January 25, 2020 is the beginning of the Metal Rat Lunar New Year. It marks a completely new 12-year cycle according to Tong Shu, the Chinese Almanac. The beginning of a new decade both in the Lunar and Gregorian Calendar system, Wow!
But first, we encourage you to reflect, briefly, upon the major themes of 2019 the Earth Pig Year- caring, sensuous, tolerant, humanitarian, reliable, funny, hard-working, gregarious, family-oriented. How have these manifested in your life? In the world around you? How has the wisdom of the past decade supported you and your family? Have we allowed ourselves to release and let go of the past to provide space for clarity and openness for the new decade?
So what does the symbol of the Rat mean in Chinese culture?
Rats are appreciated for their cleverness, diligence, and perseverance. They are methodical, social, cooperative, capable, and fun-loving.
They have the ability to always find food in nature. Where there is grain, rats appear, so they are the symbol of prosperity. A Rat year is expected to be profitable for many, across all industries. Rats always appear in groups and they are known to undermine enormous structures by just gnawing and nibbling at the foundation bit by bit. They are able to break things down and work together as a group to surpass many challenges.
People born in the Year of the Rat (1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) are considered charming, adaptable, witty, and sociable.
According to Chinese legend, the Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride, jumping off right before the finish line to come in first. The qi of this year will no doubt inspire some of the tricksters and opportunists in society, so be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true!
The Metal element, adds a level of refinement to the Rat symbol. Metal Rats are sensitive, meticulous, and resourceful. They easily win the attention and support of others and love to compete and win. Their ambition is modified by a strong personal sense of moral and spiritual values. They enjoy independence and are ruthlessly calculating in matters of the heart and finance. Though not without enemies, they experience relatively even fortunes. Jovial in appearance they might internally brood and worry over the slightest things. Meticulous personal habits are key for Metal Rat years.
The Metal Rat year is full of opportunities and very dynamic. If you are feeling a little stuck the past couple years, this is the year to break through the stagnation; it's the perfect time to create change in your life. The Metal Rat year is an extraordinary year for new beginnings and new possibilities. The Qi of the year is primed for you to share new ideas, new plans, and creative juju.
New ideas will spread like a tide. All kinds of people will come together to create waves of change. Remember rats always work in groups. You will feel more vital, alive, awake, and youthful. Minor health issues can clear up more easily and serious or chronic illnesses can stabilize. The quality of the Metal element activates the immune system, specifically the Lungs this year. This is an important year to take charge of your own health.
There will be a renewed focus on healthier lifestyles, as the Metal element increases our dedication to self-improvement. We highly recommend eating more warm and cooked foods this year. Foods that are easy to digest are the best like soup, stews, and steamed foods.
There is an abundance of creativity this year. All creative people will be increasingly inspired. Music, writing, photography, and the arts can be nourishment and motivation for many. Remember Rats are sociable creatures. Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people and renew existing relationships.
This is the year to reinvent yourself, a great time to start over!
Wishing you good health, much joy,
and great prosperity for the new year!
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