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How Lucky is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign in 2017?

· Chinese New Year,Expat Life

In China, 2017 is the year of the Red Fire Rooster/Chicken. If you were born in 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969 or 1957 (or any multiple of 12 years before that) you my friend are a Chinese Chicken.

But 2017 isn't just a special year for Chickens, it's a special year for everyone. Each Chinese Zodiac has it's own horoscope for the year. What's yours?

First of all, you need to know the story behind the Chinese Zodiac. Why are there 12 animals and why these specific animals? Why isn't the panda a Chinese Zodiac?

THE ORIGIN STORY

Ancient Chinese Astronomers observed Jupiter's orbit and noticed it took 12 years to complete an entire orbit around the sun. In order to characterize each year of the orbit, the Jade Emperor decided to hold a meeting across the river and the first 12 animals to show up would get their own year.

The Rat and the Cat were the worst swimmers in China, but they were smart. They hitched a ride on the nice and friendly Ox across the river. Halfway across the river, the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, leaving him to struggle across. One by one, animals reached the other side of the river, with the cat still swimming across. Once the final 12th animal got across (the pig), the cat drowned and didn't make it into the zodiac. That's why cats chase rats.

Now it's time to find your 2017 Fortune (courtesy of http://www.yourchineseastrology.com/horoscope/)

The Rat

Born: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948

Personality: Smart, Observant, Positive, Flexible, Timid, Stubborn

2017 Prediction: "In Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' 丁酉. For you Rat people, ‘Zi’ (子) which is your earthly branch will destruct ‘You’ (酉) which is the earthly branch of Tai Sui who is also known as Grand Duke Jupiter or Grand Commander of the Year. Simply speaking, you will suffer damage and loss in the year. Generally, as you clash with Tai Sui, you are prone to have many quarrels and unnecessary disputes leading to bad luck in wealth. However, you will be blessed by three auspicious stars in the year, namely Tianxi, Dijie and Taiyin, which will make the year not too bad."

Adam's Version: Don't be risky with your money or health. Stuff could get really real, so make sure your investments and body are in order. Your career could definitely take off so keep your pedal to the metal. Love life wise, you're going to be in pretty good shape. Just keep doing your thing.

The Ox

Born: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949

Personality: Honest, Patient, Level-Headed, Strong-Willed, Stubborn, Inarticulate

2017 Prediction: "Since Ox is compatible with Rooster, the zodiac sign of 2017, you oxen will have good development in both love and career. It can be said that ox is the rare blessed zodiac sign in this year. In particular, under the blessing of auspicious stars like Huagai, Tangfu and Santai, you will make stable development in this year as long as you are careful. Despite the blessing of auspicious stars, however, you will be affected by the bad luck. From the perspective of astrology change, you will be affected by the ominous stars like Feifu, Guanfu and Wugui. Fortunately, the influence of ominous stars is inferior to that of the auspicious stars, so you will have good luck in general."

Adam's Version: Pretty good year coming up for you Oxen. Wealth, Career, Love and Health all on the up in 2017. Probably your best year yet! You got this, this is your year!

The Tiger

Born: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950

Personality: Loyal, Courageous, Trustworthy, Intelligent, Arrogant, Short-Tempered

2017 Prediction: "Since Tiger and Monkey are incompatible with each other in Chinese Zodiac, you tigers have had a bad luck in 2016 which is the year of Monkey. Generally, you will have an average luck in 2017 and you will have neither a major breakthrough nor big disaster. Instead, you will be blessed by three auspicious stars, namely Guoyin, Yuede and Tianxi enable you to make a strong push in work and love. However, you need to work and live with an honest and down-to-earth attitude rather than acting on impulse for the sake of neighborhood harmony, family stability, smooth work and stable luck in 2017."

Adam's Version: 2016 maybe wasn't your year, so 2017 is your rebound year to normalcy. Work hard and you will overcome obstacles in your career no problem. Love and health with come naturally this year. Just look out for your finances, keep them stable and 2017 is going to be a breeze.

The Rabbit

Born: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951

Personality: Gentle, Sensitive, Modest, Friendly, Hesitant, Conservative

2017 Prediction: "In 2017, you under the zodiac sign of Rabbit will be unlikely to have good luck as you will oppose the Taisui who is the Grand Commander of the Year. What's more, the Rabbit’s associated element Wood are restricted with the Rooster’s element Metal which will bring you different types of bad luck, leading to the possible career setback or marriage crisis. In particular, you will have an overall bad luck due to the fact of conflicting with Tai Sui and the influence of inauspicious stars like Zaisha. In this year, you will experience ups and downs in luck and your family may also suffer health problems. However, opposing the Taisui is not necessarily bad; you can rise steeply if you can take the initiative to make changes and get ready for the coming problem."

