January 25, 2020 marks a brand new year in the Lunar calendar, also known as Chinese New Year. The date of Chinese New Year changes each year, usually falling on a day between January 21st – February 20th. Filled with traditions and rituals, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. In China, the celebration lasts 15 days.

In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is represented by the combination of an animal sign (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig) and one of the five elements in Nature (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth). Every person is said to possess the qualities of the animal sign they are born under. This is the Year of the Metal Rat.

Metal Element and Rat Spirit

As the Rat is the first animal sign in the Lunar calendar, 2020 is not only the start of a new decade, but also the beginning of a new 12-year cycle. Symbolically, the start of a new cycle is met with a renewed sense of excitement and potential.

Each element has a high swing and a low swing. This year’s element is on the high swing, which can work both for and against you. Metal conducts electricity, so you can say this element is electric! Energetically, Metal relates to Lung energy and also supports digestive health. If your Lung energy isn’t strong, you may notice issues with your digestion, lungs or skin this coming year. But as with everything, you have the opportunity to use this new change to your advantage. What power this fresh start holds for all of Nature and its beings! If, at the beginning of this energy pattern, we can align ourselves with Nature’s energy flow, we will enjoy greater health for the next 12 years.

The Year of the Metal Rat brings energy and promise (Metal) with resourcefulness and a bit of underlying worry (Rat). Once a project gets off the ground, Metal energy has a way of zooming it forward to reach its highest potential. The Rat’s uncanny ability to adapt to any given situation will help all zodiac signs this year. Being mindful of the Rat’s innate worry is key to getting a project off to a good start. Achievement and success are key words in 2020.

While rats have been given a bad rap over the ages, research shows that rats are empathetic creatures that often display a strong desire to help other rats. Rat mothers are also extremely nurturing, teaching their children by example and putting their lives in danger to protect their pups. Extremely adaptable, rats conform to any environment they inhabit. Better yet, they often thrive and multiply, as long as there is a constant source of food. Clearly the Eastern world knows something we in the West have yet to latch onto.

In Chinese culture, rats are a symbol of fortune and plenty. Those born under this sign are known to be quick, witty, resourceful and independent. They are successful in their risk-taking ventures. Metal Rats in particular are reliable and financially savvy. They are often able to turn unlucky events in their favor. Rats are protectors, caring for those in their social network. While Rats, in general, are highly successful, a deeply-rooted sense of worry and lack of confidence can creep up and impede their progress. This year, Rats will be met with many challenges, but will balance that with an equal amount of successes.


Interested in learning how your sign will fare in the Year of the Metal Rat? Join us Monday for Chinese Zodiac 2020: What Does Your Sign Say About You?

Mind, Body, Spirit, TCM

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