How the Chinese zodiac works
Most people are already aware that there are 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac calendar: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. However, many people don’t know that there is much more to the Chinese zodiac than that. Chinese astrology is extremely in tune with the natural world and the natural order, which is why there are five elements that also affect your zodiac sign: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal. The Chinese also believe in the concept of Yin (feminine, passive, dark energy) and Yang (masculine, light, active energy). All of these symbols and energies come together to make you who you are.
2020: The year of the Metal Rat
The Rat is the Chinese zodiac sign known for being inquisitive, shrewd and resourceful. The Rat is also the first in the rotation of the 12 zodiac signs, meaning that a Rat year is a year of renewal. So when a Rat year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favourable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined and resolute. With all of these properties combined, TheChineseZodiac.org suggests that 2020, the year of the Metal Rat, looks to be a year that is filled with growth and accomplishments.
Birth years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Next year of the Rat: 2032
According to TravelChinaGuide.com, the Chinese zodiac is ruthlessly ironic in the fact that the sign whose year it is tends to be the most out of luck. Since 2020 is the year of the Rat, people under this sign may feel like they have a dark cloud hovering over their heads. However, it is important to note that this is largely a matter of perspective. The year of the Metal Rat is filled with opportunities for success for everyone, so don’t let anxiety or negativity ruin it for you.
Of course, the Chinese zodiac isn’t the only zodiac. Find out what your astrological star sign reveals about your career.