Rooster (zodiac)

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Chinese paper cutting of the Rooster

The Rooster (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: /) is the tenth sign of the twelve year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac (and similar zodiacal systems) related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character . The name is also translated into English as Chicken.

In the Tibetan zodiac and the Nepalese Gurung zodiac, the "bird" is in place of the Rooster.[1][2] Sometimes even the Fenghuang will take the place of the Rooster.

Years and the five elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rooster", while also bearing the following elemental signs:[3]

Start date End date Heavenly branch
26 January 1933 13 February 1934 Water Rooster
13 February 1945 1 February 1946 Wood Rooster
31 January 1957 17 February 1958 Fire Rooster
17 February 1969 5 February 1970 Earth Rooster
5 February 1981 24 January 1982 Metal Rooster
23 January 1993 9 February 1994 Water Rooster
9 February 2005 28 January 2006 Wood Rooster
28 January 2017 15 February 2018 Fire Rooster[4]
13 February 2029 2 February 2030 Earth Rooster
1 February 2041 21 January 2042 Metal Rooster

Chinese Zodiac Rooster

Sign Best Match Average No Match
Rooster Rooster, Snake, Ox Dragon, Monkey, Rat, Dog, Tiger, Horse, Pig, Goat Rabbit

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: 酉 yǒu
The Five Elements: Metal
Yin Yang: Yin
Lunar Month: Eighth
Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8; Avoid: 1, 3, 9
Lucky Flowers: gladiola, impatiens, cockscomb
Colors: golden, brown, brownish yellow, yellow; Avoid: white, green
Season: Autumn


In the Chinese sexagenary cycle, 2017 (January 28, 2017–February 15, 2018, and every 60-year multiple before and after), is the heavenly stem/earthly branch year indicated by the characters 丁酉.


  1. ^ ricardobaddouh (2014-01-28). "Tibetan Astrology – Table of Year-Animal-Element". AHMC. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  2. ^ Arina Sherchan (2010-07-11). "Tamu (Gurung) Losar Festival". ESC Nepal. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Chinese Zodiac - Rooster (Chicken)". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Year of the Rooster - 2017". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 

Further reading

  • Donna Stellhorn (2017). Chinese Astrology: 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster. ETC Publishing. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-944-622-16-9. 
  • Neil Somerville (2015). The Rooster in 2016: Your Chinese Horoscope. 2017-02-22 (1st ed.). Thorsons/HarperCollins. p. 320. ISBN 9780008138165. 
  • Neil Somerville. Your Chinese Horoscope 2017: What the Year of the Rooster holds in store for you. 2017-02-16. Thorsons/HarperCollins. p. 320. ISBN 9780008144531. 
  • Peter So. Kaori Working House, ed. Your Fate in 2017 - The Year of the Rooster. Translated by Jay Lowe. p. 457. ISBN 978-962-14-61-71-1. 
  • Ted E. Bear Press (2016). "2017 Year of the Rooster". CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: 196. ISBN 9781542711012. 
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