Do you hear the rat-a-tat drum beat? A band of friendly dragon drummers are blasting away the rabbit-tainted misfortunes of last year. The blocks on your innovative practices have gone; your tail will no longer be trod on, meaning you can go back to regulating yourself when running hot or cold. When inspiration strikes, there should not be any traps on your path and, as you thrive anywhere but Antarctica, you should be free to follow your nose.

Metal Rat:
04 Feb 2020 – 02 Feb 2021
05 Feb 1960 – 03 Feb 1961
Earth Rat:
04 Feb 2008 – 03 Feb 2009
05 Feb 1948 – 03 Feb 1949
Fire Rat:
04 Feb 1996 – 03 Feb 1997
05 Feb 1936 – 03 Feb 1937
Wood Rat:
04 Feb 1984 – 03 Feb 1985
05 Feb 1924 – 03 Feb 1925
Water Rat:
05 Feb 1972 – 03 Feb 1973
05 Feb 1912 – 03 Feb 1913

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Whiskers fine-tuned? Fur groomed enough to remove all stress? Teeth sharpened and nose twitching? It should be a good year for health. Some nuisance stars are following you around this year, and the one related to health is the Flying Blade, which remains true to its name. Shaving cuts and gutter trips are all possible. The better news is you will not need to be on any rat-ions and, of course, washing with pu-mice will keep any nasty metals away.


Getting along well with dragons doesn’t mean they will share all their baubles with you. There is another way out of the maze of poverty this year: the accidental exit. It may prove tricky to rat-ify the prospects of any financial enterprises you get a sniff at this year, but with your prospects for promotion looking healthy, you might be able to turn that into a small windfall that will more than offset your new expenses.


Happily, the one carry-over from last year is an emotional life free from the rats that dwell in your heart and never pay the rent. No need for you to return to being too rat-ional either, your verve and creativity will attract only the micest types. Use the inertia from last year’s promising starts to build the habitat that suits you best.


Visiting this year is the General Star and this is certain to move you ahead of the competition and closer to the better cheeses. To gain its good graces, you need to behave as a foot soldier in the larger game against the cats. It will take note of your assiduous attitude and scatter e-rodent through the environment, dissolving those micebergs in your path.

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

The corners of the mouth. Perseverance brings good fortune. Pay heed to the provision of nourishment and of what a man seeks to fill his own mouth.
At the foot of the mountain, thunder: the image of providing nourishment. The superior man is careful of his words and temperate in eating and drinking.
The Forest of Changes:
Families are well-provisioned, songs of praise and acclamation break out; all the barbarians come and submit tribute, and the weapons of war are stored in their armouries.
Thunder under the mountain is no more than the sound of a proud rat’s heartbeat. A truce breaks out on the battlefields and sworn enemies are now more likely to be swooning enemies. Take advantage of the lull in distractions to concentrate on projects closer to your heart.

Feng Shui Index 2024 report

Year of the Wood Dragon

Sorcerer: Dr James Greenbaum
Sorcerer's apprentice: Stella Liu
Wand bearer: Justin SL Chan
Director/Editor: Sandy Chen Dowling; Yukti Vidyarthi
Translation editor: Sandra Tsui
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Thanks to: Christina Qianna; Ellen Lo; Melanie Ng; Priscilla Man
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Launched in 1992 as a Chinese New Year card, the CLSA Feng Shui Index is a light-hearted outlook for the Hong Kong market and a well-loved firm tradition. Please note that this guide is not a research report.