The boar became an animal sign in a rather unusual way. In ancient times there was a rich senior officer who had no sons. He was desperate to carry on his family line and offered many prayers and sacrifices to the gods. Finally, at the age of sixty, he had a son. In celebration, he held a party and summoned fortunetellers, who unanimously told him that his son had a promising future.
However, the boy's parents spoiled him and he grew selfish and pampered, and after his father's death he sold off the family fortune to support his lifestyle. Eventually he ran out of money, his friends deserted him and he died in poverty and misery soon afterwards.
Upon arriving in hell after his death, the complained to the Jade Emperor in heaven that he had been unfairly deprived of his promising fate. After further inquiry, the Emperor punished him by ordering that he be reborn as a boar, "feeding upon the chaff". However, the heavenly officer in charge misheard this as "becoming an animal sign", which sounds very similar in Chinese. As a result, the man was reborn not only as a boar, but also as an animal sign.
You are well liked for your honesty and affectionate nature, and when others disappear you are often there to offer support. You are initially reserved with strangers, but as time passes and you gain confidence they will discover a lively and warm-hearted disposition. Although your circle of friends and acquaintances is wide, it is only your close friends who share your inner thoughts and feelings. There is an innocence and naivety to your character, which is combined with an eagerness for new places and experiences. Sometimes this excitability can land you in hot water when you unwittingly say or do something inappropriate, but more often than not you are forgiven since you rarely go out of your way to hurt somebody else. You are not a vengeful person, and if someone has taken advantage of you, you tend to withdraw to reflect on the problem and protect yourself. Given time to consider the events, you usually find a constructive way to respond.
There is a tolerant and peaceful side to your character, and you allow others their freedom of expression; you do not want to cause an argument any more than be the subject of one. You are not weak, however, and if you have to fight you will rise to the occasion, whether it is to defend yourself or someone else. People think you are a dreamer, and at times you are, but you are also sharp enough to realize what is going on. Your reputation is important to you, and although you are happy to be the target of gentle jokes, you are easily hut when someone unjustly accuses you or is openly vindictive.
You travel optimistically, hoping to find the best in people - and they sense it. You often find a warm welcome because you are willing to adjust and adapt, and you rarely criticize unless you really feel it is justified.
Boar YEARS: Negetive elements
(1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959,
1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
You need to experiment and discover romance before you can be sure that you have found the right partner. You put your trust in relationships, and some partners take advantage of your apparent naivety.
But you are also a good learner and pick yourself up and start again - it is rare for you ever to feel defeated by a relationship.
Your partner may not realize it, but you are a good observer, making a mental note of what is said or done; though you might appear to be in a dream, you have simply chosen not to comment. You are tolerant, and will allow your partner the freedom that you also need, but this has to rest on an affectionate and trustworthy footing. Your lively imagination and enthusiasm soon draws admirers who share your sense of fun, as well as recognize your more sensitive and serious nature. Once a relationship is established, you trust that the love and affection you give will be returned - and it usually is. However, your partner should also be careful not to continually demand your emotional attention in case you feel trapped.
You are not an ambitious person and are quite happy keeping equilibrium between work and your personal life. Power is not really on your agenda, and it is rare for you to backstab or betray a colleague. You are naturally hard working and approach tasks seriously and efficiently. In fact, you work well on co-operative projects since they give you a forum to share your ideas.
You like to assess how much work is in front of you and then take it step by step, progressing slowly but surely. Risks make you nervous and you tend to err on the safe side, but if you do gamble do not expect to reap huge profits. You are a keen learner, and most pig people are also avid readers, which makes them suited to reflective, studious jobs. But there is also a side to your character that needs human contact, and your patience and kindness are qualities ideal for caring careers.
You are suited to a career in medicine, law or music. You would also make a good writer, researcher, scientist, gardener/landscape artist, librarian or social worker.
making difficult decisions alone possessive people
to be reproached
talking to people they dislike
living by their wits alone
to feel confused
to fall out with friends
not knowing where they stand
making presents for people
to be comfortable
being part of a group
reading a good book
to understand things
the sound of applause
to work as part of a team
to be in a relationship
Bryan Adams, Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Sir Richard Attenborough, Lucille Ball, Bobby Davro, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Chamberlain, Hillary Clinton, Glenn Close, Noel Coward, the Dalai Lama, Sheena Easton, Emmylou Harris, Ernest Hemingway, Henry VIII, King Hussein of Jordan, Elton John, Carl Gustav Jung, Nastassja Kinski, Kevin Kline, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marie Osmond, Luciano Pavorotti, Prince Rainer of Monaco, Ronald Reagan, Lee Remick, Ginger Roger, Peter Sampras, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Emma Thompson, Topol, Michael Winner, Tracey Ullman, the Duchess of York.
This Year will not be without challenges for Boars. Trust in your strength of character to steer you through difficult times, play your cards close to your chest and watch your finances.
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