Year of the Fire Rooster 2017
January 28th 2017 the shift from Fire Monkey to Fire Rooster is complete. 2016 was a wild and crazy year; with the Fire Monkey holding no stops creating a lot of change and along with some alarming surprises. In 2017 the Animal shifts but the element FIRE does not. This element will boost the already Fiery Rooster into a new dimension so expect the year to be equally dynamic. We can expect it to dial down a ‘notch’ as we move from the extroverted and vocal Monkey to the more posturing and introverted Rooster.
The Monkey Year was aggressive, karmic and although alarming, somewhat necessary. Monkeys leave no stone upturned in their search for the hidden energies. Much of what had not been seen, heard or spoken was unleashed in the Monkey year. Many are still reeling from personal challenges and world events from Fire Monkey mischief.
The Rooster will be a more level year, but I will still caution; be prepared. The Rooster is all about posturing and show. If anything my belief is that there will be as much happening on all levels but it may be more clandestine and hidden. The Rooster’s external presentation is showy but don’t be fooled; the Rooster reveals what he or she wants you to see. Be careful to examine the nuance of what lies behind appearance. For some it will not be will a year for risk taking unless you are a Snake, Ox or Rooster born. In general the Fire Rooster Year is about following what we know will work best, playing it safe and being well informed; lest we be burned. FIRE can level and destroy anything in its path and this year will be no exception. Fire is bright and scintillating but it can also be dangerous!
There is a complexity to the year of the Fire Rooster. The base element of the Rooster is METAL which is strong, solid and in control. FIRE however melts Metal and will undermine its ability to be in control. Before we delve into the potentials and possibilities of 2017 lets look at the Rooster personality first.
ROOSTER BORN FOLKS
Roosters are natural alarm clocks. They alert us to the new day and new ideas like no other animal. Upfront, fastidious & focused Roosters pay extreme attention to detail and get the job done like no other. Hard work does not hinder them but they can be a bit dictatorial in how they approach things.
Ask any farmer and he will tell you there is never room for more than one Rooster in the barn yard. Obsessive and controlling at times they will fight the odds to keep balance and order around them. As such, Roosters are solitary individuals and often complex characters. Roosters tend to hide any insecurities and will safe guard ideas to maintain their status, especially as leaders.
Roosters wear a natural crown in that ornamental comb atop a brightly colored plumage. And yes, they do expect to be looked at. Roosters therefore can be trend setters in both the Fashion and Business world. Rooster aligns with Virgo in Western astrology and as such are intellectual and thoughtful in their processes. Roosters may be showy but do not expect a Rooster to reveal his or her secrets easily.
Rooster ladies will be well dressed and well versed. They have a natural magnetism that makes an impression. Their wit and natural smarts are disarming, but do not try to pull the wool over her eyes. She is a keen observer and lets nothing get past her!
Rooster men are charming and charismatic yet incredibly shrewd. They can keep the conversation light and witty yet will be filing information on details for future reference.
Roosters in general are natural leaders and are icons in many walks of life. Their unyielding command of situations gain the trust of many but don’t let that facade fool you. If you are going to go into business with a Rooster make sure you sign airtight legal contracts and be in the know about their plans. We can learn much from Roosters but don’t take for granted that they will tell you everything. Ask questions and give them incentives to be more forthcoming. They do need to feel like they are in charge, and many Roosters excel as business partners or employees if given their independence. When Roosters are appreciated for their intelligence and given their rightful status they can be your best friend, employee or partner.
REFLECTIONS ON 1957
Going back to the last Fire Rooster year to observe what events shaped the world can offer a better perspective as to what can or may happen this year. 60 years ago events and inventions shaped the future.
- The pacemaker was invented in the U.S. by Clarence W Lillehie and Earl Bakk and the first temporary artificial heart was created by Willem Kolff . Both of these inventions were a massive breakthrough in medicine.
- The first Frisbee was produced by the Wham O company, an item that is still popular and widely used today.
