The Tunnel

The Tunnel

(A re-write of Zen Mondo)


Once upon a time in a frontier town the brash young son of a Warrior, named Doku, desiring  to experience more of life after the death of his father, left his rigid and  regulated circumstance and embarked on a long journey towards the Capital.

He was a agile and strong young man and highly skilled in sword fighting.  Halfway to the Capital he came upon a large estate on the periphery of a prosperous town.


The estate holder, Esquire Zaven’s first wife had died suddenly at childbirth leaving behind a squalling son.  The property was enormous with many fields surrounding it that constantly needed tending. The historic mansion perched on a hilltop, supported a large household.  As Zaven was always away on business, he’d been forced to re-marry in haste, acquiring a seemingly competent spouse to run the groundskeepers and the household staff in his absence. Doku, carrying exemplary credentials had no trouble securing the recently vacated position of a head Steward. Unfortunately during the course of his stay there he became enamored of the beautiful young wife of Esquire Zaven.  Doku was a fetching young man with a fine physique that before long caught the eye of the young wife.  


Once when Esquire Zaven was away on business, Doku   chanced a clandestine meeting with the lady in which he professed his deep affections for her. She was an easy conquest and the two became instant lovers.  The Esquire however returned unexpectedly early from his recent trip and so the illicit affair was exposed. Confronting the enraged husband, the culprit Doku slew the outraged Zaven in self-defense.  Faced with this dire circumstance and facing certain death, the two lovers ran away.


Always on the run and with scant options for survival, Doku became a highwayman.  His skill was unmatched and any resistance was swiftly squashed.





The spoils provided the couple with many luxuries. But still, it was never enough for the former wife. Greed dulled the appeal of this once beautiful woman and her demands, by degrees, caused Doku to grow increasingly disgusted with her.  Finally he left her and resumed his journey, but not to the Capital. 


Eventually he settled down to a frugal life in a remote frontier town at the base of a mountain, where he became known as a solitary mendicant. 

As he matured he felt increasing remorse for his past sins. Ghosts regularly haunted his dreams calling for him to atone for his crimes, particularly the felony that had started it all.  Finally, after all this soul searching, Doku’s thoughts centered on the dangerous cliff road over the mountain and the countless souls it had caused death and injury to.




“Yes, I shall do it.” He nodded resolutely. As his atonement for all his past crimes he resolved to cut a tunnel through the mountain.  He knew it would be a most ambitious feat but he desperately needed to accomplish a good turn that may, in part, eradicate some of his sins. 

He set to work the very next day. From then on during the daylight hours Doku worked tirelessly doing any sort of labor, no matter how dangerous or loathsome. At night, after a modest meal and a brief repast, he hefted his pick and packed his shovel then travelled on horseback to the foothills. He spent the first several weeks surveying the region’s topography.  From a hidden cave opening he started digging the tunnel until daylight broke. He made good use of the existing natural caverns, connecting them by digging short tunnels between them. By the time thirty years had gone by, the length of the tunnel reached 2,280 feet. Doku had almost achieved his goal of creating a secure pathway deep under the mountain.  In a two more years he would reach his goal.

Before the work was complete however, the slain Esquire’s son Bron, who had become a skilled swordsman caught up with Doku. Bent on revenge, Bron lay in wait behind a huge boulder on a deserted stretch of path to spring his ambush.  Doku with his experience as a highwayman had naturally sensed the presence of danger and dismounted. Holding the reins, Doku took the rocky path in bold strides that caused Bron to hesitate.

Bron paralleled the path for a time waiting for another opportunity to strike, then, brandishing his sword, jumped in front to block Doku’s way.  Proclaiming his name, he shouted: “I’m here to avenge my father Esquire Zaven Ko, whom you’ve so foully murdered.  Be prepared to die, vermin!”


On the verge of receiving the death blow, Doku maintained his calm composure and stated his protest, “”I will give you my life willingly; only, let me finish this crucial work first. On the day of its completion, I swear I will stand ready to receive my punishment.”

Doku’s courage and earnest demeanor convinced the son to postpone his revenge to a later time. And so Bron temporarily set aside the blistering rage swelling his chest and, night after night, followed Doku to the tunnel and watched him work. In all that time, even with a death sentence hovering over his head Doku’s diligence never once wavered.  He removed the rock with his pick and then constructed post and beam supports from the surrounding trees to buttress the walls of the tunnel. In this way several months passed. Doku, even when sick worked hard at the dig.  

Eventually Bron grew tired of doing nothing but watch Doku. In order to keep fit and to hasten the end result, he simply showed up with a pick. No words were exchanged as he worked alongside Doku on the dig.

After he had helped for more than a year, keeping a close eye on the other even during the day, Bron gradually came to admire Doku’s strong will and steadfast character.  Bron witnessed firsthand many of other’s charitable ways: his unwavering assistance to the sick and old and the countless anonymous generous donations to the needy, even though it meant at times going without food and clothing. He took note how Doku most brave in defending the weak: so many lives were spared fending off the local hoodlums and many widows and orphans fared better or survived their harsh circumstance, because of Doku’s cavort aid.

At long last couple hours before dawn the tunnel was finally complete. Now the people could use it and travel in safety. Covered in dust and dirt,  Doku now prostrated himself before Bron in readiness for death.


“Thank you for your patience and help. Now you may cut off my head. I bear you no ill will. My work is done.”

“How can I cut off my own teacher’s head?” asked Bron lowering his head with tears brimming in his eyes.

The End.

What’s maturity

What’s maturity

(Definition provided by Buddhist Lamas)

The Twelve steps of maturity














Cyclamen – the Love Flower

Cyclamen – the Love Flower


Officially we are still in winter. At glance outside one is greeted with gales and snowflakes dancing in the air. It is a beautiful time in which pristine white color blankets the ground, trees, shrubs, hiding all imperfections. It is picturesque beauty despite the cold shiver that forces one to turn away from the window and withdraw back to that cosy seat by the fireplace. Indeed, most houses still have actual working fireplaces, but more and more in densely populated cities, where many dwell in tall high-rises piercing the sky, the choice fireplaces are often electronic simulations. These images of fire with its flames licking the air still cast a romantic atmosphere that warms the heart.   

Speaking of romance, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and those of you wanting something other than the ordinary should perhaps consider the Cyclamen flower to present to your beloved. 


Move over Roses for the Cyclamen flower is also considered the flower of deep love and affection perhaps because the leaves are heart-shaped.  In the language of flowers, giving someone cyclamen expresses true love and sincere tenderness for that person.


Love comes in many forms; there is love of parents, children, friends and so forth. So this can be an innocent presentation to express love for one’s children or to a friend, without the connotation of amorous intent, here cyclamen affirms sincerity and lasting feelings.


Likewise, Cyclamen could be given as a representation of maternal love. This is symbolized by the stems from its flower which bend elegantly and with reverence leading the fruit towards the ground.


And if you are superstitious, here is some folklore for your amusement:

One time it was believed that if a woman walked over cyclamen while pregnant she would abort. It is a very powerful purgative.  Meanwhile, those who ate cakes made with cyclamen pieces would fall violently in love. Consequently, Cyclamen was often used in spells and in potions for love. Eating the raw root can cause violent purging, but this effect disappears after it is roasted. It can then be pounded into a sort of flour for use in cooking and baking. Small cakes made of the roasted tuber are said to cause the one who eats them to fall violently in love with the one who bakes them, or become violently ill, therefore if you are of a mind to do so, caution is warranted. Nevertheless, it is used sometimes as an addition to wedding cakes.