Adam's Version: Might not the best fortune for 2017. But you can keep things positive anyways. For your finances, stay away from lending money to someone. For your health, be very cautious as you may be prone to accidents. Your career will be a challenge this year, but your love life will be normal, which is a good thing. All misfortune can be overcome with persistence and hard work.

The Dragon

Born: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952

Personality: Decisive, Inspiring, Ambitious, Romantic, Eccentric, Unrealistic

2017 Prediction: "Entering into 2017 which is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' (丁酉), you Dragon people will have significantly improved fortune and you may get great development in both love and career since rooster and dragon are compatible with each other in Chinese zodiac; you Dragons will be bound to have good fortune in 2017. During the year, you should try to expand your vision as far as possible and never limit your activities within a small scope but take a broad view to seize more opportunities. In 2017, you will be blessed by two auspicious stars, namely Longde (龙德) and Ziwei (紫薇), which suggests that you will have good fortune in both career and wealth. However, you should beware that you will be affected by the inauspicious stars like Posui (破碎), thus easy to provoke villains, so you should pay special attention to it and never act on impulse to meddle in others' business, or you will be in troubles."

Adam's Version: Overall a great year for the Dragons. Your wealth and career will be directly related and move up together. More money! Your love life will be stable and happy all year long (yeah, baby!). The only thing you need to look out for is your health, where you will be easily susceptible to minor illnesses. But that ain't no thang.

The Snake

Born: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953

Personality: Humorous, Soft-Spoken, Passionate, Sympathetic, Jealous, Fickle

2017 Prediction: "For you Snake people, 'Si' (巳) which is your earthly branch will be compatible with 'You' (酉) which is the earthly branch of Tai Sui known as Grand Duke Jupiter or Grand Commander of the Year. In general, you Snakes will have extremely good luck with the opposite sex in 2017, which is a special manifestation of being compatible with Tai Sui. Except the luck in love relationship, however, your fortune in other aspects, such as career and wealth will be neither good nor bad and have no obvious change under the influence of being compatible with Tai Sui. Especially, you may have ups and downs in luck under the influence of three inauspicious stars including Baihu (白虎), Feilian (飞廉) and Dasha (大煞). On the whole, you will have mixed fortune in 2017. Despite the extremely good luck in love, however, your spiritual life is based on the material life, thus maintaining the material life will be your foremost task in 2017."

Adam's Version: This year is a good year for snakes in terms of Career and Love Life thanks to the development of personal relationships. Your attraction levels will be at an all time high! However, your personal wealth will be pretty normal as far as luck goes. Be wary of injury in 2017 as sports and potentially dangerous activities may get you. Just make sure to wear a helmet ;)

The Horse

Born: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954

Personality: Warm-hearted, Easy-going, Independent, Popular, Gossipy, Extravagant

2017 Prediction: "You Horse people will have mixed fortune in the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' (丁酉). Due to the blessing of several auspicious stars, you will have good luck in general; under the influence of inauspicious stars like Wugui (五鬼), however, you may have problems in interpersonal relationship and health. On the whole, you Horses will have big changes in fortune and you need be ready for the ups and downs. In this year, you should adjust your mental state and be optimistic in the face of failures to learn a lesson, but you will solve the problems readily with the help of others. You should not be complacent in the face of success; otherwise, you may be framed by villains once you are not careful and bring obstacles and losses to your work and life."

Adam's Version: Big career changes might be in your future for 2017. If you work hard and style humble, others will help you to immense success. Work success will lead to more money and more savings! Your love life will take off, although you may get a lot attention, both wanted and unwanted. The only thing to watch for in 2017 is an old illness that may pop back up. Otherwise, happy new year to you!

The Sheep

Born: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955

Personality: Gentle, Considerate, Hard-working, Thrifty, Indecisive, Moody

2017 Prediction: For you people born in the year of Sheep, 2017 which is year of the Rooster is definitely not a good year because you will meet many inauspicious stars, such as Yangren (羊刃), Tiangou (天狗) and Diaoke (吊客), which will greatly affect you. For example, Yangren represents the disasters of blood; under the influence of Tiangou, you will be more likely to have accidents while Diaoke will further deepen the negative energy of you Sheep in daily life. Fortunately, you will be blessed by three auspicious stars. But the power of inauspicious stars is stronger than that of the auspicious stars, thus the fortune change brought by the auspicious stars will be minimal. Therefore, you should see your overall fortune change clearly and correctly in the year of Rooster and learn to play for safety and be prudent to avoid all kinds of disasters in 2017.

