2019 Forecasts

Year of the Earth Pig

NOTE: Please scroll down for the 2019 Zodiac Forecasts.

Global Forecast

Image representing earth and waterEvery year, we consult the Chinese Almanac, study the Yi-Jing and Nine Star Charts to formulate an annual forecast on political, economic, social and personal levels. This gives us guidance to better prepare for the upcoming year. Those who know how to use this information will be one step ahead.

Each Lunar calendar is associated to one of the twelve zodiacs as well as one of the five elements. 2019 is an Earth Pig year, where the annual earth element and the water element of the Pig zodiac come together.

First, let us understand the characteristics of the Pig zodiac.

The characteristics of the Pig zodiac gives an overview of the general atmosphere of 2019. The Pig zodiac is a sincere, jovial, happy-go-lucky character. They are social and place value on family and friendships. Pigs indulge in comfort and can become lazy, gluttonous, materialistic or lusty. Although smart, Pigs are easy-going and can be eager to please. They can overlook the hidden motives of others and fall prey to those who appeal to their compassionate side. Still, they are not complete pushovers, Pigs can also be cunning and greedy. On the whole, Pigs are mostly known for their nurturing nature. They are great caregivers, helpers and volunteers.

Photo of a pigSecond, let us examine the Earth aspect of the year.

Keep in mind, 2019 is a Yin Earth or feminine earth quality. The Yin Earth component is a maternal energy of groundedness, unconditional love, and peace. This quality indicates that family, community and the natural environment is valued in 2019. This brings more compromise and collaboration in international relations as leaders show willingness to be more accommodating for mutual benefit. When it comes to philanthropic, conservation, philosophical, spiritual, and creative causes, there will be more support than neglect.

Third, let us see what happens when earth (annual element) comes together with water (Pig element). In the Five Element Theory, earth and water are mutually defeating energies. Earth dirties water and water weakens earth. Let’s take a look at the deeper implications of this seemingly simple dynamic.

In the Five Element Theory, everything is connected and made of energy. All the energies around us can be categorized under the Five Elements - fire, water, wood, metal and earth.

Figure showing the five element theoryThe Five Element Theory explains how these energies interact and the pattern of causes they create. By understanding how everything is categorized under the Five Elements, we can understand the cycles and patterns of behavior of everything around us. Zodiac animals, colors, seasons, personality traits, careers, and even the calendar year can be categorized under the Five Elements.

When earth is combined with the water element component of the Pig zodiac, this “earth over water” interaction shows that there is an unstable undercurrent despite the appearance of good intentions. Politically, this can mean that leaders put on a show of cooperation, but when it comes to action and finalizing details, there may be tensions caused by fundamental differences and ways of doing things. Critical decisions may be hindered by secret agendas, and masked hostility.

“Earth over water” energies also forecast disasters related to earth and water. Looking at the annual Nine Star Chart, earthquake, landslide, sinkholes, cave-ins, mining accidents, water contamination, air crashes or explosions at sea or storms are likely to occur in the southwest, west, south and southeast regions of our world. Looking back nine years ago when the current Nine Stars were in the same positions, similar events took place. In 2010, Star 5 was in the southwest direction, 33 miners were trapped 700 meters underground for a record of 69 days in Copiapo, Chile. In that same year, Star 7 was in the southeast region, the BP drilling rig explosion caused the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world. The year 2010 was a Tiger year which is a fierce zodiac. The Pig is a calmer zodiac and hopefully indicates milder disasters.

Satelite image of a hurricaneFinally, “earth over water” is associated to the 7th hexagram in the Yi-Jing called “Discipline.” The image is that of a warrior in practice. This shows us that it is a time to focus at our task at hand and put aside our differences, our emotions and be undaunted by the chaos around us. It is a message to all of us and especially our world leaders that it is important to garner all our training, all our resources, and all our might to deal with the situation with full attention to detail as our actions will affect many. Do not let circumstances force you into a hasty decision or short-term solution. Do not depend on others to act for you. You may face diminishing resources and feel vulnerable. However, you must not falter in taking mindful action before matters worsen. Careful consideration from every angle must be taken as you strategize. Avoid confrontation as it can be a source of defeating energies. It is wise to prepare and make plans independently or with like minds before setting things into motion.