 It is certainly a suitable houseplant for adorning the bedroom as it is supposed to increase the libido and fertility. It is also supposed to keep away nightmares and prevent negative spells cast at household members from taking effect. The oil or the flower itself may be worn to protect one against a broken heart. It is also useful for candle-magic love spells. Its best use, either the oil, the plant itself or the powdered, roasted root, is in spells designed to build confidence and self-esteem.


In homeopathic medicine Cyclamen is used to bring on late menstruation and for treatment of vertigo, dizziness and various other ailments involving the head.


Be warned, Cyclamen is considered to be poisonous to cats and fish. Pregnant women should never use this plant, internally or externally, for any purpose!


Here’s a Greek Myth about Hyacynth (which is another name for Cyclamen)

Hyacinth was a beautiful boy and lover of the god Apollo. His problem was that he was also loved by the wind sprite Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth once played game of discus throw. Hyacinth ran to catch the disc in order to impress Apollo but Zephyr blew Apollo’s discus off course so Hyacinth was struck by the discus and died. When Hyacinth died, Apollo didn’t allow Hades to claim the boy; he made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood. According to Ovid’s account, the tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower’s petals with the sign of his grief.


And finally here are some interesting facts about Cyclamen:

– Cyclamen, with the columbine, was one of the flowers of choice for Leonardo Da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century, and he often covered the margins of his manuscripts with it.


-The 17th century Flemish painters scattered cyclamen on the meadows where Jesus had just picked some flowers under the watchful eye of the angels.


-Jean-Jacques Rousseau spoke in his Promenades of the wild cyclamens he discovered in the Alps.


-Louis XIV received them in bunches, along with many other flowers, to decorate the lounges of Versailles.


-After a period of obscurity in the 18th century, the cyclamen made a comeback in fashion, when gardeners in the 19th century cultivated it in Grenelle, near Paris. Its popularity as a symbol of western modernity was exported as far as Japan.


Here are some scientific facts about Cyclamen: They are a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region and Northeast Africa.


The leaves are green, heart-shaped and variegated and generally appear in late winter.


Flowers appear in autumn on 4-6 inch stalks above the leaves. The flowers are fairy-like consisting of five united petals in white, red, purple with pink being the most common.


 They wither during the hottest part of the summer. They are followed by a five-chambered fruit containing sticky seeds.


Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.







2017 Animal Predictions for the Rooster Year


2017 Animal Predictions for the Rooster Year





You shouldn’t expect a year of ease or fun, but if you are determined, persevere and work hard you should be able to accomplish great feats. These achievements can both be short term or long. Meanwhile be aware, for your self-esteem may suffer a setback because of a rival. A friend or colleague may take the limelight away from you, which could lead to resentment. But if you stand your ground, your perseverance is certain to not go unrewarded.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

You will want to get more done at work. 2017 foretells that this is the year you should strive for advancement in employment, provided you rely less on luck or personal charm and concentrate on constant work habits. By being serious, scrupulous, hardworking and respectful of rules, you could set the stage for higher prospects that could take effect by the latter part of the year. It may come in the form of promotion or you may gain a better employment in a field you may be more suited to.   Remember, determination and perseverance is a must even when considering changing your career goals or employment.  Training might come in handy in areas of work that you lack experience in.  And it wouldn’t hurt to pay heed to the good advice of experienced friends or relatives. 

Finances for the Rat in 2017 will require some care. Predictions warn you not to waste too much money on the finer things in life this year.  The Rat’s income will not be lower, but it does not increase much either, at least not until October. Cautious planning is a must for those important expenses. Keep a closer eye on your bank account.  This is not the time to make investments, but if you must, then do pay particular attention to each detail!

Love and Relationships

The 2017 predictions for the Rat say that many of the previous year’s conflicts and misunderstandings should dissipate. Also, that you are more in touch with your emotions this year. Thus it will be easier to show others how you feel. This will be helpful in attaining new relationships or romantic bonds. Your confidence and rising social skills will help you to attract all sorts of new people to you. Make sure however that you treat these new people right, or there might be some negative effects in consequence.

If you are currently a Rat in a relationship then your emotions can either ignite sexual passion in your romance or bring things to a grinding halt. Make sure to share your true feelings with your partner and encourage them to do the same.

2017 forecasts for the Rat sign predict pregnancy and children too might keep married couples busy this year.

If you are a single Rat looking for new love or relationship than the task of finding the right one will certainly be easier this year. Moreover if you don’t have a life partner you may have new love as well as closer friendships in 2017. By the end of the spring (March/ April) and the beginning of the autumn (September/ October) you will meet people that will become very important to you in your future life.

All in all, the Rat can look forward to an excellent year with lots of family get-togethers and many social events.

Health and Well Being

You are instinctive and honest, but can sometimes be stubborn, materialistic and narrow-minded. Certainly clever, talkative around people you know well, and quiet around others.

For the maintenance of good health make sure that you keep to a balanced diet during the year and exercise especially when your energy hits its high points. Your energy levels might fluctuate this year with more ups and downs. You are also more likely to act more emotional than usual.

Watch your health carefully during the summer. Make sure that you eat right and drink lots of buttermilk and coconut water. Avoid germs that could make you ill. And try to sleep well and be relaxed at all times. You may work harder at your job or hobby but reserve some quality time to spend with your family and loved ones. Give yourself permission to do the things that you love doing or are interested in.

Have a good Year of the Rooster.



The Ox People should rejoice for the year of the Rooster 2017 is mostly favorable. All their hard work will pay off and things will move quickly this year. But they need to maintain calm and be peaceful. Make sure not to show off or become too arrogant. Being stubborn or obstinate will only create unwarranted problems. The Ox therefore should not only keep an eye on the world around them but adjust them accordingly with each variation.

There is a common belief that the Ox people share many of the traits of the ox animal. They tend to be determined and hardworking. They treasure first impressions and will judge a person strictly. They are not likely to easily make friends because of this. People born in the year of the Ox also pay close attention to detail, which can help them at work and school. They also have great memories. All these personality traits can help, or hurt, them in 2017.

 Forecast for Finance and Employment

Relax; the Ox’s finances will be stable. The Ox people will work harder this year as they will have more energy and accomplish all sorts of work-related tasks. The Ox’s instincts and reflexes will be heightened in 2017; therefore, if they sense trouble coming, they should just trust their gut instincts and act accordingly. Similarly, if something feels right, they should go for it without reservations. This will help them in making those snap decisions that will further their career.  Consequently, they will also be ahead of the competition as long as they stay focused. Others may ask them for help and advice noticing how skilled the Ox persons are. Along with the increased workload comes an increase in salary this year. This is fortunate because the Ox is likely to have an unexpected expense thrown their way. Make sure to save money when you can for that inevitability.

Love and Relationships

Now these heightened instincts will also make it easier for the Ox people to acquire new friends or more importantly find that special someone they will be in sync with. Forecast for their love life, and the sex life, in general, looks favorable but fast paced. Fortunately, the Ox will have both the stamina and energy to deal with this.

Nevertheless, the Ox needs to have realistic goals for their ample social interactions so that they do not get too disappointed when things go awry and do not turn out exactly their way.

Also, the end of the year is predicted to hold the most passion for the Ox; therefore, if things don’t seem to be working out in relationship compatibility  at the earlier part of the year, the Ox can always bide their time until then to make their move.

Some good advice for the Ox is that they need to be frank and undemanding with their friends, co-workers or the loved ones in order to ensure favorable and nurturing coexistence. Do not bottle things up, now is the time to speak your mind and let others know what you want; however, you also need to pay attention to their wants and needs as well.

Perhaps openly sharing true feelings will make the Ox’s romantic relationships more passionate in the Red Fire Rooster Year.

For married Oxen, meanwhile, they must first discuss any qualms or worries about pregnancy or children related issues with their spouse before making any decision.

