Chinese New Year 2017–Year of the Red Rooster (Fire Cock) January 28, 2017–February 15, 2018

 

rooster-1aI don’t know about you, but this past Year of the Monkey was exhausting with its promises of unpredictability and turmoil! The craziest year in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the (hyperactive) Monkey officially ends January 27th. Now the New Year of the Fire Rooster  which begins January 28 is going to bring fresh challenges requiring practical solutions! Everything you loved/hated about 2016 is still here in 2017 — there’s just going to be way, way more of it. That’s the good news/bad news.

In a Rooster Year, everyone can reap rewards by tapping into Rooster traits of loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and punctuality. After all, it’s the rooster who gives the wake-up call.  rooster

 

The Year of the Rooster 2017 is symbolized by two elements – with Yin fire sitting on top of metal.   Fire conquers metal, a destructive cycle in the universe.   In particular Yin Fire symbolizes a candle flame which is flickering and unstable. The Fire Rooster’s temper can become explosive. And Fire on Metal also symbolizes weapons (bullets and guns).  There will be international conflicts and clashes. Looking back in history, there are quite serious acts of violence related to Red Rooster days or year: 911, the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Osama Bin Laden’s assassination. The rooster promises explosions, fire and war in 2017.

 

The beginning of the Chinese New Year 2017 will be the most difficult. Each person will have to find the strength to cope. The entire 2017 is expected to be uneven, alternating between failure and fortune, defeat and success. 2017 will be quite stressful. The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures. The key to financial stability is save, save and save some more. Be very careful with budgets and financial investments since the Rooster is the spendthrift in the Chinese zodiac.

2017-chinese-zodiac-predictionsIf you are braver and more action-oriented than usual, you will not be defeated by difficulties and adversities. However, we will have to maintain flexibility, because we will be under the influence of the “king of the yard”.

Leaders, whose favorable elements are metal and earth, will enter a phase of good luck, including Putin and  Xi Jinping. There will be serious financial setbacks from August through October, with a long-term bearish market until the Year of the Tiger (2022).

Nothing to crow about.

“Year of the Monkey” (February 8–January 27, 2017)—Anything Can Happen !

 

 

Monkey2016Happy New Year –Chinese Style! Although the Chinese New Year 2016 doesn’t officially begin until February 8, many people start thinking of the animal sign on the first of the New Year.  [And much of Asia, including Japan, does not wait until February 8. Many now celebrate during the first two weeks of January.]

As the Year of the Sheep comes to an end and the Year of the Monkey arrives, 2016 will be a year of invention and improvisation, unpredictability and unexpected change. The Year of the Monkey is considered the most volatile in the twelve-year cycle.

The Monkey is considered intelligent, witty, and inventive. The ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is also believed to be a magnificent problem-solver and independent high achiever. Clever and nimble, monkeys are playful, energetic creatures who move from activity to activity, swinging from branch to branch. Though honored in Buddhist tales, the Monkey is also famous as an irrepressible trickster.

All animals in the Chinese zodiac have a dark side too. The problem-solving in the Year of the Monkey can turn opportunistic and untrustworthy, unscrupulous and devious, capricious and misguided.

Some may gamble, speculate, take unnecessary and highly risky chances but for some there will be ingenious outcomes. Business can thrive in surprising ways under the Monkey’s optimistic and shrewd influence.  Anything can happen. Everything is in flux.

Communication also takes on a humorous, even mischievous and light-hearted side as an antidote to the stressful changes which will occur. Some risks will have astonishing results and unconventional solutions are needed to solve old problems. Daring to be different leads to success but  tremendous effort is also required. Now is the time for bold action; even the wildest ideas may succeed.

Remember this year will reward individualistic and highly original enterprises. A lot of global economic growth due to entrepreneurship can be expected in the Year of the Monkey. Also expect a lot of life changes. The Year of the Monkey 2016 is a good year to break free and take calculated risks as there is nothing more powerful or rewarding than following your instincts, passion and intuition. This is the best year for changing jobs in the next decade! Don’t look back!

 

 

 

2015—Year of the Sheep, aka Year of the Goat or Ram (February 19, 2015—February 7, 2016) )

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Happy New Year –Chinese Style! Although the Chinese New Year doesn’t officially begin until February 19, many people start thinking of the animal sign on the first of the New Year.  [And much of Asia, including Japan, does not wait until Feb 19. Many now celebrate during the first two weeks of January.]

According to Chinese Buddhism, before the Buddha entered Nirvana only twelve animals came to pay homage. So, the Buddha honored them by naming a twelve-year cycle (=zodiac) after them. The sheep, the eighth animal in line to honor the Buddha, is recognized as a lucky animal with an artistic nature. Lucky because it doesn’t have to do farm work, sheep have freedom to look for any kind of grass without ever worrying about running out of food. Consequently, Chinese treat sheep as an auspicious animal sign.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-year-sheep-chinese-new-black-silhouette-isolated-white-background-chinese-text-symbol-goat-image42203609

2015 is an exciting year and the Year of the Sheep is a highly creative period where people may express their artistic natures and find great pleasure in simply following their heart’s desire.  Also associated with a feeling of peace and contentment, world conflicts and political upheavals are predicted as less likely to become explosive globally as they did in 2014. Special interest in education as a way towards international peace and global prosperity will also be in sharp focus. Generally, the pace of life slows down a bit, and people become more caring. Volunteer work to help those less fortunate is highly recommended.Year of the Sheep 1

 

If the Chinese zodiac proves predictive, the year of 2015 will be a crucial one in which a highly volatile era is slowly losing its force and will be replaced by one that has high hopes for the future. According to the Chinese astrology, the Year of the Sheep encompasses many favorable planetary aspects we simply cannot ignore! Go create art and help others this year! Happy New Year!

