Saturday, January 27th, is the Chinese New Year! We are now in the Year of the Fire Rooster.
Who is the Rooster?
The Rooster is personified by successful businessmen and women. Most are extroverts who like to talk! They love attention and want to be in the middle of all the action. Known to be fashionable and a loud dresser, Roosters love hosting and attending glittering cocktail parties full of important, moneyed people. The Rooster lives for business success. Like the barnyard Rooster, these people expect to be on top of the heap, ruling their social group. They are friends with CEOs and investors and tech millionaires. Flashy, yet serious about their career, Roosters are very dedicated to their work. He/she works hard to climb the corporate ladder to success.
The Rooster likes to strut its stuff and boast about career achievements, just as a barnyard Rooster fluffs up its feathers to look important! Roosters set personal goals to get promoted at work each year. They strive to be highly visible in the workplace. Rooster women will “dress to impress” with high heels, business suits, bright silk scarves, bling-y jewelry and fashionable hair cuts. Rooster men will wear high-end business suits with expensive ties (skinny ties are “in” now and Rooster men follow trends, so maybe a skinny tie). Men will wear the latest cuts and fabrics to attract attention. They are not afraid of loud patterns or shiny fabrics. Think of a Rooster’s colorful tail feathers! And like the barnyard Rooster’s crown (its red comb), workplace Roosters aspire to be treated like royalty or a VIP.
Good year for weddings and babies
Like the barnyard Rooster who wants to be the leader of the biggest (or the hugest in Trump speak) flock possible, a Rooster year is filled with weddings and new babies. It’s a good year for new business partnerships, too, like joining forces with another business in your market. This year, Oprah is partnering with Weight Watchers to promote weight loss and with Kraft-Heinz to create a new line of healthy grocery store food.
With Trump now in office, people are worried he will get his “feathers ruffled” and start a nuclear war! Yes (the ruffled feathers part, not the nuclear war part) may well happen in 2017. Many world leaders will get into scuffles (like on Twitter) over little tiffs. It’s a year where everyone will feel the heat from social media criticism. Leaders especially at risk: Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un. Already, NATO and the US are doing war exercises right on Russia’s border with Eastern Europe. And the airspace over Syria is already a pissing match among all the different countries bombing there. And North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is lighting off more and more missiles. The good news: the skirmishes aren’t likely to erupt into a full-fledged war. There will be more talk than action. Like a Rooster fighting for dominance in the barnyard, there will be lots of loud squawking but then the birds/world leaders will calm down and take a breath.
Don’t feel like a Rooster?
If you’re a very spiritual, metaphysical, bohemian or a Bernie Sanders-type socialist who isn’t interested in big money or big business, you may be a Phoenix! The Phoenix is also a bold and powerful bird, but is more at home in the spiritual world than the business world. The Phoenix is the famous wounded bird that rises from the ashes. The story correlates to religious stories about death and redemption/rebirth. The deeper meaning here is about dying to what the world or society is telling you to be. And being reborn as someone who answers to a higher calling, listens only to their own voice. This can mean being part of the vegan community (resisting factory farms, prepackaged food with additives) or the Women’s March (resisting sexist comments in the workplace) or the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (resisting big government and big oil) or the Black Lives Matter movement (resisting police abuse) or the LBGTQ community (resisting discrimination based on sexual preference or identity). As I’m writing this, I’m realizing how many protest groups are now active! My personal favorite is the Anonymous hacker group (resisting government propaganda).
How to be successful in this Fire Rooster year
The Fire energy this year can get too hot! Don’t run off on wild goose chases. What seems like a “crazy dream” might really be a crazy dream! To be successful in 2017, keep yourself grounded. Think of a rooster who looks undignified and all over the place when trying to fly, but walks around on the ground in a confident strut.
Make realistic, achievable goals this year. Carefully plan out how to move from point A to point B. You will get more accomplished this way. Be practical, not dreamy. If you are not a business-minded person, just imagine yourself as Martha Stewart or Donald Trump and ask yourself what THEY would do. They would likely create a detailed business plan, with goals listed on a calendar. Break down your goals for 2017 into monthly goals.
Likewise, be conservative with your money this year. Don’t take big gambles. Plan a realistic budget. Wait for your career to advance (for most people, this will be in Autumn). Instead of risking your money in hopes of a big windfall, work diligently towards a promotion or a higher profile job that pays more money.
Advice for 2017
- Don’t stick your neck out. Where did this phrase come from? From chickens who get their heads chopped off so that the farmer can sell chicken breasts. This Fire year brings us lots of fiery arguments and heated fights. It’s wise to avoid these battles. This means staying away from violent protests.
- To reach your life goals this year, first see the big picture. Imagine in your head what you want to accomplish. It could be your dream wedding, a beach vacation, moving to a more progressive city or a million-dollar book deal. Plan out small, easily-acheivable steps to get yourself there.
- Score brownie points with your boss this year by being on time! In this Rooster year, your dedication to the job will not go unnoticed. After all, a Rooster’s job is to be ready at exactly the crack of dawn to wake everyone up.
Predictions for 2017
- Economies falter, even in powerhouses like the US and Great Britain.
- This Fire year brings more natural disasters like huge wildfires, monster tornadoes, historic flooding and rare volcanic eruptions. Expect more crazy weather, too. Other disasters like epidemics (remember the Ebola scare?) could flareup.
- More terrorist attacks are predicted in Fire years, especially with a bomb or another explosive device. A dirty bomb has been predicted for some time. This would be a homemade bomb or IED with stolen nuclear materials added to it. Its detonation could cause nuclear radioactive fallout. Would ISIS dare to do this in a big American or European city? It could create a long-standing “no go zone” in a major bustling city, like New York or Paris.
- Other explosions are possible, like the natural gas explosions we’ve seen in the (old and neglected) sewers of New York City and in homes.
- It’s predicted that trains could be targeted by ISIS, etc. for terrorist attacks. This could be a derailment, a mysterious high-speed crash, a bomb or a gunman on board.
- Bridges may fail and fall down due to disrepair. Or by tampering from a terrorist organization. Or a major bridge could become a flashpoint during a protest, with people blocking traffic. Or there could be another “Bridgegate” with a politician or the National Guard blocking an important bridge to make a point.
- 2017 is a hot year for fashion! Roosters like to look their best and love bold, “look at me” fashions. What’s in: clunky black eyeglasses, extreme winged eyeliner, bright sparkles and glitter, faux fur in crazy colors like hot pink, stiletto boots and heels, “free the nipple” open or meshed tops with nothing worn underneath, colorful feathers and Pom poms, dramatic designer gowns with high slits, bright patterns like polka dots, gemstone colors like ruby red and emerald green, metallics and peacock colors like dark teal, royal blue and hot turquoise. Make a splash!
- Health and beauty trends in 2017: Buzzwords like “organic” and “all-natural” continue to move products. Health foods make a big dent in the marketplace. All the “bad for you” food and drinks like salty fast food burgers and fries and sugary sodas continue to decline in popularity. “Good for you” foods like smoothies and kale chips continue to climb in popularity. Restaurants will add more vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free items to their menus (yay!). GMO companies like Monsanto will face increased pressure and protests.
- Alternative medicine like meditation, yoga, medical marijuana, acupuncture and juice cleanses will become more accepted by the mainstream.
- Social pressure to be healthy will eventually lower rates of smoking, binge drinking, obesity and illicit drug use.