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

The Rooster is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) yǒu (酉), and the hours 5–7 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rooster is yin.

According to legends, roosters are able to protect against evil spirits. In ancient times, sworn brothers must swear to the heavens, then drip rooster blood into wine and drink it all.

Roosters are complex people who seem strong but, deep down, need validation from loved ones.

Recent years of the Rooster are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although yǒu is associated with metal, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1933 rén Yǒu Rooster Water Yin
1945 Yǒu Rooster Wood Yin
1957 ding Yǒu Rooster Fire Yin
1969 Yǒu Rooster Earth Yin
1981 xīn Yǒu Rooster Metal Yin
1993 guǐ Yǒu Rooster Water Yin
2005 Yǒu Rooster Wood Yin
2017 ding Yǒu Rooster Fire Yin
2029 Yǒu Rooster Earth Yin

Personality and characteristics

Roosters are serious in their work. They are straightforward and decisive in their actions. They’ll directly criticize what they see unfit and are perfectionists. They are logical and good at managing teams.

Family is a refuge and paradise for them. They wish for a large family—it means that there are more people to encourage and support them.

No matter how difficult something is, they won’t give up. But if someone is blocking their path, they will reveal their fierce side. They are terrifying if angered and get into arguments easily. Even if they lose, they’ll use various methods to convince others into their side.

Roosters really just need loved ones to validate them and encouragement to find themselves.

Element Year Fortune
Earth 1969, 2029 These Roosters are active. They love going on outings with friends. Patient and reliable, they gain trust easily. Everything is smooth in their career life. No efforts go to waste and they’ll gain satisfying results. However, they must be careful not to become too proud.
Metal 1921, 1981 These Roosters are very decisive and set off with a clear destination in mind. They think logically and are quite popular. However, Roosters with power will find it hard to connect well with co-workers. For true success in the workplace, they must learn to communicate and socialize well.
Water 1933, 1993 These Roosters are proud but don’t show off. They are intuitive and love beautiful things. They receive support and understanding from their leaders. These Roosters work well with others and will enjoy a happy retirement.
Wood 1945, 2005 These Roosters love joking around. They feel emotions strongly and crave affection. But they should learn to become more independent and face difficulties without relying on others. They are quite fortunate with wealth. Even if there are losses, gains follow close behind.
Fire 1957, 2017 These Roosters have strong time management skills and are trustworthy. They feel like they owe something if they don’t finish something in a timely manner. It’s tiring but this is what makes them happy. They have rocky relationships, but things settle down around their middle ages.

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

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

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

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

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

Compatibility

Most compatible with Rooster: Dragon, Snake, Ox

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

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

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

Least compatible with Rooster: Rabbit, Dog, Rooster

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

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

Lucky things for Roosters

  • Colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Numbers: 5, 7, 8
  • Mineral: strawberry crystal
  • Directions of auspiciousness: northeast, east
  • Directions of wealth: northwest
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: red, orange, purple
  • Numbers: 2, 5, 6

Careers fit for Roosters

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

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

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

Health and lifestyle

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

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

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

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

Horoscope

Roosters in the Year of the Pig (2019)

The 2018 Year of the Dog was a difficult year for Roosters.

Fortunately, the 2019 horoscope for Roosters unveils a somewhat more comfortable year ahead. While the coming months indicate that Roosters will have less demands on both their bodies and minds, they also have a mix of bad luck on the horizon as several inauspicious pitfalls may serve to turn this year into yet another run of bad luck.

Roosters will do better to try and relax in times of low stress instead of looking for their next challenge. They should focus on the shining sun and enjoy the moments of leisure that life can bring. These major themes are essential to surviving this year unscathed. Roosters should also try to refrain from spending too much time near funerals or in hospitals as they are bound to absorb some of that bad energy if they do.

Career

Roosters' 2019 horoscope display moderate luck with regards to your career, but it will need prodding to go in a positive direction. Be sure to seize the initiative and work hard as success will not come easy this year; however, don’t fret as it doesn’t mean that it is impossible. As a matter of fact, there are good odds that hard work will attract the positive attention of your superiors. Through this, you may be up for a raise or even a small promotion.

