Rat Chinese New Year


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THE RAT 2020

The Year of the Rat begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. 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.

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. Rat correlates to the Western sign Sagittarius. 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 info 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.



Contact me for your New Year personalized astrology forecast, tarot reading, or feng shui consultation for luck in Rat year.

RAT – You start a new life cycle in your Rat year 2020. Time for a new direction, or to entrench and strengthen your  current path. Either choice requires dedication this year, then follow-up work in Ox year 2021. 1984 Wood Rat and 1960 Metal Rat most strongly feel the need to make a choice. Be patient because winter is your luckiest season. Looking for love? 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, starting a two-year lucky cycle. Be open to new ideas. Your slow and steady methods are appreciated. Next year 2021 is your Ox year when you can build on the best of your Rat-year endeavors. Luck is strongest for 1973 Water Ox and 1961 Metal Ox. Looking for love? 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 advances is Tiger year 2022. So anticipate minimal gains, and maintain what you’ve already created. Tiger likes action, but money could be tight, and Rat year can bring distractions. Looking for love? 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. 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. Career progresses steadily. March, June, and November are your luckiest months. Looking for love? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, Sheep, or Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.

DRAGON – Finally, your lucky year! An ideal year for pregnancy to have a Rat child. Luck is strongest for 2000 Metal Dragon. Spring is the best season. Looking for love? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – A new life cycle begins in 2020, followed by another lucky year Ox 2021. This is a two-year window to make change and shed your skin. Looking for love? 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 don’t get upset when others are not on your page. Horse is s doer whereas Rat is a thinker, so do not lose your temper with others. Looking for love? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Rat ans Sheep are on very different wave lengths. Yet 2020 can be a good year for Sheep’s finances. Business improves, debts can be paid, and home life is calm. Looking for love? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – A fortunate year for all Monkeys, so do not become discouraged. A good year to get pregnant for a Rat child in 2020. Your most challenging month is February. Your best months are April, August, and December. Looking for love? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Be practical and discreet because money might be tight. Stay structured, and Phoenix does structure well. Looking for love? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible.

DOG – A positive year with attention on business. Luck is strongest for the 1970 Metal Dog. Looking for love? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, Tiger, or Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – A year for new experiences! Be bold and brave, especially in the culinary world. Looking for love? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.


2020 LUNAR MONTHS in RAT YEAR California Time Zone

New Moon in Aquarius starts Earth Tiger month and year of the Metal Rat

New Moon in Pisces starts Earth Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries starts Metal Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus starts Metal Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini starts Water Horse month.

New Moon in Cancer starts Water Sheep month. 

New Moon in Leo starts Wood Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo starts Wood Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra starts Fire Dog month. 

New Moon in Scorpio starts Fire Pig month. 

New Moon in Sagittarius starts Earth Rat month. Rat month in Rat year.

New Moon in Capricorn starts Earth Ox month. 

New Moon in Aquarius starts Metal Tiger month and year of the Metal Ox.


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