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2017: Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster
The Year for Looking at the Internals of Your Life

Chinese Year of the Rooster

Go Forward How the Year of the Rooster affects you!

Welcome to the Chinese Rooster Year for 2017. This New Year begins in January on Saturday 28th at the second Aquarian New Moon of 2017 -- this new Moon is the beginning of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is a festival that always begins two New Moons after Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. This year begins a new zodiac animal cycle, the year of the honest and brash Fire Rooster. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars and for the Solar calendar the year begins on the 4th of February, but the New Moon day of 28th January begins all the major cultural Lunar New Year celebrations.

2016 was a full-on year ruled by the Monkey energies and the conflicts were all there with clashing elements of Fire and Metal. The Rooster year is Yin Fire sitting on top of Yin Metal. According to the Chinese cycle of birth and destruction, Fire conquers/melts Metal and so they are also on the destructive cycle. Normally these conflicting elements mean disharmony. Yin Fire symbolises a candle flame which is flickering, hence it's an emotional, sentimental and sensitive year, not a quick-tempered one of Yang Fire as in the Monkey. But it can still be tense and nervous, and can explode.

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Yin Fire is associated with fire disasters and explosions with Fire and Metal in conflict. Yin Fire disasters -- the 911 attack on the World Trade Centre Towers in 2001 happened on a Yin Fire day and Yin Fire Rooster month.  The first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima on 6th August 1945 which was a Rooster year and Yin Fire day. Osama Bin Laden was killed on a Yin Fire day in 2011.  So we have to keep an eye on the Fire Rooster year and expect not all will be easy. This will be a time of far reaching changes for the planet itself and humanity -- the Yin Fire can bring great conflict all over the world and is also associated with increased volcanic activity. Fire can afflict the planet in many ways, from wild fires to warfare. In general, the year, with Fire on top and Metal below, its symbol of optimism, innovation and progress. There's conflict and disharmony but people are optimistic, open-minded, confident and innovative trying to bring solutions to obstacles.

The caution for this year is to remember that its a Yin energy year which is about the inner life, the feminine and the sensitive side of yourself.  With Yin Fire over Metal we can have lots of inner things to consider -- the inner workings of your mind and soul -- as the changes and the new directions that come from another clashing year (as in the Monkey year) will embrace us all and many shifts will roll on.  If you roll with it and adjust when the unexpected happens you will be okay. The Rooster looms large as he is an outstanding and honest animal, so the changes that come need to be embraced.  Many people may not cope with it. We may lose more great names and celebrities as we have done in 2016 in unexpected ways and at the wrong times. But the inventiveness and the creativity of the year will be foremost for us.

Go to Top The Rooster's Qualities and Mythology

The Rooster is considered by some to be the crowing and noisy cock who rules the roost and struts around the yard in charge of all. This can be one side of the Rooster and he does have that tendency to be in charge. The deeper meaning is, of course, as a solar symbol announcing the rising of the Sun and an introduction to the morning. In India the Rooster is a solar energy symbol; in Japan the Rooster is the first manifestation of light in the day and in China he is considered of high character, symbolising the Five Virtues. He is always considered a good omen and favourable symbol of great character and bearing.

Surprisingly, the Rooster shares his food with others in the yard and is the protector of all his other charges around him.  The hens in the yard take assurances from him that they are protected. He is often seen as the guardian of life and the protector of all. As you may remember -- isn't the rooster often seen on the tops of buildings, the weather vane symbol?  He announces the break of day and thus dispels the demons and ghosts of the night, bringing the power of young energy, hope for the day and a clarity of purpose. The good Rooster is kind, obliging and attentive to his hens, warns them of dangers and calls them to share any food morsels he has found.  Rooster will fight to the death if he has to, to protect his charges, and any of those under him.

The Rooster shows an interesting blend of traits, from being bombastic all the way to logical, he can be too righteous yet also just. Yin Fire energy is like a flickering flame that is both emotional and sensitive. Roosters then can be fighting types, fierce, proud and even at times foolish and overstepping the mark.

In Japan, the Rooster's crowing is associated with the raucousness of the deities who lure Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, out of the cave where she has been hiding. Courage is the main virtue that the Japanese attribute to the Rooster. The white cockerel is an auspicious symbol in the Japanese Shinto tradition, having its origin in Taoist practices that filtered through from the Chinese court during the Tang dynasty. Chickens are thought of as errand messengers of the gods at the Isonokami Shrine in Japan, where many sacred roosters are allowed to roam.

