2005is the year of the wood rooster and it is influenced by two elements – wood and metal. This year is represented by the image of yin metal sitting below yin wood. In accordance with the destructive cycle of the five elements - metal controls wood. Therefore, they are elements in conflict with the metal yielding the most influence as it is in the foundation.
This elemental relationship is the same as in 2004 however the difference is that the wood rooster is of a yin quality. We saw considerable problems in international relationships because yang wood is proud, tough and uncompromising against the equally tough metal monkey. Thankfully the characteristics associated with Yin wood are those of a flower moving with the breeze meaning that it is linked with flexibility and the capacity to adjust to the current environment and compromise, so we may well see agreements being reached between nations in a more peaceful manner.
However, given that we have strong metal in the rooster sitting below, we will see an increase in stabbings & neck/back problems.
The Chinese calendar moves in cycles of sixty years, so the last time we experienced the wood rooster was in 1945 when the second world war was finally coming to an end in the midst of fierce combat. So although 2005 may bring substantial victory in the ‘battle against terrorism’ we cannot expect it to be as peaceful as we would like it to be.
The industries likely to perform particularly well during 2005 are those related to the elements of Earth and Fire. In general, the stock market will fare well and other fire industries include entertainment, restaurants, electronic goods, oil and energy related businesses. The industries connected with the Earth element are property, mining, chemicals, computer software and insurance.
The Water industries such as transport, travel, shipping, communications, hotel/bars will continue to see some improved momentum. The businesses most likely to be challenged during the coming year are those of the wood element - fashion, textile, publishing, fashion and agriculture.