Years of the Pig – 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Although pigs have often been equated with gluttony and selfishness in modern symbolism, they also have an earlier meaning, along with the boar, that is quite different.
In Japan, the boar was a moon symbol, where the white boar was considered taboo to hunters. In China, the pig was both a fertility and virility symbol, with the sow and her litter representing the ideal large family. Conversely, the boar, in addition to fertility, represented battle and war.
In the Chinese zodiac, people who are born in the Year of the Pig are considered shy and patient, modest and straightforward. Although acting with reserve, the Pig person is actually quite lively and warm-hearted and admired by others. Conservative to the point of being creatures of habit, they prefer familiar surroundings, particularly out in nature. While they are often referred to as the nicest people around, they are far from weak and will defend both themselves and those close to them.