2017 Yin Fire Rooster (Hen)

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2017 Yin Fire Rooster (Hen) year
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2017 Yin Fire Rooster (Hen) Year

By Maria Furlano, DMQ (China), MTOM, L.Ac.


January 28, 2017 is the first new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month and it begins the traditional celebration of Chinese New Yea

Chinese Astrology uses the Chinese Lunar Calendar and because of this, the astrological first day of the 2017 Yin Fire Rooster (Hen) year begins on February 3.

2017 Fire Rooster Chinese New Year

Pronounced “sheen nean kwai luh”

Xīn Nián = "New Year"

Kuài Lè = "joy, rejoicings, delight & happiness"

This year is characterized by Yin Fire sitting on top of metal.

"According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, Fire conquers metal and so they are on the destructive cycle and have fighting relationship. Normally such conflicting elements means disharmony."  Raymond Lo Grand Master | Feng Shui and Destiny consultant


From a traditional aspect, the Fire Rooster year is…

A year of progress, innovation and optimism.

However, due to the nature of fire there can also be violent conflict's on a larger scale.


The Rooster is the 10TH Chinese zodiac sign.

In Chinese Astrology, there is a system called the "stem branch." This year the character of the stem branch is yin (yin is a female element).

The more correct term for this year is the “Yin Fire Hen" year, since the stem branch for this year is yin (and Rooster is male = yang element).

The Chinese animal signs represent 12 different types of personalities.

Traditionally they go in the below order:

Chinese New Year Animal birth dates

Remember these years are connected with the lunar (not solar) calendar. Generally the Chinese New Year begins around February 4th, so if you're born before the new year, you are considered to be born in the previous year.

"The Four Pillars of Destiny" – If you're interested in learning about all the aspects of your Chinese animal sign, than you'll want to learn what your Four Pillars of Destiny are. The 'four pillars' refers to the year, month, day and hour of birth in the Chinese solar calendar.

For fun, here's a "Four Pillars Calculator" you can explore. For further basic information, Wiki has a post on How To Read Your Chinese Horoscope.

Chinese astrology is a complicated system full of depth and meaning. Finding an expert interpreter of your Chinese astrological chart is highly necessary for accuracy and full understanding.

Yin vs. Yang

Yin and Yang are polar opposites that compliment and mutually support each other to create a healthy balance. Yin and yang give rise to one another. The goal of traditional Chinese medicine and medical Qìgōng, is to keep them in proper balance for sustained health.

Yin is traditionally associated with the feminine, calm, passive, going within, odd numbers, night, moon, dark colors. Yang is traditionally associated with the masculine, extroverted, even numbers, day, light colors.


Important Note on Interpretation:

The understanding of Yin as "calm, passive, female and going within," does not mean that yin is less powerful than yang.

"Those who have gained the skill sets of true energetic cultivation know that yang is a strong explosive energy, but yin is the fully supportive container that holds all power. Without cultivated energetic strength of yin's true essence, the yang expression is empty and weak." 

Maria Furlano, DMQ (China) | mariafurlano.com

Wǔ Xíng (5 Phases) 

According to traditional Chinese astrology, each phase has a yin or yang nature. These aspects apply to the expression and health of our planet as it moves from season to season and year to year.

Wǔ = 5.

Xíng = walk or move.

The term Wǔ Xíng is a shorter expression that comes from "Wǔ zhǒng liúxíng zhī qì" (五種流行之氣), which translates to the “five types of chi (energy) dominating at different times". 1 

These 5 phases (Wǔ Xíng) consist of elements and include:  Wood (木 mù), Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 tǔ), Metal (金 jīn) and Water (水 shuǐ).


Each element has a balance of nurturing and less nurturing aspects.

The element of fire is a wonderful energy of warmth, joy, strength, persistence, creativity and dynamic movement. 2017 is the year of the Yin Fire Hen and yin fire is an inward expression of warmth.

However, if the fire element becomes unbalanced, it can turn impatient, impulsive, aggressive, restless and burn out of control.

For extra fun, if you’re interested in a descriptive breakdown of the 5 Elements of Chinese Astrology and reading about your specific year and element you may enjoy this article by Karma Weather “The 5 Elements of Chinese Astrology.”


The Rooster Character

Roosters are highly observant and will hardly miss a trick. As natural born leaders, Roosters are loyal, hard working, confident, punctual, charming, trustworthy, resilient, brave, and can be blunt in communication. They are known to be deep thinkers, have quick wit, be brutally honest and dislike beating around the bush, or small talk.

They have strong motivation and outgoing natures and are highly independent. They care very much about their appearance and are comfortable being the center of attention.

As perfectionists, when a Rooster personality put their mind to it they have the highest levels of diligence and can inspire others through their excellent skills of organization and exceptional work ethics.

Rooster's have a real love of family, entertaining and they make very loyal and devoted friends.

In business they have a sharp eye to bring people together in a team, but they really do best when working alone. They are also creative and complex and excellent problem solvers.


A western astrology side note:  The Rooster Chinese animal astrology sign is said to correspond with the sign of Virgo from western astrology.


All signs can tap into the strong traits of the Rooster

To explore the positive traits of this Yin Fire Hen year, you may want to include more qualities of communication and the Rooster's expression of openness, honesty, ("speaking your truth"), expanding your world view, punctuality, loyalty of friends and family, creating great first impressions, organization, precision, kindness, problem solving, persistence, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, strong integrity and work ethics, while remaining highly observant of people, situations and surroundings.

It's also beneficial to be aware of the Rooster's less transformative traits such as, impatience, selfishness, and criticism.

The energy of the Rooster is that of having fun and making great first impressions. Adding some cheerful colors to your environment might give you some added energy this year as well.

Just remember to remain flexible and open minded to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Emulating the Rooster's high moral integrity, family loyalty, persistence, enthusiasm and focused intent can serve all of us well in this New Year.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè

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