2020 - Year of METAL RAT (MOUSe)
JANUARY 25, 2020 - FEBRUARY 11, 2021
The "Yang Golden Metal Rat"!
The 2020 Chinese New Year Day is on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 5:43 on 2020-01-25 in China's time zone.
Chinese New Year 2020 animal sign is the White Rat. Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So the Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2020 is the Male Metal Rat. White is connected to Metal. Therefore, 2020 is also called White Metal Rat Year.
The first day of the White Rat year is not the Chinese New Year Day in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called the Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2020 Chinese White Rat starts on February 4, 2020, in China's time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of the White Rat Year. If a baby is born before February 4, 2020, then the baby's zodiac sign is the Pig, not Rat.
|Chinese New Year Dates in China Time Zone|
|Year||Zodiac Animal Sign||New Year||First Zodiac|
|2020||White Metal Rat||Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020||February 4, 2020|
|2021||White Metal Cow||Friday, Feb. 12, 2021||February 4, 2020|
|2022||Black Water Tiger||Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022||February 4, 2020|
The New moon time determines the new moon date. The new moon time is at 5:43 on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in China's time zone. Therefore, Chinese New Year Day is Saturday, January 25, 2020. The new moon time is at 21:49 on Friday, January 24, 2020, in the US Pacific time zone. Therefore, the 2020 Chinese New Year Day is on Friday, January 24, 2020, in the Pacific Time zone.
This is the 4717th Chinese year. The zodiac sign of 2020 is the Rat. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2020 is the Male Metal Rat year. The color of Metal in the Chinese Horoscope is connected to white or golden. Therefore, 2020 is also called the year of the White Rat or Golden Rat.
Your Chinese Zodiac Sign is determined by the first day of the Chinese astrological year, not Chinese New Year's Day. Chinese New Year is from the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Chinese Zodiac Sign is from the Chinese Horoscope calendar.
According to the Chinese Horoscope theory, Male Metal is connected to the steel, weapon or strong wind. Rat contains Female Water, which is connected to rain, dew, placid water, lake or ocean. 2020 Male Metal Rat is a ship in the ocean against the strong wind. Male Metal and Rat together is a sign of rainstorm.
Rat is the first animal in 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Rat month is a cold December. If the lucky element of your Chinese birth chart is water, then Rat will bring you good fortune in 2020. 2019 was the Pig year. Pig and Rat are in the Water group. If you are doing well in 2019, then you will continue doing good in 2020.
The Ox is the secret friend of the Rat, the ruling animal sign of 2020. The Northeast sector, which is the direction of the Ox and Tiger, hosts the Victory Star No. 1. New opportunities and financial gains await the Ox and the prospects may be enhanced by symbols of the Victory Horse, Golden Dragon and Horse, Wealth Vase, and many more wish-fulfilling accessories.
The Tiger shares the Victory Star with the Ox and is advised to display the Bejewelled Arowana, Wealth Ship, Laughing Buddha, and Ruyi in the NE direction. Tigers will also get a lot of help by wearing luck-enhancing amulets.
The Rooster enjoys the blessings of the Magnifying Star No. 9, which symbolizes future expansion, fame, and prosperity. This energy has flown to the West sector and may be boosted by placing images of the Prosperity Rooster and Monkey on Horse in this direction. Wearing or carrying personal accessories, such as the Lucky 9 mantra charms and Victory Banner with Mantra, will be effective luck-boosters.
The Dog (and the Boar) benefit from the Wealth and Success Star No. 8 located in the Northwest. To help manifest this type of luck, Dog- and Boar- born people are advised to display water fountains and infinity figures in their lucky sector and to always wear their wealth and success medallion.
The Dragon and Snake share the fortune brought by the Heaven Luck Star in the Southeast. This type of energy brings potential windfall and overall good fortune. They can also count on the help of influential people next year. Their must-have luck enhancers include the Endurance mantra and their Allies and Friends amulets.
The Sheep and Monkey are blessed with the Romance, Education, and Travel Luck in the Southwest. This star governs love relationships, travel, and self-development. To boost their luck potential for the year, these animal signs must display the Bejewelled Mystic Knot or Lotus, especially if they want to expand their family, or wear Peony-inspired accessories to boost their chances of finding their life partner.
The not-so-lucky Horse, Rat, and Rabbit, however, may have to face certain challenges in 2020.
The Horse faces health risks brought by the Illness Star No. 2 in the South. To counter the negative effects of this energy, the Horse-born must have anti-illness charms and Wu Lou-inspired amulets for health and longevity.
The Rat is seen to face the effects of the Conflict Star No. 3 in the North. If not controlled, this type of energy will manifest in arguments, betrayals, and even legal problems. To subdue these negativities, The Rat-born should carry Tai Sui protection and other peace and harmony accessories.
The Rabbit may be troubled by the afflicted energies in the East. The most dreaded Misfortune Star No. 5 brings risks to health, relationships, wealth and career. The best protection for these possible afflictions are the 5-element Pagoda (either as placement or personal amulets), Rhino and Elephant Plaque, and Allies and Friends symbols (Rabbit, Sheep, and Boar).
Fair warning to all animal signs: The Violence and Robbery Star has flown to the Center sector in 2020. The negative influence of this energy may cause loss of material things and good reputation, possible break-ins, betrayal of trust, and possible lawsuits. Everyone must have the proper feng shui cures, especially the Rhino and Elephant symbol in the Center. Wearing anti-robbery accessories, such as special medallions with mantra and the ultimate mantra protection ring will also help shield you from negativities.
All told, the Year of the Metal Rat may bring favorable and not so favorable prospects for each animal sign this year. Having been presented with the forecasts, the task is upon us to boost our chances for success and to address potential challenges where they appear.
Rat and Horse have fighting relationship. Metal and Fire have fighting relationship. People born in Fire Horse (1966) and Wooden Horse (1954) years have poor people relationship. Cow, Dragon, and Monkey have good relationships with Rat. People born in Wooden Cow (1985), Water Monkey (1992), Water Dragon (1952), Water Cow (1973), and Earth Cow (1949) years have good people relationship. A good reputation can bring you good fortune.
There is unfortunately for the Rat people a double affliction of bad luck in 2020, as the North sector faces the Tai Sui as well as the Three Killings. This means expect a lot of obstacles you will need to overcome, small and large. Some of those will come from relationships and that will be distracting. It will be a challenging year for you to stay on track.
While the element luck in 2020 has an acceptable life force, the spirit essence is weak so that means that while you may appear to be strong and confident, on the inside you are more unsure about how able you really are. The success luck is also not good this year as the Rat has to deal with #3 Star that brings arguments at home and hostility at work. It will be important to keep calm and be focused when you make important decisions in your life. There is potential for things to turn out well if you do.
There are a lot of positive things about 2020 for the Ox and you might even find yourself rising in position at work, or in social status and reputation. With improved self-confidence, you will be more likely to get that promotion you are after or be accepted into a peer group you want to be in socially. There is also the potential for sudden windfalls in money.
The #1 Victory Star helps the Ox this year too, so with those positive winning energies, you can feel good about things. Just remember that to make the most from 2020 you need to take action to make your success luck as strong as possible.
The Tiger can look forward to a lot of great luck in 2020 so that you will be able to face and overcome any challenge that comes your way. The level of elemental luck you have is outstanding bringing great success luck and strength both inner and outer. Your leadership charisma will be high so you will better be able to get supporters and you can influence others to your benefit.
Your actions will be determined and focused and any threats coming to how you want things will be something you are alert to. You will achieve success with hard work and see better mental purpose and victory. Watch out for people who are envious of you though.
The Rabbit people also have a good year in 2020 where they can look forward to great achievements and reach high levels of success at home and work. Element luck is strong this year and you will have top performance that will bring you several achievements of significance. You can look to explore new areas and welcome new opportunities.
Be mindful of #5 Star though as well as Tai Sui as this can turn potential luck to turn negative. Stay alert and use the best Feng Shui remedies.
Strong luck is coming to the Dragon people in 2020 along with high energy levels thanks to the Big Auspicious and heaven luck coming from the winds. You will stay very motivated throughout the year and if you own your own business this is especially a good year for you. If you work for others there is less motivation so set some goals and work towards them. Be disciplined and as you strive keep that purpose in your mind.
You do need to be careful not to just grab on to the first thing that comes along as your success luck or lung ta is weak so you need to be more discerning. There will be plenty of opportunities though, so just be patient and use good judgment.
The heavens bring good winds to the Snake people in 2020 but while you have some unseen cosmic protection, otherwise spiritually and physically you are weak. This is not a year to make decisions based just on a gut feeling, you need to be rational and think things through. Go over the possible risks before you make large decisions with spending, but avoid being so cautious you become indecisive.
When you evaluate the chances of success in any projects or endeavors you make you need to keep in mind that your success luck is just neutral this year. That means the outcome could go either way so analyze seriously and never be overly eager to commit fully straight away to anything. The Robbery Star is, unfortunately, going to affect you and could cause a loss of money so use protection and an enhancer to boost that success luck.
2020 is not a good year for the Horse in terms of your spirit essence as it is at low levels. However, you can still overcome this. Making use of strong success luck coming, and with strong motivation, you can make plans and still dream and reach high. For some this year could be the one where your dreams do see fulfillment. Even what seem like difficult tasks can be overcome.
While there is hope to see the reward from your hard work and to feel great about yourself there are some things to protect yourself against. The Tai Sui, Reducing Energy Star, Illness Star and 3 Killings could all affect you. Use Feng Shui cures to protect yourself and pay close attention to your health.
