Year of the Yang Metal Rat
The origins of the Chinese Zodiac go back a few thousand years. According to the myths, Buddha decided to call all the animals on earth. But only twelve came.
In recompense, he assigned each of these animals a year on the cycle affirming that children born in that year would acquire the personality traits of the animal assigned to that year.
In order to decide their order in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, the animals held a very exciting race. The first one to cross the river would be granted the first year, the second to come in would be the second animal in the cycle, and so on.
The strong, hardworking Ox was in the lead. Suddenly, the clever Rat, jumped on the Ox’s back, who did not even feel the little thing getting a free ride. At the last second before reaching shore, the Rat jumped on land, winning the race! The Ox came in second, the Tiger third, and so it went… the happy-go-lucky Pig took his time and came in last. Thus the Chinese Zodiac and its twelve signs were born.
25 January 2020 - 11 Feb 2021: Yang Metal Rat
The metal element is linked with the colour white and symbolises autumn. When associated with the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rat it signifies a period during which individuals who have invested in important projects in preceding years can expect to reap the benefits.