Happy Chinese New Year!

2020 is the year of the Rat.  In terms of yin and yang, the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.  In China, rats are seen as a sign of wealth. Due to their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.  Rats are quick thinkers, clever, successful but content with living a peaceful and quiet life.

Recent years of the Rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Personality and Characteristics

People born in the rat year and optimistic and energetic and are likeable by all.  Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.  On the financial side, they like to save and can be tight with money. However, they love to hoard which will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

Men born in the Rat year are clever and adapt quickly to new environments.  They are often creative and good at taking advantage of opportunities. However, they can sometimes lack the courage to do so.  They have good ideas but are not necessarily good leaders.

Women born in the Rat year are usually traditional women.  They place great value on family life and love keeping things organised.  Outside of the home, they have a sense of responsibility and ability.

Lucky things for Rats

Colours – blue, green and gold.  Numbers – 2 and 3

Unlucky things for Rats

Colours – yellow and brown.  Numbers – 5 and 9

Health and Lifestyle

Rats can have frail health.  They have energetic personalities, but tire easily.  They often catch colds but rarely have serious illnesses.  They can be sensitive to changes in temperature. Cold weather is unbearable for them, they also dislike hot weather.  To sustain a healthy life, Rats must remember to eat breakfast, exercise and remain happy. The vulnerable Rat will have to be careful in 2020.  In order to stay healthy, eat more proteins, vegetables to boost the immune system by adding vitamins to your diet. Rats will experience both successes and failures this year.  Success will show itself within the workplace or education, while relationships and health will be areas that may suffer.  

by Acupuncturist Beck Hale