The Sheep can look forward to feeling energized and clear in focus in 2020 and is also blessed with very strong luck energy. You will feel confident and be more able to follow your dreams. Your new strength and determination mean you will be more ambitious and that courage will pay off, especially in those who are older, both by yourself or with a trustworthy partner.
There is also a lot of success luck coming that keeps on giving to those who push forward and make the effort. If you are looking for a relationship or better luck in love this is also a good year for romance and happy partnerships. You can give in to feelings of impulsivity, and explore things you might not be familiar with. Just make sure you do what you can to harness that good fortune.
Those with the Monkey sign have the potential to have an excellent year as long as you make the effort to harness luck, and put in the right protections and work hard. You cannot rely on just luck in 2020, you will have to work for what you want. Have a positive outlook and look for good opportunities and when they come your way, reach out and seize them.
Of course, those under the Monkey are known to be natural hard workers so having to work hard for something is nothing new for you. Just make sure that you do it smartly and let yourself be guided by making strategic decisions. Do not waste those auspicious stars in your chart and do not let those that are jealous of you to make you less sure about yourself.
2020 sees the 24 Mountains with Big Auspicious Star for the Rooster which indicates the potential for a lot of great luck. How much you see of that auspicious energy depends on how smart you are and how creative you can be. But you also have the future prosperity luck with the #9 star so you are even stronger than you were last year, and can continue with your activities and success from last year.
While you have some great Stars, your element luck is just average in 2020 so you cannot just sit back and expect it all to come to you. If you seriously want to achieve something or have goals you intend to see reached, make it clear in your mind and work hard for the year. There is a lot of potential happiness and wealth you could tap into if you motivate yourself.
This is a great year for those of the Dog to experience new things and expand horizons. There could be some glitches in the year but they should not be really terrible and ultimately 2020 is a positive year for you. There will be auspicious energies that will bring with them some good news and everything you work on is going to have good results. This means at work your colleagues and boss will admire you and especially appreciate your confidence in each task you take on. That confidence will spread to those you work with and your leadership will be noted.
Your efforts will be supported by your good element luck and with the 24 Mountain Stars and the #8 Wealth Star there is a lot of auspicious Feng Shui energy in 2020 to look forward to.
The Boar in 2020 will see a lot of success luck but you need to motivate yourself. There is a lot of potential success so be encouraged by what you might achieve. What will be lacking this year is a determination and sticking with something. You need to push hard for some self-motivation and self-confidence. Do not let yourself give up too easily. You need to get past any obstacles not let them stop you.
This is a good year for the Boar, strength will come from great Feng Shui winds and with that aforementioned success luck things are promising. With some effort, there is little you cannot make happen. Get yourself inspired and believe in yourself.
2020 is the year of the Metal Rat and comes with some negative energies that you will need to protect against, but also some hidden gens of auspicious luck along the way. For Feng Shui 2020 forecast, the bad luck is coming from the difficult #7 Star. This is not a year to be impatient about everything as the negative energy from #7 encourages increased levels of irritation, arguments and quick-rising tempers.
Violence could break out and this a potential for discord throughout the year. This will also be seen in global news with hostilities and anger increasing in those dangerous hot spots. The #3 Star in the North adds to this discord encouraging misunderstandings and conflicts. Friends will argue and enemies will do so even more. Patience is essential this year.
It is not all doom and gloom though, no year ever is! We will see world leadership do better as the #8 Star enters the Northwest sector and helps steer destinies. Other leaders will benefit, CEOs, business owners, heads of families making clearer decisions because of the clarity of thinking that Star brings.
Patriarchs will be calmer and more stable in their decisions and problem solving and that will benefit those who follow them. With better decision making 2020 will bring positive developments, better growth and even improved prosperity to leaders and those influenced by them. This can help negate some of that negative energy the #7 Star brings at the center.
2020 is also the start of a new calendar cycle, a new 60 years, actually a new 180 years. This makes it a great time for creative ideas, commercial growth and expanding into new horizons as this new cycle gives them the benefit of auspicious energy.
2020 sees the presence of Lap Chun so that means it is also a good year for projects starting smoothly. With the Spring luck from this year, this is a time for initiatives, new undertakings and moving in new directions. Growth will come and to benefit the most from Lap Chun’s presence carry with you an Annual Amulet 2020. This will also help protect you from the negative energies of the year.
By looking at 2020’s Four Pillars chart you can better see an overview of what to expect from the elements for the year as they interact with the animal signs. The Paht Chee 2020 chart shows that all five elements have a presence, Metal, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Water. That is good as it indicates they are in balance this year.
Chances for knowledge and creativity – While there is a lot of earth energy this year, the Yin fire though weak is the element that rules. However, that amount of Earth means more creativity and clever opportunities. Those who have either brains or artistic inclinations can do well in 2020 and more people will recognize them. For scholars, this is a good year to see new knowledge and understanding.
Improvement in relationships – With the Day and Hour pillars having the presence of the Ox and the Rooster this means children and parents are going to have better rapport and communication. Good sense will help parents prevail as they raise their kids and spouses also enjoy relationships that are more harmonious. While the #7 Star brings discord these animals and pillars indicate that while there may be temporary discord, the relationships can stay strong.
Wealth luck is available – There are a lot of opportunities for prosperity and wealth luck in the Metal Rat Year of 2020 that starts from February 4th. Stay aware of what is going on around you and be ready to take advantage of opportunities as they come up. There will be new options for development to those who see it and take advantage of it. Be creative, enhance your wealth luck and you will see great dividends. You just need to be ready and be motivated! Try to think outside the box not just with investments but also with marketing, production, packaging and so on. A year of the Rat is always a good time to look at ways to build up your wealth without the need for spending a lot of resources to earn it.
Improving your success luck – All the things needed for this Rat Year to be a good one are there as long as you have Lung Ta or Windhorse levels that are enough. When that is low no matter the cures or enhancers you use real success will not come to you. The three animal signs that will have the most luck are the Boar, Sheep, and Rabbit. People with these signs should push hard to reach their dreams as you have the most luck to help you get there. Results will come, and come quickly. Others with good levels are the Tiger, Dog, and Horse who should also proceed confidently. The Ox, Snake, and Rooster have neutral levels, and the Monkey, Dragon, and Rat have bad levels of Lung Ta. Carry boosting amulets and on your work desk display a Windhorse.
There are three very lucky starts coming in 2020, the Commanding Star, Star of Scholastic Brilliance and the Star of Powerful Mentors. There is a chance for new innovation, success in new personal endeavors, new inventions and moving your business in a new direction. Remember that in the analysis of Chinese Destiny there are opportunities to activate and enhance luck to affect your destiny. This means making some effort and using the right enhancers and symbols so that you can get the fullest benefits.
The Chinese calendar is commonly known as the Farmer’s Calendar or the Hsia Calendar. It is a fascinatingly accurate system that not only records the passage of time, but is also used as a tool for Chinese fortune-telling. One of the most famous fortune-telling systems used today by professionals is called The Four Pillars of Destiny (BaZi). The Hsia calendar always begins on February 4 and lists the year, month, day, and hour in a series of Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth). As such, the system of the Four Pillars of Destiny means you can take the person’s birth data and convert them into Elements. From there, you can analyze a person’s destiny based on his or her birth date and better understand and accurately predict the cycles of a person’s fortune. In so doing, you can learn how to multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in life.
Additionally, the relationships of the Chinese Five Elements are believed to be the basic components of everything in the universe, from sounds, colors, shapes, directions, numbers, emotions, organs, and the list goes on. Hence, when you learn the sophisticated relationships of the Five Elements, you can say that you have a greater understanding of the theory of life.
The Year of the Metal Rat
In the Hsia calendar, 2020 is symbolized by two Chinese characters: Yang Metal and Rat. Yang Metal is the Heavenly Stem (character on the top) and the Rat is the Earthly Branch (character on the bottom). The Rat is also a Water Element. In the Five Element cycle, Metal births Water. Because the Heavenly Stem (Metal) supports the Earthly Branch (Water), you can say that this combination represents a more harmonious relationship. Therefore, you might expect 2020 to be a more peaceful year.
In a way, you can use the Hsia calendar and the framework of the Five Element cycles (birth and destruction) to understand the theme of the year. For example, 2018 was Yang Earth Dog (Earth). The Elements are the same. As such, we experienced some harmony. In particular, you can see that the U.S. and North Korea came to a temporary and peaceful agreement to halt nuclear testing. But 2019 was Yin Earth Pig. This was Earth over Water, in a destructive relationship. Thus, the peace talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down, and hostility between the U.S. and Iran intensified.
Qualities of Yang Metal
Before we dive into the details of my forecast, let’s explore the nature of this year’s Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch. Though they do come together in a more harmonious relationship, don’t be fooled, because the characteristic of Yang Metal is more destructive. Also, the Rat is considered to mimic the energy of aggressive ocean water.
For example, if you were born on a Yang Metal day, you embody the qualities of a warrior or military commander. Yang Metal is often associated with a destructive weapon like a big sword, so sometimes it can appear to be careless and harsh. Metal is also associated with loyalty; Metal Day Master people are honest and reliable. Many are military commanders, emperors, kings, politicians, lawyers, and social advocates. You exhibit strong leadership skills and often behave like a hero because of your deep desire for fairness and justice in the world. However, your fierce and resolute personality create the tendency to fight. Therefore, this kind of character can bring war and brutal killing.
