Bold, brash, and outgoing. These are all apt descriptions of the Rooster as per Chinese folklore and custom. According to the Chinese zodiac, a sign rolls around once every twelve years. The last Chinese Year of the Rooster was in 2005, which means the next Year of the Rooster will be in 2017.
Of course, not all Chinese Roosters are the same. The 2005 Rooster was a Wood Rooster. These persons born in 2005 are said to exhibit traits of cooperativeness and of being team players rather than loner showboats, as some other Roosters tend to do. These Roosters often wish to change the world, particularly to make society a better and fairer place for all. Often, however, these Roosters tend to take on more than they can handle, and sometimes they end up not completing everything they attempt to achieve.
The next Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac will be in 2017. This Rooster will not be the same as its predecessor. The 2017 Rooster will be a Fire Rooster, a Rooster consumed with its own image. Many people believe the Fire Rooster is vain and self-serving, but the Fire Rooster has good traits as well. Superior organizational skills, for example, are believed to be one of the traits of those born under this sign. And although Fire Roosters can be blunt in their assessments of others around them, they also tend to make great leaders.
Those born under the Year of the Rooster are also believed to be very health-conscious. They are often seen participating in sports, particularly in hiking and swimming. Roosters are also thought to be naturally healthy and prone to few illnesses; and when a Rooster does become ill, it is believed that he or she will bounce back more quickly than many others.
Roosters are also thought by many to be exceptionally good with money and financial planning, and those born under this sign are often sought out in China to help plan financial goals and to manage other people’s financial properties. Interestingly, it is believed that the favorite color of many people born under the sign of the Rooster is the color peach or apricot.
Many of China’s greatest people—philosophers, scientists, and engineers—were born under the sign of the Rooster. Mencius, born in 372 B.C, was born under this sign. He was one of China’s greatest philosophers. In fact, he is widely considered the second greatest Confucianist, second only to Confucius himself. Even Confucius himself was born under the sign of the Rooster, as was Jeme Tien Yow, who was born in the year 1861. Having overseen the construction of China’s first railway, Jeme Tien Yow is widely considered to be China’s foremost train engineer.
Many prominent Americans were also born under the sign of the Rooster. Benjamin Franklin, statesman and inventor, was born in 1706 in the Year of the Rooster. American general George S. Paton was a Rooster as well, as was Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Roosevelt.