Your Chinese horoscope for the Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig graphic

The Lunar New Year falls on February 5th this year, marking the high point of the world’s biggest Spring Festival. Whether or not you’re travelling east this year, here’s a chance to join in the celebrations — read on for your 2019 Chinese horoscope.

Find your sign to see what the fates have in store for you, according to traditional Asian astrologers. Don’t know your birth sign? Just find the year that includes your date of birth.

Rat 鼠

Rat
  • 1912: 18 Feb 1912 – 05 Feb 1913  (Water)
  • 1924: 05 Feb 1924 – 23 Jan 1925  (Wood)
  • 1936: 24 Jan 1936 – 10 Feb 1937  (Fire)
  • 1948: 10 Feb 1948 – 28 Jan 1949 (Earth)
  • 1960: 28 Jan 1960 – 14 Feb 1961  (Metal)
  • 1972: 15 Feb 1972 – 02 Feb 1973  (Water)
  • 1984: 02 Feb 1984 – 19 Feb 1985  (Wood)
  • 1996: 09 Feb 1996 – 06 Feb 1997  (Fire)
  • 2008: 07 Feb 2008 – 25 Jan 2009  (Earth)
  • 2020: 25 Jan 2020 – 11 Feb 2021 (Metal)

Rats are agile, clever and great problem solvers.

Consolidation rather than adventure is your watchword this year. Take care of yourself and avoid excessive demands on your health, time and money. Spoil yourself; watch a box-set!

In relationships you are well-matched with a dragon, ox or monkey but avoid a sheep, horse or rooster. Famous rats include Mozart, Charlotte Brontë, and Prince Charles.

A year of consolidation rather than progress for the rat.

Guard against the excessive demands of others and take good care of your health. The good news is that you have a license to pamper yourself!

Ox 牛

Ox
  • 1913: 06 Feb 1913 – 25 Jan 1914  (Water)
  • 1925: 24 Jan 1925 – 12 Feb 1926  (Wood)
  • 1937: 11 Feb 1937 – 30 Jan 1938 (Fire)
  • 1949: 29 Jan 1949 – 16 Feb 1950  (Earth)
  • 1961: 15 Feb 1961 –- 04 Feb 1962 (Metal)
  • 1973: 03 Feb 1973 – 22 Jan 1974  (Water)
  • 1985: 20 Feb 1985 – 08 Feb 1986  (Wood)
  • 1997: 07 Feb 1997 – 27 Jan 1998 (Fire)
  • 2009: 26 Jan 2009 – 14 Feb 2010  (Earth)
  • 2021: 12 Feb 2021 – 31 Jan 2022  (Metal)

The ox is steady, responsible, independent, sometimes stubborn.

This will be a busy year with little immediate return but new contacts and networks will bear fruit in the future. There may be some friction in the family and at work but overall you will emerge stronger.

For marriage hitch up to a rat or rooster; ditch a dog or tiger. Famous oxen include Vincent Van Gogh and Charlie Chaplin.

The ox will be busy in the year of the pig and new contacts made will prove valuable in the future.

Rely on your steady and responsible nature to remain unflustered by any work or family issues and you will be quietly satisfied with the year overall.

Tiger 虎

Tiger
  • 1914: 08 Feb 1902 – 28 Jan 1903  (Wood)
  • 1926: 13 Feb 1926 – 01 Feb 1927  (Fire)
  • 1938: 31 Jan 1938 – 18 Feb 1939  (Earth)
  • 1950: 17 Feb 1950 – 05 Feb 1951  (Metal)
  • 1962: 05 Feb 1962 – 24 Jan 1963  (Water)
  • 1974: 23 Jan 1974 – 10 Feb 1975  (Wood)
  • 1986: 09 Feb 1986 – 28 Jan 1987  (Fire)
  • 1998: 28 Jan 1998 – 15 Feb 1999  (Earth)
  • 2010: 14 Feb 2010 – 02 Feb 2011  (Metal)
  • 2022: 01 Feb 2022 – 21 Jan 2023  (Water)

The tiger is bold, often rebellious, sometimes domineering.

Life with a tiger is rarely boring! A period of initial prosperity in the year of the pig will not last: be on guard against high-risk investments and new faces.

Befriend or marry a dog, pig or horse but don’t fight the ox, marry a snake or duel with a monkey.

