Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Dreadnought Dragon of Game of Thrones

The Dreadnought Dragon of Game of Thrones

In any given war the opposing armies use every means within their power to gain the advantage. It so happens that in GOT, Daenerys Targaryen has three Dragons. We watched them hatching from stone eggs then growing to adulthood, so in the interim we grew rather fond of these magnificent, mystical creatures: the Dragons.

The Dragon was used in the surprise offensive on the Lannister army in Season 7, Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”. The show's largest battle sequence even surpassed in might last year's Battle of the Bastards. 

No one blames Daenerys for losing her patience and for her retaliation. Infuriated, she set on to rectify the Tyrion’s ill-advised strategies that cost her land, crucial allies and manpower.

No longer the nice girl, she shall punish the enemy. 

“To pursue an advantage and take an opportunity does not allow the error of a moment of breath. It is too early to act and instant earlier and too late to act and instant later.” Sun Tzu

Meanwhile, for a time our senses were lulled by the Lannister Army’s march, flush from its Highgarden victory, wagons laden with the golden spoils of war and much needed provisions. We listened to the quips between Jaime and Bronn with the striking red landscape as the backdrop, foreshadowing the terrible devastation to come. 

Then our ears picked up thundering horses’ hoofs hammering the ground. Next, our eyes caught the sight of a huge Drogon slicing through the air. Daenerys riding Drogon flew off the screen as hoards of charging Dothraki waving their weaponry and doing acrobatics on horseback as they swept across the land in a deadly wave. 

Pardon me for stating the obvious but the scene was very much reminiscent of past movies of cowboys and Indians, only in this instance the Indians aka Dothraki were to be the victors.

Yes indeed, Daenerys Targaryen unleashed the wrath of the Dragon on them... It was a truly a powerful thing to see. Did you expect otherwise?

The might of Drogon lending assistance to the cavalry, succeeded within minutes in the total rout of the entire Lannister army. Countless men and beasts were slaughtered by the hoards of Dothraki or burned to a crisp by the fiery breath of Drogon. 

Strangely enough this proved to be a better strategy on the part of Daenerys Targaryen since it resulted in greater gain against the Lannister force, certainly far more so than it would have been had she opted to assail the walled capital King’s landing instead.

This brings to mind the saying: “Do not attack the enemy on contestable ground.”

Meanwhile there is a sure foreshadowing of future problems to come: In King’s Landing, in the North, and with the Unsullied trapped in Casterly Rock. All of these face a shortage of supplies while awaiting the sure onset of the long winter and the impending attack of the Whitewalkers.

But I digress...coming back to the use of Dragons as serious weaponry. War necessitates the use of all formidable weapons to secure victory and all wars are a terrible bane for all humanity and civilization. Unfortunately throughout history mankind, always the aggressor, has resorted to war instead of diplomatic channels to resolve conflicts. Men are guilty of this terrible scourge. However, when it comes to living creatures like the Dragons and horses used in war, we are left in a quandary.

When Jamie bid Bronn to fetch Qyburns’ Scorpion, and later still Bronn took aim, undoubtedly many hearts quivered, fearing the worse for Drogon. For expectedly with Daenerys, being one of the major stars riding him, she would not perish. But would Drogon?

Relief set in to see, even though we’re not sure how badly Drogon was wounded, that the noble creature still had enough strength left in him to breath fire at that crucial moment and save Daenerys from Jaime’s attack. Jaime was, in turn, saved by Bronn, in case you are wondering. 

There is hint in the air however, predicting a far worse outcome for the Dragons.

Though there's no proven and concrete way to kill a dragon, there are a few ways that Dragons may possibly be killed. This based on knowledge from the books and the show.

In the story of Urrax and Serwyn of the Mirror Shield, Serwyn kills the dragon Urrax with a spear through the eye. The spear Cersei shot at Balerion's skull was through the eye. Meraxes, one of the great dragons used by Aegon the Conqueror to conquer Westeros, was killed by an iron bolt to the eye from a scorpion, a weapon similar to that Qyburn made. 

Qyburn's device could therefore work on Daenerys‘dragons, but they need to be better marksmen as a live dragon’s flight is swift. They can manoeuvre through the air while simultaneously unleashing the deadly breath of fire on the target with devastating results.

The Dance of the Dragons was a civil war between two Targaryens fighting for the Iron Throne, about 170 years before the events of "Game of Thrones." During this major war Dragons fought each other on opposing sides. Subsequently, there were many casualties of Dragons.

After Aegon III (who had deep seated hatred for the dragons) defeated his half-sister, Rhaenyra, he put the remaining dragons in chains and locked them up. These captive dragons grew weak and within a span of few years all perished. It is important to note however that Daenerys had locked up Rhaegal and Viserion in Meereen. But they survived their ordeal. So captivity was not the culprit, but, as rumoured, Aegon III or the maesters may have poisoned the captive dragons.

Then again, it’s important to note that the maesters at the Citadel in Oldtown (where Samwell Tarly is training) were totally adverse to magic, it can even be claimed that they despised it. 

Also, in the books, Euron Greyjoy has Dragonbinder. Valyrian glyphs on the horn read, "I am Dragonbinder ... No mortal man should sound me and live ... Blood for fire, fire for blood." Now this Dragonbinder (also known as the Hellhorn because it is a large dragon horn) is supposed to enable one to control dragons. It is said that anyone who blows the horn will die but any dragons that hear it will be compelled to obey the horn's master. We’ll have to see if this will be introduced into the HBO series.

The already despised influential character and an ally to Cersei Euron Greyjoy, could use this Dragonbinder, while escaping that certain death, to turn Daenerys ‘s dragons on each other. Indeed, it will be a feat that will put him in the limelight. 

Rest easy however; I think some if not all will survive to fight against the Whitewalkers. Fire and Ice... Isn’t that what was promised all along?

If, perchance, the Dragons do not survive or are altered, here are some possible dreaded futures:

Hope for the best 


Friday, 12 May 2017

A Pair of Fibbers

A Pair of Fibbers

Once upon a time at a countryside village, there were two best friends called Nero and Simon, who lived in two ramshackle houses in close proximity to each other. They were also the youngest of their many siblings and so they often were ignored. Being of similar temperament and preferring idleness to mundane daily chores, the co-conspirators Nero and Simon never failed to sneak off each and every day to some prearranged point to partake in some wildly imaginative adventures.

One such place was the nearby lake, a sizeable watercourse, with snaking shorelines, sometimes hidden with tall bulrushes, which extended for miles and miles. As the two friends both loved fibbing and being quite adept at swimming, they often chose to frolic at the unfrequented segment of this large lake.

This part once had plenty of fish but presently, if there were any fish there at all, they swam undisturbed and secure amidst the miasma of tall underwater weeds. Sometime prior some fishermen had been ensnared by this thick underwater vegetation and consequently drowned at this very spot. As others followed suit and corpses piled up the legend quickly spread about a vengeful Dragon King. This deterred many trespassers. This Dragon King was furious, as he had been cast down from the Heavens for some infractions and forced to take up residence in this insignificant lake 

Having wild and lively imaginations Nero and Simon were frequently drawn to this place and often made it their fun pastime to go on a quest to vanquish colossal monsters lurking in some shadows and deep recesses of the water.

As an added amusement each also fashioned wild claims just to see if they could hoodwink the other.

On this particular day, having snuck off again to seek another adventure, Nero and Simon eventually took refuge from the burning rays of the midday sun in the shade of a huge tree. Nero was drawing some imaginary lines in the ground when, finding the piece of meat he’d put in his pocket earlier on that morning, suddenly looked up and said:

“You know what, Simon? I was just thinking. This shade is well and good here but, hmm, thus far everything you and I had said, and you know it too, is all malarkey. Why don’t we cool off and wash out all this nonsense stuffing up our mind? But the lake waters are not so good here; do you dare go to that forbidden spot?”

“I’m no coward, lead on!” Simon jumped to his feet. 

Nero reached the spot first and, without hesitation, dove in. When he finally emerged from the water he sported a big wide grin on his face and, producing the meat, settled down in a shady spot and began to chew on it.

Simon quickly picked himself up from where he’d collapsed panting from the exertion. Reminded of his growling stomach, he wanted the same. Looking wistful at the yummy morsel, he licked his chops and asked: “Where did you get that meat?”

