Perhaps you’re the type of person who scrambles to read their upcoming yearly forecast when a new year commences but did you ever pause to think about how the Chinese zodiac is going to affect the months ahead? Otherwise known as Sheng Xiao, this practice is based on a twelve-year cycle and is determined according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is symbolic of a specific animal sign to include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig—and in that exact order.
2020 is the year of the rat—the first in the 12-year zodiac cycle—and while those born under the rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032) will feel the effect, all of the zodiac signs will be influenced. The Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 and ends on February 11th, 2021. Here’s what you can expect in the year ahead.
It’s going to be a great year
Good news. It appears as though this is going to be a prosperous year for all of the signs, one filled with abundance and luck. Basically, you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.
Off to a good start
Forget about the winter blues. The beginning of February is likely to fill you with determination and the mindset that you have a clean slate in front of you that is encouraging you to start something new and exciting.
2020 Chinese year of the rat is going to be a period when people are striving to reach their goals and dreams—maybe even starting a business, making savvy investments for the long-term, or purchasing real estate. A word of caution: These efforts will only be fruitful if they are carefully planned. Take your time when making important decisions as the actions you make in 2020 will have an influence for the next 12 years.
Put yourself first
In 2020 it’s all about prioritizing your own needs—especially when it comes to finances! Resolve your own issues first or you’ll feel the burden later on.
The rat influence
As aforementioned, the rat will influence all of the signs in the Chinese zodiac. Rats are passionate, sharp, quick-thinking, intelligent, and excellent problem-solvers, but they can also be jealous, overly emotional, malicious, and depressed.
Changes May Be on the Way
2020 may be a year where you experience a major life change such as a big move—maybe even a career or relationship that takes you overseas. While this can be an exciting moment, just be aware of any backstabbers in your circle. There may be some jealous individuals who try to undermine your happiness by discouraging your actions.
Love is in the Air
Get ready for sexy time. 2020 is a year full of passion and physical attraction—but it’s also a year for breaking down any communication barriers and strengthening relationships.
Gold, white, and blue are the lucky colors this year, so consider these hues when accessorizing your home or office and when dressing. The color combo promotes success, particularly when it comes to financial transactions and trade.
Elements of life
Metal is the primary Chinese zodiac element in the year of the rat 2020. In the Chinese culture, metal signifies autumn. On a more symbolic level, think of the harvest. The upcoming year is a good opportunity to plant the seeds for important projects and investments so that they can grow in the years to come. Keep in mind that metal can either be malleable or uncompromising, so when it comes to the financial opportunity available in 2020, proceed with caution—especially when dealing with others and/or making large transactions.