Health and Well Being

Even though the Ox people have all this abundant energy this year they should still try to pace their selves. Use their energy for things that they need to do instead of callously wasting it!

You may keep expending energy at work or at home but you need to also reserve some of it for leisure activities such as hobbies or exercise in moderation for the maintenance of good health both in mind and body. Moderation is the key here, for if you push yourself hard with strenuous activity or exercise it may be injurious. Meanwhile eat sensibly and avoid unhealthy junk foods even though it might be more convenient thing to do in your fast paced schedule.

Have a good Rooster year.



The Year of the Rooster will generally be an auspicious one for the Tiger. However, the Tiger should be prepared to receive some disturbing news that might turn his/her life upside down. Like the animal, the Tiger has an independent nature.  However, to overcome this adversity, you need to be receptive to the idea of letting others give you assistance and to receive graciously this ample support, as this will make all the difference.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

This year the Tiger needs to focus on their co-workers and bosses to do well. While Tigers may be great at doing their job, teamwork holds the key, and is also likely to make the job a lot easier while improving future prospects and promotions.

The year of the Rooster predicts many challenges for the Tiger’s career and at the same time projects abundant wealth and money. Try to keep yourself and your finances well organized this year. Keep in mind that if you do well at work then you are also likely to get more money. You can spend part of this cash to pay off some old debts. Indulge in fun things and activities as well. You’ve earned it after all!   The Tiger’s motto for this Rooster year is, ‘work hard during the day and play hard after work’. If you play your cards right, then this year will be a rather balanced one. Still, don’t forget to set some of your earnings aside for future emergencies.

Love and Relationships

This year will be full of changes in Tiger people’s relationships. Whether it is for better or for worse will be up to them. If you are a single Tiger and trying to find a new romance, or if you are just looking for new friends, then go out and try new things. You may discover a new hobby along with some new friends. Try things that you already like so as to meet likeminded people that share the same interests. Who’s to say, perhaps this would lead to a long term relationship, even marriage.  If the Tiger is already in a relationship, they may take things to the next level or end the relationship entirely. Expect the unexpected and be prepared for spontaneous sexual moments in your relationships this year. There could even turn out to be a pregnancy.

Health and Well Being

The Tiger this year is more likely to be in closer touch with their feelings than in previous years. The type of feelings however, will be the determining factor in the outcome of this year.

In 2017 the Tiger is advised do his utmost and reduce the stress level for the benefit of his health.  The energy levels of Tiger people face certain volatility, with varying levels of ups and downs throughout the year. However don’t fret; the required stamina will still be there when you need it the most.

Meanwhile the Tiger should make sure to expend those bursts of energy with a good workout in order to maintain good health and to stay in shape. You should exercise your mind as well you as your body to keep yourself busy. Picking up a hobby is one way to improve the year.  Meanwhile, do we need to say it, those low energy periods, are best spent relaxing.

Have a good Rooster Year.



The Rooster year predictions for the Rabbit foretell of plenty of opportunities for the Rabbit. Things are likely to change in many aspects of their life this year, including their social life.

Rabbits might feel a little shaken at times in 2017 when they are not the ones in control. Think twice before making any kind of personal or professional commitment. Make more friends than enemies.

Work hard to achieve your aims and you will be rewarded! One way to get ahead this year is to focus on your key goals then clearly identify any problem areas that may have hindered or prevented your attaining these objectives in the past.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In 2017 the Rabbit’s workload should increase as the year progresses. The Rabbit needs to use the time at the beginning of the year to get ahead while things are advancing at a slower pace. Keep an eye on the rest of the world. Use what you learn from current events to advance your career. This might require some creativity on the Rabbit’s part, but this shouldn’t be hard for the speedy Rabbit. Also, you should get to know your co-workers and bosses a bit better.  As close associates and business links could ease your path towards success and future advancement.

For the most part of the year, the Rabbit’s finances should be okay.  However, as there is a real possibility that the Rabbit might be faced with an unexpected expense during 2017,   they should set aside some money/savings in order to meet this sudden emergency. If there are old debts, the Rabbit should also make sure to pay them off. This is good advice for anyone.

Love and Relationships

The Rabbit’s social life will receive a particular boost of energy this year. Rabbits are more likely to make a bunch of new friends this year, more so than in previous years. The unattached Rabbit should be more open to new ideas and things this year like dating online. It will increase their chances of meeting new and interesting people.

The Year of the Red Fire Rooster will go well for your social life if you are able to show people your true self. So long as you are optimistic about the future and are brave enough to try new things your social circle is bound to expand.

Rabbits are warned however that in the middle of the year their sexual relationships, both romantic and just friendly, might hit a snag and be more complicated than normal. The married Rabbits may need to exert more effort into their relationship during this time, perhaps take it a notch higher by planning romantic interludes or planning a pregnancy.

Health and Well Being

The Rabbit, for whatever reason in recent years, who has neglected or was remiss with  his/her health and physical appearance, needs to make amends.  Whether it be by working out, dieting, or getting a new wardrobe, go for it in 2017. Do your best to stay healthy this year, especially during the cold months when your body is bound to be the most vulnerable. To those Rabbits that are already in shape, you still need to increase the time that you work out. Also, good sleeping habits are important, don’t neglect to get plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep, preferably eight hours a night.

Have a good Rooster year.



Dragon people will enjoy good fortune in love, career and finances in 2017 since Dragons are compatible with the Rooster. Dragons are often determined to get what they want but twist and turns are bound to happen during this Rooster year making it somewhat hectic or a little crazy at times.  My advice for the Dragon is: ‘don’t run away from your troubles!’ These changes and your handling of the matter will in the end help you to build character. Also, if you correct your strategies then there will be no limit to your success.

During the year, the Dragons should take a broad view to seize more opportunities. They should try to expand their vision as far as possible and never circumscribe their activities. However, think well before making any major decision. That being said, ‘Go for it Dragons!’

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Dragons are blessed by the auspicious stars Longde and Ziwei this year which is great as it bestows on them ample good fortune. A word of caution however, for the Dragon will also be affected by the inauspicious star Posui. This star provokes villains, so the Dragon is cautioned never to act on impulse or meddle in others’ business, or they will be in a heap of trouble.

A special note for the Dragon: In the short term, a woman in a senior position, or a person whose wishes you have to accept, is critical of your plans and wishes to substitute her own ideas for yours. In the longer term, finances are likely to be diverted away from your objective.

If you have asked yourself more and more often lately ‘when will the Sun finally finally rise above your world’, in 2017 you will see that you still have your luck. Try to forget about the hard times and spiritually prepare for a long period of time of changes for the better.

Work and professional career will be propitious for the Dragon in 2017. Meanwhile in order to garner maximum advantage of the opportunities in their profession or employment the Dragon must leave behind their past pessimism and lack of confidence that is secretly sapping his/hr strengths. It is time for the Dragon to act in moderation but with more confidence and with more spirited initiative. 2017 will be a good time for the Dragon to take bold steps forward. Do not be discouraged even though at first you may not succeed right away or get things done with ease. There are great opportunities available for promotion at your current job. There are also favorable opportunities for those Dragons who wish to completely exchange their career with one that offers them more satisfaction and opens up farther perspectives.

The workload at your current job will be heavier than usual this year. But don’t fret, save for the period at the beginning and towards the end of 2017, you should be able to manage it alone. Unfortunately, the rest of the year it might be little harder to go it alone … so don’t. Make friends with your coworkers or bosses so that you can get outside input and receive appropriate help in dealing with projects.

The unemployed Dragon will find 2017 is favorable for finding a new job.  However your spirit of initiative is very important in attaining your goal. Search actively, use all your contacts and derive benefit from those available sources. It may be useful to broaden your skills with more training courses.

