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The Year of the Pig

Starting this month, China will be holding extravagant celebrations to acknowledging its New Year and to celebrate the year of the pig. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac calendar the year starts on February 5th.

In Chinese tradition, each year is represented by one of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac —rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The characteristics of these animals are believed to shape the year and the people born in it.

According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the pig. However, those born in 2019 before Feb. 5 belong to the year of the dog. Previous pig years include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007.

If you belong to the year of the pig you are associated with mildness, fortune, and wealth and because of the people born in the year of the pig are supposed to be cheerful, sincere, compassionate, generous and brave and your lucky colors are yellow, grey and brown. Lucky numbers for pigs are two, five and eight. Of all the signs, pigs are thought to be most compatible those born in the year of the tiger, tigers, followed by rabbits and goats.

Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each year is also associated with one of five elements, and 2019 is an Earth Pig year.

According to the Chinese astrology , 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life

My Winter of Discontent


Many of us are fascinated by dragons. We feature them in the store. One of my favorites is a dragon wind chime. When the wind blows the bamboo chimes make a fun “clackity clack” sound and the dragon moves and bobs his head along with the wind.

In China, dragons are a powerful and benevolent symbol believed to live at the bottoms of oceans lakes and rivers – anywhere there is water. In fact they are said to have control over water – bringing rain during a drought, for example. Dragons are everywhere in China — in legends, festivals, astrology, art, names, and idioms.

Dragons are seen as lucky and good — not as the evil, dangerous, fire-breathing dragons of most Western stories. 

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My winter of discontent

March 20, 2019

I don't mean to complain but this winter was seriously pretty awful. So much snow I felt like I was being buried alive. Many days were so bad that I couldn't even get to the shop. On days when I did make it in it was clear that nobody else was venturing out. I've always said it's a good thing that I'm comfortable being alone. And boy, did I spend a lot of days alone this winter! I'm not a person who ever gets bored since I always find something to do to keep busy. 

So this winter I decided to see if I could improve and expand the offerings available at Panara. I was looking for products I knew my customers would be interested in - things organic and natural, things that make life easier and save money, thing metaphysical and magical. As a result I started a new website (interesting prospect for me) where I collect and review those items and make them available for sale through a couple of affiliate networks I found. Check it out at  Some of the products may be offered in the store soon, but in the mean time - - check it out and let me know what you think. I'm adding products all the time so if you have any suggestions let me know that too.