 

“Year of the Horse” — A New Year Gallops On

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The Chinese New Year doesn’t start until Jan. 31, 2014. but many people start thinking of the animal sign on the first of the New Year.  The spirit of the horse is recognized in the Chinese zodiac as energetic, elegant, warm-hearted, intelligent and able, but also capricious  with a  skittish and anxious nature as well.

The year of the Wooden Horse is supposed to be a temperamental one, so if you feel like horsing around during the upcoming festivities, that may be particularly fitting this year. Just be careful with the fireworks! Since 2014 is meant to be a tempestuous year, prepare for a thrill ride ahead. Green, blue and yellow are all supposed to be lucky colors to wear, and lucky foods include fish and caviar.

The Wood Horse year is a time of victory, unexpected adventure, and an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. But you have to know when to act fast in a Horse year.  Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory.  However,  events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.

In Chinese astrology, a Horse year is considered a fortunate year.  Horses were believed to be magical, to fly (like Pegasus), but with the Chinese Bodhisattva Guan Yin as its rider.  Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings.chinese horse year by Cahooodesign

 

So, take a leap and fly. If it’s right, then don’t overthink it.  The Year of the  Wood Sheep (2015) will be one in which you can enjoy the comfort of the arts.  Therefore, make the best of 2014—a year for freedom, adventure, good times.    But impulse control not to overdo it or to overspend is the only boundary for the optimist who thinks everything  will work out.   Enjoy the Year of the Horse!

The Year of the Snake (February 10, 2013 – January 30, 2014)–Symbol of a Second Chance

Happy New Year –Chinese Style–is still around the corner. According to Chinese Buddhism, before the Buddha entered Nirvana only twelve animals came to pay homage. So the Buddha honored them by naming a twelve-year cycle after them. The Snake, the most complex and “unsettling” force among the twelve, was the sixth animal to pay its respect to the Buddha. This year is the year of the black (water) snake.

The Snake year has never been tranquil, due to the missteps and excesses rooted in the previous Dragon year (see my earlier post, “Happy New Year”–The Year of the Dragon). As the Dragon (2012) exits, the Snake begins to uncoil.  Both predator and prey, the snake must keep its eyes open, with a wakeful knowing, an omniscient awareness. We must be alert, like snakes.  Feelings will become more intense, so analysis is essential, and opportunities to “see” more, notice more, and fine-tune decision-making will arise.

We are invited this year to slough off old ways of thinking and develop a second skin. Prepare for letting go of old habits, roles and responses, and opening the way for rejuvenation, like a snake shedding its skin.   A source of spiritual healing, a medicine for the soul, 2013 is believed to restore balance in the midst of chaos and disharmony.   Yin must follow Yang for the universe to be in balance. The Dragon Yang, as the cycle’s most powerful positive force, must be balanced by the cycle’s most powerful negative force, the Snake Yin. Snakes are the symbol of a “second chance” in life. 

The Snake seeks protection in the security of safe places. This is not a year to take risks but for cautious preparation and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for us to achieve what we want. Reflect, ponder and plan.

Saving money and being thrifty should be top priorities for all of us, in order to gain the greatest benefits the Year of the Snake has to offer.  In the Chinese zodiac the snake is wise but it is also unforgiving. Understand this to prepare for the Year of the Snake and you will not be surprised by the challenges and opportunities in store for you!

 

Happy New Year! –The Year of the Dragon

Happy New Year, everyone, and may some fire be breathed into your lives with good fortune, excitement, and the acceptance of transition and change!

I always like to look up the feng-shui and Chinese New Year after toasting with champagne a few days earlier.  I found out that 2012 is the first black water dragon year in 60 years.  (The other dragon years were not water dragon years.) The dragon is considered unpredictable and untouchable.  Its mystery is never completely known.  People cannot see its head and tail at the same time.

The dragon is the most powerful, revered symbol in ancient Chinese mythology.  A system of twelve animals not unlike the western zodiac with symbols for each of the twelve months, the Chinese zodiac is organized by the order in which animals (including the mythic dragon) were converted by Buddha.  The first was the rat (not ugly and inauspicious as in European mythology) and the dragon is the fifth among the twelve. It is the preeminent symbol of majesty, power, intelligence and wisdom. (Only the Chinese emperor, Son of Heaven, could wear the robe with the dragon’s five talons.  Sumptuary laws prohibited anyone else from wearing this image.)

Black water dragon year–is the free spirit of the zodiac, the most auspicious as well as the most mystifying. Dragon years are considered especially fortunate for new businesses, marriage and children. Therefore, 2012 will be a year of head-spinning unpredictability, uncertainty, transition, change and energy.

The Water Dragon year, which starts January 23, 2012, ushers in a tumultuous blast of energy. Everything this year, good or bad, will seem bigger than life and larger in magnitude leading to a frenzy of  change for the world, like the epic size and magical powers of the mythical beast!  We all have lots of surprises in this Year of the Dragon–  Happy New Year!