Happy Chinese New Year! It's Nothing to Crow About!
Hello Gals and Guys!
I did not want to pass up this opportunity to, once again, wish you good luck and fortune in the new year. But since the Chinese New Year is something my dear friend Diana Paul knows more about than I do, I am forwarding her insights on what we can expect in the Year of the Rooster.
Diana Y. Paul is the award-winning author of THINGS UNSAID, her debut novel. Writing is a form of meditation for her and strongly influences her storytelling. WINNER of the 2016 SILVER Medal for Best Fiction in Drama from Readers Favorites, WINNER for BEST NEW ADULT FICTION from Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2016, and FINALIST in New Fiction and Literary Fiction from USA Book Awards 2016, THINGS UNSAID is ranked #2 in the "Top 14 Books about Families Crazier Than Yours". If you'd like to communicate directly with her, please visit Twitter @DianaPaul10.
Enjoy! And I hope to see you back next week, when I'll have the coffee waiting... Merci beaucoup to all of you... and to Diana too!
Chinese New Year 2017–Year of the Red Rooster (Fire Cock)
January 28, 2017–February 15, 2018
-By Diana Y. Paul
I don’t know about you, but this past Year of the Monkey was exhausting with its promises of unpredictability and turmoil! The craziest year in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the (hyperactive) Monkey officially ends January 27th. Now the New Year of the Fire Rooster which begins January 28 is going to bring fresh challenges requiring practical solutions! Everything you loved/hated about 2016 is still here in 2017 — there’s just going to be way, way more of it. That’s the good news/bad news.
In a Rooster Year, everyone can reap rewards by tapping into Rooster traits of loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and punctuality. After all, it’s the rooster who gives the wake-up call.
The Year of the Rooster 2017 is symbolized by two elements – with Yin fire sitting on top of metal. Fire conquers metal, a destructive cycle in the universe. In particular Yin Fire symbolizes a candle flame which is flickering and unstable. The Fire Rooster’s temper can become explosive. And Fire on Metal also symbolizes weapons (bullets and guns). There will be international conflicts and clashes. Looking back in history, there are quite serious acts of violence related to Red Rooster days or year: 9/11; the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima; and Osama Bin Laden’s assassination. The rooster promises explosions, fire and war in 2017.
The beginning of the Chinese New Year 2017 will be the most difficult. Each person will have to find the strength to cope. The entire 2017 is expected to be uneven, alternating between failure and fortune, defeat and success. 2017 will be quite stressful. The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures. The key to financial stability is save, save and save some more. Be very careful with budgets and financial investments since the Rooster is the spendthrift in the Chinese zodiac.
If you are braver and more action-oriented than usual, you will not be defeated by difficulties and adversities. However, we will have to maintain flexibility, because we will be under the influence of the “king of the yard”.
Leaders, whose favorable elements are metal and earth, will enter a phase of good luck, including Putin and Xi Jinping. There will be serious financial setbacks from August through October, with a long-term bearish market until the Year of the Tiger (2022).
Nothing to crow about.
I hope you enjoyed Diana's post on the Year of the Rooster. And I hope to see you back next week, when I'll have the coffee waiting...Merci beaucoup ..to all of you... and to Diana, too!