Ji-Hai is the Chinese zodiac name of Stem-Branch calendar for 2018. Each zodiac is labeled with a name of Yin-Yang Five Elements. Ji is Yin Earth. Hai is Pig. Therefore, the name of 2019 is called Yin Earth Pig. Yin is female and Yang is male. The color of Earth is Brown. 2019 is the Female Brown Earth Pig year.
The first Stem-Branch name is found in the document around 1739 B.C. The original stems and branches only use for counting the days. Using Stem-Branch to count for Month, Hour and Year sequences began around 206 B.C. during Chin dynasty and Han dynasty. Using the season changing information, Chinese Yin Yang Five Element scholars converted all zodiac signs into five elements. The theory of Five Elements becomes the foundation of Chinese fortunetelling.
Yin Earth is wet soil, garden soil or farmland. Yin Earth is female and can grow flowers, plants and crops. Yin Earth is the 6th element of 10 Heavenly Stems. Yin Earth is the flatland, plains or the ground. It can tolerate when people jump and trample it. That implies friendly attitude and love of Mother Earth. The characteristics of Yin Earth are steady, mild, polite, calm and emotional. The other traits of Yin Earth are defiant, suspicious, jealous, stubborn, and dishonest. The flatland is too low. Yin Earth cannot see objects far away. Yin Earth is lack of foresight. The color of Yin Earth is brown. The location of Yin Earth is in the center.
Pig is the last animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. Pig 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. Pig contains mainly Yang Water with some Yang Wood. Yang Wood is related to tall tree, landmark, boss or leader. The characteristics of Pig are kind, generous, magnanimous, warm-hearted and considerate with Leadership skill.
Yin Earth Pig ranks 36th out of 60 Stem-Branches. Yin Earth is the Heavenly Stem and Pig is the Earthly Branch in Chinese Zodiac calendar. Since the color of Yin Earth is brown, therefore, Yin Earth Pig Year is also called the Brown Pig Year.
Yin Earth stands for wet soil or farmland. According to Chinese Five Elements, Pig is Yang Water. Yang Water stands for running water or river. The sign of Yin Earth Pig is that a farmland is adjacent to a river. Farmland needs water for growing plants. But rive brings potential risk of flooding. Water represents money to Yin Earth. Pig brings money opportunity to Yin Earth. But too greedy about money might cause the trouble.
Yin Earth is the wet farmland soil. It will become muddy when mixing with large amount of water. Pig becomes muddy and dirty when playing around on it. It's a Dirty and Muddy Pig Year.
Earth and Water have two combinations in Chinese I-Ching. One is that Water like river flows on the ground. Water is a resource for living. People will get together around the river. This is a sign of prosperity. The other case is Water is under the ground. People will look for water resource. Water represents danger in I-Ching. This is a sign of a dispute or a war.Pig also contains Yang Wood. Yang Wood is tall tree or big wood. Yang Wood can be a boat flowing on the river. Water represents wisdom in Chinese Five Elements theory. Pig should make you smarter. If Yin Earth bring you trouble, you might find a solution from Yang Wood.
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