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Released: October 21, 2016


The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia calendar format.  The unique feature of such calendar is that all information about time – year, month, day and hour are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. The relationship between the five elements accurately helps one predict what is to come by way of one’s fortunes and thus, one can by using this knowledge, multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in one’s life.


The Year of the Rooster, 2017, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with Yin fire sitting on top of metal.   According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, Fire conquers metal and so they are on the destructive cycle and have fighting relationship.  Normally such conflicting elements means disharmony.  In particular Yin Fire symbolizes a candle flame which is flickering and unstable,  hence it also represents a emotional, sentimental and sensitive person, it is not  quick temper like Yang fire, but it can be tense and nervous and its temper will accumulate and once explode, it will be more serious than yang fire.  Like the Chinese saying – A Spark of fire can burn down the field.  Hence Yin fire is more associate with fire disasters and explosions.  As fire and metal are in conflicting relationship,  there will be international conflicts and clashes. And Yin fire also symbolizes bullets and guns which can bring more clashes with fire arms.  Looking at history, there are quite serious disasters related to Yin fire. Just pick some significant examples – 911 attack on World Trade Towers in 2001 happened on yin fire day and yin fire rooster month, the first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima on 6/8/1945 which is Rooster year and Yin fire day,  Osama Bin Laden was killed on a Yin fire day on 2/5/2011…. Also yin fire sits on rooster is apparently weak as the metal below does not support the fire above.  However, we cannot discount the strength of such fire as the Rooster is considered as the “birth place” of yin fire, in the Yin element life cycle.  So it will not be surprising that there will be serious explosions, fire disaster and war in 2017.        

 The Rooster  is strong yin metal element which is symbol of Jewelry and decorative metal such as necklace and bracelets. It is charming and beautiful on the outside, but very cold and hard metal quality inside. Hence it also represents a dagger which can associate with killing and assassinations.   As such the Yin fire rooster year seems not peaceful and there will be war, gun battles, killings and terrorist attacks.

The Chinese calendar of Heavenly stems and Earthly Branches goes on 60 years cycle.  This means that we had experienced  the same yin fire  Rooster year 60 years ago in 1957 as well as 120 years ago in 1897.  The year 1957 saw the Vietnam war escalating with serious insurgents by the Viet Cong against the Government under Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1897 China is under Qing Dynasty ruled by Empress Dowager Cixi and declining with aggressive invasion by Russia and other western countries.   However, as yin fire also symbolizes optimism and rooster is “Peach Blossom” representing romance and beauty, it also generate sentiment for entertainment and happiness, so it is a favorable year for entertainment and glamorous industries.  Yin fire over Rooster is also Nobleman and Academic star in Four Pillars of destiny.  As such both 1897 and 1957 were remarkable with scientific developments. In 1957 the first satellite – Sputnik 1 was launched by Soviet Union in October followed by Sputnik 2 in November, The USA also sent the first satellite Explorer 1 to orbit in Jan 1958. The Laser was invented by Gordon Gould in 1957.  Back in 1897, the word “computer” first appeared, Aspirin was invented and electron was discovered in that year.  As for entertainment, the musical “West Side Story” made its first appearance in 1957.  Also it is the year John Lennon met Paul McCartney and formed the band Quarryman which is the group preceded the Beatles.

1897 is also the year when Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” was published in London.  Dracula is a novel about vampire and blood and Yin Fire is related to blood. It so happened that Bram Stoker was born on 8/11/1847 which is also year of yin fire and day of yin fire.  The modern vampire movie series Twilight, starring Rob Pattinson, is also born on day of Yin Fire.

There are many explosions and fire disasters in 1957 as well. In Feb. 1957 a coal mine gas explosion in Virginia killed 37 people. In the same month, a fire at a home for the elderly in Missouri killed 72 people. In May a 42,000 pound hydrogen bomb accidentally fell from a bomber near Albuquerque, In Sept. a nuclear disaster occurred at the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in Russia, in October there is fire at the Windscale nuclear reactor in England. .    

