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The Year of the Rat 2020

2020 will be a year that we all will remember, where we were and what unfolded, a year in which all that we held as normal was no more and we move into unchartered waters, learning and creating a new way of life, a new norm. It is a year in which we gave Mother Earth some time to recover, and as we recover let’s see what path the stars and the universe have put before us.  Zakariya Adeel explains


The insatiable Boar passed the baton to the driven Rat on the 25th January 2020, we are guided into a metropolis world we never knew existed.  Being the first Avatar of the Chinese Cycle, we have returned to the beginning of a new cycle but are on an elevated level, a new plane, with an evolved perspective. It is exceptionally relevant that this year is 20/20, our ability to perceive what is happening around us also sharpens.

Innovative, progressive, and active, the twelve months of the Rat push us to proceed with our goals.  It is somehow easier to undertake detailed work without getting a headache, easier to remain focused, and surprisingly easy to achieve your goals once firmly set.  This is the Rat influence at work.  Rat years are known for their abundance of opportunity, so if ever there was a time to capitalize, it is during this year.

People are more ready to put in the sweat and tears to create their dreams.  The Dog year provides self-confidence, the Pig teaches us how to be uninhibited and the Rat plies us with an infinite amount of ambition.  This year will have us planning and laying the foundations for the year of the Ox where we are lent the capacity to barge through any opposition or barriers with ease. 

Economically, think long term and barter for purchases until you get a bargain.  Let’s not forget it’s the year of opportunity.  Business-wise, the brave will win; the prudent will win; those who give up do not deserve to win.  With every difficulty there is associated guidance directing you to success.  Remain hopeful, the universe is on your side.  Just have faith that the solution is on its way.

Many people born in the year of the Rat choose to go into the social sciences, counseling, teaching, or spiritual fields, anywhere they can aid the development of another’s self-esteem.  Likewise, the coming Rat year will focus primarily on self-development and the completion of objectives that will further each individual’s personal growth.

The previous year encourages us to cut emotional ties from negative situations and if we were unable to make the decision for ourselves, fate steps in, returning us to a state of innocence.  From here we now proceed.  Accessing the Rat’s higher intelligence, we see the world with new eyes, we process the previous cycle of our experience through an advanced perspective and we see the light in every grey cloud.   This year is an optimistic year of personal development, of proactivity and of joyful merriment.  

This is the Year of the Rat.



Your Fortunes in 2020

The Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)

I am the instigator, the fire starter, the beginning. I am magic manifested to create an entirely new world, a new order, a new way. Tiny is my body, Vast is my spirit! Feel the power of my energy, see it sparkle in my eyes. Through me you will see colors you have never seen before, experience delights you have never experienced before, I am the one who knows the way to Eden, follow me, I’ll take you there. Gracious am I if you value my time, my voice, and my contribution; be blind to my gifts and be blind to your own ignorance. I direct you to your own guidance, open you to your own intuition, lead you from the barren lands to the oasis because I know my world intimately; its structure, material, and its effective usage. I should know, I was here before all else. I am the oldest sibling. I am the firstborn of the Chinese Zodiac.

Your Fortunes in 2020
Having created the perfect playground for yourself and there’s nothing left to do now but enjoy. The Rat year is likely to keep you busy in all aspects of your life. At times you may feel like the fast-forward button of your life has been pressed as a lot happens in a short space of time. However, as you stop to take stock, you will see that there is little that you do not like and any necessary adjustments are easily made. This year and the next one are the most romantic years of all for you. Many Rat signs meet the love of their lives at this time and more get engaged or married. It is a great time to lay the foundations for new ventures personal or professional. A new job or a promotion is likely to bring in more money and fulfillment within the context of your extended family is also indicated. Make the most of this auspicious year and keep the momentum going into the next.

 

The Ox/Buffalo (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
I am the sturdy rock of the cycle, the immovable object, the monolith! The world is my charge and I alone am responsible for its improvement. Waking before dawn I graft until after sunset without uttering a word. My diligence is noticed and I am given increasingly greater responsibility as well as greater resources; now I set the rules; do as I say, but only do as I do when you stand in my shoes; you’ll need unending resolve, military discipline, and seductive charisma. My presence and humor cast an enchanting spell that makes me irresistible. The masses want to follow me, do what I ask and enjoy my dominance! I control my external world because I am but an alien in my emotional one, pretending that feelings don’t exist doesn’t work, so the emotional arena seems to be my steepest learning curve, but I’m already halfway up the hill and as everyone knows I keep going until I reach my finish line: I either win, or I end. There is no alternative option.
I am the Ox.


