2020 YEAR of the METAL RAT

Rat year is a time of strong endings and fresh beginnings because Rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac that starts a new 12-year cycle.

Anticipate scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and an increase in technological inventions. Creativity flourishes, with advancement in everything from artificial intelligence to soil analysis on Mars.

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RAT is considered a lucky astrology sign, making Rat year a time of abundance and good fortune. Social Rat loves the pack, so this year is ideal to work collectively to launch new strategies. Ventures begun in a Rat year are fortunate, but only if well planned.

So plan, organize, then plan again. Rat is a doer who cares about performance, progress, and rewards. Anticipate scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and an increase in technological inventions. Creativity flourishes, with advancement in everything from artificial intelligence to soil analysis on Mars.

During a Rat year there is a focus on money for both personal and global finance, like the last Rat year 2008 of the Great Recession. 2020 brings an even stronger focus on international markets, excessive wealth, and real estate because it’s a Metal year. Autumn and winter are the most fortunate seasons.



Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the Metal Rat.

The element Metal represents money and the resources of Mother Earth such as gold and silver. Anticipate fluctuations in world economies and shifts of political power. There can be a financial reset of rich and poor, with more people raised out of poverty. But Metal also represents weaponry, and Rat year can bring collective militarization.

Metal personality traits include strength, independence, focus, intensity, righteousness, and fluency in speech. The Metal personality is very determined and powerful. One born in a Metal year succeeds by being less opinionated, accepting change, and gracefully releasing the past.

The element Metal rules the lungs in Chinese Medicine so take care of your lungs this year, especially in autumn. Lunar Surgery Tips.

More information about Metal Rat is in my book Taoist Astrology available online and at bookstores.  



In Rat year, activities are more successful during Rat, Ox, Dragon and Monkey hours that are favorable for Rat.

Rat hours are 11 pm – 1 am
Ox hours are 1 am – 3 am
Dragon hours are 7 am – 9 am
Monkey hours are 3 pm – 5 pm
The biggest block of time 11 pm – 3 am is liked by nocturnal Rat. 



Those born in Rat years (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020) are smart, sharp, funny people who are highly perceptive. They are excellent at analyzing data to arrive at the correct conclusions, and can quickly figure out how to solve problems. Their quick wit and style makes them popular, and are delightful when they turn on the charm.

But a Rat won’t reveal their true feelings if emotions block their success. Even the shyest Rat can be ambitious and calculating because Rat wants to win. Rat works hard and plays hard too, making this year a time for socializing, entertaining, and enjoying a variety of cuisines. Rats are most compatible with another Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey.



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RAT – You start a new 12-year life cycle in your Rat year. Step up and be the leader. Others will follow you, and help you strategize and develop plans. Time for a new direction, or to entrench and strengthen your current path. Either choice requires dedication, then follow-up in Ox year 2021. 1984 Wood Rat and 1960 Metal Rat most strongly consider a career change this year. Be patient and maintain steady progress because winter is your best season. An excellent year for marriage, to have a child, or make a move. In relationships, Rat is most compatible with another Rat, Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible. Horse is least compatible.

OX – Rat year is fortunate for Oxen, and starts a two-year lucky cycle. Be open to new ideas and opportunities. Rat year is the time to work collectively so be more engaged, especially in your career. Your slow and steady methods are finally appreciated. Next year 2021 is your Ox year to develop the best of your Rat year endeavors. Luck is strongest for 1973 Water Ox and 1961 Metal Ox. This year and next is good for marriage and having a child. Autumn is your best season, and all winter months are lucky. This element Metal year is also ideal for an Ox to completely clean your environment, and paint your home in the summer. Get it done this year, before your Ox year 2021. In relationships, Ox is most compatible with another Ox, Phoenix (Rooster), or Snake. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – Tiger is stronger than Rat so stay in your power this year. And strive to be social. Rat loves the pack, whereas Tiger can be a loner. Your year for big gains and advancement is Tiger year 2022. So maintain what you’ve already created. Tiger likes action, but money could be tight, and Rat year can bring expensive distractions. If others become argumentative, hold back on the Tiger temper, especially at work. Spring is your best season, and OK to lay low in winter. In relationships, Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Expect a good year with opportunities for advancement, especially 1963 Water Rabbit. An auspicious time to change residence or invest in real estate. But carefully examine all documents. Be less naive and trusting because Rabbit’s innate kindness can be mistaken for weakness. Avoid lawsuits, or any kind of entrapment or fast deal. Career progresses steadily so maintain a good pace, and not become overwhelmed by Rat race energy. Rat’s active intensity can, at times, give Rabbit a nervous feeling. March, June, and November are your luckiest months. In relationships, Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, Sheep, or Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.

