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Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology for 2017 Year of the Yin Fire Rooster

This 2017 article examines the Chi energy of the Yin Fire Rooster year, going in-depth into predictions for each Chinese Astrology Animal Zodiac as well as each of the Feng Shui directions using multiple Feng Shui schools.

The Ding-You, or Yin Fire Rooster year starts on the 3rd of February 2017 at around 10:49pm using the Chinese solar calendar. The Lunar calendar used for celebrations gives us New Year on the 28th of January. When this occurs (Lunar prior to Solar) the general indication is for good luck and positivity for everyone.

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The Stem Ding Fire is like furnace Fire, hot, burning slowly, giving heat without scorching. It can also be seen as candle flame in this sense as well, giving light, but very little heat. The Chinese character for Ding also means “maturity”, robust, T-shaped, insect sting, to ask/question, stare/study and jingling. Ding people are the happy ones (whether they truly are or not, they will always put on a brave face). The term ‘fake it until you make it’ must have been coined by a Ding Day Master. Beware though, they usually have very sharp tongues and do not liked to be crossed or made a fool of.

The Rooster may sometimes come across as weak and gentle, but they have a tough Metal core. “Determination, Pride, Confidence” would be the motto for Roosters, they are determined to succeed and will peck away at a problem or project until they find a solution.

Having Ding and the Rooster together means shiny, or useful Metal. With the Roosters confidence and Yin Fire giving it shape and form, there will be more competition in the music and entertainment industries, more ‘next big things’ coming along. The Pillar Ding-You stands for Academic achievement and is one of the Peach Blossom signs. The former is good for students, researchers and institutions like universities. Peach Blossoms indicates a greater focus on relationships, whether this is love & romance, friendships, business partnerships or online, how people interact will be under scrutiny for most people. Expect more secrets (ala WikiLeaks) to be divulged with the Rooster pecking away, and since there is Fire atop Metal, there could be problems in air and rail systems.

There are two Lifecycles for 2017 – Chang Sheng and Sai. Lifecycles tell us where the Stem (Ding) is in relation to the cycle of the Branches (You), from birth to death. Ding has no ‘root’ in the Roosters Hidden Stems, so its energy is gone.

Chang Sheng brings a positive, optimistic outlook on life. 

Sai on the other hand looks deeply into things, analysing everything.

With this level of intensity, people will either react by deciding that life is good, and they will make the effort to help others. Or, they will decide that life is too difficult, but they will tend to share those negative feelings with everyone else.

If you are new to Chinese Astrology, you may not know that you have more than on Branch for the date and time you were born. While we will not be going into the effects of the annual Chi on the “Day Master’s”, it would be well worth your while to use a free online Chinese Astrology Calculator and check your whole chart, because you will actually have 4 Branches, one for the Hour, Day, Month and Year you were born.

A simple Four Pillars chart looks like this –

Find out your own Four Pillars BaZi chart here.

The Chinese Zodiac in 2017

The Rooster and Dragon together can form a Metal “Six Harmony Combination”. This brings Dragons especially good luck during 2017.

The Rooster can combine with the Snake or Ox to form Metal, which will tend to upset Ding Fire. If your chart likes Metal, then it will be a lucky year for you, but if your chart likes to have Fire, then there will be problems.

The strongest combination will occur if you have both the Monkey and Dog on your chart. These combine with the Rooster to form Directional Metal. Depending on your Day Master, this could be an extremely lucky year, especially because Metal represents the annual Ding’s money and wealth.

The Rooster clashes with the Rabbit. If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit, then in general this clash indicates moving house, being relocated or changing jobs. This particular clash also indicates problems with relatives and peers. If you have the Rabbit then these relationships will be under scrutiny.

The Rooster can be a “self-Penalty” sign, in that if important decisions are to be made, then a Rooster person in a Rooster year will tend to make the incorrect ones.

If you have any of the clashing, harm, damage or penalty signs on your Four Pillars chart, then one way to smooth the year out is to ‘buy’ karma points by giving to charity. According to one Buddhist date selection method, the best time to donate is the last day of the lunar cycle, which is just before the new moon.

From a basic check of your Year Branch (Chinese animal zodiac), we can look at how the Rooster will affect you –

子 Rat (’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, ’08): Rats have money on their mind in 2017, everyone else can have the love and romance. With some effort, Rats can dramatically improve their financial situation.

