April 6 - April 12, 2020
At a time when the world itself and normal life have changed dramatically in the course of just a few weeks and many of us are on lockdown, you are the best equipped to not just manage this but thrive. This is a time of uncertainty, not knowing when life will return to normal or if it ever will and instead, is there a new normal on the other side, making this a time of transformation. This was already your reality, for the Year of the Rat is a year of isolation, pulling back, review and reflection. This is the final year in a personal 12 year lunar cycle, a year of endings, of reflecting and closing old doors, as you prepare for the Year of the Ox next year. Even the month of the Dragon and its focus on home and family matters is putting you ahead of the curve. The Rat wants you to make time to hear yourself think, the Dragon wants you to spend more time at home and life seems to agree with both.
2020 - Year of the Rat
2020 is an important year, but it is one that will make some unusual demands on you, especially once the Year of the Rat begins, on 24th January. Until then, the year began with the final weeks of the social and serendipitous Year of the Pig playing out and for you more than anyone, the shift in focus from one lunar year to the next will be pronounced. For as the very socially charged and interactive Year of the Pig ends, the more nostalgic and reflective Year of the Rat begins. This doesn’t mean that you will spend the next 12 months navel gazing but with the Year of the Rat in play through to February 2021, it is the dominant energy in 2020.
The Year of the Rat is the final year in a personal 12 year lunar cycle, a year that began during the last Year of the Ox in 2009. This is when you last got to push the ‘reset’ button, starting out on the new quests and beginnings that have made up the journey ever since. On 11th February 2021 the Year of the Rat will end and the next Year of the Ox will begin, making this the final year in a 12 year journey. Life will go on and you can’t or don’t need to spend the rest of 2020 navel gazing, but this is a year of completion, of looking back and of closing old doors, ready for a fresh start next year. It is also a year when you do have a chance to spend more time in life’s slow lane and for the Ox, this is important and probably just what the doctor has ordered. This gives you more time to embrace life and that includes a rare opportunity to make matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative a priority. You will always get an opportunity to do that during the month of the Snake, but this is four weeks that in the middle of a busy life, is often over by the time you can get around to embracing it.
The Rat’s slower pace will not only allow for more time, this year the month of the Snake is a leap month, which means that instead of just four weeks you have eight. The first month of the Snake will run from 23rd April to 22nd May, with a chance for a do over from 22nd May to 21st June. This year has just the right amount of professional influence, with enough opportunities to seize but not so much that it will over burden you. June and July will be the best months of the year for work and job matters, especially once the month of the Snake ends on 21st June, while October and November will be the best for career and professional matters in general.
About the Ox
You are likely to be tolerant, dependable, scrupulous and hard-working. You will be happiest in your own home and have a real love of gardening and outdoor activities.
The patience of the Ox is proverbial. Calm and dependable, they like to take things slow and steady, including romantic relationships. Oxen are not likely to flaunt open declarations of love, for their passions are not easily roused. Love grows over long periods of time, but once cultivated, is not likely to diminish.
They have a strong sense of traditionalism and can be at times, extremely conservative. They are generally dogmatic and tend to resist change. They prefer to do things how they have always done it, although an Ox is industrious and always finishes a task that has been started. They are especially tireless if it helps they loved ones.
Despite they stubbornness and occasional dictatorial behavior, Oxen are generally honest and loyal creatures.
Compatible: Snakes & Roosters
Strained: Dogs & Tigers