Adam's Version: You'll have to work a little bit harder and on an independent level to maintain a solid career path this year, but you can do it! Keep a tight budget and stick to it. Your love life will bring a rare boost in luck with other people, so get out there and mix it up. Keep an eye on your health as stress of 2017 might be more than normal. But you hardworking sheep can overcome anything.

The Monkey

Born: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956

Personality: Enthusiastic, Social, Innovative, Confident, Selfish, Suspicious

2017 Prediction: "In the year of 2017, you people under the animal sign of Monkey finally can breathe a sigh of relief because you have had a difficult year in 2016 and bad luck in various aspects due to the fact of conflicting Tai Sui (the Grand Duke Jupiter), thus have consumed most of your energy. Fortunately, the situation will be improved in 2017 and your luck will change completely. Due to the blessing of the auspicious star Hongluan (红鸾), you will have significantly improved luck in a new year and Hongluan will bring you good luck in love relationship and benefit your luck with the benefactor in terms of career and wealth. Therefore, you should brace up to greet a new year with improved luck."

Adam's Version: After a difficult 2016, Monkeys can be happy about their 2017. Starting off with a steady and stable income from improved luck in your career. Your love life will get even better if you're in a relationship or if you're single you may meet the love of your life. Health is something you shouldn't completely ignore as it will be important this year to your happiness. Best of luck monkeys!

The Rooster

Born: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945

Personality: Independent, Capable, Warm-hearted, Quick-witted, Impatient, Critical

2017 Prediction: "2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' (丁酉), also the animal year (Ben Ming Nian) of you people under the zodiac sign of Rooster. In this year, you Roosters (or Chickens) will suffer from conflicting Tai Sui (the Grand Duke Jupiter) while you Roosters will be more unlucky since your earthly branch 'You' will torture the earthly branch 'You' of Tai Sui, which means you will have fortune change due to conflicting Tai Sui and suffer from punishment of Tai-Sui. Therefore, you Roosters will be unlikely to have good luck in the year of 2017 although you will not have the poorest luck among all the 12 animal signs. Your fortune in various aspects will not have a significant improvement; instead, you will be prone to have all kinds of misfortunes, such as bottleneck of career development, unexpected loss of assets, emotional problems with your lover and changeable mood caused by too much pressure. In a word, you should be prepared for the great change in life in 2017."

Adam's Version: Even though this is technically the year of the Rooster, that doesn't mean Roosters have the best year. This year is very fragile for Roosters so they should avoid drastic change, especially to your career and wealth. Just keep it safe. Don't sweat the little things when it comes to love life. Your health is also important, so try to maintain composure and you'll be good.

The Dog

Born: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946

Personality: Loyal, Responsible, Clever, Courageous, Emotional, Stubborn

2017 Prediction: "2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' (丁酉). The earthly branch 'Xu' (戌) of you Dog people will damage the earthly branch 'You' (酉) of Tai Sui (Grand Duke Jupiter), which means you will encounter many problems in interpersonal relationship, such as being framed or being arduous but fruitless due to someone damaging your interest behind. Fortunately, you will be blessed by the auspicious stars, thus the overall impact will not be serious. You male Dogs will have different changes in luck with the female Dogs."

Adam's Version: Luck in 2017 will bring a surprise to your personal wealth, but it's important to not sully it with high-risk investments. Luckily your career will continue in a smooth and upward trend towards your goals. Love for Dogs in 2017 is strongest with other Dogs so keep a lookout for personality similarities. Just keep your emotions about you and your health should follow.

The Pig

Born: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

Personality: Good-tempered, Loyal, Honest, Gentle, Gullible, Sluggish

2017 Prediction: "In the previous year, you people under the zodiac sign of Pig had clash with Tai Sui (the deity in charge of people’s fortune in the year); in 2017, you will get improved luck but still need to face the impact of bad luck and have great limits in terms of love, career or wealth acquisition. That is because you are affected by too many inauspicious stars in 2017, under the influence of which you will find it's difficult to develop the interpersonal relationship and your relatives may pass away or fall ill; your health will be under threat and you may have disputes with others."

Adam's Version: 2017 is an improved year for the Pig from 2016. With potential obstacles to your career and income, it's important to save as much money and keep your eyes on your long-term goals. Keep a balanced diet and healthy daily regime to stay free of illness and keep your personal relationships in good spirits. Who cares what the stars say, am I right?

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