Self Cultivation

The Year of the Red Rooster 2017

Ready to Leave the Monkey Business of 2016? 

I know many people who are ready to leave the Year of the Monkey 2016 behind. It was a year full of unexpected surprises, and some were not so great. The Year of the Red Rooster is ushered in on January 28, 2017, and it promises to offer some interesting twists and turns in the year ahead.  

As always, there's good news and bad news. It is the yin and yang of life. The good news is the year will feel more focused, productive and visionary with more dedication and loyalty to the things that matter to you. The bad news is if you are looking for a rest after the year of monkey business, you may not get it. 

On a related note, in numerology, 2017 is a year of endings and beginnings. It is a ”one” year. (Add all the numbers up and reduce to a single digit.) One is the number of creation. It is a powerful force that produces results from the intentions set. This marks a great time to look at your life and determine what is/isn't working and set intentions to create the life you want. What is the work you were meant to do in this “earth suit” this year? (Keep your eye out for another blog on what I mean by earth suit.) 

It is always fun to read predictions and horoscopes for the upcoming year. They are truly entertaining with a grain of truth. But what if you could look at the qualities of the upcoming year that the prediction or animal represents and set some personal goals and intentions that align with those qualities? 

Using Symbolism for Inner Growth

The ancient Chinese culture used astrology as a way of understanding how the celestial and terrestrial movements affected the human condition. They watched the sky, flora and fauna, and identified qualities and movements that described what they saw.  

Using astrology symbolically is a wonderful way to move into the deeper aspect of yourself and the culture you live in. Symbolism offers a way to connect with your heart (spirit or soul-intuition) and gain greater clarity between your inner and outer world. This as an opportunity to ask for the red rooster’s assistance in matters of your life this year. Ask for assistance with goals and intentions. Ask if those intentions align with your inner world and the energies of the year.

Red Rooster Qualities

The rooster is up at dawn, waking the world up around him to the new day. He is laser-focused in his quest every morning as he faithfully watches over the hens in the yard. He is proud of the work he does. He is loyal to the morning call.  He looks his best every day with his sharp features and flamboyant feathers. He walks with strength and pride. Don’t get in the way of his planned activities, or he will be sure to let you know he doesn’t appreciate it. The rooster does not take unwarranted risk. He plans his route of walking the yard, jumping in to ensure protection for all around him.  

As the year opens to the Red Rooster, reflect on the following qualities and see how they play out in your personal and professional life. Think about areas in your life that are calling for the positive attributes of the red rooster. And ask yourself what areas of your life are the negative attributes getting in the way of moving forward.  

Positive attributes:

  • Focused
  • Productive
  • Loyal
  • Dedicated
  • Courage
  • Strength
  • Quick-minded
  • Capable

Shadow attributes:  

  • Impatient
  • Critical
  • Flamboyant
  • Narrow-minded
  • Superficial
  • Controlling

Reflection

With these attributes in mind, answer the following questions: 

  • Is the wisdom of the rooster calling on you this year to find focus and courage to make changes? 
  • Is he calling on you to open your mind and find patience and compassion for yourself and others? 
  • What calls to you in the wisdom of the rooster? 

Leave a comment below and let me know how the Year of the Red Rooster relates to your life! 

To a productive, beautiful 2017!