Cultures all over the world have believed for centuries now that the stars in the sky have a certain sway over us on Earth. For seafaring people like the Romans, who used the stars to navigate the ocean and chart their paths on the seas, the constellations they saw became their ways of telling the seasons apart, knowing where they were at sea, and marking their paths ahead. Back then, you may know many of these constellations by your own monthly Zodiac sign, such as Virgo, Cancer, Leo, or Scorpio, among the other 12. For the landlocked Chinese, another celestial body was far more interesting—the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter. Basing their zodiac on Jupiter’s orbit meant that this was based on the 12 years it takes for Jupiter’s orbit to repeat, and that’s why each sign on the Chinese zodiac is ascribed to people by their birth year. The traditional Chinese system for counting years was first recorded in 168 BC, where these 12 year cycles were counted five times for each element they represented—wood, fire, metal, earth, and water—amounting to 60 year cycles. And then the calendar would reset again.
We all know what the most interesting and fun part of astrology is, though: predicting the future based on our signs. In this guide prepared by Chinese astrologist Master Hanz Cua, we’ve laid out what his predictions for each sign are in the coming Lunar New Year, the year of the Metal Rat.
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Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Even if this is the Rat’s year, Rats still need to be careful of plenty of things: when it comes to wealth and careers, Rats should take care not to place themselves into debt, and to keep their heads low when it comes to the law. Taking care to communicate clearly with their coworkers and clients should be their topmost priority, too, though they shouldn’t expect to advance too far in their careers this year. In love, Rats should be good so long as they attend to their partner’s needs, but singles out there shouldn’t rush headlong into whatever chance they get! Patience is the keyword here, and it would be wise to take your time before finding someone you really like. The Rats' lucky months are April, October, and December, and September may be unlucky for them. They’ll find friends and allies in Oxen, Dragons, and Monkeys, but may come into conflict with Horses.
Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
This is a year of good luck for Oxes—they should expect plenty of avenues to grow in their careers and will find success in their businesses if they try out something new and different. Their love lives will be just as lucky—a single Ox can expect to meet someone new, while those in relationships will feel strong and secure in their own relationships. They may feel a little clingy or want a bit more attention from their partners, however, but you can look at this as an avenue to grow closer and better in a relationship. The Oxes' lucky months will be January, September, and November, and May is an unlucky month for them. They’ll find Rats to be good friends this year, while Snakes and Roosters will be good allies. Sheep may come into trouble with Oxens, however.
Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Tigers are just as blessed this year. Work will bring them to get support from their bosses in whatever they do, and they should expect to find plenty of opportunities for networking in their careers. They should expect to lose a little money, but this only means that they need to be more flexible to adapt to changes like this in work. The usually independent and lone Tigers may want to keep up this attitude in the coming year, but this is an instinct that they’d do better with by ignoring. Single Tigers should expect to find chances to mingle and meet new people, and old conflicts may heal over this year if they put in the work to do so. Tigers' lucky months are February, March, and September, though October immediately after will be an unlucky one for them. They will find good friends in Pigs, Horses, and Dogs this year, though they may come into conflict with Monkeys.
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Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
Rabbits might find themselves in bad luck, just like their other rodent friends—the Rat. It might be good to stick around with what work they have right now, as changing jobs might not be advisable for the moment. Career growth there might not come as quickly as they want it, though Rabbits should still expect to find plenty of motivation in their lives to achieve their goals. In love, Rabbits in LDR’s may find it hard to maintain them. Rabbits in any relationship might find themselves forming trust issues this year, and this will lead to misunderstandings and arguments, and may make them come across as stubborn and unreasonable because of this. Rabbits' lucky months are going to be March, July, and November, and they’ll find themselves starting the year out with some trouble, as January is unlucky for them. Dogs will be good friends to them this year, as will Pigs and Sheep, though they might find some trouble when dealing with Roosters.
Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
This is a lucky year for Dragons! Following basic common sense, like thoroughly reading every document they sign, or sticking to the law should be plenty of help with their careers, where they can expect to grow well into this year. Friends with influence may help them to grow more in work, too, and they may find themselves with luck in money and work that seems to have come out of nowhere. Single Dragons might find themselves meeting the loves of their lives in new people, but finding someone perfect for them may make them feel jealous and insecure, too. July, October, and November will have good luck in store for them, though September may be a difficult month for a Dragon. They’ll have good friends in Roosters, Rats, and Monkeys, though may find some conflict in Dogs.
Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
Just like the Dragon, serpents seem to have a good year ahead of them, and Snakes are no exception here. New opportunities in work may come up this year for a Snake, and Snakes with their own businesses or looking to start their own will find this to be a good year for them to expand. This year also means well for Snakes in love, as this is going to be a good time for them to find someone they could comfortably and easily call a partner, though they will have to keep their egos in check to keep things peaceful and easy. Any kindness they show to friends will come back full circle to them, as well. Snakes will do well in March, July, and November, though it would be good if they took care to be careful around October, their unlucky month. They can find good friends in Monkeys, Oxen, and Roosters, though Pigs may present some problems to Snakes this year.
Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Horses, careful and easygoing as they are, ought to stick to staying that way this year. They ought to lean toward caution when it comes to business deals, investments, and job changes, as success here might not be as easy as it seems. It would be good to look over their shoulders here, too— backstabbers at work might come crawling out this year. This kind of attitude should carry over into their love lives, too—Horses in relationships might feel bored with what they have right now, but that’s nothing that trying something new and exciting with their partners can’t fix! Singles might have a little luck in finding someone, but it’s still advisable to keep to these things with a clear head. Good things take time, after all! Horses are kicking off the year with good luck in January, and April and August will also bode well for them. October may be unlucky, however. Their friends this year will be Sheep, Tigers, and Dogs, though they will have trouble in dealing with Rats.
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Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
Farm animals seem to be sticking together this year, as Horses and Sheep seem to have similar fortunes for the year. Sheep can expect to grow well in work and wealth, especially if they put in investments toward the long term, such as in training and events to better their skills. Just like Horses, however, Sheep may have trouble with people interested in putting one over them and betraying them, so it would help to have other plans in mind for when things like this happen. This isn’t a good year for single Sheep in love—it might not be smart to enter into a new relationship, and dating someone from work isn’t the best decision to make for a Sheep either! It would help Sheep in relationships to be more open to communication with their partners, and they may have to be careful with other people meddling with their relationships. March, July, and September are going to be lucky months for Sheep, though October is going to be a trying time for them after. Horses will be good friends to them, as will Rabbits and Pigs, though they may come into conflict with Oxen.
Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
Monkeys would want to stuff their cheeks with every fruit and morsel they see. This year might be a good time for that, but there are proper ways to go about it, too! In their careers, Monkeys thinking of leaving the country for work or school might find this to be a good year to do so, but it’s just as important for them to focus on one thing at a time— juggling all sorts of commitments may leave them distracted. A Monkey’s love life is full of opportunity this year, though— single Monkeys will suddenly find themselves with plenty of attention from the right kinds of people, and they very well might find a soul mate among them too! With these in mind, it’s just as good a year for Monkeys thinking of tying the knot to do so, though Monkeys in any kind of relationship ought to take care to keep their heads down and avoid trouble with their partners. The coming months of March and February should be very good to Monkeys, as will November. It might be a difficult summer for them, though, as April is slated to be a bad time for them. Monkeys will find good friends among Snakes, Dragons, and Rats, though Tigers may give them a hard time this year.
Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
Roosters should expect to find plenty of opportunities opening for them this year. Careers abroad may just land in their laps, and they’ll have strong luck in making money this year, too. It would be smart to donate to charity, but helping yourself should come first! Before doing any of this, now would be a good time to build an emergency fund for a rainy day. Single Roosters may have some fun with their newfound self-confidence this year, and it’ll be easy to find someone to have a bit of fun with this way, too. Roosters in relationships should be careful with infidelity, though, and they may find themselves in trouble with their families at some point. February, July, and September are going to be lucky months for Roosters, though they may end the year on a sour note, as December is going to be an unlucky month for them. They would do well to keep with Dragons, Oxen, and Snakes, as these signs are going to be good friends to them, though they may have trouble in dealing with Rabbits this year.
Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
Dogs looking for a good breakthrough in work and wealth may find this to be a very good year for them. They ought to expect to grow very well in their careers, and this is going to be a very good year for them to purchase property and to invest, but it’s still a smart thing to remember that this success shouldn’t get to their heads! Staying thrifty is still important this year, and keeping humble should still be important even with this sudden success. Single Dogs are going to find themselves experiencing love at first sight, but expecting too much might not be the smartest thing to do, as it’ll take work to make a new relationship last long for Dogs. Dogs already attached should try well to be attentive to their partners’ needs, and this is going to be reciprocated with plenty of support from them, too. April, August, and November are lucky months for Dogs, while July may be a difficult one for them. Dogs will find friends in Rabbits, Horses, and Tigers, but they may butt heads with Dragons from time to time this year.
Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
Pigs will find themselves lucky with work and love this year. They may be filled with a newfound passion for the work they do, and hard work that they did before is going to come back and bring wealth to them this year. Single Pigs may find it a good idea to accept invitations to go out and do things as they come, after all, being a bit more sociable never hurt anybody! They might find that the friends they make through this might grow into something more, but it’s sound advice to remember that they shouldn’t be too choosy nor materialistic when it comes to their prospects. It would be wise for Pigs in relationships to try and smooth things over with their partners as soon as they can, too. In keeping with this luck in love, February is going to be a good month for Pigs, as will June and September, though January will be a trying time for them. Pigs will find Tigers, Rabbits, and Sheep to be good friends, though they might have some trouble when dealing with Snakes.
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Happy with your fortune? Sad? Disappointed? Nervous? There’s always something important to remember when it comes to these fortunes, and it’s this: nothing’s permanently written in the stars. Just like how the night sky changes every night but still stays just as predictable now as it did thousands of years ago, this is just a guide that tells you where you can go and what to do. The year’s still young, and there’s months ahead for everyone to do what they want to do with it! What really matters at the year's end is that you tried your best to make this one a good one, and who knows where the future might take us?
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