February 5th was the beginning of the 2019 Lunar Festival also known as Chinese New Year. In China, hundreds of millions of people are traveling home in what is considered the world's biggest annual human migration to be with their families to celebrate the Spring Festival. Spring Festival has more than 4,000 years of history and is the grandest and most important festival for Chinese people. Originating during the Shang Dynasty, the Chinese New Year celebrates a family reunion with the hopes of spring and flowers will blossom with abundant luck to all. Celebrations will vary from regions and ethnicity, but celebrations will take place in 119 countries around the world from the United States to Australia!
The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle and each year is dedicated to an animal sign and an element. History reveals there have been special relationships between humans and the twelve zodiac animals and it is believed that the years represented by these animals also affect the character of the people born during those years. To make things even more complicated, Chinese zodiac has elements (Wu Xing) occurring in two-year blocks and represents the five elements in daily life and regarded as the foundation of everything in the universe and natural phenomena - generating or destroying one another. These elements are also used as the basis for Feng Shui in balancing the harmony in your life through the placements, additions or subtractions of the zodiac elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.
In the new Lunar Year, February 5th, 2019, we welcome the Year of the Earth Pig! The Pig is the twelfth zodiac animal in Chinese horoscope. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided the order of the zodiac by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. The pig was late, the very last to arrive, earning the twelfth place in the zodiac. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. My daughter's Chinese zodiac is a pig!
I'm pretty well-read when it comes to Chinese Astrology, my funny little quirk. I do not read my western horoscope in the back of magazines or search out cosmic advice on how to live my life, but I am intrigued by the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, as I predict you will become too.
Every year there is a resurgence of zodiac jewelry based on the lunar calendar. Zodiac jewelry is a mainstay and I love to see how they are reinterpreted over the years. I am working on my own interpretation right now, I think it would be fitting to launch them on my birthday this summer!
You might need to do a little research to learn which animal you are and how the year of the pig fairs for you. I do love to see how the change in element and animal could (possibly) affect my year, well, if you believe in that sort of thing...
Which animal represents you? Any guesses as to which animal I am?