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*My dad asked me to "find out what pigs mean." Yesterday
he looked out the front window and
there were TWO big pigs on the grass on the far side of the
road. My dad called my mom
quickly. They live in a suburb so pigs are rather unusual!!
My mom says that when my dad
whistled to them they ran away like naughty kids. I went looking
online and found an interesting
bit on a website selling lucky pigs. Mann hat Schwein!
This common domesticated animal has long been a symbol of luck
in many cultures. In
Germany, the phrase "Mann hat Schwein" is commonly
used when someone comes upon luck,
literally meaning "You have pig".
The Greek earth fertility goddess, Demeter, kept a sacred pig
which became a symbol of fertility.
Native American Indians recognize the pig as a symbol of the
abundance of daily life and believe
that it teaches us to celebrate life and share it with others.
Manannan, the Celtic God of the Sea,
kept a magical herd of pigs (which renewed itself as soon as
any were eaten). Manannan hosted a
great annual "Feast of Age", where the gods acquired
the ever-renewing qualities of the pigs, and
thus never grew old.
Keep a cute little carved gemstone pig on your desk, in your
purse, or anywhere you would like
to have more prosperity, so that good fortune can find a clear
path to your door!
I can share a little
Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett:
Another example of the good news, bad news contrast in meaning
type of dream omen signifying
vexation in family affairs but satisfaction in business or professional
matters. However, the omen
is modified by the condition of the animals, intensified if
the pigs were fat and diminished if they
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Domestication of the pig was reportedly first done by the Chinese.
For the Buddhists, the pig is a
symbol of indolence; for the Europeans, the pig is a symbol
of license; for most of us, it
represents gluttony and obstinacy.
For the ancient Egyptians, pigs represented Osiris at sowing
time and Seth at the time of harvest.
Generally held as unclean, swine herdsmen attending pigs were
not allowed temple entrance nor
permitted marriage outside their own class. Egyptians ate pig
meat only at the Midwinter
Festival, and the animal could only be sacrificed at the time
of the full moon. A remnant of this
ancient belief it the tradition that pigs should be slaughtered
only when the moon is waxing, or
the meat will shrink in the pot!
Neither Jews nor Arabs eat pork; nor is it consumed in Scotland
and in parts of Northern Ireland.
Philip II of Spain, a staunch Catholic consumed large quantities
of pork during the time he had
lived in England. Hence, in 16th C Spain, anyone with a distaste
for the meat was thought to be a
secret follower of Judaism and, therefore, placed themselves
in danger of arrest by the Inquisition.
For the Celts and other Teutonic peoples, pork suggested hospitality
and other world feasts. The
Anglo-Saxons and the conquering Normans enjoyed pork. No doubt
this led to the common
English custom of serving it at Christmas time. A boar's head
with an orange in its mouth was
traditionally brought to the table at Queen's Cottage, Oxford,
during the Christmas season. In
Scandinavia at Yule, a loaf baked in the shape of a boar is
made from the last wheat of the harvest.
For devout Christians, pigs are symbolic of both good and evil.
The patron saint of swine herds,
Saint Anthony, was said to look after even the smallest pig
of a litter, which came to be called a
"pantony pig." In the folklore of New England and
Ireland, the black boar was long held one of
the possible expressions of the Devil himself. In 1457, a sow
and her young pigs were
condemned to death, and only a last minute pardon, "due
to their extreme youth," saved the
piglets. At one time, among the English agricultural class,
pig racing was held an acceptable
pastime. Involved youths chased after a pig whose tail had been
coated with soap.
A Scottish tradition says it is unlucky for a pig to cross one's
path. In Ireland, pigs running
around the farm with straws in their mouths indicate a storm
approaching. A pig is also held to
give a peculiar whining sound when its master is approaching
death. In Ireland, too, it is lucky
to drive a pig into one's house on May Day morning. Should a
pig enter at any other time,
however, great poverty is likely. An unusual Irish tradition
is that pigs have the ability to "see"
the wind and are, therefore, a very useful weather prophet.
in some parts of the United States,
people believe hogs can actually predict a coming tornado. According
to a Welsh tradition, pigs
bathed in the same water that scalded previous pigs to death
will grow better.
A general country belief is that a woman touching a pig during
the curing process will cause the
bacon to turn bad. Pigs should be killed during the increase
of the moon, or the bacon will
shrink and waste away in the pot, say many rural traditions.
When one is preparing for a fishing
trip, it is unlucky to mention the word pig. Should a pig be
struck with an elder branch, legend
holds it will die immediately, and one is said sure of coming
success should he find himself in
front of a sow and her litter.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
Pigs and Hogs are a sign of selfishness and overindulgence.
Do you feel that you are not getting
your share or not giving your share? "He is hogging the
toy." This can be a sign of being
unclean or impure. In nature, hogs are intelligent and powerful,
yet humans have given hogs a
negative connotation. Is there something in your life that is
positive and valuable that other
people have labeled as undesirable?
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Noncommittal, freedom-loving, magical
Magical Influences: Channeling the Goddess, helps those who
make promises to keep their
Personality: Pigs are freedom-loving creatures. They don't want
to feel obligated to others and
will therefore avoid getting caught in long-term relationships
and commitments. As a result they
tend to have plenty of free time to work on themselves. They
enjoy digging in the past and are
attracted to anthropology and archaeology. They can be easily
made to feel guilty, and once they
start on that cycle it takes a long time before they are finished
wallowing in self-pity. The Sow is
the animal of the Crone.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Hog cautions against a tendency to take on too much at once.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
Figuratively, someone who is always "hamming it up."
Among the Celts, an emblem of success
and overcoming the odds. Pig was the favored food for Celtic
victory feasts. Norse: Rebirth,
honor, and new beginnings. In Valhalla, Valkyries feast on a
The Druid Animal Oracle by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Pig: Generosity, Nourishment, Discovery
Pig, with her huge litters, symbolizes abundance and fertility.
It may mean that you are called
upon to be generous. Feeling connected to the love of the Goddess
for all her creatures, you are
able to give freely, knowing that you, in turn, are nourished
and sustained by her. You can open
yourself to the abundance that exists throughout nature. You
can allow yourself to accept this
abundance, knowing that life perpetually renews itself, and
that you need not worry about every
being disconnected from it. Allow yourself to feast on life--to
enjoy its beauties and its sensual
delights. The goddess is generous, giving to all and renewing
Contrary it may indicate that you may need to revise your image
of yourself. There is an old
saying in Gaelic: "When you thought you were on the sow's
back, you were beside her in the
puddle." Although the sow symbolizes nourishment, fertility,
and giving, she can also represent
greed and 'pig-ignorance.' You may need to work toward a greater
understanding of the
subtleties of life, rather than relying simply on your looks
or physique. Without wisdom even
beauty can be unattractive, as another Gaelic saying indicates:
"As a golden jewel in a pig's
snout, is a fair woman without sufficiency of understanding."
Pigs' bristles were used for
centuries for artists' brushes, and the leather of pigs is exceptionally
soft--appearances can be
deceptive, so judge people or propositions on their true merits
and intrinsic worth rather than
their outward appearances.
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