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Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Metal Rat

Happy Chinese New Year, my friends!

January 25th we leave the year of the Pig behind and begin the year of the metal Rat. The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese culture and celebrations last for two weeks.

What does this mean for you? If you believe in Chinese astrology, we’re headed into an intense, energetic year and it is time to hustle toward your goals and seize new opportunities.

Focus on the business side of things. Financial practicality is emphasized this year. It’s a time to chase your goals by working hard and smart.

Often the Rat is a romantic figure, but because this year we have a rat with the element of metal attached to it, it is the least romantic type. All that practicality gets in the way of romance. If you’re looking to deepen existing relationships or find new ones, try working with others on a new project or joining a professional organization. Another idea is to get closer to your friends or partner by being thrifty together.

I love the Chinese New Year because it gives us a second chance at the new year. We get so busy at the beginning of the year, we often don’t take the time needed to contemplate what we want for the days ahead and we neglect setting intentions.

Or we set lofty goals and quickly disappoint ourselves. The Lunar new year lets us have a do over. This is a new decade and Rat years are not good to the lazy. If you do nothing you will miss out entirely

Are you a Rat?

People born in the years 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960,1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 fall under the Year of the Rat.

If you were born in January or February, be sure to check when the Chinese new year began as you might not make the cut.

Characteristics of a Rat:
*clever
*quick thinkers
*often successful
*Rats tend to have a positive outlook on life
*energetic
*stubborn
*Some Rats have trouble with communication but Metal Rats are usually good speakers and can sway the mood of the group
*hot-tempered and jealous
*good leaders

“The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.”

If you are a Rat, your lucky colors are blue, gold and green. Lucky numbers are 2 and 3

My cat Veira eyeing her favorite toy Rat.

Famous Rats

Rosa Parks
Eminem
Wayne Gretzky
Marlon Brando
Mark Zuckerberg
LeBron James
Scarlett Johansson
The Rock
Kate Perry
Prince Charles
Khloé Kardashian

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