Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day)!
We just wrapped up the Year of the Fire Monkey and now we embark on the Year of the Fire Rooster cock-a-doodle-doo to you!
The winds of change are upon us. You’ve probably heard (and felt) that 2017 is launching us into uncharted waters.
There’s definitely a new rooster in the henhouse this year! (A sense of humor is a super power so remember to use yours.)
This is the first time in 16 wonderful years that Morning Crane will celebrate the Chinese New Year differently. Rather than hosting an event, we’re sharing a year-long forecast about how to thrive in 2017.
Now more than ever, we need to carry the spirit of the season within our hearts and heads, and make room for clear intentions about our mind, body and spirit.
What exactly IS the spirit of the Rooster this year? How can you best move through 2017 filled with hope and faith in the future? How can you avoid feeling super freaked out by all this change, change, change?
Look no further than the mighty giant and humble rooster. This Chinese New Year has a lot to teach us about navigating dark stormy waters and being a lighthouse offering safe harbor.
Meet your 2017 Rooster!
Chris has compiled this forecast by looking at the 12 animal zodiac signs (rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey), the natural world’s five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) and yin-and-yang theory. Our intention for this forecast is to help you attract a vibrant, healthy and fear-free new year. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Roosters are observant, hardworking, resourceful and courageous. They’re self-confident and protective of others while 2017 is associated with the element of Fire, which is hot, expansive and high-energy. The element of Fire also represents warmth, love and hospitality.
Yes, this year is going to be intense. Yes, there will be turmoil and change happening on a global and personal scale. Yes, this is the year to be especially mindful of your inner dialogue, judgment and fiery-fast emotional reactions.
Make every attempt to master your emotions, especially those bad habits like fearing change, blaming others, looking outside yourself for direction and leadership.
This is the year not to be fooled by doomsday prophecies. Walk proudly, like a rooster, confident in the knowing that there is a benevolent Big Picture. Do mindfulness practices to keep your mind, body and spirit at peace. Carve out time to do mindfulness practices like Qigong, Tai Chi or yoga to keep you balanced mentally and physically.
Therapeutic sessions like Medical Qigong, Acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping) and massage therapy will be very beneficial this year as you release negative influences like bad news, bad moods and people trying to convince you the future is dark and deadly. Your job is to shine this year and radiate positivity, hope and faith in what is to come.
Big opportunities in business, finances and technology are unfolding in 2017. This is an excellent time to come up with a new idea and run with it. Have you been putting off doing something you love because you’re scared, overwhelmed or afraid of failure? Now is the time to get to work and thrive. You absolutely can help create positive change in the world. Put on your hardhat, boots and gloves and get to work! The world needs your creativity, light and love.
When big change happens in our inner world, our world world changes too. According to Five-Element Theory and traditional Chinese Medicine, the zodiac Rooster is associated with the metal element, which relates to our lungs, large intestines (the colon) and skin. Boost your lung health so you’re always breathing deeply, calmly and constantly revitalizing your mind, body, and spirit. Also, add turnips, leeks and ginger to your diet. Do your best to add acidophilus and kifer to your plate too.
Hot, expansive, high-energy fire is contained within our heart and small intestines. Take very good care of your heart this year by managing stress and eating fresh. Super charge your heart by eating plenty of kale, bitter greens, watermelon and cherries. Using moderation, eat dark chocolate and drink good coffee. Your heart will thank you. This is also a good year to let go of old habits, release control, trust your gut and walk in alignment with your peaceful Truth so things can flow freely in your outer world… and throughout your small intestines.
The Year of the Rooster commands attention. We are in an age that demands we look inwardly and outwardly with eyes and hearts open.
Let’s be mindful, not reactive. Compassionate, not combative. Let’s build bridges, not walls between us.
The Rooster wakes up every morning with joy in his heart. He greets the day with a resounding and powerful “cock-a-doodle-doo!” May the same joy and confidence be true for you.
Gung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Lunar New Year! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
–Chris & Parisa Shelton