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Year of the Rooster


Red Rooster


2017 is the year of the fire rooster. Red is the five element theory color associated with fire and therefore 2017 is the year of the red rooster. The last fire rooster year was 1957 and the previous rooster year, 2005, was a wood rooster year.

The time of day associated with the rooster is 5 to 7pm. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) internal organ clock theory, this is the kidney channel of Foot Shaoyin time of day. People born between 5 to 7pm have the rooster as their ascendant sign and will have many of the characteristics of those born in the year of the rooster. The fixed element of the rooster is metal and it is a yin sign.

Chinese New Year day is celebrated on January 28, 2017. The new year day celebration is based on the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month. The fire rooster is year 4714 in the Chinese calendar. The fire rooster year officially begins on the Start of Spring day, which is February 3, 2017. Start of Spring day is based on the sun’s position at the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac.

The rooster is the tenth animal of the twelve year animal cycle. Roosters tend to be attractive, often proudly strutting about their plumage in a cocksure manner. The rooster’s crow heralds a new day. Expect roosters to be punctual and organized.

Roosters are often direct and communicative but may also communicate non-verbally, requiring few words. The decisive and quick minded rooster is independent and alert. A rooster is not inclined to be dependent upon others.

The rooster has a fixed metal sign (representing an aspect of money to humans), indicating that the rooster is good with finances. The rooster is a dauntless taskmaster set upon collecting sustenance from the earth. Remember not to ruffle the feathers of this bird. The rooster may become very critical when faced with disagreement. 

The US Department of the Treasury continues its tradition of printing lucky money associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. The year of the rooster lucky money features a $1 note with a serial number beginning with 8888. The number 8 is considered a lucky number.


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