For thousands of years the I Ching has provided guidance for decisions about our health, relationships, finances, work, and play. Predictions from the I Ching follow the lunar year and are based on multiple, overlapping cycles that govern the heavens and earth. A variety of stems, branches, directions, and phases also have their say, each creating a trail of portents, probabilities, and possibilities, so let us begin…
In the Gregorian calendar, it is 2020 but in the Chinese lunar calendar, it is 4718. Asian countries utilize the western calendar for most purposes, but the lunar calendar is still consulted for determining the dates of traditional holidays and important occasions like weddings, moving, or starting new businesses. Chinese New Year celebrations that began in January will end with the Lantern Festival on February 8, when strollers go out to view the full moon and release lighted lanterns up into the night sky.
In the Chinese horoscope, 4718 is a Yang Metal Rat year. In the west, rats are reviled but in the east, rats are admired for their diligence, intelligence, courage, and adaptability. People born in Rat years 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, or 2020 are all expected to be charming and sociable, at ease in company, and good in groups. Rats born in 1960 and 2020 are Metal Rats which is an indication that they are stubborn yet sensitive, are good leaders, and prefer being a person in charge.
In the west, February will be a leap year which keeps the western calendar in sync with the cycles of the sun and the moon. In the US, we are also going to be busy with Black History Month celebrations, President’s Day, and National Wear Red Day in support of women’s heart health. We will watch the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards, chow down on a thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything-in-between on National Pizza Day, and send valentines to the people we love.
February’s Wood Element energy is robust; it will provide us with an abundance of forward-moving momentum that will kick off endless possibilities. This month we can look forward to interesting developments and opportunities to explore, so check out your personal element to see what the Chinese horoscope has in store for you!
When we reward ourselves for accomplishing milestones, the anticipation of a reward can give us an extra push on days when we are struggling. Pick a reward you would really enjoy; perhaps a new workout outfit, a massage, a pedicure, a subscription to a fitness magazine, wireless headphones, a NutriBullet, a FitBit, or a new yoga mat, and then work toward earning it!
Typical Metal people are sophisticated, elegant, and refined. Not only are most Metals highly cultured and urbane, they are drawn to music and the arts and are pleasing in speech and manner. Yes, the Metal Element can a bit reserved, but 2020 is expected to be an intense year so prepare to allow some love, light, and laughter to enter your realm … don’t fight it; relax and enjoy it!
Unhappiness not only dampens moods, it also affects relationships. Do not underestimate the power of the mind; it’s our choice how we react to life’s breakdowns—with negatively or a positive outlook. People who have a positive outlook draw positive people into their orbit, and there’s no doubt that if you are joyful, you will have healthier relationships and enjoy a happier life.
Metal people take great pleasure in decorating their homes and enjoy acquiring beautiful things, but if there is too much clutter or furniture in a room, it interrupts the smooth flow of feng shui energy. Your natural style is light and bright, clean and simple … so consider selling anything that is blocking the flow then stash the proceeds in your savings account for a lighter, brighter future!
Lying around on a sandy beach is probably not your idea of an ideal vacation. Most metal people like to keep on moving so explore your environment instead. Examine local beauty and take in the night life too! Delve into sights and sounds that are new to you, and sample the region’s culture. Of course you’ll come home with mementos to add to your decor, but limit them to just a few.
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