“Oh, this?” Nero smiled. “ The Dragon King was holding a feast and when he learned that I was going to wash away my nonsense, highly pleased, he ordered his servant to present me with this delectable peace. Oh, my word!” He licked his lips. “Wow, this meat is truly heavenly; wow, its soo delicious it must be slice of dragon’s liver. You know, from the ones that displease His Highness."

“I want some too! I too am deserving of such a reward.” Simon immediately removed his sweat soaked clothes and dove into the water. But he dived in so fast that he smashed his head against a deep rock. He emerged with a trail of blood streaming down his forehead.

“What happened?” Nero asked with concern. “How on earth did you hurt your head?”

Not wanting to admit defeat, Simon shook his head and grumbled: “The Dragon King was angry because I was tardy and beat me over the head with a drumstick. The pain is unbearable."

The End.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Baby Dragon’s Breath

Baby Dragon’s Breath

It was a dreary afternoon with gray earth and gray vegetation matching the gray sky. He was so used to staying indoors after the long cold winter. But yesterday was the Spring Equinox and ideally, this would be the time the buds would wake up.

“I need some fresh air,” He admonished himself for his laziness. He slammed the lid down on the notebook, fetched a toque and parka and headed outdoors. The cold air instantly filled his lungs but it still was refreshing. He strolled aimlessly about following the snaking somewhat muddy paths. He stopped once or twice, under bare trees and looked up to study the naked gray branches and the shy buds that remained hesitant to emerge. 

“Don’t blame you.” He mumbled under his breath. But just a little while longer and all will be warm, sunny and bright. “Patience,” he whispered into the air watching the pattern his cold breath took. He then abruptly turned and walked away with his long strides now leading him towards his favorite spot, the pond nearby. Further along as the seasons rolled by with spring emerging into summer, this place would be bustling with life. The bulrushes would compete with lush grasses, wildflowers and some planted flowers. Then the bare branches of the trees would be covered in blooms. Those blooms would turn into luscious crimson red berries, poisonous to man but a treat to the visiting birds. Then the air will be filled with the contented happy songs of chirping. Meanwhile the frogs would contribute their baritone croaking to the high chirp of the crickets in nature’s delightful cacophony.

He mustn’t forget the odd turtle or two and, of course.... “Ducks!!!!” There was one particular pair that without fail always returned to this pond. Sociable, they did not mind sharing space with the other newcomers. 

He climbed the few shallow steps and soon he was standing in the centre spot of the wooden bridge trying desperately to see anything remotely resembling spring.

“There!” His interest was drawn to the melting of the ice at the edge cluttered with gray debris and the rocks decked with moldy decorations, remnants of the long oppressive winter months. Those odd shapes on the gray rocks long at last peeked out from the oppressive ice. 

The cool gusts suddenly rose up and thrashed his face. He buttoned his jacket up higher and pulled down his toque, and then smiled looking at the wonderful ripples on the pond. He was reminded of the Zen sand sculptures, so perfect and rhythmic were the ripples. Though the air was crisp, he was oblivious to the cold now observing this harmonious, endless flow of wavelets. The “Water level was lower than usual” he pondered as he studied the chunks of ice desperately clinging to the shore. 

Suddenly his attention was drawn to the unusual rock, resembling the head of a Dragon, poking out in the centre of the pond. Yes, he reflected. It’s true, not all Dragons are fire breeders. Weren’t there Dragons residing in clouds and water, responsible for storms, rain and wind?

“Who’s to say? “ He shrugged and continued to watch the poking rock resembling a baby dragon’s head, laying low, quietly observing him while its shallow breaths created the steady ripples on the water. 

Enjoy the Video 

The End.

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Blue Moon Dragon (Revised)

The Blue Moon Dragon (Revised)

(An Original Dragon Love Story by BoSt) 


Once upon a time on an enchanted island far, far away there was a mighty Blue Dragon, the last of his kind, who inhabited a majestic mountain cave.

Long before he was born a meteorite crashed into this Planet and devastated the entire island, causing a massive extinction of many species including the antediluvian Dragon Kingdom. The Dragon Queen, with her gift of premonition, foresaw this cataclysm. When her warning fell on deaf ears, she arranged to have both of her precious blue and green eggs stored with the necessary provisions deep in the caverns of a mighty mountain. No one could have imagined that the scale of devastation and upheaval would be so catastrophic and far-reaching; hence they all perished leaving the land barren for many centuries to come. Meanwhile of the two eggs carefully stored in the depths of the mighty cave only one had survived to hatch. The blue dragon therefore was born into a lonely existence and grew up fending for himself. Eventually the land recovered and other life-forms began to thrive in this rich, pristine environment.

The blue dragon, now grown larger still, with his giant wings often soared through the skies in search of food, longing to find evidence of other dragons.

During his searches when earthquakes, landslides or other such catastrophes unearthed the remnants of the ancient Dragon civilization he discovered vast stores of knowledge that revealed the cosmic secrets of the universe and the gateway to the many other worlds that lay beyond the mystical sea surrounding his world. Unfortunately he also came to realize that he was alone, and would be alone forever, as the Age of Dragons had come to an end. Rage and sorrow took hold of him and the explosive energy he unleashed very nearly destroyed the island once again.

He regained his senses just in time. Coming to grips with reality, he settled down and searched the surviving stores of knowledge, assimilating this vast information in gradual segments. Meanwhile he’d already learned purely by accident that close proximity to the sun always helped to regenerate him. Proximity to the moon pacified his senses and, by the same token, he discovered the joys of meditative serenity.

As he grew in maturity, possessing more knowledge now, he ventured through the doorways to other existing worlds. On these many excursions, he discovered other lands over the mystic seas, realms that were populated by strange flora and creatures. Further and further he went searching for adventure or, perhaps, a likely companion. He was innately precautious and concealed his presence well. By this time he’d acquired many mystical powers. Beside that of concealment, he was now able to shape-shift into other living forms, however large or small. This made him bolder as he integrated into still stranger circumstances, such as those of the two-legged human creatures.

He mingled among them learning their complex structures of dialogue, barter, social etiquettes and their varied rules of governance. He found that, with practice, he could maintain his disguise for longer and longer periods, but never longer than a span of one night. His concealment was also more effective at night, for sunshine was too invigorating for him to constrain his powers.

End of Part 1


Once at dusk while flying over a well fortified powerful kingdom a strange sound wafted to his ears and, looking down, he spotted well manicured lawns and gardens with carefully structured pools and bridges. He’d never seen so fine a garden and so he swooped silently down and, as soon as his feet touched a branch, he transformed himself into a songbird.

It was a fine summer’s twilight with a light breeze that invited all beings into the outdoors. A group of people were laughing and chattering, advancing towards the tree he was perched on. He withdrew to the cover of thicker foliage to observe unheeded the small entourage now setting up a picnic down below.

The one among them standing to the side was particularly appealing. For one thing she had flawless white porcelain skin and was finely dressed. Her cascading golden hair was carefully managed with brilliant gems that gleamed like many stars in the full moonlight. She held a bouquet of flowers to her bosom so fragrant that it wooed his senses. The others, like flittering butterflies, rallied around her attempting to make her jovial and content. This somewhat amused the Dragon and he watched their behaviour and hers without tiring of it for the entire length of their gathering. When they prepared to leave he at once made himself invisible and followed after. His curiosity led him all the way back to her quarters but, seeing that they all went to bed, he reluctantly took his leave, flying out the open window. But at least he knew where this interesting creature dwelled, and he promised himself to return the next nightfall.

At first he was content watching her from afar in disguise but, bit by bit, he became smitten with her strange but sweet ways. By then he understood more of the ways of humans and how he might win her affections. Fortunately, she valued her time alone and often would send her attendants away on some fool’s errand just to gain some solitary, quiet moments by herself. Often she managed to sneak away at the conclusion of dinner to spend a tranquil period in the library. At other times she contrived to spend a few moments outside among the beds of flowers, leaning her back to a tree in contemplative repose. It was on one such occasion when the Blue Dragon decided at long last to approach her. 

Desiring not to frighten her and wishing for a favorable response, he first transformed himself into a human male. He’d seen certain illustrations in poetry books, specific figures that she expressed some interest in, therefore he fashioned himself into a mixture of those features she liked best: a youth of similar age, rather handsome and dressed in fineries. He even picked a name for himself: Maviaku Brug, which translates as, ‘Blue Moon Dragon’.

