Even if you’re skeptical about astrology, there’s something fun about checking out your cosmic forecast at the start of a new year to see what the stars have in store for you. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac calendar— a year characterized by cleverness, liveliness, quick wit, versatility, flexibility and, if it gets the best of you, it can also mean suspicion, arrogance, selfishness and jealousy. Ummmm, yeah, tell us something we don’t know! But as of January 28, we’ve entered into the Year of the Rooster, a much less… mischievous sign. Phew.

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According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster is grounded in predictability (roosters are the OG alarm clock, after all) and those born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be quick minded, independent, bright, ambitious, capable, eccentric, opinionated and demanding. And who, exactly, are the roosters? As the Chinese zodiac calendar operates on a 12-year cycle, those who will be 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 in 2017 qualify. But even if you weren’t born in the Year of the Rooster, you’ll still feel those effects around the decisions you make and events that happen within the next year. In the spirit of the rooster’s industriousness, we suggest concentrating this enthusiastic work ethic to further your career and follow your professional dreams.

Plus, the Chinese zodiac also qualifies each year with an element: fire, water, wood, metal and earth. We’re in the year of fire, which imbues all the Rooster’s characteristics with even more intensity. We’re talking serious focus, passionate energy and lots of productivity in both our personal lives and as a collective consciousness. Of course, it’s up to us to determine where all this productive energy goes — remember: We can use this strength and determination to initiate positive change in major ways. The rooster is giving us permission to amp up our ambitions, stand by our opinions and set our sights high. Onward!

PS: Cate Blanchett, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Natalie Portman, Julia Stiles and Jennifer Hudson can all call themselves roosters. Now that’s a lot of cool chicks (get it?).

Were you born in the Year of the Rooster? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us what you hope to accomplish in your year!