Get Lucky in the Year of the Rat!

2020 is the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year is about bringing in new luck. Read on if you want to find out about your year ahead.

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Date published: 7th Jan 2020

Legend has it that when Bhudda invited all the animals to visit him that the rat was the one sent out to announce it in the animal kingdom. The order that the animals arrived at Buddhas Palace to pay tribute to Buddha became the order of the animal years.
According to one version of the legend, the rat hitched a ride on the back of the ox and at the last minute slid down the Ox?s nose and was the first past the finishing post.
The rat didn?t invite the cat. Instead, it invited the Tiger because it thought that the Tiger would not go after the Rat and would go for bigger prey.Here is a list of the 12 animals:Rat, ox, Tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig
The Chinese New Year is celebrated according to second new moon after the winter solstice. In 2020 Chinese lunar New Year falls on the 25th of January 2020.It?ll be a time of celebration. People will be welcoming in the new year ruler, the metal rat. The solar new year used by Astrologers starts on the 4th February 2020. If you want to check your year animal sign, use the 4th February as the start of the Chinese astrological year.
To find your Chinese animal zodiac sign, look for your year of birth in the table below. Traceback along the row to the left-hand column to see the animal sign. If you were born between the 1st of January and the 4th of February look up the previous calendar year. The Chinese solar new year usually starts on the 4th of February. The horoscopes for each of the Chinese astrological signs are based on the birth years in this table.

Rat 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 Ox 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 Tiger 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 Rabbit 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 Dragon 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 Snake 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 Horse 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 Goat 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 Monkey 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 Rooster 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017

There are five different types of rat years
2020 is a metal ratThe previous rat year which was 2008 was an earth rat. The next rat year in 2032 will be a water rat, after that in 2044 it will be a wood rat and then a fire rat in 2056.
In Chinese astrology The five elements are metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
Each element brings about a different type of energy which influences your life.

The metal element is about justice and clarity. In 2020 people will be careful to do the right thing and to be very clear about what it is they?re doing.
Each of the 12 animal signs carries elements. The rat carries the water element. The water element is about flowing moving communicating and being flexible. Think of how a river flows into the sea. Water fits the shape of the container. Water can wear down the banks of the river over time and it would hardly notice. Water energy can help you if you need to keep moving and for your voice to be heard.
Metal and water together have a cooling effect. This means the energy of the year will help people become more logical and level-headed.
Water is associated with emotions. Whilst the metal standing on top of the rat gives people the impression that things are cool, beneath the surface there is a lot of feelings.
The rat is one of the romance creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. This means that during a rat year the vibrations of the year bring a lot of romantic sentiment.
Romance is particularly auspicious in a rat year for the signs of pig rabbit and goat
If you?re born in the year of the pig, the rabbit or the year of the goat you can activate the romance energies by placing fresh flowers in a vase of clean water in the north side of your home.


2020 is your year a Rat year. When you step into your own year it?s a good time to reflect on your journey through life. Do you know where you are going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? It?s good to look back and learn from the lessons of the past year but remember to look ahead because that?s the way you?re going.


Rat year brings you opportunities to join up with others for work or for play. Be clear about what you want to do when you team up with others for achieving a goal or forming an emotional connection. If you need to take charge of a situation, make sure that others feel it?s a joint effort. Talk about your dreams. Do you share the same vision?


The rat can bring you support and encouragement this year. Be open to offers, yet at the same time weigh them up carefully. Move forward with what?s right for you. Your Tiger personality likes to blaze your own trail. Remember that some people are sweet-talkers and some people are action-takers.


The rat year can bring a charming person into your life. Whether this person is a romantic prospect or professional contact, don?t be too easily swayed by what they have to say. Your gentle rabbit personality it?s not going to be a pushover when it comes to dealing with assertive types. Stand your own ground.


Is someone coming into your life for a good reason? Be on the lookout for helpful peopleThere could be some good opportunities when you joined forces with others. It could be a case of better together if it fits in with your plans. Sometimes, some people are only sharing your path for a short time. Enjoy the company of those who walk by your side.


Have you figured out all the details for your plans? A metal rat year is a good time for you to get organised and to put your message out to the world. Is there something important you want to say? Who is your audience? How can you captivate others to win them over? When you find your way through the year ahead remember those who helped you along the way.


Rat years tend to bring ups and downs for most people born under the sign of the Horse. If there?s a time when you experience emotional highs and lows it?s often in a rat year. Stay positive in the face of trials and tribulations and you will gallop through 2020 with a smile on your face.


Rat year bodes well for your romantic life. If you are a single Goat looking for a new romance do you know what sort of romantic partner you?re looking for? Get clear on the sort of personality who would be a good match for you. Be willing for friends to match make for you.


Rat year brings you opportunities for you to express yourself. When you talk about what?s on your mind you will feel a deeper connection with your close ones. Expressing yourself means sharing the joys and the not so happy moments. Let go of feelings which no longer serve you well. Recall happy memories and look forward to a bright year.


2020 is a year for you to consider what you can do to make yourself happier. Perhaps it?s time for you to do more of those things which lift your spirits. You might feel there is such a lot you need to do in taking care of others. You?re still going to be involved with those you care about and you?re going to take care of yourself first.


Are you taking firm control of your finances? Rat year can bring you opportunities around business and money and you need to take control of money matters. Do you shop around to get the best deal? How can you make the most of what you have in the bank? Make looking after your money a fun activity.


As you step into Rat year you?re stepping out of pig year. Rat year is a good time for you to consider who you want around you. Which of your friends are your true friends? It can be nice to have some fair-weather friends to share some laughter and good times. Remember to take care of those forever friends you can rely on.

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