Lainey Gossip’s Year of the Rooster Predictions

In Chinese astrology, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. With a little help from her ma, our columnist Elaine Lui tells you what’s in store

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For me and my family, a new year doesn’t truly begin until the second new moon after the winter solstice: the Lunar New Year. When I was younger, I never had an answer when people would ask me about New Year’s resolutions. I didn’t think they’d understand that I couldn’t come up with any resolutions until my ma had given me my annual astrological forecast, based on the Chinese zodiac. All my plans depended on whether or not it was a lucky year, whether or not it would be a year to save or a year to spend, a year of restraint or a year of risk.

For the last few years, ma’s astrological readings have become a popular annual tradition on my blog, Lainey Gossip. She researches in the weeks between the winter solstice and Lunar New Year, gathering information from different astrology guides, studying books written by Chinese astrology masters, and then dictates to me the annual astrological profiles of all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. As a teenager, I used to ask Ma why her horoscopes were so often such a bummer, a question that also comes up occasionally from people who visit my blog for their forecasts. Ma would explain that the proper approach to astrology is that it isn’t there to please you but rather to protect you; that no one needs to be prepared for good luck—because good luck will never hurt you, obviously—but that we could all use some help to avoid bad luck.

“Would you rather I give you advance notice for the times that you will be happy? Or would you instead prefer to have advance notice of when you might be unhappy, so that you might be in a better position when it happens?” she’d reply, a little impatiently, before continuing. “If you are smart, you will say that you want to be ready when the trouble comes. Because life is up and life is down. I am never worried about how high you will rise. I will always worry about how low you will fall.”

So, if you find that the reading for your Chinese zodiac this year might not be the best, it doesn’t mean you have to panic. It only means you have to prepare. The Chinese believe in the principles of feng shui. Feng shui is energy flow, it’s how we balance the ever-changing energy fluctuations around us to create harmony. In Chinese astrology, the way feng shui works is that it’s how we handle our low luck times that can really affect our high luck times. If you can manage well during your low luck periods, you can increase the surge when you move into your high luck period, either next year or in the years to come.

To find your Chinese zodiac sign, click here. The Year of the Rooster arrives on January 28. Happy New Year! May the Rooster’s reign bring you good health and good luck.

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