*Wishing You Prosperity
Today begins the celebration* of the New Year in many Asian cultures. Though we here in the west we refer to it as “Chinese” New Year it is observed by many other Asian cultures: Vietnam, Mongolia, Korea and Tibet all base their observation of the Festival on the Chinese lunisolor calendar. It was also observed in Japan until 1873 when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar and January 1st began the New Year.
The appearance of the moon last evening began Ding-Youg, the 33nd year in the 60 year lunisolor cycle; the 78th cycle since the invention of the Chinese Calendar over 4000 years ago. Last year I wrote about the ancient method of combining the Celestial and Terrestrial Stem during the 60 year rotation employing variations of the five elements of Chinese thought and the twelve animals of the Zodiac. This year the element is Artificial Fire and the animal the Rooster: the year of the Fire Roster.
Where You Born in the Year of the Rooster?
People born in the year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. They are always on the go which can prove tiring for less active friends and colleagues. They also have a certain air of self-confidence which can often lead to them being vain and boastful. They are outspoken, honest to a fault and loyal in their friendships. Their desire to be the centre of attention can be annoying to others around them and try the patience of even their closest friends.
What Does the Year Hold for Us?
Conflicts, controversy and heated debate can be expected during the year of the Fire Rooster. Whether it is needed or wanted by the masses its cocky presence and fearless action will bring about change. The Rooster is always ready to take on any challenge with an arrogant strut of confidence and a progressive attitude. It’s a difficult combination to beat.
This year is perfect for those who strive to reach the ultimate level of life mentally, physically and financially, but not so good for those who favour being lazy or living a life of indolence. Don’t expect much in the way of empathy or caring or you’ll be sadly disappointed. This is a year of condemnation, fault-finding and pointing fingers at those who haven’t lived up to expectations and promises made. If you strive for perfection and accomplishment anything is possible however should you lack discipline you will be criticized and left behind.
**And for Canada?
Canada will strengthen its relationships within the global network of countries fighting for freedom and peace on earth. The contributions made by this nation will set an example on the world platform that will inspire others to follow suit.
The 2017 Fire Rooster year will radiate authority and precision in order to bring about control, however not without plenty of drama to assure his presence is felt on a world level. This is a year where pressure and persuasion will be applied to vie for power, making it necessary to join forces with those who share the same values and environment concerns.
And as individuals?
A left click on the Zodiac will lead you to the predictions for your sign in this Year of the Fire Rooster.
And in the tradition of the hui chen or luck papers that are posted around homes and workplaces I will give each of you the following wish for the coming year:
* A 15 day event in China, 3 days in the other countries observing the Festival.
**These two entries have been adapted or taken from the Toronto Sun (yes I know that’s a first for me but….) which also includes predictions for the United States and the United Kingdom.
On this day in 1573: Articles of the Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.