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Chinese New Year of the Boar will begin on February 5, 2019 This is the new moon day of the first lunar month. The Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting system, that uses Yin-Yang, the Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) and 12 animals to describe the sequence and progression of the seasons. The Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. Chinese use the color animal name to count the year.

2019 will be the 4717th Chinese Year. The name of 2019 is Year of Brown Female Earth Pig. Female Earth is connected to flatland, farmland, wet soil. Female Pig mainly contains Water. Wet soil mixing Water will become dirty and muddy. Therefore 2019 is a Muddy Pig year. If too much water flows into the flatland, then it might cause flooding. We need to pay attention here to avoid property loss. In Chinese astrology, Earth is also connected to stability, meditation and religion. Many people will be interested in spiritual or religious study.

Boar is the last animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. It is in the Water group according to Chinese Five Element theory. Water is related to wisdom. Pig is connected to river or running water. Pig has wisdom, initiative and energy. Pig is not lazy. Pig Month is November, the first month of the winter. So Pig is the cold water in the winter. In Chinese I-Ching, Water is connected to the danger. When river water is overflowing, it might cause flooding. The sign of Pig is offensive and encroachment. The characteristics of Pig are kind, generous, magnanimous, warm-hearted and considerate with leadership skill.

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Your General Orders remain the same: "First,do no harm."
Second, “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.”
Third, "Live and let live."

This is the message for the Year of the Boar!

"Make the world a better place for having passed this way..." Edward Bok

Live Long and Prosper
Happy Chinese New Year of the Boar!

I remain,
Ashida Kim

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