Chinese Zodiac Signs: The Rooster

The Rooster is one of the dozen yearly signs that appear on the Chinese Zodiac. As the calendar rotates to a new sign every year, the Rooster occurs at 12-year intervals. Past Rooster years included 1933, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005. 2017 will be another Rooster year.

According to legend, individuals born in the year of the Rooster resemble the barnyard animal. They’re confident, sure of themselves, and very self-assured – they are, in a word, cocky. Although this adjective is often used to describe people in a negative way, the attributes of the Rooster also have tremendous potential. The self-confidence and drive possessed by classic Roosters can make them into leaders and achievers.

Another aspect of this personality is an attraction to honesty. This can go so far as to be off-putting; Roosters are not the sort of people who conceal their opinions or tell white lies. This can make them confrontational from time to time, but it also makes them implicitly trustworthy. People don’t have to deal with a lot of uncertainty when they’re trying to determine a Rooster’s opinion.

People born in a Chinese Rooster year are great at motivating themselves, and many of them find it easy to share that motivation with others. This is part of what makes them natural leaders. Roosters have a tendency to make decisions quickly, commit to a certain course of action, and then follow it through with determination. Getting off to a fast start is never a problem for a Rooster; the challenge lies in convincing them to change course once they’re already moving.

Within the limitations of their always-truthful nature, Roosters can be extremely sociable. Roosters love attention and social interaction; these are the type of people who find it natural to join a party and smoothly gravitate their way into being the centre of attention. Roosters are terrific icebreakers, and they’re never ashamed to talk themselves up.

One of the risks of the Rooster personality is a tendency towards over-achievement. Roosters tend to set lofty goals, and they can push themselves (and others!) too far in the quest to achieve those goals. Roosters tend to succeed more often than they fail, though, and they tend to rack up accomplishments worth being proud of.

These men and women are confident, extroverted people. When they overstep themselves, they risk becoming abrasive. Roosters who possess self-restraint to go along with their self-confidence tend to be charming, accomplished, and inspirational in the way they interact with others.