- John Lennon and Paul McCartney first meet as teenagers at a church event, leading to the formation of their first band, the Quarrymen; precursor to the Beatles. The Beatles had a profound effect on the the ensuing generations and still do.
- Aviation hit a new level in 1957 with the first ‘around the world flight’, Boeing 707 first flight and Canada’s Avro CF-105 Arrow being unveiled.
- The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite Sputnik1 to orbit the earth resulting in the Race to Space with the USA releasing its satellite a year later.
- Malaysia gained its independence from the United Kingdom and Singapore gained self Rule.
- Martin Luther King Jr headed a nationwide resistance to racial segregation and discrimination in the US. As a result the Civil Rights Act is enacted and the US Commission on Civil Rights is established.
- The EEC ( European Economic Community ) was formed which has had long lasting influence on how Europe conducts business.
- 1957 was the ‘peak’ birth year for baby boomers which in 2017 creates a massive imprint on our current social systems.
- Finally, suggesting Fire Rooster symbology, NBC introduced a very showy bird logo; the still recognizable ‘Peacock’ in what was then the newest thing in TV, ‘living color’.
Although there were many other interesting and odd occurrences in 1957 these are but a few. Their impact is still felt and recognized. This aligns with the Showy Fire Rooster and the impact he or she can and will make in 2017.
Looking at Rooster Symbology as well as history allows us to understand better what lies behind Roosters majesty.
THE ROOSTER IN ASIAN MYTHOLOGY
In Asia, the year of the Rooster may also be referred to as the Year of the Chicken or Phoenix. The Phoenix is an pivotal animal in Landscape Feng Shui. It represents the direction south and the ability to fly towards one’s destination in life.The Sun and Fire are synonymous and the symbol of Phoenix who was reborn from the ashes to rise again. Symbolically the Phoenix hold out hope and vision for the future. When Landscape Feng Shui is applied to the body, the Phoenix is assigned to our fronts, where we look out , see smell and observe all that is around us. When our path is clear our internal ‘phoenix ‘ can take off with confidence, moving towards what we want and vision in life. The Phoenix needs a run way to take off, space to spread its wings and fly upwards. To this end a ‘view’ or ‘seeing where we are going’ empowers us and allows the space in which to look, dream and imagine our direction in life.
When applying this principle in Feng Shui Design, for your home, apartment or business we refer to the View as The Ming Tang. The word Ming Tang translates into ‘The Great Hall’ represented by the Phoenix. It refers to the ability to see into the distance and is symbolic of knowing where we are going in life. When there is no view or our view is blocked this ability is hindered. Photos on your screen saver or photos and paintings in your home can serve this purpose, but they do not have the same power as having an actual view.
The Phoenix has long been a symbol of prosperity, peace and happiness in many cultures. In the Hindu culture we see it as Garuda, In Tibet it is Me byi karmo and in Russia its called the Firebird just to name a few cultures that honor this animal.
The name Fenghuang is given to the mythical bird of Asia that rules all other birds. Normally paired with The Dragon it is an auspicious decoration at weddings and is considered good luck. In China and Japan it is viewed as an imperial Symbol representing the sun, justice, obedience and fidelity. There are both Male & Female components to this particular ‘Phoenix’ which takes body parts from other animals and is also representative of six celestial bodies; the head is the sky, the eyes are the sun, the back is the moon the wings represent the wind, the feet represent the earth, the tail the planets.
In all the Rooster has a powerful pedigree in Asian cultures and in is a force to be acknowledged. When navigating through the Fire Rooster year its best to give thought to what it is you want to achieve and see how the energy of this powerful Symbol can speak to you. The color Gold paired with the Rooster is considered even more powerful due to the Roosters nature and alignment with the metal element.
WHAT THE ROOSTER YEAR WILL BRING
Reflecting on Rooster personality, historic events and its symbology allow an overview of the energy present in 2017. * to better understand the elements refer to the 5 transformations ~ scroll down past the Animal predictions to find it.
