Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Year of the Rooster - Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with Jimmo

Year of the Fire Rooster greeting card by Jimmo
Join us to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Fire Rooster! 

In Chinese lunar calendar year 2017 is a year of the Fire Rooster. It begins on January 28, 2017 and ends on February 15, 2018.The year has 13 months and has two springs!

Rooster is one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. In a story recounted by the Chinese Buddhists twelve animals arrived to a feast given by the Buddha. Rooster was the tenth animal to arrive at that feast.

In Chinese astrology zodiac signs are combined with the Five Elements. Each animal sign appears every twelve years, but only every sixty years in each of its elements. The Five Elements: metal, water, wood, fire, and earth determine a special quality of each zodiac sign. The current cycle is dominated by the fire element, hence the Fire Rooster. The Rooster will be back in twelve years, but the next Fire Rooster will appear in 2077!

The Chinese believe that both, the zodiac sign and the element affect destiny and personality of a person born under them. The predictions for the year to come also depend on this unique combination.

In Chinese culture people born under the sign of a rooster are believed to be hardworking, courageous, dutiful, and very resourceful people. They thrive in the company of others and enjoy to be in the center stage. People born in the year of the fire rooster are considered to have a strong sense of duty and responsibility, and are believed to be trustworthy. They make good public servants, teachers, and journalists.

For some reason, the rooster years are not very lucky for the people born in the year of a rooster. Destiny of everybody else in the rooster year depends on their own birth year and how their personal zodiac animal interacts with the rooster. Very complex birth charts are used by an astrologer or geomancer to create individual horoscopes and predict a fortune.

In Chinese astrology rooster is a very auspicious, luck bringing sign that is associated with punctuality, duty, competitiveness, bravery, and prosperity.

feng shui charm for your home

In an ancient esoteric commentary to the Book of Songs dating back to the Later Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) rooster had five virtues: literature, military prowess, courage, benevolence, and trustworthiness. These virtues will determine the quality of the year to come.   

We hope that 2017 will be a year of creativity and prosperity for everybody. New energy and fervor (fire) will dominate your actions. If you want to succeed in 2017, you have to be diligent, courageous, and inventive. Like a rooster, you will have to wake up early and do your chores. Put trust in what you already know and embark on a new adventure!

To help you celebrate and stay focused and determined in the Year of the Fire Rooster Jimmo created beautiful Year of the Fire Rooster Collection that can be purchased in our web based Jimmo Store (apparel, mugs, pillows), on Redbubble (apparel, cell phone accessories, wall art, mugs, stationery, home decor), and also on Amazon (graphic print t-shirts).

Limited edition 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Mug
 Departing Fire Monkey! 

Last year, at the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, Jimmo started a new Chinese Zodiac Mug Collection. A new design will appear every year. You will have to be patient since it will take twelve years to complete the collection. Each mug is intended to have a collector's value, so you should probably start your collection now. 

 Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Chinese Lunar Year of the Fire Rooster - Jim and Dominique
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Dominique Allmon©2017  

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