This Forecast for 2017 is based on Numerology, Chinese Astrology and Western Astrology. As you read on, it is interesting to note the common themes amongst these three types.
The energy of 2017 is “Yin”, or feminine (as opposed to last year’s Yang energy). This makes for a more harmonious year, with far fewer “dramas”. During a Yin year, it is best not to rush into anything. Instead, carefully consider choices before taking action. Although there are a lot of opportunities for growth in all areas of life, do not push too hard or force any issues. The growth we will experience will happen steadily, so it will also be a year for some to develop patience.
According to numerology, the year 2017 vibrates to the number “1” (2+0+1+7= 10, 1+0= 1). A “1” year represents the beginning of a new cycle, a time to “plant the seeds” of growth and set goals and intentions that will influence your life over the next 9 years. This affects every area of life: relationships, career, health, spiritual progression, finances, lifestyle etc., so I strongly recommend taking the time to carefully reflect upon each of these areas (and more!) and creating clear visions/intentions on where you would like to see yourself throughout this next 9-year cycle, changes you would like to make, dreams and goals that you want to make a reality etc., and then create a clear strategy for achieving these. Remember that the foundations you build and intentions you make in 2017 will strongly affect the next 9 years of of your life!
On the positive side, during a year with a “1” vibration we can expect to experience the following:
- A powerful year to start new projects.
- Progress (“1” is the most powerful number for this).
- Great potential for spiritual advancement and transformation.
- Shifts in old, outmoded ways of being on a personal, global, political and economic scale.
- Great potential for success in all areas where there are goals and a focus of energy.
On the negative side, if a person is not balanced, refuses to recognise or learn lessons (especially ones that arose in 2016) and has no interest in changing themselves, they will face many challenges this year and even over the next 9-year cycle! Those who resist change and cling stubbornly to old ways of thinking and doing will encounter continuous obstacles and disharmony. If you find that you are being “blocked” in any area of your life, it’s time to take a step back and reflect upon how YOU need to change in order to restore harmony. On a global scale, expect to see established institutions and ways of doing things fall apart. These changes are for the better and allow the chance to start again and build something much more positive, but for those who resist change, these events will throw their lives into chaos.
For those who have trapped themselves in negative patterns, these will be amplified (just as those who are living in a positive way will find that these areas are greatly empowered). For example, selfish people will behave even more selfishly, aggressive people will be even worse, so be aware of this in yourself and others. If there are any “toxic” people in your life, it’s time to create some distance. Remember, we can be compassionate and offer love and assistance to others, but if a person doesn’t want to change they just become very draining and hurtful.
The key to success this year (in whatever areas you are working on) is staying focused, determined and organised. Be aware that there is big potential for problems in the things/areas of life that are overlooked or neglected. In order to avoid this, keep careful financial records and receipts, be sure to nurture relationships and express appreciation to others, and KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK! A “1” vibration can tend towards selfishness and egocentricity, so get into the habit of taking a step back and seeing situations from the perspective of others. Regarding plans, ask yourself how others can also benefit. Keep yourself grounded and focused and remember the importance of regular meditation and grounding practises.
According to Chinese Astrology, this year we will be entering the Year of the Rooster on the day of the New Moon on January 28th. 2017 is the year of the Red Fire Rooster and it continues until February 15th, 2018. With the Fire element, if everything is in balance this energy is very empowering but if unbalanced, it can be destructive (burning yourself and others, getting “burned out” etc.). Imagine a controlled fire versus an out-of-control, raging one. So this year calls for a controlled, continuous use of energy. You will need to WORK STEADILY, keep your FOCUS on your goals and be PATIENT in order to reap the rewards of great success this year. This New Moon also starts the month of the Tiger (in Chinese astrology, each month is “ruled” by a different animal), which makes for a very strong and energetic beginning to the lunar new year.
In Chinese astrology, the Rooster has the positive characteristics of honesty, good communication, ambition, independence, quick-thinking and a generous spirit. No matter when you were born, it is worthwhile to examine these points within yourself and make changes or adjustments in order to strengthen them:
Work well with others but avoid depending on them too much
Be honest, live with integrity and avoid all “shady” dealings, no matter how tempting (obviously, this is good advice to follow all the time, but be especially aware of it this year)
Express yourself clearly and LISTEN to what others have to say
Have clear goals (whether big or small) that you can continuously work towards
As with all of the signs of the zodiac. The Rooster also has some negative characteristics, such as impatience, selfishness, being critical and also being enthusiastic about new projects/things but then becoming bored or impassive soon afterwards. So this year, if you find that you are encountering difficulties or blockages, try to do the following:
- Examine whether or not your actions and goals benefit others as well as yourself
- Focus your energy on achieving one or two goals at a time, rather than many. This is not the year to “multi-task”.
