Intro for February 1, 2018

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 1, 2018 14:30:31 February 1, 2018 14:30:31

Dear Gossips,

Exactly a year ago today, Beyoncé set the Instagram record for most likes when she announced that she was pregnant with twins. Beyoncé was born under the sign of the Rooster. Last year was the Year of the Rooster. The Year of the Rooster will end soon, giving way to the Year of the Dog, which begins on February 16, Lunar New Year. So we have 12 business days to get through the annual advisories for each sign in the Chinese zodiac. 

For those of you who are new to this blog, we have an annual tradition here at LaineyGossip: I post Chinese zodiac readings passed on to me from my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, for the year ahead. And ma has also prepared a number of lucky charms for those born under the sign of the zodiac that, this year, will need it the most. Luck operates on rhythm; it rises and it falls. No sign will be lucky all the time. Some signs will be luckier than others. Good luck doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the sh-t and can you do anything you want. Bad luck isn’t necessarily bad, sometimes it just means good luck is taking her time to arrive, waiting to see if you deserve it. If you’re running a good luck streak, you have to be just as careful as you would if you’re on a bad luck streak. Because luck is fragile, fleeting, and fickle. You must always respect and protect it. 

A note to everyone before we begin though, particularly for this year. We are about to begin a Fire year. Through all the years that we’ve been doing this, ma has tried to simplify her zodiac readings as much as possible because it can get to be quite a science. For this year, however, since the strength of the Fire could potentially be quite strong, she wanted me to try to explain the Five Elements because they have an impact on the advisories. Traditional Chinese culture is governed by Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Wood, and Water. Each of us belongs to one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. And we also all have our corresponding elements. The elements can work together or they can work against each other. This is the relationship between the elements: 

Earth helps Metal
Metal helps Water
Water helps Wood
Wood helps Fire 
Fire helps Earth

Earth hinders Water
Water hinders Fire
Fire hinders Metal
Metal hinders Wood
Wood hinders Earth

Here’s where it can get kind of confusing though: the elements and the Chinese zodiac don’t always have to match up. For example, this year itself will be a Fire year. But a child born this year, after February 16, during the Year of the Dog, will be a Wood Dog, not a Fire Dog. This is some sophisticated feng shui/astrology sh-t that we don’t have to examine that too closely right now. Ma says all we need to know is that Fire is the element that will be felt much more strongly than others this year. Fire is not calming. Fire can hurt and burn – our relationships, our careers, our finances. So we all need to hydrate, no matter our sign, no matter the element, but certain people born to and of certain signs and elements have to be extra careful. Like if you have a summer birthday, whatever your sign and element, you want to stay cool. 

Ready? The 12 Days of Chinese New Year begins now, with the Rooster.

Those born under the sign of the Rooster will have a sunny star shining on them during this Year of the Dog. The sunny star could bring career glory. But do not rush your luck. And be careful who you trust. Those in the sun will always attract jealousy. Which means that betrayal is never far away. Also, because you’re in the sun, you have to watch your heat levels, as previously noted, the heat is on this year because of the energy from the element of Fire. Stay healthy. Be vigilant about injuries. 

Roosters may have some major decisions to make this year, decisions that could have an impact for many, many years to come. Be ready for them and take them seriously. 

1945 Water Rooster – since water hinders fire, Roosters born this year might have some night luck: money that comes in when the sun is down, like from gambling or the lottery. 

1957 Fire Rooster – it’s going to be busy for Roosters born this year, a lot of work could run you down, and since you are of fire during a year of Fire, you should take time to relax, don’t go beyond your limits, and make sure to get lots of rest. 

1969 Earth Rooster – you may benefit from the attention of a generous benefactor this year who will help you to great success at work. Don’t forget to be thankful. 

1981 Wood Rooster – you will be an inspiration this year to people who look to you as a model for achievement. 

1993 Metal Rooster – there may be successful entrepreneurial opportunities for Roosters born this year and you could see solid gains in business. 

2005 Water Rooster – this young Rooster may be vulnerable to distractions this year. If you have one in your life or if you are the parent of one, watch over them closely, pay attention, and try not to miss any signs. 

Love should be smooth for all Roosters during the Year of the Dog if you can avoid the Fire and maintain chill. If you are a single Rooster, be open to romance and “go for it”, ma says. If you are a coupled Rooster, celebrate your anniversary, go on holiday. That said, remember the sunny star that’s shining on you this year. You don’t want to get too hot on holiday. Travel and have fun but manage your risks. Don’t let any hasty, silly lapses in judgement bring down your shine. 

All Roosters should be attentive to health changes this year. See the doctor as soon as the Lunar New Year begins for a full checkup with full blood work. Be particularly cautious about your bones.  

Between March 5 to April 4, watch your investments. Don’t be greedy or it will cost you everything. And mind your step, like actually. Don’t trip. 

May and June mark the beginning of Fire season. Manage your moods. Stay calm if there are relationship conflicts. Do not let small arguments get out of control. If you’re able to mitigate the heat or avoid it, you may get away with a small cut. If not, you risk a bigger cut. Cuts can be figurative and literal. 

In July and August, there’s a swindle alert. Do not trust too easily. 

In September and October, you should approach decisions and dilemmas without drama, calmly. There may be many around you offering opinions, wanting to have their say. Clear your head, block out the noise, and do what is best for you, not them.  

There are romantic possibilities between December 7 and January 5, 2019. This is a great time to meet new people, to get out and socialise, go on holiday. You’ll have a great time during this period, all the way until February 3, 2019, but don’t get out of hand with the partying and do not lower your defences. Remember that luck does not enjoy arrogance and doesn’t reward the irresponsible. 

Monkey, you’re up next tomorrow. 

Yours in gossip,

Lainey 
 

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John Lamparski/ Getty Images

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