2020 Year of the White Metal Rat

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Year of the White Metal Rat

Welcome to the 2020 Chinese Horoscope – Year of the white Metal Rat. This Chinese Zodiac Year begins January 25, 2020 and ends February 11, 2021. The lunar calendar determines that The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac. There’s quite a complicated formula to work out the Chinese New Year but mostly it falls on the 2nd new (or dark) moon following the summer solstice in Australia (winter solstice in the northern hemisphere).

The Rat is the First Sign in the Chinese Zodiac

In the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, Rat is the first sign and Pig the last (2019 was Year of the Pig). So now we begin a new cycle with the Year of the Rat. Rat years include 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044, 2056 and so on.

In the Year of the Metal Rat, people born in Water years – those yang years ending in a 2 or those yin years ending in a 3, need to be a bit careful with their emotions in 2020. There could be too much water in their charts leading to flooding and/or emotional meltdowns.

Rats Be Cautious in 2020

This is likely to be a good year for Pigs, Dragons, Ox, Tigers and Monkeys but not so much for Rabbits, Horses, Rooster or Rats. Traditionally it is considered unlucky if the element of the year of your birth coincides with the same element of the same year. So Rats should be cautious this year and not overspend or take unnecessary risks. You can find your sign here for your 2020 Chinese horoscope if you would like to read more.

2020 is Yang - Male

Unlike numerology which considers 2020 to be a feminine year, according to Chinese astrology, 2020 is masculine as even numbers are yang and odd numbers are yin. It’s now time to embody these Rat qualities…

Cleverness | Resourcefulness | Imagination | Observation | Diligence | Freedom | Vitality

To reap the rewards of 2020, go to some extra effort to embody these natural qualities of the Rat, which will enhance your luck and give you best of what’s on offer this year.

Those Rats born in the Years of the Rat above need to be extra careful with…

Timidity | Instability | Stubbornness | Being Picky | Giving up | Complaining | Jealousy

Guard against these qualities to avoid additional problems in 2020.

Year of the Metal Rat is Full of Opportunities and Growth

It will be an intensely powerful year! People will need to be resourceful, alert and always be looking for opportunities which are there but not necessarily in full view. There are financial opportunities as metal is associated with success. During the 2020 Year of the Rat there is likelihood of extreme beliefs and being led astray by others with imbalanced positions. By all means listen to your rat cunning, but run that cunningness through your analytical mind to check the details so you don’t get caught in a rat trap! Then run your rat cunning through your human heart just to make sure you are on track!

Rats will sometimes get down into dirty situations but in 2020 this could lead to trouble, especially with authority figures. Be resourceful and trust your own instincts.

People Begin to Wake Up in 2020!

During the Year of the Rat, freedom is very important and if people are manipulated or controlled in any way, there is likely to be fierce rebellion. Globally, people are beginning to realise they have been lied to by king rats such as authority figures, governments, friends and even partners! With rat like alertness they are waking up and becoming more aware and observant to these manipulations and methods of control.

People can take a leaf out of the Rat’s book of situational awareness and really be clued into what is happening in the world this year. Suddenly, the blinkers are off and rat qualities are helping us to sniff out a situation before we take action.

Rats have poor eyesight – they need to rely on their instincts and so do we. We need to use rat cunning rather than believe just what we see or what is presented to us, especially on social media. Don’t trust what others feed you – especially cheesy lies but listen to yourself at the deepest level. Don’t be a lab rat to be experimented upon by others!

Western Astrology Signs in the Year of the white Metal Rat

It is important that all star signs stay properly grounded in 2020. You can call on the groundedness of balanced Rat energy to help you keep your feet flat on the ground. Animals with four feet on the ground are in touch with the practicality of groundedness.

With so much chaos and transformation in 2020, there may well be a tendency for some people to lose contact with physical reality. Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are already pretty grounded so they need to watch that they are not overly grounded, getting stuck in the mud. Too much grounding and caution could put the kybosh on great opportunities and success. Call on balanced Rat energy to find practicality and resourcefulness within yourself.

You can read more about 2020 Year of the Rat and Western Astrology signs here.

Key Points of the Chinese Horoscope System

The ancient Chinese Zodiac has been around for thousands of years and is based on astronomy. Like western astrology, the Chinese horoscope system has 12 zodiac signs but all of them are animal signs. The western system has some people e.g. Aquarius is the water bearer. The Chinese Zodiac is based upon the harmony of heaven, earth and water, which is a beautiful concept for obtaining balance. Every 12 years your animal sign will cycle back around in different variations of 5 elements and 2 genders for 60 years before it is repeated. Therefore, many of us will not see another white Metal Rat again in our lifetime.

Chinese element theory associates each year with an element which has its own colour – metal is white, wood is green, water is blue or black, fire is red and earth is brown, all of whom possess different characteristics and are recycled every 5 years. Each year is also associated with male yang or female yin characteristics. If the year ends in zero or an even number, it is considered to be yang or male in nature. If a year ends in an odd number, it is yin or female. Read more about the Traditional Chinese Astrology System for ritual ideas to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

All the best for 2020! Remember to look to the helpful qualities of the Rat to help you be more aware this year – year of the male white Metal Rat according to the Chinese Horoscope. Rose x

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