In Chinese Metaphysics, yin fire represents the heart and blood circulation.  It also refers to the brain, nerve system and the eyes.  Hence a yin fire year is easy to bring sickness of heart, blood, inflammation problem, brain and nerve problem such as hyper tension and stroke. Take for example, Hillary Clinton born in 1947 is year of Yin fire pig, in 2013 the year of yin water snake totally in clash against her yin fire year, and this clash caused her to accidentally knock her head against the wall, and subsequently she discovered blood clot in the brain and have to resign from the post of Secretary of State.  Bruce Lee also died on a yin fire day in clash against yin water year in 1973 and the post mortem found water in his brain. .   James Blunt, the car racing champion also died of heart attack with clash between yin water and yin fire in 1993.

 Metal in the human body is related to lung and breathing organ. With fire attacking metal, there is chance of flu and other breathing organ or skin problems.  Yin metal attacks yin wood which is related to small bones in the body, so it is also necessary to beware of accident causing injury to back bones, limbs, finger and toe. There are many examples of people broke their back during rooster year or rooster day.  Famous examples are Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, died in rooster year 1993 from a bullet breaking his back when shooting a movie. The Hong Kong rock star Wong Ka Kui also died in 1993 falling off stage in Tokyo breaking his back.  Madonna fell off horse back and broke her bones in rooster year in 2005…..

 As Yin fire is the Heart and is often compared to the candle flame which is flickering and unstable, yin Fire people are more warm hearted, but emotional, sentimental and sensitive in feelings.   The representative yin fire persons are David Bowie, Robert Pattinson and Harrison Ford and Fang Bingbing. They are all artists outstanding for their sensitivity and dramatic innovative performance.  In particular David Bowie is  regarded as master of innovative music with dramatic visual presentation.     It is interesting that Yin Fire people, in particular Yin Fire Rooster, is very commonly found in the Four pillars of  influential people in Chinese history.  The very powerful Chinese politicians, including Emperor Song Taizu , Emperor Hongwu of Ming Dynasty,  Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Chairman Mao Tse Tung, Chairman Xi Jinping are all born on day of Yin fire, with the latter three born exactly on Yin fire Rooster day.  Other famous influential Chinese people born on Yin fire day are the popular actress Fang Bingbing, Jack Ma of Alibaba and  Ma Huateng of Tencent, of which Fang Bingbing and Jack Ma were born on Yin fire Rooster day.   This amazing fact indicates that Yin Fire Rooster year can also bear significance in Chinese politics and economic prosperity.

Yin fire people are warm hearted and kind but can also be nervous, tense and suspicious. Strong yin fire people can be funny and like to joke like a comedian.  Famous Comedians such as Bob Hope, Chris Rock and Rowan Atkinson were all born on a strong Yin fire day.  

The  fire  element basically symbolize happiness in the Five Quality of people, and they are honest, warm hearted and kind.  Yin fire is optimistic but illusive.  They are reliable people and trusted friends but can be dramatic and moody in behavior.  As such, yin fire year often boost peoples confidence about the economy bringing good performance to the stock market.  Particularly during the spring and summer seasons when the wood and fire seasonal element will make the candle burn very bright and such illusory fire will drive up the stock market sky high.  However, once the seasonal support of wood and fire expires in around August onward, there will be dramatic downturn as the illusive candle flame is dying. Hence for people play in shares and stock market have to prepare for big disappointment in the second half of the year. Such phenomenon of crazy  market in first half year and collapse in autumn happened in many previous yin fire years before,  such as 1987, 1997, 2007.. The bearish market may commence from around August 2017 and this time the impact can be long lasting as there will not be any support to fire element between 2018 to 2022.

The Rooster is strong metal element, in Chinese metaphysics it is a “Peach Blossom” or “Flower of Romance” which brings beauty and charm particularly to people who are born in either year or day of Monkey, Rat and Dragon.  Such Peach Blossom year will also be benefitial to glamorous industry such as beauty, fashion, entertainment, music. Yin fire also relates to the kitchen and energy and will bring prosperity to restaurant and cooking business, as well as energy healing, sport and exercise such as fitness and yoga centre. The negative aspect of such “Peach Blossom” is sex scandals.