丑 Ox (’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, ’09): The Ox will have their focus brought towards hard work and will be one of the signs having a hard look at their marriage/partnership. 2017 is the highest level for the Oxen’s romance, but there is a disparity with their libido. Some Oxen may split this year, others will find that their spousal relationship deepens.

寅 Tiger (’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, ’10): With sex and romance and hormones bubbling away in their subconscious, the usually fastidious Tiger may find themselves with a few extra kilos or needing a wardrobe revamp. If you want to move ahead in business, focus more on how you present to others rather than on your over the top sex appeal.

卯 Rabbit (’51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, ’11): Rabbits and the Rooster clash and fight, and in addition to the problems created by living arrangements, there will be rather large unexpected expenses as well. Rabbits will be working extra hard in 2017, but results will be disappointing.

辰 Dragon (’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, ’00): In 2017 the Dragon combines with the Rooster, so has extra luck. Your spouse and children will be the focus over and above work and money. Life will be smooth and enjoyable.

巳 Snake (’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, ’01): The Snake and Rooster form a ½ Three Harmony combination, so luck is with the Snake for most things apart from romance. You may find yourself running around to keep your love partner happy instead of working on what makes you happy. Travelling for work is very well aspected though.

午 Horse (’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, ’02): The Horse has plenty of helpers arriving in 2017. Like the Rat, acquisition of property and wealth are foremost and those Horses born in 1978 will have the best luck. Parents and siblings are poorly aspected for this year, so try to avoid becoming embroiled in family arguments.

未 Sheep (’55, ’67, ’79, ’91, ’03): Sheep people will tend to have subdued year because of their affinity with the Rabbit. Work and career will be on track, but there will be a feeling of disquiet. Making friends with Pig people will help increase the fun factor for 2017.

申 Monkey (’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, ’04): Love, sex and romance is on the Monkey’s mind after the lessons of 2016. Many would have moved last year, or still be contemplating a shift towards a new start. Health in general is getting better, but there will still be some setbacks. Relying on family will be helpful, but developing a more positive mindset will have the greatest effect.

酉 Rooster (’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, ’05): Roosters may come across as harsh and abrasive in the latter part of 2017, part of the self-Penalty. This will devolve as the year goes on, but during February to August many Roosters will find themselves being asked to help out or provide support to others. Work, travel and sexual relationships are all well aspected in 2017 but be aware of giving too much of yourself.

戌 Dog (’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, ’06): Like the Snake, Dogs have subdued luck in 2017. Love and money will be the strongest focus, hopefully because of marrying, not due to divorce. With the Rooster around, some married Dogs may be involved in inappropriate liaisons. Since the Rooster represents a low ebb for Dog when it comes to legal matters, it’s best to think before acting.

亥 Pig (’59, ’71, ’83, ’95, ’07): Pigs are the life of the party in 2017 and will bring a ray of sunshine to many others lives. There will be a lot of travel during the year for most Pigs, probably a lot of running around. Avoid attending hospitals, cemeteries and funerals where possible, as the sensitive Pig may find themselves felling ill afterwards. Ceremonies like weddings are great to attend though.

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The following interpretations and recommendations are based on two main schools of Feng Shui – San Yuan Flying Stars and San He.

San He is based around calculations between Stems and Branches (similar to Four Pillars astrology). The main way to use San He is to reduce the impact of any negative formations (in red), then to activate any positive formations that are available (in blue).

The good Flying Stars are 1 Water, 4 Wood, 6 Metal and 8 Earth (the best being the 8 because we are in Period 8, 2004-2024). The bad ones are 2 Earth, 3 Wood, 5 Earth and 7 Metal (the worst being the 5). The annual Flying Stars are best used in conjunction with the natal Flying Star chart of your house, which you can calculate here

Even though you will get good results from following this advice, it is not a substitute for having a trained Feng Shui practitioner assess the energy of your house. At a minimum, your practitioner should know Ba Zi astrology and the Flying Star system. 

The Luo Pan above has the annual formations from the Flying Star, San Yuan and San He schools of Feng Shui arranged for 2017 around the degrees of a compass. The Chinese representation of the compass is opposite to the Western, South is always shown at the top and the North at the bottom.

The Central Palace is Earth Element, and has the 1 Water star here for 2017. In general this is a clash, however the 1 star is Kan, or the middle son and the 5 star is the emperor. Those families with male children may find them acting out of sorts during the year, especially during May and August. Since the 1 star is generally associated with career and wealth accumulation, it will bring a lot of competition particularly among young men. Use Metal as close to the physical centre of the house, 6 I-Ching coins (represents the father providing discipline and guidance) would be good, however any Metal ornament would be helpful.

