The Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster starts on Saturday (January 28). After the last 12-months which were ruled by the irreverent and hyperactive Fire Monkey it will come as a welcome relief for many to have a more predictable and stable lead. Rooster likes things to be in order. He’s a stickler for punctuality and rather OCD when it comes to neatness.
This year first impressions count and hard work is rewarded. Don’t expect quick wins or get-rich-quick schemes to pay off. Loyalty, commitment and family values are high on Rooster’s agenda. Focus on these areas over the next year and you could end up ruling the roost.
Need To Know: There’s much to do this year, you need to be quick on your feet as Rooster will be mortar-bombing you with many challenges. Use your wit and charm to avoid any confrontation – be warned there’s going to be a lot!
Money Matters: You could strike gold this year but wait before splashing the cash as there may be a few unexpected bills to pay.
Passion or Pain: Love is in the air for both singles and those in relationships. Date nights need to be factored in. And bundles of joy may arrive unexpectedly.
Rooster Tip: You’re going to be judged on your appearance this year so smarten up.
Need To Know: Your Rooster buddy is going to ensure you have a year of fun and frolics. Make the most of this well-starred time, pursue opportunities and forge strong alliances, because after 2017 the tide may turn.
Money Matters: Stay away from high-risk ventures and any form of gambling if you want to keep your finances in the black.
Passion or Pain: A hectic schedule is going to play havoc with relationships. Whether you’re single or in a partnership, make time for the pursuit of love.
Rooster Tip: Be careful that a close friend or associate doesn’t walk off with something you value.
Need To Know: Fortune favours the brave but even though you will try with all your might, fight the good fight, you may find Rooster sadly lacking in rewards. Stay strong though because fruitful times are coming.
Money Matters: Financial prospects are good. You may receive a promotion or for those self-employed a new product will be well-received or unexpected customers will come a calling.
Passion or Pain: Love is well-starred for singles but you may need to open your eyes a little wider to see it. Those in relationships will find role playing a welcome distraction.
Rooster Tip: Do not engage in battles, you will not win.
Need To Know: It’s going to be a challenging year because Rooster doesn’t appreciate your laid-back approach to life. He’ll want to stick a firecracker somewhere the sun don’t shine. So if you don’t want to get scorched, buck up.
Money Matters: A lender nor a borrower be. Think long and hard before making any financial decisions.
Passion or Pain: Social and business networks can grow this year which is great for singles. However, there could be the parting of the ways for those in relationships.
Rooster Tip: It goes against your grain but you need to develop more grasping ways.
Need To Know: It’s all about you this year as Rooster is in awe of your majesty and power. Everything you touch will turn to gold, friendships will blossom, home life will be full of comfort, and business will be full of fortune. Roll with it!
Money Matters: You have an innate ability of attracting wealth. The cash flows this year, whether you have your own business or are employed, so you can afford to treat yourself to even more of life’s luxuries.
Passion or Pain: You’re usually more in love with yourself than those around you but this year you’ll find yourself more flirtatious and open to the possibility of there being anyone more gorgeous and lovable than you.
Rooster Tip: Avoid work or projects that dull your spirits as it will dim your glow.
Need To Know: Rooster encourages you to shed your skin and be reborn this year. If you do, he will reward you, if you don’t, then expect things to remain at a standstill.
Money Matters: Finances will change for the better, especially if you explore and develop new skills. Opportunities will present themselves from unexpected places and sources.
Passion or Pain: Go with the flow and the scales will fall from your eyes, you’ll find yourself attracted to a very different type of person. If you embrace this energy new and old relationships can blossom.
Rooster Tip: Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.
Need To Know: You run before you can walk, leap before you look, but Rooster is having none of your impulsive ways, reigning you in every step of the way. You may not like these constraints but they will turn out to your advantage over the course of the year.
Money Matters: Financial opportunities will come in various guises some of which may involve oversees travel. Make the most of this buoyant climate.
Passion or Pain: It’s never difficult for you to make friends but often you find the transition into something more meaningful difficult. Rooster is going to make it a lot easier. Go for it!
Rooster Tip: Use unconventional means to gain attention and to get ahead.
Need To Know: Stay out of the spotlight, keep your head below the parapet, if you want to avoid a year of discontentment and disharmony. Life can be good with Rooster but he will expect his pound of worms.
Money Matters: It’s a good year to start new ventures or undertake new projects. As long as you invest time in these start-ups and put your nose to the grindstone Rooster will be happy to lend support.
