January 22, 1909 to February 9, 1910: Earth Rooster February 8, 1921 to January 27, 1922 : Metal Rooster January 26, 1933 to February 13, 1934: Water Rooster February 13, 1945 to February 1, 1946 : Wood Rooster January 31, 1957 to February 17, 1958: Fire Rooster February 17, 1969 to February 5, 1970 : Earth Rooster February 5, 1981 to January 24, 1982: Metal Rooster January 23, 1993 to February 9, 1994: Water Rooster February 9, 2005 to January 28, 2006: Wood Rooster January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018: Fire Rooster
Polarity: yin (negative)
Sign order: 10th
Alternate name: Cock, Hen
Lucky colors: Jewel tones, turquoise, fuschia
Fragrance: gardenia, star jasmine
Food/beverage: fruits, nuts, carbonated beverages Flower: aster Gem: sapphire Feng shui direction: west Lucky number: six
This tenth position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster, is one of attention, observance, and scrutiny. Those souls born into Rooster years learn the lesson of "application": the ability to utilize, apply, and practice mundane activities, realizing delayed gratification. Roosters look to future goals, watching their hard work accrue rewards. The Rooster works with great determination, keeping their eyes ever forward on the goal.
Roosters are brave and confident in work and in life. They are hardworking, cautious, and critical. A Rooster doesn't mince words and can verbally shoot from the hip. Often brilliant, they are at their best in a crowded room, and shine more in company than in intimate situations. The Rooster loves to dream and meditate upon grandiose ideas and philosophies. In Asain tradition, it is said that the Rooster is so resourceful they "can find a worm in a desert!" This explains the continual and restless activity that characterizes this sign.
The personality of those born under the sign of the Rooster consists of three levels: appearance, practicality, and strong emotion. Roosters are generally well-dressed, and an observer is often struck first by their elegant gestures and rich colors. These souls rarely pass unnoticed. Scrupulous about their appearance, a Rooster will become ruffled at others lack of taste, and are never completely satisfied with their own look even though they seem quite self-confident.
The most favorable hours of the day for the Rooster are between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the last yang hours of the day, when the setting sun radiates its most glorious colors. For the Rooster, who was the first to greet the day, and has been dilligently at work ever since, it is the time to relax and enjoy these pre-evening hours.
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