What does Chi­nese Year of the Rooster hold for you?

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The Chi­nese New Year of the Fire Rooster starts on Satur­day (Jan­uary 28). Af­ter the last 12 months, which were ruled by the ir­rev­er­ent and hy­per­ac­tive Fire Mon­key it will come as a wel­come re­lief for many to have a more pre­dictable and sta­ble lead. Rooster likes things to be in or­der. He’s a stick­ler for punc­tu­al­ity and rather OCD when it comes to neat­ness. This year first im­pres­sions count and hard work is re­warded. Don’t ex­pect quick wins or get-rich-quick schemes to pay off. Loy­alty, com­mit­ment and fam­ily val­ues are high on Rooster’s agenda. Fo­cus on th­ese ar­eas over the next year and you could end up rul­ing the roost.


Need To Know: There’s much to do this year, you need to be quick on your feet as Rooster will be bom­bard­ing you with many chal­lenges. Use your wit and charm to avoid any con­fronta­tion – be warned there’s go­ing to be a lot.

Money Mat­ters: You could strike gold this year but wait be­fore splash­ing the cash as there may be a few un­ex­pected bills to pay.

Pas­sion Or Pain: Love is in the air for both sin­gles and those in re­la­tion­ships. Date nights need to be fac­tored in. And bun­dles of joy may ar­rive un­ex­pect­edly. Rooster Tip: You’re go­ing to be judged on your ap­pear­ance this year so smarten up.


Need To Know: Your Rooster buddy is go­ing to en­sure you have a year of fun and frol­ics. Make the most of this well-starred time, pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties and forge strong al­liances, be­cause, af­ter 2017, the tide may turn.

Money Mat­ters: Stay away from high-risk ven­tures and any form of gam­bling if you want to keep your fi­nances in the black.

Pas­sion Or Pain: A hec­tic sched­ule is go­ing to play havoc with re­la­tion­ships. Make time for the pur­suit of love and ro­mance. Rooster Tip: Be care­ful that a close friend doesn’t walk off with some­thing you value.


Need To Know: For­tune favours the brave but even though you will try with all your might, fight the good fight, you may find Rooster sadly lack­ing in re­wards. Stay strong, though, be­cause fruit­ful times are com­ing.

Money Mat­ters: Fi­nan­cial prospects are good. You may re­ceive a pro­mo­tion or for those self­em­ployed a new prod­uct will be well-re­ceived or un­ex­pected cus­tomers will come a call­ing.

Pas­sion Or Pain: Love is well-starred for sin­gles but you may need to open your eyes a lit­tle wider to see it. Those in re­la­tion­ships will find role play­ing a wel­come dis­trac­tion. Rooster Tip: Do not en­gage in bat­tles, you will not win.


Need To Know: Rooster doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate your laid-back ap­proach. He’ll want to stick a fire­cracker some­where the sun don’t shine. So if you don’t want to get scorched, buck up.

Money Mat­ters: A lender, nor a bor­rower be. Think long and hard be­fore mak­ing any fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions.

Pas­sion Or Pain: So­cial and business net­works can grow this year which is great for sin­gles. How­ever, there could be the part­ing of the ways for those in re­la­tion­ships. Rooster Tip: It goes against your grain but you need to de­velop more grasp­ing ways.


Need To Know: It’s all about you this year as Rooster is in awe of your majesty and power. Every­thing you touch will turn to gold, friend­ships will blos­som and business will be full of for­tune. Roll with it.

Money Mat­ters: You have the in­nate abil­ity of at­tract­ing wealth. The cash flows this year, whether you have your own business or are em­ployed, so you can af­ford to treat your­self to even more of life’s lux­u­ries.

Pas­sion Or Pain: You’re usu­ally more in love with your­self than those around you but this year you’ll find your­self open to the pos­si­bil­ity there is some­one more lov­able than you. Rooster Tip: Avoid work or projects that dull your spir­its as it will dim your glow.


Need To Know: Rooster en­cour­ages you to shed your skin and be re­born this year. If you do, he will re­ward you, if you don’t, then ex­pect things to re­main at a stand­still.

Money Mat­ters: Fi­nances will change for the bet­ter, es­pe­cially if you ex­plore and de­velop new skills. Op­por­tu­ni­ties will present them­selves from un­ex­pected places and sources.

Pas­sion Or Pain: Go with the flow and you’ll find your­self at­tracted to a very dif­fer­ent type of per­son. If you em­brace this en­ergy new and old re­la­tion­ships can blos­som. Rooster Tip: Don’t try to keep up with the Jone­ses.


