Year of Rooster. Photo: KnowInsiders
Year of Rooster. Photo: KnowInsiders

The Rooster is the tenth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Rooster became tenth.

Back in ancient times when there was no alarm clock, rooster played an important role of waking people up. Thus the first symbolic meaning of Chinese zodiac Rooster sign is punctuality. Besides, it was believed by ancient people that its crow and blood could dispel evil spirits, and that’s why rooster is also the embodiment of good luck.

Chinese Zodiac Rooster Years

Most recent years of the Pig are 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957 and 1945.

People born in a year of the Rooster are called Roosters in China. You have a one in 12 chance of being a Rooster.

Rooster years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting at Chinese New Year). So if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Rooster, or possibly a Monkey.

Year of the Rooster: Personality Horoscope

Although the Rooster doesn't excel in tact and diplomacy, he is gifted with exemplary righteousness and loyalty. Very precise in everything he does, he is very fond of small details and nothing escapes his piercing eyes.

One can often cross the Rooster in the world of entertainment. He can easily become a celebrity adviser, meticulously taking care of the day-to-day management of his famous client. Attracted by art, if the Rooster loves the backstage, he doesn't disdain the opportunity to find himself in the spotlight.

His feet firmly anchored to the ground, the Rooster has exceptional vitality and seduction ability as long as he manages to keep control of the situation.

The strong personality of the Rooster might suggest that he is disrespectful with his neighbor, while nothing would be less true! Although it must be admitted that the Rooster doesn't mince his words and that he can't stand being contradicted, just as he won't allow anyone abuse one of his weaknesses with impunity. As a reader who was born in other years of the Chinese calendar, remember that the manifestations of benevolence and empathy expressed by a Rooster are often only a clever excuse to better direct those around him.

The Rooster uses this facade to make you believe in his infallibility and his sense of justice, while deep inside himself, his heart is heavy with doubts. When he gets jostled, the Rooster responds frankly and without detours, not hesitating if necessary to hurt the feelings of his friends or his partner, and only in order to have the last word.

If the Rooster seems unconventional or even libertine at first, he is actually rather conservative and even sometimes reactionary.

In her private life, a Rooster woman has great potential to become an exemplary grandmother, just as she has effectively and brilliantly organized the education of her own children.

Finally, the Rooster is a nice friend, loyal, very sensitive to flattery while remaining funny and capable of self-mockery, as long as it doesn't involve his appearance or fashion tastes. His emotional strength largely outweighs his pride.

Men born in the Rooster year are always changing, sometimes joyous, sometimes emotional. They like helping others solve problems. They’ll study all aspects before making a decision.

At home, they are organized budgeters, making sure everything is outlined clearly and carefully. They don’t understand people who improvise and act without planning.

No matter how excited they are, these men must not get pulled into the moment. They need to control their fickle personality and listen to what others may say.

Women born in the Rooster year look plain on the outside. They are caring and very down to earth. These women can’t stand seeing others make mistakes. They will always help set them back on the right path. Responsible and organized, they hate it when others tell them what to do.

They’re confident, but not conceited. They are typically home-oriented, but crave for a position of high power. Deep down, they want to be appreciated by others. If given the chance, they’ll unleash their true potential.

Rooster’s Personality by Blood Types

• Blood Type O: They are sensitive to the external environment, thus good at grasping opportunities to achieve success. However, they tend to impose high standards on others, and may hurt people who really love them.

• Blood Type A: They are very responsible when performing duties at the workplace. Likewise, they treat their friends with ultimate sincerity. But they could be too conservative to try new things in life.

• Blood Type B: For fear that their dignity could be hurt, people of this type are introversive and aloof. But once they show uncanny ability in a certain area, they will attract people who appreciate them a lot.

• Blood Type AB: Considering their candid and outgoing personality, it is easy for them to build an extensive interpersonal network. However, they should be wary of being led astray by bad friends.

Chinese Zodiac Rooster & The Five Elements

Photo: Hutong
Photo: Hutong

Just as in Western Astrology, no person is defined solely by their primary Zodiac or Sun Sign. In Chinese Astrology, each of the New Year’s animals’ personality traits and characteristics are colored by 2 of the 5 elements.

