2020 Year of the Yang Metal Rat


Saturday, January 25, Chinese (Lunar) New Year, ushers in the year of the yang Metal Rat. This is the day of parades and celebrations. The day to make the annual adjustments in your home is February 4th, the solar new year.

The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac; thus, we begin a new 12-year cycle. Qualities associated with Rat energy include intelligence, industriousness, diligence, adaptability and cleverness.

The Rat is compatible with the Dragon and Monkey. It clashes with the Horse. 2020 can be a challenging year for people born in Rat, Horse and Goat years. Dragons, Tigers, Dogs and Oxen are predicted to have a favorable year. 2020 will be mixed for those born in the year of the Rabbit, Snake, Money, Rooster and Pig.

We last experienced similar energies 60 years ago, in 1960. Regardless of your sign, you can have a better year by being flexible and resilient. Approaching your life from a positive perspective will also help you. Observe what’s happening, notice how you feel and then choose to respond to people and situations from a position of strength and an optimistic point of view.

We’re going through chaotic times. Things will get better. Each of us contributes to a positive shift on the planet when we are optimistic and upbeat. Practice a 3:1 ratio … three times as many positive thoughts, feelings and expressions, as negative ones. Consciously minimize complaining, criticizing others, repeating gossip, and sharing negative news, etc.  The less of all of this, the better. Or, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. This goes for social media too.

There’s quite a bit of information about the upcoming year on the web. Here are a two websites that might interest you:

Marina Lighthouse, Feng Shui Shopper, has a wonderful analysis with excellent tips. Here’s a link: https://lighthousefengshui.com/2020-year-of-the-metal-rat/

For a look at 2020 from a traditional, Chinese perspective, check out: https://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk/advice/flyingstars2020.htm. Keep this system in perspective as it can appear to be a bit scary and negative on the surface.