Passion or Pain: You’re known to let you heart rule your head even when alarm bells are ringing. You can often become clingy or overly dependent on the object of your affection. The good news is: You’ll not get the chance this year. The Bad news is: Ditto.
Rooster Tip: Curb your tongue if you want to avoid unpleasant situations.
Need To Know: Ever the optimist you will always find a silver lining, your cup will always be half full. Unfortunately, your infectious optimism drives Rooster nuts. You’re advised to keep your cards close to your chest and play his game and you may just find his beady stare turns elsewhere.
Money Matters: Income will come through multiple channels and you may even find yourself in a new role. A hobby or investment could start bringing in the bucks. Hold off from any unnecessary expenditure, focus on decreasing debt.
Passion or Pain: It’s not the most romantic of years but you’ll have lots of friends around you to ease the drought. Those in an existing relationship would be wise to keep an eye out for wandering hands.
Rooster Tip: Always remember you are much loved and celebrated.
Need To Know: This is your year so make the most of it. You’ll find yourself in the right place at the right time and you will know when to push against the door and when to conserve your energy and hold back. As cock of the walk show off your swagger. Now is your time to shine.
Money Matters: You will have the opportunity to shift your career in a new direction but you’d be wise to keep irons in the other fires while it’s in its infancy. Lottery wins and windfalls from investments are well starred.
Passion or Pain: Be more tender and romantic with a partner, you’ll be surprised at what comes back! Singles will be spoilt for choice, lavished with compliments and bathed in flattery. Have fun but don’t take anything too seriously.
Rooster Tip: Don’t waste headspace dwelling on the past.
Need To Know: You share very different values from showboating Rooster but while he’s off strutting his stuff you’ll be free to explore a host of new opportunities that will be presented to you, some of which will involve further study, training and trips abroad.
Money Matters: Finances may become tight if you don’t act wisely or are tempted to invest in material items you want, rather than need. Don’t get sidetracked.
Passion or Pain: Beware of jealousy and mistrust rearing their ugly heads in relationships this year. You’d be wise to ignore flirtations. If you’re single, you will likely be disappointed by people failing to deliver.
Rooster Tip: Watch your temper, it could get you into serious trouble.
Need To Know: Do not overly concern yourself with other people’s problems and dramas this year – of which there will be many thanks to Rooster – and you’ll find life can be sweet. There may be times when you feel alone, even isolated, but these will soon pass with the help of those closest to you.
Money Matters: It’s a year to splash the cash as you’ll find a constant flow of the green stuff making its way to you. A project or new venture with a partner brings luck.
Passion or Pain: New people will be coming into your sphere and may spell the start of an important relationship. Don’t open up, share past indiscretions, if you want it to turn a fling into something more meaningful. In a relationship? Stop being comfortable, shake things up.
Rooster Tip: Don’t rest on your laurels.
Get ready for the ride of your life as 2017 is going to be full of fun and adventure for Awesome Aries. There’s going to be plenty of new opportunities and it’s the perfect time to start any new ventures.
You’re entering a new emotional stage where you’ll find it easier to express your true feelings. If you’re already in a relationship make the most of this new period of expression as it will work wonders on your love life. Ask and you will get! Looking for romance? There’s no better time than now to meet “The One”.
Don’t settle for the mundane. 2017 opens many doors and with it comes many new career opportunities. Focus on the things and activities you enjoy as this is where new sources of revenue can be potentially tapped.
Your energy levels will be high this year but, our Witch Twitch warns, don’t overdo it on the exercise front or you may find yourself in A&E and out of action for a long while.
Victoria Beckham – It’s going to be a truly spectacular year for the savvy designer. Our Witch Twitch says she’ll start a new business venture that will skyrocket. But, we warn, she needs to listen to her gut instincts when it comes to old relationships and friendships. There are several smiles which mask envy.
Despite having increased energy in 2017 Trustworthy Taurus are going to find it hard to focus on any one thing which may result in challenging situations both at work and at home. The key is to find balance – and keep hold of that waspish tongue!
Love is in the air so if you’re single and looking to mingle there’s every chance you’ll find it. It’s important to break out of your comfort zone this year, be open to date the opposite of your normal type. And don’t be put off by someone’s choice of shoe colour! In a relationship? You’ll find your partner will respond if you share your feelings. It’s time to take things to a higher level.
Your creative juices are flowing this year and could see a rise in your status or even fame calling. The key to success in 2017 is to network. If you do this successfully, you’ll find yourself in the right place, at the right time. Keep an eye on unnecessary expenses. You really don’t need that new Rolex or extra Louis Vuitton bag.
