Rags or Riches: Your Year According to Chinese Zodiac

Louisa Luong

Art: Alice Guo | @aliguoart


Chinese New Year, an auspicious time of family, food and fortune in the form of lucky red pockets. Or if you’re like me, it’s a glorified bribe to attend a dinner with your extended family who you only see once a year but nonetheless ask you dull questions about why you’re still single, when you’re going to finish your law degree and when you’re going to get a real job. In the spirit of festivities, I’ll be giving you the highs and lows of the Year of the Pig in 2019.


The Chinese zodiac is made up of 12 animals that each represent a year in a cycle equivalent to a full orbit of Jupiter. According to your birth year, yin and yang, and elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal, Chinese astrologers can determine what kind of year you’re going to have. And if you’re still not convinced, old wise Chinese people have been this shit doing this since the Qin dynasty! What have you done recently?



🐀 Rat 🐀

Born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.


Let’s be honest, you had kind of a shitty year in 2018 but don’t stress because things are looking up. Your career will be a priority and big gains are waiting for you at the beginning of this new year. This means you have to hustle hard in the next few weeks if you want to get that bread. Overall, 2019 is all about relaxation and working smart, not hard; be patient and know when to act and when to wait. As the Year of the Rat is fast approaching after the Pig, a period of transition awaits you, it’s time to declutter and shift your priorities.*

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🐂 Ox 🐂

Born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.


A few ups and downs await you in 2019, especially at the beginning of the new year, but things will eventually settle down and you’ll find yourself craving more independence towards the end. At work, you’ll experience a few curveballs in the next few months, so buckle up and get ready for a challenge. This year is a good time to embrace your creative passions and go travelling, but be wary of fatigue and food poisoning.



🐅 Tiger 🐅

Born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.


Although 2018 left you feeling confident, success will not come as easily this year and you’ll be forced to rely on your pals to get you through tough times. Validation at work and positive changes are forecasted in your career but plot twist: a jealous colleague, one who helped lift you up, may now stab you in the back — et tu, Brute? On the upside, excluding back stabbings, your health is looking mighty fine! Sorry single Tigers, but love may not be on the cards this year and it may be better for you to cut your losses and focus on strengthening your friendships (thank u, next).



🐇 Rabbit 🐇

Born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.


Rabbits can expect a more fruitful year as long as you stay focused and avoid distractions. When you do experience some bad luck though, it’ll affect your health first so remember to exercise and soak up that vitamin-D. Over in the romance department, single Rabbits will meet a lot of interesting new people but alas, may not find The One. Already loved up Rabbits will see the Year of the Pig as a test of patience that could potentially end in failure if they’re not vigilant. Be extra careful in August of theft and bodily injury. If you have travel plans, there’s no shame in whipping out that dusty beige neck pouch.



🐉 Dragon 🐉

Born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.


This year will see less obstacles compared to the last, however the Dragon is not entirely compatible with the Pig, so be aware of your stubborn nature. You’ll see significant improvement in your studies and believe it or not, it’s going to be a great time for exams! Dragons are dreamers at heart and are constantly thinking about your next big project. The Year of the Pig will prove to be a spiritual time where you reflect on past achievements and spend time with family.



🐍 Snake 🐍

Born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.


Sorry to break it to you, but while 2018 may have been a lucky year for you, the Year of the Pig will bring mixed results peppered with many small disappointments. Since a lot of negative energy will surround you in 2019, use this time to rest and avoid taking big risks. If it’s any small consolation, all my fellow part-time employees will discover new opportunities this year but will simultaneously find it hard to stay focused in your studies. Don’t even think about romance and prepare yourself for a big let down. All in all, it’s sort of going to be a crappy year. Bummer!



🐎 Horse 🐎

Born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.


Prepare to enter your cyclical hibernation, an organised withdrawal to reflect on the past 11 years. Your existential development and relationships with family and friends will be strengthened as you find more time to rejuvenate at home. 2019 is the perfect year to prioritise long-forgotten hobbies and plan ambitious future projects. The biggest thing you have to worry about is reckless driving — buckle up, buttercup!



🐐 Goat 🐐

Born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.


The past two years may have left you down in the dumps but the tides have finally turned. You will finally reap the rewards of your peaceful nature and gentle creativity so count your lucky stars because success is yours for the taking! Power, affirmation, love are all things that await you this year — you name it, let’s get it.


🐒 Monkey 🐒

Born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.


The Year of the Pig is going to be a decent year with steady growth for you. However, you may find yourself encountering challenges in your studies, making some subjects seem impossible from the very beginning. It might be a good time to befriend the smart kid in class. Brush up on your love language because romance is on the horizon for single Monkeys, flirty pals will seem to appear left, right and centre and passionate emotions are on the cards — someone already in your circle of friends may surprise you this year. Meanwhile, monkeys already in a relationship will experience reignited passions.



🐓 Rooster 🐓

Born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.


Settle in for a comfortable year that will certainly be less stressful than 2018. In work and studies, you’ll still need to really hustle and put more effort in to see any positive strides. While there may be some significant changes in your love life (a mixture of good and bad), there’s a high chance of the return of an unexpected problem from the past that will have some seriously bad juju. Spooky!



🐶 Dog 🐶

Born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.


Last year was undoubtedly an absolute shit show; 2018 was the Year of the Dog, which pretty much meant that you were surrounded by all the unlucky stars and destined to fail. The good news is that it’s over! Congrats my fellow Dogs, you’ve made it and we’re going to have a killer year. The focus on home will become a vital source of energy, while your career prospects will soar with hard work and charm. Dress to impress, because budding romances are coming your way and those in a relationship will find it to be a good time to take things further.



🐖 Pig 🐖

Born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.


As we all approach the last cycle of the zodiac and wrap up one full orbit of Jupiter, you’re entering your zodiac year. Contrary to popular belief, it may be your year, but it won’t be your year. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: you’re fucked. For you, the Year of the Pig will be your most unlucky year with trouble and danger lurking around every corner. To sum it up, don’t take any big risks, don’t change jobs, don’t invest, don’t even go outside. My word of advice is to lay low and wear red to ward off bad energy. Good luck, you’re going to need it.