No Such Luck!

In the spirit of the New Year, I thought a little Chinese astrology would be fun!

Saturday the 28th of January marked the start of the Chinese New Year, and it ends on February 15th, 2018.

In China, the New Year celebration is 7 days long and is considered the most important time of year.  These c elebrations started about 4,000 years ago.  Talk about tradition!  During this time, families get together for dinners - often Chinese dumplings (which bring good fortune), parades, dragon dances, and other festivals.  Red is the lucky color associated with the New Year, so it is seen on clothing, lanterns, tapestries, gift wrappings, confetti, and more!  

To learn more about Chinese New Year, check out this link:
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/

In the Chinese zodiac calendar, there are 12 animals which rotate in order, one for each year. Last year was the monkey.  This year is the rooster.  It’s not just any rooster, but the fire rooster. Just like with western astrology, Chinese astrology dictates our character, likes and dislikes based on when we were born.   

The rooster's personality: observant and hardworking                 
People born in a year of the rooster are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.  Roosters are very confident in themselves.  Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen when they speak and can become agitated if they don't. Vain and boastful, roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their behavior of seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

Roosters are healthy and enjoy sports

People born in a year of the rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports, such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a bit sensitive and they feel stressed and moody at times.

The luckiest things for roosters

  •         Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8

  •         Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month

  •         Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow

  •         Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb

  •         Lucky direction: east

  •         Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months
     

Things roosters should avoid

  •         Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9

  •         Unlucky direction: west

  •         Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
     

Wearing jade accessories

Besides wearing red, a person can also wear jade accessories like pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets during their zodiac year to ward off bad luck.

By facing the right direction — face away from Tai Sui

People are often told by fortune tellers that Tai Sui will bring bad luck. Actually in theory, a person can make use of Tai Sui to bring good luck by facing in the opposite direction.

People adjust the direction of beds, seats, desks, and even where they live and work to face away from Tai Sui "to get Tai Sui behind them" in an effort to incur good luck.

As an example, in 2017 (a year of the rooster) Tai Sui is in the west, so roosters adjust furniture and dwellings to face east to get good luck. When doing something important such as a business negotiation, roosters should face east and will stand a good chance of succeeding.

Based on astrological principles and mythology, it is believed that we circulate in a network of 12 primary jing luo, or simply, channels or meridians. These pathways run bi-laterally from head to toe and interconnect around 360 primary points on the skin. The channels are named according to their degree of yin and yang,  from tai yang to jue yin.  These are terms that describe the phases and the positions of the sun and moon. Each has five special points designated by the elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal - which are also the Chinese terms for Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.  They seem to correspond to the transit positions of these planets.

The major premise of Chinese medical theory is that all  forms of life in the universe are animated by an essential life force or vital energy called qi. Qi also means  breath and air and is similar to the Hindu concept of prāna.  Invisible, tasteless, odorless, and formless, qi nevertheless permeates the entire cosmos. Qi is transferable and transmutable.  Digestion extracts qi from food and drink and transfers it to the body.  

Breathing extracts qi from air and transfers it to the lungs. When these two forms of qi meet in the bloodstream, they transmute to form human qi  which then circulates throughout the body as vital energy. It is the quality and balance of your qi that determines your state of health and span of life. Using this knowledge, it is important your qi remains free flowing in your body. If it is stagnate, we open the channels.  If it is blocked, we move it along.  If it is weak and depleted, we strengthen it.  If it is overactive and scattered, we calm and sooth it.

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