White rat, black rat? The only good rat is the one that catches the cheese. And there is plenty out there this year. Some blue, some with holes, some made from the best milk around. Sharpen those teeth and claws, you'll need to be functioning at a high level to make the most of the year and keep the cats away from that cheddar. Don't be surprised by major changes, embrace them and make them work for you.

Metal Rat:
25 Jan 2020 – 11 Feb 2021
28 Jan 1960 – 14 Feb 1961
Earth Rat:
07 Feb 2008 – 25 Jan 2009
10 Feb 1948 – 28 Jan 1949
Fire Rat:
19 Feb 1996 – 06 Feb 1997
24 Jan 1936 – 10 Feb 1937
Wood Rat:
02 Feb 1984 – 19 Feb 1985
05 Feb 1924 – 24 Jan 1925
Water Rat:
15 Feb 1972 – 02 Feb 1973
18 Feb 1912 – 05 Feb 1913


Children and the elderly, take what you need to keep your fur on. It's not a bad year, but you'll need to take care - avoid traps, poisons and cats. This does not mean staying in a rat-hole. Venture out. Spending time scuttling around to your heart's content will set your mood up well and keep the down sides of the year away from those cage doors.


Perhaps not the best time to have your teeth gold-plated, some unforeseen event is going to make a call on your finances. The Tai Sui is awake and hunting your savings - don't move them around too much and be careful of new investments - if he smells your whiskers twitching, he'll be sucking all your capital in. Spend money on what is essential.


You're in the laboratory and they’re giving you tonics, it's peaceful and you know, somehow, that you are the chosen one. This is a year for sincere and true love. If you're looking, it should come knocking. If you're already settled, it should be a year for the ages, with no-one ratting on anyone else. Select your date, your day, groom those whiskers, the world’s your drainpipe!


Have you been out backpacking around the world? This might be the year to return from the circus – the office environment is finally starting to turn promising. Of course you'll need to make the most of your opportunities - plan to get stuck in an elevator with the boss, and perhaps take some chocolate wrappers with you for extra sponsorship, it's a proven method.

Guiding hexagram from the Yi-Jing (Book of Changes)

Opposition. In small matters, good fortune.
Above, fire; below, the lake: the image of opposition. Thus amid all Fellowship, the superior man retains his individuality.
Nine in the fourth place means isolated through opposition, one meets a like-minded man with whom one can associate in good faith. Despite the danger, no blame.
Retaining your individuality while meeting a like-minded man means that you’ve woken up in the hall of mirrors. Take a long, hard look at yourself and you might like what you see. Opposition is an opportunity, don’t forsake it.