Your Fortunes in 2020
As your soul mate year, lots of luck and fortunate outcomes lay ahead for you. Whether you remain with your current employer or seek a new position elsewhere, your skill, talent, and expertise will be recognized and fairly rewarded. This feeling of victory improves your confidence and reignites your passion for your work. Your creative energy is ready to be channeled in productive ways and if you have to undertake more training, then so be it. On a personal level, the goal you have been wishing for is unexpectedly achieved, the results of which are likely only to last for a short time. Some sort of change in the environment, whether physical or mental is forecast; it is possible you may change residence or may alter your belief system quite dramatically. Avoid excessive or addictive behavior is wise as it may affect your positive attitude. Keep your vices at bay and the Rat’s year will be one to remember.

 


Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
I am passion personified with more confidence than I can keep up with. Curiosity has nearly killed me a million times, but I’m quick on my paws and love the thrill of the game. Calm on the surface, a storm on the inside; nobody understands the enigma that I am, I feel so much, I care so much, but I need my freedom even more! Wealth, status or fame, rarely impress me as these cat-eyes see bullshit for bullshit. Earn my respect, give me the truth and I’ll infuse you with my energy, a rush of a trillion stars that flow from my veins into yours. I can feel you when you’re depleted, I can excite you when drabness threatens: my aliveness revives even the dead. As a feral cat, expect the unexpected, but also know that what I really want is to be tamed… actually, I’ll never be tamed but I’ll let you think I am. I’m the impulsive, independent, improviser; the lone warrior, I trust myself and myself alone, even if I love you, I’ll always be alone in my Tiger-ness, you wouldn’t understand.
I am the Tiger.


Your Fortunes in 2020
A significant obstacle is removed from your path in the early part of the Rat year, however, this does not give you the right to run wild. Consider the effect your actions have on others and try to tame your ego. It may not be the best year to make risky investments or set unrealistic goals. Spend more time on introspective pursuits. It is wiser to save your money for the future, think carefully about commitments, and avoid impulsive behavior. Although it looks like money is flowing in from all sides, it is unlikely to last and expecting it to is unwise. Planning ahead, keeping your own counsel, and concentrating on your previous successes keep you moving along productively. A slow yet eventful year lay in store where you will be challenged and pushed to advance. It’s not all sunshine and roses for you dear Tiger, but you will enjoy more than your fair share of success and will emerge stronger and more powerful than before.

 

Rabbit/Cat (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
I am the sensual Casanova, the seductive siren, and the political artist. With aristocratic manners and cultured flair I waltz through my world wanting to inspire greatness in others through my own amazing talents, yet hoping that nobody embarrasses me by highlighting my genius. It separates me from the mere mortals but I am one too and I see the greatness of being regular. But for some reason, this bunny is placed on a pedestal even though I am not the sort that likes to be paraded for the sake of entertainment, well, not for too long anyway… I have real work to do. My art is my life and I do it to elevate consciousness to an unearthly plane, for some divine interruption, occasionally intervention for I bridge the real and surreal worlds. I am the psychic channel that communicates with a spirit that is why the future flows from me. I just know that which is beyond psychology, beyond philosophy, and beyond regular comprehension – I am of this world but my mind is beyond. Because I’m noble, responsible, and divinely beautiful, don’t mistake me for an angel – I choose not to live up to anyone’s expectations and will hop away in the blink of an eye.
I am the Rabbit.


Your Fortunes in 2020
The Rat year should be seen as a preparatory year for the significant successes that await you in the year of the Ox. Generally, it will be a relaxed year, a time to concentrate on figuring out what you want and making plans to obtain it. It is likely that you will make contact with people who will eventually open the doors to your success. Remaining focused on one goal may be difficult as your energies are dispersed in a number of areas. This may mean you are not seeing the progression in any of the areas that you feel you deserve. Creatively, however, you have never been so inspired and you may feel it is going unnoticed. The time will come when you get what you deserve. For now, take your time, enjoy your pursuits and keep your own counsel. Keep going, keep believing, and know that victory is inevitable.

