Leonard Jacobs, former editor of the East West Journal, sent this to me and I wanted to share it with you:
According to Chinese astrology, the new lunar year will be a White Metal Rat Year, celebrated January 25 – February 11, 2020.
Chinese New Year – the spring festival that’s also known as the Chinese lunar new year — begins on the 2nd new moon following the winter solstice. New Year’s Eve will be observed on January 24, 2020. The holiday ends on the full moon 15 days later, February 11, which is known as the lantern festival.
In Mandarin, “Happy Chinese New Year” is “xin nian kuai le”, which is a formal greeting typically used for strangers and which literally means “New Year happiness.” A shortened version “gong xi fa cai”, more often used for friends and family, means “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.”
“Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in some areas of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates as “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”
The Rat is the first sign of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese Zodiac. For this reason, this year is considered one of new beginnings, renewals, and leadership. It’s important to recognize that all decisions made during the start of a new 12-year cycle will influence the next 12 years.
In China the rat is a veneered symbol of good luck and wealth, unlike her western counterpart. In terms of yin and yang, the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new time period. This is thought to be a year where creativity and ingenuity will flourish. Characteristically, rats are ingenious at overcoming adversity and are skilled at using their charm and persuasive powers to ensure that their own goals are met without ever seeming manipulative.
The rat year can be one of restlessness and change. This will be a year where there will be strong demonstrations of new ideas, intelligence, and forging of new relationships. This can be a good year to start new ventures, and if pursued with single-minded focus, they will likely succeed.
According to the Chinese Horoscope, the rat is clever and tactical and comes dressed in armor with sword in hand. This clever creature is known for his or her keen vision and problem-solving abilities. Someone born in the year of the rat is known to be alert, adaptable, observant. The rat’s personality is outgoing, cheerful, and sociable in character. They can get along well with many different types of people, so there are always many friends around them.
In Western astrology, the Sagittarius zodiac sign corresponds to the Rat