The Chinese Zodiac is based on years rather months, with each year in a 12-year cycle named after a different animal. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining a person’s personality traits, mental and physical attributes and success in love and life.

Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are combined with the five basic influences of fire, earth, metal, water and wood, each with a yin (female) form and a yang (male) form, to form a cycle of 60. The yin and yang years alternate with one another, and each of the five phases has both a yin and a yang form.

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The Rat

Abundance is just a matter of perception. Instead of remaining idle, try to put in some effort and begin to notice it in every aspect of your life. It has always been there. In fact, it is your birth right, but perhaps you were too busy to notice its existence due to lack of awareness. 

Wealth – While there’s no denying the Rat’s efforts can and will yield monetary rewards, he or she needs to be extra cautious of unwittingly overspending this year and thus wasting their hard-earned cash. Conceiving a budget plan and adhering rigidly to it will keep the Rat’s wallet comfortably plump in the year ahead. 

Career – A one-man-army mentality will do you no favours this year. This is a period where you’ll find people in both your social and corporate circle that will willingly help and empower you in your pursuits. Be approachable and a team player, and you’ll avoid the backlash of corporate politics while gaining indispensable allies.

Relationships – It will be relatively uneventful in the love department, though committed Rats should still keep the fires of their romance ablaze by whisking their partner on a relaxing getaway this year. This will keep your relationship away from the threat of complacency and utter boredom. Single Rats should instead prioritise the expansion of their social circle as this will increase their chances of finding someone that catches their eye. There’s no rush, however – whirlwind romances aren’t in the cards for you this 2020, so take it slow! 

Health – Pay extra attention to your physical and emotional well-being this year. The Rat has a greater chance of encountering urinary system issues this time around, but this will be of little issue if you respect nutrition, healthier living and medical check-ups when necessary. 

The Ox

This year, with the rise of three auspicious stars, worry will be replaced with optimism and fear will be replaced with hope. Although inauspicious stars are lined up to potentially derail you from your dreams, a positive and focused mind will ensure that the stars’ negative effects won’t cause tears to roll down your cheeks

Wealth – You’ll see many opportunities to generate wealth cross various avenues, even beyond your day job. The Ox may enjoy prosperity this year, but remember to appreciate the need for rest to keep burnout and stress at bay! 

Career – Your likeability will soar as superior and fellow co-workers become more receptive to you this year, enabling you to achieve a harmonious working environment. Polish your communication skills and you’ll be able to expedite this process! 

Relationships – The single Ox is ready to mingle and potential partners are definitely within your social orbit. Don’t play coy; be earnest and sincere about your feelings without being overbearing and your long search for love may well come to an end. 

Health – The sturdy Ox remains relatively impervious to serious illness in the coming year, though a good diet and eye for fitness will ensure that even common health concerns will hardly ever bother you this time around!

The Tiger 

Good luck awaits you this year in the form of travel and money-making opportunities. While it is always good to adopt an attitude of gratitude when you come across favorable situations. It is also important to remember that these lucky chances may not come your way twice! 

Wealth – While wealth opportunities will be aplenty if you’re receptive to travelling, suppress your urge to splurge as monetary loss is a very real threat this year. Minimising the financial damage is all about being prudent and keeping close tabs on cash outflow. 

Career – While the professional road ahead is rocky, upping your communicative prowess will go a long way to ensuring your efforts won’t go unrecognised while keeping the corporate drama coming your way to an absolute minimum!

Relationships – Maintaining a positive mind and an upbeat personality will allow the Tiger to resist the side effects of their weak Peach Blossom luck in 2020. Potential partners will be charmed by the energy you inject into the atmosphere, so stay cheery and your love life could well be merry! 

Health – The Tiger is daring, but now’s the time to channel that trait in ways that don’t involve any grave risk to both physical and mental wellbeing. Sticking to an effective health regime will allow the Tiger to stay fit enough to tackle 2020’s ample opportunities. 