Showy, and independent yet strong and proud, the Rooster seeks control in order to maintain balance. This is key to how Rooster energy will present in 2017. The core elements at play are Fire and Metal. Rooster energy is naturally fiery and visible, Roosters like the spotlight, much like the element FIRE. His location on the Bauga (Feng Shui Compass) is due west, the direction associated with Metal. Metal tends to be rigid and controlling. It is only softened by heat and made malleable, which is a natural but not its normal state.
In the year 2017 the FIRE element dominates. Metal can do with a bit of softening and as Fire evokes passion, visibility and transformation. This year the Rooster then is at odds with itself with the Fire of the year and Metal at its core. The inclusion of the Element Earth will create a more positive supportive energy in a Fire Metal Year. The Earth element offers a grounded solid approach to all undertakings this year. Knowing that Rooster is a formidable worker with a no nonsense approach to life in general is key. Reviewing and keeping in mind Rooster characteristics as noted above, will allow you to navigate your years wisely.
The Rooster year will not be one for taking chances in new business ventures unless you have done your due diligence and your methodology is tried, tested and true. Keep in mind the rigidity (Metal) of the Roosters approach, which also speaks to planning ahead and flawless execution. Hard work and results are the order of the year. Roosters are opportunistic and can sniff out potential winning deals, yet do so in a timely manner and are well prepared.
In 2017 is there is no ‘middle road’; it is best to be focused and clear about goals in all areas of life. If you have not thought out what 2017 may or could be for you, its high time to stop and take stock.
Writing down clear intentions for what you want to achieve or creating an intentional storyboard with images and photos will fine tune the process. What ever your approach to planning this is a good year to get clear. It may set the tone for years to come.
On a fun note 2017 can be a passionate and romantic year for many. Either finding a new love or rekindling an old one. Either way it is a good year to fire up your romantic idealism and make those in your life happy. Everyone loves it when they receive special attention for no obvious reason. Even taking risks in romance and love could work this year. If you have been on the fence about commitment this is the time to get off the fence and get on the roof to crow about in true Rooster fashion.
The Fire aspect of the years annual element will allow us to bring enthusiasm and energy into all aspects of life. Passion, ideology and vision are what Fire brings; control and preciseness is what Metal brings. Another way the Earth element can mitigate or soften this energy is by its presence, so we can feel its potent energy. Having a favorite gemstone visible or wearing one will ‘ground’ the Fire/Metal energy. Practices that ‘ground’ us symbolically are also of importance this year. Getting out and appreciating nature, doing yoga or doing meditation can allow us a calmness in times of uncertainty and stress.
There can be big changes in 2017. Just as we witnessed some eye opening events in the Fire Monkey year 2016, we can expect more of the same. The question to ask is how will you respond? The word ‘responsibility’ speaks to our ability to respond to any give set of circumstances. A Fire Rooster year is an excellent time to observe and do self evaluation.
Roosters are very visible, formidable and loyal to their objectives and ideals. Its easier to read the obvious but what is really going on behind the scenes. Unfortunately the Rooster is not one to tell us. Focused more on results Roosters will keep their methodology hidden. For this reason it is an opportunity to focus on your own ‘modus operandi’: unless you are a Rooster you will never know their strategy. 2017 is a prime year for getting to the bottom of things in your own life. Rooster energy will support you without ever being nosy or probing. Roosters trust that our personal methods are private; it is results that count in the long run in a Rooster year. Power Readings can be a perfect way to know what you face in 2017.
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THE ROOSTER INFLUENCE IN FENG SHUI
On the BAGUA compass the ROOSTER sits in the WEST direction, the number 7 and influenced by the ELEMENT METAL. It is SYMBOLICALLY the area of CREATIVITY and CHILDREN and the ICHING TRIGRAM is LAKE or TUI. The energy is that of the youngest daughter, the spoiled one, which alludes to leisure and all that glistens; like gold and silver. With this in mind we can ask ourselves certain questions. Do we take enough time to rest, to treat ourselves and others and take leisure time? Are we maintaining balance between work and play? Or do we err in the opposite direction and take too much leisure time when we should be working on our goals?