As fire is hot air, so this element is often related to birds, airplane and flying objects, the year 2017 Yin fire is flickering and unstable, this can bring air disasters. In 1957, the Philippine President and 24 passengers died in a plane crash on 17/3. In November, a flying boat crashed on the Isle of Wight with 45 dead. The Yin fire element also brings development in flying objects and space exploration. The year 1957 was a year when both Soviet Union and the USA raced to put satellites into space.  The Rooster is strong metal which also relates to machinery, cars and trains. There will be more traffic accidents involving cars and trains in 2017.  Back in 1957, there are many serious traffic accidents. In September 1957, 175 people died in railway disaster in Jamaica. Also in October, 2 trains collided in Turkey killing 95 people. In December, there was Lewisham rail crash in London with 92 dead.   

  In Chinese medicine, fire element is heart and blood circulation, it is also related to the brain, nerve system and the eyes. Yin Metal is breathing organ, lung, skin and  and the Rooster will create “self penalty” when it meets with another Rooster, such metal penalty will trigger flu and breathing organ or skin problem.   As this year is fire burning metal, so we have to beware of inflammation of skin and breathing organ problem,  So flu pandemic may be more serious in 2017.   The suitable supplements to improve our immune system and minimize the chance of heart problem and breathing organ problem are anti-oxidant, vitamin C and omega 3 oil.  COQ10 is important for people having weak fire.

The Rooster is the animal in clash against the Rabbit.  It is small metal cut into small wood. So it is related to stabbing with knife, surgery operations, injury to back bone and neck, injury to small bones such as fingers and toes.

 People who are born in the year of Rooster are offending the year,  People born in year of Rabbit is in clash against the year.  They usually have more movements and travelling in 2017, it is ok to take such chance to make necessary changes such as moving house, moving office, or changing job or taking trips.  However they should take extra care and refrain from risky sports such as driving fast cars, driving airplane, skin diving, parachuting etc.   It is recommended that they carry the pendant of a Dragon which will help to attract away the Rooster, so as to minimize the negative influence of the clash.  For people born in year of the Rabbit, it is good to minimize travelling direct towards the west direction as it is the direction of the Grand Duke in 2017


In the last 3 years from 2013 to 2015, we have experienced fire and earth years, fire is blood circulation, carbohydrate, energy and sugar, earth is stomach and muscles, as such, these years will make people gain weight more easily. However since 2016 the arrival of metal element is a good chance to exhaust the excessive amount of earth we gained in the last few year.  So Rooster year is also a good year to do more exercise, watch diet and lose weight, one will find these two years of Monkey 2016 and Rooster 2017 will be more effective to trim down excessive fat.

Regarding flying star feng shui, the current twenty year period from 2004 to 2024 is called “Age of 8” and this number 8 represents the Trigram of Mountain and it also is symbol of young children.  Therefore since stepping into Age of 8 in 2004, it seems there are more disasters, troubles and misfortune affecting children. This number 8, representing children will always present in the centre of the flying star chart in this 20 years from 2004 to 2024.  So it is always important to pay attentions to children safety and well being in this period of 8.

Regarding the economy, fire element is often the driving force behind the stock market.   The five elements are also affecting people’s mood.  In general fire is joy, water is fear, Earth is meditation, metal is sadness, and wood is anger.   As such, fire year often generates optimism and drive up the stock market,  For example the last financial tsunami happened in 2008 because it is strong water year of the Rat.  The economic crisis deepened and continued until 2012 because all these years did not have fire element.  As expected, when fire returned in 2013 with Snake year,  the US economy showed strong recovery with Dow Jones industrial Average surpassed 18000 points in 2014 strong wood fire horse year.    In 2015, the year of wood goat does not show apparent fire, but there is fire hidden in the goat, hence  optimism continued until January 2016 when the month of Ox came to clash against the Goat and extinguished the hidden fire. So there is serious setback in stock market, terrorist attacks, many celebrities passed away, and extremely cold weather and snow storm. In 2016, year of fire monkey, it is “sun setting in the west”,  so the economic atmosphere suffered slow down.  However,. 2017 the Yin Fire  is still positive for the economy and the optimism continue to  bring confidence to buy particularly in spring and summer time, when the candle flame gains seasonal support and drives up the  illusory optimism.  However, as the yin fire is illusory candle flame, it will be extinguished by autumn and winter.  So there will be serious setback towards August and October and this will bring long term bearish market as there is no more fire years before Tiger year 2022.