The Rabbit 

For better or worse, the theme of Rabbit’s forecast in the year of the Metal Rat is all about relationships. Almost all of the annual stars, both auspicious and inauspicious, touches upon your relationship aspect in one way or another. Though the current is looking to be less auspicious than the previous year, how it would actually play out depends on your decisions.

Wealth  – So long as you avoid any high-risk investments, the Rabbit will be hopping towards abundance throughout 2020. Remain diligent and assume an uncompromising work ethic – this will boost your already positive wealth luck and raise your chances for a well-deserved raise. Real estate investment should also be an activity on your radar this year, though it’s best to play conservative and select only low risk investments.  

Career – The Rabbit is liable to being swept up in gossip at the workplace, though prioritising work over corporate drama will allow you to minimise the backlash of the wagging tongues. Despite the rumours surrounding you, you’ll nonetheless enjoy helping hands from colleagues throughout the year. Return the favours as they come and you’ll design a better work experience for yourself this 2020.

Relationships – Single Rabbits will be jumping for joy this 2020 thanks to positive Peach Blossom luck, though you’re advised to be proactive in the game of love instead of waiting for someone to sweep you off your feet. Meanwhile, committed Rabbits may want to consider tying the knot thanks to the presence of auspicious stars. 

Health – A change of lifestyle and daily routine could be wise to preserve the Rabbit’s physical and mental wellbeing. Prevention is far better than cure; the Rabbit should adhere to this maxim strongly by committing to a stricter fitness regime this 2020.

The Dragon

A journey like no other is this year’s theme for the Dragon’s forecast. The way you respond to a situation and the meaning you give to each moment is what really matters as it determines how your year will unfold. There will be challenging times, but remember no matter how tough a situation may get in life, you will still have the power to turn the tides in your favour.

Wealth – It’s prudent to rely on those far superior to you in terms of financial management this 2020. The Dragon should be looking at investments into fixed deposits as well as better saving plans; expert advice will certainly help with such financial strategizing. 

Career – Look at the silver linings of every career-related issue that may test the Dragon’s perseverance this year. Miscommunication and backstabbing may dominate your professional life this time around, but such hardships are also an opportunity for you to discover ways you can improve your interactions with those at the workplace. 

Relationships – Romantically entangled Dragons are in the clear for a progressive love life this year; there’s even the probability of resounding wedding bells should either party express their desire to tie the knot! Single Dragons aren’t quite as fortunate in the love department, though mustering the courage to convey their affections towards the one they love, may lead to surprising, but favourable, outcomes.

Health – This year is one where the Dragon should refrain from any extreme physical activity. Exercise is of course never frowned upon, though you should nonetheless be mindful of overexertion as you’re more prone to physical injury this year. Meanwhile, pay special attention to any potential health concerns pertaining to your waist and stomach area. 

The Snake 

This year presents many opportunities for you to find the silver lining in every situation. Although good luck will come to you in the form of support and new relationships, the way you approach every situation will determine its final outcome. Life can be filled with so much drama due to the presence of the inauspicious stars this year, but if you choose to look at life in a more positive away, you could turn the tides in your favor. 

Wealth – Thankfully, there will be opportunities for the Snake to accumulate, save and spend money in a more relaxed manner compared to the previous year. Nonetheless, toughen up the security around your assets if possible, to prevent any possible loss in wealth due to theft.

Career – There are high chances of a promotion this year as your rapport with your superiors improve overall. Don’t be afraid to voice out what your contributions are; silence and false modesty are poor traits to get your talents noticed by those above you. 

Relationships – Give yourself room to breathe and collect your thoughts before you let your emotions escalate an argument. This goes for both single and committed Snakes. You may be more easily angered this year, but a heart of appreciation will go a long way towards keeping the peace between your loved one or potential partner. 

Health – Cast away your frivolous attitude towards your health this year. Don’t underestimate minor health concerns; treat them before they worsen while paying more attention towards your diet. If you are not mindful enough, you could have urinary system-related issues or foot-oriented problems, so don’t let your health take the backseat! 

