If you’re stepping out with your loved ones, don’t be surprised to find yourselves walking side by side instep. An excess of love and joy could influence your other areas, despite their forecasts not always being the sunniest. You’ll need to concentrate and often expend energy for returns that may not immediately be realised. No matter, spend that time wisely and you’ll store up potential returns.

Famous Rats:

TV celebrity Jeremy Clarkson; Taiwan singer A-Mei; PBOC              
governor Zhou Xiaochuan; celebrity cook Nigella Lawson.

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
Metal Rat:
28 Jan 1960 - 14 Feb 1961
31 Jan 1900 - 18 Feb 1901

The thing about contagious diseases is that, like crystals, you don’t find them, they find you. Keep that in mind when you’re out and about, as they are more likely to give you grief than anything else. If sudden love sways your heart too much, you’ll find your defences lacking - regulation of your emotions will keep your body on the straight and narrow.


Wealth and fortune can be yours this year. If you are on a fixed salary, keep your nose to the grindstone as hard work may well result in an extra bonus. But there’s a caveat here: any investments from the jaunty Misfortune and Dread star (劫煞星) will aid snakes and tigers in removing more of your hard-earned money than is good for you.


No pain and possibly a gain is the message the stars are sending you this year. The trick is to make it endure if that be your wish. You might find yourself in a zen moment as love suddenly comes flooding in. For those already in the firm grip of cupid, you could use all this good energy to strengthen the relationship and let that happiness spill over into other areas of endeavour.


Opportunities are here, but perhaps not so obvious. There should be occasions to advance your own skills and knowledge without having that immediately reflected in your salary. The stars are more in favour of the turn for the better than the worse, but be on guard against laziness or taking your position for granted - that would allow a few malign influences to work against you.

Guiding hexagram from the Yi-Jing

(Book of Changes)


Retreat. Success. In what is small, perseverance furthers.


Mountain under heaven: the image of retreat. The superior man keeps the inferior man at a distance, not angrily but with reserve.


Six at the beginning means at the tail in retreat. This is dangerous. One must not wish to undertake anything.


Discretion is the better part of valour; retreat is what your enemies call it. But this is beside the point; a mountain under heaven as a retreat means you’ll soon be travelling to Bhutan and staying in one of those luxury resorts. We’d call that the very measure of success.

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