So long 2016! So many of us are happy to see it go. But you may not know the Chinese New Year began at the end of December, so it’s in full swing this month. Chinese Astrology scholars called last year ‘The Year of the Monkey’, and I think the wacky antics of last year wore us all out. The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle and each year in the cycle relates to a different animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit (or Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, in that order. Each animal sign imparts a different quality to the year, so the year you were born gave its unique quality to you. Ask any teacher—each school year has a different quality.
Monkey years are historically witty, busy, and full of shocks and surprises, and no one can argue 2016 was a year of shocks and surprises. 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster and, sorry, it might be as challenging as 2016. But in a different way. The Year of the Rooster tolerates no middle ground and no risky ventures. Be brave and practical and stick to proven paths, techniques and methods. Loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and polished appearances are some positive Rooster characteristics. But Roosters are also scrappers. They’re territorial and never back down from a fight, so be immaculately clear in your intentions and prepared to fight for what you believe in. Yes, expect a few battles in 2017.
So just how do we navigate 2017? All Chinese animal signs can utilize Rooster traits. Pay close attention to home and family, encouraging standing up for what you know is right. It isn’t the time, however. To act out in a rebellious, destructive way. If a chance to do the right thing comes your way, grab it and fight for the truth. But don’t go looking for trouble or a cause to fight for if it isn’t actually your cause. Try not to fight for the sake of a fight just because you are in the mood for a battle. Stick close to your “circle of influence” or as Stephen R Covey illustrates in his book ‘Seven Habits of Highly Successful People’, “Things I Can Control”.
For a more successful year, stay in that center circle.
2017 will be the best year for Dragons, Roosters, Oxen, and Snakes. These signs are committed, dedicated to a cause, and traditionally fight for high ideals. They are constant, possess unfailing determination and are the most intellectual signs of the Chinese Zodiac. It’ll be a relatively good year for Tigers and Rats, a mixed year for Pigs, Goats and Monkeys, and a difficult year for Dogs, Rabbits (or cats), and Horses. The Rabbit and the Rooster should try to steer clear of each other or be prepared for some explosive arguments.
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