He knew enough of the rules of propriety not to manifest and accost her in her private quarters, so he waited for an opportunity when she retreated into the garden seeking some solitude. Their first meeting was somewhat awkward and, regrettably still caused her a fright. But he soon talked his way out of it and won her confidence with his charm and wit.

In time, during many more clandestine encounters, as they discovered they had the same zest for life and innocent fondness for adventure, they grew much more attached to each other. Of course all during the exchange they’d maintained the strictest propriety and observed proper decorum, thus nothing untoward or improper transpired between the two. This platonic love however had grown from bud to blossom soon possessing both their heart and soul. Eventually when Maviaku Brug revealed his true form to her, he was delighted to find it made no difference at all. Meanwhile he was now free to not only share his innermost qualms but also, on the plus side, the multitude of advantages and joys that come with being a dragon.

Often, on her insistence, she was whisked away into the clouds riding on his back to view the world in a new thrilling way, an elation she could never have experienced without him. She was so happy then, that all else, all mundane earthly matters simply vanished in a puff. Hours spent with him simply melted away but when he was absent her heart pained with that unbearable longing for his company.

One fine evening, while resting on a strange high meadow by a spring, he reached forward and gently clasped her hand and looked questioningly deep into her eyes. No words were necessary, she simply nodded her assent and from that moment on they were bonded forever. 

With a shy smile he drew a small packet from his robe, wrapped in a blue cloth that shimmered as if with the light of many stars. When she opened it she saw it was a figurine of a songbird.

Looking lovingly into her eyes Maviaku explained its meaning, “It is made from the stones of the Moon, where I stay when I want to be close to you, and it is shaped like the songbird I became when I observed you and your attendants in the courtyard that first evening. Keep it to remind yourself of me, and my eternal love for you.”

“I shall cherish it forever. “ She kissed the bird’s beak then reached forward to lovingly hold his hand.

End of Part 2


Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. One stormy night their closely guarded secret was discovered by a jealous attendant and, when promptly brought to the attention of His Majesty, his fury knew no bounds. He had three sons but only one daughter and now his darling daughter had being sullied by this, this dastardly intruder.

Immediately, a trap was devised to capture this brazen interloper. When the opportunity struck armed guards descended on him. Maviaku Brug could have transformed himself into his true form and incinerated them all, but he was far too concerned for the Princess’ well being, so he allowed himself be captured and brought in chains before his Majesty.

The King was in a murderous mood, and could not be reasoned with. Despite severe beating and torture the truth could not be attained, yet a most heinous, ruthless punishment was pronounced upon the presumed culprit. Badly bruised, bleeding profusely with many ribs and bones broken (for in this form he was as vulnerable as any human was) Maviaku was dragged outside by his chains for the administration of his harsh punishment. As soon as he was outside of the audience hall he was able to use his skills and simply vanished into thin air.

The poor guards unfortunately were made to suffer for their failure. Meanwhile the Princess was confined to new quarters high up in a tower and this time, placed under close scrutiny. She was watched day and night as the general consensus was that she was under the spell of a malevolent sorcerer.

For the good part of the year she was a virtual prisoner, never allowed a moment’s peace in all that time, nor was she left alone for a single moment. Day after day, month after month, the attending Priests and palace doctors had came to and fro, at first keeping her heavily sedated then gradually endowing her with small portions of added liberties.

She was eventually allowed to return to her more luxurious former quarters after she pretended she had been cured from the paranormal malady. Despite all their persuasive methods and medicinal concoctions they forced to ingest, however, deep within her soul and heart she’d maintained the seeds of affection for her beloved Maviaku. When things grew unbearable she drew strength from her memories of times shared with him. This source of happiness, the like of which she’d never known, was, after all, inexhaustible. So long as she drew breath she knew she could never forsake him for he, her first true love, was already an inseparable part of her being.


Three nights hence would be the second full moon of the last month of the year, also known as a Blue Moon. Theirs was a superstitious nation, so many candles were lit and the residual smoke from the burning of incense imbued with scent crafted to scare away evil, permeated the air till dawn. Meanwhile, the Priests beat drums and held prayer sessions and sacrifices to appease the wandering evil spirits of the Blue Moon.

As soon as dusk fell, confident in their measures to rid the Palace of the least evil, exhausted from vigorous day’s activities, all denizens of the Palace and city had fallen into deep slumber peacefully tucked under warm quilts in their beds. Complete silence prevailed throughout the Palace and the land.

At stroke of midnight the Princess suddenly awoke with a start. She had sensed movement in the room. True enough there he was, the handsome young man was now turning away from the window to smile at her. How fortunate that she had left the window ajar.

“Please do not be frightened?” He approached her hesitantly. “I’m sorry I’ve disturbed you. “ He bit the corner of his lip to constrain the bursting emotions of rage and sorrow. “You’ve endured such hardship on my account…I meant to come earlier, but…”

“It is I who should beg your forgiveness.” She interjected and, eyes brimming with tears, she shook her head in dismay. “They’ve treated you so abominably. And I, oh I felt so helpless to do anything about it!”

In truth, she’d done her best to sway them. In the beginning she’d even secured her mother’s help by appealing to her compassion and when that yielded no result, enlisted her brothers’ help to reason with a father hell bent on revenge. But it was all to no avail. Instead, all her efforts had further convinced His Majesty of her possession by the evil sorcerer (otherwise known as the Blue Moon entity), as well as necessitating harsher measures and her prolonged incarceration.

“It grieves me to say this, but I’ve come to bid you farewell. I will not forget you, ever.” Maviaku turned to hide the emerging tears.

Rushing over she grabbed his arm and in a sobbing voice pleaded, “Please don’t go. But, if you must, I want to go with you, wherever that may be!”

He smiled and, cupping her face, looked deep into her eyes. “I’ve come to love you so very much. “ He leaned over and gently planted a kiss on her forehead. “Know this, regardless of any future outcome; you are now and forever will be my one and only mate.”

His face grew grim and he nodded. “However, I should have known there was so little, perhaps no chance at all, for us. I’m sorry; this is the way it must be for now. “He turned to go, then stopped, and after a thoughtful pause, drew from his finger a ring. He then took off his shiny blue cloak and presented both of them to her.

“One thing I have learned is that there are infinite possibilities to this universe and that nothing in it can be deemed impossible. Out of my deep regard and affection for you, I offer you the freedom to choose. Conceal this ring well and guard our shared secret. Wear this garment when the Blue Moon manifests and remember that I love you from afar. If, at the conclusion of your life span, you still have same affections for me, put on this ring on your forefinger and don the blue cloak. On that night I give you my solemn pledge that I will return and from that day hence, we shall be eternally together.”

He then transformed into a song-bird and flew out the window.

Wiping her tears, she folded the garment carefully and placed it in the drawer of her night table but she sought a more secure location to hide the ring. As it so happened there was a stone encased in loose mortar in a dark corner of the room behind some furniture. She’d discovered it when she was a child and concealed her most prized possessions there. It also contained the moon rock he had sculpted to resemble a bird. Opening this niche she placed the ring alongside her other prized possessions. Then, though overcome with fatigue, when she went back to her bed and lay down, she was too emotionally overwrought to sleep.

End of Part 3

PART 4 (The Conclusion)

She woke up feeling listless and somewhat disoriented when the sun’s brilliant rays streamed into the room. She lay still with her eyes closed and lent half an ear to the bustling feet and muted but excited conversations of the attendants’ eager anticipation of the day’s events. They were bustling about, carefully selecting and rearranging the formal garments she would wear that day. After the family breakfast in the main hall, there was to be a prayer session that would be presided over by His Eminence, that old coot, in the Grand Chapel. In truth, hoping but doubting the validity of last night’s series of events and her brief encounter with her beloved Maviaku, she maintained the farce of sleep as long as possible so as to carefully mull over the facts.

The day‘s tedious ceremonies and events seemed to last forever, but as soon as she could, she seized the first available opportunity and snuck into her room, locked the door then proceeded to check the drawer. True enough, in there a strange blue garment was folded, but it was not gleaming or as extraordinary as she recalled. A moment later she fetched the ring from its hiding place and carefully examined it; running her fingers absently over the strange inscription underneath. She next brought out the moonstone bird and, caressing it, kissed its beak before placing it back.