Watch what you eat this as you’ll find too much of a good thing will see the pounds pile on but you won’t have the desire to shed them. If you don’t want to ditch the gourmet, shrink the plate size.
Gigi Hadid - The American fashion model, burgeoning designer and girlfriend of singer Zayn Malik is going to face many challenges this year, mostly concerning her work/life balance. Our Witch Twitch says she needs to embrace new opportunities and experiences – and not be scared to break out of the mould – even if loved ones don’t approve. It’s your moment to shine.
Slow and steady wins the race for Gorgeous Gemini in 2017. This year is about building on the past, preparing for the future. They’ll be hurdles at work to overcome and you’ll be puzzled by the number of people opposing your ideas. Remain calm and true to yourself and you’ll find these difficulties will simply vanish.
A new love is on the cards this year – even if you’re already in existing relationship. For the footloose and fancy free you may find yourself looking differently at a friend. Go on, what have you got to lose? Those committed, the stars show there may be some difficulties in the coming year. There may be some tough decisions to make but, our Witch Twitch warns, the grass isn’t always greener.
Work will be slow and steady this year. On a positive note this will afford you the time to focus on projects outside of work that can potentially advance your career in the long term. Keep an eye out for an opportunity to work with a foreign business source – it could be very fruitful going forward.
You’re at a physical peak but be careful not to let external factors play havoc on your mental state. Use 2017’s improved physical strength lay the groundwork for forthcoming years where energy may be reduced.
Angelina Jolie – Following on from a tumultuous year, 2017 is going to be a time of consolidation for the beautiful actress, director and humanitarian. Our Witch Twitch says she will find more peace within herself which may help her to realise what she has loved - and lost. It may not be over.
There’s a major personality shift in store for Considerate Cancer in 2017 which will see them viewing the world from an entirely different perspective. Hard shells will crumble revealing their soft and vulnerable interiors, and they will choose to forget the past and focus on the present. They’ll finally understand it’s the here and now that’s important.
It’s a good year for love. If you’re in a relationship, it’s important to go with the flow as it will strengthen existing ties and re-ignite any dwindling passion. Take the lead, make suggestions, your partner will be only too happy to embrace the new you. Singletons should get out and about as much as possible; join a new club, take up a new fitness class, socialise with old chums, because this is where love is lurking.
You’ll be swamped with work but don’t worry you’ll have the energy and capacity to absorb everything that is thrown at you. The cash will be flowing. Word of caution though it’s not a good year to challenge authority as this could damage your professional reputation.
Watch out that your physical fitness doesn’t suffer as a result of your workload. Schedule in a weekly massage – and, at the very least, do make sure you go out for a 10-minute walk at lunchtime.
Tom Cruise – We’re going to see a whole new side to the gifted, but often misunderstood, Hollywood star in 2017. Our Witch Twitch says he’ll take on a role that’s against type that will show a softer side to the actor. We’re also expecting a new love to emerge.
Whether it’s romance you’re looking for or success in your career the world is for the taking for Lovely Leos in 2017. All that glitters will turn to gold. It’s simply a matter of believing in yourself to achieve what others would conceive as the impossible.
You will learn to understand yourself a whole lot better and, as such, will be focused on what you truly desire. Relationships will deepen; singles may decide to move in with a partner or to even get engaged. Life will be filled with romance whether you’re single or in an existing relationship. Our Witch Twitch says it doesn’t get better than this.
Pinch yourself. Yes, this is your life. You’ll be swimming in an ocean full of opportunities, buoyed by an abundance of cash. Professional offers will come flooding in throughout the year it’s simply your job to grab them. Schmooze the powers that be and you cannot lose. If that wasn’t enough our Witch Twitch says expect a Lottery win or an old investment coming to fruition.
Be sure to eat sensibly and to exercise moderately in 2017 as there will be occasions when your health and wellbeing will be tested.
Meghan Markle – The heavens are smiling on the sexy Suits actress. Our Witch Twitch says her relationship with Prince Harry will go to another level – yes, we do predict an engagement - however, we warn there will be a few family tensions. But, this relationship, if SHE wants it to, is set to go the distance.
Life may seem like it’s being lived in the slow lane for Vivacious Virgo in 2017 but don’t be fooled there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Plans are being put into place that will have a positive effect on future outcomes. Trust in what you know to be true and you’ll find the wait will finally be over - you were born to win the race.