The Horse

Your aim for this year should revolve around being patient, kind and appreciative because everything else will fall into place once you get into that type of mind set and attitude. In other words, you will step into a much more comfortable scenario even when life seems to lean towards a negative direction due to the presence of inauspicious stars.

Wealth – Wealth opportunities will be elusive if you do not exert the necessary effort; a diligent workhorse is the best Horse this 2020! Meticulous planning and heightened wariness will also save the Horse from a lot of financial heartache. Be careful when signing any contracts or agreements, for instance, to avoid unwittingly losing money thanks to carelessness. 

Career – Meditation and charity work will be a source of attaining calm and appreciation for others; this is an important counter to the added stress you’ll endure at the workplace this year. Don’t allow a lack of recognition encourage you to throw in the towel. Persevere at your current workplace against all odds and your hard work may just be rewarded.  

Relationships – If you’re already in a committed relationship, remember that the trials you two will undergo this year only serve to make your romance stronger. Let every argument or setback teach you how to handle your relationship with greater appreciation and maturity. The single Horse, on the other hand, should explore new social circle to make up for the lack of interesting people in their current ones.

Health  – As implied earlier, stress may be a dominant issue for you if you allow work issues to cascade into your personal life. Counteract this by ensuring you have ample amounts of rest, sleep, vitamins and nutrition. Taking a much needed sabbatical every now and then can do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing too! 

The Goat

The essence of the infinity symbol seems to have a strong connection with you this year, where issues tend to subside and absolute truths are revealed, thanks to the five lucky stars’ ability to tune you into this year’s miracles and wonders. A smooth path ahead is definitely anticipated, but If life takes a detour, it would be best to lean more towards the positive side. 

Wealth – Careful financial planning is all it takes to mitigate the possibility of minor wealth loss this 2020. Beyond this, your wealth opportunities are looking very positive, though your own negativity may make you too blind to notice how fortunate you truly are. Shift your mindset and you’ll be rewarded accordingly. 

Career – The first half of 2020 will be a crucial time for you to establish a foundation for your career. Suppress your impatience and don’t mindlessly jump at every career opportunity you see; some of these so-called opportunities won’t benefit you in the long run. Only commit to something outside your primary work after careful consideration! 

Relationships – It’s time for confessions and courtships for all love-struck Goats! Acts of love will be even more impactful, so focus on planning that sweet date or vacation – as well as any other romantic gestures – that you might have been wanting to do for your loved one or romantic interest!  

Health – Be extra careful of what you decide to ingest, especially if you are an older Billy Goat! You might want to consider having more home cooked meals instead of regularly eating out; this affords you better control of your food’s nutrition level and cleanliness!

The Monkey

2020 is shaping up to being the year that would truly test your resilience in life. This is a great year to learn and grow through the many challenges that may come your way. Most people take their joys and blessings for granted and start grumbling about what they do not have when they are faced with problems and troubles. 

Wealth – Your boost in wealth will rely a lot on the assistance of others this year, perhaps in the form of expert advice on what to invest in or how to shore up your financial security. Don’t take their help for granted though; be sure to pay it forward by helping the less fortunate and the Universe will have its way of repaying your kindness! 

Career – It’s in your best interest to find ways of showcasing your talents more prominently to garner the attention of your superiors or other figures of importance. At the same time, be extra careful about who you trust and what you say, as your newfound recognition at the workplace may invite jealousy and potential backstabbing. 

Relationships – It’s crucial to deepen your bond with your partner or potential romantic interest this time around. Your partner should also be your best friend, so make the effort to improve your relationship on that level as opposed to simply making romantic or sexual gestures. 

Health – While no major illness are expected to be concerns for the Monkey this year, it’s still recommended to resist the allure of exceedingly tasty, yet extremely unhealthy and oily foods. Stress could also be an added issue this time around, though you can easily alleviate this by making exercise and meditation a prominent part of your routine. 