While I was researching, I noticed an interesting Yang Metal person: actress Emilia Clarke, who played Dragon Queen Daenerys on the popular television show Game of Thrones. She was born on October 23, 1986. In the show, she portrays a charismatic leader in command of a massive army—who is also a ruthless and brutal killer, riding her Dragon to destroy the city King’s Landing. This character aptly matches the Yang Metal image; coincidentally, this show was Emilia’s most popular achievement to-date, essentially portraying her own true nature.
Another famous Yang Metal person is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who always plays the hero in movies. Even in Terminator, he eventually turned out to be a good and loyal robot.
Other examples of famous Yang Metal people include: Alexander the Great, Queen Elizabeth II, General George S. Patton, Emperor Qianlong, Martin Luther King, Jr., Edward Snowden, Isaac Newton, Gianni Versace, Jeremy Lin, Tiger Woods, and Mohammad Ali.
What’s more, both the Metal and Water Elements are cold Elements (because they represent the Yin seasons of autumn and winter, respectively). Hence, the atmosphere this year is that people will feel more apt to resort to violence in achieving their ideology, creating more conflict and turbulence. There will be more impassioned protests, angry demonstrations, and riots over issues of social injustice and inequality.
However, since Yang Metal sitting on the Water Element lacks support from Earth, it is actually weak and unstable. This means that the aggressive image is fake and lacks a solid foundation. However, Yang Metal will come to full strength in the autumn season when Metal is strongest; then the aggression will become more real and fierce.
An interesting characteristic of Yang Metal arises if you were also born on the day of the Dog or Dragon—in other words, if your Day Master is Yang Metal Dog or Yang Metal Dragon. In Four Pillars of Destiny, this is called “Fai Kong.” People who were born on this kind of day exhibit a very tough character. They have a tremendous will to survive and refuse to surrender no matter how difficult circumstances are. Fai Kong people often become famous athletes, such as Tiger Woods, Jeremy Lin, and Li Na.
Additionally, because Yang Metal is like a giant piece of steel, you can say that Yang Metal also symbolizes ships. Since Yang Metal has no Earth support and sits on Water, there will be the danger of sinking ships and disasters related to building collapse due to unstable foundations (lack of Earth).
Qualities of the Rat
In the Hsia calendar, the Rat is the first of the 12 zodiac or celestial animals. The Rat is also the first hour of the clock to begin a new day (2300 to 0100). Because there are 24 hours in a day and 12 animals, that means every animal sign consists of two hours. The Rat is particularly more unique because the Rat can be referenced as “Late Rat” and “Early Rat.” Late Rat means it covers 2300 to 0000. As the day changes at 0001, Early Rat begins and lasts until 0100. As such, the Rat sign covers two different days—half on a Yang day and half on a Yin day. Interestingly enough, if you study the sequence of the animals, you’ll understand that the order of the animals is lined up based on the number of the animal’s toes (or fingers). Odd numbered toes is Yang and even numbered toes is Yin. While all other animals have exact numbers, the Rat’s front leg consists of four fingers (Yin) and hind leg consists of five toes (Yang). This exactly matches the idea that the Rat represents both Yin and Yang!
But because the Fire Element is totally absent to control the strong Water energy, we can expect to see water- and fire-related disasters, including sea and air accidents. Examples of water disasters include flooding, heavy rainstorm, and tsunami. Furthermore, because the Fire Element is totally absent and both the Metal and Water Elements are weakening the Earth Element, there will also be more serious earth-related disasters such as landslides, sink holes, avalanches, mining accidents, building collapses, and earthquakes.
The Sexagenary Cycle
As you learn more about the Hsia calendar and the system of the Four Pillars of Destiny, you’ll understand that everything is in a repeating pattern in 60-year cycle (120, 180, 240, etc.). All you have to do is simply look back and revisit history to learn about the future. For example, 60 years ago, 1960 was also a Yang Metal Rat year. One of the most serious earthquakes occurred on May 22, 1960 in Valdivia, Chile, with a magnitude of 9.5 that triggered a giant tsunami, killing more than 1,600 people and leaving 2 million people homeless. Another major earthquake was on February 29, 1960 in Agadir, Morocco, with a magnitude of 5.7. An estimated 12,000-15,000 people (about a third of the city’s population of the time) were killed with at least 35,000 people left homeless, making it the most destructive and deadly earthquake in Moroccan history.
Additionally, the Rat will be in a direct clash with the Horse (another strong Fire celestial animal). The intensity of the fight between these two Elements will be brutal and unforgiving. As mentioned earlier, the Fire Element is related to airlines and airplanes; this clash can cause airline accidents. On February 26, 1960, an Alitalia airplane crashed in Ireland, killing 34 people onboard. March 17, 1960, a Northwest Orient Airline crashed in Indiana, killing 63. October 24, 1960, there was a setback in U.S.S.R. space exploration when a rocket exploded in Nedelin and killed 92 people. On December 16, 1960, an air collision near New York killed 134 people. January 3, 1961 (still a Yang Metal Rat year), a Finnish airline crashed. On January 24, 1961, a B-52 bomber with two nuclear bombs crashed in North Carolina. And the list of airplane accidents goes on.
You can use this same logic to understand the energy of people and between countries by following the elements of the Hsia calendar. For example, 1960 was a significant year when 17 African countries, including Cameron, Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Somalia, and Madagascar all declared independence. Cyprus also gained independence from Britain that same year. In the U.S., the Greensboro sit-ins were a series of protests in North Carolina that led to the Woolworth department store chain removing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United States. While not the first sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, the Greensboro sit-ins were an instrumental action, and also the most well-known sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement. They are considered a catalyst to the subsequent sit-in movement.
1960 also saw lots of tension between countries. For example, the strain between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. escalated when the U.S. U-2 spy plane was shot down by Soviet Air Defense Forces on May 1. The American pilot Francis Gary Powers was captured, convicted of espionage, and sentenced to three years of imprisonment plus seven years of hard labor. Another one occurred in Tokyo University when mass demonstrations against the United States-Japan Security Treaty turned violent, resulting in 182 people arrested and 589 injured. Also, on March 21, police in Sharpville, South Africa opened fire at demonstrators, killing 69 and injuring 180.
Going back 120 years, in 1900, also a Yang Metal Rat year, it was a very turbulent time in Chinese history. It was the peak of the Boxer Rebellion supported by the Qing government in China with many fierce fighting and brutal killings. From June 10 to August 14, the Eight-Nation Alliance invaded Beijing. This was a multi-national military coalition set up in the name of humanitarian intervention to defend their respective nations’ citizens. The eight nations were Japan, Russia, Britain, France, the United States, Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary.
Four hundred and twenty years ago, Year 1600 (also the Year of Yang Metal Rat) saw aggressive invasion by the Russians into Manchuria. This was also an important year in Japanese history, with the famous battle of Sekigahara when Tokugawa’s Eastern army defeated the Western army of Ishida and gained control of Japan.
It is no wonder that Hong Kong is now experiencing massive demonstrations against the passing of the Extradition Law. The clashes between police and demonstrators occurred on June 12, 2019, a Yang Metal Day in a Yang Metal Month, and the fight broke out during the Hour of the Monkey, which is also a Yang Metal Element.
Symbolic Meaning of the Rat
The Rat is a Peach Blossom (or Flower of Romance) star and it will stimulate plenty of sex and romance. Because the Metal Element also represents the skin, teeth, and bones, it will also enhance the theme around beauty and grace. We can see significant contributions or a boom in the beauty and entertainment industries. For example, in 1960, the Beatles began their music career in the Indra Club in Hamburg on August 17. That same year, Hollywood released iconic movies like Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz.
Four Pillars of Destiny
People born in the year of Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) is said to be “Offending the Grand Duke.” It means, you are offending the energy of the year. Therefore, it is recommended to carry a jade pendant of the Ox to reduce the negative influence. Some examples of famous people born in the Rat year include Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Zuckerberg.
People born in the year of the Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) will have a penalty relationship with the Rat. This will cause trouble in relationships with people such as friends, family, and colleagues, including sex scandals, extramarital affairs, and betrayals. Therefore, it is recommended to carry a jade pendant amulet of the Ox. Examples of famous people born in the Rabbit year include Donnie Yang, Jet Li, Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, and David Beckham.
The animal sign that is most unfavorable to the Rat is the Horse. If you were born in the Year of the Horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014), you are in direct clash with the year. Clashes will bring turbulence, movements, accidents, or big changes. You can anticipate more traveling opportunities and it is a good year to change jobs or move offices or houses. You must carry the Ox pendant for protection. Though traveling is ideal to satisfy the clash, it is not recommended to travel directly in the direction of the Grand Duke, which is in the North this year. And you must also take extreme care and refrain from participating in risky sports such as driving fast cars, piloting airplanes, skydiving, parachuting, etc.
The celestial animals that combine with the Rat is the Ox as well as the Monkey and Dragon. These animals are in a year of harmony. However, I do not recommend relying on this kind of astrological scheme because it is not based on the formal fortune-telling system. For a more reliable assessment of one’s fortune, it is best to use the full system of the Four Pillars of Destiny so that the entire birth chart is analyzed as a whole. Because animal signs can appear anywhere within the Four Pillars of a person’s chart, the clash and penalty commentaries is not just confined to the Year Pillar alone. As such, you must also assess how the clash and penalty will impact the person’s Month, Day, and Hour Pillars as well. Examples of famous people under clash this year include Paul McCartney, Kristen Stewart, Angela Merkel, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lawrence, John Travolta, Shinzo Abe, Kiefer Sutherland, Jackie Chan, Condoleezza Rice, etc.