The garment, despite its apparent simplicity, was secretly treasured by her. Thereon, after each Blue moon when everyone retired for the night she would, without fail, quietly don the blue garment and sit by the window waiting for her beloved to return. But he never did. As a small consolation she would feel his presence and warm embrace however, as she sat while the garment, basking under the moon’s rays, brilliantly glistened and came to life with countless dancing stars.

She was eventually forced to marry a Prince whose kingdom’s alliance was a political necessity. In time she bore three children. Her life in that other kingdom seemed surreal as she functioned within the parameters of acceptable behavior for the wife of a Crown Prince who then became a King. 

During these years, she never wavered once from her initial promise to her true beloved and wore the blue cloak every Blue Moon. She kept this secret well hidden from all, even her children.

Her warmongering husband the King eventually met his demise during one of his campaigns. 

After the elaborate funeral, the widowed Queen was allowed to return to the Palace in her homeland after her son, the Crown Prince, took the reins of power.

Eventually old age claimed the dowager Queen but by then her two other children had been married off to suitable diplomatic advantage and were living elsewhere. On this night of her final Blue Moon she asked her close confidant to fetch the plain blue cloak for her and help her don it. In tears the other did as she was bid and, complying with her wishes, left her Majesty alone. 

With some difficulty she retrieved the ring from its hiding place where it had lain for the many years since she had married. Finally the former Princess, now a dowager Queen, placed it on her fore-finger. Going over she sat by the window to await her beloved’s return.

This time he did come. He looked the same as before, not a day older. Her inhibition soon melted away when he reached forward and kissed her on the mouth, gently breathing his magical dragon’s breath into her parted lips. Instantly she was transformed into her young, vigorous, beautiful self. Better than her young self though, for she was now an immortal.

“Are you ready?” He asked lovingly.

“I’ve been ready all my life.” She smiled back at him.

He reached his hand to hold hers and muttered a spell.

Instantly she was transformed into a colourful songbird.

“I have so much to share, so much to teach you!” He elatedly laughed.

And then, with Maviaku leading the way, they flew together through the open window.

The following morning, when the chief attendant entered the Dowager Queen’s quarters to awaken Her Grace, there was no trace of either Her Majesty or the blue garment.

The End.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Dragon's Animal Predictions for the Rooster Year 2017

The Dragon's  Animal Predictions for the Rooster Year 2017


You shouldn’t expect a year of ease or fun, but if you are determined, persevere and work hard you should be able to accomplish great feats. These achievements can both be short term or long. Meanwhile be aware, for your self-esteem may suffer a setback because of a rival. A friend or colleague may take the limelight away from you, which could lead to resentment. But if you stand your ground, your perseverance is certain to not go unrewarded.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

You will want to get more done at work. 2017 foretells that this is the year you should strive for advancement in employment, provided you rely less on luck or personal charm and concentrate on constant work habits. By being serious, scrupulous, hardworking and respectful of rules, you could set the stage for higher prospects that could take effect by the latter part of the year. It may come in the form of promotion or you may gain a better employment in a field you may be more suited to. Remember, determination and perseverance is a must even when considering changing your career goals or employment. Training might come in handy in areas of work that you lack experience in. And it wouldn’t hurt to pay heed to the good advice of experienced friends or relatives.

Finances for the Rat in 2017 will require some care. Predictions warn you not to waste too much money on the finer things in life this year. The Rat’s income will not be lower, but it does not increase much either, at least not until October. Cautious planning is a must for those important expenses. Keep a closer eye on your bank account. This is not the time to make investments, but if you must, then do pay particular attention to each detail!

Love and Relationships

The 2017 predictions for the Rat say that many of the previous year’s conflicts and misunderstandings should dissipate. Also, that you are more in touch with your emotions this year. Thus it will be easier to show others how you feel. This will be helpful in attaining new relationships or romantic bonds. Your confidence and rising social skills will help you to attract all sorts of new people to you. Make sure however that you treat these new people right, or there might be some negative effects in consequence.

If you are currently a Rat in a relationship then your emotions can either ignite sexual passion in your romance or bring things to a grinding halt. Make sure to share your true feelings with your partner and encourage them to do the same.

2017 forecasts for the Rat sign predict pregnancy and children too might keep married couples busy this year.

If you are a single Rat looking for new love or relationship than the task of finding the right one will certainly be easier this year. Moreover if you don’t have a life partner you may have new love as well as closer friendships in 2017. By the end of the spring (March/ April) and the beginning of the autumn (September/ October) you will meet people that will become very important to you in your future life.

All in all, the Rat can look forward to an excellent year with lots of family get-togethers and many social events.

Health and Well Being

You are instinctive and honest, but can sometimes be stubborn, materialistic and narrow-minded. Certainly clever, talkative around people you know well, and quiet around others.

For the maintenance of good health make sure that you keep to a balanced diet during the year and exercise especially when your energy hits its high points. Your energy levels might fluctuate this year with more ups and downs. You are also more likely to act more emotional than usual.

Watch your health carefully during the summer. Make sure that you eat right and drink lots of buttermilk and coconut water. Avoid germs that could make you ill. And try to sleep well and be relaxed at all times. You may work harder at your job or hobby but reserve some quality time to spend with your family and loved ones. Give yourself permission to do the things that you love doing or are interested in.

Have a good Year of the Rooster.


The Ox People should rejoice for the year of the Rooster 2017 is mostly favorable. All their hard work will pay off and things will move quickly this year. But they need to maintain calm and be peaceful. Make sure not to show off or become too arrogant. Being stubborn or obstinate will only create unwarranted problems. The Ox therefore should not only keep an eye on the world around them but adjust them accordingly with each variation.

There is a common belief that the Ox people share many of the traits of the ox animal. They tend to be determined and hardworking. They treasure first impressions and will judge a person strictly. They are not likely to easily make friends because of this. People born in the year of the Ox also pay close attention to detail, which can help them at work and school. They also have great memories. All these personality traits can help, or hurt, them in 2017.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Relax; the Ox’s finances will be stable. The Ox people will work harder this year as they will have more energy and accomplish all sorts of work-related tasks. The Ox’s instincts and reflexes will be heightened in 2017; therefore, if they sense trouble coming, they should just trust their gut instincts and act accordingly. Similarly, if something feels right, they should go for it without reservations. This will help them in making those snap decisions that will further their career. Consequently, they will also be ahead of the competition as long as they stay focused. Others may ask them for help and advice noticing how skilled the Ox persons are. Along with the increased workload comes an increase in salary this year. This is fortunate because the Ox is likely to have an unexpected expense thrown their way. Make sure to save money when you can for that inevitability.

Love and Relationships

Now these heightened instincts will also make it easier for the Ox people to acquire new friends or more importantly find that special someone they will be in sync with. Forecast for their love life, and the sex life, in general, looks favorable but fast paced. Fortunately, the Ox will have both the stamina and energy to deal with this.

Nevertheless, the Ox needs to have realistic goals for their ample social interactions so that they do not get too disappointed when things go awry and do not turn out exactly their way.

Also, the end of the year is predicted to hold the most passion for the Ox; therefore, if things don’t seem to be working out in relationship compatibility at the earlier part of the year, the Ox can always bide their time until then to make their move.

Some good advice for the Ox is that they need to be frank and undemanding with their friends, co-workers or the loved ones in order to ensure favorable and nurturing coexistence. Do not bottle things up, now is the time to speak your mind and let others know what you want; however, you also need to pay attention to their wants and needs as well.

Perhaps openly sharing true feelings will make the Ox’s romantic relationships more passionate in the Red Fire Rooster Year.

For married Oxen, meanwhile, they must first discuss any qualms or worries about pregnancy or children related issues with their spouse before making any decision.

Health and Well Being

Even though the Ox people have all this abundant energy this year they should still try to pace their selves. Use their energy for things that they need to do instead of callously wasting it!

You may keep expending energy at work or at home but you need to also reserve some of it for leisure activities such as hobbies or exercise in moderation for the maintenance of good health both in mind and body. Moderation is the key here, for if you push yourself hard with strenuous activity or exercise it may be injurious. Meanwhile eat sensibly and avoid unhealthy junk foods even though it might be more convenient thing to do in your fast paced schedule.

Have a good Rooster year.