 

Dragon/The Great Snake (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)

I am the spiritual messenger, the motivator, the mythical monster that channels the sun from within. All know I breathe fire, but what they know not, is that fire comes from a sun that burns in my belly, connects to the suns of the universe, and amplifies my charge a million-fold. It is the source of my infinite power and functions on every plain, physical, mental, spiritual. I am a gift to mankind. I came to serve man’s mind; to enthuse, to enliven and enlighten for I tread where no others can reach. I run, I climb and I fly. That is why I am beyond comprehension, sometimes even my own, but my inner sunshine god guides me to my next odyssey. Adventure to adventure I expand my experience, then I mirror it back to the world in shades they can see, in shapes they recognize, for I am the everyman in a beautiful beast’s shell. I do not need to speak to impassion, my presence is enough, I do not need to touch, my presence is powerfully experienced, I do not need to take any action, my presence is everything. I am nature’s purest secret.
I am the Dragon.


Your Fortunes in 2020
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of last year you are reborn, revitalized and ready for the Rat year that promises to be a blast. Last year may have contained its adverse periods which may have led to difficult changes for you and your family. However, from these developments, you will derive great benefit. A venture started in this Rat year is likely to exceed your expectations in profitability. Career prospects look good, you are thinking clearly seeing things for what they are and the negative aspects that made you question your intuition have been removed. You are in a powerful position and seem unstoppable. In addition, it might be one of the most romantic years you have ever had. If you are unattached, Rat years are lucky ones to meet significant others as well as find a purpose worth committing to. Active and fun, the Rat year will be entertaining and personally rewarding.

 

Snake/Serpent (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
I am the mentor, the political philosopher, the teacher. My life is my example to inspire you. My great ego endows me with power, influence, and persuasive prowess but I must choose my path; for karma afflicts me powerfully and my deeds are read from the circumstances of my life. I am the mysterious strategist and there are only ladders for me to climb as I am the snake that can bring others down, or, if I choose, I can also be a ladder to support the growth of others. Though I am quiet, calm, and wise, my anger, when released, creates earthquakes. Though my mystique is well acknowledged, my weakness is my need to be admired, seen as the ultimate sophisticated being. My words are sometimes tools and sometimes weapons, be my friend or my foe, you will be affected by my rhetoric. I breathe, I sweat and I bleed power – there is always more inside me than I release and I will never give it up until the time comes for me to shed my current skin and renew myself once more.
I am the Snake.


Your Fortunes in 2020
As you emerge from your opposite year of the Boar, you will appreciate the respite offered by the Rat. Do not get too comfortable though as you will soon be on-the-go and will remain there for the rest of the year. It is going to be a busy one full of professional and personal opportunities. You could make a huge leap in your career with the pay packet to match. It is also an important year to make new friends and if you are unattached, you may even find a worthy partner who stimulates you, mind, body, and soul. However, the Rat year will not proceed without a minor hindrance or two but nothing you can’t handle. You will regain your status, your power, and your ability to balance your moods. For you to get the best out of the next twelve months you must try to moderate your behavior and manage your resources wisely.

 

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
I am the humanitarian rebel, the brave savior, the noble fighter. I am swift and agile and need space to roam. I crave freedom; therefore obtain it for others.   With my external yang spirit and internal yin life, I present to the world an eternal contradiction, even though I maintain nature’s perfect balance. I am 100% instinct! That is why I present such an inconsistent front. I require sole exploration. I want to know who I am without prior definition. I want to live life with blood coursing through my veins a million miles per hour because it suits me, because I know I’m the only one who can handle it because anything other than that is death. That is why I have this raw instinct, invisible antennae, and reflexes: I was born with speed so I can live on the edge because that is where I belong! Pushing my own boundaries and that of society. If that pushes your buttons at the same time, deal with it! My job is to equalize the status quo, not make you comfortable.
I am the Horse.


