February 24 - March 1, 2020
The New Moon that ushers in the month of the Rabbit began on Sunday, so this has just begun as we move into the new week. For the Rat, the Rabbit puts the focus on home, family and/or property matters and on all things close to home. While the Rabbit and the Rat are not enemies and this won't be a challenging month, they are not on the same wavelength so there could be times when you feel there are demands on you when in reality, it is either a communication breakdown or the way you are looking at things. This is the start of what is always a good month for not just domestic matters but for paying more attention to the people and things close to home. In the meantime, a playful Dragon Moon will provide a taste of things to come midweek, with the month of the Dragon now just four weeks away.
2020 - Year of the Rat
This is literally the year that you have been waiting for, with everything about the Year of the Rat holding just the right mix of everything you could want and nothing you don’t. For you, 2020 doesn’t begin on New Year’s Day but 24 days later, on 24th January. This is when the Chinese New Year opens the door to the Year of the Rat and the year when you literally come home and into your own. This is a year for major new beginnings, to reconnect with your personal truth and with that your personal power and also a chance to push the ‘reset’ button. You have spent close to a year cooling your heels during the nostalgic and reflective Year of the Pig, the final year in a personal 12 year lunar cycle.
Where the Year of the Pig was a year of endings, the Year of the Rat is a year of new beginnings. This is the energy you were born into and is an energy you know and relate to. Where in 2019 you were trying to live a Rat life in a Pig world, in 2020 you are able to live a Rat life in a Rat world, with the energy of the year matching your personal truth. This will make all this year’s opportunities a lot more powerful because no matter what you are doing, there is a chance to take ownership. During the month of the Rabbit, which from 23rd February to 24th March will put the focus on home and family matters, you will want your home, in terms of both how and where you live to express your personal truth. It will also be the case during the month of the Dragon, which will follow on from 24th March through to 23rd April, when the focus shifts to matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative.
Whatever you embrace, it needs to be authentic. This could see some changes on the job front, especially if you are not in a job that matches your personal truth or is something you have outgrown. Especially as there is a lot more time this year to explore those options. For the Rat, it is the month of the Snake that puts the focus on work and job matters and this year, this runs from 23rd April to 22nd May. However, this year this is a leap month, with a second month of the Snake running from 22nd May to 21st June. It is after that, that your relationships will encounter the Rat, with a greater need for balance between your personal and relationship needs.
About the Rat
Rats are always honest, and they are observant and curious. They are energetic, talkative and others can find them witty and charming. However ambition can make Rats ruthless and aggressive. They may find it hard to save, as they like to spend the money they earn and enjoy a good life.
The Rat is intelligent, charming, social and likeable. They are extremely good with money and are often thrifty. Although at times they can be economical to the extent of miserliness. Rats will spend lavishly under 3 circumstances: when they are in love, to further their long-term or career goals, and on collectibles if they are collectors. Rats are collectors by nature.
They are hard-working, innovative and full of ideas. Rats are almost always ambitious. Combined with the knowing of how to take advantage or make the best out of a situation, they are often successful at getting what they want out of life.
Rats are good at hiding their emotions, which often leads other to perceive their cool exteriors as those that are not easily roused. They sometimes have difficulties communicating their feelings. People born under this animal sign are frequently nocturnal.
Compatible: Dragons & Monkeys