The Year of the Rooster will generally be an auspicious one for the Tiger. However, the Tiger should be prepared to receive some disturbing news that might turn his/her life upside down. Like the animal, the Tiger has an independent nature. However, to overcome this adversity, you need to be receptive to the idea of letting others give you assistance and to receive graciously this ample support, as this will make all the difference.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

This year the Tiger needs to focus on their co-workers and bosses to do well. While Tigers may be great at doing their job, teamwork holds the key, and is also likely to make the job a lot easier while improving future prospects and promotions.

The year of the Rooster predicts many challenges for the Tiger’s career and at the same time projects abundant wealth and money. Try to keep yourself and your finances well organized this year. Keep in mind that if you do well at work then you are also likely to get more money. You can spend part of this cash to pay off some old debts. Indulge in fun things and activities as well. You’ve earned it after all! The Tiger’s motto for this Rooster year is, ‘work hard during the day and play hard after work’. If you play your cards right, then this year will be a rather balanced one. Still, don’t forget to set some of your earnings aside for future emergencies.

Love and Relationships

This year will be full of changes in Tiger people’s relationships. Whether it is for better or for worse will be up to them. If you are a single Tiger and trying to find a new romance, or if you are just looking for new friends, then go out and try new things. You may discover a new hobby along with some new friends. Try things that you already like so as to meet like minded people that share the same interests. Who’s to say, perhaps this would lead to a long term relationship, even marriage. If the Tiger is already in a relationship, they may take things to the next level or end the relationship entirely. Expect the unexpected and be prepared for spontaneous sexual moments in your relationships this year. There could even turn out to be a pregnancy.

Health and Well Being

The Tiger this year is more likely to be in closer touch with their feelings than in previous years. The type of feelings however, will be the determining factor in the outcome of this year.

In 2017 the Tiger is advised do his utmost and reduce the stress level for the benefit of his health. The energy levels of Tiger people face certain volatility, with varying levels of ups and downs throughout the year. However don’t fret; the required stamina will still be there when you need it the most.

Meanwhile the Tiger should make sure to expend those bursts of energy with a good workout in order to maintain good health and to stay in shape. You should exercise your mind as well you as your body to keep yourself busy. Picking up a hobby is one way to improve the year. Meanwhile, do we need to say it, those low energy periods, are best spent relaxing.

Have a good Rooster Year.


The Rooster year predictions for the Rabbit foretell of plenty of opportunities for the Rabbit. Things are likely to change in many aspects of their life this year, including their social life.

Rabbits might feel a little shaken at times in 2017 when they are not the ones in control. Think twice before making any kind of personal or professional commitment. Make more friends than enemies.

Work hard to achieve your aims and you will be rewarded! One way to get ahead this year is to focus on your key goals then clearly identify any problem areas that may have hindered or prevented your attaining these objectives in the past.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In 2017 the Rabbit’s workload should increase as the year progresses. The Rabbit needs to use the time at the beginning of the year to get ahead while things are advancing at a slower pace. Keep an eye on the rest of the world. Use what you learn from current events to advance your career. This might require some creativity on the Rabbit’s part, but this shouldn’t be hard for the speedy Rabbit. Also, you should get to know your co-workers and bosses a bit better. As close associates and business links could ease your path towards success and future advancement.

For the most part of the year, the Rabbit’s finances should be okay. However, as there is a real possibility that the Rabbit might be faced with an unexpected expense during 2017, they should set aside some money/savings in order to meet this sudden emergency. If there are old debts, the Rabbit should also make sure to pay them off. This is good advice for anyone.

Love and Relationships

The Rabbit’s social life will receive a particular boost of energy this year. Rabbits are more likely to make a bunch of new friends this year, more so than in previous years. The unattached Rabbit should be more open to new ideas and things this year like dating online. It will increase their chances of meeting new and interesting people.

The Year of the Red Fire Rooster will go well for your social life if you are able to show people your true self. So long as you are optimistic about the future and are brave enough to try new things your social circle is bound to expand.

Rabbits are warned however that in the middle of the year their sexual relationships, both romantic and just friendly, might hit a snag and be more complicated than normal. The married Rabbits may need to exert more effort into their relationship during this time, perhaps take it a notch higher by planning romantic interludes or planning a pregnancy.

Health and Well Being

The Rabbit, for whatever reason in recent years, who has neglected or was remiss with his/her health and physical appearance, needs to make amends. Whether it be by working out, dieting, or getting a new wardrobe, go for it in 2017. Do your best to stay healthy this year, especially during the cold months when your body is bound to be the most vulnerable. To those Rabbits that are already in shape, you still need to increase the time that you work out. Also, good sleeping habits are important, don’t neglect to get plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep, preferably eight hours a night.

Have a good Rooster year.


Dragon people will enjoy good fortune in love, career and finances in 2017 since Dragons are compatible with the Rooster. Dragons are often determined to get what they want but twist and turns are bound to happen during this Rooster year making it somewhat hectic or a little crazy at times. My advice for the Dragon is: ‘don’t run away from your troubles!’ These changes and your handling of the matter will in the end help you to build character. Also, if you correct your strategies then there will be no limit to your success.

During the year, the Dragons should take a broad view to seize more opportunities. They should try to expand their vision as far as possible and never circumscribe their activities. However, think well before making any major decision. That being said, ‘Go for it Dragons!’

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Dragons are blessed by the auspicious stars Longde and Ziwei this year which is great as it bestows on them ample good fortune. A word of caution however, for the Dragon will also be affected by the inauspicious star Posui. This star provokes villains, so the Dragon is cautioned never to act on impulse or meddle in others' business, or they will be in a heap of trouble.

A special note for the Dragon: In the short term, a woman in a senior position, or a person whose wishes you have to accept, is critical of your plans and wishes to substitute her own ideas for yours. In the longer term, finances are likely to be diverted away from your objective.

If you have asked yourself more and more often lately ‘when will the Sun finally finally rise above your world’, in 2017 you will see that you still have your luck. Try to forget about the hard times and spiritually prepare for a long period of time of changes for the better.

Work and professional career will be propitious for the Dragon in 2017. Meanwhile in order to garner maximum advantage of the opportunities in their profession or employment the Dragon must leave behind their past pessimism and lack of confidence that is secretly sapping his/hr strengths. It is time for the Dragon to act in moderation but with more confidence and with more spirited initiative. 2017 will be a good time for the Dragon to take bold steps forward. Do not be discouraged even though at first you may not succeed right away or get things done with ease. There are great opportunities available for promotion at your current job. There are also favorable opportunities for those Dragons who wish to completely exchange their career with one that offers them more satisfaction and opens up farther perspectives.

The workload at your current job will be heavier than usual this year. But don’t fret, save for the period at the beginning and towards the end of 2017, you should be able to manage it alone. Unfortunately, the rest of the year it might be little harder to go it alone ... so don’t. Make friends with your coworkers or bosses so that you can get outside input and receive appropriate help in dealing with projects.

The unemployed Dragon will find 2017 is favorable for finding a new job. However your spirit of initiative is very important in attaining your goal. Search actively, use all your contacts and derive benefit from those available sources. It may be useful to broaden your skills with more training courses.

In regards to finance, things will be greatly improved for the Dragon in 2017. You earn more money through promotion, other sources, and investments or because of your people skills. However, spend your money wisely and take care not to be profligate. Pay your debts and even try to put some aside; best to multiply your money before spending it. If you do have money left over, don’t be afraid to get yourself a small gift, but remember not to splurge.

And finally, it’s been predicted that this year of the Rooster for the Dragon is a year of renewed hope. That means once you set your mind to it, you can achieve a lot on the professional level and have a more fulfilling life. It’s all up to you, so get mobilized and start taking measures towards your goals and do this without looking back.

Love and Relationships

Those born in the year of the Dragon share the traits of the Chinese/eastern dragon. They tend to be powerful both in mind or body. They are intelligent, almost like natural-born leaders and in the year of the Rooster the Dragon is poised to enjoy being in the spotlight for most of 2017 with their busy schedule of mobilizing the others in family oriented activities that are beneficial to them all. Indeed, the Dragon’s family life will be good; however, cooperation is a key factor in a fulfilling family life. And, do your best to avoid arguments!

