In Tibetan astrology, there is a twelve-year cycle. Each of these years is characterized by a different animal and associated with one of the five elements. Therefore, a full cycle of the twelve animals being associated with each of the five elements is sixty years. The twelve animals according to the Yungdrung Bön texts are the Rat, Elephant, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse, Snake, Sheep, Garuda, Monkey, Dog and Pig. Each animal is associated with a specific element for its life-force as well as a specific direction which is determined by the life-force element. Not only are these twelve animals associated with specific years, they are also associated with specific months, days and hours.
Feb 05, 2019 begins the Tibetan New Year, or Losar, and the year of the Earth Pig. People born during a Pig year will have an emphasis of the specific qualities associated with the symbol of the Pig. (These years correspond with the Tibetan lunar calendar and begin sometime between late January and early April.) According to Tibetan astrology, the element which governs the life-force of the Pig is Water and its positive direction is North. So, if a Pig person wanted to strengthen their life-force, they would focus upon strengthening the element of Water internally and externally. Because the positive direction is North, facing this direction while meditating, engaging in healing practices or just relaxing and taking deep breaths is beneficial.
In general as an astrological symbol, the Pig person is honest and uncomplicated. A Pig person is straight-forward, but not in an aggressive way. They are often seen as “good, down-to-earth” people by others. This is because the Pig person does not harbor hidden agendas. They can be trusted and relied upon. In general, they have many friends to whom they are generous and jovial, and are always willing to be helpful. However, the Pig person can have difficulty setting boundaries and saying ‘no.’ And because they tend to be naive, it is possible for them to be taken advantage of by others. Although the Pig person is generous, they also enjoy having money for themselves and living in leisure and comfort. For this reason, the pursuit of pleasure and entertainment can become imbalanced and lead to excess.
The Pig’s soul day is Wednesday and its life-force day is Tuesday. These are the best days for beginning new projects and activities that are meant to increase or develop something. The obstacle day is Saturday. This day is best for purification and letting things go. It is not a favorable day for beginning new activities or risky activities.
Pig years include: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019
If you were born during a previous year of the Pig, this year as well as other Pig years are considered a time of vulnerability to obstacles. This same astrological principal applies for all of the other eleven animal signs during their associated year. Therefore, it is recommended to engage in practices that support vitality, good fortune and spiritual merit such as hanging prayer flags, having a soul and life-force retrieval ritual performed, restoring any deterioration or violation of one’s spiritual commitments or any damaged relationship with one’s spiritual brothers and sisters, and/or performing prayers and rituals to remove obstacles. In general, making an effort to engage more with virtuous activities of body, speech and mind and committing to engage less with non-virtuous activities is supportive. According to the words of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoché, the practice of developing sincere unbiased and unlimited compassion is the greatest of all protections.
A common prayer within the Yungdrung Bön tradition that is used to remove obstacles is the Bar Che Lam Sel, The Spontaneous Wish-fulfillment of Removing Obstacles from the Path. The English, Spanish and Portuguese translations of this prayer are offered free for personal use on the Nine Ways Publications page. Click on the Publications tab above and scroll down to the download links for the prayer.
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