The year of the Fire Rooster

roosterAnother year has come to completion in the Asian lunar zodiac as well, and on the new moon of January 28, 2017, we passed from the year of the yang Fire Monkey to the year of the yin (still Fire) Rooster. In the western zodiac this would be the equivalent of passing from the influence of Leo to that of Virgo. So from the vivacious, creative and fiery characteristics of last year, full of risks, exuberance and determination – which may have been intense and even tiring for us – we are entering into a new year that is more rhythmic and stable, characterized by communication, brilliance, loyalty, honesty and punctuality.

In the Tibetan and also the Nepalese zodiac, this sign is generically represented as the Bird. The colors of the year associated with the Rooster are gold, yellow and brown, and the flowers are gladiolus, impatiens, and celosia – beautiful, colorful flowers that draw attention, just as the Roosters of this sign do. It is a year to be with others, to listen and to share. Roosters like to tell about themselves and their achievements, to be at the center of attention.

It is a year of power, moving forward quickly, where the impression that you give to others is very important: style, beauty. It is also important to be clear with chosen intentions in projects and relationships.

The challenges of the year will require intelligence and practical solutions, as well as capacity for observation. We need to go beyond the tendency to start things with enthusiasm but then become passive. Faith and patience are necessary in order to move in a direction with perseverance. Generally, it is better to stay with practical and secure activities rather than embarking upon risky operations.

Make the most of the characteristics of this year: motivation, commitment and effort, active energy, self-confidence, courage, charisma, resources and talents, opportunities to improve your health and exercise… and be cautious about diving too deep into criticism, impatience, egoism or closure.

Happy New Year everyone!

Quaglia Cocco
The Befana



L’anno del Gallo di fuoco

Un altro anno è passato anche nel zodiaco lunare asiatico, e alla luna nera del 28 gennaio 2017, siamo passati dall’anno della Scimmia di fuoco yang all’anno del Gallo (sempre di fuoco) yin. Nel zodiaco occidentale è l’equivalente a passare dall’influenza del Leone a quella della Vergine. Quindi dalle caratteristiche vivaci, creative e focose dell’anno scorso, pieno di rischio, esuberanza e determinazione – che potrebbero essere stati intensi e anche stancanti per noi – entriamo in un anno nuovo più stabile e ritmato, caratterizzato dalla comunicazione, la brillantezza, la fedeltà, l’onestà e la puntualità. Continue reading


2016: the year of the yang Fire Monkey

At this time of year, there are celebrations in many cultures, including Imbolc, an ancient Irish tradition connected to the birth of milk sheep as a source of nourishment and the growing light toward springtime. The Greek Dionysian celebrations and Roman Saturnalia are the ancient origins of Carnevale. They were moments of renewal when social obligations were dissolved and the hierarchical orders were overturned to give space for playfulness, chaos and debauchery. The tradition of using masks at Carnevale might have originated in the Egyptian celebrations in honor of Isis, which were imported by the Roman Empire.

fire monkey - 1The next full moon, February 8 is the New Year of the lunar calendar, traditionally used in many countries of Asia, including China. According to this system, 2016 is the year of the yang Fire Monkey. Powerful! As you may know, every year is connected to an animal/lunar zodiac sign (there are 12), a Taoist element (there are 5, each one associated with a planet: water-Mercury, metal-Venus, fire-Mars, earth-Saturn, wood-Jupiter) and is also categorized as yin (feminine) or yang (masculine).

So here we are, moving from the yin Wood Sheep of 2015 to the yang Fire Monkey of 2016. Changing gears! The Monkey is associated with the zodiac sign Leo in the western tradition. It’s a creative, fun, vivacious influence, full of expression, quick thinking and leadership capacity. It’s already a fiery sign, and this is increased twice, by the fire element of this year, which brings passion, joy, energy and dynamism, and by the masculine-yang influence.

It is a year full of exuberance that moves with speed and determination. The Monkey increases communication and a sense of humor that can help us to move beyond stressful moments with ease and tranquility. Unusual solutions for old problems could come forward, and we can achieve successes – even in the most incredible plans – through strong personal effort, if we dare to try diverse strategies. A spirit of risk and rebellion is present. Physical movement is also useful.

It’s important not to go too far beyond our capacities, especially during the heat of summer. It is also important to verify the authenticity of words exchanged in velocity, basing our evaluations on facts and not emotions. Sometimes it is necessary to calm the monkey-mind that jumps from one thing to another without stabilizing and deepening an effect. Anyhow, it is useful to keep moving. If something doesn’t work, seek another path instead of staying stuck in analyzing the past.

It’s a year of movement and achievements, a year to speed ahead with new and innovative ideas put into action, daring to launch new projects, to be playful and courageous.


2016: L’anno della Scimmia di fuoco yang

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