The Miao tribes of East and South East Asia, venerate the rooster. Using a rooster to predict the future of a marriage reflects its mystical function in the Miao beliefs. There are various Miao sun-bird/sun-rooster myths, which demonstrate that this ritual may have something to do with the association of chickens with the sun. One of their widespread Sun myths is about a Rooster calling the Sun out: long ago, there were twelve suns hanging in the sky. The people could not stand the heat and asked a brave hero to shoot eleven of them by arrow, leaving only one. But the last Sun was so scared that it hid, not daring to come out until a Rooster started crowing. The image of the Rooster calling the Sun pervades many cultures.

Go to Top The Rooster Born and Their Qualities

The Rooster is intelligent, clear-sighted and very keen of mind (The Rooster years are 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005. Last time we had a Fire Rooster year was 1957). They are very able, being gifted in many areas of life. They like movement, ideas and the discussion of new things. They detest feeling excluded or ignored by others, which can shake their self-confidence. They like socialising and are a wow at parties. Roosters have a natural ability for expressing themselves in clear precise language. And they are remarkably adaptable, showing a fresh, young, enthusiastic side as well. Their principle qualities are honesty, frankness and courage. They can give of themselves completely in focused effort -- the story has it that any rooster can even find an earthworm in the middle of the desert. He is also extravagant, and his bank account may run into the red every now and again.

Sometimes temptation is too much for him, which can be his undoing.  He/she enjoys admiring glances from others.  However, do not try to expose his shortcomings as this will upset him no end -- privacy is key. He likes to have some place of his own in a nice corner of the garden, so that others can only come in by invitation. Roosters will succeed in all professions that demand self-assurance, nerve and brilliance. They are intelligent and skilful and know how to convince and persuade others. They have a desire for a good salary and appreciate efficiency and practicality, but they dislike routine. Better professions include salesman, director, restaurant owner, hairdresser (not a surprise), public relations, farmer, teacher and possibly the military, but only as an officer.

Roosters are scrupulous about their appearance and sometimes become ruffled at the poor taste of others. They may pay continuous attention to their feathers and clothing. Roosters are highly cultivated and, beneath their lighter manner, can be very knowledgeable. They have read a great deal and know their way around a serious conversation. Roosters will reveal themselves to their families, but no one else gets to see beneath the feathers. They abhor being the subject of bad gossip and being made fun of. They are charming but difficult to live with and can sometimes be very eccentric and preoccupied with their own needs.

Roosters have their own routines and don't follow what others may want them to do. When you have a crisis, however, they can come rushing, prepared and readily armed with whatever is needed to fix it all up. They love being asked to help others.  They are also quite sensitive, but keep it well hidden. They tend be more original, rather than conforming. Their life for that reason can be unstable at times.

Go to Top Falling in Love With a Rooster

Rooster people are known to behave with great charm and kindness, as they love to please. The young female rooster has a crowd of admirers following her. She is sociable, frank and honest and has the wit and humour to make it work well.  She throws herself into a new love with intensity, but will never get completely carried away. She has a great sense of responsibility. Mr Male Rooster can be a swaggering lad however, and when young he likes conquests. He is faithful but usually to several women at a time. Roosters can jealously protect their independence and don't like being interfered with. They make good friends but sometimes difficult lovers. Rivals they dislike intensely, so watch out. 

They are good with long conversations about serious topics -- they love a good philosophical session. If you are married to a Rooster, a good piece of advice is earn your own money  and keep your own accounts separate, because Roosters are often incapable of running a budget -- they love to spend instead. 

The Rooster does well in relationship with the Oxen, the Dragon and the Snake. He will have some troubles with Rat, the Rabbit, the Horse, the Monkey, and the Dog. Other signs can do okay, depending on the level of acceptance of each other. Two Roosters together is a rather lively combination. They do get on and are fond of each other. But there can be fights break out if both do not recognise their own faults. Remember too, I am also talking about parents and children, brothers and sisters, and work partners, as well as husbands and wives. 

Go to Top Celebrity Roosters
Famous people born in the Year of the Rooster:
  • Business and Sporting: Serena Williams, Goldust, Roger Federer.
  • Politicians and Campaigners: Carolyn Kennedy, Tony Abbot, Kevin Rudd, Ivanka Trump, Catherine the Great, Princess Carolyn of Monaco, Queen Victoria, General Patton, Hamid Karzai.
  • Entertainers and Film Celebrities: Stephen Fry, Peter Dinklage, Cate Blanchett, Dawn French, Spike Lee, Paris Hilton, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elijah Wood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Melanie Griffith, LeVar Burton, Fran Drescher, Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Tom Selleck, Priscilla Presley, Henry Winkler, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, Bruce Spence.
  • Musicians and Singers: Donny Osmond, Britney Spears, Sid Vicious, Gloria Estefan, Justin Timberlake, Johann Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, Georg Telemann, Richard Wagner, Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Lopez, Marilyn Manson, Bobby Brown, Ice Cube, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Ofra Haza, Deborah Harry.
  • Writers and Artists: William Faulkner, Chris Carter (X-Files creator), Ethan Coen (Coen Brothers), August Strindberg, George Miller (Mad Max), Wim Wenders (film director).
Go to Top What is the Rooster Year all about? The Elements of the Year

The Chinese zodiac cycles over 12 animals and five elements, making the same combination  every 60 years. The previous Yin Fire Rooster arrived in 1957. That year saw the Vietnam war escalating, with the Viet Cong against the South Vietnamese government. In the US, President Eisenhower sent troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to stop violence over the new desegregation policy.