DRAGON – Finally, your lucky year! Dragon starts a new cycle after two years of stagnation. All Dragons can have a breakthrough, especially the 2000 Metal Dragon and 1952 Water Dragon. The spotlight is back on you Dragon, and others look to you for leadership. So step forward, shine, and lead! For most Dragons, it’s time to regroup and strengthen your current path. But for some Dragons, this Rat year is time to plan and start a new path in autumn. 2020 is a very good year for marriage, to have a child, launch a business, or move your home. Spring is Dragon’s best season. In relationships, Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – You naturally have an advantage, as you do every Rat year, because snakes eat rats. Plus Snake’s earthly branch is Fire in Chinese Medicine, and 2020 is a Metal year. Fire melts Metal, adding even more strength and power. Rat is a thinker and doer, so Rat year energy can blend well with Snake’s wisdom and love of observation. Rat year is time to work collectively, but group think is not Snake’s strong suit. Best to coil and contemplate, then contemplate again, before striking. 2020 is a lunar leap year, with two Metal Snake lunar months that begin on the new Moon April 22 and the new Moon May 22, making spring and early summer your most fortunate time. Actions taken in 2020 set the foundation for Ox year 2021, your lucky year. In relationships, Snake is most compatible with another Snake, Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – Rat is your opposite in the Chinese zodiac, so anticipate that others are not always on your page. Horse is a doer whereas Rat is a planner. You tend to act on gut instinct, whereas Rat will not show their intention. You are a warrior so your direct approach may seem harsh, not efficient. Keep an even temper, ignore Rat flattery, and do not react or over respond. If you consciously avoid any sort of conflict (especially legal) then you can do whatever you want this year, especially 1990 Metal Horse and 1966 Fire Horse. Horse’s earthly branch is Fire in Chinese Medicine, and 2020 is a Metal year. Fire melts Metal, adding even more strength to Horse. Summer is your best season, and travel is highlighted in summer. For family planning, wait until your lucky Tiger year 2022 to have children. In relationships, Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Rat and Sheep are compatible at first. Both love the arts, good times, and the good life. But soon Rat and Sheep realize that they have very different goals. Rat wants money and power. Sheep wants love and peace. Yet 2020 can be a good year for us Sheep. Business improves, debts can be paid, and home life is calm. If your finances are not organized, this is your year to tend to money details. Rat’s way of taking small bites to get the job done is soothing to spiritual Sheep who would rather avoid big risks. And tend to your health, especially your lungs. Summer is your best season, and is excellent for entertaining. Luck is steady for all Sheep, and is strongest for 1991 Metal Sheep and 1979 Earth Sheep. In relationships, Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – A very fortunate year for all Monkeys! A superb year to marry, have a child, launch a business — or decide to walk an altogether new path. Your best seasons are spring and summer, with extra luck in December, that bring many opportunities for success. Rat loves the pack so make connections with others during this social Rat year when your charm and wit are appreciated. This is your year to bravely open new doors so it’s important to expand your circles, and meet like-minded people who help bring you to your next level. 1980 Metal Monkey, 1968 Earth Monkey, and 1956 Fire Monkey can make the most profound transformation. In relationships, Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Rooster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. 2020 is a good year for education, travel, and to expand your circle. The two Metal Snake lunar months in 2020 that begin on the new Moon April 22 and the new Moon May 22 make spring and early summer very fortunate for the growth and transformation that Phoenix loves. But Rat and Phoenix are both concerned about money. So in 2020 be practical, discreet, and use strategy. Money might be tight so stay structured and balanced. Avoid bad business deals by being patient. Autumn is your strongest season, so anticipate a good harvest based on your hard work. 2021 Ox year is a much better year for you. Luck is best for 1981 Metal Phoenix and 1957 Fire Phoenix. In relationships, Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix, Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible. 

DOG – A positive year when health is good, travel is highlighted, and it’s time to socialize. Both Dog and Rat love the pack! But focus your attention on business too, because Rat year brings opportunities to advance your career. Rat is a strategic planner whereas Dog is more instinctive. To avoid problems, be very patient with others. If work becomes a competitive Rat race, then step back. Don’t start chasing your tail to keep up. Ox year 2021 provides enough time for you to complete projects the way you want. Goals come to fruition in Tiger year 2022. For family planning, wait until Tiger year to have children. Autumn is your best season. Luck is strongest for the 1970 Metal Dog and 1982 Water Dog. In relationships, Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, or Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – A year for new experiences, romance is highlighted, and Pig enjoys social success! Anticipate a prosperous business year. But pace yourself, especially in winter your best season. Just don’t overwork if Rat year energy becomes competitive. If there are delays, they’re due to the Rat need for details. But be aware that Rat wants the best deal for Rat, whereas Pig wants what is best for all. So don’t allow your kind heart to be taken advantage of this year. Stay strong, have boundaries, and do not loan money. Be very careful with finances. Continue being kind even when others are just acting kind for an advantage. In relationships, Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.



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