Your Fortunes in 2020
Being that the Rat is your opposite sign a certain level of friction is to be expected this year. It is necessary to approach this year after having experienced some sort of rebirth and most of the other signs have; all except you. The year of the Rat supports you to let go of the past, rid yourself of your self-oppressive beliefs, and admit that some things just are outside of your control. If you are a typical Horse, you will have a greater need for independence than others, however, this is not the year to take risks for the sake of it. Avoid defensive gestures and your isolating tendencies, instead, get involved in group activities. Physical exercise, meditation, and stimulating games help you remain balanced. This is a year of significant events that may alter the way you perceive yourself in the context of your personal world. The Rat year is the year you inspire the world with your strength.

 

Sheep/Goat/Ram (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
I am the social artist, the subconscious scientist, the compassionate innovator. My calmness, tender countenance, and warmth invite all to love me. That is why I am often a family favorite, the golden child, the chosen one. Though I may seem docile and malleable, I let you think what you want so that your needs are met and I can be free to be unconventional me. I experience the greatest me in my daydreams, for it extends the self in this tangible realm. I am not easily understood for what I understand is the un-understandable. I am the connection to subconscious worlds, to unknown realms, and to divine plans. I feel it, I sense it and then I know it. I pull magic from my dreams and manifest it into tangible reality. I take my intuitive esotericism and add it to my emotional awareness to become the ultimate human behavior expert. Though I can be spoilt, frivolous and expensive, you will never feel more at home than when I am there, for I am home, I am comfort, I am your woolen security blanket… and I’m worth it.
I am the Sheep!


Your Fortunes in 2020
Not that you’re trying to steal the Rat’s thunder, but you, little sheep, could end up being the star of the Rat year. The Rat is all about developing those individual aspects about yourself that make you special. Work at your special talent with determination and the results could astound you. You are at the threshold of resolving an emotional issue that has long held you back. Rest assured that when the fog lifts, your thinking will be much clearer and you will adopt a realistic outlook. Generally, it is a lucky year for business, a fun social year, and most importantly, a year full of romance. The activities you involve yourself in this year could introduce you to some significant people. All of the opportunities will be there, but you must act on them. The Rat year bathes you in light so you shine all year round like the star you are. Enjoy.

 

Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
I am the most evolved of the cycle, I see the obvious and I turn it into comedic music, for I am the agile imp, the cheeky chimp, the naughty nymph. Naughtiness is present in my every gesture, my eyes wink without moving and I project sexiness without trying. But I am more than just a passing fancy, for within me is a balance that all my astrological siblings lack; some may share my wit, attractiveness, a few have a presence I do not, but what they lack is a firm, grounded common sense and that I have in spades. I know what needs to be done and I do it, not because I feel it is the right thing to do, even I question my moral colors at times, but because I can see the results of the potential outcome if I do not take the action. It is not a discipline that keeps me moving, it is my need for monkey motion and foresight. I want a paradise for my own and I know what to do to get there.
I am the Monkey.


Your Fortunes in 2020
Passion, excitement, and glory await you in the Rat year. It is one of the most promising years you’ve seen of recent times full of material, spiritual, and physical fulfillment. A new chapter in your life begins and you’re full of vitality, shining with youthful exuberance. Your finances are good and it is a good time to apply for a loan, maybe for business or property. You will have that little extra and you may choose to be generous with it. For those who are still single, there are interested suitors hanging around. Act quickly as the Rat year is an especially auspicious year for monkey marriages. Your intuition and instincts will serve you well so listen to your feelings; explore your inner world. Being that this is your dream-year, it will pay to give back to those who are not doing so well. Build your karmic rewards and see just how fantastic you can make this exceptionally prosperous year.

 

Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
I am the critical calculator, the cerebral conservative, the quality controller. I am the last to sleep and the first to rise for my service is necessary and my goals, paramount. Of course, I am a special child of nature, less the common farmyard bird, and more the peacock. My head-comb shines so brightly, it can blind, my wings are perfectly brushed and my feathers are stunningly fanned! I have to look perfect so the world recognizes my superiority. I need to be “on” all of the time, I need to be available, I have to be perfect! When I am not happy, you will know, for I am a cocky, cocksure, cockerel. I know what I’m cockadoodledooing about… even when I don’t! I am not critical, I am discerning! I am not impulsive, I’m confident. I listen to my head over my heart because my heart is an impudent child in an adult’s world. Discipline is necessary for all areas leaving the rest of me to dazzle and attract without any of my peacock-eyes leaving sight of the goal!
I am the Rooster.