Each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals has an ascribed fixed element which affects their basic personality. In addition, the element belonging to one’s birth year is a secondary influence on who they are, can and will be, life’s purpose, career path, etc.

Scroll down to find your birth year. This will tell you which “type” of Chinese Rooster you are and help you to learn more about how the combined energies of the fixed and secondary element impact your life.

Water Rooster

* Jan. 26, 1933-Feb. 13,1934

* Jan. 23, 1993-Feb. 9, 1994

The Water Rooster takes the Chinese Rooster’s talent for communication to a whole new level. Because of the water in their chart, this Rooster is more laid back and less egocentric than the other elemental types and, so, are able to focus on other’s needs as well as their own. In fact, the Water Rooster makes a great inspirational and motivational coach and speaker.

Just as water lapping against rock will, over time, chip away at the rock, this Chinese Zodiac Rooster has never ending patience and energy and can accomplish what, to others, would seem impossible.

Those born in The Year of the Water Rooster have a big life challenge in that they can become obsessed with what they think is perfection.

Fire Rooster

Jan. 31, 1957-Feb. 17, 1958

Jan. 28, 2017-Feb. 15, 2018

Add burning oil to an explosion and you’ve got a Fire Rooster. This can be a very good thing as it can translate into the Fire Rooster being one heck of a charismatic and motivated leader whose high moral principles will never waiver.

This Chinese Rooster is at the same time creative and scientific in their educational pursuits and real world practices.

The Fire Rooster’s challenges are that their public image (physical as well as reputation) is what matters most and they will spend inordinate amounts of time polishing both.

Additionally, those born in The Year of the Fire Rooster can become literally fanatical regarding their beliefs.

Metal Rooster

* Feb. 8, 1921-Jan. 27, 1922

* Feb. 5, 1981-Jan. 24, 1982

The Metal Rooster is practical, hardworking and has an amazing capacity to “figure things out”. Their analytical skills are legendary.

Those born in The Year of the Metal Rooster can seem the most arrogant of the Chinese Rooster types yet they seek careers and hobbies that involve helping humanity and changing the world so that it’s a better place for all.

The Metal Rooster’s challenge is that the metal in their charts causes the already egotistical Rooster to be incredibly obstinate as well. Though all the elemental types of Chinese Roosters are gifted communicators, the Metal Rooster tends to dominate conversations, speeches and debates by shouting.

Wood Rooster

* Feb. 13, 1945-Feb. 1, 1946

* Feb. 9, 2005-Jan. 28, 2006

The Wood Rooster is more about the team than self. Far less stubborn than the other elemental types, this Chinese Rooster is an excellent and genuine friend; to the whole world in fact. Among the Wood Rooster’s chief concerns is the progression and betterment of society and of the Earth itself. Their tremendous sense of fairness along with their high standards of integrity and honesty make the Wood Rooster capable of achieving greatness no matter the arena.

Those born in The Year of the Wood Rooster can have great life challenges in that they can become overly regimented and over extended because of their, almost, obsessive drive to help the world.

Earth Rooster

* Jan. 22, 1909-Feb. 9, 1910

* Feb. 17, 1969-Feb. 5, 1970

The Earth Rooster is opposite the other elemental types in that they are reserved rather than flamboyant. Truth is of the utmost importance to them and this Chinese Rooster will go to the end of the world and back to find it.

Only the Chinese Ox can match the Earth Rooster when it comes to hard work. Organized, efficient and fantastic multi-taskers these Chinese Roosters somehow simply become leaders are are more than capable of being so.

Those born in The Year of the Earth Rooster can face ongoing relationship challenges as they can be critical, abrasive and hurtful when communicating with others. Oddly, however, that behavior stems from a place of beauty as it is the Earth Rooster’s life quest to act only in the highest integrity (i.e. be 100% honest, 100% of the time).

