Gearing up for 2020: Will You Be Lucky in the Year of the Rat?

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In a nutshell, 2020 is going to be a prosperous, lucky year, according to Feng Shui. In fact, in a Business Mirror report, an expert says this is the perfect year for jumpstarting on projects and making the ongoing ones better.

The order of the Chinese zodiac was based on the ‘great race’ legend. The Jade Emperor, the ruler of the gods, wanted 12 animals to be his guards. He hosted a race and said that whoever comes first will get a higher ranking. On the day of the race, the rat started his journey early. Being clever, almost cunning, he struck up a deal with the ox who he met on the way, saying that he would sing to the latter if he would be carried all the way through. The ox agreed, and just when they were about to arrive at the finish line, the rat jumped and landed at the feet of the god. The rat then got the first place. In the lunar calendar, the rat is the first sign.

Since Rat is the first sign and the Year of the Rat is the year when the Chinese Zodiac has already come full circle, it’s generally perceived as a lucky, prosperous year. In terms of yin and yang, the rat is yang, symbolizing newness. It’s the season for new beginnings.

Spotlight on the Rat

Let’s take a look at how people born in the year of the Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) navigate two main aspects of their lives: relationships and finances.


Rats are positive, sociable, and full of energy. Because of this characteristic, they’re generally liked by everyone. They get along with different personalities well. Not only versatile in dealings with people, Rats adapt to changes in life pretty well, too. They can quickly respond to wherever life takes them, even in hardships.

Although they like to be with people, Rats tend to be stubborn about the advice others give them. Put simply, they rarely listen. If you’re a Rat and you’re about to make a big decision this coming year, say, for instance, buy a house, take this as a reminder to proceed carefully and consider people’s counsel — especially, real estate agents’ advice.


In the context of finances, Rats like to save. This good attitude can sometimes backfire, as it gives people a reason to splurge on things they don’t really need. As you go through the home-buying journey this year, be ready with your needs-and-wants checklist. Before you go to town checking out all the listings online, determine your non-negotiables and negotiables. Don’t get lost later in the lovely bedroom paint colors or kitchen hardware.

In business, Rats have good instincts. This ability gives them an edge, helping them spring into action fast when there are opportunities. They naturally want to go for the next big idea when their instincts tell them to do so. That said, be on guard when it comes to opportunities to invest in property and other ventures, and carefully consider the pros and cons of each.

Feng Shui for Your Home Purchase

If you’re indeed planning on buying a home next year, aside from knowing your zodiac and learning more about your strengths and weaknesses, you can very well attract luck by keeping the tradition of feng shui. 

The lucky colors of the year 2020 are white and blue. Use these in sprucing up your interiors. The hues make for a good, calming pair, perfect for any part of your house. But if you’re going for a timeless color palette, monochromatic is the way. Go for white on white or blue on blue. Use different shades to avoid the flat, boring look. Put accents based on the lucky colors of your own Chinese zodiac. Interesting textures are key to adding visual interest, too. One good material is metal, since this is the element of the year 2020.

In terms of lucky numbers, 7, 3, and 2 are the ones you want to see in your home. Consider this when choosing an apartment floor or a house number. If you find yourself with no choice, however, and land on inauspicious numbers, enclose your house’s number in a red circle to restrain the bad luck.

Ready for the Big 2020?

The year of the rat promises a wealthy, prosperous life. It’s the year of new beginnings, experts say. Embrace the season of abundance and newness as you usher in the big 2020. Gear up for the big decisions you’re making this coming year.


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