Good Bye Monkey! Hello Rooster! We happily wave good bye to the Monkey of 2016 and welcome the Rooster of 2017. Most of us are fed up with what Lillian Too had predicted to be the black year of the Monkey. Chinese astrological interpretations foresaw a lot of illness, destruction and negative surprises that we now hope will no longer be on the radar. So let's usher the Monkey out of our lives and light a path for the arrival of the Rooster.
Feng Shui strives to capture the essence of the zodiac animal of the year and apply it to the person place connection. Three types of bird energy are our options in 2017, the Rooster, the Chicken and the Phoenix. As the head of his flock, the Rooster, in flamboyant splendor, calls to action at early dawn. Legend has it that he was chosen to be one of the twelve because of his wonderful voice. Since flying animals were not allowed, the Jade Emperor put a flower on his head andave him permission to compete. Racing against the Dog, he ended up flying toward the finish line and placed tenth in the competition.
The yang Rooster stands out between his cockroach, sometimes with a cocky attitude. He is number one in his roost. In 2017 the magic square of the Lo Shu, which is the equivalent of the Feng Shui Ba Gua, is governed by the number one in the center, indicating a year of transformation. Think about what in your life you would like to see transformed, the one major change you've been waiting for, and tune in to the authority of the Rooster. Transformation and balance are the two major mandates for the year with the Fire Rooster calling to action. Since his innate element is metal, he takes pride in his unpredictable appearance. The Rooster expects discipline with strict observance of rules and protocol.
If the Rooster and his antics have you all stressed out, look for the humble Chicken and emulate some relaxing yin. The Chicken is nesting, nurturing and providing. After a long day out and about in Rooster mode, we need to return to the yin ambiance of a nest and a home-cooked meal. Soft surrounds, ambient lighting, calming sounds and soothing scents will be the antidote to the excess yang of the Rooster. Once we strike a happy medium between the modest Chicken and the sturdy Rooster, we might be ready for the transformative energy of the Phoenix.
The mythological Phoenix appears in all cultures and religions from ancient Egypt to modern Christianity. In Chinese cosmology, the Phoenix stands as the symbol for the empress, second in rank to the Dragon symbol of the emperor, and is available for use by all women in the Chinese tradition. The Phoenix comes to earth with a premonition of great events for human beings. In modern interpretations, as in Feng Shui, the Phoenix can be used as symbol for one's greatest aspirations.
The Phoenix is the ethereal bird of transformation and is considered immortal. In a fiery ritual of self-destruction, it will always revive and renew itself and then rise from the ashes in glorious resurrection.