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ZenView – Year of the Rooster

By Mary Layton

Happy New Year of the Yin Fire Rooster 2017!

According to the lunar Chinese calendar the New Year began on January 28th. The internet has all kinds of amusing but also interesting comments about what this Rooster year will be all about. So I learned, while the last year was the year of the Fire Monkey, full of surprises and unpredictability, the energy of the Fire Rooster is supposedly the opposite. There will be more planning and things will be resolved in a step by step approach. We may feel more grounded and less anxious. That would be nice. It would make 2017 the perfect year to take responsibility for the direction of your life. Instead of getting fancy, think of practical solutions, of what you want to achieve and how you want to get it done. The word “Yin”(in Chinese : female) in front of the Fire Rooster means that this Rooster has a feminine energy. Along with all the planning and preparing it will be important to inject a feminine quality: To trust and follow one’s instincts and intuition. For example, if something doesn’t feel quite right we need to pay attention!

The other thing that can be said about the Rooster is that he is the early riser in the yard, waking everyone. 2017 may be a much-needed wake up call. A year to renew and restore, replace oldfurniture and buy new clothes. The Rooster is proud of his plumage and struts around as rulerof the barnyard. This archaic and masculine(yang) role makes the rooster a conservative with unfailing dedication. Being always inflexible and refusing to change ideas or life strategies however, may prove to be inadequate for the future. Let’s not strangle ourselves in the quest of perfection and precision. If we can keep our spirit flexible we will achieve the perfect yin and yang balance in this Rooster year. Have a great 2017!

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.