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

Welcome to the Chinese Rooster Year for 2017. This New Year begins in January on Saturday 28th on 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 4th February but 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 will mean disharmony. Yin Fire symbolises a candle flame which is flickering, hence its an emotional, sentimental and sensitive one, not a quick tempered one of Yang Fire as in the Monkey. But it can still be tense and nervous and can explode. 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.

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/she is considered of high character symbolising the Five Virtues. He is always considered a good omen and favourable symbol and 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 with any food morsels he has found. Rooster will fight to the death if they have to, to protect their
charges, and any of those under him.  The Rooster shows an interesting blend of traits from being bombastic and all the way to logical, he can be too righteous and 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 lured Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, out of a cave where she had 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 and has 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.


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 and this can shake their self-confidence. They like socialising and are a wow at parties. They have a natural ability for expressing themselves in clear precise language. And they are remarkably adaptable and show a fresh, young enthusiastic side as well. Their principle qualities are honesty, frankness and courageousness. They can give of themselves completely in focussed 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 the nice corner of the garden so that only others can come in by invitation. Roosters will succeed in all professions that demand self-assurance, nerve and brilliance. They are intelligent and skilful and know
who 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 in the military but only as an officer. Roosters are scrupulous about their appearance and sometimes become ruffled at others poor tastes. 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. Can sometimes be very eccentric and preoccupied with their own needs. They 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 types rather than conforming. Their life for that reason can be unstable at times.


Rooster people are known to behave with great charm and kindness and 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. In love they throw themselves 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. Roosters do well in relationship with the Oxen, the Dragon, and the Snake . They 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 husband and wife.

CELEBRITY ROOSTERS – Famous people born in the Year of the Rooster:

Business & 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 Mirran, Steve Martin, Tom Selleck, Priscilla Presley, Henry Winkler, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, Bruce Spence.

Musicians and Singers: Donny Osmond, Britney Spears, Sid Viscious, Gloria Estafan, 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).


The Chinese zodiac cycles over 12 animals and five elements making the same combination every 60 years with a previous Yin Fire Rooster in 1957. That year saw the Vietnam war escalating with the Viet Cong against the Sth 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.

In 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 Quarryman before
the Beatles came into being.

Yin Fire also symbolises optimism and the Rooster is the Peach Blossom sign representing romance and beauty, so it generates happiness and its 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 that romance that grows strong this year may also be cut short for reasons outside of your control due to the Fire and Metal combination.


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.


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.


Feng Shui for the year – in the Chinese system there are five elements and nine stars. The Flying Star system helps a Feng Shui practitioner analyse your home and business. Flying Stars move each year to interact with the Stars of your home. These are general guidelines here – if you need specific help contact myself or the nearest Feng Shui practitioner. The annual 1 Star (Water) is located in the centre of your home or business. As such, its anticipated that more water related disasters can happen in 2017 and the affected areas of both your homes or in many countries can be central areas or in the south areas. In the Rooster year the bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolising obstacles and sickness arrives in the South sector. Its recommended that you hang a metal wind chime or use a metal gong, bell or bowl here and tone it regularly in the South to dissolve this energy. Worst months will be in March, September and December. Another tough Star is number 2, also symbolising sickness, and is in the North West sector in 2017. The traditional method to dissolve the 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the North West of the house. The ‘Grand Duke’, the energy of the Rooster direction this year is in the West, hence its not favourable to disturb the earth or undertake substantial construction work in
this direction. Its also not recommended to sit with your back against the East as you will be sitting against the unfavourable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”. The East is the ‘Crash position’ against the Grand Duke where it’s also not good to sit. The tough Star 3 (Wood) is a star of conflict and robbery. It’s present in the West. It’s necessary to put a visible piece of red paper in this position to minimise it’s influence. Also the tough Star 7, representing scandals is in the South West – the traditional solution for this Star 7 is to place 3 pieces of bamboo plant grown in a clear glass vase of water in the South West sector. The best places in your home or office this year are the East sector with the 8 Flying Star and the North sector with the 6 Star. Keep them fresh and clean every week. If it’s your office, your bedroom or your front door that’s great. The 9 Star is in the South East and benefits from bright colours like reds, yellows, purples, etc., and fresh flowers.


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.
What’s in Store for Each of the Twelve Animal Signs in 2017?
This is a guide only to the year. Remember that this is just a simple picture – for complete forecasts for 2017 look at your Four Pillars Chart which is your full Chinese destiny zodiac chart. It uses the Year, Month, Day and the Hour of your birth to get a true picture of your character. Try visiting – http://www.feng-shui-nstitute.org/free4pillars.htm for a full calculation of your chart. NB: When the animal is listed here its element is in brackets.
The animals that do best in the Rooster year are the Dragon, the 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.
THE RAT (Water): (1924, ‘36, ‘48, ‘60, ‘72, ‘84, ‘96, ‘08) 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.
THE OX (Earth): (1925, ‘37, ‘49, ‘61, ‘73, ‘85, ‘97, ‘09) The Ox is in a perfect position with the Rooster this year. Your focus will be on working this year. 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.
THE TIGER (Wood): (1926, ‘38, ‘50, ‘62, ‘74, ‘86, ‘98, ‘10) 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 it is a year to be prudent as you tend to spend money too thoughtlessly.
THE RABBIT (Wood): (1927, ‘39, 51, ‘63, ‘75, ‘87, ‘99, ‘11) The Rabbit is the opposite sign to the Rooster in the zodiac, so its 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 time to heal. Its 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.
THE DRAGON (Earth): (1928, ‘40, ‘52  ‘64, ‘76, ‘88, ‘00, ‘12) 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. Its a prosperous year ahead for the Dragon with your favourable stars shining bright. There may be possibilities of promotions or increase in salary. Family is the most important this year. Life works more smoothly for you now in 2017.
THE SNAKE (Fire): (1929, ‘41, ‘53, ‘65, ‘77, ‘89, ‘01, ‘13) 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.

THE HORSE (Fire): (1930, ‘42, ‘54, ‘66, ‘78, ‘90, ‘02, ‘14) This year for the Horse shows that you can expect a year that brings good news. Love and romance are highlighted in 2017. 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.
THE SHEEP/GOAT (Earth): (1919, ‘31, ‘43, ‘55, ‘67, ‘79, ‘91, ‘03, ‘15) 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 energy. Use the energy of 2017 to budget and handle your finances and behave responsibly.
THE MONKEY (Metal): (1920, ‘32, ‘44, ‘56, ‘68, ‘80, ‘92, ‘04, ‘16) 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.
THE ROOSTER (Metal): (1921, ‘33, ‘45, ‘57, ‘69, ‘81, ‘93, ‘05) The Rooster year is a time for rebirth, transformation and growth for you as Rooster benefits from the energy of his/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. 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/her an idea of what you need.
THE DOG (Earth): (1922, ‘34, ‘46, ‘58, ‘70, ‘82, ‘94, ‘06) 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. Career shows that the obstacles and difficulties in career may come from several directions at once, but they won’t be anything you can’t handle.
THE PIG (Water): (1923, ‘35, ‘47, ‘59, ‘71, ‘83, ‘95, ‘07) 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. May you prosper, experience abundance and be successful in 2017.

Richard Giles,
Feng Shui Practitioner and Astrologer,
PO Box 489, MALENY, QLD 4552
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