To make any year a good year it is important to focus on the good stuff and ignore the not so good stuff.
To determine what is good and what is not so good on a given year it is necessary to look at our astrology chart and at the year’s astrology chart and see how they interact.
From the Chinese metaphysics perspective, which is the science behind this article, the year starts on February 4, 2020, it is the year of the Metal Rat or simply the year of the Rat, and its astrology chart according to BaZi astrology is shown on Picture 1.
There are new year’s celebrations on January 25th, 2020, when the Chinese lunar year starts, but all Chinese metaphysical studies are based on the solar year, which always starts on February.
Since you need your astrology chart to see how it relates to the year’s chart, go to my BaZi Calculator and plot it using the local time at your place of birth. It you don’t have your time of birth you will be missing some information, but you will still be able to follow the exercise and get to know a lot about your potentials during 2020.
Your chart reflects who you are. The year chart reflects the opportunities that come your way.
Picture 1 – Year of the Rat 2020
On any given BaZi astrology chart the top elements are known as heavenly stems or simply stems, the middle elements are known as earthly branches or simply branches, and the bottom elements are known as hidden stems and are the components of the branches.
Years’ charts are identified by the branch or zodiac animal located in the year pillar, in this case the Rat, but the actual reference point in any BaZi astrology chart is always the day stem, known as the day master. In the case of the year of the Rat 2020 the day master is yin fire, and in your case, it is the stem on your day of birth.
As seen on the year’s chart there are four earth elements, three metal elements, two water and fire elements and one wood element (don’t count the branches because their elements are already in the hidden stems). This means that the most predominant elements of the year are earth and metal. This applies to the whole world but due to astrological influences on each country or region, the strength of the elements might be a little different.
Your chances of doing better on a given year are higher if you have in your birth chart more of the elements that are strong in the year’s chart. If you don’t have them in your chart, don’t panic, the solution is to partner with someone that has them in his/her birth chart in order to improve your results.
Generally speaking, earth and metal are the best elements to have during the year of the Rat 2020. But too much earth is stagnant so be aware of that. On the other hand, if the predominant element in your chart is wood, you are going to have some challenges during the year of the Rat 2020 because wood is very weak, but you might be in a position to help.
How to overcome the challenges? Concentrate your efforts on the areas of your life that display the good elements, primarily earth and metal, don’t make major changes and don’t place great expectations on the areas of your life that display the not so good elements.
The areas of your life in your birth chart are as follows:
- The year pillar represents your social circle, your friends, your network, the industry you work for, the people you know and the people that know you.
- The month pillar represents your career, your job and whatever you do for living.
- The day pillar represents you and all your domestic affairs. The day branch represents your spouse or significant other.
- The hour pillar represents your creations and achievements, your investments, aspirations, dreams and ambition.
- The luck pillar represents your current overall experience and impacts all areas of your life (we all go through various luck pillars in our life, each luck pillar lasts approximately 10 years).
If your good elements are in the stems everybody will see you are doing good, but it might not be completely true. If your good elements are in the hidden stems you will do good but people won’t see it. If your good elements are in the stems and in the hidden stems everybody will see you are doing good and it will be true.
Following the guidelines above, you can determine your luck in love by looking at the day pillar or your luck at work by looking at the month pillar, to name some
The strength of the elements in the year’s chart not only impacts people, it impacts everything that exists because everything in the universe is associated with an element. As mentioned before, the strength of the elements is somehow different for each country and for each region, but generally speaking earth and metal related stuff could do good, however, when there is too much earth as in the year of the Rat 2020, things could become stagnant. Wood related stuff is not supposed to do so good but since under the five elements theory wood controls earth, it might be the savior. Water and fire related stuff would be average.
Wood deals with herbs, agriculture, paper, health, education and commodities, to name some.
Fire deals with IT, food preparation, energy, oil and gas, entertainment, media, pharma, metaphysics and everything that enhances people’s lives.
Earth deals with properties, construction, mining and insurance, to name some.
Metal deals with communication, banking, automobiles, manufacturing, military, and legal, to name some.
Water deals with logistics, transportation, fast moving consumer goods, beverages and services, to name some.
In addition to checking the elements that you have on each pillar to determine the potential outcome on each area of your life you should also check the stars that fall on the animal signs (branches) in your chart.
There are various constellations in the universe carrying stars with positive and negative effects. When stars with positive effects fall on any of the animal signs in your birth chart, you get support from the universe in that area of your life. When stars with negative effects fall on any of the animal signs in your birth chart, you find obstacles and challenges in that area of your life. When no stars fall on the animal signs in your birth chart you don’t get support from the universe.
The more positive stars you get on a given year, the better. The more negative stars you get on a given year, the worse. Since we are focusing on the good to concentrate the efforts on those areas of our lives, check out the number of positive stars on all the animal signs (branches) in your birth chart according to the information on Table 1.
Table 1 – Positive Stars in the Branches during the Year of the Rat 2020
If for instance you work in a wood related industry, the industry is not going to do very well during the year of the Rat 2020 but if you have Goat in your year pillar with 4 positive stars, even though the industry is challenging, you might be one of the ones that will do great in the industry. Millions of people in the same industry won't do good but you will.
On the other hand, If for instance you work in a metal related industry, the industry is going to do very good during the year of the Rat 2020, but if your year pillar is a Monkey with no positive stars, even though the industry is going to do good, you might be one of the ones that won’t do that good in the industry.
The application of astrology has many layers!
Another layer that you should check out to determine how to make the year of the Rat 2020 a good year deals with the kinship of each element in the year’s chart, which is based on the five Chinese elements theory.
From this perspective metal is the element that represents money during the year of the Rat 2020. The year’s chart has metal on the top and on the bottom so there will be opportunities to make money. If you have metal in your chart you will see those opportunities and if you take action you might be one of those that are capable enough to grab them and make them yours.
To have money luck or cash flow during the year of the Rat 2020 it is important to have at least one metal element in your birth chart:
- If your metal is on the stems, others will see you have money but there will be more opportunities for you to lose it so be wise with your spending.
- If your metal is at the branches, you will have the ability to save or accumulate.
- If you don’t have any metal elements in your chart, partner with someone that has some.
In general, during the year of the Rat 2020 if you have metal in your chart your cash flow will be positive, or you will have access to cash. If you have earth, you will have the possibility to be influential and/or you will have the ability to sell. If you have fire you will have the possibility to increase your connections. If you have water, you will have the possibility to own or control stuff. If you have wood you will have the possibility to feel good and make others feel good despite the challenges.
To make 2020 a good year:
- Make appropriate use of what you have in your chart to go with the flow.
- If you don’t like what you have, partner with someone that has what you want.
If you have questions or doubts, or if you want to learn more about making the year of the Rat 2020 a good year contact me.