The year of the Rooster is a propitious one for the Dragon socially as well. Don’t hesitate to go out! You’ll have lots of fun with your many friends. You will also be more talkative this year. This will make it a lot easier for you to make more friends than might have been possible in previous years. On the other hand, you are more likely to speak your mind in situations where you usually wouldn’t. This can help you to better express yourself, which can attract friends and partners who may have similar interests. However, speaking your mind in the wrong places or around the wrong people can also get you in trouble. Remember, sometimes it’s best to hold your tongue and censor your words in 2017.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t hurt the Dragon to use this year as a sort of learning experience. Use your emotions to help you with social interactions. This year you might also feel more inclined to share your feelings with others. This may make you seem more sensitive. How you act will determine how well your social life will go in the Rooster year.

All in all, there will be plenty of good opportunities for the Dragon to meet new people and to enlarge their circle of friends. This will be partly due to the changes in their career or the elevated level of their profession.

Use your new friends to your benefit, but don’t just ‘use’ them. Watch yourself, but don’t be afraid to have fun either. Follow your instincts in 2017 and you are sure to have a good year.

2017 forecasts also foretell that Dragons are also likely to meet up with old friends or romantic partners this year. You might even be able to repair any lost bonds that there were between the two. In short, your social life does not follow any particular path this year so be open to possibilities and many outcomes. All, of course, will depend on your actions and feelings.

Predictions for married Dragons also show that in this year they will be more communicative with their partner and be more open in revealing problems that they might have been harbouring. There are likely to be many changes this year like pregnancy or the birth of a child, so it is best to be as adaptable as possible.

Health and Well Being

In 2017 the Dragon should take care of their responsibilities as soon as possible so as to have more time to relax and have less stress. The Dragon’s energy levels will have their ups and downs this year. It’s good to pace yourself this year in all aspects of your life and make sure to exercise when you are at peak energy levels. Eat sensibly and watch your diet.

Travel for the Dragon will be most favorable this year. With all the activity and haste in the Dragon’s professional life, they should allocate some time for relaxation and recreational activity, in order to recharge energy levels. Now, you can spend your vacation in an exotic place or visit countries or cities that you always wanted to see. Also, take into account the fact that you need to move, you need physical exercises in general, so try to walk, swim or bicycle as much as possible! You don’t need to climb mountains, but a short hike wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Have a good Rooster Year.


The Year of the Rooster will be an auspicious one for the Snake. The Snake’s instincts and general impulses will be heightened this year. This can help the Snake to make quick decisions. Follow your gut feelings in 2017; they are likely to be right. Projects will turn out to be profitable. Relationships will be happy and joyful. You can even set aside some money for your future retirement.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

At the beginning of this Rooster year, the Snake will have enough money to either use it wisely to pay off debts or to have a jolly good time. What you decide however will affect the way the rest of the year goes, so choose carefully.

The Snake is bound to be more focused at work this year. At times, this can make your work-life seem rather boring, but at the same time you are going to accomplish more than you usually would. This is the time to begin thinking of new ideas for your chosen career and profession. Perhaps you will propose this new business idea to your boss.

If you are a Snake that is dissatisfied and rather bored at your current position, then this might just be the right time to change careers altogether. It goes without saying however; do not quit your current job until you have secured a new one so as to maintain financial security. If you can wait out the boredom however, then you are likely to be presented with a new advance in your job in 2017 that may prove to be more exciting.

Love and Relationships

The Year of the Rooster 2017 predicts that you are likely to be more sociable this year. You are also likely to be much more charming and attractive to others. If you trust your feelings and act on your instincts then you are likely to get a new love partner if you do not currently have one. This year’s forecasts for the Snake reveal that there is no real need to be in a close relationship unless you want it; however, if the Snake people are in an exclusive relationship, it would be best to share their feelings with their partner, and be receptive to the other’s feelings as well. This will help bridge any misunderstandings and at the same time increase the chances for a longer term relationship. If you are a Snake currently in a romantic relationship then things are bound to get a lot more passionate in 2017. Married couples can feel free to plan for a pregnancy in this 2017.

Emotions indeed will rule the Snake’s year. Don’t let others put you down because of your care-free personality. Embrace your own ways, but still remember to take care of yourself and the ones you love. You will have to set your priorities and make sure that you do not choose only pleasure above all else.

Health and Well Being

The Snakes will have more energy than usual this year. Make positive goals concerning your mind and body. This will foster good health. There is not much that can slow down the energetic Snake this year but perhaps joining a group of some sort can help. Engage in regular exercise, but don’t push yourself too hard or else you may get hurt. If by chance you do get injured, you won’t suffer too much from it and certainly the recovery time will be swifter than usual. Still, better be cautious and avoid any mishap or hurt that may happen during late spring or early summer months.

Have a good Year of the Rooster.


2017 will be a year when the Horse works very hard. On the plus side the Year of the Rooster will be a rather straight-forward and unchanging one for the Horse. Nevertheless, this is not the time to sit back and relax. Nor should you idly sit and dream about glory and riches. In fact, it will be a perfect time to get all your affairs in order and to take control of your life. Plan for the long-term while your life is constant and find out what makes you happy in case you want to make changes in the future. Enjoy the steadiness of your life; it won’t last forever!

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Unfortunately your work life will be rather unstable this year and changes in your position are likely to happen quite suddenly and without any warning. But at least it won’t be boring! Do not let your impatience or anger get in the way of your work and relationships.

When it comes to business; if you are prepared for the unexpected this year and handle these surprise tasks with competence, then you are likely to earn yourself a promotion or bonus. If you do well then your co-workers are more likely to look up to you or become jealous in 2017. Your position and influence will grow one way or another. Cooperate with your co-workers to make them feel better and to make your own work easier. Teamwork is important. This will also make it easier for you to keep an eye on your colleagues this year.

In general, the Horse’s finances will be stable but you might want to read up on the specifics of any big purchases you plan such a house or car this year. Do not be an impulse buyer when it comes to things like this. Although temptations will be great, do your best to resist purchasing them until you are sure that your finances are secure.

Love and Relationships

If you are a single Horse, then you will probably stay single in 2017. If this is the case, focus on your friendships and career. However, there is a window of opportunity for all of the single Horses around the middle of the year. If you are looking for someone, try your hardest in the late spring and early summer for promising results.

While the rest of your life may be a bit crazy, in this year there will be a sort of balance in your social life. This does not mean that your social life will become sedentary or boring. Much of it depends on what your love life and relationship status were in 2016. There is a sort of constancy from the last year to this year. If you were in a passionate relationship, then things are likely to stay passionate. If you are married, then the arrival of a child might be in the forecast.

Health and Well Being

The Horse is likely to be full of energy at the beginning of the year. Use this to your advantage! The horse horoscope in 2017 predicts that in this year your life will be all over the place. Like a roller-coaster, your energy levels will fluctuate greatly, with some dramatic ups and downs. Likewise, your general schedule will be a bit crazy also so you’ll need to be adaptable. And don’t neglect your daily walks and fitness regime.

Unfortunately, as the Rooster year reaches its peak, the horses are likely to lose some of their energy and others may perceive them as being lazy. One way to remain energized is by becoming more competitive. A challenge is a great motivation for the Horse people, especially when it comes to physical betterment.

Meanwhile the horse’s care-free attitude may affect their physical health in 2017. Be warned, if you do not take care of your body then you are likely to gain and lose tremendous amount of weight.

Have a good Year of the Rooster


The Year of the Rooster will be a mixed one for the Sheep/Goat. This is partly due to the influence of inauspicious stars, such as Yangren, Tiangou and Diako, which will adversely affect the fortunes of the Sheep people. Succinctly: Yangren represents the disasters of the blood, the Sheep need to beware; under Tiangou’s influence the Sheep is bound to be more prone to accidents; and finally, Diaoke with its mounting negative energy, will cause the Sheep lots of trouble in their daily life.

But don’t fret, fortunately for the Sheep they will also be blessed by three auspicious stars. The power of the inauspicious stars is stronger than that of the auspicious ones. Thus, the change in fortune brought on by the auspicious stars will not be as great and the Sheep is bound to have an overall change in their luck in 2017. Nevertheless, the fortunes of the Sheep people will still be good for the first half of the year; whereas, later on, some obstacles will surface to dampen their spirits and occasionally they will fail, just on the verge of success. This negativity can be averted only by steady effort. Also, to avoid all kinds of disasters, the Sheep needs to play it safe and be more prudent this year in all aspects of their life. .