During the Earth Pig year, the fields related to the fire element such as energy, restaurant/food, astronomy, astrology, art, design, advanced technology, entertainment and therapy will thrive. Earth Pig year energies feed the wood element, so industries such as media, publishing, education, and environment enjoy prosperity and advancement. Earth element fields such as real estate, agriculture, landscaping and mining also do well. Metal and water element industries such as banking, investing, auto, equipment, shipping and travel tend to be busy but with little reward.

The Pig water energy brings movement, change, relocation and travel. Those born in the year of the Pig and its opposing zodiac, the Snake, should proceed with extra precautions in 2019. This is especially true if they are moving or going abroad. If moving to a new home or office is necessary, be sure to select and adjust feng shui to your favor. It is best to minimize flying and doing potentially dangerous activities. Those born in the year of the Monkey and Tiger are in between the Pig and Snake zodiac. They may face some challenging situations as well in 2019. All four of these zodiacs do well to focus on their well-being and allow more time to attend to unexpected or pressing issues that can come up during the course of the year.

In our homes and offices, the Pig and Snake zodiac correspond to the north-northwest and south-southeast directions. Persons of these zodiacs should avoid facing the direction of their opposing zodiac. Pig persons should avoid facing south-southeast and Snake persons should avoid facing north-northwest. The Southwest has the Star 5 which can bring theft or ailments especially to the matron of the household. The West has the Shan Sha or Three Defeating Energies which can bring damages or harm. Groundbreaking should be avoided in these four directions and strong adjustments should be made to modify disruptive energies.


Zodiac Forecasts & Gift Buying Guidelines

In the Lunar Calendar, each year is associated with one of the 12 zodiac animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. You can gain insight into your personal character through your zodiac animal, which is determined by your lunar year of birth. It is tradition to annually consult your zodiac forecast for an overview of what is to come in the new year. This helps you to prepare yourself to achieve your goals.

Keep in mind that these zodiac forecasts are general information for the masses as they are based on your lunar year of birth only. For a personalized 2019 forecast, the Zi Wei Dou Shu Life Map provides a detailed and accurate reading specific to you as it is based on your month, day, year, and hour of birth.

"A gift isn’t a gift unless it has meaning. Just giving things to people, especially children, creates the expectation of more things."

~Oprah Winfrey

Throughout the year, it is natural for us to think about the gifts we will give to our family and friends on special occasions. This can be a fun or stressful activity.

It is no easy task to find a gift that is truly cherished. One way is to deeply think about the recipient and their daily life. Is there something they use all the time that can be replaced or updated? Is there something you could give that would bring you closer to each other? Is there something you can do together during the course of the year? Contemplate what makes them joyful.

If that has not sparked any ideas, we have done gift-giving research for your family and friends based on 2019 zodiac forecasts. Amaze your loved ones with your secret insight of giving them a meaningful gift that can make a worthy difference in their life.


Birth Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Photo of a pig

When it is your own zodiac year, Pig persons do well to keep their perspective wider and look further ahead to prepare themselves. Keeping their schedule more open and allowing time buffers to anticipate issues that can come up during the course of the year will make things easier to handle. It is not a year to tackle big renovations, relocate or make changes with risks. It is a year to plan, fine-tune and organize. In love, Pigs are prone to arguments or cold spells. They find better company in nature, friends or a healthy hobby.

A planner with inspirational quotes can help Pig persons organize their year. Books and equipment on foam rolling, resistance training, forest bathing, chi gong, or paida keep Pig persons engaged with their body, mind and soul. Gardening tools, heirloom seeds, a UV sun hat or national park pass allow Pig persons to keep their sunny disposition. Mantra Charms protect, ground and focus Pig persons throughout the year ahead.


Birth Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Photo of a domesticated Rat

Rat persons’ advantage this year lies in their career prospects. There may be the chance to relocate or have business opportunities coming from abroad. Be resourceful by making the most of your network this year. Financially, unexpected expenses can come from issues related to your health or the needs of your loved ones. Rat persons are generous and unintentionally tout their wealth. Refrain from this as it can tempt theft and people who take advantage. Better to take a humble guise. Take care of your valuables and be prepared for “rainy” days by putting aside more savings.