Also, you can be under clash even if you were not born in the Horse Year, particularly if you were born on the Horse Day—the clash is even more severe and you can face a challenging year ahead. This clash can also adversely impact your relationship area with a spouse or member of the opposite sex. Take extra care. Natalie Portman and Paul Simon were born on the Horse Day.
If you were born on the Rabbit Day, 2020 will create a penalty called “2 Penalty” and you may suffer from worries and irritation related to your relationship with a spouse or family member. This kind of penalty is mostly related to people-trouble, because both the Rat and Rabbit animal signs are Peach Blossom stars. Nicole Kidman and Stephen King were born on a Rabbit Day.
Finally, the Rat is a Nobleman year for those born on the Day or Year of Yin Earth or Yin Wood or if you were born in years ending in 5 and 9, such as 1955, 1959, 1965, 1969, 1975, 1979, etc. Nobleman means angels are coming from Heaven to offer rescue and support. The Nobleman star often brings a solution to obstacles and dangers, helping to make the year feel more comfortable and smooth. If 2020 is your Nobleman year, go ahead and take the chance to develop new projects.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Metal Element represents the breathing organs including the lung, nose, and skin. The Rat, a Water Element, is related to the kidney, urinary system, and sex organs. Excessive amount of the Water Element this year can cause problems in these areas. Also, because both the Fire and Earth Elements are totally absent, this can contribute to weakness in the stomach area including digestive problems, the pancreas (diabetes), immune system, and issues with the heart, blood circulation, and overall vitality.
The Rabbit animal sign is a Yin Wood Element and is related to the small bones in the body. So much moisture and wetness from the Water year (and the lack of Fire to balance) can cause rheumatism and other bone diseases.
In order to support the weaknesses of the Fire and Earth this year, the most suitable health supplements to take are an anti-oxidant for regulating the Earth Element, and COQ10 for enhancing the Fire Element.
Because the total absence of Fire also means the sensation is cold and dark without the warmth of Yang qi, the powerful Yin energy will also contribute to mental illnesses, the rise of cold-blooded and senseless psycho killers, and strange demonic happenings. For instance, on June 5, 1960, there was a mysterious murder case in Lake Bodom, Finland that remains one of the most famous unresolved homicide cases in Finnish criminal history.
In the Five Elements system, the Fire Element is happiness and optimism. Fire years prevailed from 2013 to 2017. The presence of Fire can boost people’s confidence about the economy and therefore promote good performance in the stock market. This has been the main driving force behind the stock market boom in those years. However, the cycle of the Fire Element ended in 2017 with Yin Fire Rooster. When the Dog year arrived in 2018, the Fire entered the grave, resulting in setbacks in the economic atmosphere and creating a lackluster, zero-sum year. 2019, Year of the Pig, represented the termination of the Fire Element. The pessimistic energy of Water—also the symbolic emotion related to fear— has begun. Hence, the world economy has been greatly affected by the trade war talks between the U.S. and China, which generated a lot of fear and uncertainty for global investors.
These upcoming years 2019, 2020, and 2021 all belong to the Water cycle, and the Fire Element will not return until the Year of the Snake in 2025. Because the Pig Year represents the termination of Fire, 2020 the Rat means the Fire is in the embryo stage. Therefore, the general economic atmosphere is entering a bearish cycle and the pace of growth will slow significantly. With December also representing the Rat sign—and the peak of the Water Element in the winter season—it will generate a lot of fear and anxiety. Looking back to 2008 (also a Rat Year), Wall Street was in turmoil after the financial tsunami of the mortgage industry that lead to the recession that lasted from 2008 to 2013.
Stock Market and Economic Outlook
The fearful energy of the Water Element cycle is going to take over and prevail for the next four to five years. Pessimism, cynicism, and despair will set in and contribute to the economic decline. Any activities will also lead to longer-term setback and more economic crises will arise.
But which industries can still thrive in a bearish market?
Industries belonging to the Fire Element can expect prosperity because Fire conquers Metal, and Metal is Fire’s money. Fire industries include energy, power generating, restaurants, and entertainment.
Next belongs to the Earth Element because Earth conquers Water, and Water is Earth’s money. Earth industries belong to real estate, land development, mining, insurance, computer software, and technology.
Finally, the third-most prosperous industry belongs to the Metal Element. Though Metal does not see Money this year, because Metal sees Water, this industry is active and productive. These industries include automobiles, engineering, banking, and machinery.
The industries in bad luck this year are Water and Wood. Water industries will suffer because they will face strong competition. These include shipping, transportation, and communication. Also, Fire is Water’s money and Fire is totally absent; hence, this is not a prosperous year whatsoever. Wood industries such as fashion, media, books, and environment will also face an uphill climb, because Wood’s money is Earth and Earth is also absent.
The energy of your home and office change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of the shifts.
This year, the bad energy called “Five Yellow” (or Star 5) that symbolizes obstacles and misfortune will reside in the East sector. It’s best to hang a 6-metal rod wind chime to dissolve this bad star. The worst months will be in March, June, and December, when the Month Stars irritate Annual Star 5.
The next bad star is 2, which brings sickness and worry; it will be in the South. The traditional method is to use a string of six metal coins.
The Grand Duke is in the North this year, so it’s best not to “move earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction this year. Also, it is not recommended for one to sit with his or her back to the South. Otherwise, you will be sitting against the unfavorable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings” and this can bring bad luck. Furthermore, the South is also the clash position (the Horse).
Star 3 is related to conflict and robbery and it resides in the North. Use a piece of red colored paper to minimize this negative influence. Also, 6 and 7 can create legal problems and scandal, respectively. The traditional solution is to place 3 bamboo stems in a clear glass vase in the Southeast and Center positions, respectively.
A few interesting things to point out about today’s world leaders. Year 2020 is a favorable year for U.S. President Donald Trump, so his chance for a successful year and the likelihood of a second presidential win in the upcoming election is high.
This is also a favorable year for Russia President Vladimir Putin, so his power remains very strong.
Yang Metal year is considered a Power Element for Prince William. Will he succeed Queen Elizabeth in 2020? We shall see.
The Rat is North Korea President Kim Jong-un’s Aggressive Intelligence Element, so his actions are more forceful, careless, and less peaceful.
Last year China President Xi Jinping was under clash with the Pig. This year, the clash continues because the Rat Year will clash against the Horse in his Month Pillar. As such, China could very well continue to be under pressure with its economic relationship with the U.S. and the Western world.
Flying Star System is a system used in Time-Dimension Feng Shui to analyze what type of intangible forces are occupying a particular compass direction. It is moving in a cyclical pattern and constantly changing location in time. It is a body of energies that governs a particular year, month or day. There are nine (9) stars with different influences positioning on each compass direction that affect us.
Each number is connected to a specific set of energies which can be favorable or unfavorable. As Feng Shui a very complex body of knowledge, there are always many levels to this categorization but generally, the good stars are 1, 4, 6 & 8 whilst the bad ones are 2, 3, 5 and 7. In the current Period 8 (2004-2024; the Flying Star school of Feng Shui divides time in periods of 20 years, with 9 periods creating a complete cycle of 180 years), the #9 Star is considered the Future Prosperity Star and is auspicious on its own or paired with a timely Star. However, its magnifying influence can be damaging when it meets up with a hostile Star.
When the lucky Stars (1, 4, 6 & 8) occupy a certain sector, residents of that sector will enjoy the auspicious energies of the said Star, be it in career, love, power or wealth accumulation. Conversely, the unlucky Stars (2, 3, 5 & 7) will bring illness, quarrels, misfortune and violence. The influence of the Stars will be more acutely felt when say, both Monthly and Annual stars in a sector are inauspicious.
The luck and properties of the 9 Stars changes with each period. For Period 8 (2004-2024), the luck of the different Stars, together with the recommended cures or enhancers, are summarized as follows:
#1 White Star – Water
This Star which brings career & academic success and good reputation. It is also the star that blesses one with good victory luck and the patronage of influential people.
# 2 Illness Star – Earth
This hostile Star brings diseases, sicknesses, accidents, lethargy and general poor health & bad luck.
#3 Conflict Star – Wood
This quarrelsome Star brings hostility and danger of misunderstandings which can lead to stress and even litigation. It causes obstacles to all your plans and at its most severe can be dangerous as well.
# 4 Romance & Literary Star – Wood
This delightful Star governs romance, career, travel, creative, academic and artistic talents, wisdom and intelligence as well as self-development.
# 5 Misfortune Star – Earth
This deadly Star brings the worst luck compared to all other stars and must be avoided or countered. It causes calamity, work obstructions, family disputes, injuries, wealth loss and even death.
# 6 Heaven Luck Star – Metal
This divine Star brings potential windfall, wealth and good blessings, but is a bit weak in Period 8. It also generates nobleman's luck and attracts benefactors so that work could be carried out smoothly.
#7 Violent Star – Metal
This vicious Star brings injuries, burglary, fire, rivalry and lawsuits. It also causes financial losses, disputes in every aspect of life, either at home or at work.
# 8 Prosperity Star – Earth
This is the luckiest and most vibrant Star in the current Period 8. Also known as the Primary Wealth Star, it brings fortune, nobility, favourable promotion, salary increment, smooth wealth luck, good health and career success.
#9 Future Prosperity & Magnifying Star – Fire
This Star brings luck for future expansion or prosperity. As the Secondary Wealth Star due to the coming Period 9, it is the best Star to enhance for long term gains. It also serves to magnify the effects of other stars be it good or bad.