Lucky Things

Photo: Home & Decor Singapore
Photo: Home & Decor Singapore

* Lucky Flowers: gladiola, impatiens, cockscomb

Lucky Gemstone: Citrine

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8

Lucky Colors: golden, brown, brownish yellow, yellow

Lucky Directions: west, southwest, northeast

Best Match: Ox, Dragon, Snake

Unlucky Things

Unlucky Numbers: 1, 3, 9

Unlucky Colors: White, Green

Unlucky Direction: East

Worst Match: Rat, Rabbit, Rooster, Dog

Celebrities born in the Year of the Rooster

Benjamin Franklin, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Francis Bacon, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), Aung San Suu Kyi, William Blake, Elton John, Silvio Berlusconi, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwen Stefani, Ben Harper, P. Diddy, Jay Z, Paris Hilton, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rodrigo Duterte, Vanessa Lachey, Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, Hayden Christensen, Britney Spear, Jessica Alba, Meghan Markle, Ivanka Trump, Natalie Portman, Kelly Rowland, Chad Michael Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Eddy Redmayne, Harry Styles, Ice T, Ellen DeGeneres, Suga (BTS member)

How to Get along with Roosters

Conflict is inevitable in a relationship. However, one can never count on Roosters to apologize first, even though it is their fault. Instead of pointing out their mistakes, their partners should better put forward feasible solutions directly, so as to keep the fight from escalating. Another tip for getting along with Roosters is to give them sufficient sense of security. When they are having a hard time, partner’s company and encouragement are of great help. Besides, Roosters despise those who often break promises or only pay lip service.

Rooster's Fate by Birth Time

The birth time of people plays a very important role in terms of whether the destiny is auspicious or not. People under the Rooster sign born in different time periods will have different characters and fate. Those who were born and will be born between 07:00-09:00, 11:00-13:00, 15:00-17:00 and 21:00-23:00 are most auspicious.

Rooster's Fate by Birth Date

Best Birth Dates: The Roosters born in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd or the 26th day in Chinese lunar calendar are usually blessed with good luck and fortune during the whole life.

Rooster's Fate by Birth Month

Best Birth Months: Auspicious birth months for the Roosters are February, March, April, August and September. Following are explanations about how lucky they are.

February: Born in February, they are blessed to enjoy a free and pleasant life. No matter in career or other aspects, they could achieve great success.

March: The Roosters born in March are pretty clever and could adjust to the changing circumstances. Their life would be glorious that bring prestige and honor to their families.

April: The Roosters born during April are optimistic by nature. Their fine business brain, intelligence, earnest and down-to-earth spirit enable them to own a prosperous business which is started from scratch.

August: Born in August, they are bold and crafty in character. Together with their strong will and wisdom, they could get a distinguished career and respected by others.

September: The Roosters born in September are capable, independent and pleasant in personality. They could have a good run for money. The life for them will be pleasant and comfortable.

Note: The dates and months here is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Please use the Gregorian-Chinese Calendar Converter tool on Chinese calendar page to find your lunar birth date and month.


Most compatible with Rooster: Dragon, Snake, Ox

Roosters and Dragons make the most compatible pair. The Rooster is willing to support Dragon from behind, and Dragon’s accomplishments make Rooster proud.

With a Snake, Roosters are able to discuss life and chase after dreams together.

The Ox’s honesty and conservativeness fit well with the Rooster’s personality. Their relationship develops steadily.

Least compatible with Rooster: Rabbit, Dog, Rooster

The Rooster and Rabbit clash strongly. They have contrasting opinions and can’t understand each other.

Roosters and Dogs have a cold relationship. Though they can tolerate each other, it’s full of tension. Roosters are also incompatible with themselves. They fight often and can’t compromise.

Rooster Love Affairs

Photo: China Travel
Photo: China Travel

Usually, love for these people is another kind of responsibility and a real challenge.

Though there are likely to be many romantic opportunities in their life since people of rooster type enjoy courtship. This person will certainly be intense and very devoted to the loved ones. Moreover, as soon as he/she has such a good taste and loves good clothes, surroundings, and company, he/she will certainly be able to create a romantic atmosphere. In other words, these people have both the impressive appearance and outstanding mind.