In regards to finance, things will be greatly improved for the Dragon in 2017.  You earn more money through promotion, other sources, and investments or because of your people skills. However, spend your money wisely and take care not to be profligate. Pay your debts and even try to put some aside; best to multiply your money before spending it. If you do have money left over, don’t be afraid to get yourself a small gift, but remember not to splurge.

And finally, it’s been predicted that this year of the Rooster for the Dragon is a year of renewed hope. That means once you set your mind to it, you can achieve a lot on the professional level and have a more fulfilling life. It’s all up to you, so get mobilized and start taking measures towards your goals and do this without looking back.

Love and Relationships

Those born in the year of the Dragon share the traits of the Chinese/eastern dragon. They tend to be powerful both in mind or body. They are intelligent, almost like natural-born leaders and in the year of the Rooster the Dragon is poised to enjoy being in the spotlight for most of 2017 with their busy schedule of mobilizing the others in family oriented activities that are beneficial to them all.  Indeed, the Dragon’s family life will be good; however, cooperation is a key factor in a fulfilling family life.  And, do your best to avoid arguments!

The year of the Rooster is a propitious one for the Dragon socially as well. Don’t hesitate to go out! You’ll have lots of fun with your many friends. You will also be more talkative this year. This will make it a lot easier for you to make more friends than might have been possible in previous years. On the other hand, you are more likely to speak your mind in situations where you usually wouldn’t. This can help you to better express yourself, which can attract friends and partners who may have similar interests. However, speaking your mind in the wrong places or around the wrong people can also get you in trouble. Remember, sometimes it’s best to hold your tongue and censor your words in 2017.

 Meanwhile, it wouldn’t hurt the Dragon to use this year as a sort of learning experience. Use your emotions to help you with social interactions. This year you might also feel more inclined to share your feelings with others. This may make you seem more sensitive. How you act will determine how well your social life will go in the Rooster year.

 All in all, there will be plenty of good opportunities for the Dragon to meet new people and to enlarge their circle of friends. This will be partly due to the changes in their career or the elevated level of their profession.

Use your new friends to your benefit, but don’t just ‘use’ them. Watch yourself, but don’t be afraid to have fun either. Follow your instincts in 2017 and you are sure to have a good year.

2017 forecasts also foretell that Dragons are also likely to meet up with old friends or romantic partners this year. You might even be able to repair any lost bonds that there were between the two.  In short, your social life does not follow any particular path this year so be open to possibilities and many outcomes.  All, of course, will depend on your actions and feelings.

Predictions for married Dragons also show that in this year they will be more communicative with their partner and be more open in revealing problems that they might have been harbouring. There are likely to be many changes this year like pregnancy or the birth of a child, so it is best to be as adaptable as possible.

Health and Well Being

In 2017 the Dragon should take care of their responsibilities as soon as possible so as to have more time to relax and have less stress. The Dragon’s energy levels will have their ups and downs this year. It’s good to pace yourself this year in all aspects of your life and make sure to exercise when you are at peak energy levels. Eat sensibly and watch your diet.

Travel for the Dragon will be most favorable this year. With all the activity and haste in the Dragon’s professional life, they should allocate some time for relaxation and recreational activity, in order to recharge energy levels. Now, you can spend your vacation in an exotic place or visit countries or cities that you always wanted to see. Also, take into account the fact that you need to move, you need physical exercises in general, so try to walk, swim or bicycle as much as possible! You don’t need to climb mountains, but a short hike wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

 Have a good Rooster Year.



The Year of the Rooster will be an auspicious one for the Snake. The Snake’s instincts and general impulses will be heightened this year. This can help the Snake to make quick decisions. Follow your gut feelings in 2017; they are likely to be right.  Projects will turn out to be profitable. Relationships will be happy and joyful. You can even set aside some money for your future retirement.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

At the beginning of this Rooster year, the Snake will have enough money to either use it wisely to pay off debts or to have a jolly good time. What you decide however will affect the way the rest of the year goes, so choose carefully.

The Snake is bound to be more focused at work this year. At times, this can make your work-life seem rather boring, but at the same time you are going to accomplish more than you usually would. This is the time to begin thinking of new ideas for your chosen career and profession. Perhaps you will propose this new business idea to your boss.

If you are a Snake that is dissatisfied and rather bored at your current position, then this might just be the right time to change careers altogether. It goes without saying however; do not quit your current job until you have secured a new one so as to maintain financial security. If you can wait out the boredom however, then you are likely to be presented with a new advance in your job in 2017 that may prove to be more exciting.

Love and Relationships

The Year of the Rooster 2017 predicts that you are likely to be more sociable this year. You are also likely to be much more charming and attractive to others. If you trust your feelings and act on your instincts then you are likely to get a new love partner if you do not currently have one. This year’s  forecasts for the Snake reveal that there is no real need to be in a close relationship unless you want it; however, if the Snake people are in an exclusive relationship, it would be  best to share their feelings with their partner, and be receptive to the other’s feelings as well. This will help bridge any misunderstandings and at the same time increase the chances for a longer term relationship. If you are a Snake currently in a romantic relationship then things are bound to get a lot more passionate in 2017. Married couples can feel free to plan for a pregnancy in this 2017.

Emotions indeed will rule the Snake’s year. Don’t let others put you down because of your care-free personality. Embrace your own ways, but still remember to take care of yourself and the ones you love. You will have to set your priorities and make sure that you do not choose only pleasure above all else.

Health and Well Being

The Snakes will have more energy than usual this year. Make positive goals concerning your mind and body. This will foster good health. There is not much that can slow down the energetic Snake this year but perhaps joining a group of some sort can help. Engage in regular exercise, but don’t push yourself too hard or else you may get hurt. If by chance you do get injured, you won’t suffer too much from it and certainly the recovery time will be swifter than usual. Still, better be cautious and avoid any mishap or hurt that may happen during late spring or early summer months.

Have a good Year of the Rooster.



2017 will be a year when the Horse works very hard. On the plus side the Year of the Rooster will be a rather straight-forward and unchanging one for the Horse. Nevertheless, this is not the time to sit back and relax. Nor should you idly sit and dream about glory and riches. In fact, it will be a perfect time to get all your affairs in order and to take control of your life. Plan for the long-term while your life is constant and find out what makes you happy in case you want to make changes in the future. Enjoy the steadiness of your life; it won’t last forever!

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Unfortunately your work life will be rather unstable this year and changes in your position are likely to happen quite suddenly and without any warning. But at least it won’t be boring! Do not let your impatience or anger get in the way of your work and relationships.

When it comes to business; if you are prepared for the unexpected this year and handle these surprise tasks with competence, then you are likely to earn yourself a promotion or bonus. If you do well then your co-workers are more likely to look up to you or become jealous in 2017. Your position and influence will grow one way or another. Cooperate with your co-workers to make them feel better and to make your own work easier. Teamwork is important. This will also make it easier for you to keep an eye on your colleagues this year.

In general, the Horse’s finances will be stable but you might want to read up on the specifics of any big purchases you plan such a house or car this year. Do not be an impulse buyer when it comes to things like this. Although temptations will be great, do your best to resist purchasing them until you are sure that your finances are secure.

Love and Relationships

If you are a single Horse, then you will probably stay single in 2017. If this is the case, focus on your friendships and career. However, there is a window of opportunity for all of the single Horses around the middle of the year. If you are looking for someone, try your hardest in the late spring and early summer for promising results.

While the rest of your life may be a bit crazy, in this year there will be a sort of balance in your social life. This does not mean that your social life will become sedentary or boring. Much of it depends on what your love life and relationship status were in 2016. There is a sort of constancy from the last year to this year. If you were in a passionate relationship, then things are likely to stay passionate. If you are married, then the arrival of a child might be in the forecast.

