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Photo courtesy of ceramic artist, Tammy Leigh Brooks.  http://www.tammyleighbrooks.com/

 

This coming Saturday, January 28, 2017, heralds in the Chinese New Year. Chinese astrology has twelve signs just like western astrology does. Each sign also has five elements of metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. It takes 60 years to cycle through all of them. The last time there was a Fire Rooster year was in 1957. Celebrations begin in New Year’s Eve or on January 27 and continue through February 2, 2017. Nothing like a week long party is there? Sadly, I am not longer young enough to want to party all night, let alone all week.

Like many other nationalities, the Chinese celebrate with light and sound. Firecrackers, fireworks, bells, drums and the traditional lion dances are all part of the celebration. Children, unmarried teens, and adults are given red envelopes with money inside. Red is considered the luckiest of all colors and symbolized life. Combine all these aspects and you get something that is thought to subdue evil spirits for the year. For this reason, it is advised not to spend it right away, but to keep it for the best luck. Another interesting gift is the giving of red underwear between sweethearts and family members. However, in my reading, I learned red is not a lucky color for the fire rooster.

Each Chinese sign and each element have specific meanings and influence the astrology for the coming year. If you want to determine what sign and element you are you need to go to a Chinese astrology calculator site like this one:

http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php

For those of us born near the end of January or early February, need to pay extra attention to where the New Year falls on the year of their birth. Some years a late January date might fall at the end of the previous year’s chart or at the beginning of the chart in another year. The difference is because Chinese astrology is based on the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian. I like the link above because it gives specific dates for each year. Once you have your date and your sign, click on the sign and you will be able to determine which element your sign was under when you were born.

The rooster is the 10th sign of the Chinese zodiac. Fire roosters are rather self-absorbed and spend a great deal of time on their image. They are often egotistical and self-aggrandizing. They not only want but expect to be the center of attention and always enjoy an opportunity to brag about themselves.

They are fabulous organizers, social planners, and terrific leaders who love being around other people and adoring fans. They are known to be blunt and this is not always gentle to others. Hurt feelings are not uncommon when interacting with a fire rooster. On the positive side, fire roosters are funny, open, honest, loyal, and are dedicated friends.

All signs in both western and Chinese astrology have things like flowers, colors and lucky number associated with them. The fire rooster’s lucky numbers are 5, 7, and 9. Lucky days are the 4th and the 26th of a lunar month. Colors are gold, brown, and yellow. Flowers are Gladiola and cockscomb. Does that surprise anyone?

This year is thought to be far less than stellar for all roosters. They will need to work very, very hard to make money and stay in good health. It will be a good idea for them to wear their seat belts and watch out for traffic when driving or walking. It is advised they pay close attention to where they step too. A rotten step or loose brick or ladder rung can cause a bad fall.

When it comes to love and romance, this is not the best of years for roosters unless they have been in a very long-term relationship. In that case, if might be a good year to tie the knot. Otherwise, their need to focus on work could make it difficult to handle a romantic relationship. It will be best to take your time when matters of the heart are concerned or you could risk blowing it all.

Roosters are compatible with another rooster, dog, rat, rabbit, or horse sign. They are complement tiger and dragon. The signs they are most compatible with are ox and snake. Oh, Joy! That means I am compatible with the rooster. Not at all sure how I feel about that just yet.

Overall expect this year to be one of movement. Most believe this is about forward movement but I am not going to speculate. However, it does seem clear that this will be a year in which first impressions will count big and so do your intentions in love, business, and finances. I believe Saturn will be a big factor in the area of finances and I will discuss that in a later post.

After the mischievousness of last year’s fire monkey, the fire rooster energy will be a welcome change to many.  To make the most of this year, we will need to adopt and work with the rooster’s characteristics. This will be difficult for some including me. The conceit is not a character trait I appreciate or enjoy being around.  

 

As always, I wish you the best in every day, every week, every month, all year long.

I hope the rest of your week is fabulous just as you are!

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