The Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster, 2017 by Jane Lyle
The lively Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster begins on 28th January 2017, when the second new Moon after the Winter Solstice rises. The Rooster is the 10th creature in the annual Chinese cycle of symbolic beings that rule over the essence of each year.
The Year of the Fire Rooster ends on 15th February, 2018.
The Chinese zodiac’s creatures follow a twelve year cycle, while the five elements associated with each year move on a sixty year cycle – five times twelve is sixty. The five Chinese elements are found in astrology, medicine, and feng shui – all these arts are connected with one another. The five elements are: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth.
What might the Fire Rooster bring in 2017?
Fire is a joyful element in Chinese astrology, promising some positive energy for the year ahead.
Fire favours all the entertainment industries, energy businesses, and the stock market. Finances look positive during the spring and summer, but take a dive in the autumn months. This tunes in rather well with western astrology, for magnetic Venus is currently close to the Earth – a period when financial trading should do well. When Venus moves away from us in June, things look more volatile for the rest of 2017. Western astrology also brings an emphasis on the fire element this year – there’s active, imaginative, and creative potential.
So the Year of the Fire Rooster looks lively, inventive, creative, and competitive. Roosters can be aggressive, fighting each other for the top spot – so a Rooster year can also see aggression flaring up. There is also said to be a heightened risk of fires, explosions, and volcanic eruptions as the element of fire makes itself visible.
The Rooster’s Special Qualities:
• Punctual – the cockerel crows every morning at dawn, announcing the new day. The Chinese associate the Rooster with time. The Rooster is also associated with the Sun god for this reason.
• Prosperity and Fertility of all kinds – creative, financial, physical and mental.
• Communicative – the Rooster has a loud voice, and plenty to talk about!
• Banishes the spirits of the night – Chinese folklore says that ghosts are frightened of the rooster’s dawn cry, and will back off when they hear it. Maybe we can apply this to negative memories, ghosts of the past, and unhelpful, gloomy moods too?
Were You Born in the Year of the Rooster?
Rooster years are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Wishing you a happy Year of the Fire Rooster!
Image: ‘Hahn im Huhnerhof Flamischer Meister des 17’, Anonymous, 17th Century via Wikimedia Commons