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In the Year of the Red Fire Rooster, the Sheep should do all that they can and work extra hard to further themselves, to widen their social circles and to advance in their career. One way is to sharpen your skills this year and prove to your bosses that you can always improve. You might become stressed at times because of all this extra work, but it is bound to pay off in the long run. The outcome of hard work will be promotion and along with it extra earnings, more than usual. All in all, the Sheep people are poised to receive greater wealth in 2017. You can also expect success in any business ventures. Keep track of your finances however and keep in mind the big picture. Don’t waste your time looking into the small details. You should be able to pay off old debts and balance your budget with ease this year. Also, you are advised not to overspend on things that you do not really need. Resist the temptation to make any large purchases; instead, reserve your money for future large acquisitions and plan ahead.

Love and Relationships

The many changes the Sheep undergoes in the Rooster Year could be either good or bad. The outcome of any relationship will be entirely up to them, with this year being a little bit dicey. But you have the courage to face most issues and problems with a positive mind. So be careful and do not get too emotional.

The Sheep may also experience a whole new set of feelings this year. This could come about through acquiring new friends, experiencing feelings for someone new or having a romantic liaison in the workplace.

The Single Sheep is advised to follow their instincts and be as confident as possible this year to increase their chances of meeting or securing new relationships, new friendships or simply discovering that suitable life-long partner. Yes, marriage and pregnancy are both in the forecast for the sheep in this year. Opportunities for romance abound, don’t pass them up. So long as you follow your innate feelings, your love life and social life should be great!

Health and Well Being

The sheep will feel highly energetic this year. Your mind and body will also be active and it stands to reason that you should be very busy in 2017. Use your energy while you have it, but don’t push yourself when you are feeling low. Relax when you need to and be optimistic for this will lower your stress levels and make your year better in general.

You are also likely to be severely short-tempered or stressed at times because of how quickly the world seems to be turning. But as these irritations won’t last long, you will be able to handle it if you pace yourself.

A lot of this year’s time will be about preparing for the next year. This doesn’t mean that you should let this year pass you by in a blur. You can be busy at work, but use your time off to relax and do things that make you happy.

Have a good Rooster Year.


The Monkey, after last year’s difficulties and misfortunes, can finally breathe a deep sigh of relief in 2017. They are poised to enjoy markedly improved luck in all aspects of life, such as love, relationships, career and finance. The red fire rooster year will bring the Monkey ample new opportunities therefore time is ripe to concentrate all ideas and thoughts in a plan for the future. And also, do not forget to spend some quality time with your family.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

The Monkey people usually do enjoy wealth luck and, being smart, they never miss a ripe economic opportunity to prosper. This, coupled with their inherent good luck in making money makes them the envy of others. But their rashness and spendthrift ways (for they believe that only by spending they can make more money) stands in the way of them reaching the apex in their wealth.

In this Rooster year there is no danger for a decrease in income, but also, not too many chances for an increase either, except occasionally and in insignificant amounts. If the Monkey considers the glass half full, they will benefit from the period of stability that follows. If on the other hand they consider the glass half empty, then the Monkey’s perceived imbalance could drive them to overspend, especially since some big expenses are planned for their home in 2017. The Rooster year forewarns the Monkey to be very careful and not to take any risks with financial matters! As it is, this year the Monkey may have to be somewhat frugal when it comes to spending for fun. This will help the Monkey in the long run however to save money, balance their bank accounts and even pay off some debts.

Monkey people are suited for any employment as they are innately versatile, creative, ambitious and business-minded. In 2017 you’ll be having a lot of work and be engaged in many contracts, transactions and busy schedules, all of which will create stress. You can dodge some of these if you use your characteristic inventiveness. Meanwhile, you should be aware of the fact that the rewards for all your efforts will not be immediate.

In years past you may have kept quiet at work and only worked for the money. This year you should feel free to express your own creative ideas. Who knows? Your ideas could be the difference between a raise and a monotonous career.

Do not let your personal life get in the way of your job or business. This may affect how your bosses and partners think about you. This doesn’t mean that you cannot make friends at work though. Rather, making friends with your bosses and coworkers can actually increase your chance of getting a raise or promotion. Meanwhile, keep your mind sharp by working hard and doing fun mental puzzles in your spare time. Transform yourself into that ideal worker!

In the Year of Rooster the Monkey’s fortune is also poised to fluctuate. Therefore, if the Monkey wants to achieve success in their career and be promoted steadily, they need to be patient and act carefully rather than in haste. Self-control is vital because, as mentioned earlier, the results of your work and effort will not be immediate, you will derive benefit for your accumulated efforts in subsequent years.

For now, be thankful that you have the possibility to prove your competence and capacity in your job! The professional experience and reputation that you gather now will also help you take that big leap forward in your future profession at the appropriate time. You may also try to effectively communicate and get along better with people under the Snake, Rat and Dragon signs.

In the year of the Rooster, it is not advisable for the Monkey to seek out new employment or change career. If you stick to your current job, you will have an excellent opportunity to perfect yourself, even though the satisfactions will not be visible right away. If you have to change your work place, you might have a pretty difficult time finding the right employment and then you will have to learn a lot of new things in a very short period that will add to your stress levels. On the other hand, if you are brave enough to persevere through these changes, and then go on to specialize in a new field, the satisfactions will be proportional. Though this too will only be felt later on.

Love and Relationships

The Monkey people are usually lively, active and competitive. Males are eloquent while females are glib. In youth, you are crazy about anything contemporary and often receive support from an elder mentor. In middle age, you can seize every opportunity but will be busy running about. In old age, you’ll enjoy a prolonged life that is both comfortable and prosperous.

Now for the characteristic deficiencies: You tend to vacillate in love relationships and often cannot find happiness. If you really fall in love with someone, however, you will try by every means to win his/her heart with your sincerity, so as to enjoy a happy love life. Female Monkeys tend to lay more emphasis on other’s appearance, and may miss out on the ‘golden heart’. The Male Monkeys are often very thoughtful mates but may also be fickle in their affections and are capable of being a cheat.

In the Rooster year, the Monkey’s stability aspect pertaining to financial matters can also be applicable to the Monkey’s emotional levels. First, there are no major difficulties predicted, but no major improvements either. As you will have to work more than usual, you can persevere through the many obstacles and delays with the help of your family and friends. You definitely will need the moral support of the people around you to re-energize and to re-fuel. However, you should also be mindful of how you treat others, especially during these stressful episodes! For one thing, try not to take your problems out on them, no matter how stressed out you might be! Whether with family or in a social situation, the Monkey needs to take into account other’s needs and feelings more than usual and as well, show understanding and certain flexibility in dealing with them. Even if you feel like what you want is not in line with what they want, for peace and harmony sake mend your ways. This will greatly help you out at both work and with your friends. Being flexible will also make your year more interesting in general.

If the Monkey has a life partner, they can additionally count on their support during this busy and stressful year. Remember, your feelings will dominate your thoughts, but it will be what you do with these thoughts that will affect all your relationships. Even though the Monkey is unlikely to have either the time or the mood this year, if you want things to stay on course or favorably progress, then you should express your emotions with more openness to the people who you care about.

Health and Well Being

The Monkey should focus their attention on their health, the health of their family as well as the home safety.

Full of energy, the Monkey is often in pursuit of new adventure. However they need to beware of hand and foot injury and also respiratory illness, a real consequence of being overly exhausted. You are advised therefore to go out more to relax and reduce stress.

Don’t let the little things get to you but do let happy little things improve your day. Continue to be generally optimistic and it will slightly improve your year, no matter the outcome.

Finally, spend some time on your hobbies or goals that you may have been putting off or setting aside in past years. While these hobbies may not make you rich and famous, they are invaluable in providing you with good health and a leisurely reprieve.

Have a good Rooster year.


In 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster, the Rooster people will encounter an unfortunate change in luck. They may experience it in the form of blockages in career development, unexpected loss of assets and emotional problems with their mate, to mention just a few. Their frequent variable mood swings will be the result of too much pressure and stress.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

Even so, the Rooster will feel a surge of productive energy in 2017. They may be given new projects to work on in their employment or business.

