2017 is The Year of the Rooster

Rothrock’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year (gong hei fat choy – Congratulations and be Prosperous)

2017 is The Year of the Rooster and starts on January 28th.

According to legend, Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, summoned all of the animals to him before he died.  Only twelve animals responded to the summons.  He named a year after each animal in the order of their appearance: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.

Each animal corresponds to the five elements that constitute the universe: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.  They are also charged negatively or positively in accordance with the principle of the Yin and Yang.  The Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, and Dog are positive; while the Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, and Boar are negative.

The Chinese believe that the animal sign under which you are born, constitutes your disposition.  They believe the animal hides in your heart.

Chinese New Year falls in between the end of January and end of February… just around the corner.

Animal Personalities:

Year of the Rat –

1960,1972,1984 – Hard working and thrifty; he will be generous only to those he is inordinately fond of.

Year of the Ox –

1961,1973,1985 – A patient and tireless worker, he sticks to routine and conventions.

Year of the Tiger –

1962,1974,1986 – His vigor and love of life are stimulating.  He will arouse every sort of emotion in people, except indifference.

Year of the Rabbit –

1951,1963,1975 –  He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment.  His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar.

Year of the Dragon

1952,1964,1976 – Proud, aristocratic, and direct, the dragon demands the same high standards and perfection from others that he has for himself.

Year of the Snake –

1953,1965,1977 –  Graceful and soft-spoken, he loves good books, food, music, the theater; he will gravitate to the finer things in life.

Year of the Horse –

1954,1966,1978 – Earthy and warmly appealing, he is very perceptive and talkative.

Year of the Sheep –

1955,1967,1979 – He is artistic, fashionable, and a creative worker.

Year of the Monkey

1956,1968,1980 – Being the quick-witted genius of the cycle, he is clever, flexible, and innovative.

Year of the Rooster

1957,1969,1981 – Outwardly, he is the epitome of self-assurance and aggression, but at heart he could be conservative and old-fashioned.

Year of the Dog –

1958,1970,1982 – The Dog is honest, intelligent, and straightforward.  He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play.

 Year of the Boar –

1959,1971,1983 – The sign of honesty, simplicity, and great fortitude.

This year is the Year of the Rooster

The Rooster Personality

Roosters are organized, excellent time keepers and hard workers. They are faithful as friends, and very strongly family oriented. Despite this they can be somewhat headstrong, and not a little arrogant in giving advice, particularly of the sort that is not asked for! Although outwardly showy, at heart the rooster is somewhat insecure, by nature conservative and old fashioned.

The Chinese believe there are two types of rooster characters. The first is the sunrise/sunset rooster. Born during the sunset or sunrise hours, these are extrovert roosters who live for the moment. Money is seen as functional, its function being for spending – and they will spend with abandon. They are no strangers to overdrafts. The other group, those born outside of the sunrise/sunset ours, are the opposite. Very tight-fisted, they will go to the supermarket just before closing to find the items that have been reduced in price. They save money with great determination, only to squander it in an unguarded moment.

Roosters are no shrinking violets, and are easily spotted in a crowd. Male roosters are just show offs. Of all the signs, they are the most outspoken and blunt. Equally they are very moralistic. Roosters are exceptionally methodical. They enjoy keeping records and are forever writing notes on bits of paper which are then filed and put away. They also tend to build castles in the air, which leads to another prominent feature of their personality; to promise more than they can deliver. A little short of initiative at times, once Roosters find a task that fits their rigid temperament nothing will stand in a Roosters way.

For all his showmanship, the rooster is extremely secretive about their private relationships. Although blunt, the rooster’s honesty makes for stable relationships. Their tendency to point out faults in other sometimes loses them friends, especially as they themselves do not take criticism easily.

The Rooster Year

While the colorful Rooster brings bright and happy days, he also dissipates energy. It’s better to stick to proven paths. It may require a great deal of effort this year to refrain from going off on wild goose chases. So, refrain from making speculative ventures.

The Rooster likes to flaunt his authority and a lot of trouble can come from his domineering attitude. But since he symbolizes the good administrator and conscientious overseer of justice in the barnyard, the peace will still be kept. Everything will be precariously balanced in the Rooster’s year, as his dramatic personality can set off all kinds of disputes.

Just keep your eyes open and your mouth shut… and check facts and figures before making unpresented moves. We should all get by without too much hardship.  Our pockets will not be empty although our nerves may be a bit frayed.

Ernest Rothrock
Rothrock’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi
(724) 940-0120