Fortunately, the flight paths of these Stars are predetermined so we can foretell their positions and take the necessary steps to remedy or enhance the energy in a certain sector. When we know that bad Stars are going to gather in the same sector, we can install Feng Shui cures to suppress their negative energies and similarly place enhancers to maximise the positive effects of the good Stars.
Refer to the chart below to locate the afflicted and lucky sectors up to year 2020 so that you have ample time to take the necessary measures to either subdue the inauspicious stars or enhance the auspicious ones.
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For a more thorough analysis, you may want to find out the locations of Monthly Flying Stars of the current year.
Good Stars: 1, 8, 9
Neutral Stars: 4, 6
Bad Stars: 2, 3, 5, 7
Water Rat in a Metal Year.
As the Metal Year strengthen the Water Rat, this is generally a very auspicious year.
Take note the following sectors:-
On the 4th of February 2020, the Flying stars will change all around the world in every single home, office, business and building which will bring an enormous change to the energy when we have the annual #7 robbery star enter the centre of every building. The #7 star can bring a lot of problems this year when sat in the centre as the influence can permeate through the other eight compass sectors, and we will need some powerful Feng Shui cures to avoid burglary, deception, copyright theft, gossip and back stabbing issues in the year of the Rat.
Every year, I make predictions for the year ahead, and we forecast 2019 with 100% accuracy and based on our predictions for last year and the feedback from our clients, the majority were able to enjoy a productive and rewarding year of the Pig in 2019.
2020 begins the year as a new decade and also a new astral cycle of the twelve animals, and this will be a year of great change and unrest especially with movements all over the world and potential up rises in the East and Middle East although the changes it can bring should be a good thing and the youth will be starting to show the power of unity and this can and should create a worldwide unity of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people coming together as a force to change. I think this will be a good thing in the end although there could be many ups and downs.
We will see again more natural disasters taking place around the world during the year of the Rat related to weather changes in 2020. Unfortunately, the annual influence can bring some problems that are out of our control although we do have the power to avoid problems in our own home and business with the help of the annual flying stars by following the Feng Shui advice on these pages.
Please read this advice and act on it as this year you will need your annual Feng Shui annual cures and enhancers more than ever and preparing now will enable you to prepare for the year ahead, prevent problems and ensure a successful 2020. We’ve been making these predictions for over 20 years with overwhelming precision.
Over the last few years, we have recommended that you are cautious with money and investments, and in 2020, this will, unfortunately, be the same.
To ensure you activate and protect wealth and opportunities and overall good luck, you must activate the northwest, northeast, southeast, southwest and west of your home or office; I will speak about how to do this below.
Remember, there is so much we can do to ensure the best year possible; we alert you to the possible upcoming misfortunes for the year and provide solutions with where and how to place your cures and enhancers.
For example, those born in the year of the Horse may be affected by the conflicting influences of the year of the Yang Metal Rat Geng Zi.
I must admit I am not a fan of predicting doom and gloom as I am a firm believer in the power of the mind and being told something bad is going to happen can manifest itself without much effort, so now let’s look at the positive aspects of 2020.
I am sure you have read other Feng Shui websites and read their synopsis for 2020, you will find that most are predicting a very bad year and while part of this is true, I am personally really excited about 2020 as there will be a lot of good to come out of it with the energies present this year and we also have many new and exciting annual Feng Shui cures and enhancers to place this year.
We have carried out thousands of Feng Shui consultations from every corner of the world since we first opened the Feng Shui Store back in 1999 and I have found that every single home is different with its positive and negative attributes; no two buildings will ever be the same and will always be prone to change so if you feel worried that you have a negative star in an important room this year, just remember that nothing is stagnant in Feng Shui and luck is constantly moving around to help you make the most of your circumstances and improve the quality of Qi in your home or office.
As an example, let’s take a look at a home that has a bedroom in the south and an office in the east and how the annual stars could have an impact on their lives in 2020 if not treated correctly. The problems with this configuration could be related to finances, bad luck, difficult relationships, joint issues and also sadness, especially with the middle daughter or eldest son.
However, by placing the annual cures and enhancers, you can eliminate or reduce these problems. If you are or were a smoker, and already have breathing and chest problems, then the cures and enhancers could certainly reduce exacerbating chest health problems. If you’re a smoker and wish to give up, then 2020 is the ideal time. Remember, the flying stars will dictate the problems, but there’s much you can do to lessen or eliminate the problem by following Feng Shui advice annually and monthly.
hose born in the year of the Horse could be affected by the conflicting influences of the year of the Rat as the Horse is the conflict animal of the Rat. Those born in the year of the Horse should be aware of potential difficulties they may encounter during the year and take extra care in whatever they do without taking unnecessary risks in all aspects of their life.
If you follow the advice here, you can avoid many problems; please do not worry. It should be noted that there are five different types of each Chinese Animal (fire, water, wood, earth, metal) which depends on the year you were born and each different animal will have different predictions for the year ahead.
Metal Horse: 1930, 1990
Water Horse: 1942, 2002
Wood Horse: 1954, 2014
Fire Horse: 1966
Earth Horse: 1918, 1978
With regards to the arrangement of the Xuan Kong Flying Stars in 2020, we will have the #8 white, prosperous star fly in to the northwest on the 4th of February 2020; the #8 star is the governing wealth star for period 8 (2004 – 2024) and can create a lovely influence when activated correctly as this will help resonate the auspicious energy throughout the rest of the building. In 2020 the #8 star is in conflict the NW Trigram Chien which is a strong metal star, and this will weaken the #8 earth star and the most powerful cure, and enhancer you can place in the northwest of your home, office or shop is the Lian Cai Zhong Master Cure along with the Pan Long Dragon as these two cures work in synergy with each other to help create bountiful wealth luck and new opportunities in 2020.
The analysis of the annual flying stars can only be conducted from a general point of view offering indications as to the potential influences of the stars in the respective palaces for the year of the Horse.
How each area affects the wealth and health aspects of the residents depends greatly on the quality and combination of the ‘facing’ and ‘sitting’ stars of the property’s natal chart.
In Feng Shui out of all the compass based methods for analyzing what is to come, the Flying Star Chart is the most powerful and quickest working method. Using compass directions along with a formula to determine the unlucky and lucky sectors of your building (usually your home though some do it for businesses too). Different time periods can be analyzed too, yearly all the way down to even hourly.
When reading the annual analysis for the 2020 Flying stars, please bear in mind that the advice we give can only be taken from a general point of view as to how the stars will affect the different compass sectors. When implementing the cures and enhancers for your home, please go around the different areas and consider items and colours you are already using as these could affect the stars for the year. It is also wise to consider the combination of the ‘facing’ and ‘sitting’ stars of the property’s natal chart and we cannot account for this in the report below.
Please take your time when reading through the analysis below for the annual flying stars for 2020. When you first read the advice below, it may seem as though this year will bring lots of problems although you will soon realise that there are many ways to control the negative influences and enhance the positive ones, making the most out of the year of the Rat.
In 2020, we have the #8 annual star fly into the northwest of every home, office, and building around the world and this star can bring tremendous wealth luck when activated correctly this year. The #8 star is the primary annual wealth star for the next four years while we are in period eight and will need to be activated with special cures and enhancers this year. To promote new wealth entering your home or business, place a lottery ticket in the northwest this year to enhance your chances of a win.
North East (1 White) - Brings Triumph and Success.
Kan 1 White, In 2020, Kan (Tang Lang) trigram flies comfortably into the North East.
Kan #1 is a water element. In the physical body, it is the ear. Internal organ it is the kidneys, and it is also blood. It also affects career and luck.
In the year of the Rat, as of the 4th of February 2020, the annual #1 water star Kan (Tan Lang) has flown into the northeast of every home, office, and building around the world. The inherent energy of the northeast is water which will be draining energy from the visiting annual star, and we will need to introduce some powerful cures to maximise the visiting energy in this area in 2020.
The northeast is especially important for the youngest male of the household and all males in general, although it is still extremely important for females. To activate the northeast and enhance wealth, relationship, and career luck, we will need to introduce metal along with two very powerful cures – a Dual Dragon bell and a to make sure the northeast is as rewarding as it can be this year.
The main cure that you should place in the northeast is the Dual Dragon bell as this is a very powerful and traditional cure and enhancer to enhance and protect the annual #1 future wealth star. When placed in your home or office, the Dual Dragon bell can generate new opportunities for the occupants and create results in financial investments, academic achievements and also enhance romance and relationships.
During the year of the Yang Metal Rat, we have the annual #1 water star fly into the northeast which has an inherent earth energy from the #8 star which will destroy the good energy of the annual star which is why we need a good quality metal cure to both enhance the annual star and lessen the drain caused by the inherent energy of the northeast.
If you have any poison arrows such as a busy road or power lines in the northeast of your home or office, I would suggest placing a Ba Gua mirror outside of the building pointing towards the poison arrow; if you are unsure which mirror to use, a Ba Gua wealth protection mirror is the safest bet to use in the northeast during 2020.
Another extremely powerful and vital cure to enhance wealth, relationships and career in the northeast is to place a Three-legged Toad and wealth pot. This beautiful hand painted toad god is a very commanding cure to enhance and protect wealth and business prospects in the year of the Rat.
If you cannot afford the FuXi dual Dragon bell or Qian Cai Chan Chu toad goad, or if you simply do not wish to use traditional cures in your home or office this year, I would try to introduce some water colours in your home or office; you can do this by using bedding, pillows, lampshades, rugs etc. such as blacks, greys and blues. If you have a bedroom in the northeast this year and the bed falls into this sector, I would recommend placing a brass Wu Lou talisman here to protect and enhance wealth.