Need To Know: You run be­fore you can walk, leap be­fore you look, but Rooster is hav­ing none of your im­pul­sive ways, reign­ing you in ev­ery step of the way. You may not like th­ese con­straints but they will turn out to your ad­van­tage over the course of the year.

Money Mat­ters: Fi­nan­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties will come in var­i­ous guises some of which may in­volve over­sees travel. Make the most of this buoy­ant cli­mate. Pas­sion Or Pain: It’s never dif­fi­cult for you to make friends – but of­ten you find the tran­si­tion into some­thing more deep and mean­ing­ful very dif­fi­cult. Rooster is mak­ing it a lot eas­ier. Go for it! Rooster Tip: Use un­con­ven­tional means to gain at­ten­tion and to get ahead.


Need To Know: Stay out of the spot­light if you want to avoid a year of dis­con­tent­ment and dishar­mony. Life can be good with Rooster but he will ex­pect his pound of worms.

Money Mat­ters: It’s a good year to start new ven­tures or un­der­take new projects. As long as you in­vest time in th­ese start-ups Rooster will be happy to lend sup­port.

Pas­sion Or Pain: You’re known to let you heart rule your head even when alarm bells are ring­ing. You can of­ten be­come clingy or overly de­pen­dent on the ob­ject of your af­fec­tion. The good news is: You’ll not get the chance this year. The Bad news is: Ditto. Rooster Tip: Curb your tongue if you want to avoid un­pleas­ant sit­u­a­tions.


Need To Know: You will al­ways find a sil­ver lin­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, your op­ti­mism drives Rooster nuts. You’re ad­vised to keep your cards close to your chest and play his game and you may just find his beady stare turns else­where.

Money Mat­ters: In­come will come and you may even find your­self in a new role. A hobby or in­vest­ment could start bring­ing in the bucks. Fo­cus on de­creas­ing debt.

Pas­sion Or Pain: It’s not the most ro­man­tic of years but you’ll have lots of friends around you to ease the drought. Those in an ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship would be wise to keep an eye out for wan­der­ing hands. Rooster Tip: Al­ways re­mem­ber you are much loved and cel­e­brated.


Need To Know: This is your year so make the most of it. You’ll find your­self in the right place at the right time and you will know when to push against the door and when to hold back. As cock of the walk show off your swag­ger.

Money Mat­ters: You will have the op­por­tu­nity to shift your ca­reer in a new di­rec­tion but you’d be wise to keep irons in the other fires while it’s in its in­fancy. Lottery wins and wind­falls from in­vest­ments are well starred.

Pas­sion Or Pain: Be more ro­man­tic with a part­ner, you’ll be sur­prised at what comes back. Sin­gles will be spoilt for choice, lav­ished with com­pli­ments and bathed in flat­tery. Have fun but don’t take any­thing too se­ri­ously. Rooster Tip: Don’t waste headspace dwelling on the past.


Need To Know: You share very dif­fer­ent val­ues from show­boat­ing Rooster but while he’s off strut­ting his stuff you’ll be free to ex­plore a host of new op­por­tu­ni­ties, some of which will in­volve fur­ther study, train­ing and trips abroad.

Money Mat­ters: Fi­nances may be­come tight if you don’t act wisely or are tempted to in­vest in ma­te­rial items you want, rather than need.

Pas­sion Or Pain: Be­ware of jeal­ousy and mis­trust rear­ing their ugly heads in re­la­tion­ships this year. You’d be wise to ig­nore flir­ta­tions. If you’re sin­gle, you will likely be dis­ap­pointed by peo­ple fail­ing to de­liver. Rooster Tip: Watch your tem­per, it could get you into se­ri­ous trou­ble.


Need To Know: Do not overly con­cern your­self with other peo­ple’s dra­mas this year – of which there will be many thanks to Rooster – and you’ll find life can be sweet. There may be times when you feel alone but th­ese will soon pass with the help of those clos­est to you.

Money Mat­ters: It’s a year to splash the cash as you’ll find a con­stant flow of the green stuff mak­ing its way to you. A project or new ven­ture with a part­ner brings luck.

Pas­sion Or Pain: New peo­ple will be com­ing into your sphere and may spell the start of an im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship. Don’t share past in­dis­cre­tions. Want to turn a fling into some­thing more mean­ing­ful? Stop be­ing com­fort­able, and shake things up. Rooster Tip: Don’t rest on your lau­rels.


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