Love is being thrown to the wind and where it lands change will rule. It’s time to look at what’s real in your life, what’s not – and to make appropriate choices. For those looking for love seek and ye shall find. This may come with a move to a new house or job. If you’re in a relationship, it’s time to shake it up otherwise ship out and make room for the new.
Opportunities abound in 2017 it’s simply your job to recognize and then run with them. Doors once closed will now open. You can’t think big enough. There are no limitations so don’t create any. Finances improve on previous years. Expect windfalls from a Scratch Card win, a boot sale find or a forgotten investment.
Regular getaways will keep your wellbeing in balance this year. Be kinder to yourself and not so judgmental. Our Witch Twitch suggests taking up Iyengar Yoga as a way of releasing stress.
Idris Elba – It’s a slow start to the year for the enigmatic Luther star but he should enjoy it while it lasts because things are going to get crazily busy. Juggling work commitments with life is going to be challenging but with a gorgeous new woman by his side – yes, our Witch Twitch says there’s someone destined to knock this Newham star off his Toms this year – he’ll find a way. The good life just keeps getting better.
It’s been a long time coming for Lavish Libra as 2017 enters bursting with energy and positive vibes. This really is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts, with travel playing an important role in your life. If you’re looking for excitement, you’ll get it in golden ladlefulls this year.
As you stride through the universe with a new found confidence and flirtatious spirit you’ll attract a plethora of new admirers. It’s all about new beginnings for you this year. If you’re single, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Friends may play an important role in how you meet potential partners. If you’re already in a relationship things are going to get a lot more hot and spicy. If you want children now’s the time. However, our Witch Twitch warns give you partner space and don’t doubt them. Trust is the key.
Although not planned you’ll find yourself learning new skills this year. It may be in an existing role or you may be preparing for a new career. You may need to tighten your purse strings at least for the first half of the year.
All we need to say is: Stay away from junk food.
Simon Cowell – It’s going to be an exciting year for the TV and music mogul and X Factor judge. He’ll be able to sit back and look at everything he’s achieved while spending more quality time with family and friends. Our Witch Twitch even sees the glimmer of another mini me on the horizon.
It’s a case of taking one day at a time for Sensual Scorpio in 2017 as life will be like a rollercoaster, with extreme highs coupled with challenging lows. To navigate these demanding cosmic thrills and spills, our advice is to stay optimistic and don’t stray too far from your comfort zone. Stick to what you know and you may just find yourself enjoying a few rides on the more predictable, less nauseas, merry-go-round.
Being your normal enigmatic self will not bring love to your door this year. You need to be far more open, less secretive, about your wants and desires. Don’t play hard to get. If you’re single don’t be afraid to try on-line dating. While those already in a relationship need to listen to their partners and be far more ready with the olive branch.
There’s no quick fix or shortcuts this year when it comes to work. Get stuck in to projects and tasks with gusto. It’s going to be tough going but you will be financially rewarded for your efforts. Our Witch Twitch says that real estate is going to be particularly profitable but, be warned, expenses are likely to increase.
Fortunately, you’re going to feel full of beans this year. Capitalise on this increase in energy by upping your fitness regime but make sure you take time out to relax, too.
Drake – The Canadian rapper, singer and music producer starts 2017 how he means to go in, making sweet music with actress and singer Jennifer Lopez. The pair, now officially dubbed DraLo, will be having lots of fun together. As for the main man, our Witch Twitch says he needs to learn how to switch off from work. All work and no play…
Every action causes a reaction so Savvy Sagittarius need to be mindful of what they send out into the universe in 2017. It’s all there for the taking but attitude plays an influential part. Don’t overthink, but think before you speak. It may take some time to get the hang of this – you do afterall believe you are Master of the Universe - but you’ll get there in the end. And when you do the world will recognize your greatness, too.
If you’re true to yourself and follow your heart you won’t go wrong with love and romance this year. Be bullish and spontaneous and make the most of the here and now. If you’re single don’t waste time with people you don’t really care about, focus on what and who you truly want – and then go for it. In a relationship? It’s time to stop playing safe, throw a curve ball every now and again. Surprise gifts. Trips away. Your partner will respect you more for it.
Things at work, in your career, are going to get a lot more demanding. You’re going to need to be more organised and focused to make the most of the many opportunities that will present themselves this year. It’s important to be gracious to your colleagues as this will prove fortuitous in the months ahead. Finances are looking good but, our Witch Twitch, says to spend any extra cash wisely.
