Happy Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster or is it a Red Hen?

beaded chickens
The Chinese animal this year is a Rooster. The element is Fire. If you are turning 60 this year, you are a fire rooster.
The animal signs go around every twelve years. The five elements, water, wood, fire, earth, and metal also go in sequence so in twelve years we will have the Earth Rooster. Something else that is changing is the gender, the expression of feminine, yin and masculine, yang. This is a yin year, Roosters are typically yang but technically this is a female year – a female rooster would be a hen or chicken.

Yin Yang wall hanging
The Yin/Yang Year of the Hen/Rooster
The Rooster personality reveals a sense of determination, pride and confidence. The Rooster is a career oriented fowl with a shrewd business sense. Often aggressive and frank, the Rooster has a great attention to detail and is very precise.- a perfectionist. She/he is full of vitality in play and stamina at work. While romance does happen, work matters are the focus in a Rooster year.

Your Chinese animal in 2017 – in a few words:

  • Rooster – a year of change
  • Dog – tolerance needed, small windfall
  • Pig – moderate to mixed year
  • Rat – many blessings
  • Ox – mixed luck, substantial gains
  • Tiger – vast improvement over last year
  • Dragon – fortunate tidings
  • Snake – beneficial year, go overseas, take a stand,
  • Rabbit – revolutionary year, transcends expectations
  • Horse – money and career stars shining brightly
  • Sheep – be cautious signing papers, useful gains
  • Monkey – Look beneath the surface, be curious

2017 in fowl folklore – Henny Penny and the Red Hen

Henny Penny – “The Sky is falling down!”

Do you remember the story about the chicken Henny Penny? She believes “the sky is falling down.” This folk tale goes back more than 25 centuries in various versions. It is about a chicken who thinks that the world is about to come to an end. Despite her hysterical concerns that disaster is imminent, she was mistaken.

May those Henny Pennys in 2017 also be mistaken. Can it be that we, like Henny Penny, are missing what we need to draw the right conclusion about what will happen? Rather than spreading doom and gloom to Ducky Lucky or Foxy Loxy or anyone who will listen, perhaps faith and/or positive energy will get us through this challenging year. Visualize positive energy, white light for our country, for the world and everyone in it. If we put a positive image out there, on some level it is manifesting for the good of all.

The Red Hen – “Who will help me? Ok then, I will help myself.”

Rather than Henny Penny, let’s look at this year through the story of the Little Red Hen – another folk tale, probably Russian. The Red Hen diligently planted the seeds, milled the flour, baked the bread to sustain herself, despite the lack of support around her. She reaps the benefits herself.

This is a Red Hen year; a year of a good work ethic and perseverance.



8th – Mercury Retrograde ends
12th – Full moon – finish something
27th – New Moon in the West
28th – New Moon in China -Chinese New Year of the Rooster* (see footnotes)


10th – Full moon – Penumbral (vaguely visible) Lunar Eclipse – can be seen in North America (see Note Eclipses below)
26th – New Moon – Solar Eclipse – Visible in in South America and South and West Africa
28th – Mardi Gras


12th – Full Moon, Daylight Savings Time starts
20th – Vernal Equinox
27th – New Moon

Happy New Year! 2017 is underway and Chinese New Year follows on January 28th, the first New Moon. As we know the preparations for a fresh start, new beginnings have to include a clean, organized place to live.

The Ancient History of Clutter

In ancient China this is the time to get rid of the old and make room for the new. It is vital that there be room for new things, new experiences and that nothing negative is in the way of good things to come. In those days the focus was dust and dirt in the house and fresh paint and fixing up or throwing out broken items and useless objects. To insure a successful coming year, this is something that has to be done.

Today we have more abundance and more useless stuff than ever before. Our great-grandparents or grandparents grew up in the depression when times were tough and there may not have been enough money even for the necessities of life. Our parents’ generation did better and started acquiring stuff. The next generation started where their parents left off and accumulating race began. Those people are inundated with duplicates, packed closets, stuff they have set aside and don’t have time to go through. It causes angst, anxiety, and stress. Our children grew up in this environment and are sick of stuff. There is a new generation of minimalists out there. They are recycling, shopping at resale sites or shops when they need something. They were born into the result of too much stuff. Now everyone seems to be revaluing the art of simplicity and less is more.

Sign at consignment store: Your grandmother had it, Your mother threw it out, You bought it back.

Many are recognizing that our surroundings are surrounding us with chaos and we are wanting out of the mess.

The Psychological Impact of Stuff
It was Winston Churchill who said: “First we shape our buildings, then they shape us.” We are being affected emotionally, psychologically by our immediate environment. You feng shui advocates have always known that and most of you don’t need this advice. You have created a home that is a supportive, nurturing place to be that is uncluttered and “perfect” most days. Still, it is a battle to keep it that way. Is our stuff controlling us? So what do we do? Here’s a link to the clutter lecture.

Also, use the bagua areas – career, knowledge, family, wealth, fame, relationships, children, helpful people/safe travel to prioritize how you go about it. For example: If money is an issue start there. If that’s the bathroom and the faucet is dripping – that is money down the drain – fix it first, etc. You have until the 28th of January to make it happen. Good Luck and best wishes-



cicada on tree branch sheds its skin to become and adult
The golden Cicada sheds its skin

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2017 Chinese New Year is on January 28, 2017 at China’s time zone. This day is the first new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 08:07 a.m. on January 28, 2017 in China standard time zone, GMT+8.

2017 is the Chinese 4714th Year. Chinese calendar also uses a cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting system. Since (60 * 78) + 34 = 4714, 2017 is the 34th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Female Fire Chicken is the nickname of 34th Stem-Branch. Therefore, 2017 is the year of Fire Chicken. Because Red is connected to Fire, 2017 is also called Red Chicken Year. Some web sites say 2017 is the year of the Rooster. But the Stem-Branch calendar says it’s a female.

Chinese Astrology doesn’t simply use the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Chinese Astrology is a theory of Yin and Yang. Yin is the Earth and Yang is the Sun. Therefore, Chinese Astrology also uses the solar calendar. The first day of the astrological year is on February 3, 2017. This is 2017 Red Chicken New Year…

Eclipses are astronomical events that occur when an astronomical is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer. An eclipse is a type of syzygy . An eclipse involving the Sun, Earth, and Moon can occur only when they are nearly in a straight line, allowing one to be hidden behind another, viewed from the third. Because the orbital plane of the Moon is tilted with respect to the orbital plane of the Earth (the ecliptic), eclipses can occur only when the Moon is close to the intersection of these two planes (the nodes). The Sun, Earth and nodes are aligned twice a year (during an eclipse season), and eclipses can occur during a period of about two months around these times. There can be up to four per calendar year -according to Wikipedia.

In Western astrology we look at eclipses as events that impact our lives for a longer time than just a temporary transit of the sun or moon or planet. Depending on your own astrological chart, these eclipses can affect you in various ways for three to six months. This brings prolonged periods of opportunities and/or challenges that can help by taking advantages of easy times and channeling and using up difficult energies in a positive way. Adversity is often the motivator of great advancements.

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Pam Tollefson

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