Famous tigers include Stevie Wonder and Queen Elizabeth II.

The tiger is at heart a romantic with an adventurous nature. Take care, however, for in this year of the pig early prosperity will be short-lived: beware high-risk investments and new associates.

Rabbit 兔

Rabbit
  • 1915: 14 Feb 1915 – 02 Feb 1916 (Wood)
  • 1927: 02 Feb 1927 – 22 Jan 1928  (Fire)
  • 1939: 19 Feb 1939 – 07 Feb 1940  (Earth)
  • 1951: 06 Feb 1951 – 26 Jan 1952  (Metal)
  • 1963: 25 Jan 1963 – 12 Feb 1964  (Water)
  • 1975: 11 Feb 1975 – 30 Jan 1976 (Wood)
  • 1987: 29 Jan 1987 – 16 Feb 1988  (Fire)
  • 1999: 16 Feb 1999 – 04 Feb 2000  (Earth)
  • 2011: 03 Feb 2011 – 22 Jan 2012  (Metal)
  • 2023: 22 Jan 2023 – 9 Feb 2024  (Water)

The rabbit symbolises long life, sound judgment and sensitivity to beauty but they can also be moody and aloof.

In the year of the pig, avoid making promises you cannot keep and be prepared to defend your corner, for your situation may not be quite as rosy at it initially appears.

For a good match hop along to a sheep or dog; but jump clear of tigers, roosters and horses.

Famous rabbits include Albert Einstein and Ingrid Bergman.

The rabbit is gracious and possesses sound judgment.

Sometimes over-optimistic, your situation in the year of the pig may not be quite as rosy as it first seems: be realistic and don’t make promises you may not be able to keep.

Dragon 龙

Dragon
  • 1916: 03 Feb 1916 – 22 Jan 1917  (Fire)
  • 1928: 23 Jan 1928 – 09 Feb 1929  (Earth)
  • 1940: 08 Feb 1940 – 26 Jan 1941  (Metal)
  • 1952: 27 Jan 1952 – 13 Feb 1953  (Water)
  • 1964: 13 Feb 1964 – 01 Feb 1965 (Wood)
  • 1976: 31 Jan 1976 – 17 Feb 1977  (Fire)
  • 1988: 17 Feb 1988 – 05 Feb 1989  (Earth)
  • 2000: 05 Feb 2000 – 23 Jan 2001 (Metal)
  • 2012: 23 Jan 2012 – 09 Feb 2013 (Water)
  • 2024: 10 Feb 2024 – 28 Jan 2025 (Wood)

The dragon is a majestic, mysterious, energetic and intelligent creature which symbolises power.

In the year of the pig, luck will be on your side. Whilst results may be mixed and you may need to travel and entertain a lot, there are unlikely to be any major problems.

If looking for love, find a monkey or rat; steer clear of dogs.

Famous dragons include Frank Sinatra and St. Joan of Arc.

The dragon is majestic, energetic and intelligent, and in the year of the pig will benefit from a little luck. Keep the fire burning through fighting for a project or cause!

Snake 蛇

Snake
  • 1917: 23 Jan 1917 – 10 Feb 1918 (Fire)
  • 1929: 10 Feb 1929 – 29 Jan 1930  (Earth)
  • 1941: 27 Jan 1941 – 14 Feb 1942 (Metal)
  • 1953: 14 Feb 1953 – 02 Feb 1954  (Water)
  • 1965: 02 Feb 1965 – 20 Jan 1966 (Wood)
  • 1977: 18 Feb 1977 – 06 Feb 1978  (Fire)
  • 1989: 06 Feb 1989 – 26 Jan 1990 (Earth)
  • 2001: 24 Jan 2001 – 11 Feb 2002  (Metal)
  • 2013: 10 Feb 2013 – 30 Jan 2014  (Water)
  • 2025: 29 Jan 2025 – 16 Feb 2026 (Wood)

The snake is a force to be reckoned with: a deep thinker, enigmatic, strategic, often powerful or beautiful.

Yet snakes must be careful in the year of the pig. Think through new opportunities carefully and avoid conflicts, or if they arise settle early as outcomes may not be favourable.

For marriage slither up to a rooster, rat or ox; slide past a pig, horse or tiger.

Famous snakes include Mao Zedong and Greta Garbo.

