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Gung Hai Fat Choy...Happy New Year (Posted On: Sunday, February 04, 2007)

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Well, here we are again…a new year is unfolding before our eyes. According to Chinese legend February 18th is year 4705, and the year of the Pig/Boar. We are setting our sights forward this year and are going to feel much more optimistic than we have in a long time.

A welcome thought to many and something to be aware of and work towards. This year, 2007, Canada Post has issued a 52 cent stamp honoring the arrival of the animal that is known as kind, caring and optimistic. People born in the year of the Pig/Boar (1911,1923,1935,1947,1959,1971,1983,1995,2007) are said to be easygoing yet determined. Self reliant and honesty are also traits of this animal! Who knew?

People born under this sign are good companions, faithful and good listeners…just don’t try to fool them or you will have a not so easy going enemy on your hands. Another endearing trait of this animal is their love of home and stability with emotional partners. They fall in love easily, are passionate and not ashamed to show it.

Pigs/Boars do well in careers that will put them out front and they need constant challenges in both their personal and work areas. Never a dull moment for one involved with a Pig/Boar.
Now, you are learning all the traits of this animal and are being told that, if born in the years mentioned above…you have the qualities of them.

Where does all of this come from? Many years ago Buddha summoned all of the animals of his kingdom to come to him…only 12 appeared. Sound familiar? Buddha, to acknowledge and thank them named a year after each of the animals and it was said that those born in each year, and the year itself would have the characteristics of the animal. The twelve animals and their personalities are, in order:

the Rat …ambitious, problem solving ,can be critical
the Ox …strong leadership qualities as in the name
the Tiger …charming, easygoing and risk takers
the Rabbit …loving, talented and obliging
the Dragon…smart and great go getters
the Snake…clever and very passionate
the Horse…friendly,cheerful yet impatient at times
the Sheep …down to earth,artistic and warm
the Monkey…creative, intuitive and entertaining
the rooster…hard workers, precise and bold
the Dog…loyal, sharing and can be stubborn
the Boar (also known as the Pig)…honest, dependable and very affectionate

During Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom.

People born in the year of the Pig/Boar:

Bryan Adams Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mozart, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahalia Jackson, David Letterman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pig/Boar people are compatible with:Best: Rabbit, Ram
Next: Rat,Ox,Tiger,Horse,Dog
Iffy: Snake, Monkey,Pig

For more information on this conversational topic and to discover what “animal” you are I suggest:

Encyclopedia of Chinese Astrology by Tri Lam
Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau


Carole Matthews is a Psychic Medium/columnist and host of her own radio/online show “TheMessengerfiles”. Carole does private consultations in the area and can be contacted by calling 519-538-1516 or 519-599-2460, Toronto and Barrie…416-362-5619.

For more information on Carole visit her website

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