- Practise being PATIENT
- Finish what you begin! If you have difficulty with this, it’s time to ground your energy and focus it on where it is needed (instead of scattering it all over the place!)
- Practise your listening skills! The Rooster year also has potential for big arguments and clashes of egos. Do your best to avoid these by listening to what others have to say, expressing yourself clearly (and without being harsh!) and recognising when the real issue is the ego, rather than the situation itself.
- Practise gratitude daily
It is also said that this coming year is a good one for one’s career and financial investments, but timing is everything. Be patient and take action when the time is right, rather than rushing into anything or acting on sudden decisions. Remember that this year is about working steadily, working hard and building foundations. Nothing should be rushed!
All types of relationships are well-aspected for this Rooster year, especially because of the “Yin” (female) energy that supports these. This year, make more of an effort to spend time with family and friends. It’s also said to be an auspicious year for marriage, romantic relationships and pregnancy. Business relationships and partnerships have great potential for being fruitful, but don’t make things too complicated by over-thinking or over-analysing. Another aspect of relationships is the one which you have with yourself: this is a great year to take time for solitude, to look within, to heal and grow, to love and appreciate yourself in the same way that you love and appreciate others.
Although it is necessary to have a personalised, detailed astrological reading in order to have more precise advice, Feng Shui practitioners advise the following, general advice which can apply to everyone, regardless of astrological sign:
- As the element for the Rooster year is Fire (which is symbolised by the colour Red), avoid wearing/using this colour in your clothes, accessories and surroundings. Instead, use colours that complement the element, such as Earth-coloured items (brown, yellow, gold)
- White and green are said to be “unlucky” colours this year.
- Purple and lavender are said to be “lucky” colours
- Amethyst and topaz are good stones to wear/work with this year
- Dragon is predicted to have the best year out of all the animals of the Chinese zodiac
- Rooster, Snake and Ox are expected to have an excellent year
- Rat and Tiger should have a good year
- A mixed year for Sheep, Pig and Monkey
- Rabbit, Horse and Dog are predicted to have a challenging year
However, whatever the prediction for your given animal of the Chinese zodiac, keeping a positive attitude and maintaining your focus are key in overcoming obstacles and achieving success this year.
According to Western Astrology, 2017 is a year of moving forward steadily (rather than the highs and lows that punctuated 2016). It should be an interesting year, with traditional beliefs being challenged like never before, breakthroughs in technology and politics, and an overall theme of overhauling the establishment. We have been experiencing so much change, we can only look forward as there is no turning back at this point. Issues can no longer be ignored and will need to be resolved, both on a personal and global scale, through change, transformation, action or even upheaval.
On a personal level, more energy needs to be put into making the world around us a better place. Take time to reflect upon how you can do this within your own life. There is good potential for everyone to experience a year of growth and self-discovery, as well as success within relationships and business, but (as already discussed in Chinese astrology and Numerology, above) it is essential to stay focused, have clear goals and work steadily.
In Western Astrology, each of the 12 signs is assigned to one of the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Following are predictions for 2017 according to the elements:
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are ruled by the Earth element. In 2017, people born under these signs will experience a focus on work/career and finances. So as to maintain a balanced state, make sure that you remember to nurture your relationships and take regular time to rest and recharge.
Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio are ruled by the Water element. This year, those born under these signs will experience a focus on family matters, domestic issues, personal life and property. Expect some challenges and work in these areas, but the good news is that the positive results will be quite rewarding.
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are ruled by the Fire element. In 2017, those born under these signs can expect to discover new opportunities! The main focus will be on responsibilities, career and the ability to increase earning potential. As long as one maintains balance, there should be improvements in all of these areas.
Aquarius, Gemini and Libra are ruled by the Air element. This year, those born under these signs are predicted to experience great “highs” in their love life. There will also be an emphasis on communication and realising that listening is just as important as talking. Remember that the key to progress this year is connecting with others, so work on establishing and strengthening connections.
To sum up all of these forecasts, we can see a common thread running through all of them: we can expect 2017 to be a year of steady progression, change, new beginnings and laying the foundations of future success. So create your goals now, be focused and patient and work steadily (on all areas of life). Remember the importance of maintaining balance and grounding so that you can tap into the true potential of the coming year. Take time to connect with the Earth, spend time in nature, exercise, meditate and practise your energy work… and see how wonderful you can make 2017!
Wishing all of you a fantastic year of growth, love, abundance, fulfilment and prosperity.
Many blessings and a very Happy 2017,