There is a danger that such person fails to read people well and may be hurt when they disappointed in him/her or don't share his/her enthusiasm. It is very important to be blunt and specific with such people when it comes to affairs of the heart. On the other hand, in case the present relationships last too long and tend to lose its relish, the rooster type of people may decide to set off again in search of a new relationship. In case there is a romantic relationship, it is the female rather than the male rooster who usually keeps an eye on practicalities. As a rule, when it comes to long-term relationships, these people are reliable partners, and their roaming will cease when they meet someone they do not want to lose.

Careers Fit for Roosters

Roosters don’t actually care about money. They gain it quickly and spend it quickly as well.

But Roosters are very serious and earnest with their work. They have professional skills and courage. They make smart choices, but instead of being more careful with important decisions, they often botch them. They also don’t like being ordered around.

Careers that fit Roosters are ones that give them enough space and freedom. It must be difficult enough to challenge them and not let their talent go to waste. Some choices are politicians, diplomats, tour guides and fashion designers.

Health and Lifestyle

Overall, Roosters have average health. This means that there aren’t any serious illnesses, but small problems are inevitable.

Roosters must not be careless. They aren’t the healthiest naturally and outside factors can affect their health greatly.

Being picky eaters is common in all zodiacs, but Roosters are especially so. They are even picky with the food they like to eat. Their diets are influenced by their mood too. Since they often have mood swings, this can lead to problems in the digestive system.

The best way for Roosters to maintain their health is to fix their bad habits and oversensitive personality.

Rooster Zodiac: Fashion

Well-tailored suits, pants, and dresses are a must for this plucky purist. That’s where the conservative part ends, however. Shiny, light-catching metallic show off the Rooster sign’s fixed element and make a statement when you walk into a gala or red carpet. Try a simple sheath or A-line dress in gold or silver or a pantsuit with flair. Flashy jewelry can make that statement for you in the boardroom. If you have the mettle (and you do), send the message that you are the most dazzling person in the room, and you are ready to take charge.

Year of the Rooster: Birthstones

Rooster Chinese zodiac lucky stones: Cacholong, clear quartz, diamond, gold, Herkimer diamond, moss agate, rainbow fluorite, selenite, tiger iron, white calcite, white noble opal, silver

Rooster Years Are Unlucky for Roosters!

1993 Chinese Zodiac is the Rooster

According to Chinese astrology, the year of one's birth sign is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle.

In a year of your sign, horoscopes for all aspects of your life will not be very good. However, you can reverse fate by paying attention to the God of Age, Tai Sui, and warding off bad luck.

Therefore, Roosters should pay special attention to avoid misfortune in their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Rooster year is 2029.

Western Signs Born in the Year of the Rooster

Aries: Aries Roosters are outspoken and rigid in nature. Their unconventional way of thinking is admired and respected by all.

Taurus: The intelligence of the Rooster would add boundless energy to the otherwise laidback Taurus.

Gemini: The presence of the Rooster will have a positive effect on a Gemini. Confident in their mannerisms, they become more sensible and responsible.

Cancer: Cancer Roosters are highly confident and social. Due to their docile nature, they are an ideal choice as life partners.

Leo: Leo Roosters are great savers, keeping account of every penny. However, they are generous as well, helping others in dire need.

Virgo: Virgos born in the Year of the Rooster are vibrant and graceful. Any task undertaken by them is done with complete dedication.

Libra: As Librans enjoy doing skillful work, the presence of the Rooster will make them more creative.

Scorpio: Scorpio Roosters come across as friendly and affectionate individuals. Although their finicky nature is a bit annoying, they work efficiently without committing any flaw.

Sagittarius: Sagittarians born in the Year of the Rooster are optimistic and love seeking attention.

Capricorn: Capricorn Roosters are ambitious, strong, and emotionally detached.

Aquarius: As Aquarians are often lost in their world, the presence of the Rooster can improve their socializing skills.

Pisces: Pisceans born during the cycle of the Rooster show extreme happiness and enthusiasm.

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