Health and Well Being

The Horse is likely to be full of energy at the beginning of the year. Use this to your advantage! The horse horoscope in 2017 predicts that in this year your life will be all over the place. Like a roller-coaster, your energy levels will fluctuate greatly, with some dramatic ups and downs. Likewise, your general schedule will be a bit crazy also so you’ll need to be adaptable.  And don’t neglect your daily walks and fitness regime.

Unfortunately, as the Rooster year reaches its peak, the horses are likely to lose some of their energy and others may perceive them as being lazy. One way to remain energized is by becoming more competitive. A challenge is a great motivation for the Horse people, especially when it comes to physical betterment.

Meanwhile the horse’s care-free attitude may affect their physical health in 2017. Be warned, if you do not take care of your body then you are likely to gain and lose tremendous amount of weight.

Have a good Year of the Rooster



The Year of the Rooster will be a mixed one for the Sheep/Goat. This is partly due to the influence of inauspicious stars, such as Yangren, Tiangou and Diako, which will adversely affect the fortunes of the Sheep people. Succinctly:  Yangren represents the disasters of the blood, the Sheep need to beware; under Tiangou’s influence the Sheep is bound to be more prone to accidents; and finally, Diaoke with its mounting negative energy, will cause the Sheep lots of trouble in their daily life.

But don’t fret, fortunately for the Sheep they will also be blessed by three auspicious stars. The power of the inauspicious stars is stronger than that of the auspicious ones.  Thus, the change in fortune brought on by the auspicious stars will not be as great and the Sheep is bound to have an overall change in their luck in 2017. Nevertheless, the fortunes of the Sheep people will still be good for the first half of the year; whereas, later on, some obstacles will surface to dampen their spirits and occasionally they will fail, just on the verge of success. This negativity can be averted only by steady effort. Also, to avoid all kinds of disasters, the Sheep needs to play it safe and be more prudent this year in all aspects of their life. .

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In the Year of the Red Fire Rooster, the Sheep should do all that they can and work extra hard to further themselves, to widen their social circles and to advance in their career.  One way is to sharpen your skills this year and prove to your bosses that you can always improve. You might become stressed at times because of all this extra work, but it is bound to pay off in the long run.  The outcome of hard work will be promotion and along with it extra earnings, more than usual.  All in all, the Sheep people are poised to receive greater wealth in 2017. You can also expect success in any business ventures. Keep track of your finances however and keep in mind the big picture. Don’t waste your time looking into the small details. You should be able to pay off old debts and balance your budget with ease this year. Also, you are advised not to overspend on things that you do not really need. Resist the temptation to make any large purchases; instead, reserve your money for future large acquisitions and plan ahead.

Love and Relationships

The many changes the Sheep undergoes in the Rooster Year could be either good or bad. The outcome of any relationship will be entirely up to them, with this year being a little bit dicey. But you have the courage to face most issues and problems with a positive mind. So be careful and do not get too emotional.

The Sheep may also experience a whole new set of feelings this year. This could come about through acquiring new friends, experiencing feelings for someone new or having a romantic liaison in the workplace.

The Single Sheep is advised to follow their instincts and be as confident as possible this year to increase their chances of meeting or securing new relationships, new friendships or simply discovering that suitable life-long partner.  Yes, marriage and pregnancy are both in the forecast for the sheep in this year. Opportunities for romance abound, don’t pass them up. So long as you follow your innate feelings, your love life and social life should be great!

Health and Well Being

The sheep will feel highly energetic this year. Your mind and body will also be active and it stands to reason that you should be very busy in 2017. Use your energy while you have it, but don’t push yourself when you are feeling low. Relax when you need to and be optimistic for this will lower your stress levels and make your year better in general.

 You are also likely to be severely short-tempered or stressed at times because of how quickly the world seems to be turning. But as these irritations won’t last long, you will be able to handle it if you pace yourself.  

A lot of this year’s time will be about preparing for the next year. This doesn’t mean that you should let this year pass you by in a blur. You can be busy at work, but use your time off to relax and do things that make you happy.

Have a good Rooster Year.



The Monkey, after last year’s difficulties and misfortunes, can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief in 2017. They are poised to enjoy markedly improved luck in all aspects of life, such as love, relationships, career and finance. The red fire rooster year will bring the Monkey ample new opportunities therefore time is ripe to concentrate all ideas and thoughts in a plan for the future. And also, do not forget to spend some quality time with your family.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

The Monkey people usually do enjoy wealth luck and, being smart, they never miss a ripe economic opportunity to prosper. This, coupled with their inherent good luck in making money makes them the envy of others.  But their rashness and spendthrift ways (for they believe that only by spending they can make more money) stands in the way of them reaching the apex in their wealth. 

In this Rooster year there is no danger for a decrease in income, but also, not too many chances for an increase either, except occasionally and in insignificant amounts. If the Monkey considers the glass half full, they will benefit from the period of stability that follows. If on the other hand they consider the glass half empty, then the Monkey’s perceived imbalance could drive them to overspend, especially since some big expenses are planned for their home in 2017.  The Rooster year forewarns the Monkey to be very careful and not to take any risks with financial matters!   As it is, this year the Monkey may have to be somewhat frugal when it comes to spending for fun. This will help the Monkey in the long run however to save money, balance their bank accounts and even pay off some debts.

Monkey people are suited for any employment as they are innately versatile, creative, ambitious and business-minded. In 2017 you’ll be having a lot of work and be engaged in many contracts, transactions and busy schedules, all of which will create stress. You can dodge some of these if you use your characteristic inventiveness. Meanwhile, you should be aware of the fact that the rewards for all your efforts will not be immediate.

 In years past you may have kept quiet at work and only worked for the money. This year you should feel free to express your own creative ideas. Who knows? Your ideas could be the difference between a raise and a monotonous career.

Do not let your personal life get in the way of your job or business. This may affect how your bosses and partners think about you. This doesn’t mean that you cannot make friends at work though. Rather, making friends with your bosses and coworkers can actually increase your chance of getting a raise or promotion. Meanwhile, keep your mind sharp by working hard and doing fun mental puzzles in your spare time. Transform yourself into that ideal worker!

In the Year of Rooster the Monkey’s fortune is also poised to fluctuate. Therefore, if the Monkey wants to achieve success in their career and be promoted steadily, they need to be patient and act carefully rather than in haste. Self-control is vital because, as mentioned earlier, the results of your work and effort will not be immediate, you will derive benefit for your accumulated efforts in subsequent years.

For now, be thankful that you have the possibility to prove your competence and capacity in your job! The professional experience and reputation that you gather now will also help you take that big leap forward in your future profession at the appropriate time. You may also try to effectively communicate and get along better with people under the Snake, Rat and Dragon signs.

In the year of the Rooster, it is not advisable for the Monkey to seek out new employment or change career. If you stick to your current job, you will have an excellent opportunity to perfect yourself, even though the satisfactions will not be visible right away. If you have to change your work place, you might have a pretty difficult time finding the right employment and then you will have to learn a lot of new things in a very short period that will add to your stress levels. On the other hand, if you are brave enough to persevere through these changes, and then go on to specialize in a new field, the satisfactions will be proportional. Though this too will only be felt later on.

Love and Relationships

The Monkey people are usually lively, active and competitive. Males are eloquent while females are glib. In youth, you are crazy about anything contemporary and often receive support from an elder mentor. In middle age, you can seize every opportunity but will be busy running about. In old age, you’ll enjoy a prolonged life that is both comfortable and prosperous.

Now for the characteristic deficiencies: You tend to vacillate in love relationships and often cannot find happiness. If you really fall in love with someone, however, you will try by every means to win his/her heart with your sincerity, so as to enjoy a happy love life. Female Monkeys tend to lay more emphasis on other’s appearance, and may miss out on the ‘golden heart’. The Male Monkeys are often very thoughtful mates but may also be fickle in their affections and are capable of being a cheat.