Please do not place any fire colours in the northeast in 2020 as this will drain the energy of the annual #1 star and could cause a loss of wealth. If you already have fire colours in the northeast and cannot remove them, I would make sure that you introduce some strong water colours along with metal cures to balance the energies.
If you are using furniture and ornaments in the northeast I would try choosing objects with waves and ripples as this represents the water element and will work very well here this year.
The best months during 2020 are March, April, May, July, September, December, and January.
Take extra care in February, June, August, October, and November. I would check back on our free monthly Flying star advice to further analyse these months.
South (2 Black) - Brings Sickness and Illness.
Kun 2 Black, the Kun 2 Black (Ju Men) visits the Sourh in 2020.
The south is a very nasty area in 2020 as we have not only the annual #2 star fly in, we also have the Three Killings and Sui Po in the same compass sector which can bring financial and illness problems to all occupants of the home or office, especially middle daughter and females in general although this will still effect all males and will need some extremely powerful cures along with peace.
When we weaken the annual #2 star in the south we can greatly weaken the chances of disturbing this area and activating the malicious effects of Sui Po and the Three Killings, which can cause issues relating to wealth, disease, stress, illness, back stabbing and overall bad luck in 2020.
The annual #2 star is one of the worst stars in period eight and when combined with the other annual afflictions, this area will need to be treated with some very powerful metal cures in 2020 if you are to avoid problems. It is important that the south is treated carefully during the year of the Rat and that the area is not activated with loud noise, banging or drilling. The south will need to be treated with the appropriate cures and enhancers if we are to avoid problems in this area.
If your home or office has a front door in the south in 2020, it is very important that you do not slam the door and if possible, I would suggest that you install a soft close hinge, as loud noises can activate the maleficent effects of the Three Killings and Sui Po. You must also aim to avoid any internal doors or windows being slammed in this area and avoid digging or renovating your property in this area at all costs. If you have no option but to undergo heavy work this year, please make sure that you follow the advice below and also have the relevant cures in place and try to do so when an auspicious monthly flying star flies in to the south, which would be in April, May, June, August, October, or January 2021.
One of the most important cures that you can place in your home or office is to place a Offering plate (wealth vase) in the south of your home, office, or building. This cure and enhancer was specially made to exact measurements and engraved for us and is used to protect, cure and help create new wealth and good luck in 2020 for every occupant of a building. We have included the Juan Kuan offering plate in our Deluxe cures and enhancer kits for 2020.
The ideal area for the south to fall into in your home or office in 2020 would be in a bathroom, spare room or storage space as these rooms are used less than a bedroom or kitchen and would be less likely to activate from noise. If your front door, bedroom, office, lounge or other well-used room is located in the south, this will inevitably activate its malicious effects, so read on…
The #2 star will affect the health of those under its influence and can bring problems relating to wealth, illness, disease, stress, back stabbing and overall bad luck so please take this advice seriously and do not leave the south untreated and see what happens this year. This is especially so for people who are a Gua #1, 3, 4 or 9.
Another powerful cure for the south in 2020 is to place a statue of Tsai Shen Yeh in a gold colour. The God of wealth statue is very good at weakening the bad earth and also protects wealth for 2020, making this a very powerful cure.
Please do not introduce any red colours in the south during the year of the Rat and at all costs, avoid using candles in this area as this will aggravate the malevolent effects of the annual #2 star. If you have any red colours in the south that cannot be removed this year, such as a red sofa, do not worry too much and be sure to introduce some strong metal colours and cures such as a silver or white throw over the sofa. Good metal colours to use in the south this year are white, silver, gold, bronze or copper.
Placing a Metal Wu Lou beside your bed is a good cure if you have no option but to sleep in the south of your home this year as this symbolises good health and dissipates the negative energy of the #2 star.
The best treatment for the south of your home or office during 2020 is to place a Offering plate, salt water cure and six Chinese coins tied with red ribbon. I would also recommend introducing some metal cures in the south as of the 4th of February 2020 such as a metal Wu Lou, singing bowl or other good quality metal objects although please make sure that they are smooth in shape and do not use any menacing or pointy objects as this will be counterproductive.
The best cure for the south in 2020 is an avoidance of the area altogether which is near impossible to do, but if you are fortunate enough to be able to avoid 1/9th of your home, I would still recommend placing the cures for 2020.
Now having given you all this bad news, I will now give some hope for those who are Gua 2, 6, 7 or 8 as while this combination, on the whole, is very bad, it can be good for them in wealth and career, you would still be wise to place the recommended cures as detailed here but the effects of the #2 black will not be bad for you and can even give you positive results.
Please be sure to keep the south of your home or office as quiet as possible during 2020. If you have no choice but to carry out noisy building work, please make sure you have the recommended cures in place and try to use manual tools to keep noise to a minimum. If you cannot avoid noisy activities in 2020, the better months to do so are during April, May, June, August, October, and January 2021.
Do not place any fire colours in the south in 2020 such as red, pink or purple. Keep doors closed when possible. Place a Wu Lou, salt water cure, gold Toad, wealth ingot and six coins here along with metal ornaments. Use colours white, silver, gold or copper.
Better months are April, May, June, August, October, and January 2021.
Take extra care in February, March, July, September, November and December.
North (3 Jade) - Brings Hostility and Lawsuits
Chen 3 Jade, the sound of Lu Chun #3 Jade can be heard in the north in 2020.
From the 4th of February 2020, the annual #3 star will fly into every home, office, and building around the world and the inherent water energy of the north will be feeding the inauspicious wood star; we will need to treat the north carefully during the year of the Rat in order to avoid theft, a loss of wealth, arguments, disputes, legal issues and stress.
The north is especially afflicted in 2020 as we have Tai Sui fall into the area, making this a very risky area that will require treating along with peace.
If you have a bedroom or office in the north during 2020, it is especially important that you follow the advice below as human interaction can activate the #3 stars influence; this is very important for the middle son of the household and all males in general. Please do not panic if you will be spending a lot of time in the north throughout the year as this area can be treated with the relevant cures and enhancers for 2020 to avoid issues that the #3 star can bring.
If the north of your home or office has a front door please make sure that the door is never slammed as this will likely activate the malevolent effects of Tai Sui. I would also recommend taking care of internal doors and windows in the north this year and avoid excessive noise both inside and out.
It is also wise to avoid digging and renovation in the north of your home or office during the year of the Rat as this will anger Tai Sui and cause problems. If you cannot avoid carrying out repairs during 2020, please make sure you follow the advice below and try to carry out the work during February, May, June, July, September, or November as this is when we will have a visiting auspicious monthly star that will lessen the negative influence present in the north.
The traditional method to appease Tai Sui is to place a Tai Sui plaque to pay respect and appease the deity. By paying respect to Tai sui, you can avoid the problems that are prevalent with this annual affliction. These are two key cures for the north in 2020 although please do not worry if you cannot afford these; there are a lot of other options you can implement to weaken the troubles that Tai sui can bring.
The worst thing you could do in the north from the 4th February 2020 to the 3rd February 2021 would be to take on any ground-breaking work such as replace window or door frames, knock through an internal wall, build an extension, lay a patio or other similar work. My general rule of thumb for small jobs such as hammering a nail to hang a picture or drill a hole is to minimise as much noise as you can; if you can use a manual hand drill, it is better to be safe than sorry.
To remedy the effects of the annual #3 star flying in to the north in 2020, I would recommend introducing red decorations and colours in to the north for the year. Some easy ways to introduce these colours are a red floor mat, cushions or sofa throw. You can also introduce candles, lamps and lights in to the north for the year to weaken the bad wood star.
You should not place any metal into the north in 2020 to control this energy as this will aggravate the annual #3 star; metal colours are ok to use but please do not use too much.
Water features should not be used in the north in 2020 unless you have a good understanding of the fixed flying stars of your property as this can bring arguments, wealth issues, divorce and legal problems in to your life; unless you take your land formations, period, mountain and water stars in to account, please be very careful.
You may have read in some books or on websites where they say that the #3 wood star can be a good one in period 8 (2004-2024) but in my opinion, it is an extremely unpredictable star, and you should not try to activate it unless you know what you are doing with regards to the flying stars or the Academy of Feng Shui software has advised you to do so.
Please be sure to read through all paperwork during 2020, and double check before signing anything as the annual #3 star can bring lawsuits, disagreements and general issues with others. Please remember to take care as a lack of attention could end in a loss of time, energy and resources.
If you have a main door in the north of your home or office during 2020, I would recommend using another door to enter and leave the house if you can; most of us won’t have this luxury, and if you have no choice but to use the door, please make sure you do not slam it shut. I would also recommend hanging a ba gua wealth protection mirror above your front door in the north for 2020 for added protection.
South West (4 Green) - Brings Love and Scholastic Luck
Sun 4 Green Wen Qu, literacy and romance star gracefully flies into the South West in 2020.
The Sun 3 wood star flies into the southwest as of the 4th of February 2020 and can bring bring a lovely influence to your home or office when activated correctly. The #4 is a conditional star, and in period 8 (2004 – 2024), it is an auspicious star. The #4 star governs love, relationships, career, travel, creativity, academic, and self-development prospects, making this a very powerful area to enhance in 2020.
Although the #4 star is relationship star, please do not think that this cannot be useful in the workplace; when activated correctly, the southwest can bring fantastic career prospects and boost productivity in the work place.
