Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 - the Year of the Fire Rooster!

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author
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When hubs and I lived in Alaska, our favorite little restaurant featured placemats printed with the traditional Chinese zodiac. 

The signs in order are:  Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar

We used to speculate on whether family and friends – or each other – matched up with the detailed characteristics of their signs. It was always a lot of fun but (lover of ancient trivia that I am) I just had to find out more!

Turns out that this fascinating system of 12 animal symbols in a recurring 12-year cycle is called the Sheng Xiao, and it’s been in use in China for over 4,000 years. This predates the roots of our Western zodiac by well over a thousand years.  

2017 will be the Year of the Rooster. Will be, because Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. This means it lands on a different day each year, and in 2017, it doesn't begin until January 28th.

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The Rooster rules until Feb. 15, 2018, and his natural characteristics will be in play until then. This is actually really good news for all of us who are still recovering from the incredibly turbulent Year of the Monkey! 

A Rooster is said to be highly social, loyal, hardworking, confident, and likeable. He’s independent, bossy, blunt, and stubborn too – spurred on by the fact that his instincts are usually right. All in all, this is a pretty good description of Earl, the rooster currently in charge of my flock of chickens, LOL.

However, every year is ALSO influenced by one of five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. And in 2017, our bird will be a Fire Rooster.

With this kind of mascot, 2017 is predicted by many to be a powerful year, full of passion and creativity. It’s generally considered an auspicious time for relationships and marriages. Long term business ventures, particularly solitary endeavors, may bear fruit this year. (That sounds promising for authors! Writing tends to be a solitary business...) Naturally, there are MANY more predictions, but as with Western astrology, opinions vary.

Some cautions exist: Avoid getting carried away and taking on more than you can handle. And don’t make any risky investments. Of course that's pretty good advice for any year!

Whatever you do, however, don’t wear red. With a fire rooster in charge, it’s considered by most to be an unlucky color! (No one ever says what will happen. Do you spontaneously combust?) Earthen tones like terra cotta, brown, gold, etc. are said to be best because they balance the fire element while retaining its warmth. To really calm things down, wear purple or lavender!

Meanwhile, some people have noticed a bit of a similarity between the incoming Rooster and the president-elect. Check out the video, as reported HERE by USA TODAY: 

So, are YOU a Rooster? Your animal sign is determined not by your birth month, but by your birth YEAR. Past Rooster years include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005. Most astrologers seem to agree that Roosters should be somewhat cautious in 2017. While other signs will benefit from this flamboyant year, it could prove to be too much of a good thing for you! 

Maybe wear a lot of purple?
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I grew up on Celtic faery stories. Not the ones where faeries are tiny with delicate wings, and as sweet-natured as they are pretty. Nope, I teethed on the ones where faeries come in every shape and size. Dark or light, terrifying or beautiful, sensual or cold, indifferent or cruel ... all are dangerous!

My Grim Series is based on one of my very favorite fae legends:  The Grim is also known as the Black Dog, and his role is to act as a herald of death and misfortune. 
But how did he get a job like that? And what if he doesn't want it?


Watch for STORM CROSSED, Book 4 of the Grim Series, later this year.

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