It’s Lunar Year of the Rooster! If you were born in the years below then 2017 is a milestone for you.
1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
YOUR 2017 ASIANSCOPE
You know your regular horoscope but what about your Asianscope? You might assume you have a Chinese sign, but in truth, you actually have an Asian Sign. Asian astrology combines Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan and Japanese knowledge – all of which evolved at the same time.
The biggest common factor across all these different kinds of Asian astrology is the importance of the number twelve (twelve signs, and also the twelve-year cycle of Jupiter, which in Western Astrology we associate with good fortune.) This ‘rule of twelve’ links Eastern and Western horoscopes in an uncannily accurate way.
WHAT TO DO IN YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
This is a Rooster year which corresponds to Mars, Aries and the First House in Western astrology. It’s a year for pushing yourself forward and making your appearance work for you. Roosters ‘crow’ about themselves and dazzle with their feathers. 2017 will reward you if you are prepared to self-promote and use new or old media to push yourself.
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
Time to be cocky
Time to be loud
Time to get up and atom!
Time to walk your talk
Time to talk your walk
Time to strut and puff yourself up
Time to push back
Time to go head-to-head
THE DALAI LAMA AND ASIAN ASTROLOGY
How did the astrology across Asia grow? In the 7th century, the Tibetan Emperor had a Chinese princess for a wife, who brought Chinese astrology books to the court. Today, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is involved with the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute
FIND YOUR FORTUNATE THAI TEMPLE
The idea of twelve animal signs and/or Jupiter cycles can be found across Asia. In Thailand, you can even visit a temple associated with your sign. This information comes from the Thai Guide to Thailand
|Year of the Rat||Wat Phrathat Sri Chom Tong, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Year of the Ox||Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, Lampang, Thailand|
|Year of the Tiger||Wat Phrathat Chohae, Phrae, Thailand|
|Year of the Rabbit||Wat Phrathat Chaehaeng, Nan, Thailand|
|Year of the Dragon||Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Year of the Snake||Wat Jed Yod, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Year of the Horse||Schwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Myanmar|
|Year of the Ram||Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Year of the Monkey||Wat Phrathat Nakorn Panom, Nakorn Panom, Thailand|
|Year of the Rooster||Wat Phrathat Haripunchai, Lamphun, Thailand|
|Year of the Dog||Wat Kedkaraam, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Year of the Pig||Wat Phrathat Doi Tung, Chiang Rai, Thailand|
HOW EAST MEETS WEST IN MODERN ASTROLOGY
My own interest in Asian astrology has evolved over the years, working for Marie Claire in South Korea, Elle in South Korea, Vogue in Japan and Cleo in Singapore. Indian Astrology is known as Vedic, Hindu or Jyotisha. It also uses twelve signs (though these are Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on – the same as the West). Jupiter is also part of the Indian system. My own research into Asian astrology and Western astrology shows an uncanny link between the 12 signs in both. It all works together in a mysterious way!
WHAT’S YOUR ASIAN SIGN?
There are some slight differences between the Asian signs.
In Vietnam, the Ox becomes the Water Buffalo and the Rabbit becomes the Cat. In Japan, the Pig becomes the Boar. In Tibet, the Rooster becomes the Bird – yet the essential meaning of the signs does not change. What’s your Asian sign? If you were born in January or February (when the signs change over) you will need to double check here – otherwise it really is as simple as finding your year of birth.
|Rat||1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996|
|Ox||1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997|
|Tiger||1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998|
|Rabbit||1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999|
|Dragon||1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000|
|Snake||1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001|
|Horse||1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002|
|Sheep||1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003|
|Monkey||1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004|
|Rooster||1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005|
|Dog||1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006|
|Pig||1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007|
TIBETAN NEW YEAR – FEBRUARY 2017 WHEN YOUR ASIANSCOPE BEGINS
Tibetan astrology combines both Indian and Chinese methods and is the most interesting of all in Asian horoscope work. The Tibetan New Year is around one month later than the Chinese New Year, though celebrations for both overlap, so February 2017 is a very special time. The Tibetan New Year is based on the New Moon nearest to the start of February. It’s called Losar. In 2017 Losar begins on Sunday 26th February/Monday 27th February depending on where you are in the world. We have a New Moon on Sunday in London that day with the Sun and Moon conjunct at 8 degrees of Pisces in Western Astrology. It is also an Annular Solar Eclipse. This tells us that 2017 will be unforgettable. Historic!
Your Asian sign corresponds to Libra, Venus and the Seventh House in Western astrology. You do best when you are in a partnership or part of a couple. Even if you are single you can work with someone who becomes your other half. Male rats thrive in a bromance. Even if your partnerships are with family members (siblings) you do better as part of ‘two’ than going it alone. This does not mean your partnerships or duets are easy. However, even if you have to part company, it is worth hanging in there, to preserve some kind of relationship.