The South is Fire Element and is boosting the 5 Earth disaster star. It is unfortunate that the Wealth and Peach Blossoms stars are here as well, because the 5 will place a dampener on these areas. If your front door faces towards the South, it is best to use a different entry in 2017. Use saltwater cures (a jar with water, salt and either copper or brass mixed together) to drain the 5 star of its potency.

The Southwest has 7 Metal, a star that is waning and becoming malevolent. In the Lo Shu, the SW is 2 Earth Qi which boosts the Metal, so beware of thieves and backstabbers. This is one of four special sectors in 2017 where there is a “He Tu” Fire combination between the 7 and 2 stars. Since both stars are negative, the overall influence of this combination is negative. The simple cure for this combination is to use Water, three small bottles spread equally across the SW will do.

Special Note – If your kitchen lies within the SW or the oven door is pointed towards this direction, then be careful of safety, particularly fires during, February, May and July. Rather than using just plain water, drop 8 small tumbled citrine crystals into each water bottle before putting them out.

The West has mixed Chi for 2017, falling towards the negative side. The one good star (Yin Nobleman) does improve the clash between the Yang Wood 3 star and the Yin Metal of the West (siblings fighting). If your front door is right in the middle part of the West, then it would be best to use a different entry. Since Tai Sui the Year Breaker is here you should also avoid any renovations or building work here. Keep the area as quiet as possible, and add a small amount of Fire into the décor, preferably just by using the colour red.

The annual 2 star (Earth, the Mother) in the Northwest (6 Metal, or Qian the Father) is interesting for romance and marriages in 2017. The two trigrams joined becomes Hexagram 11 – Peace, a perfect union of Yin and Yang. When activated, this sector will be very good for married men in particular, but will also be good for married women. Single gents and ladies could find themselves doing better in their career, but if you activate this combination while single, it becomes a sign of a nun or a monk. Use plenty of Metal, especially in shapes that evoke a romantic response. Use metal representations of wealth and power here if you want to boost the positive career aspects.

The North is quite lucky in 2017, another of the He Tu sectors. The 1 Water/6 Metal combination is good for career but there is a chance of overdoing it if you try to work alone. This combination shows the Father and middle Son working together under the Fathers guidance. This shows that without authority, there could be a chance of legal trouble for young males, especially if their bedrooms are in the North. Everyone else who has a prominent North sector should gain good luck in business and communications though. Use some Earth, such as crystals.

The Northeast has the 4 Wood star as well as the Scholar San He star. This is a fantastic area for students, business owners, designer and anyone looking to tap into their creative side to have an office or study. Keep the part of the NE marked San Sha 2 and Robbery Mountain quiet (eg, windows/doors closed) and place a plant grown in water (such as ‘lucky’ bamboo or a philodendron).

The East has the annual 8 Earth star and is the home to the Lo Shu 3 Wood star. This seems like a clash between Elements, but it is another of the He Tu combinations. Mountain (8) and Thunder (3) indicate gaining knowledge and self-wisdom through turmoil. It is a good combination for most people, though young children shouldn’t sleep in this area. Add Fire Element to subdue Thunder and improve Mountain’s self-contemplation. Make sure to close off any direct path from the South to the house because the main San Sha (thieves) and Sui Po (year breaker) are here. Avoid any renovations or building work here as well, because Sui Po will bring accidents.

The Southeast has the annual 9 Fire visiting the 4 Yin Wood palace, the last of the special He Tu combinations. This is very good for women’s romance and can be activated by a water feature. If you are in a committed relationship, do not do this! Simply use fresh flowers as much as possible. This area is also very good for a study or creative studio.

This article was written by Dean French in April/May 2016 and first published in Wellbeing Astrology Annual Magazine 2017. It is not available for download, and is presented as written at the time as an example of Dean’s portfolio.

I hope that you are able to take something from the article and from the free information I have on the website. May 2017 be a great year for you!

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With over two decades of practical Feng Shui experience, Dean French is known for his down-to-earth attitude, perceptive observational skills, and his direct and honest communication. Amongst his clients, he has a reputation as an accomplished consultant that has grown through perseverance, professional diligence, conscientious integrity, and the outstanding transformative life shifts they receive.

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