In the Rooster year, the Monkey’s stability aspect pertaining to financial matters can also be applicable to the Monkey’s emotional levels. First, there are no major difficulties predicted, but no major improvements either. As you will have to work more than usual, you can persevere through the many obstacles and delays with the help of your family and friends. You definitely will need the moral support of the people around you to re-energize and to re-fuel. However, you should also be mindful of how you treat others, especially during these stressful episodes! For one thing, try not to take your problems out on them, no matter how stressed out you might be! Whether with family or in a social situation, the Monkey needs to take into account other’s needs and feelings more than usual and as well, show understanding and certain flexibility in dealing with them. Even if you feel like what you want is not in line with what they want, for peace and harmony sake mend your ways. This will greatly help you out at both work and with your friends. Being flexible will also make your year more interesting in general.

If the Monkey has a life partner, they can additionally count on their support during this busy and stressful year. Remember, your feelings will dominate your thoughts, but it will be what you do with these thoughts that will affect all your relationships. Even though the Monkey is unlikely to have either the time or the mood this year, if you want things to stay on course or favorably progress, then you should express your emotions with more openness to the people who you care about.

Health and Well Being

The Monkey should focus their attention on their health, the health of their family as well as the home safety.

Full of energy, the Monkey is often in pursuit of new adventure.  However they need to beware of hand and foot injury and also respiratory illness, a real consequence of being overly exhausted. You are advised therefore to go out more to relax and reduce stress.

Don’t let the little things get to you but do let happy little things improve your day. Continue to be generally optimistic and it will slightly improve your year, no matter the outcome.

Finally, spend some time on your hobbies or goals that you may have been putting off or setting aside in past years. While these hobbies may not make you rich and famous, they are invaluable in providing you with good health and a leisurely reprieve.

Have a good Rooster year.



In 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster, the Rooster people will encounter an unfortunate change in luck.  They may experience it in the form of blockages in career development, unexpected loss of assets and emotional problems with their mate, to mention just a few. Their frequent variable mood swings will be the result of too much pressure and stress.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Even so, the Rooster will feel a surge of productive energy in 2017. They may be given new projects to work on in their employment or business.

If you can pick your jobs, pick one that helps you to show others your talents, whatever those may be. If you can lead in a situation, do so. This is a time to appear more worthy to your boss and co-workers. If you can do this then you may even stand a chance at getting a raise or a promotion!

The unfavorable predictions for the Rooster’s finance reveal that they will have very limited capital gains during 2017. Fortunately, they will have a stable wage from their work. The Rooster may choose to invest in low-risk, long term ventures but they need to act quickly on this.  In the Rooster year, Roosters will easily have new opportunities for cooperation, but may lose these opportunities no matter how carefully they plan it. So, they should not be too drastic but instead adapt a wait-and-see attitude. If the Rooster has a happy event at the beginning of this year, they can effectively improve their fortune. Even so, the Rooster is advised not to get carried away by this measure of success. Pay off your debts this year. There will be many temptations that can dig you further in debt, so resist these so as to have spending money for fun stuff later on.

Love and Relationships

As mentioned before, in 2017, because things will not go as smoothly, the Rooster will experience some emotional turmoil and be more irritable, grumpy and highly suspicious. The variation in their mood increases the likelihood of the Rooster easily entering into many conflicts with their friends, co-workers and lovers this year, impacting the quality of their love relationships. Rest assured, however, that for the most part of the year there will be no such extreme changes. The people you know are not likely to alter their ways though, depending on circumstances, you should mend some of yours. The Rooster will end up being the mediator in most cases anyway.

Meanwhile, paying close attention to your partner and friends’ emotions will be vital. Work on things that will improve your life in general. Avoid things if you can, that will ruin your year.  

Your romantic life will be extreme, one way or another. In 2017 it may be manifest in a passionate liaison, an abusive relationship/marriage or perhaps a breakup. Be patient in all your affiliations. However, if you are in an abusive situation, get out as soon as possible!

The outcome of all things and the quality of life will be dependent on the Roosters’ actions and reactions.  You have within you the ability to prevent any potentially disastrous outcomes and possible family breakup. You can draw on many resolutions once you set your mind to it and alter your attitude to tackle problem areas.  In contrast, the wrong attitude might mean, acceding and capitulating.

Another means to escape or drive away any bad luck or misfortune this year would be to attend as many happy social occasions and gatherings, for instance, weddings or celebrations of birth or graduation.

During the course of the Rooster year 2017, the unattached Rooster may meet a new person who could turn out to be a potential mate, but the Rooster’s courtship is not likely to succeed.  This is because, after handling scores of problems, the Rooster is unlikely to have any incentive or enthusiasm for this. But who knows? If by chance they do beat the odds, this will not be a suitable year for marriage, as the preparations for a wedding will only add to or multiply the existing pressures.

Health and Well Being

Remember to have plenty of rest and allot some time to spend with family and friends.

The Rooster people in general will still have bountiful physical and mental energy this year. You may feel that your body is up for any challenge that you may throw at it! This doesn’t mean that you should treat your body recklessly however.  It will be most beneficial instead, to engage in routine, modest forms of exercises. You should also stick to a healthy diet. Now the bad news: there may be a risk of bleeding and possibility of the Rooster having a traffic accident this year. Therefore, the Roster should stay away from any potentially dangerous sporting activities/events and dangerous places.

Also, it’s imperative you pay close attention to your family member’s health, particularly an elderly person, and do what you can to prevent any potentially damaging mishaps. Otherwise, the negative ripple effects will have dire consequences.

In 2017 the Rooster will also enjoy greater mental capacity, more so than physical strength. You will be adept at solving problems with your mind and your keener than usual insight. It wouldn’t hurt to pay particular attention to your dreams for they may unravel some subconscious need or want.

Have a good Year of the Rooster



The Year of the Rooster predictions for the Dog are on the whole good ones. Some conflicts in relationships, wealth and with Education do exist. The Dog may not feel at their best at the beginning of this year, but as the year progresses things will get better. At first it may appear to be a confusing year but so long as the Dog stays on course they will be able to resolve any problems. The Dog should take care not to get into unwanted quarrels and misunderstandings.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In 2017 the Dog is given the go ahead to seek out every available opportunity in employment, career and business that are within their reach. There are some Dogs that have, for quite some time now, been rather discontented and miserable in their current position and are only staying on because of benefits and salary.  If dissatisfied Dogs are planning to quit their current job in favor of a new placement they must first ascertain that they have the new position and that it is a better one. Who knows? Maybe if they persevered just a bit longer a range of new and more exciting opportunities might become available in their otherwise old, boring jobs.

Finances are likely to be balanced or more stable this year than they have been in previous years. Pay off your debts, and save your money. There is likely to be an unexpected expense in your future, so make sure to save up for that.

Love and Relationships

The Dog will feel more energized and in control with their life this year.  Do utilize this strength to create positive changes in 2017.  Do what makes you happy now but at the same time ensure that your current choices will not negatively affect your future.

All in all, the 2017 predictions for the Dog foretell that this is a particularly good year for their social life. There is hardly a dull moment and they are happiest when they are with family, friends and the people they care about.

Your emotions will also be more stable than they have been in years past. Passionate emotions may have charged your relationships in the past, but the stable emotions resurfacing now will prevent additional fights. 

On the other hand, 2017 is also a year for social transformations, which could mean that the Dog’s relationship could reach the next level filled with heightened passion. Be that as it may, you need to strengthen your communication skills and discuss pertinent issues verbally avoiding emotional outbursts. Go ahead, make it known what it is you desire or want to happen in your marriage, things such as having a child or other matters.

