Year Of The Rooster: Chinese Horoscope

Known for putting on the greatest show on earth, Roosters are consummate performers. Whether talented or simply flamboyant, this Chinese zodiac sign turns heads and rocks the crown.
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Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

The personality of the Rooster in Chinese astrology

You know that person you can’t stop watching? Chances are, a Rooster’s caught your eye. Proud and cocky, Roosters strut around like the center of the universe. Pretty soon, they become just that. “Fake it ‘til you make it” is the Rooster motto. And it works! Roosters know how to spin themselves into legendary, A-list figures. Take hip-hop moguls Jay-Z and P. Diddy, two guys from the ‘hood who became restaurateurs, business owners and CEOs of major record labels.

Roosters make up for what they lack in experience, knowledge, even talent, by putting on a damn good show. Can Britney Spears sing? Is Diddy a great rapper? Who’s Paris Hilton again? Nobody really cares—we just want a good performance. Judgmental as can be, Roosters aren’t afraid to spew a sharp opinion, whether they know what they’re talking about or not. If they sound like authorities or seem in the know, people listen. Like the comb of an actual rooster, hair is everything. The people of this sign usually have a distinctive mop, often spiky, gelled or styled into an unforgettable crown.

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The Rooster is ruled by the planet Mercury

The Rooster is ruled by the planet Mercury, which governs communication, analytical thinking and control. In Western astrology, Mercury is associated with Gemini and Virgo. Of the two, the vigilant Rooster is most like Virgo.

The “Animal Planets” (Chinese astrology planetary rulers)

Rat: Jupiter
Ox: Saturn
Tiger: Uranus
Rabbit: Neptune
Dragon: Mars
Snake: Venus
Horse: Mercury
Sheep: Moon
Monkey: Sun
Rooster: Mercury
Dog: Venus
Pig: Pluto

Other traits of the Rooster Chinese astrology sign

Western Sign: Virgo

Compatible With: Ox, Snake

Famous Roosters (these celebrities were born in a Year of the Rooster): Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Brown, Matthew McConaughey, Gwen Stefani, Marilyn Manson, Diddy, Ellen DeGeneres, Anna Kournikova, Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton, Serena Williams, Ivanka Trump, Ray J, Vanna White, Russell Simmons, Donny Osmond, Spike Lee, Jennifer Hudson, Casey Neistat, Ariana Grande, Zayn Malik, Meghan Trainor, Jack Black, Terrence Howard, Meghan Markle, Morgan Wallen, Pete Davidson

The 5 Elements of Chinese Astrology

The Chinese zodiac is divided into five key elements of nature, or Wu Xing: wood, water, metal, fire and earth. Each lunar year is governed by a different element.

Years Ending in are ruled by:
0-1: Metal
2-3: Water
4-5: Wood
6-7: Fire
8-9: Earth

Years of the Rooster and their element

1933: Water Rooster
1945: Wood Rooster
1957: Fire Rooster
1969: Earth Rooster
1981: Metal Rooster
1993: Water Rooster
2005: Wood Rooster
2017: Fire Rooster
2029: Earth Rooster

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