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2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig.

Here’s what the new year has in store for you.

2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig! What can you expect? Will the year be good to you?

Set your alarms, because the year of the Yin Earth Pig officially starts on February 4, 2019, at 11:16am. We consulted with Feng Shui Expert Princesse Lim-Fernandez, of the Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony, to see what the new year brings.

Overall, the year will be quite conducive to wealth, personal development, and self-growth, though added care will be necessary to maintain your safety, health, and well-being.

Yin Earth—often called “Mother Earth” or “Mother Nature”—is polite, nurturing, gentle, charming, relaxed, kind, charitable, graceful, emotional, peace-loving, and kind. It can also be defiant, suspicious, jealous, and obstinate. Yin Earth energy emphasizes culture and humanity and is directly connected to artists, scientists, philosophers, humanitarians, and environmentalists.

But the Yin Earth of 2019 is smaller and more modest than the Yang Earth of the previous year. As if you were coming down to the flatlands from the mountains, Yin Earth provides a more limited view of potential fortune compared to the year before. This might manifest as a lack of foresight, which everyone, regardless of their zodiac sign, would do well to avoid. You can start your nest egg, if you haven’t yet already, and try to establish long-term investments and saving plans. This year is best spent financially preparing for rainy days to come.

Pigs are naturally happy, kind, easygoing, devoted, brave, generous, sincere, and honest, but they can also be naïve, unrealistic, stubborn, over-reliant, and indulgent. These characteristics are the hallmarks of the coming year and should give you a good idea of what personal traits to cultivate or avoid in 2019.

The Pig embodies not just Yin Earth but also Yang Water, the main elements in play for this year. These opposing elements augur some form of conflict to come, but the inherent good-naturedness of the Pig reminds us that compromises and open dialogue are always options for resolving any dilemma. This bodes well for relationships, making for more considerate and accommodating associations. Balance is the name of the game, especially in one’s pursuit of wealth this year.

The Year of the Pig marks the start of a cooler cycle for the zodiac, a shift from the warmer years of 2013 to 2018 when attitudes were generally “on fire” with go-for-it optimism. You can see this from the economic growth during those years.

The cooler period from 2019 to 2024 is marked by weaker optimism and a greater potential for slowdowns and setbacks. Here, as always, balanced investments are a must, along with careful long-term planning.

The central star in this year’s Feng Shui Chart is the “Wealth Star.” This means that everyone will have equal access to it; everyone will have a fair chance at wealth this year. However, the Wealth Star’s central position also means that it’s “trapped.” In other words, potential wealth sources will be abundant, but the means to access them won’t be. Wealth will come to those who can think out of the box, and good luck will favor those who are quick to innovate.

Industries related to the Fire element can be expected to be very productive this year—these include the entertainment, beauty and glamor, food, media, and technology sectors. People who hold the Fire element in their birth charts can expect better luck in wealth and income. Earth-related industries—such as property, insurance, health and wellness, sports, and agriculture—can also expect good fortune this year.

The main elements of this year are Earth sitting above Water. So what does that mean? It means you shouldn’t be fooled by the appearance of stability in your affairs, because there’s always the potential for these to be undermined by unstable undercurrents. People in positions of power and influence should be wary and alert lest they be caught unawares or unprepared. However, discontent brewing under the appearance of stability can be viewed as an opportunity, to reevaluate and realign current rules and governing structures. This, in turn, paves the way for new alliances and collaborations—a perfect chance for a well-positioned observer to rise to the challenge and take up the reins of leadership.

This year, we can also expect a carryover of the emotional stars from the Earth Dog of 2018, albeit more manageable. The effects are not as harsh as the preceding Yang Earth year, but one should still stay focused and keep things that matter close to heart and home. It is a time of reflection and contemplation, of cleansing and reassessment. Identify your core support group, and the family and friends who have your back. Keep your loved ones close and make a conscious effort to stay connected to them. When it comes to relationships, a frank self-assessment is in order: don’t hesitate to break away from relationships that you are better off without.

This year is also filled with much potential for movement and travel. Always practice patience and caution on the road and make sure that your insurance is up to date.

The Year of the Yin Earth Pig favors wealth, personal development, and self-growth; it is not, however, so favorable for safety, health, and well-being—but you can address these with thoughtful planning and careful decision-making. Still, careful planning and sound choices are only part of the deal, the rest is what you make of it. Your luck might go one way or another this year, but it’s how you respond to it that makes all the difference.