In the end, Roosters will have to put a lot of effort into making their careers positive this year, but the outcome will be worth it. Moreover, your friends will be of great help to you when it comes to your career and business.

For those Roosters who are working for commission, especially in the insurance and real estate sectors, you must plan ahead and be prepared for a year with big ups and downs. To smooth out the bad times, Roosters must not act impulsively and should not take any chances on large investments, no matter how inviting the opportunities may seem.

Remember not to throw away money on luxury items this year as Roosters may experience rainy days ahead. Try to save up as much as you can. You will be glad that you did.

Luckiest Months: March 3rd – June 15th

Unluckiest Months: August 21st – December 8th

Education

Roosters will not experience the smoothest year in their academic pursuits. Temptation to pursue social exploits instead of studying will consistently plague your scholarly efforts. This is something of a double-edged sword as your friends and peer relationships will help with your studies but can also serve as the source of your distraction. Remind yourself of your goals and surround yourself with driven individuals to succeed this year.

Health

Roosters are more vulnerable to accidents in the Year of the Pig 2019. As such, pay attention to your driving habits, your health, and what you eat. High stress levels are also certain to be abundant this year, so try to keep yourself in check. Stress is often referred to as the silent killer. When you feel pressured, take a deep breath and everything will be just fine.

Relationships

The love horoscope for Roosters in 2019 shows that there may be some significant changes in your love life. For unattached Roosters, you will discover suitable prospects and learn a lot about yourself while doing so. As for single female Roosters, you may get to experience that famous “love at first sight” experience, so don’t bury yourself too deep in your career or you may risk missing out. Male Roosters should also show off their best talents and traits in order to meet some nice new partners.

As for the married or attached Rooster, you need to be careful of your short temper and try not to fight over the little things. After you’ve had the chance to finally cool down, you will realize that there was no reason to get aggravated in the first place.

Lifestyle

Although there will be some discord among your objectives this year, Roosters must stay focused and work hard to achieve their goals.

The most help for Roosters will come from the people in their immediate social circles. So, make sure to surround yourself will people who expect more of you. This will help bring you to new heights and propel you to achieve the goals you desire.

Roosters in the Year of the Dog (2018)

The 2018 Year of the Dog has more unlucky events for Roosters. Each step must be considered before acting.

Problems in the workplace can lead to low spirits and low health. In order to stay safe, Roosters should be more careful than before. Try maintaining a low profile and obeying laws.

Career

The career will not be very smooth for Roosters this year. Problems will constantly arise and any carelessness can lead to failure.

It’s easy to become the target of petty people or accidentally anger managers. Roosters must keep a low profile and think carefully before acting. Finances will be stable this year, but the same care must be put in. Otherwise, the consequences are dire.

Successful months are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), April (May 15-June 13) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), June (July 13-August 10), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).

Education

Bad health and spirits will decrease the motivation to learn. In order to prevent grades from slipping, Roosters must take good care of their health.

They will want to keep to themselves this year. But stepping out of their ivory tower and connecting with friends is a good way to regain strength.

Health

It’s easy for Roosters to contract diseases this year. There is high risk of liver and kidney disease. Those with bad habits should try to quit smoking and drinking.

In January and June, Roosters must pay attention to food sanitary. In December, they should dress warmly and avoid catching a cold. Small problems can easily turn quite serious this year.

Healthy months are: September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019)

Months where Dogs must be careful with their health are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Relationships

The bad luck for Roosters is involved in relationships as well. Because of stress from work and health, they will often be in bad moods. This makes it so much easier to lose their temper.

No matter how hard things are, Roosters must control their emotions. Communication is the key to mutual understanding and tolerance.

The sweet months are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14) and April (May 15-June 13).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12), July (August 11-Sept 9) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Lifestyle

The directions of fortune and wealth for Roosters this year are the southeast, southwest and west. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room. To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the north and west.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 2 and 9.

The lucky colors in 2018 are yellow, white and purple. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are blue and gray.

2018 is a difficult year. But for the ever-changing Rooster, it could be a hard lesson on perseverance and controlling emotions.

Overall, if Roosters fix their bad habits and open up more, they’ll have nothing to worry about in life!