The snake is a strategic thinker who enjoys the finer things in life.

It will be a challenging year and it will be important to exercise good judgment and avoid conflict.

Horse 马

Horse
  • 1918: 11 Feb 1918 – 31 Jan 1919  (Earth)
  • 1930: 30 Jan 1930 – 16 Feb 1931 (Metal)
  • 1942: 15 Feb 1942 – 04 Feb 1943 (Water)
  • 1954: 03 Feb 1954 – 23 Jan 1955  (Wood)
  • 1966: 21 Jan 1966 – 04 Feb 1967  (Fire)
  • 1978: 07 Feb 1978 – 27 Jan 1979  (Earth)
  • 1990: 27 Jan 1990 – 14 Feb 1991  (Metal)
  • 2002: 12 Feb 2002 – 31 Jan 2003  (Water)
  • 2014: 31 Jan 2014 – 18 Feb 2015  (Wood)
  • 2026: 17 Feb 2026 – 05 Feb 2027 (Fire)

The horse is a free-spirit, roaming where – and with whom – the fancy takes. Cheerful, popular, sexy; sometimes a little rash or hot-headed.

In the year of the pig, health issues or complications in investments or projects might set you back until winter.

In love, go galloping with a tiger or dog; let rats and rabbits graze elsewhere.

Famous horses include Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand.

The horse is fast, independent, temperamental and a lot of fun.

In the year of the pig health issues or complications in professional life might slow you down until winter.

Goat 羊

Goat
  • 1919: 01 Feb 1919 – 19 Feb 1920  (Earth)
  • 1931: 17 Feb 1931 – 05 Feb 1932  (Metal)
  • 1943: 05 Feb 1943 – 24 Jan 1944 (Water)
  • 1955: 24 Jan 1955 – 11 Feb 1956 (Wood)
  • 1967: 09 Feb 1967 – 29 Jan 1968 (Fire)
  • 1979: 28 Jan 1979 – 15 Feb 1980 (Earth)
  • 1991: 15 Feb 1991 – 03 Feb 1992  (Metal)
  • 2003: 01 Feb 2003 – 21 Jan 2004  (Water)
  • 2015: 19 Feb 2015 – 07 Feb 2016  (Wood)
  • 2027: 06 Feb 2027 – 25 Jan 2028 (Fire)

The goat is mild-mannered, compassionate and sincere, and possesses an inner determination that can surprise those tempted to take advantage.

The year of the pig should be better than the last but your circumstances will remain shaky. Suspicions linger that others may be deceiving you.

For romance, pair up with a rabbit or a horse.

Famous sheep include Muhammad Ali and Catherine Deneuve.

The goat is mild-mannered, artistic and creative; sensitive and sometimes emotional. Yet there is an inner determination which will again be required this year in the face of uncertainties. Your financial situation may improve.

Monkey 猴

Monkey
  • 1920: 20 Feb 1920 – 07 Feb 1921  (Metal)
  • 1932: 06 Feb 1932 – 25 Jan 1933  (Water)
  • 1944: 25 Jan 1944 – 12 Feb 1945 (Wood)
  • 1956: 12 Feb 1956 – 30 Jan 1957  (Fire)
  • 1968: 30 Jan 1968 – 16 Feb 1969  (Earth)
  • 1980: 16 Feb 1980 – 04 Feb 1981  (Metal)
  • 1992: 04 Feb 1992 – 22 Jan 1993  (Water)
  • 2004: 22 Jan 2004 – 08 Feb 2005  (Wood)
  • 2016: 08 Feb 2016 – 27 Jan 2017  (Fire)
  • 2028: 26 Jan 2028 – 12 Feb 2029  (Earth)

The monkey is the ‘seasoned traveller of the labyrinth’: ingenious, guileful, practical, if also self-centred and vain.

These attributes will be needed in a busy but challenging year featuring business disputes or legal difficulties which might take a toll on monkey’s health. Better to work alone and in the event of a dispute learn to compromise.

For love, swing along to a dragon or rat but stay clear of tigers and sheep.

Famous monkeys include Mick Jagger and Bette Davis.

The monkey is egotistical and vain but also an ingenious problem-solver.

The year of the pig will be a busy, trying year in which it would be dangerous to put too much faith in others. The watchword will be ‘compromise’.

