The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster

Roosters hold an important position in Chinese culture as they signify the start of a new day. They represent fidelity and punctuality. Those born during the Year of the Rooster exhibit many great traits like resourcefulness, confidence, and ambition. People born under the sign of the Rooster are popular and enjoy being the center of attention. Of course, Roosters have their flaws and can be arrogant, self-aggrandizing, and superficial.

Basic Astrology Elements

Though most people are aware of the yearly assignment of the Chinese Zodiac signs, Chinese astrology digs deeper and each sign is also tied to a month, day, and hours. The sign of the year you were born represents how you present yourself, your birth month represents your inner self, the day of your birth is your true self, and the hour you were born reveals your secret self. Figuring out your 4 pillars can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

The Rooster is in the 10th position of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

Years of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: 酉 You

Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Metal (Jin)

Yin Yang: Yin

Chinese Symbol: The Year of the Rooster

Season: Autumn

Lunar Month: 8th

Gregorian Date and Western Zodiac Equivalent: Sep 8 – Sep 22 Virgo or Sep 23 – Oct 7 Libra

Solar Term and Longitude: 164°白露 báilù or 181°秋分 qiūfēn

Hours (based on local solar time): 17:00 – 18:59 This is the time when Roosters begin to get back to their coops.

Days: Zodiac animal of the day you were born can be calculated here:

Personality Traits

People born under the sign of the Rooster are often well liked and happily thrive when they’re in a group or crowd. They love the attention of others and they will seize any opportunity to exhibit their charm and beauty. Roosters are independent and have a strong sense of self, relying very little on others. For all their charm beauty, roosters are often vain and possess quick tempers. They wither and get agitated when the spotlight is no longer shining on them.

Positive Traits: Hard working, Beautiful, Independent, Honest, Observant, Capable, Quick minded, Courageous

Negative Traits: Arrogant, Self-aggrandizing, Impatient, Critical, Selfish, Eccentric, Narrow minded, Vain

Elemental Variations

Like all the signs, Rooster personalities are affected by their elemental variation, which can bring out the best or the worst of a rooster’s traits.

Water Rooster: 1933 and 1993

Smart, and quick minded, water roosters always find solutions for any situation. They are patient and never give up in their tasks. Though they are proud like all roosters, water roosters aren’t boastful. They are frank and outspoken and don’t realize when they have offended someone. Water roosters usually do well in work, but need to be cautious not to butt heads with their colleagues. They are soft hearted and sentimental in love, but can be carried away and turn possessive. Through their hard work, they are able to achieve great wealth.

Wood Rooster: 1945 and 2005

Wood roosters are genial and considerate. They are the type of people who would do anything for their friends. They are scrupulous and never rash with their decisions. This can lead to some frustrations at work because their colleagues feel they are often unfair. Wood roosters thrive when they are surrounded by others and put great importance on family. The downside of this is that they often become too dependent on others and lack the perseverance to strike out on their own. They are unstable in wealth and work, though they do get lucky. They are passionate, but their love is fleeting and wood roosters enjoy messing around.

Fire Rooster: 1957 and 2017

Independent and smart, fire roosters make confident leaders. They are independent and private and dislike intimacy. They value vigorous exercise and dislike anyone who lives a sedentary, boring life. Fire roosters are short tempered and easily frustrated when they don’t live up to their own expectations. They enjoy challenging and competitive work. They have rich, emotional romantic lives, but easily get into fights with their partner. They have some luck in wealth, but only if they work hard.

Earth Rooster: 1969

Earth roosters are precocious charmers who love to chase after the opposite sex. It’s difficult for them to resist temptation and often stray in relationships. Earth roosters are conscientious and solve problems through patience and perseverance. They are adventurous and are happiest when they travel to meet new friends. They are very proud and unwilling to accept others’ opinions. Earth roosters usually have good luck in wealth and career. They often live very happy lives after they settle down with a suitable partner.

Metal Rooster: 1981

Metal roosters possess the clearest consciousness of all 12 signs. No matter the circumstance, they are cool headed, clear, and logical thinkers. They are independent workers who never give up or compromise to finish their goals. This ethos has its downsides and most people find metals roosters too stubborn and inflexible. Their keen observational skills help them perform well in work. Though their boss values them, they often come off as condescending to their colleagues. Metal roosters tend to have happy marriages because they value family.

Career Options

Roosters generally do well in their chosen career. They are enthusiastic in everything they do and never give up. They’re easily adaptable and can thrive in any work environment. Roosters are highly motivated and dedicated to their careers. They are independent, self-sufficient workers that thrive in jobs that let them shine.

Best Career Options: Athlete, Dentist, Surgeon, Police Officer, Fashion Designer, Beautician, Restaurant Owner


Roosters have uneven luck in most aspects of their life. If they keep their heads down and work hard, their luck tends to pick up, especially in their career.

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: Gold, Brown, Yellow
Lucky Flowers: Gladiola, Impatiens, Cockscomb
Lucky Directions: South, Southeast
Lucky Days: The 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
Lucky Months: The 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Numbers: 1, 3, 9
Unlucky Colors: White, Green
Unlucky Directions: East
Unlucky Months: The 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months


People born under the sign of the Rooster are charming, beautiful and friendly. They usually have no trouble attracting the opposite sex. Though roosters are flirtatious, they ultimately seek long lasting love and take care to choose a suitable partner. Roosters are loyal and devoted friends who always keep their promises. After they are done playing the field, they eventually settle down and have happy marriages.

Best Matches: Ox, Snake, and Dragon

Roosters pair well with people who don’t have traits that clash with their personality. Oxen and Roosters have complementary personalities. The Ox’s gentle and patient nature can help the Rooster overcome difficulties. Snakes and Roosters have similar personalities and truly understand each other. Roosters and Dragons share common goals and bolster each other’s confidence.

Worst Matches: Rat, Rabbit, Dog

Roosters despise criticism and do not pair well with people who are unwilling to compromise. The Dog’s hyper-critical nature clashes with the Rooster’s need for admiration. The Rabbit’s passive aggressive personality will frustrate the Rooster’s fighting spirit. Rats and Roosters are prone to fighting and never compromise with each other.

Good Friends: Tiger

Roosters get along with people who share their appreciation for the finer things in life. Tigers and Roosters share common interests and enjoy the finer things in life.