Goodbye, monkey. Hello, rooster! It’s time to find out what 2017’s Year of the Rooster has in store!
by Rachelle “Roach”
The Lunar New Year is right around the corner, and revelers in many East Asian countries, including Korea, will be taking note of the Chinese zodiac calendar. Under the calendar, each year in a 12-year cycle is assigned an animal. Each animal also takes on one of five elements — wood, fire, earth, gold, or water.
Chinese zodiac followers believe that people are born with characteristics and personality traits similar to other people born under their same animal sign. It’s also thought that certain animals have numbers, colors, days, and months where they are particularly lucky.
Alternately, of course, they must stay away from the little details that will bring death and destruction upon them. (Or, you know, just a little bad luck.)
January 27, 2017 is the last day of the year of the Fire Monkey. As revelers celebrate the start of the new lunar new year on January 28, they will usher in the year of the Fire Rooster.
Want to know your own Chinese zodiac sign? This website is a good resource. You can plug in your birthday to learn not just which animal sign you are, but also the characteristics that you’re thought to demonstrate. Plus, you can find out all the little things that could bring you good or bad fortune.
If you’re a rooster, there’s a strong chance you have a radiant personality. It might be vivacious or it might be a bit obnoxious, but it’s likely not one anyone will forget. Roosters are also thought to be extremely loyal, self-sufficient, and — just like the real-life animal — punctual. (Who needs an alarm clock when you’ve got a rooster?)
If you’re a rooster with a bit of a dull love life, you might want to try finding a dragon, an ox, or a snake. They’re supposedly your best match. And it’s possible your love troubles could be because you’re trying to make things work with a rabbit. According to the astrology, it’s just not a good fit.
Beyoncé, born in 1981, is probably the most famous rooster.
If you’re one, too, I’ve got some mixed news for you at the start of your lunar year. Contrary to what you might have thought, this might not be your lucky year — it’s believed that the year that corresponds to your animal will actually be your unluckiest of the 12-year cycle.
It’s not all bad news. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2017 could bring some happiness or stability in the romance department, but perhaps not till the end of the year. In addition, your career and bank account could grow this year, but only if you work really hard at it. And unfortunately, know that some of your efforts might not amount to what you’d hoped.
As for health, the stars are telling you to watch out for impending dangers! Try to keep yourself active and fit, because this might be the year that lurking heath issues flare up.
What’s your plan for 2017? Whether you take the Chinese zodiac recommendations to heart, or just leave everything to chance this year, all of us at SnackFever hope it all turns out all right!