In 2017 your lesson is to either pursue ‘conscious uncoupling’ like your fellow Rat, Gwyneth Paltrow, or to take an existing partnership and spin it in a new way. Perhaps you are also ready for a new duet or double act, following the departure of the old set-up. If you have not yet considered bringing someone into your life for personal or work reasons, this is the year.
Your sign corresponds to Leo, the Fifth House and the Sun in Western astrology. You have a very special relationship with the ‘heirs’ to your ‘throne’. You do not need to have children in order to have successors! His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a Pig in Asian astrology and he is not a father, but has a Tibetan line of succession. If you do have sons and daughters they will be central to your life. It is also common for Pigs to change their entire destinies, based on just one pregnancy! You may have paid or unpaid work involving children or young people.
In 2017 your lesson is to guide, mentor and set an example to the young. This may be your godchild, niece, nephew, son or daughter. Perhaps you have projects or plans involving younger people born 20+ years after you. You can’t be perfect but you can do your best to inspire and educate those who are your junior and perhaps, also learn from them as well. When in doubt this year look to Millennials or those who are your ‘sons’ or ‘daughters.’
Your sign corresponds to Sagittarius, Jupiter and the Ninth House in Western astrology. You are the natural explorer, adventurer and traveller whose life story involves major questions about leaving your family (or substitute family, like a household) behind, in order to pursue pastures new. You may have to do this repeatedly until you get it right. There is a real message about departure in your Asianscope, either because you have to leave your background, culture or local identity to achieve your goals, or because your ambitions means you simply cannot stay where you were, geographically, culturally or socially. Rather like a real dog, you thrive when you’re roaming. You do best on location!
In 2017 your task is to either return to a holiday or work destination you have loved before, or figure out what it was you got from the last one, so you can plan the next one. You really do need to get out there and firm up the connections you have made – perhaps even in the last few months – with a new pin on the map. You do actually have more freedom than you might think, not just to take a decent vacation, but to set up ties that can only strengthen. It doesn’t have to be foreign; it can be a few hours from where you live – but it’s special.
Your sign corresponds to Aries, Mars and the First House in astrology. You do best when you put your name and face before people and make yourself the story! Sure, you can take other roles in your life, and be someone else’s partner, parent or employee – but actually, as a Rooster you will be happier and more fulfilled if you make yourself heard. Crowing is clever. So is using your portrait or photograph, for whatever reason. We tend to back off from Rooster qualities, because they are associated with ego, or pride – yet actually, once you realise that you are your own best product in life, you’ll find others gravitate.
In 2017, remember that a Rooster year is your best chance in 12 years to hit a crossroads that defines who you are. The best example of this I can give you is the Monkey year of 2016 when Theresa May, a Monkey, woke up to find herself Prime Minister of Great Britain. In other words, fate can take you on a strange journey in ‘your’ year. You’ll have some fascinating choices this year that ask you to put yourself forward and really work with ‘Me.’
Rabbits correspond to Scorpio, Pluto and the Eighth House in western astrology. You are the person who cannot keep the business, the money, the charity or the property out of the relationship! This goes for family or for marriage. When you think about how 1975 Rabbit David Beckham has made his entire clan and marriage an enterprise (even the younger Beckhams are modelling) you can see how this sign works. You were born to pursue quite powerful financial relationships, either deadly serious in nature, or sexually potent. That’s why the contracts between you and family or partners have to be studied very carefully.
Rabbit, this year is your time to figure out the price you put on things you cannot buy. There is that little question of selling your soul, or not selling your soul, to consider! Some fundamental questions about priceless spiritual or soulful ‘gains’ are there in 2017. For example how much does your integrity cost? What about your good name? What about privacy? And ultimately, what does charity really mean to you and does it begin at home?
Your sign relates to Aquarius, Uranus and the Eleventh House in Western astrology. You need your tribe and your tribe needs you. In fact you are defined by the group, but the group would be nothing without you! This might be a network of allies, or your Ladies-In-Waiting. It might be your pack, or your band. Maybe it’s a whole movement, but you are the person who pumps oxygen into it. Sometimes the family is the tribe (sisters who are more like girlfriends in a gang with you) but it’s more common for you to find an ensemble cast or some other network. That’s how you do all your life learning and also your achievement.
You do best in group situations, so pub quizzes or ukulele orchestras – whatever floats your boat. A political party? In 2017 you need to learn that you can be independent, and very much your own person, yet not have to sacrifice friendships or that amazing people-power passion you discover within a little circle of people. The key to understanding yourself this year is to know that you are all different but equal. You all have your part to play. An old group is calling you. Will you go back?