The Rooster 

While many people out there are looking for ways to find the light which represents solutions, happiness and fulfilments, they often overlook the most important part of all which is to actually become a light onto others. Serving others will be much easier for you as you will be experiencing quite a smooth year in 2020. 

Wealth – It’s time to diversify your options for attaining wealth. Don’t just stick to what you already know; research on various methods on how to increase your finances, then seek out professional help to pinpoint the best route toward gradually upping your bank balance. 

Career – It may not be the most smooth sailing of career journeys, but the Rooster will nonetheless encounter good opportunities, such as the possibility of enrolling in a special career development program or more company trips to improve connections both within and beyond your workplace. Be extra nice and accommodating of the people in your professional circle to keep these opportunities coming. 

Relationships – If you’ve been reluctant to embrace the idea of online dating sites and casual dating, now is the time to reconsider. The single Rooster sees positive love luck in the year of the Metal Rat, though Mr or Mrs Right won’t simply arrive through a fortuitous encounter. Show that you’re interested in losing your single status and you’ll massively up the chances of reciprocation. 

Health – You may be surprised at just how much of a difference maintaining a healthy diet and eyeing your eating habits can make. It’s also advised for you to embrace nature a little more than usual, since this will help you mental and emotionally stayed energised. 

The Dog

Nothing is ever achieved without some trials and tribulations. The first step in moving beyond those circumstances is to remain positive. When you reverberate positivity – the quality of your thoughts and feelings improve. Remember that you can’t control everything in life, relationships or business, so embrace adversity and dig in even further to drive a positive outcome. 

Wealth – A solid financial backup plan will be your line of defence against the constant possibility of monetary loss this year. Don’t be so quick to invest your money as a means to counter this lacklustre wealth period. Avoid high-risk investments at all costs and focus more on simply saving money. 

Career – Influential people will have your back in the professional space, deterring potential backstabbers and opportunists from fully exploiting you. Be sure to show your appreciation of the people in power who will assist you; by aligning your efforts with those who have greater authority, you stand a fair chance of turning your career prospects around. 

Relationships – Love-struck couples and wedded pairs may be more likely to fall sick, which is why it’s a good time for them to show more affection, care and consideration towards each other. The Dog may also easily misunderstand their partner’s words and intentions this time around, so it may be wise for them to eye their loved one’s body language instead of just what they say. 

Health – You won’t have any difficulties finding the best medical assistance should your health deteriorate, though it’s far better if you take care of your wellbeing before it comes to that. Minor physical injuries are also more likely this 2020, so avoid extreme activities especially if you have not prepared any essential safety measures beforehand. 

The Boar

Great year ahead in terms of wealth and learning. A good star that would boost your monetary gain, particularly through information gained through carefully researched investments is present. There are many ways of looking at your life this year and the outcome is determined by your state of mind and the actions you choose to take during every moment. 

Wealth – You will see a positive shift in your wealth luck this year as more door opens for you to get better part-time jobs as well as other alternative sources of income. While none of these opportunities are particularly spectacular, effort on your part to harness these changes will be enough to afford you peace of mind. 

Career – Thankfully, you won’t be needing to struggle in your professional life too much thanks to a generally positive relationship between you and your colleagues. In fact, you may be primed to elevate yourself to a better corporate position by leveraging on the assistance of the bountiful helping hands you’ll enjoy this year. 

Relationships – Great news for the single Boar – you won’t be alone much longer if you’ve been soulmate searching. That said, it’s best if you didn’t act on impulse; take your time to get to know your love interest on a deeper level before committing yourself. Time is on your side!

Health – Don’t use your busy schedule as an excuse to omit healthy additions to your lifestyle. There are plenty of quick, cost effective ways to care for your health, nutrition and overall fitness without compromising the progress towards your goals. Find out what works for you health-wise and commit to it!