Yang fire is compared to the Sun, then Yin fire can be Stars. With yin fire weakening on metal, there could be passing away of some movie stars and celebrities in 2017.

The fire and metal element of 2017 is expected to bring prosperity to  fire industries and water industries; this is because fire conquers metal, so the metal element is a symbol of money to the fire industry, which includes energy, entertainment, stock market, finance.    The second best industries could be water, as water conquers fire, so fire is money to water industry.  Water industries are transport, communication, shipping.  Earth industry is also positive as Earth  produces metal, so it will be an active year for earth elements such as property, construction, high tech, mining...    The not so good industry is metal.   Metal industries are banking, engineering, computer, cars, …, in a strong metal year, this industry will be very active, but competition is also very strong and the Rooster year  brings many competitors in the scene.  Wood industry, such as textile, paper, environment… is active because wood produces fire, but the money to wood industry – earth is absent.

In summary, the industries that will perform well in the year of the Rooster will be industries related to Fire and Water elements.  Fire industries are energy, stock market, finance, entertainment.  Water element is referring to transport, shipping, communication.  Earth  industry will be active and productive but money element to earth is water which is not obvious.

In general, the Yin Fire Rooster year, with fire on top and metal below, is symbol of optimism, innovation and progress.  There is still conflict and disharmony in international relationship and may not be a peaceful year but people are optimistic, open-minded, confident and innovative to bring solution to obstacles.   Also there are natural disasters such as fire, explosion, nuclear issues  and some environmental disasters and disease and epidemic still prevail.

The yin fire on Rooster is also a rare year of both Nobleman and Academic stars. This means every baby born in 2017 will automatically possess such good stars. Nobleman will make a person’s life smooth with support from others, and academic star is symbol of intelligence and strong appetite for knowledge and study.  Such stars are essential for successful life today and such year with both Nobleman and academic star only appears twice in the 60 year cycle – yin fire Rooster year and yin water Rabbit year.  So it is a very good year to give birth. The next chance with similar good year is 2023 yin water Rabbit year.     

The animal sign which is most unfavorable is the Rabbit which is in direct clash against the Rooster. Such clashes will usually bring about turbulence, movements, accident or changes...As it is metal wood clash, it will stimulate misfortunes related to traffic, injury by metal knives, injury to bones and back.  As both Rooster and Rabbit are “Flowers of Romance”, it can also bring sex scandals. .  The Rooster creates self penalty with Rooster and it will bring health problem related to lung, breathing organ, skin and teeth.  and the Yin fire on top is heart and brain and problem with nerve system. .  .People born in the year of the  Rabbit will anticipate more traveling, or movements such as changing jobs or moving house.  It is necessary to carry the pendant of a Dragon as protection to attract the Rooster away. For the Rabbit people, the clash against the Rooster could bring accidents related to injury of back, bones and limbs..  For people who are under clash with the year, it is ok to travel more, making changes such as moving house, or change job.

 However, for people born in the year of the Tiger,  it is recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is the west direction. . The other animal’s signs facing unfavorable positions is the Rooster which is offending the Grand Duke as well as self penalty. . Such penalties will usually bring disharmony, irritation, worries and frustrations, as well as sickness, it is necessary to carry Dragon pendant to minimize the negative effect.

The animals combining with the Rooster year is the Dragon, the Snake and Ox. These animals are into a year of harmony. However, such animal astrology is not totally reliable as the system is not recognized as a formal type of fortune-telling. For more reliable assessment of one’s fortune in the year of the Rooster, it is recommended that one checks the full Four Pillars of Destiny, which requires full birth data information of the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth.  As the animal signs can appear in all four pillars in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Rooster will not only cause impact on people born in the year of  Rabbit and Rooster. Such clash and penalties can also impact anyone who has such animals in the birth month, or day or hour.

Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Rabbit and in clash against the Rooster in 2017 are Tiger Woods, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Jamie Oliver, Park Geun Hye, Jeff Bezos…   There are people not born in the year of Rabbit, but they are also under clash because they are born on the day of Rabbit, so they will also face a challenging year.  Some examples of these people are Prince Charles, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Stephen King, Rachel Ray, Christine Lagarde  … The clash against the Day Pillar will usually cause movement or conflict in the family or human relationship area, especially in the relationship with the spouse or opposite sex.  


People born in year of the Rooster is said to be “offending the Grand Duke” and in self penalty,  it is also recommended to carry pendant of the Dragon.. Examples of people born in Rooster year are  Paris Hilton, Cate Blanchett, Carrie Lam, Fang Bingbing, Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Eric Clapton, Roger Federer, Emperor Akihito…..…


People born on day of Rooster also will suffer self penalty which will affect relationship area and marriage.    Penalty is hidden danger and will cause irritation, worries and serious disharmony in relationship. It can also create health problem.   Some examples of such people coming up with self penalty in 2017 are Jodie Foster, Camilla, Mick Jagger, Matt Damon, Larry Page, Fang Bingbing, Jamie Oliver, Carrie Lam…The minimum protection is to carry pendant of Dragon to attract away the incoming Rooster year.

The  Rooster is  “Flower of Romance”.  For people who are born in years or day of Monkey, Rat, Dragon can anticipate a more sociable year with more opportunity to develop friendship with the opposite sex... People born in year of Pig and Rabbit will have more chance to travel and move around this year.

The Rooster  is a “Nobleman” for people born in years or days of Yin Fire or Yang fire Heavenly stems. This means any birth year ending with the number 6 or 7 such as 1956, 1957,  1966, 1967, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1987, and 1996, 97…..etc.  “Nobleman” is our protective angels who will come to help us and make everything smooth and positive.  The Rooster is also the “Academic star” for people born in year of Yin Fire or Yin Earth.  So 2017  is also a good year for baby birth as all baby born this year will automatically have both “Nobleman” and“Academic star” which means intellectual quality and strong desire to learn with strong support from people around him.



Feng Shui energies also change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to watch out for the re-allocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to arrive at important locations of our residence or offices. In the year of the Rooster, the bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the South. It is recommended that one hangs a metal wind chime in the South of the house to dissolve this bad energy. The worst months will be in March, September, December, 2017.  Another bad star number 2, symbolizing sickness, will arrive in the Northwest in 2017. The traditional method to dissolve this 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the Northwest of the house.  The Grand Duke this year is in the West, hence it is not favorable to “move earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended for one to sit with back against East as you will be sitting against the unfavorable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”.  The East is also the “Crash position” against the Grand Duke which is also not good to sit.   The bad star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the west.. It is necessary to put a piece of red paper in this position to minimize such bad influence. Also the bad star 7, representing scandals is in the Southwest, the traditional solution for this bad star 7 is to place 3 piece of bamboo plant grown in clear glass vase of water in the Southwest location.


The annual star 1 located in the centre is the Trigram Water.  As such, it is anticipated that more water related disaster  can happen in 2017 and the affected area could be Central and South area and.  This will often affect Middle East and countries and regions with name “Central”, this may include China as well as the name of China is Central Country.

Another not so good month to watch out is March 2017 Yin water Rabbit in total clash against the year of Yin fire Rooster with flying star 2 and 5 in South. With serious clash between fire and water, one can expect heart attack, stroke, fire disaster and explosions. Similar clash will also happen in Jan. 2018.

Since middle of 2016, the Chinese calendar is actually entering a long cycle of metal, earth and water without the yang elements of wood and fire.  The next wood year will only come up in 2022 the year of water tiger. Before 2022 the powerful metal and earth is not favorable for strong metal people.  The prominent world leaders affected are David Cameron – who is strong metal, already have to step down in 2016 and succeeded by Theresa May who is also a strong metal lady. The other strong metal leaders coming up with unfavorable years are Shinzo Abe, Hollande, Tsai Ing-wen, and C.Y. Leung.  On the other hand, leaders whose favorable elements are metal and earth will enter a phase of smooth luck, these include Putin and  Xi jinping…..

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