The Ox corresponds to Cancer, the Moon and the Fourth House in western astrology. You are strongly associated with your nationality, accent, culture, history and roots. In a perfect world you would have your own mini country. You tend to really ‘own’ your houses, land, apartments or business premises and it’s no surprise to hear that Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher were both born under the Asian sign of the ox. It’s very common for family to play a massive part in your life, and you may involve your brother or parents in your career (for example) or they may necessarily involve you in theirs. One of your major life quests is to find out what patriotism means to you and how much of a patriot you are.
In 2017 it really is time to get a stronger feeling for your homeland and home town and if it’s still not deep and meaningful, it may be time to travel, or even move, so that you can find that sense of connection and belonging your soul craves. There are some major questions this year about where you come from and what you need to do to preserve what or who you cherish there.
Well, last year was your year and you had a huge choice to make – what did you say? Now, you are going into a Rooster year. How will that serve you, considering that you are a Monkey and thus associated with Virgo, the Sixth House and Mercury in western astrology? It might help to remember that nothing can really function in your life, unless you are at peace with your body. You may be a bastion of health and fitness or have real-deal medical issues to live with, but the bottom line with you is that the whole world of food, drink, drugs, healers, doctors, fitness and the rest has to serve you or you can’t serve others.
In 2017 you need to address one of the great Monkey questions, which is the point at which self-care and preventative health measures are the answer, and at which point you have to lean hard on others for help. If there is anything about your daily routine, workload and lifestyle which is getting in the way of what matters to your body, that will have to be addressed – sooner rather than later. It is also possible you will realise that you need a whole new regime, to match what’s going on with work!
You are an interesting person whose Asian sign corresponds to Taurus, Venus and the Second House in western astrology. You have an amazing instinct for what is priceless or precious. There are always questions surrounding you about selling out, or selling your soul, but although you can play games with the world on that level, you are ultimately quite fierce, to the point of being stubborn, about what you’ll put a price on, and what you will walk away from. Often, when you are told what to do, you realise you know better – and in fact are proven right, especially in terms of making or saving money!
In 2017 you will either deepen your commitment to the non-profits and charities you are already involved with, or find a new cause you can pour yourself into. There are always going to be questions about what is safe or not safe for you, especially in terms of your work, or the politics around you – but you have to stick to your principles and only get involved with pouring your time, energy (and perhaps your money) into something that’s utterly right.
Your Asian sign corresponds to Capricorn, Saturn and the Tenth House in western astrology. Your total commitment to your own success or status is pretty remarkable, as I’m sure your friends have seen! You can start off in a fairly humble or ordinary way and go, step by step, to the highest peak. That is part of what your horse birthright is, and of course the horse is the creature we associate with scaling the mountain, step by careful step, until the top is reached.
In 2017 your challenge is to stay at the top, or go higher, without being accused of social climbing or deliberate targeting of people who are useful to you. That’s a bit of a vulnerable point with you, because as far as you’re concerned, you’re just being yourself! However – it is also true that you know how to work a situation and you need to take care that you are still pursuing particular people or opportunities for their own merits rather than as part of some massively ambitious plan. You also need to mark your dance cards this year – choose who you are going to dance with and why. Again this comes down to your soul, not your need to be ‘successful.’
Your Asian sign relates to Gemini, Mercury and the Third House in western astrology. You are the person whose way with words really hits home. You know what to say, how to say it and how to ‘sell’ it to people, especially on Twitter. You have a natural gift for writing, singing or public speaking. I am sure you know the snake is associated with its famous hiss and forked tongue. In fact, the snake does a great deal of its work through its mouth! Symbolically, your sign is about communication on all levels, across languages, gender and age. You know how to reach people and you can get your message across, no matter what.
In 2017 your quest is to find a new way to sell an old message, or to discover that you are altering your 2016 plan, project or idea and adapting to new circumstances. The worldwide web is evolving so rapidly that you do need to keep completely up to date with what is happening on YouTube and Twitter, not to mention Instagram, Pinterest and the rest. Somewhere in that ‘noise’ you have to find the communication field that works for you. Never has your gift for reaching people been more important than it is in 2017.
Your sign corresponds with Pisces, Neptune and the Twelfth House in western astrology. You are naturally reclusive and very sensibly so! You were really born for a big coat with a turned-up collar. Dragons are very hard to know, although everyone thinks they have a ‘connection’ – that is because you have an uncanny ability to feed into other people’s auras with your own. The truth is, though, nobody really gets you, except you. Just as important to you, is your vision, your imagination or your high ideals. You hold a picture in your mind of how things should be – then make it happen. Dragons have the ability to turn the non-real, not-real and unreal into real!
In 2017 your greatest challenge and reward will be to take an incredible idea and to work hard to turn it into something that will be around for years to come. It might be an architectural design for a new home. It may be a great theatre concept. You will be given the tools, resources and people you need, as well as the timing, but so much depends on the nitty-gritty of hard work. You have to convince those around you that this picture in your head genuinely does have what it takes to … take off!