Posted 08 Jan, 2020
WHAT DOES THE YEAR OF THE RAT MEAN FOR YOU IN 2020?
Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is an important annual celebration for East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. Each year, a different zodiac animal takes centre stage and guides the aspirations for the coming year.
Each zodiac animal has distinguished traits and lessons within their legends. These traits can be applied to daily life to help us understand outside forces that may influence our personalities.
2020 is the Year of the Rat and since it’s the first sign, we’re starting the zodiac calendar anew. The celebration begins on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and we’re excited about the wonderful possibilities the new year will bring.
Keep reading to discover the meaning of the Year of the Rat and how you can apply the lessons of this zodiac animal to your life.
Is it good luck to be a Rat in the Year of the Rat?
The 2019 zodiac animal was the Pig. Last year, experts predicted industries like electronics, mobility and travel to be prosperous. However, the clothing industry was forecasted to have a challenging year, and real estate was anticipated to see significant fluctuations.
The zodiac animal gracing us with its presence in 2020 is the Rat. If you were born during the Year of the Rat, you’ll need to be cautious this year. Chinese astrology states that when your birth sign matches the current year’s zodiac animal, you insult Tai Sui, the God of Age, and provoke his curse. If you were born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008, appeasing Tai Sui is how you will experience good luck in 2020.
To minimize bad luck, believers make sacrifices to the God of Age and change their behaviour to maximize good fortune. For example, wearing the colour red, donning jade accessories and facing the opposite direction of Tai Sui can protect you from misfortune.
In 2020, ensure furniture like your bed and desk to face south since Tai Sui faces north this year. It’s also recommended that you face south when completing any important tasks or transactions for the best chance of success.
What are Year of the Rat personality characteristics?
According to the Toronto Star, Rats are known for being diligent and resourceful. They also tend to have a friendly personality as well as a cunning and opportunistic perspective on life. Chinese tradition dictates that the Rat is the first animal in the zodiac cycle because of its clever manoeuvres during the Great Race.
Legend says the Jade Emperor invoked a competition that pitted the animals against each other in an exciting marathon event. In preparation, Cat depended on his best friend Rat to wake him up in time for registration. However, Rat neglected his promise and Cat missed the competition. Therefore, Cat does not have a place in the Lunar calendar.
On the day of the Great Race, Rat devised a strategy to help him win. The finish line was located on the other side of a river and Rat knew he’d need help to cross. Rat promised his friend Ox that he’d sing inspiring songs for him if he’d let him ride on his shoulder. Ox obliged and together they made it safely across the water.
As Rat and Ox neared the finish line, Rat jumped down from Ox’s shoulder and ran ahead, beating him to become the first Lunar animal. The other animals completed the Great Race and their respective positions reflect the order in which we experience the zodiac signs today.
Ox was second to cross the finish line with Tiger and Rabbit taking third and fourth place in the Great Race, respectively. Next came Dragon, Snake and Horse in fifth, sixth and seventh positions. Finally, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig finished the course, placing eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth.
What can we learn from the Rat?
The Rat’s resourcefulness during the Great Race inspires us to learn from it in 2020. When faced with challenges this year, don’t give up. Be like the Rat and share your struggles with others who can help you achieve your goals. Remember that the Rat could have tried to cross the river alone. The journey might have been long and difficult and he might have made it. However, by working in harmony with the Ox, Rat was able to make it across the finish line safe and dry.
The next time that you find yourself looking at a river of challenge and change, consider leaning on your friends and letting them help you cross the finish line.
Disclaimer: Zodiac predictions do not have any scientific guarantee.