Rooster 鸡

Rooster
  • 1921: 08 Feb 1921 – 27 Jan 1992  (Metal)
  • 1933: 26 Jan 1933 – 13 Feb 1934  (Water)
  • 1945: 13 Feb 1945 – 01 Feb 1946  (Wood)
  • 1957: 31 Jan 1957 – 17 Feb 1958 (Fire)
  • 1969: 17 Feb 1969 – 05 Feb 1970 (Earth)
  • 1981: 05 Feb 1981 – 24 Jan 1982 (Metal)
  • 1993: 23 Jan 1993 – 09 Feb 1994  (Water)
  • 2005: 09 Feb 2005 – 28 Jan 2006 (Wood)
  • 2017: 28 Jan 2017 – 15 Feb 2018 (Fire)
  • 2029: 13 Feb 2029 – 02 Feb 2030  (Earth)

The rooster heralds the coming of the day and is precise, sharp, and imposing.

For roosters the year of the pig will be one to endure: worries encroach as (temporary) home life or career setbacks emerge. Think twice about the advice of even close friends and tread carefully.

If looking for love, strut along to a snake or dragon; scuttle past a rat or dog.

Famous roosters include Elton John and Katharine Hepburn.

Roosters are the epitome of self-assurance; decisive, upright and direct. Yet temporary setbacks in the year of the pig will bring worries. Be careful who you trust.

Dog 狗

Dog
  • 1922: 28 Jan 1922 – 15 Feb 1923  (Water)
  • 1934: 14 Feb 1934 – 03 Feb 1935 (Wood)
  • 1946: 02 Feb 1946 – 21 Jan 1947  (Fire)
  • 1958: 18 Feb 1958 – 07 Feb 1959 (Earth)
  • 1970: 06 Feb 1970 – 26 Jan 1971  (Metal)
  • 1982: 25 Jan 1982 – 12 Feb 1983  (Water)
  • 1994: 10 Feb 1994 – 30 Jan 1995  (Wood)
  • 2006: 29 Jan 2006 – 17 Feb 2007  (Fire)
  • 2018: 16 Feb 2018 – 04 Feb 2019  (Earth)
  • 2030: 03 Feb 2030 – 22 Jan 2031  (Metal)

The dog is loyal, honest and straightforward, and likes to see fair play.

The year of the pig stands to a period of calm in which the dog has opportunities to develop new friendships. There is also the possibility of gain through speculation.

If looking for love, wag your tail at a tiger, horse, or rabbit; run fast from an ox, dragon or rooster.

Famous dogs include Sir Winston Churchill and Sophia Loren.

The dog is the most likeable of signs: honest, loyal, with a keen sense of justice. The year of the pig will be an opportunity to cultivate friendships, financial speculation could prove rewarding.

Pig 猪

Pig
  • 1923: 16 Feb 1923 – 04 Feb 1924  (Water)
  • 1935: 04 Feb 1935 – 23 Jan 1936 (Wood)
  • 1947: 22 Jan 1947 – 09 Feb 1948  (Fire)
  • 1959: 08 Feb 1959 – 27 Jan 1960 (Earth)
  • 1971: 27 Jan 1971 – 14 Feb 1972  (Metal)
  • 1983: 13 Feb 1983 – 01 Feb 1984  (Water)
  • 1995: 31 Jan 1995 – 18 Feb 1996  (Wood)
  • 2007: 18 Feb 2007 – 06 Feb 2008  (Fire)
  • 2019: 05 Feb 2019 – 24 Jan 2020  (Earth)
  • 2031: 23 Jan 2031 – 11 Feb 2032 (Metal)

The pig’s motto is: “If life is worth living, live to the hilt.” But this year, beware rash investments and swindlers!

Any friction at work or home will blow over. Welcome new friends and opportunities but be sure to attend to any health issues.

Sidestep snakes – team up with a tiger, find love with a dog.

Famous pigs include Humphrey Bogart and Julie Andrews.

Your affable nature is irrepressible but do think twice before parting with your money. Life will be more stable bringing some gains and progress. Do not overlook your health.

Travelling through Heathrow at Lunar New Year

You can pick up a printed version of your horoscope (in both English and Simplified Chinese) and an origami pig – just ask at the information desk in the departure lounge.

We’re also putting on some special events in the terminals, including lion dancers, folk dancers and a traditional money god.

Lunar New Year at Heathrow