“Year of the Fire Rooster comes a crowing saying, Wake up! His crow alerts us that a new day is dawning, but we must rise and mobilize into action as we come together for the wellbeing of our roost/planet,” says Mysticmamma.com in the Astral Insights article, “Chinese Astrology for 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster~.”
Our rooster couldn’t wait to arrive at Agua Caliente County Park in the Anza-Borrego Desert to celebrate and crow about the new lunar year, the Year of the Fire Rooster, which promises to “be yet another super-charged year, infused with intensity,” as noted in Sara Coughlin’s “What You Should Expect During The Year Of The Rooster.” In CNN’s Year of the Rooster article, Hong Kong fortune teller Priscilla Lam predicts “What’s in store for world’s top leaders.” Not surprisingly, she predicts, “There will be protests” (which have already begun, as seen in the Indivisible movement*).
Unless I was determined to photograph the desert sunrise, I awoke on most mornings, not to the crowing of the rooster,* but to the sight of beautiful golden rays of sunlight bathing the interior of our 2007 Airstream Safari trailer.
According to Wikipedia, red is the predominant color used in Chinese New Year celebrations. Red is an auspicious color, an emblem of joy and symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity.
Seen below are two red and gold firecracker decorations used to scare away evil spirits and associated with the Chinese New Year Legend of Nian.* Below the firecrackers are three fish symbolizing wealth and abundance.
During the day, Larry worked on a new Happi coat…
while I hiked and photographed ocotillo showing new green growth due to recent rains.
Abundant rainfall this season should produce a wonderful spring wildflower season. But winter is not over.
A chillness set in as the sun descended and the Full Snow Moon* rose following seasonal planetary and natural cycles.
History is also seasonal with recurring generational cycles, called turnings, according to the Strauss-Howe generational theory created by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe and explained in their book The Fourth Turning.* Apparently, in this theory, we are currently in the “Crisis era“, analogous to the seasonal cycle of winter, which is followed by the “High era“!
“In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb,”* a beautiful poem by Marion Dane Bauer (read aloud).
*This is a link to a YouTube video.