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Rats (source: Discover Wildlife)

The Year of the Rat officially begins tomorrow morning where I live. The last time this happened was in 2008, and I’m seeing some definite parallels between then and now.

In September of 2007, I started a new job that I kept for almost ten years. In September of 2019, I also started a new job. In both cases, I quickly adapted to the new circumstances, and by the time the Chinese new year arrived in early February of the following year, I was learning new skills and being presented with several opportunities for professional growth. The best thing about 2008 was how eager I was to put my new skills to use.

I feel the same right now. Although the Rat year officially begins in less than a day from now (when the sun reaches 315° of the tropical zodiac), I’m eager to get to work today because I’m being trained on some new systems. My employer has spent a ton of money on a license for me to use these computer programs because they have tremendous confidence in my abilities. Again, I feel like I’m living in February of 2008 when the same thing happened to me at my previous job.

The big difference between the two years is the Chinese element that accompanies the animal sign that defines that particular year. 2008 was the Year of the Earth Rat. 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat.

Because Chinese element/animal combinations only recur every sixty years, I’m not sure what to expect from the Metal Rat year, but I do know that 2015 was a terrific year for me financially. It would make me happy to have lucrative year, but I would be just as happy to have a year that resulted in both professional and personal growth. I’ve already got some grand plans for 2020, so I hope that things go my way.

While I may have abandoned my use of the Chinese five-elements system to cast a daily horoscope (it didn’t work for me), I’m still intrigued by the twelve-year cycles of Chinese astrology that overlap somewhat with the cycles of Jupiter in Western astrology. I’m going to pay more attention to them in future because I’m really starting to notice these cycles repeating in my life. And for that reason, I couldn’t be more excited for this new year to begin.

Bring on the Rats!

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