To enhance this beautiful influence, you should place a Wealth and Wish enhancer in the southwest of your home or office during 2020. The Jiangongliye Wish and romance enhancer is a very powerful Peach Blossom talisman and is a very effective manifestation enhancer for the southwest during 2020.
This cure and enhancer when used is also a manifestation enhancer; You can also place photos of you and your partner or even pictures of people you would like to bring into your life. Think of this area as a manifestation area and when you place your wish list, photos, romantic statue, photo of dream car, house, boyfriend, girlfriend or whatever you wish to bring into your life, think very positive thoughts and try and imagine those items in your life already, remember the power of the mind is just as powerful as Feng Shui.
One thing to be aware of with the southwest in 2020 is that although the #4 star is a very auspicious one if you were to leave this area untreated, this can bring unwanted romantic opportunities into your home or office and will affect all occupants. If you are looking to attract a partner in 2020, the safest and most effective way to do this is to place a Jiangongliye wealth and wish enhancer.
If you have a main door to your home or office in the southwest in 2020, this is very good and can bring new opportunities and lost chances of travel. A main door in the southwest will need to be kept clean throughout the year, and you should not have any shoes on display; a shoe box can be a very powerful cure in the southwest as it will allow fresh Qi to enter the building.
Please do not place any fire or metal elements or colours in the southwest during 2020 such as red, orange, purple, burgundy, lilac, pink, white, silver, gold, bronze or copper as these will destroy the auspicious influence that the annual #4 can bring to the southwest this year. If you already have fire or metal colours in the southwest and cannot remove them, please read below.
The best colours to introduce in the southwest are water colours such as black, charcoal, grey and shades of blue as this will enhance the energy of the annual #4 star. The easiest way to introduce these colours is by using throws, pillows, dishcloths, bed sheets etc.
When working with an annual star, every auspicious star also has an inauspicious aspect to its nature when the star is joined by an inauspicious monthly visiting star. The months that will affect the influence of the annual star are February, April, May, September, November and January 2021. These months can bring betrayal, heartbreak, scandals and humiliation so; please remember to check back for our monthly flying star analysis.
The southwest of your home or office should be treated as your creativity and relationship area during 2020 as this can greatly benefit all occupants of the home and office. If you have an office or bedroom in the southwest, please keep this area clean and clutter free as often as possible as a tidy area can greatly enhance the #4 star.
The #4 star has the power to increase the chances of producing intelligent children when conceived during the year of the Rat and to increase your chances, I would place a statue of a blue Kwan Yin in the southwest of your home or office, especially if you have a bed located here.
Another powerful cure that you can place to help you conceive a child during 2020 is a bunch of peanuts in shells (monkey nuts or groundnuts) or any seed products such as black or red melon seeds (Gua Zi). In Mandarin, peanuts are called ‘hua-sheng’, and for the Chinese, this word is onomatopoeic in that the sound of it means ‘the birth of many children’. When placing them, they can be placed anywhere in the bedroom, although I would keep them close to the bedside table. A good alternative if you do not want to display real nuts or if you have an allergy would be to a pair of mandarin ducks beside your bed.
With the Wealth and Wish enhancer in place and some good water colours in the southwest of your home or office this year, you should be able to enjoy great rewards and enhance your relationship with others throughout the year of the Rat.
In 2020, the southwest of your home or office is a great area for students, writers, artists or anyone with interest in travel, crystals or the health industry and they would be wise to make the most out of this auspicious influence.
When using colours in the southwest this year, please avoid using fire colours such as red, pink and purple and please try to avoid lighting candles in the southwest as this will weaken the good influence.
If you wish to enhance areas of creativity and academic achievements, place or hang moving objects to enhance the Ch’i of this sector, do not use wind chimes. Keep area semi active with windows occasionally open. You should try to avoid using metal items here, especially wind chimes. You should try to spend time in the southwest this year if you want to enhance romance, creativity or academic pursuits.
East (5 Yellow) - Brings Misfortune and Bad Luck
The 5 Yellow, In 2020, the annual 5 Yellow Lian Zhen star of tragedy returns home to the East place in 2020.
In 2020, the east of every building around the world will be affected by the malevolent effects of the annual #5 earth star and if left untreated can cause problems to all occupants ranging from a major illness, accidents, fatalities or bankruptcy so please make sure you treat the east with the appropriate cures for 2020. The east is going to need some good quality metal cures this year and will need to be kept calm and quiet to avoid activating this inauspicious star.
Although the east will be a very afflicted area during 2020, please do not feel that there is no solution to this; with Feng Shui, there is always a way to manage or dissipate an inauspicious star, and if you place the relevant cures and keep the area calm and settled, you can avoid activating this area and avoid any problems that the annual #5 star can bring.
If the east of your home or office falls into a bedroom, office or other important room such as a living room, it is very important that this area is treated similarly to the steps above as human interaction will make this area very more likely to be activated. If you have a main door in the east, please make sure that you follow the advice for this year and ensure that the door is not slammed shut as this will activate the negative effects of the annual #5. Peace, along with strong metal cures, will help avoid the effects of this star.
If you can, please avoid any renovation or ground breaking; this includes building an extension, knocking through an internal wall, laying a patio, replacing a bathroom suite and all other similar activities. If you have no choice but to carry out work this year, please try to do this when we have an auspicious monthly star fly into the east which would be in February, April, July, August, September, November, and January 2021.
My general rule of thumb when carrying out small tasks in a minor area such as hammering a nail to hang a picture or drill a hole is to minimise as much noise as you can; if you can use a manual hand drill, it is better to be safe than sorry.
For 2020, I would strongly suggest placing these Cures in the east of your home or office:
Six Chinese i-ching coins In a row
Salt water cure
Six rod hollow metal wind chime
If you would prefer not to use traditional Feng Shui cures in 2020, please do not worry as there is still a lot of ways to weaken the negative influence of the annual #5 star this year. I would recommend some good quality, heavy metal into the east of your home or office such as a stainless-steel dog bowl and weight lifting plates. Good shapes are items made from metal that are round. Please make sure that you don’t disturb the east with any noisy activities, renovations or maintenance work. Houses with gardens to this corner of the property should avoid disturbing the ground with major digging or building work in the southwest.
A pendulum chiming clock in the east is a very effective cure this year, and while this contradicts what I said about keeping the area quiet, the chiming sound of the clock is as important as the moving metal of the pendulum. In the old days, they would have had someone striking a gong quietly every 15 to 60 minutes.
Another powerful cure for the southwest is to place a brass Wu Lou or gold coloured gourd to protect wealth and avoid legal problems, arguments, disputes and loss of wealth.
Whatever you do, please do not place any red objects, bright lights, candles or red coloured furnishing in the east of your home or office from the 4th of February 2020 to the 3rd of February 2021 as this will only cause harm and aggravate the #5 yellow. Do not worry if you have these colours already and cannot remove them, introduce some metal colours into the east such as white, silver, gold or copper in the way of a floor mat, cushions, throws, tablecloth or such like. You can also use dark blue or black if you prefer.
If your bathroom, cloakroom, en-suite, guest room or a large cupboard is located here, this is good for you this year, because these areas are not used much, and therefore the negative power is not activated, I would still place the cures though regardless of what room is located in the east.
Take extra care in March, May, June, October, and December.
Please avoid activating the negative energy brought on by the annual #5 star with loud noises or ground-breaking in the east.
Avoid placing fire colours in the east of your home or office such as orange, red or purple. Introduce metal colours such as white, silver, gold or copper.
Although I have mentioned it quite a lot in the advice above, please try to keep the east as quiet as possible this year and make sure that you have your annual cures and enhancers on the 4th of February 2020; if you miss this date, you can place them at any time in the year of the Rat.
South East (6 White) - Brings Good Fortune
Ch’ien 6 White, The star of Heaven Chien 6 White (Wu Qu) sits in the South East place in 2020.
In 2020, we have the annual #6 money star fly into the southeast. The #6 star is a compassionate star and when activated with the relevant cures and enhancers, can bring financial and career luck during the year of the Rat. If you have a job in politics, a leadership role, jewellery or a manager’s position, this area is very important to you this year, and you should follow the advice below carefully.
If the main door of your home or office is located in the southeast this year or if you have a bedroom, office or other important room located here, the human activity will help to activate the auspicious energy of this area and can bring fame, wealth, success and overall good luck in 2020.
One of the most powerful and important cures for 2020 is to place a Sheng Chi cure in the southeast of your home or office to enhance and protect wealth luck. This traditional and powerful cure works similarly to Chinese New Year couplets in the sense that they should be kept up for the year to cure and enhance the auspicious influence of the southeast in 2020.
The southeast has the inherent #4 wood star which will be draining energy from the #6 which can lead to a loss of wealth. To balance the energies for the year, we need to introduce some powerful earth cures into the southeast to balance this energy and allow the annual star to be activated.
Although an auspicious star that brings success and accomplishment, the annual #6 star can cause problems with the liver and legs if located in a bedroom in 2020; the cure for this would be to introduce some water colours such as bedsheets or curtains for the year. Good water colours to use are shades of blue, black, grey, and charcoal.
Another crucial cure for the southeast in 2020 is to place a Crystal gemstone tree for wealth and career luck as this extremely potent wealth and career enhancer, and protector helps to protect and enhance existing and future wealth in 2020 and future years.
Take extra care in February, April, June, July, November, and January 2021.
The southeast of your home or office is a lovely area in 2020, and if you have a main door or important room located here, you can benefit from this powerful influence during the year of the Rat.