Health and Well Being

The Dog people are bound to feel more in control of their life than they have been in previous years and, as a result, they will feel more content. As the Rooster year progresses, the Dog will also find that they have more energy than usual. Take advantage of this energy spike! Exercise regularly and stick to a well balanced nutritional diet to be perfectly fit. Also, work on controlling your stress levels this year.

Have a good Year of the Rooster



For the Pig the Year of the Rooster predictions are mixed. The Pig’s objective this year will be to balance his/her life, so let it happen. Avoid any problem areas, don’t rush headlong into anything and don’t get ahead of yourself.  Focus on your goals and look at things from a different perspective.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

The Pig’s workload may seem a bit easier this year. This will allow them ample time to relax and contemplate on future job aspirations/objectives and business prospects. Having decided on what they want earlier on this year, the Pig should sharpen their skills and begin taking measured steps towards achieving their goals.  Try to make friends with your bosses and co-workers; they too can help you with your endeavors. The Pigs are more easily able to progress this year in whatever they set their mind to. Remember, along with these opportunities, it will be your actions which will determine whether an outcome for the rest of the year is good or bad.   

If the Pig desires to change careers altogether, then the best time to do this is in autumn. Finally, stay optimistic and good things will surely come your way.

On the financial front, the Pig needs to make sure that they pay off all previous debts in 2017. Then they can focus on paying for other things that will increase their security.  This is imperative for, by and large, it will help them to feel more secure. Also, make sure that you do put aside some money to have fun with later on.

In 2017 meanwhile, the Pig’s prior investments should start paying off. So sit back and enjoy it.

Love and Relationships

The Pig’s social life will advance, even though it may appear to be moving slowly.  The Pig will be closer to their emotions this year which will be helpful in the improvement and expansion of their relationship ties.

Being alone is not a bad thing; utilize these alone times to compute and to assess relationships. For sometimes you just need to step back a little and take a good hard look at your interactions, perhaps seeing them in a different light, in order to truly comprehend things. Communication is the key; why not talk to your partner about your feelings or any misgivings that may have been preying on your mind. This may impel them to do the same. Don’t jump to conclusions and harbour dread. If you are considering having a child it would be best to have your feelings openly conveyed.

Those unattached Pigs should go easy on relationships and not rush into serious commitments or marriage.

Friends and close acquaintances will typically come and go unless the Pig can improve their communication and social skills this year. They also need to be more outgoing and interact with more people in 2017. This will help them acquire more new friends.

Health and Well Being

 The Pig is likely to have ample energy to do whatever they want this year provided, that is, they are relatively young. Even older Pigs however, will have some energy to spare! You may do whatever you want so long as you participate in routine exercise in order to stay active. Try not to get too bored and don’t waste your energy in frivolous pursuits!

Despite the Pig’s high activity level, they should stay on course with sensible diet and resist any temptation to fill themselves with high energy, sugary and fatty junk-foods.

Have a good year of the Rooster


General Predictions for 2017 Year of the Rooster

General Predictions for 2017 Year of the Rooster


The Chinese Red Fire Rooster Year extends from January 28th 2017 to February 15th 2018.

This Rooster Year is ruled by the fire element and it is a Yin year. The fiery temperament of the Rooster is expected to infuse more enthusiasm and energy into all activities, increasing hopes for better prospects for everyone. This is also the year to work hard and persevere in order to achieve your desired goals.


Forecast for Love and Relationships

The tenth Chinese zodiac sign, the Rooster, gives 2017 the characteristics of ambition, pride, the desire to be admired, punctuality, courage, passion and a well-developed disposition for love and seduction. In regards to love the desire to overwhelm loved ones and to be overwhelmed by them will be strong. 2017 also promises to be a good year for singles wishing to get married as the year ushers in an abundance of romantic opportunities. As the Rooster is considered a very fertile bird, it augurs that there will be good chance for that anticipated addition to a family.  Socially, the circle of friends for many will expand; however, family interests should always take precedence!


Forecast for Finance and Employment

The year of the Rooster 2017 bodes well for everyone. It promises happiness, color and drama, but this has to be balanced with good old fashioned common sense and tried and true values. Roosters are also communal birds and the year of the Rooster 2017 predictions promises to be a lucky one for joint ventures. Professional relationships too will turn out to be fruitful. Do not complicate things by over thinking and analyzing too much.

 On the whole it’s a favorable time for signing as many business contracts as possible and forming new partnerships. Keep in mind however that the Rooster tends to be overconfident and is prone to come up with nonsensical plans. While the colorful Rooster brings bright and happy days, he also dissipates energy. Disappointments and conflicts will arise unless one refrains from making speculative ventures; resist going off on wild goose chases or get rich quick schemes and instead, stick to practical and well-proven paths. Despite all the fuss and flap we can expect prudence to be the key in economic matters as the Rooster is a good money manager.

Regarding employment, many will be striving for higher goals. The Year of the Rooster will be a year that will result in a flawless job no matter what it takes to achieve it. It will be a year when it is truly better to do less, but do it perfectly. This is also the year we may have to expend maximum effort for minimum gain. Caution is warranted. Do not aim too high or you are liable to get shot down. Try not to fuss too much. Details may not require looking into so long as you are mindful of the whole picture.


Politics and Economic Forecasts

On the plus side, like the brave and chivalrous Rooster, many will triumph over difficulties and adversities. Nevertheless one needs to be flexible or risk missing out on new ideas and new life strategies. The year of the Rooster teaches the lessons of order, scrutiny and strategic planning. One way is to achieve psychological advantage over an adversary and use force only as a last resort. Everything will be precariously balanced in the Rooster’s year, as his dramatic personality can set off all kinds of petty disputes. All the same, 2017 will be the year where diplomacy wins!

However, in 2017, we need to brace ourselves for a period of immense changes. Fire destroys Metal, and this destructive relationship means challenges double during the year. Yet, the Fire Rooster shines like a bright star in the dark sky, bringing hope and transformation to those who know how to act harmoniously around prevailing circumstances.

Controversy abounds in a Rooster year, and in an entertaining way. In a Rooster year, we will hear more cutting criticisms of those in the public life and some feathers might be ruffled as pride is dented.  Nevertheless, all will benefit from these rude awakenings.

The motto for the year of the Rooster 2017 should be– Keep It Simple and don’t take offense at the slightest provocation. Remember, good values never go out of style, no matter how difficult it may seem to apply them.

The Rooster is proud of his appearance. In the Year of the Rooster 2017 invest in some really nice wardrobe items to make the best impression and be very well groomed in public. As the element for 2017 is red, do not use red in your clothes and accessories. Red colored stones like ruby, garnet and pink topaz too are better to be avoided. Instead, use colors that will complement the red and fire element. Earth colored items like brown or yellow are most suitable for all the 12 Chinese zodiac signs in 2017.


 Medical advances are likely, old drugs and medicines will be rejected in favor of improved alternatives. Herbs, vitamins and yoga practices, consumption of health foods as well as the rejection of smoking and alcohol abuse continues to be a preference for more and more people.

This year of the Rooster can bring a few wild goose chases that don’t quite work out. Independence and equality will characterize relationships. Theatrical presentations, books and movies will honor the classics. Old stories are retold and appreciated. Too much eccentricity and originality is suspect.

The Year of the Rooster is symbolised by two elements: Yin fire sitting on top of metal. This is a strong clash of elements as fire defeats metal and creates a very destructive energy.  With such conflicting elements this usually means much disharmony and conflicts, wars and serious disasters, especially those involving water throughout the world.

Politically therefore, the Year of the Rooster 2017 it is a year when most nations will adhere to hard-line policies. Governments around the world will be flexing muscles and making threats but probably not following through unless faced with no other solution.