It’s not a year for pushing yourself physically as you are likely to sustain an injury. Go easy – and make sure you stretch before and after any exercise regime.
Miley Cyrus – The multi-award winning Wrecking Ball singer will enter a new, more mature, phase in her life this year. Our Witch Twitch says we’ll see a far less outlandish character who will reveal to the world just how super sassy she is. Watch this space.
Take time out to do the things you love and you’ll discover just how sweet life can be for Canny Capricorn in 2017. This year is about finding out what makes you tick and growing the confidence to express yourself more freely. The stars are showing you that anything is now possible.
Above all else, the focus this year is on learning to love yourself. Only when you can accept that you are faultless - inspite of your faults - will you be truly comfortable in a relationship. If you are single and looking for love try taking up a new hobby as this is where you’re likely to meet someone new. If you’re in a relationship you need to work harder at showing your partner that you do care.
You’ll be bursting with fresh and original ideas this year that have the potential to reap huge rewards. Don’t be afraid to share your plans with others as this could be a fast track to the big bucks. Money will certainly make your world go around this year.
With so much going on this year there will be times when you may find it difficult to switch off. This is likely to have a negative impact on your sleep patterns. Our Witch Twitch suggests spraying your pillow with lavender essence to break any cycle before it takes hold.
Calvin Harris – Expect to see some interesting collaborations from the award-winning I Created Disco DJ in 2017 that will keep the cash rolling in. He’ll be linked to a high profile lovely, too, but will want to keep this relationship under wraps to avoid the media circus he likes to avoid. Our Witch Twitch warns less is more on social media.
A lighter spirit will descend on Adventurous Aquarius in 2017, leading to a year driven by fun and frolics. You are often seen as the mysterious sign of the Zodiac but this year you will become more transparent, attracting a host of new people and experiences as a result. You’ll find yourself doing the hitherto unthinkable – and love every second of it!
For those already in a relationship you’ll find yourself more attracted – and therefore attractive – to your partner. Love becomes more meaningful, less frivolous, as you learn to value what the other brings to the party. Singles wanting love should look for it in unusual places. Go to the extreme – quite literally – by taking up a new hobby like skydiving or off roading as you need to find someone who shares your adventurous spirit.
Work is likely to be relatively dull this year, with no major shifts or promotions mapped in the heavenly constellations, which will suit you as most of your time will be taken up planning external activities. You may even find yourself making friends with colleagues – especially if they’re a Bungee Jumping junkie. Finances are in the ascendance – expect some unexpected gains!
With you enjoying so many adrenalin-fuelled pastimes this year you will need to find a counter balance to protect your wellbeing. Our Witch Twitch suggests taking up Metta Meditation – the more love you give, the more you will receive.
Preity Zinta – Life will find it’s zing again for the often controversial Indian actress and entrepreneur. In recent years, she has found herself swimming against the tide but 2017 will see her going with the flow. A new project, showcasing her comedic talents, will see her popularity increase, her back on top again. Our Witch Twitch says it’s time to step back into the limelight.
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes Passionate Pisces will reveal a new self to the world in 2017. It’s a transformative year for you where you’ll make many changes from the clothes you wear, the friends you keep and the work you choose to take on. A move is on the cards, too. Our Witch Twitch says be the change you wish to see in the world.
The heavens are surrounding you with a magnetic force this year that will make you irresistible to everyone. There’s no need to go looking for love as you’ll magically find yourself always in the right place at the right time. Even if you simply pop up for a pint of milk, you’ll find yourself chatting to a potential love interest. If you’re in a relationship, passions will soar. The new you will want to take the lead and explore the as yet untapped depths of the relationship. Two will truly become one.
Trust your instincts when it comes to career decisions this year and you’ll find that work becomes a breeze. That magnetic force we spoke about will also be active in the work environment, too, bringing you to the attention of some important Movers and Shakers. Now’s the time to show them who you are and share with them those ideas you’ve had stored in your head. Finances flow.
Run with the year’s transformative powers and you’ll find yourself brimming with energy. You’ll not feel this good again for several years so make the most of it.
Justin Bieber – Since his very public break up with singer Selena Gomez the Sorry singer has had many dalliances and flirtations but no real love. That’s all about to change this year. Our Witch Twitch sees him getting hot and heavy with a new lovely – and this one won’t be a flash in the pan. The stars also show the Canadian Wunderkid exploring new career opportunities which may see him on the Silver Screen. Our Witch Twitch says Ask. Belieb. Receive.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger