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Goodbye Monkey, Hello Rooster

by Stacey Kaplan LAc, LMT

January 28 2017 ushers in the year of the Rooster according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. I love reflecting on the year past and thinking about the year ahead through the lens of these animal signs. Looking back on 2016, a monkey seems the perfect animal to describe it. Let's see what the rooster has in store for us in 2017...

For me, and many other people I've talked to, 2016 was a year filled with phrases like "wow, how did that happen" and "that's not what I was expecting". A year of the unexpected. A year fit to be called monkey. Monkeys are intelligent, quick-witted, agile, curious and confident. They also have the potential to be manipulative and deceptive. This was a year filled with abundant creativity and change in so many different ways, some good, some not so much.

This Saturday marks a shift into the more calculated, predictable, organized sign of the rooster. Roosters are hard working, confident and trustworthy. They are also highly social, crave the limelight and can be blunt when it comes to offering their opinions (ie. it's dawn, get out of bed!).

The rooster symbolizes new awakenings. This is a prime time for hard work, organization and courage. A time to set intentions and make and execute plans. Which also means it's an important time to take care of your health. We have to be and feel well in order to work hard and create change. As they say on airplanes, you have to secure your air mask before helping others. We have to feel strong and robust in order to be there for others and ready for what comes next.

Come on in for your wellness visits and help make this the healthiest year yet!