A gift certificate to their favorite cafe or a monogrammed gold business card holder will encourage networking and foster Rat persons’ careers. A golden piggy bank or theft proof wallet will surely remind Rat persons’ to save money and be careful of their valuables. A fun pedometer app to track their steps is a fun way for Rat persons to get easy exercise.


Birth Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Photo of an Ox

Ox persons’ main priority in 2019 is to focus on their well-being. Get your symptoms checked professionally. Ox persons should do the necessary things to avoid serious health problems. At work, Ox persons have the opportunity to lead and should not hesitate to be proactive in making positive changes. Financially, Ox persons can suffer loss, so avoid loaning money or taking on risky investments. Strained love relationships can cause Ox persons to be restless and reckless. Extra attention is necessary to have stability in love.

You can’t go wrong if you send your Ox person to the spa or give them passes to yoga classes this year. A beautiful journal with recycled paper gives good karma and helps Ox persons reflect and focus. Books on well-being and recipes for healthy food inspire Ox persons to take care of themselves.


Birth Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Photo of a Tiger

Tiger persons are known for their quick decisions. However, this year, it is important to take pause, get expert advice and look carefully before moving forward to avoid troublesome situations. Less is more for ambitious Tigers. Be aware of picky love partners. Rather than be drained by company that does not understand them, Tiger persons do better with alone time. They should be mindful of disturbed people who have a dark aura about them and keep their distance. When it comes to business and money, it is wise to be conservative and have back up plans. Be aware of stress-induced aches and pains.

Tiger persons could use audios of guided meditations, a comfy meditation cushion or resonating singing bowl to clear their mind and release disturbing energies. A Life Map reading to help navigate the year, wearing tiger eye and protective Mantra Charms will keep Tiger persons stable in 2019.


Birth Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Photo of a Lop Rabbit

Rabbit persons are the luckiest this year with wonderful opportunities in the horizon. Many helpful people surround them in 2019. Exciting new projects will seem like money comes naturally without too much effort. Happy-go-lucky Rabbit persons can take accounting paperwork for granted and miss important details. They should make sure to to do due diligence with contracts and vital documents. Rabbits may relocate and have trouble adapting to a new environment. Love is fulfilling for both single and married Rabbits.

Rabbit persons thrive with cheerful flowers in their home. Having a feng shui consultation makes them feel balanced in their environment. Rabbit persons could use books on money management to help them stay on top of their finances. They would also enjoy artistic picture frames to display happy memories and keep loved ones near.


Birth Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Photo of a Lizzard

Dragon persons do well to shake off 2018 and aim for a fresh start in 2019. Innovating or re-branding can bring more income and benefactors. Admirers surround Dragon persons. Those who are married should be careful not give others the wrong idea. Be aware of your surroundings and keep away from envious people. Dragon persons fare well in health, especially if they have homes that rejuvenate them after a long day’s work. When it comes to exercise, social and recreational activities, Dragons need to be careful of overextending themselves. This can lead to unnecessary injury from exhaustion or mental stress.

Dragon persons can use high grade organic matcha or a diffuser with essential oils to keep their mind sharp and energized. A rose quartz bracelet helps Dragon persons release stress and attract positive people. Time with a personal trainer can help Dragon persons stay fit without getting hurt.


Birth Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Photo of a Green-Yellow Snake

Snake persons are put to the test in 2019. They will need to garner optimism as they are confronted with situations that try their patience both in love and at work. Snake persons should take steps to protect their reputation. They ought to be careful in communications to avoid misunderstanding. When it comes to love, Snake persons should focus on the bigger picture of their relationship and not let little things get the better of them. Since the Pig year is an opposing year for Snake persons, there may be sad events. However, being depressed only darkens their energy. Instead, Snake persons benefit from doing happy things to stay positive. Being flexible to changes will help get Snake persons through the year.

