The Rooster is the tenth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Rooster became tenth.

The Rooster is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) yǒu (酉), and the hours 5–7 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rooster is yin.

According to legends, roosters are able to protect against evil spirits. In ancient times, sworn brothers must swear to the heavens, then drip rooster blood into wine and drink it all.

Roosters are complex people who seem strong but, deep down, need validation from loved ones.

Recent years of the Rooster are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although yǒu is associated with metal, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1933 rén Yǒu Rooster Water Yin
1945 Yǒu Rooster Wood Yin
1957 ding Yǒu Rooster Fire Yin
1969 Yǒu Rooster Earth Yin
1981 xīn Yǒu Rooster Metal Yin
1993 guǐ Yǒu Rooster Water Yin
2005 Yǒu Rooster Wood Yin
2017 ding Yǒu Rooster Fire Yin
2029 Yǒu Rooster Earth Yin

Personality and characteristics

Roosters are serious in their work. They are straightforward and decisive in their actions. They’ll directly criticize what they see unfit and are perfectionists. They are logical and good at managing teams.

Family is a refuge and paradise for them. They wish for a large family—it means that there are more people to encourage and support them.

No matter how difficult something is, they won’t give up. But if someone is blocking their path, they will reveal their fierce side. They are terrifying if angered and get into arguments easily. Even if they lose, they’ll use various methods to convince others into their side.

Roosters really just need loved ones to validate them and encouragement to find themselves.

Element Year Fortune
Earth 1969 These Roosters are active. They love going on outings with friends. Patient and reliable, they gain trust easily. Everything is smooth in their career life. No efforts go to waste and they’ll gain satisfying results. However, they must be careful not to become too proud.
Metal 1921, 1981 These Roosters are very decisive and set off with a clear destination in mind. They think logically and are quite popular. However, Roosters with power will find it hard to connect well with co-workers. For true success in the workplace, they must learn to communicate and socialize well.
Water 1933, 1993 These Roosters are proud but don’t show off. They are intuitive and love beautiful things. They receive support and understanding from their leaders. These Roosters work well with others and will enjoy a happy retirement.
Wood 1945, 2005 These Roosters love joking around. They feel emotions strongly and crave affection. But they should learn to become more independent and face difficulties without relying on others. They are quite fortunate with wealth. Even if there are losses, gains follow close behind.
Fire 1957, 2017 These Roosters have strong time management skills and are trustworthy. They feel like they owe something if they don’t finish something in a timely manner. It’s tiring but this is what makes them happy. They have rocky relationships, but things settle down around their middle ages.

Men born in the Rooster year are always changing, sometimes joyous, sometimes emotional. They like helping others solve problems. They’ll study all aspects before making a decision.

At home, they are organized budgeters, making sure everything is outlined clearly and carefully. They don’t understand people who improvise and act without planning.

No matter how excited they are, these men must not get pulled into the moment. They need to control their fickle personality and listen to what others may say.

Women born in the Rooster year look plain on the outside. They are caring and very down to earth. These women can’t stand seeing others make mistakes. They will always help set them back on the right path. Responsible and organized, they hate it when others tell them what to do.

They’re confident, but not conceited. They are typically home-oriented, but crave for a position of high power. Deep down, they want to be appreciated by others. If given the chance, they’ll unleash their true potential.


Most compatible with Rooster: Dragon, Snake, Ox

Roosters and Dragons make the most compatible pair. The Rooster is willing to support Dragon from behind, and Dragon’s accomplishments make Rooster proud.

With a Snake, Roosters are able to discuss life and chase after dreams together.

The Ox’s honesty and conservativeness fit well with the Rooster’s personality. Their relationship develops steadily.

Least compatible with Rooster: Rabbit, Dog, Rooster

The Rooster and Rabbit clash strongly. They have contrasting opinions and can’t understand each other.

Roosters and Dogs have a cold relationship. Though they can tolerate each other, it’s full of tension. Roosters are also incompatible with themselves. They fight often and can’t compromise.

Lucky things for Roosters

  • Colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Numbers: 5, 7, 8
  • Mineral: strawberry crystal
  • Directions of auspiciousness: northeast, east
  • Directions of wealth: northwest
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: red, orange, purple
  • Numbers: 2, 5, 6

Careers fit for Roosters

Roosters don’t actually care about money. They gain it quickly and spend it quickly as well.

But Roosters are very serious and earnest with their work. They have professional skills and courage. They make smart choices, but instead of being more careful with important decisions, they often botch them. They also don’t like being ordered around.

Careers that fit Roosters are ones that give them enough space and freedom. It must be difficult enough to challenge them and not let their talent go to waste. Some choices are politicians, diplomats, tour guides and fashion designers.

Health and lifestyle

Overall, Roosters have average health. This means that there aren’t any serious illnesses, but small problems are inevitable.

Roosters must not be careless. They aren’t the healthiest naturally and outside factors can affect their health greatly.

Being picky eaters is common in all zodiacs, but Roosters are especially so. They are even picky with the food they like to eat. Their diets are influenced by their mood too. Since they often have mood swings, this can lead to problems in the digestive system.

The best way for Roosters to maintain their health is to fix their bad habits and oversensitive personality.

Roosters in the Year of the Dog (2018)

The 2018 Year of the Dog has more unlucky events for Roosters. Each step must be considered before acting.

Problems in the workplace can lead to low spirits and low health. In order to stay safe, Roosters should be more careful than before. Try maintaining a low profile and obeying laws.


The career will not be very smooth for Roosters this year. Problems will constantly arise and any carelessness can lead to failure.

It’s easy to become the target of petty people or accidentally anger managers. Roosters must keep a low profile and think carefully before acting. Finances will be stable this year, but the same care must be put in. Otherwise, the consequences are dire.

Successful months are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), April (May 15-June 13) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), June (July 13-August 10), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


Bad health and spirits will decrease the motivation to learn. In order to prevent grades from slipping, Roosters must take good care of their health.

They will want to keep to themselves this year. But stepping out of their ivory tower and connecting with friends is a good way to regain strength.


It’s easy for Roosters to contract diseases this year. There is high risk of liver and kidney disease. Those with bad habits should try to quit smoking and drinking.

In January and June, Roosters must pay attention to food sanitary. In December, they should dress warmly and avoid catching a cold. Small problems can easily turn quite serious this year.

Healthy months are: September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019)

Months where Dogs must be careful with their health are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


The bad luck for Roosters is involved in relationships as well. Because of stress from work and health, they will often be in bad moods. This makes it so much easier to lose their temper.

No matter how hard things are, Roosters must control their emotions. Communication is the key to mutual understanding and tolerance.

The sweet months are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14) and April (May 15-June 13).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12), July (August 11-Sept 9) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Roosters this year are the southeast, southwest and west. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room. To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the north and west.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 2 and 9.

The lucky colors in 2018 are yellow, white and purple. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are blue and gray.

2018 is a difficult year. But for the ever-changing Rooster, it could be a hard lesson on perseverance and controlling emotions.

Overall, if Roosters fix their bad habits and open up more, they’ll have nothing to worry about in life!