If you can pick your jobs, pick one that helps you to show others your talents, whatever those may be. If you can lead in a situation, do so. This is a time to appear more worthy to your boss and co-workers. If you can do this then you may even stand a chance at getting a raise or a promotion!

The unfavorable predictions for the Rooster’s finance reveal that they will have very limited capital gains during 2017. Fortunately, they will have a stable wage from their work. The Rooster may choose to invest in low-risk, long term ventures but they need to act quickly on this. In the Rooster year, Roosters will easily have new opportunities for cooperation, but may lose these opportunities no matter how carefully they plan it. So, they should not be too drastic but instead adapt a wait-and-see attitude. If the Rooster has a happy event at the beginning of this year, they can effectively improve their fortune. Even so, the Rooster is advised not to get carried away by this measure of success. Pay off your debts this year. There will be many temptations that can dig you further in debt, so resist these so as to have spending money for fun stuff later on.

Love and Relationships

As mentioned before, in 2017, because things will not go as smoothly, the Rooster will experience some emotional turmoil and be more irritable, grumpy and highly suspicious. The variation in their mood increases the likelihood of the Rooster easily entering into many conflicts with their friends, co-workers and lovers this year, impacting the quality of their love relationships. Rest assured, however, that for the most part of the year there will be no such extreme changes. The people you know are not likely to alter their ways though, depending on circumstances, you should mend some of yours. The Rooster will end up being the mediator in most cases anyway.

Meanwhile, paying close attention to your partner and friends’ emotions will be vital. Work on things that will improve your life in general. Avoid things if you can, that will ruin your year.

Your romantic life will be extreme, one way or another. In 2017 it may be manifest in a passionate liaison, an abusive relationship/marriage or perhaps a breakup. Be patient in all your affiliations. However, if you are in an abusive situation, get out as soon as possible!

The outcome of all things and the quality of life will be dependent on the Roosters’ actions and reactions. You have within you the ability to prevent any potentially disastrous outcomes and possible family breakup. You can draw on many resolutions once you set your mind to it and alter your attitude to tackle problem areas. In contrast, the wrong attitude might mean, acceding and capitulating.

Another means to escape or drive away any bad luck or misfortune this year would be to attend as many happy social occasions and gatherings, for instance, weddings or celebrations of birth or graduation.

During the course of the Rooster year 2017, the unattached Rooster may meet a new person who could turn out to be a potential mate, but the Rooster’s courtship is not likely to succeed. This is because, after handling scores of problems, the Rooster is unlikely to have any incentive or enthusiasm for this. But who knows? If by chance they do beat the odds, this will not be a suitable year for marriage, as the preparations for a wedding will only add to or multiply the existing pressures.

Health and Well Being

Remember to have plenty of rest and allot some time to spend with family and friends.

The Rooster people in general will still have bountiful physical and mental energy this year. You may feel that your body is up for any challenge that you may throw at it! This doesn’t mean that you should treat your body recklessly however. It will be most beneficial instead, to engage in routine, modest forms of exercises. You should also stick to a healthy diet. Now the bad news: there may be a risk of bleeding and possibility of the Rooster having a traffic accident this year. Therefore, the Roster should stay away from any potentially dangerous sporting activities/events and dangerous places.

Also, it’s imperative you pay close attention to your family member’s health, particularly an elderly person, and do what you can to prevent any potentially damaging mishaps. Otherwise, the negative ripple effects will have dire consequences.

In 2017 the Rooster will also enjoy greater mental capacity, more so than physical strength. You will be adept at solving problems with your mind and your keener than usual insight. It wouldn’t hurt to pay particular attention to your dreams for they may unravel some subconscious need or want.

Have a good Year of the Rooster


The Year of the Rooster predictions for the Dog are on the whole good ones. Some conflicts in relationships, wealth and with Education do exist. The Dog may not feel at their best at the beginning of this year, but as the year progresses things will get better. At first it may appear to be a confusing year but so long as the Dog stays on course they will be able to resolve any problems. The Dog should take care not to get into unwanted quarrels and misunderstandings.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

In 2017 the Dog is given the go ahead to seek out every available opportunity in employment, career and business that are within their reach. There are some Dogs that have, for quite some time now, been rather discontented and miserable in their current position and are only staying on because of benefits and salary. If dissatisfied Dogs are planning to quit their current job in favor of a new placement they must first ascertain that they have the new position and that it is a better one. Who knows? Maybe if they persevered just a bit longer a range of new and more exciting opportunities might become available in their otherwise old, boring jobs.

Finances are likely to be balanced or more stable this year than they have been in previous years. Pay off your debts, and save your money. There is likely to be an unexpected expense in your future, so make sure to save up for that.

Love and Relationships

The Dog will feel more energized and in control with their life this year. Do utilize this strength to create positive changes in 2017. Do what makes you happy now but at the same time ensure that your current choices will not negatively affect your future.

All in all, the 2017 predictions for the Dog foretell that this is a particularly good year for their social life. There is hardly a dull moment and they are happiest when they are with family, friends and the people they care about.

Your emotions will also be more stable than they have been in years past. Passionate emotions may have charged your relationships in the past, but the stable emotions resurfacing now will prevent additional fights.

On the other hand, 2017 is also a year for social transformations, which could mean that the Dog’s relationship could reach the next level filled with heightened passion. Be that as it may, you need to strengthen your communication skills and discuss pertinent issues verbally avoiding emotional outbursts. Go ahead, make it known what it is you desire or want to happen in your marriage, things such as having a child or other matters.

Health and Well Being

The Dog people are bound to feel more in control of their life than they have been in previous years and, as a result, they will feel more content. As the Rooster year progresses, the Dog will also find that they have more energy than usual. Take advantage of this energy spike! Exercise regularly and stick to a well balanced nutritional diet to be perfectly fit. Also, work on controlling your stress levels this year.

Have a good Year of the Rooster


For the Pig the Year of the Rooster predictions are mixed. The Pig’s objective this year will be to balance his/her life, so let it happen. Avoid any problem areas, don’t rush headlong into anything and don’t get ahead of yourself. Focus on your goals and look at things from a different perspective.

Forecast for Finance and Employment

The Pig’s workload may seem a bit easier this year. This will allow them ample time to relax and contemplate on future job aspirations/objectives and business prospects. Having decided on what they want earlier on this year, the Pig should sharpen their skills and begin taking measured steps towards achieving their goals. Try to make friends with your bosses and co-workers; they too can help you with your endeavors. The Pigs are more easily able to progress this year in whatever they set their mind to. Remember, along with these opportunities, it will be your actions which will determine whether an outcome for the rest of the year is good or bad.

If the Pig desires to change careers altogether, then the best time to do this is in autumn. Finally, stay optimistic and good things will surely come your way.

On the financial front, the Pig needs to make sure that they pay off all previous debts in 2017. Then they can focus on paying for other things that will increase their security. This is imperative for, by and large, it will help them to feel more secure. Also, make sure that you do put aside some money to have fun with later on.

In 2017 meanwhile, the Pig’s prior investments should start paying off. So sit back and enjoy it.

Love and Relationships

The Pig’s social life will advance, even though it may appear to be moving slowly. The Pig will be closer to their emotions this year which will be helpful in the improvement and expansion of their relationship ties.

Being alone is not a bad thing; utilize these alone times to compute and to assess relationships. For sometimes you just need to step back a little and take a good hard look at your interactions, perhaps seeing them in a different light, in order to truly comprehend things. Communication is the key; why not talk to your partner about your feelings or any misgivings that may have been preying on your mind. This may impel them to do the same. Don’t jump to conclusions and harbour dread. If you are considering having a child it would be best to have your feelings openly conveyed.

Those unattached Pigs should go easy on relationships and not rush into serious commitments or marriage.

Friends and close acquaintances will typically come and go unless the Pig can improve their communication and social skills this year. They also need to be more outgoing and interact with more people in 2017. This will help them acquire more new friends.

Health and Well Being

The Pig is likely to have ample energy to do whatever they want this year provided, that is, they are relatively young. Even older Pigs however, will have some energy to spare! You may do whatever you want so long as you participate in routine exercise in order to stay active. Try not to get too bored and don’t waste your energy in frivolous pursuits!

Despite the Pig’s high activity level, they should stay on course with sensible diet and resist any temptation to fill themselves with high energy, sugary and fatty junk-foods.

Have a good year of the Rooster