Welcome to the year of the Fire Rooster!

We say goodbye to the year of the Fire Monkey today, and look towards the next zodiac to lead us through 2017. In true spirit, monkey madness stretched the entirety of 2016 bringing us spectacular productions and events such as The Tempest, Dream 2016, and Live from Stratford – lest we forget the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death!

2017 will be marked by the Rooster, one of the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese Zodiac. The year of the Rooster is often translated into English as Cock of Chicken, and it is the only bird to appear in the zodiac. 

The Rooster, one of the 12 Chinese Zodiacs
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Who are the roosters?

If you were born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005 then congratulations (sort-of): you are a Rooster! But what exactly does that mean?  

Unfortunately, 2017 will be an unlucky time for Roosters, as tradition suggests that the year of your birth zodiac is always a difficult one. But don’t give up hope! Roosters are amusing, popular and healthy people – so, if 2017 gets you down you can always fall-back on your humour to get you through it!  

There are five different types of Rooster, and a person’s characteristics will slightly vary depending on the year they were born. The different types of Rooster are Wood Roosters, Earth Roosters, Gold Roosters, Water Roosters and Fire Roosters.

Roosters are always on time

This is the first Fire Rooster year since 1957. Fire Roosters in particular are extremely responsible, trustworthy, and punctual – especially when it comes to work. So, if you have a secret you desperately need to share, or need someone to remind you of an important deadline, make sure to look for a Rooster. Plus, a Rooster’s crow used to be one of the few ways people knew to get up at the crack of dawn. Just like a real rooster, the Fire Rooster should be forever punctual.

2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster
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Be a lucky rooster

This year might be a turbulent one for Roosters, but you can still turn your luck around by looking for the following: 

  • Numbers: 5, 7 and 8.
  • Directions: South, south-east
  • Flowers: Gladiola, cockscomb
  • Colours: Brown, gold and yellow
  • The 4th and 26th day of a Chinese lunar month
  • The 2nd, 5th and 11th Chinese lunar month

There are also things you should avoid:

  • Numbers: 1, 3 and 9
  • Direction: East
  • Colours: Red
  • The 3rd, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months.

If you were born in 1981, you share your year with Serena Williams, Beyoncé and Rodger Federer, so try not to worry too much about 2017 - after all you 1981 Roosters have won 39 grand-slams between you! Other famous Roosters include William Faulkner (1897), Michael Caine (1933), Bob Marley (1945), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969).

Like every zodiac sign, being a Rooster can have its drawbacks too. Although Roosters are sociable and enjoy being amongst a large group of friends, they can go as far as to dictate a social situation by being boastful or judgemental. They often trust their views over other peoples, and are not immediately accepting of everyone they meet either. 

Despite the bad omens, 2017 doesn't have to be a bad year for Roosters. Chinese New Year is a chance for every family to cleanse the house of any misfortune, and get the house ready for the upcoming year. New Year means turning over a new leaf - make the most of it! 

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