The Rooster may be secretive and selective but he or she shows us integrity and discernment in all things. Being allowed to embrace our shadow sides, and accepting it in others teaches us humility and ultimately compassion. When we own all aspects of our humanness and accept it in others, we embrace all of who we are.
Creating harmony in our lives and spaces is paramount to health and well being. The showy Rooster is also an excellent example of ‘self care’. 2017 it is the year to evaluate the balance in our lives. It is a year to take more pride in your appearance and wardrobe. We can take our cue from the Rooster who makes no apology for the proud stance, magnificent plumage and crowning comb. Creating a new look boosts self esteem and may land you that new job! Roosters distinctive crow announces the new day with pride and authority. Rooster embraces every new dawn, every new idea, internal and external and moves forward with determination and confidence.
ANIMAL PREDICTIONS for 2017
ROOSTER BORN 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993,2005 & 2017
A spotlight year for all Rooster born folks and being a Fire year you will feel the heat. Personal years are often challenging and for you this year it will be super busy. Roosters will find themselves around those who seek your guidance and expertise. This may prove overwhelming as you have your own agenda and want to be efficient with your time and energy. It will be an excellent year to learn something new in your field and allow yourself to be guided as well. Relationships may create unnecessary pressure, and you will have to practice being tactful. Dropping into a deeper relaxation modes will temper the intensity and allow you to find your deeper truth in order to stay grounded. To maximize luck this year, keep your eyes to opportunities and keep a relentlessly positive attitude. Allow the Fire to keep your vision clear, passions high and this year can ultimately be very successful. Key words: Experience, Optimism and Focus
DOG BORN 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 & 2018
The pressure you felt in the Fire Monkey year will ease up and you will finally feel motivated and energized. This years Fire will light that internal flame, leading to some powerful inner and outward transformations. You may still feel challenged but now there is a confidence and stimulation allowing you to overcome any obstacles. Promotions and opportunities will be forthcoming after what may have seemed like a long period of being invisible. The Rooster year involves unseen risks so due diligence in any new venture is required. Romance is not high in the dogs forecast, but it may come when you least expect it! Enjoy a new level of relaxation and sharing with friends, family and loved ones. Starting a new hobby or travel is advised as you are ready to learn from new experiences and meet new people. Dogs do well in Rooster years as long as you stick to a plan and see it through. Take care with your digestive and respiratory system for signs of weakness. Take immediate and appropriate steps to maintain health and emotional emotional well being. Key words: Mentoring; Creative projects; Owning your gifts
PIG BORN 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 & 2019
The Fire Rooster year is a mixed bag for the Pig/Boar born. Your domestic life will remain stable but any changes or unexpected events may be stressful. Ultimately new ventures are good for Pigs, you will still have to watch tendencies to fall back into a comfort position. Travel is up for Pigs in 2017 as it forces you into new environments and situations. Travelers may come to you as well. Roosters activate Pigs and with the Fiery element in the forefront it is finally time to do all those things you have been talking about. Caution with your kidney health and make sure you add proper tonics to your diet. Your love life is also blessed in the Rooster year as you infuse an old relationship with energy or meet new and exciting people. Finances may be an issue but you are well prepared to meet your goals without much worry. Opportunities await you in a Rooster year, so its best to choose wisely but make things happen. Key words: Perseverance , Thoughtfulness and Due Diligence
RAT BORN 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948,1960, 1972,1984,1996, & 2008
For Rats the Rooster’s showy bravado and posturing is annoying at best. You will lose some of the ground gained in the Monkey year but patience will pay off. It will continue to be a bit of a roller coaster but you are now equipped to do what you do best, wait it out. Keep focused on your goals and reap the rewards closer to the end of the Roosters reign. What ever you started in the past should still viable endeavor; realign your approach and try again. Your intelligence and business acumen will come into play this year in a big way so take heart if the year starts off on a sour note. Your social life stands to perk up. Old conflicts will shift and you perspective will change from resentment to contentment. There will be plenty of opportunity to shine in a Rooster year, especially in late spring and early autumn. Take care not to overdue it and watch your colon health. Key Words : Adventure, Change and Adjustment
OX BORN 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985,1997 & 2009
A promising year for the Ox born with endless possibilities coming through under the Fire Rooster’s rule.You are a part of the Rooster’s triad along with Snake so Rooster years bring luck. 2017 will be auspicious personally and in business. This bodes to long hours and more work to achieve your goals but you will ultimately be recognized and rewarded. You will need to take care with health and not get run down as a result as its a higher than normal activity year. Long distance holidays are not feasible so take short er breaks close to home. The Ox’s determined and steadfast nature tends to overdue it at times, but this year your hard work will pay off. Taking quality time with family and friends will also pay off and relationships with deepen, even at work. Keep an eye on investments; you may feel successful now but save gambling for more stable times. Key Words: Patience, Education and Rest
TIGER BORN 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 & 2010
Tiger is challenged in Rooster years especially when Fire is present. Your base element Wood fuels Roosters flames creating big heat. Change is afoot and you must take care not to let yourself get rattled. This year, its best to wait and watch. From this standpoint any potential confrontations can be resolved with insight and calmness. Although its not Tigers nature to sit back, Roosters fiery presence will force you to remain more focused on being creative and innovative. There are lots of opportunities for Tigers in a Rooster year; the key is go after those that really inspire you. Your social life will be full and you may find that taking a more prominent role in a group or organization is very fulfilling. Best to roll with the punches, stay under the radar and celebrate the vibrancy the year holds out. Beware of stress and participate in calming and relaxing activities on a regular basis. Key Words: Balance, Discernment and Determination
RABBIT BORN 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 & 2011
Rabbit lives directly across from the Rooster on the astrology wheel and this is an antagonistic position. Rabbits in the Rooster years must exercise caution in all aspects of life while honing in on the opportunities that present themselves. Career changes are highlighted; whether that is in your given field or something new. Know that in Rooster years you are more vulnerable than most so be cautious with contracts and legal issues. Keep a close eye on your expenditures as any changes to career could mean more travel or moving to a new location. Focusing on creative endeavors balances your energy so getting out there to networking and socialize is optimal. Your personal life should remain harmonious in the light of the Fire energy a foot. Remember that Roosters base element clashes with Rabbits Wood element. Those born in the Wood Rabbit year of 1975 will be more at risk than other Rabbits. Overall Rabbits natural luck will prevail and 2018 will herald in a prosperous year. Key words: Frugality, Transformation and Ingenuity
DRAGON BORN 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 & 2024
Dragons may still be feeling the whirlwind of the Fire Monkey’s influence and 2017 will be no less. The key this year for Dragons is partnership and working with those in authority. Business relationships are crucial and will make or break how well things go. If you have a tendency to be stubborn then work on that this year. Change is also a constant in Fire Rooster years for Dragon born. Roosters are an unlikely match for you . The combined energies create a feeling not unlike ‘shifting sands’. Key is to become flexible and comfortable enough to navigate it. It will be a year to also watch your spending. A bit of success may see you wanting to be more extravagant than normal, so beware. Socially you will enjoy lots of activities with family and work related. Make sure you take time alone in nature to regroup. Dragons love the lime light and when competing with the Fire Rooster you may tend to burn out. Key Words: Diligence Patience and Latitude
SNAKE BORN 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 & 2013
Rooster years are usually stellar years, especially the Fire Rooster, as it aligns with Snakes base element Fire. It is a year to not hold back. What ever you have been brewing undercover is now ready to be seen by the world. The energy of 2017 will give you a renewed sense of hope your many talents. A year like this does not happen frequently. Those born in 1953, Water Snake year, will have to take care not to extinguish that passionate Fire vibration. Let go of control this year and work with the powers that be. All of this spells work and long hours so you will need to take care to keep life balanced. Questions may arise around whether you choose a different career path or re vamp what you have been doing. Either way its imperative to use the momentum of the Rooster year to get to the bottom of things so the wise choices arise. Snakes know how to be still and it will be important to find those still times so you can maintain quality health and perspective. Key words: Motivation, Celebration and Determination
