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  • Days:   3 Days
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  • Presentor:   Grand Master Raymond Lo
  • 08 Feb

    Chinese Year of the Rooster

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    Unlike the numerical Western calendar - the Chinese have a unique system that provides us with information about prevailing elemental influences at any given point in time. It makes use of the five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, metal - and their cycles, to determine the various aspects that affect the whole world.

    In Chinese astrology, the Rooster is the tenth animal to hear the call of Buddha. This animal has many attributes that make up its character. The rooster is a perfectionist of disciplined mind yet with a strong sense of humour and the drama of life.

    The Fire Rooster’s talkative and quirky nature is generally engaging and attractive. With a strong sense of loyalty, boundless enthusiasm, enormous powers of resilience and inspiring nature, this rooster attracts steadfast followers. This person pays attention to detail and likes to be on the cutting edge of whatever they’re involved in.

    2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster and it is influenced by two elements - Fire and Metal. The coming year is represented by the image of Yin Metal sitting below Yin Fire. In accordance with the destructive cycle of the five elements - Fire controls Metal. Therefore they are elements in conflict. This elemental relationship is the same as in 2016 however the difference is that the fire rooster is of a yin quality. Even though these elements are in discord and Fire controls the Metal with its explosive nature – the year of 2017 will still feel the influence of the Metal element in its foundation.

    As a consequence, in the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster whilst there will be a sense of optimism in the early stages. However as the year progresses, nerves will become frayed, tension and conflict in international relationships will be at the forefront. The key will be to maintain the optimism and open-mindedness into the second half of the year and influence resolution of issues through lateral thinking. If compromise and resolution cannot be reached, there is a real chance for serious armed conflict rather than the posturing that has been a part of recent years.

    There are always disasters occurring around the world however, the emphasis throughout 2017 will be on explosions, fires and accidents including air and train disasters.

    The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of sixty years so, the last time we experienced the Fire Rooster was in 1957. During that year you will find many examples of the aforementioned disasters.

    Australia experiences a range of 'natural disasters' with bushfires an ever-present part of the Australian landscape. However, the influence of the Fire Rooster was felt late in 1957 throughout the Blue Mountains where a number of devastating fires raged that year. In particular, the Leura bushfire razed more than 2million hectares destroying a hospital, churches, schools, businesses and 158 homes. Leading to several deaths, at the peak of the blaze up to 1000 men fought desperately to save their towns.

    Looking back on an international level, in Missouri on 17 February 1957, a fire at the Warrenton Nursing Home for the aged, killed 72 people.

    In February 1957, at the Bishop coal mine gas explosion in Virginia thirty-seven miners perished. In May a 42,000 pound hydrogen bomb unintentionally fell from a bomber near Albuquerque.

    In September, the ‘Kyshtym’ nuclear disaster occurred in Russia. Rated as the third worst nuclear accident in history behind Chernobyl and Fukushima, this catastrophe was kept secret for 30 years. A poorly maintained storage tank exploded, releasing 50-100 tons of high-level radioactive waste. Contaminating more than 750 km2 in the eastern Urals, radiation poisoning, sickness and deaths befell living beings.

    In October there is fire at the ‘Windscale’ nuclear reactor in England. The worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, occurred in October 1957. The fire burned for three days and there was a release of radioactive contamination that spread across the UK and Europe raising the risk of thyroid cancer.

    The first commercial airline crash to result in more than 100 deaths was a mid-air collision when a United Airlines flight struck a Trans World Airlines over the Grand Canyon. 128 people on both flights perished. Whilst it served to highlight and improve airline protocols it is still considered one of the world’s 20 worst airline accidents. Nonetheless, there were more than 60 accidents involving aircraft in 1957 and more than 1100 lives were lost that year.

    Of 8 well known train accidents the worst occurred on September 29, 1957. A Karachi-bound express passenger train collided at full speed with a stationary oil-tanker train before midnight. On that fateful night, 300 people lost their lives and 150 wounded.

    The 1918 Spanish flu was the first, and most grave of the 20th century. An outbreak of influenza was first identified in February 1957 in East Asia and it was dubbed the Asian flu pandemic of 1957. The virus quickly spread throughout China and surrounding regions spreading to the UK, Europe and the United States. With vaccine production starting as late as May of that year, the Asian flu (a sub type of H2N2) resulted in a global death toll estimated between 1 and 2 million people.

    As with everything in life there is the flipside and 1957 also produced some great innovations. The first satellite – Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviet Union in October, quickly followed by Sputnik 2 in November of 1957.

    Bubble Wrap packing material, still widely used today, was an accidental invention by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes while attempting to create a 3D plastic wallpaper.

    Fortran, the first high level programming language (software) invented by John Backus for IBM was released commercially in 1957.

