Chinese tradition stipulates that each year is represented by an animal. With the beginning of each new year a different animal begins to represent that particular year. The year 2017 is considered to be the year of the ‘fire’ red rooster. Some references to 2017 however are calling 2017 the year of the ‘phoenix’ because the year of the fire red rooster is said to be bringing along with it opportunities for rebirth and transformation – (words often related to ‘the phoenix rising from the ashes’.)
Chinese New Year always happens on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, therefore Chinese New Year 2017 begins on January 27, 2017 on the new Moon in Aquarius at 4:07 pm PST.
Health and Year of the Fire Red Rooster
The year of the fire red rooster is the year to seriously begin to exercise, if you have not already been exercising. It is going to be a year to really work on trying to get into better shape. It will also be very important to review your diet and make a conscious plan to eat well. Give up the junk foods and put only foods that are healthy into your body. Be sure that foods you eat will actually nourish your body and be positive for your health.
For many people, the past year (2016) of the ‘fire monkey’ may have left you feeling exhausted and a bit depleted, health-wise. If this seems like you , then 2017 is especially your year to focus on health and healing.
If you have had nagging health issues for years this is the year to tackle those issues and really work on being healthier. Have you not seen a dentist in years, felt as though your back has been causing you aggravation for years, been experiencing poor sleep, really wanting to lose weight — or any of the many, many other health issues that might exist. If there has been any type of delay in dealing with some aspect of your health, this is the year to finally address those nagging health issues, and not let health challenges drag on. It is also the year to keep being vigilant about your health, even if you have been active in addressing health issues all along.
Additional Fire Red Rooster Concerns
The year of the fire red rooster is also said to be a year to really get serious about organizing your finances. Make a workable plan to deal with any outstanding debt, make a plan and establish a budget. Be very aware of your spending and don’t overspend.
If you have a job, the year of the fire red rooster is said to be the year to really work hard and apply a lot of focus to your profession and work. It is not the time to goof off, or to take your career, or job, for granted. The year of the fire rooster is said to be the year to consider work before play, become very organized and contribute whatever you can to your work. In keeping with the idea of 2017 being the year of the fire red rooster, this Chinese advice is sort of like applying one’s ‘beak to the grindstone’.
Happy Chinese New Year
Whether you seriously follow, and take to heart the ideas of the Chinese and their thoughts of a specific animal, and their traits governing a specific year, it is always interesting to read what the Chinese customs have to say about each year and the animal that is said to govern it.
Each new year is always a good time for reflection and planning, whether looking at Chinese ideas, or not. The new year is a perfect time to reflect on our habits, our work, and our health and take whatever steps seem most appropriate for us to improve ourselves during the coming year ahead.
Acupuncture Alternatives is here to help with your health issues
Here at Acupuncture Alternatives we look forward to helping you each year, whether is is said to be a year of a ‘fire red rooster’, or any other Chinese animal. We look forward to listening to your health concerns and helping you with appropriate Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and herbals that may be the most appropriate for you and your health needs.
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Let us help you with your health needs this year of the ‘fire red rooster’.