Most nations will be most concerned with protecting the homeland and, unfortunately, it will be a year when most leaders and countrymen will take offense over the smallest thing.

Canada is heading into a difficult time as the economy tightens and funds dwindle. This is truly a time to join forces with others to ease the stress.

The Year of the Rooster 2017 is a year when the U.S. must not underestimate its opponents.

The United Kingdom will continue to side with the U.S. They will find this a rather exhausting and perilous year on the home front.

There are also real possibilities of disasters relating to water, earthquakes and natural disasters and the middle-east and Asian countries possibly including China will probably be the worst hit. The financial markets will probably grow in the first half of the year but the forecast from September onwards is not as good and you should think carefully in 2017 before making investments.


A succinct prediction for 2017 Chinese Animal Horoscopes:

This will turn out to be an excellent year for the Dragons. The Snake, Ox and Rooster will have a great year. The Rats and Tigers too will have a good year. The Sheep, Pigs and Monkeys will have a mix of good and bad happenings while the Rabbits, Horses and Dogs might face a few problems. But as long as you have the will power and focus to overcome all challenges, nothing can stop you from reaching your targets.


Wishing you all the best in 2017

Stay tuned for the next post: Animal Horoscopes for 2017

The End

Part of the Whole

Part of the Whole




“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

– Albert Einstein






 (Adapted from Raymond M. Alden-   Re-written by BoSt)



All acts of kindness however minuscule do not escape the notice of Heaven, even though they may go unnoticed here on Earth.

Once upon a time in a far off land there was a magnificent church set on a hilltop. Tall stained glass windows, placed specifically to catch best angles of the sun’s rays, depicted brilliantly executed religious scenes praising God Almighty’s power and extolling the virtues of the saints. Pious carpenters had painstakingly carved magnificent wooden reliefs above and to the sides of the main entrance. The Church’s most prominent feature however was the gray stone tower with ivy growing over it as far up as the eye can see. In the steeple an array of Christmas chimes was housed.




Every Christmas Eve all the inhabitants of the city, re-enacting an old tradition, flocked to this church bringing with them many offerings to the Christ Child.  Legends told of a time when, after the greatest and best offering was laid on the altar, there arose above the voices of the choir a beautiful sound, emanating from the top of the tower the most divine music of the Christmas Chimes.




Some claimed it had to be the wind that rang them, while other more pious ones believed in their heart of hearts, and exclaimed loudly so,  that it had to be the angels that set the bells  swinging to produce that heavenly  sound.




Then came a time when, however great the offerings were, the chimes never again created blissful melody. As a result people were saddened, feeling there must be something amiss. Yet many Christmases came and went and no chimes were heard.

It so happened that there was an old man living modestly with his wife Madonna, in a ramshackle hut not far from the notable church. This kind old man recalled a time when his mother had spoken to him of hearing the chimes when she was but a little girl.  In her waning years she mourned the fact that people had grown less generous in their hearts with their gifts for the Christ Child.  Love and compassion for their fellow man had diminished; pomp and ceremony, hand in hand with greed and ambition taking root instead.  As a result, when an offering was made without the purest heart and intentions and it became only a show, it did not move the angels and justly did not merit the music of the chimes.  If the old man voiced this mournful insight it unfortunately fell on deaf ears. Everyone dismissed him as a senile old man. When he died some years later his poor old widow Madonna was left to fend for herself in a cruel, cruel world.




In a remote country village a number of miles from the city there lived a boy named Pedro and his little brother Pepito. Their parents had been dead for more than a year and Pedro as the sole provider had done his best to support them.  Pepito had overheard so much about the city’s Christmas celebrations that he pleaded and pleaded with his elder brother to take him to the church.  Not having the heart to say no, Pedro bundled some dry rations, mainly hard bread, a clump of hard, moldy cheese and some grain, in a cloth then tied its ends and slung it over his shoulder. They set out at dawn, both dressed in several layers to escape the bitter, bone chilling cold and skins of water hung at their waists. The day before Christmas was bitterly cold with frigid temperatures plunging below zero and made worse by thrashing winds that whipped and punished any wayward soul who dared venture outside.




For untold hours the boys trudged to cover the great distance to the city. Huddled together, they walked hand in hand bending their backs to brace themselves against the strong winds. The icy drizzle mercilessly chilled them to the very marrow of their bones.  By dusk they were tired, famished and exhausted, almost unable to take another step, yet the lights of the big city now visible just ahead, egged them to soldier on.




Panting, they at long last approached the gates of the city. Fortunately the gates were still wide open, expecting more visitors. As they were about to enter, Pedro spotted something dark on the snow off to the side of the road, and so veered off to take a closer look.   It was a poor beggar woman who had obviously suffered a mishap and fallen into the shallow ditch.  Stranded, she lay there half-dead, too sick and shivering with cold to rise up or call for help. Rushing over, Pedro helped her to sit up and draped his threadbare coat over her shoulders to bring her some warmth. She looked so pale and had difficulty speaking. He helped her take some tentative sips from his water skin. Then, looking up, he addressed his little brother, “It’s no use, Pepito. I can’t leave her in this condition. You go on ahead to the church.”

“Alone?” cried Pepito in a fearful voice.  “No, I can’t.  I can’t let you will miss the Christmas Festival.”

“You are brave, just go on by yourself. I’ll be here when you come back.  I can’t leave her.” Pedro answered sternly. He looked at her face and smiled encouragingly. “Poor old lady, her face looks like the Madonna in the chapel window.”

“Madonna” the old woman opened her tear stained eyes slightly and smiled at Pedro.




“Go on. I can’t leave her in this state; she will surely freeze to death if nobody stays with her.”  Then Pedro reached deep into to his inner pocket and withdrew a treasured object for his little brother to take. Then with the choking sound of disappointment he added: “If you get a chance, little brother, to slip up to the altar without getting in anyone’s way, please take this little copper piece of mine and lay it down as our offering when no one is looking. That way it will be the same as me going there. “




Pepito reluctantly left Pedro with a heavy heart.  The great church was truly a magnificent place that night. The decorations, lights and glitter, all the displays, riches he’d never seen the like of before simply took his little breath away. A small urchin like himself was virtually invisible amidst the procession as they took their gifts for the Christ Child to the altar.




Some worshipers laid down wonderful jewels; some gave baskets with massive amounts of gold so heavy they could scarcely carry them down the aisle.  A famed author laid down his prized work, a book he had, after many years, just completed.  



Then the King appeared in all his majesty hoping, like the least petitioner, to win for himself the music of the Christmas chimes. A great murmur rippled through the church as the people witnessed the King taking his priceless golden crown, set with diamonds and rare precious gems, from his head and laying it to  gleam on the alter as his offering to the Christ Child.




“Surely, “They intoned in unison, “Surely we shall hear the bells now.” But the chimes did not ring. Not even a whimper was heard.  When the gifts were all on the altar, the choir began the closing hymn.




The disappointed crowd grumbling under their breath slowly began to disperse. Suddenly the organist stopped playing, and everyone looked aghast at the old Priest, who was holding up his hand for silence.  

“What’s this?”




When the people strained their ears there came resonating through the air, softly but distinctly, the heavenly music of the chimes in the tower!

The divine music seemed so far away and yet so clear.  The notes were so much sweeter than any sound they had ever heard.  Melody rising and falling in the sky was so entrancing that the people in the church held their breath and stood perfectly still.




Then they all stood up together and stared at the altar, wanting to see what great gift had awakened these long-silent chimes. But all the nearest of them saw was the figure of Pepito, who had crept softly down the aisle, perfectly unseen and placed Pedro’s little piece of copper on the altar.

The End



Merry Christmas  Everyone