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2017: Year of the Fire Rooster
Part 2: Your Year Ahead

Richard Giles presents his Chinese horoscope forecast for the Year of the Rooster in 2017. He looks down the timeline for all of the Chinese Zodiac Animals and gives the flavour of the year for each one. And you can calculate your Zodiac Animal with our free on line calculator!

Go to Top What's in store for the 12 animal signs in 2017?

What Chinese zodiac signs work this year?  The Rooster is a strong Yin Metal element and it clashes with the Rabbit (Wood: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011). Rabbits need to watch their spending this year and their health. Emotional problems may be an issue. Focus on children and loved ones to dissipate any negatives. In a Rooster year there is more action and creating. For people born in year of the Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig, Rabbit and Goat they will  move about more.

Quick summary: The animals that do best in the Rooster year are the Dragon, Snake and Ox. These animals are in harmony with the year. The animal sign which has the most trouble is the Rabbit, which is opposite to the Rooster. This can bring about turbulence, movement and changes for the Rabbit.

Calculate Your Chinese Zodiac Animal

Enter your birth year. For example: "1980"

Please bear in mind that the Chinese year begins in February
Click for your Four Pillars of Destiny

Remember though, that this animal astrology is only a simple guide; a proper forecast for 2017 looks at your Four Pillars Chart, which is your full Chinese zodiac chart, using the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth to get a true picture of your character.

Check the full Chinese astrology at the, where you can calculate full birth date details of your Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth (or see Feng Shui Institute Four Pillars of Destiny Calculator).

NB: When the animal is listed here, its element is in brackets.

The Year Ahead for Each Zodiac Animal!

Rooster THE ROOSTER (Metal):
(1921, '33, '45, '57, '69, '81, '93, 2005, 2017)

The Rooster year is a time for rebirth, transformation and growth for you as Rooster benefits from the energy of his or her own year and begins a new 12 year life cycle. You need to still work hard, but rewards are good, affairs are under control, order reigns, and you succeed. Some Roosters, depending on year of birth, will do better than others. If you're in a relationship currently, remember to take time from your busy schedule to enjoy some fun. Your partner will be more supportive and willing to help you if you give him or her an idea of what you need.

Dog THE DOG (Earth):
(1922, '34, '46, '58, '70, '82, '94, 2006, 2018)

This year you'll find advancement through education or special training. Money matters show that the year will start out very busy for you. You'll need to plan ahead and be organised. Focus on what you want to achieve, and don't let yourself become side-tracked by projects that really won't pay off in the way you hope they might. Relationships -- pay great attention to this area of your life this year. The obstacles and difficulties in career may come from several directions at once, but they won't be anything you can't handle. 

Pig THE PIG (Water):
(1923, '35, '47, '59, '71, '83, '95, 2007, 2019)

The year ahead for Pigs predicts that business rewards and financial prosperity result from your dedicated good work. Patience and non-involvement is best concerning the problems of others. It's wise to be sympathetic and kind, but not become overly involved. This Rooster year favours you. For business people there would be good opportunities for new projects, however these plans may benefit most from partnerships. This year also brings good news over old issues. A beneficial star will help to resolve and settle past matters, such as old debts, and favours. 

Rat THE RAT (Water):
(1924, '36, '48, '60, '72, '84, '96, 2008, 2020)

This year of the Rooster is one where money plays a bigger part. It means you have to work at it for the year to make the money side of your life more successful. Remember to set aside a bit for travel and vacations. Friends and admirers will help you find any new opportunity or enterprise you've been seeking.

Ox THE OX (Earth):
(1925, '37, '49, '61, '73, '85, '97, 2009, 2021)

The Ox is in a perfect position with the Rooster this year. Your focus will be on working. Your marriage or partnership will be an important focus as well. What seems to be the big focus is all of your relationships in 2017. This is a very good year to expand your collection of social and business connections. Find people who have mutual interests, and build friendships on the basis of these contacts. You'll gain great benefit from these people during the year.

Tiger THE TIGER (Wood):
(1926, '38, '50, '62, '74, '86, '98, 2010, 2022)

The Tiger is in a reasonable year -- maintain your composure and do not engage in battles because you will not win. Its time to be responsible and complete projects. Friends, family, and colleagues will offer their support. You will enjoy some wealth luck, especially in the middle of the year. Nevertheless 2017 is a year to be prudent, as you tend to spend money too thoughtlessly.

Rabbit THE RABBIT (Wood):
(1927, '39, 51, '63, '75, '87, '99, 2011, 2023)

The Rabbit is the opposite sign to the Rooster in the zodiac, so it's going to be a challenging year for you. The most important thing to note for this year is your health. Older Rabbits should take very good care of their health and go for check-ups regularly. Common illnesses may take a longer than usual to heal. It's a good year to expand your collection of social connections. Work is harder this year and has small results. Find people who have mutual interests, and build friendships on the basis of these contacts. You'll gain great benefit from these people during the year.

Dragon THE DRAGON (Earth):
(1928, '40, '52, '64, '76, '88, 2000, 2012, 2024)

2017 shows you will make plenty of new friends, while maintaining good relations with old friends. Do not be surprised by sudden offers of help -- accept them gracefully and be sure to express your sincere gratitude for their help. It's a prosperous year ahead for the Dragon with your favourable stars shining bright. There is a possibility of a promotion or increase in salary. Family is most important this year.  Life works more smoothly for you now in 2017.

Snake THE SNAKE (Fire):
(1929, '41, '53, '65, '77, '89, 2001, 2013, 2025)

For the Snake, recognition, rewards, promotion, bonuses and good romance are all available in 2017. You are feted and will enjoy popularity. It's time to shed your skin and be reborn. You are very likely to experience a change in wealth and definitely for the better. There is a lot of energy around you to start exploring new skills this year. Take a class or drop everything and go back to school. Your partner will ask a lot of you this year. 


(1930, '42, '54, '66, '78, '90, 2002, 2014, 2026)

2017 for the Horse shows you can expect a year that brings good news. Love and romance are highlighted. Home life is secure and problems are not overwhelming. Under Rooster's influence, you will be required to work diligently, be more thorough and meticulous, and slow down -- which you will not like. Try to not become embroiled in family arguments this year.

Sheep THE GOAT or SHEEP (Earth):
(1931, '43, '55, '67, '79, '91, 2003, 2015, 2027)

Curb your enthusiasm this year, constantly check yourself and be careful of what you say and do. This is a year to stay out of the limelight and keep out of trouble wherever possible. You will want to start many projects over, or begin them completely from scratch just to get them right. Offer often to assist others. Be cautious, and don't deplete your resources -- including your own vitality. Use the energy of 2017 to budget and handle your finances and behave responsibly.

Monkey THE MONKEY (Metal):
(1920, '32, '44, '56, '68, '80, '92, 2004. 2016)

Your Monkey year is over. The year ahead shows that it's time to stabilise, work strongly, and pay attention to details. Do not chase big dreams or become overwhelmed. Avoid overextending yourself, which can lead to health problems. It is best to retain a conservative outlook with steady growth. Relationship-wise, it will be a slightly bumpy year.

Every Chinese animal sign is different and it's important to remember that with each animal year there can be one of five different elemental combinations (with the Five Elements). As an example, there are Fire Monkey years, Wood Monkey, Earth Monkey, Metal Monkey and Water Monkey years. Each of those elemental combinations mean you'll react differently to the year depending on what elements are in play for you in 2016. If your element clashes with Fire, you may have a tougher, more challenging or testing year. It doesn't mean you won't be successful – the challenge may be just what you need to make it work.

May you prosper, experience abundance and be successful in 2017.

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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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