The Year of the Rooster is almost upon us. Woo Hoo!
This means gatherings, food (too much again – diet needed after Christmas?) and fun. As the Monkey bids us farewell, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of this year’s zodiac animal, it might come in handy, especially if you are a Rooster!
Introducing the Rooster: The tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster is back after waiting twelve years to be the star of show. The last Rooster year was 2005 and before that 1993. Tell people you are a Rooster and they may be able to guess your age, so watch out, especially if you 48 and want everyone to think you are still in your early 40s but can’t pass for 36!
With each zodiac year associated with the elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water, Roosters in different years have varying characteristics. This year’s Fire Roosters have strong willpower, are trustworthy, proactive and very good organisers. This makes them valuable in the workplace and good candidates for promotion. However, it’s not all fun and games for Roosters!
What they should beware of is the perils that lie in their zodiac year. Chinese astrology dictates that people in their zodiac year offend Tai Sui, the God of Age. His curse can bring bad luck so Roosters should best watch their conduct or even organise a prayer session with a Taoist priest. Sounds extreme, but it might pay off big time.
Other things can help you avoid the wrath of Tai Sui in your zodiac year. These are:
This drives away evil spirits and bad luck. Red underwear (seriously, no jokes!) is a great item to wear.
Face away from Tai Sui
The position of the god this year is west. Make sure that bed, desks, chairs, tables and other resting areas are not facing west. When you are carrying out business, do not sit facing west. It’s unfortunate for Roosters that this year has a leap month, with 13 lunar months instead of 12. So Roosters have 384 days to stay away from harm.
Laisee top tip
Remember to give laisee to watchmen, helpers and cleaners, secretaries and staff. A generous amount will go a long way while offering a pittance will see you ending up with a dirty flat, or no one to help when you are locked out!
Donning jade accessories
Anything will do, whether it is a pendant, necklace, earring or other items. Always wear them. A great item is a protective amulet of the mythical being Pi Yao. You can get these at the Jade Market in Mong Kok.
Enter the Rooster
The Rooster takes up an important symbolic position in Chinese culture. It is often said that the boundaries of China are shaped like a Rooster. That’s not all the Rooster resembles.
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