Everything to Expect in the Year of the Fire Rooster

Break out the red lanterns!


January 28th marks the official start of the Chinese New Year, and 2017’s esteemed animal, or sign, is the rooster. It’s not just any rooster, however. It’s the Fire Rooster. This is exciting! The Sun says that the last year of the Fire Rooster was in 1957. I love a historical fowl.

“Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible (especially at work)” per the Sun article. This website says people will be more polite and less stubborn under the flaming bird’s year-wide umbrella. But (ugh, why is there always a but in astrology? Blame Uranus) people will also have the tendency to complicate things.

Still, that’s no reason to fear the year ahead!

ChineseHoroscope-2017.com, what with its very specific URL, writes that 2017 “is a year dominated by the orientation towards progress, honor and maximum integrity, people learning to temper their ardor.” Raise your wing if you already feel better.

Before we get into what this year means for every sign on the Chinese zodiac wheel, a quick recap of how this works: Chinese astrology is based upon a twelve-year lunar cycle. If you were born in 1990, for example, your sign is a horse. If you were born in 2002, your sign is also a horse. I am very jealous of both of you because I love horses. I was born in 1988, year of the dragon. Not bad. It depends on the dragon I guess.

Sigh. Where’s Susan when you need her? Off you go, then. Here’s what your Chinese zodiac sign (as sourced by TravelChinaGuide) has in store.

Year of the Rat


Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…

Best qualities: “Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful”

Horoscope: Don’t get crazy with any weird investments. Your career luck is strong and steady this year, which means good things for your pocket. It could mean good things for your heart, too, because you might fall in love with a colleague. If that’s not a reason to eat cake in the boardroom then I don’t know what is.

2. Year of the Ox


Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…

Best qualities: “Honest, industrious, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent”

Horoscope: Your career, Fitbit points and the number in your bank account are all poised to rise this year. Ignore any rumors whispered behind your back, focus on the job at hand and you’ll be fine. 2017 is your time for love, especially if you’re married. Little romantic gestures will go a long way.

3. Year of the Tiger


Birth years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034…

Best qualities: “Tolerant, loyal, valiant, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuous”

Horoscope: You lucky striped cat! You’ve got a great year ahead. You’ll be busy with work and it sounds like a promotion or salary increase are in sight. If an opportunity comes up to travel for work, go for it. Try to check yourself if you feel the greed monster creeping up, but feel free to bask in the wealth that’s predicted for your sign this year. (Wealth can mean love and friendship, don’t forget!)

4. Year of the Rabbit


Birth years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…

Best qualities: “Gentle, sensitive, compassionate, amiable, modest, and merciful”

Horoscope: Okay okay okay, it’s the year of change for you! You may switch jobs or end a relationship, which can be sad, but you know the old saying: when a door closes, a million windows blow open and curtains billow and the sun shines. Etc. This year may bring growing pains, but you can handle them. Once you’re through you’ll be a shiny new you.

5. Year of the Dragon


Birth years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…

Best Qualities: “Decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic”

Horoscope: It’s a steady year for us dragons despite the potential for career/money ups and downs, but everyone except for those who just ate nachos loves a roller coaster ride, right? Besides, we’re problem solvers with charming smiles (I’m paraphrasing a bit but that’s what this says) and will get out of any potential binds. It also said this: “According to the luck prediction, the females will have better fortune than males in the whole year of 2017.” Oh, and be nice to family members!

6. Year of the Snake


Birth years:  1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…

Best qualities: “Soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart”

Horoscope: Your fortune is goooood this year when it comes to your career. Besides your “brilliant talents and assiduous efforts, the lucky stars will also promote some big developments.” Told you! Your income will increase as will your overall wealth, and love is looking finer than ever. If you’re married, try to look at your partner as you did during the days when you first started falling in love.

7. Year of the Horse


Birth years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…

Qualities: I paraphrased this one, but those born in the year of the horse are independent and have great personalities, lots of friends, good endurance, a refusal to give up and a positive attitude.

Horoscope: 2017 is filled with fortune for the horses. You may be promoted, you may increase your wealth, you may find a soulmate and you’ll be healthy. Keep an eye on your fitness levels and optimism and you, my friend with the best sign ever, will be good to go.

8. Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram


Birth years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051…

Qualities: “Gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift[y]”

Horoscope: You’ve got some ups and downs this year. So what! Who doesn’t. You work hard and persevere which can only lead to good things. Avoid risky investments and keep an eye out for surprises in your love life. They’ll be fun, but heed all with caution. And have a cookie right now because why not.

9. Year of the Monkey


Birth Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

Qualities: “Enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative”

Horoscope: Last year was your year, monkeys! Hope you had a good run. Now that it’s over, you’re positioned to enter a great time in your life. Your good fortune in work and money are linked tightly — woo-hoo! You’ll be given a lot of cool opportunities so take them and run. As you start to build that savings account, turn your energy toward your friends and family. After a whole birthday year, doesn’t that sound cozy?

10. Year of the Rooster


Birth years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…

Qualities: “Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick minded.”

Horoscope: It’s the year of the Rooster! If you were born in any of the years listed just above, or you were born in 2017 (I admire your accelerated reading skills!) then this is your Ben Ming Nian. You will be tolerant and tender this year, which will diminish all bad luck. Income’s not totally on your side this year, which is annoying, but let’s assume it’s because you’re focusing on passion rather than bank account which means you will be fulfilled, which is the best kind of rich. Also best is that you get an entire birth year, which means so much cake.

11. Year of the Dog


Birth years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…

Qualities: “Valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively”

Horoscope: Your fortune is shiny this year! So long as you work hard, your efforts are bound to be noted. If you have a job, you’ll get promoted. Avoid risky investments, listen to the opinions of others and exercise. (Sorry! It’s not me telling you to do all of this! It’s your horoscope!)

12. Year of the Pig


Birth years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

Qualities: “Warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle”

Horoscope: Last but not least! The pigs! If you take a lot of business trips, great, money will come rolling in. And a raise. But you’re more likely to manifest all of this luck if you get funky and creative with your ideas. You may have to get creative with your relationships, too. Friends and loved ones might feel lonely so send them a singing Valentine’s Day card or something (flash mob!) and all will be well. Isn’t it always??

Happy Chinese New Year!

Collage by Maria Jia Ling Pitt.

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