Fire and Metal means scientific advancements.  In 1957 the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched by Soviet Union in October, followed by Sputnik 2 in November. The laser (fire and metal) was invented by Gordon Gould in 1957. The Scientology movement was founded  by originator L. Ron Hubbard. The very famous TV show, Leave It To Beaver premiered on USA television in 1957. The six leading European nations signed the Rome Treaty, which was the foundation of the European Common Market. The International Atomic Energy Commission was established. Senator Joseph McCarthy, the man who launched the McCarthy Era anti-communist trials in the USA, died. The first International Geophysical Year was proclaimed, with 67 countries taking part.

On the arts and creative side, Nevil Shute published On The Beach, John Braine did Room At The Top, Jack Kerouac published On The Road, Samuel Beckett published Endgame, Gore Vidal published Visit To A Small Planet, Ayn Rand published Atlas Shrugged, William Saroyan did The Cave Dwellers and Dr Seus came up with The Cat in The Hat -- probably the most important book of all of them.  

In film and song it was The Bridge on The River Kwai (David Lean), The Prince and the Showgirl (Olivier), Twelve Angry Men (Fonda), and A King in New York (Chaplin), plus on the radio it was Love Letters In The Sand, Young Love, Tonight and Maria (both from West Side Story), and Seventy Six Trombones. West Side Story was the big musical hit of that year. And it was in this year that the words 'Beat' and 'Beatnik' first took hold in popular consciousness in relation to the 'beat generation' described in Jack Kerouac's novel. It was also the year John Lennon met Paul McCartney and formed the band The Quarrymen before the Beatles came into being.

Yin Fire also symbolises optimism. The Rooster is the Peach Blossom sign representing romance and beauty, so it generates happiness and it's a good year for the entertainment and glamour industries, as you can see from previous lists. The Peach Blossom year is also  beneficial to the beauty, fashion, entertainment, and music industries. Yin Fire relates to the kitchen and cooking, so it will bring prosperity for the restaurant and cooking businesses. Celebrity cooks continue with their success. So also is energy healing, sport and exercise such as fitness and yoga centres benefited by Fire element. The negative aspect of the Peach Blossom energy is more sex scandals. Relationship events will be very strong this year. If you're a single person, then this is a good year for a new relationship. But remember, romance that grows strong this year may also be cut short for reasons outside of your control, due to the Fire and Metal combination.

Go to Top What's Your Health Issue In 2017?

The possible health issues this year: Metal in the body is related to lungs and breathing. With Fire attacking Metal, there's a chance of flu and other breathing or skin problems. In Chinese medicine, Fire element is heart and blood circulation, and relates to the brain, nervous system and eyes. Therefore a Yin Fire year is likely to bring sicknesses related to the heart, the blood, inflammation problems, and brain and nerve problems such as hypertension or the possibility of strokes. With Fire burning Metal, we have to be aware that influenza and air pollution may be serious in 2017. Help your immune system with antioxidants, vitamin C, and CoEnzQ10.

Go to Top Which Way The Economy?

The Five Elements affect people's moods. In general Fire is joy or sadness, Water is willpower or fear, Earth is guilt or mediation and calm, Metal is grief or stuckness, and Wood is kindness or anger. As such, a Fire year usually generates optimism and drives up the stock market. Industries that will perform well this year will be ruled by Fire and Water.  Fire industries are energy, stock markets, finance and entertainment.  Water industries are transport, shipping and communications.

2017 being Yin Fire is positive for the economy and optimism continues to bring confidence in spring and summer time (the Fire seasons), when the Yin candle flame gains seasonal support and drives up optimism. The Earth industries are also positive as Earth produces Metal, so its an active year for Earth elements such as property, construction, high tech and mining. Natural disasters such as fires, or explosions,  and wind events like tornados and hurricane will still be prevalent and effect some economies.

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Yin Yang Richard Giles is an astrological, geomancy and Feng Shui consultant living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. Richard has been involved in astrology for over 28 years and Feng Shui for 18 years. He writes for several Australian magazines and websites. He was previously the director of the Earth Healing School of Queensland with courses in Earth Healing and Geomancy. Phone him on (07) 5435.0158, or click to contact Richard Giles.


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