, Marie Osmond, Sam Raimi, Weird Al Yankovic, Sean Young, Bryan Adams, Judd Nelson, Paula Poundstone, Tracey Ullman, Val Kilmer.

  • Fire Pig

    1947, 2007, 2067

    Fire Pigs are kind souls with many good friends, and good social skills — and are especially smooth talkers. Fire Pigs place a high value on emotions. They also have a good sense of timing.

    Financially, they are hot. People of this Chinese zodiac animal sign will have good fortune for their whole lives.

    Fire Pigs tend to work hard in their youth, enjoy lots of money in their middle age, and are well off later in life.

    Fire Pigs can face some problems early in their love life, but once they are married — they are fine.

    Fire Pig celebrities: Conrad Hilton, Boris Karloff, Fatty Arbuckle, Alan Thicke, Glenn Close, Elton John, James Woods, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Salman Rushdie, Chico Marx, Meredith Baxter, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King, Richard Dreyfuss, Hillary Clinton, Kevin Kline.

  • Metal Pig


    Metal Pigs dislike being late.

    They are kind and friendly people. When someone does something nice for them, they love to reciprocate and even outdo the original good deed. They treat their friends well and are loyal. They fall in love easily.

    Metal Pigs have an open mind. They are as happy as a pig in the mud and positive by nature. In spite of their concern for the clock, they do know how to relax.

    When it comes to their career or image, Metal pigs take things seriously. They are very fortunate and can make plenty of money. But beware, they also love to spend money instead of saving it. If they stick to a budget, their finances will go smoothly.

    Metal Pig celebrities: Ronald Reagan, Jean Harlow, Tiffany, Vincent Price, Aditya Chopra, Rick Yune, Tennessee Williams, Roy Rogers, Anita Yuen, Julian Cheung, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Renée O'Connor, Jeanette Lee, Amanda Holden, Athena Chu, C.S. Lee, Sean Astin, Emy Coligado, Jonathan Quan, Emmanuel Lewis, Johnny Knoxville, Ewan McGregor, Selina, Kevin Richardson, Noriko Sakai, Shannen Doherty, Kris Aquino, Sofia Coppola, Bridget Moynahan, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Mark Wahlberg, Missy Elliott, Idina Menzel, Tom Green, Corey Feldman, Kristi Yamaguchi, Sandra Oh, Sacha Baron Cohen, Luke Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate.

  • Water Pig

    1923, 1983, 2043

    Water Pigs are serious and responsible in their affairs and their career.

    Their own ideas are tops in their minds, and sometimes they won't listen to other people's viewpoints.

    People of this Chinese zodiac animal sign are thrifty and good at growing their money. Not only are they lucky, they're also really smart and know their responsibilities.

    Water Pig celebrities: Aiza Seguerra, Kate Bell, Aaron Spelling, Henry Kissinger, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Laura Breckenridge, Bob Dole, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Charlton Heston, Keira Knightley, Yuna Ito, Yuko Ogura, Miranda Kerr, Mark Bautista, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Branch, Zeng Jinyan, Bianca Gonzalez, J.C. Intal, Jesse Moss, Cheryl Tweedy, Jennifer Hawkins, Alice Kim.

  • Wood Pig

    1935, 1995, 2055

    Wood Pigs are ambitious. And they like to conduct business. Combine that with their natural talent for investing, and Wood Pigs have very few financial concerns.

    Single Wood Pigs will be win the heart of their lover if they persevere with pig-headed determination. After marriage, their passion for their partner will continue to grow by leaps and bounds!

    Wood Pig celebrities: Maurice Ravel, Carl Jung, Dudley Moore, Dalai Lama, Donald Sutherland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Julie Andrews, Jack Welch, Woody Allen, Phil Donahue, Brandon Soo Hoo, Benjamin Petry, Jizelle Jade Jurquina, Kiray Celis, Madisen Beaty, Sawyer Sweeten, Sullivan Sweeten.

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