HORSE BORN 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 & 2014
This Rooster year will be ultimately be a very personal soul searching year for Horse born folk. It seems the challenges you stand to face are in all areas of your life; Business, Love, and Health. Be prepared to go deep, its the only way to unlock the keys to the next step on all levels. It will be important not to push yourself this year or to deal with escapism. Its a year to think about what home and family means as there is indication that those close to you may face health issues. Travel is not in the cards as it is a better year to plan finances carefully and enjoy all that is around you. On the bright side it will be an amazing year for creativity, ingenuity and breaking free of old ties that bind, inner ones as well as outward ones. It will be through creative expression that the answers and joy will surface. Then in 2018 you will be able to move forward again in true Horse style with a more refined plan and the wind at your back. The challenge is to go a bit slower, be aware of your body, especially connective tissues. It will be important to take care on all levels as the year have a surprising and ultimately fantastic end. Key Words: Soul Searching, Wellness and Creativity
SHEEP BORN 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015
For Sheep born the Rooster year is one of steady progress. Improvements from last year are to be expected on all levels. Businesses must be watched carefully and monitored. Where you spend your cash this year will be crucial. Travel may be in the cards for you this year as it is a good year to foster new relationships, meet new people and go new places. A fresh perspective keeps you from falling into old patterns as opportunities for personal growth and expansion abound. Take time to focus on your diet and exercise regime and know that extremes are not good for the stealthy goat in Rooster years. Goats chart new territory well but beware of your footing in emotional and business terrain. Cultivate deeper family ties and be supportive to those around you. Revisit old friendships, make amends for any past transgressions and you may find unexpected support. The Fire Rooster can prove to be magical for the Sheep if you go with your intuition and not the status quo. Key words: Self Awareness, Adventure and Forgiveness
MONKEY BORN 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 & 2016
After a hectic and often surprising personal year in 2016 you will be able to regroup and see the fruits of your labour. This year can be a bit of a catch 22 however. The seeds you sewed last year will bear fruit, but will need to be tended carefully. Its not easy for the Monkey to stand in the shadow of the showy Rooster, but hang in there, it will be worth the wait. For those born in 1956 and had your return year in 2016 you will continue to ride that Fire energy into late 2017. Take care not to be too overzealous but know the Fire will provide the energy and leverage you need to keep going. Its important that Monkeys keep to the plan, the steady path, and not make big moves. Do your homework and get your ducks in a row for 2018 when the Steady Earth Dog provides the best climate for change. Monkeys will enjoy an active social life, and even a provocative love life; the key is to watch out for those not as sincere as yourself. This applies to business as well. Follow your gut! If its too good to be true, then it probably is! Take care with health issues, reduce your alcohol intake as liver is indicated as being weak this year. Key Words: Thoughtfulness, Attention to Detail, Self Care.
THE FIVE TRANSFORMATIONS
The FIVE ELEMENTS are the core of understanding the Asian world view. These elements are Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. The flow of elements show us a harmonious cycle and a controlling cycle. When these are balanced the flow of energy is its most beneficial.
The Harmonious cycle: follow the outer lines of the diagram below
FIRE feeds EARTH which feeds METAL which feeds WATER which feeds WOOD, which in turn feeds FIRE.
Five Element Image
Five Elemental Balances
The Controlling Cycle is this : follow the inner lines of the ‘star’ on diagram above
FIRE melts METAL which cuts WOOD, which displaces *EARTH, which controls WATER which extinguishes FIRE.
This dynamic interrelationship creates a set of circumstances which play out differently each year depending on the Element of the year and the Base element of the animal whose year it is.