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The Year of the Rooster

The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

  • Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
Information for the Chinese Zodiac Rooster

Are Years of the Rooster Lucky for Roosters?

According to Chinese astrology, the year of one’s birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle. In the year of your sign, fortune in all aspects of your life will not be as good.

Therefore “Roosters” should be more careful in years of the Rooster. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

The next Rooster year is 2017. It starts on Chinese New Year's day (January 28, 2017). Roosters born in January and February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign.

The Rooster's Personality: Observant, Hardworking...

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don't. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

Good Health for "Roosters" People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times.

The Best Jobs and Careers for Roosters

Roosters are more motivated than other animals in the Chinese zodiac, making their careers a priority in their lives. Roosters are hard working, multi-talented, and can deal with a variety of jobs.

Good career choices for Roosters are newsreader, sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, and police officer.

How to Build Relationships with "Roosters"

Roosters are loyal and they make devoted friends. They always keep their promises and are always true to their word. Sensitive individuals may find it hard to get along well with Roosters, because they always brag about themselves and their accomplishments, which may make others uncomfortable.

The Luckiest Things for "Roosters"

  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
  • Lucky direction: south, southeast
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months.

Things That Roosters Should Avoid

  • Unlucky color: red
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
  • Unlucky direction: east
  • Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Is the Year 2016 a Lucky Year for "Rooster"?

Monthly fortune for the Rooster

People born in a Year of the Rooster will have mixed weal and woe in this Monkey Year. This is mainly because both lucky and unlucky stars will shine on them.

Good Career Fortune

People born in a Year of the Rooster will make good achievements in their career this year if they take the initiative. Businessmen will get plenty of money, officers will be promoted, and job hunters will get higher positions. However, they must pay special attention to workers around them, and avoid disputes relating to relationships and money.

They will turn calamities into blessings and get good outcomes from misfortunate events if they do everything carefully in the first and second Chinese lunar months. Everything will go extremely smoothly in the fourth, seventh, tenth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months.

Unstable Money-Making Opportunities

People born in a Year of the Rooster will have a fickle monetary fortune in this Monkey Year. They will need to manage their finances carefully and cautiously, or they will suffer unexpected financial losses. They should not get involved with dirty money, lest they lose both colleagues and their wealth. Also, they should not borrow any money.

They must not serve as bondsmen for some borrowers, or they will be involved in endless trouble. However, they will still gain a large fortune if they manage the issues well.

Quite Good Health Fortune

The health of people born in a Year of the Rooster will be quite good in this Monkey Year. Nothing serious will bother them, but sometimes they will be gloomy and feel annoyed, during which times they need to look after themselves carefully.

What they should pay special attention to is the health of senior family members and kids. In the sixth and seventh Chinese lunar months, they should carefully protect the kids or they will be regretful.

It will be better for them if they do not go on long journeys in the fourth and ninth Chinese lunar months.

Varied Love and Relationships

People born in a Year of the Rooster will have varied relationships in this Monkey Year. They will need to manage them carefully and should not act on impulse without due consideration.

They should spend more time and energy on their career, which will be better for them in order to resolve conflicts within their relationships. In the third, fourth, tenth Chinese lunar months, they will encounter disruptions within their relationships and conflicts with their friends.

Love Compatibility for Roosters

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. The love compatibility of Chinese zodiac animals takes into account the characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Rooster with other animals.

  • Best with an Ox or Snake
  • Worst with a Rat, Rabbit, Horse, or Pig
Love Compatibility with the Rooster

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Five Types of "Roosters", What Type Are You?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that e.g. a Wood Rooster comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Roosters, each with different characteristics:

Type of Rooster Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Rooster 1945, 2005 Energetic, over-confident, tender and unstable
Fire Rooster 1957, 2017 Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
Earth Rooster 1909, 1969 Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular in their friends.
Gold Rooster 1921, 1981 Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working
Water Rooster 1933, 1993 Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate

See 2016 Predictions for Roosters of Different Elements.

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