After being head butted by the opinionated Goat in 2015 and made fun of by the cunning Monkey in ‘16, I’d like to think that the animals of the Chinese zodiac have finished ironing out my kinks in time for the 2017 Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year festival is centuries old and was traditionally a time for the Chinese to honour their deities and ancestors. Developed around the cycles of the Moon and based on a repeating cycle of 12 years, each Lunar year is represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Beginning on Saturday 28 January, this year belongs to the Rooster.
What is the Year of the Rooster about and how can we best harness the attributes of our inner Chanticleer? The answer lies in tapping into the animal’s distinguishable traits.
Our first clue is in the Rooster’s most obvious feature, its vibrant plumage. Multi-coloured and brilliant, its natural flamboyance challenges us to strut our stuff and look our best in 2017 as we stride forward with confidence. This strikingly handsome bird is also renown for protecting its territory fiercely and keeping his flock safe from predators, hence loyalty and focus on the family are paramount this year. On the flip side, the Rooster warns us against arrogance and pride (Hear that, Mr Trump?).
Roosters crow a lot, all day, and at all hours of the day. There is no mistaking their presence or intention. This is as clear a symbolic indication as any that honesty, hard work, diligence and punctuality will be rewarded during this Lunar year. Flapping its wings and crowing in times of danger, the Rooster serves as a timely reminder that courage, vigilance and forthrightness must be exercised in matters of love, money and business. As for our dreams, hearing a Rooster's crow might indicate that a wake-up call is needed in a specific aspect of our lives.
Long story short, the Year of the Rooster compels us to look sharp and put our best foot forward as we step out into the world. Being honest and crystal clear about our intentions concerning love and money are front and centre in the Year of the Rooster. In business, it is best to stick to practical and well-proven paths to success rather than risking it all with short cuts and dodgy ventures.
The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one for us all, especially as it coincides with this year being a ‘1’ year in a 9-year numerology cycle. A ‘1’ year is all about new beginnings, striving forward and shining bright. Everything that the Rooster wants us to be and more!