    The first flame ionisation detector, invaluable for medical diagnosis, food analysis and quantifying air pollutants, was invented by McWilliam and Dewar at ICI Australia and New Zealand in their Melbourne quarters.

    The general consensus is that the element of Fire is the driving force behind the economy and stock market. Given Fires position of presiding over the Rooster it influences the pervading public sentiment throughout 2017. Fire’s overall impact will be one of open-mindedness and in general, optimism within the market place so ride this wave of confidence but only up until the middle part of the year. Proceed with great caution from that point forward as a recovery will be a couple of years away.

    The industries most likely to perform well during the year of the Fire Rooster are those such as the entertainment, fitness, stock market, finance and energy related industries. These should see positive gains and good rewards for their efforts. Also, progressing into positive waters are the travel, transport, shipping and communication industries.

    Property, construction, chemical, insurance, agriculture, software and even the mining industry, despite some pessimism will continue to see productivity increases when operated well however, the returns aren’t outstanding.

    Some of the industry’s most likely to be challenged during the coming year are banking, engineering, motor and computer businesses. These sectors will be quite active however the pressure of strong competition will continue during 2017. Although profits can be made, considerably more effort will be required to achieve this and the profits will be weaker than expected. Even though the textile, print and publishing, media and environment will appear to be busy in the market place reasonable returns on investment will be absent or at the very least, hard won.

    Traditional Chinese medicine is also based on the five elements and their cycles. Fire rules the heart, circulation and even the eyes, nervous system and brain, whilst Metal governs the lungs and skin. In addition, given that we have strong metal in the rooster we could also see an increase in back and neck problems during 2017.

    The Rooster, being of the Metal element and symbolising the breathing organs could also bring with it more health problems relating to this area of the body when under attack from Fire. For instance, we could see a rise in the incidences of the flu. If you are particularly susceptible to lung issues then be extra cautious this year. On the other hand there could also be a rise in problems related to the Fire element. If you are susceptible to heart disease, blood pressure or inflammatory diseases, ensure you take appropriate measures.

    Throughout 2017 there will be a clash that occurs for those born in the year of the Rabbit (e.g. 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011). For those born in these years it’s highly likely life will be a little more turbulent. You may experience a sense of un-wellness and at the very least you will feel somewhat restless, frustrated and interested in travelling more frequently and in general, making changes in your life. It is advisable to be more cautious during the coming year and avoid extreme sports and high adventure activities, thereby doing your best to avoid accidents throughout the year. It is also sensible to sidestep opportunities for traveling towards the west. And…as an additional precaution, wear a pendant of the Dragon for some further symbolic protection.

    For those born in the year of the Rooster; (e.g. 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) this does not automatically equate to a good year as you are offending the Grand Duke. So it is also advisable to carry or wear a charm of the Dragon as a precaution against disturbances during the coming year.

    The animals that are particularly in harmony with the Rooster year are the Snake, Dragon and Ox. Additionally, the Rooster year augurs well for the beauty, fashion and entertainment industries as it is considered to be a symbol of social activity, romance and pleasure. So put on your party shoes especially if you’re a Monkey, Rat or Dragon. However, the flip side is that it also indicates the potential for sex scandals so don’t be surprised if we see more outrageous headlines throughout 2017.

    It is important to remember that this current Feng Shui period represents and predominantly impacts young people, particularly boys. This has been the case since 2004 and this emphasis on our young will continue for some time. We are seeing many tragic circumstances where disenfranchised youths are taking up arms and fighting a war in another country. However, our young generation are also positively impacting on society and being recognised for their efforts in a way that we have not previously seen.

    With respect to Feng Shui you will find a troublesome influence coming from the south bringing with it difficulties and obstacles. This energy needs to be dealt with (especially if your main door or bedroom is in the west) by placing an all-metal wind chime in this sector of your home or office. The worst months will be March, September December and even January 2018.

    The influence of sickness will come from the northwest in 2017. The traditional remedy is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area of the home.

    In the southwest you will find the energy of scandals and so it is best to place 3 bamboo stems (or stems of any plant that grows in water only) in a clear, black, green or blue vase at this point of your home or office.

    At the core of 2017 throughout the world resides the influence of water it is therefore reasonable to expect more water related issues. This force also extends to our commercial and residential properties.

    The west suggests anger, frustration and even theft. Placing red objects or simply red paper in this location reduces this impact on your life.

    Finally, do not sit with your back against east especially whilst you’re working. It’s also advisable to not carry out large-scale construction work in the west for the coming year, as this is the location of the ‘grand duke’. Should your home face west then place a Dragon Tortoise to face this direction.

    I hope you all stay safe, well and happy during 2017 and that the coming Year of the Fire Rooster will allow your desires to unfold in a way that provides you and your loved ones with good health, great achievement and happiness.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai

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