Snake persons will have happier moods with herbal teas that contain lemon balm, St. John’s Wort, chamomile and/or lavender. A box of organic fair trade 70% dark chocolate also boosts endorphins that create feelings of pleasure. Using bath salts not only increases a Snake person’s circulation, it is also a great way to help them detox negative energies. Protect your Snake persons this year with Mantra Charms.


Birth Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Photo of a Horse

Horse persons enjoy increased income and resolve issues at work – especially if they improve their communication skills. Be aware of unexpected expenditures that may arise from travel or driving. Horses do well to be more forgiving and have a sense of humor when it comes to love. There may be a pattern of quarreling and making up that requires more effort on their part. Overworked Horse persons who have neglected their health will see consequences appear this year. Horse persons may want to listen to their body and address any issues that come up.

Horse persons may appreciate books that help them gain insight into building relationships through mindful communication. A roadside assistance membership can help Horse persons out during travel. To reconnect in love, tickets to the comedy club or couples massage can ease tension. Making feng shui adjustments in the bedroom can enhance health and marriage for Horse persons.


Birth Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Two Young Sheep

Sheep persons are very lucky in 2019! They enjoy success in work and love. Sheep are popular and gain good reputation. However, they should not become over-confident and ignore good advice. When Sheep persons are impatient, they become accident-prone. To avoid injury, they should be extra careful when doing potentially dangerous activities. Any setbacks can put Sheep persons in a bad mood. They need time with cheerful people and fun recreational activities to take their mind off troubling things. Single Sheep are likely to meet a compatible partner. Married Sheep delight in the prospects of parenthood.

Sheep persons enjoy safety gear and gadgets that support their hobbies. From kevlar gloves and knee pads to goggles and helmets, special protection will be appreciated by your Sheep person. Amusement park or movie tickets give Sheep persons a happy social activity. They love function and beauty, so a nice pen or well-designed work bag may also motivate Sheep people to work smarter this year.


Birth Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Face of a Monkey

Monkey persons can face heated family discussions and conflicts. They should not let confrontations or jealous people push them to act irrationally and do things they usually would not do. Monkey persons should keep distance from troublesome people and engage in joyful events with positive people that lighten their spirit. Monkey persons who prioritize their budget will get through any financial changes. Keeping their life simple and avoiding rash decisions provide better outcomes. The social calendar for single Monkeys looks bright, especially for the females. Married Monkey persons do well to pay more attention to their partner.

Marie Kondo’s “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and a feng shui consultation in their home and office can help Monkey persons simplify, declutter and bring positive energy into the upcoming year. Recordings of meditation chanting and bird songs bring calm to the Monkey. They can wear an amber necklace or Mantra Charm to clear negative energies.


Birth Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Photo of a Rooster

Rooster persons advance in their career, especially if they are able to improve or expand their skills. However, they may encounter people of loose morals who take advantage of them. It is important not to make reckless decisions related to their wealth and well-being. It is better to be conservative with money in 2019. Rooster persons prefer an independent life, even when they are married. This can create a sense of distance between them and their significant other. Roosters need to place more effort in their relationship to avoid third-party disruption.

If your Rooster person is thinking of investing or starting up a business, a Life Map to guide them in the right direction will help them avoid major pitfalls. A subscription to Lynda.com allows Rooster persons to polish work skills they may need. Gift certificates to a nice restaurant for date night makes romantic evenings a breeze for Rooster persons. Rooster persons can benefit from books on how to better understand and connect deeper with their partners.


Birth Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Photo of a Dog

Dog persons have a much better time in 2019 with helpful people and happy events. If they set realistic goals, they shall attain them with relative ease. In their career, the key to success and higher income is innovation and being more active in leadership. Dog persons may be burnt out from last year and need to focus more attention on their well-being to avoid major health issues. Love relationships move forward for Dog persons. Singles get married and the married get pregnant. However, those who have been married many years tend to bark at each other, so be kinder, or else the gap that has developed will only grow wider.

Dog persons welcome a portable deep tissue massager to ease their back and shoulders at home and at work. A weekend getaway with your beloved Dog person brings you closer. A yellow calcite or citrine crystal promotes Dog persons’ prosperity. Adjusting feng shui can help young Dog persons who want a baby to conceive.