What’s in store for you this 2020, Year of the Rat!

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This year, 2020 is Geng Zi (庚子) Rat Year. The Rat year starts on 4th February 2020 at 17:03 hour.  2020 is going to be an exciting and fun-filled year for people who have the ability to embrace change and accept the challenges with great ease!

In the Five Element cycle, Metal produces Water. Because the Heavenly Stem (Metal) supports the Earthly Branch (Water), you can say that this combination represents a more harmonious relationship. Therefore, you might expect 2020 to be a more peaceful year. Though they do come together in a more harmonious relationship, don’t be fooled, because the characteristic of Yang Metal is more destructive. Also, the Rat is considered to mimic the energy of aggressive ocean water. Also, Yang Metal sitting on the Water Element lacks support from Earth, it is actually weak and unstable. This means that the aggressive image is fake and lacks a solid foundation. However, Yang Metal will come to full strength in the autumn season when Metal is strongest; then the aggression will become more real and fierce.

The Earth element is the strongest, which means things would be moving slowly.  The Rat is a Peach Blossom star and it will stimulate plenty of romance. The Rat is a Nobleman year for those born on the Day or Year of Yin Earth or Yin Wood or if you were born in years ending in 5 and 9, such as 1955, 1959, 1965, 1969, 1975, 1979, etc. Nobleman means angels are coming from Heaven to offer rescue and support. The Nobleman star often brings a solution to obstacles and dangers, helping to make the year feel more comfortable and smooth. If 2020 is your Nobleman year, go ahead and take the chance to develop new projects.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Metal Element represents the breathing organs including the lung, nose, and skin. The Rat, a Water Element, is related to the kidney, urinary system, and sex organs. An excessive amount of Water Element this year can cause problems in these areas. Take good care of health, especially those who have Horse, Tiger, Monkey and Pig in their BaZi chart.

The energy of your home and office changes from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of the shifts. Avoid the South, North 2 and East directions in 2020. Activating these unfavorable areas would invite accidents, health issues and obstacles. This year, the negative energy called “Three killings star” is in the South sector which relates to accidents, theft and health complications. “Year Breaker star” is in South 2. The “Grand Duke” is in the North this year, so it’s best not to “move the earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction this year. “Five Yellow” (or Star 5) that symbolizes obstacles will reside in the East sector. If it cannot be avoided, try using metal items, preferably brass, copper and iron in this area to dissolve the negative energies.

*Note: Hold off any planned renovations in the above-mentioned locations until next year and only begin renovations after carefully selecting a good date for it.

Important Tips for the Rat Year



*Avoid Location
North Grand Duke If building facing is North then avoid East & North
Northeast Noble people If building facing is Northeast then avoid Northeast, North & East
East Bad Luck If building facing is East then avoid East & North
Southeast Good Health If building facing is Southeast then avoid North, Northeast & East
South Prosperous If building facing is South then avoid Southeast & South
Southwest Good for Education, Traveling, and Romance If building facing is Southwest then avoid East, South & Southwest
West Promotion If building facing is West then avoid North & West
Northwest Wealth If building facing is Northwest then avoid East & Southeast

Special tips for 2020 – Avoid getting involved in any kind of speculative endeavors. Have a good amount of cash reserve as it may help during challenging times. Invest time in growing your network and connections.

From everyone at The FengShui Academy, we would like to wish you a healthy, happy, prosperous and fabulous year of the Metal Rat (Geng Zi).

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