Your Fortunes in 2020
Energetic fast-paced and a tad arduous, the Rat year is going to be a year you’ll remember. Money may not be as available as it has been recently and you may find yourself reluctantly dipping into savings. Plan for any expected purchases and exercise prudence where money matters are concerned. Although nobody would dispute how capable you are, even you have your limits so be careful not to take on more than you can handle. Work may be more stressful than usual and situations may put you on the defensive.  Making a good impression with influential people is of paramount importance as opportunities are there for you to capitalize on in the latter half of the year.  As the master of both style and substance, let the substance shine this year and downplay the image – let your charm be secondary to your ability.  Consider the company your keep and energetic environment as minor illnesses are sighted so give yourself the time and space you need to recuperate. Surround yourself with positive people who make you laugh and feel light as Rat years can feel challenging at times.  But with your Rooster resilience, nothing is going to stop you from finding success.

 

Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
I am the independent guardian, the iconoclast, the belligerent-diva. I was born cynical, suspicious, and mature of mind, I get younger as I age. My mind flowers with youthful exuberance as I realize that I was never alone and that I did not need to be so strong. Forget 20/20, I have 50/50 crystal clarity. It frustrates me that the rest of the world lags so far behind; my creativity captivates the masses as I bore of my own edgy magic. My convictions are titanium. I need not external validation for I have greater inner resources. Many come to me for validation; oh how I pity those fools! But it is my duty to create a safety net for others and as I do, the heavens create a safety net for me! All are drawn to my beauty though some fear the feral creature hiding behind my eyes. Allow my doggy-drive to inspire you to the heavens for it is in my nature to uplift. Come to me for creativity, for guidelines, for magic, and watch it manifest in my paws. I am a practical dreamer.
I am the Dog.


Your Fortunes in 2020
A year of transition lay before you as you are more open and desire greater personal fulfillment. The Rat year is undoubtedly an auspicious year for you and it is one that may thwart your attempts to coast through it. Your active involvement may be demanded but rest assured the results benefit you alone. Business ventures will be successful, promotions likely or you may even be offered a new job. Receive an increased or additional income from an unexpected source is also predicted. But the most important aspect of the year will be your personal growth. The Rat year is the year you leave your troubles behind along with all the negative hindering patterns and head towards becoming your own person: original, creative, respectable, rational, and open. Remain active and keep sight of your goal for this is the year you learn to like yourself and are ready for love from that significant other.

 

Boar (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
I am the capitalist, nature’s raw sensualist, the baby of the astrological cycle. I am the completion of the cycle and the beginning, so within me is both the spiritual wisdom of my former maturity and the enthusiasm of this frisky fresh being. I am the sophisticating country child working to leave my humble beginnings behind. My past conditioning affects me with its heavy haze. Sometimes, I know not where I am or where I stand but am committed to figuring it out. Time is an enigma for I live partly in the past, partly in the present whilst tipping a trotter into the future for a peek. I live not for myself, but for my tribe. No role is beyond me, regardless of my gender, for my love comes without boundaries. This causes me much heartache and I learn to love with more discernment, leaving my self-sacrifice and martyr complex behind, I step into this sophisticated, compassionate, and highly successful creature that everybody adores.
I am the Boar.


Your Fortunes in 2020
The Rat year may find you at a crossroads and you may have difficulty deciding on a route to take. Even if you made a decision, you might be so worried you made the wrong one that you could drive all the way back to the crossroads again to reassess and choose once more. Choose as best you can focus on your destination, and before you know it you’re there. Incredible transformations are possible leading to improved financial prospects and social possibilities. Open yourself to expanding upon your skills, maybe get some training and the experience will be more than constructive. Starting an exercise program in Rat years is always a good idea. Remove any pessimism and listen to the inner guidance that is telling you that new people are waiting to enter your life experience. Open up and let them in and you won’t regret it.

 

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