Good colours to use in the southeast this year are earth colours such as yellow, beige or brown. If you like to work with crystals, you could place some real quartz or a faceted crystal sphere in the southeast this year as these are very good for activating the wealth and business side of this nice star.
Centre (7 Red) - Brings Theft, Burglary and Violence
Tui 7 Red, The Lofty breeze of Tui (Po Jun) flies home to the Centre in 2020.
As of the 4th of February 2020, the annual #7 robbery star will fly into the centre of every home, office, and building all across the world, and if left alone without the appropriate cures and enhancers, this star has the risk of causing arguments, burglary risks, deception, copyright theft, backstabbing and overall bad luck this year. The central palace tends to resonate throughout the other eight palaces, so it is important that this area is treated with the appropriate cures and recommendations below to ensure that peace is kept in the home and office in 2020.
The centre will usually fall into a hallway and landing, depending on the size of the building although if the centre of your home or office falls into an area with a main door or window, it is vital that the locks and overall security are checked throughout the year; it is also wise to double check smoke alarms throughout the year to ensure they are working correctly and avoid candles and naked flames here.
The Most powerful cure for the centre of your home or office in 2020 is to hang a Protection Plum Blossom Amulet to be used to dissipate negative energy of the #7 robbery star trapped in the centre of every building in the world.
The centre of your home or office can cause a lot of problems to all occupants in 2020 as we have the annual #7 argument star enter the here and we will have double the metal energy from the inherent energy of the #6 star in the centre; the annual #7 stars energy will be naturally enhanced by this and we will need to introduce some water colours to weaken this.
Although it is not as common, if you live in u shaped home and have the main door in the centre, it is important that you hang a Ba Gua wealth protection mirror outside for added protection in 2020 and make sure that you do not slam the door and oil the hinges regularly.
I have already mentioned double checking the security in your home or office but please do not take this advice lightly as the influence of the annual #7 star can increase the risk of robbery and deception. I always say that prevention is the best cure and by checking over your home throughout the year, along with placing the Mei Hua Fu Zhou, you can avoid any potential problems that could incur from the #7 star this year. Do not display any valuable items on windowsills as there is a risk of a passer-by seeing a quick opportunity.
It pays to be wise and avoid taking too many risks if you have an important room in the centre this year as there may be unscrupulous people working against you. There are indications of misunderstandings, pressure and business rivalries that could also lead to losses.
The best advice I can give for the centre in 2020 is to check your smoke alarms regularly, and if you do not have any, especially in the centre, please ensure you install them before the 4th of February 2020. Please make sure that you also check electrics and check the security of windows and doors.
Please take extra care during March, May, July, August, and December as this will bring an increased chance of robbery and arguments.
Please make sure that you keep the centre of your home of office as quiet as possible in 2020 and ensure that you check your smoke alarms at regular intervals this year. Good colour options for the centre are water colours such as shades of blue, black, or grey and be sure to avoid earth colour and crystals in the centre this year.
If you have an office or door in the centre, please be careful of people trying to deceive you, robbery, arguments and loss of wealth, always look at the very small print and be careful as this star normally causes problems with people you know and thought you could trust.
North West (8 White) - Brings Wealth Luck and Prosperity
Ken 8 White, Zuo Fu flies elegantly into the North West.
The #8 Ken white star is the most auspicious governing Flying Star for the next five years while we are in period 8 (2004-2024) and 2020, we have the annual #8 Zuo Fu wealth and overall luck star fly into the northwest of every home, office, business and building across the world and if left untreated, the inherent energy of the northwest will weaken the influence of the primary wealth star for the year, causing financial and legal issues for the year ahead.
If you have activated the northwest of your home or office for 2020 and have a main door, office, bedroom or any other important room that is used frequently in the northwest this year, this is great news for you and you should make the most of this lovely influence.
As with every new Solar year in Feng Shui, you must place a very special Master cure and the most powerful and important cure, and enhancer in 2020 is called a Master cure and must only be placed in a Yang Metal Rat (Geng Zi) year.
This master cure and enhancer must be placed to enhance and protect wealth and overall luck in 2020 and is especially needed for males of the home, including the eldest male although this will have a very strong effect on all occupants, including females of a home, office or business when placed in the northwest.
If you have an office, study or main door in the northwest of your home or office in 2020, wealth, fame, prestige, romance and distinction can be expected when activated throughout the year with the relevant cures and enhancers.
Another extremely important cure and enhancer for the annual #8 star is to place a Dragon chasing pearl to enhance the annual #8 wealth star in 2020 and ensure wealth and career are protected and enhanced throughout the year of the Rat.
We had the Panglong dragon created especially for us to make this cure as powerful as it can be for the home and office. The annual #8 earth star has flown into the northwest for 2020 which has an inherent good metal energy which would cause friction between these two good stars, which is why we selected the coiled Dragon and had it hand painted to create a Sheng cycle to control the energy in the northwest and ensure that each element is enhancing the next. If you work with quartz crystals, crystal balls or hanging faceted crystals these are very good for the northwest palace this year. The #8 star also governs relationships, so a nice romance enhancer is to display a pair of rose quartz double hearts or a pair of Mandarin Ducks this year.
Whilst wealth is forecast in 2020 for the northwest; it is important that you are careful not to overwork too much this year as this can bring health problems. The additional work will bring a good income but be careful of your health; in particular, stress related resulting in high blood pressure or kidney problems.
Do not place heavy metal in the northwest this year, as it will weaken the good earth and stop the #8 star from being activated.
This is a very strong wealth, success and romance area for 2020 when activated, so try and store your important financial papers here like pensions, stock portfolio etc. in the northwest. If you use symbolic cures, this is where you should place your three-legged Toad facing your Sheng Chi direction for wealth or a pair of rose quartz crystal hearts for romance.
Take extra care of health in April, June, August, September, and January 2021.
West (9 Purple) - Brings Future Prosperity
Li 9 Purple, Li 9 Purple is found in the West palace in 2020.
The annual #9 purple (You Bi) star has flown into the west from the 4th of February 2020, and the inherent energy of the west will be weakening the auspicious influence of the auspicious visiting star. We will need to introduce some strong wood elements to enhance the annual star in 2020 to make sure that future wealth is protected and enhanced this year.
9 Purple is the star of future wealth and has an auspicious influence in Period 8. Career opportunities and promotions are possible, and this is especially the case if you have an office or main door in the west in 2020. There is fame and acknowledgement, growth and improvement.
This is a good area, in general, this year and especially for those who are involved in studies in 2020. If this is a family area (living, dining or a library), you should try to encourage children to study here.
Couples with a bedroom in this location can look forward to good relationships this year, and there may also be a chance of producing intelligent children. If you want to enhance this further, you should place a statue of Kwan Yin in the west part of your bedroom.
To enhance the auspicious #9 star in the west during 2020, I would place a Dragon headed Tortoise sitting on a bed of coins and wealth ingots in the west of your home or office to ensure that both existing and future wealth is protected and enhanced over the next year.
The Dragon is one of the most commanding and sacred figures in Feng Shui and is known to be a symbol of protection of wealth and career. It reputedly has absolute power and symbolises honour, power and all that is right in the world. The bed of coins and wealth ingots symbolises wealth generation. The Tortoise symbolises longevity, energy strengthening and protection, making the Dragon headed tortoise an imperative cure for the annual #9 star.
The element of the annual #9 star can strengthen the malevolent effects of visiting monthly stars #2 and #5 so please be careful during July and October.
Be aware of the negative influences during May, July, September, and October.
We have the #2 black star enter the south of the lo shu in 2020 and this is combined with the three killings and Sui Po, and we are going to need special cures and enhancers in the south to weaken the malevolent influence of this star.
At the very least, I would hang a set of six Chinese coins tied with red ribbon and also place a salt water cure in the south and east to control and weaken the annual #2 and #5 stars.
This is very important in 2020 especially if you have the main door, bedroom, office, lounge or other important room in the south, east or north.
You must avoid making any form of deafening renovations or re-decorative work in the south part of your home or office between 4th February 2020 and 3rd February 2021. You should not disturb the ground by digging holes (small holes for plants is fine), build foundations or conduct any maintenance work with any loud equipment in the areas inside or outside your property or garden.
If you have no option but to perform work in the south in 2020, I would strongly recommend that you place a six hollow rod metal wind chime along with six Chinese I-Ching coins and a salt water cure in the south during 2020. We take this very seriously at the Feng Shui Store as we’ve seen some pretty nasty events over the past 39 years when this energy has been disturbed.
There are also another two other rules that you should follow regarding the Three Killings. Firstly, if you are moving your desk around this year, never sit with your back towards the south, it is better to face south instead.
If you have a door in the south in 2020, please take a lot of care when opening and closing the door to make sure it is not slammed. Avoid the influence of the Three Killings by opening and shutting the door calmly or install a soft close hinge.
Urgent repairs to your home or office in the south during 2020 will need a cure to prevent any negative consequences. You can place a six-rod hollow metal rod wind chime between the building and where the work is being carried out or ideally, contact a professional Feng Shui Consultant to select an auspicious date to start the work.
Like the Three Killings, Tai Sui does not like to be disturbed either. The effects of Tai Sui can be good or bad depending on the annual flying stars that coincide with its location.
If your property or front door faces north in 2020, much like the Three Killings, you must try to avoid doors from slamming when entering or leaving your home or workplace. You should avoid digging or renovating your property in this area at all costs. If you have an office or shop door in the north this year, I would recommend installing a soft close attachment. The traditional Chinese method to appease Tai Sui is to place a Lu Mi Tai Sui plaque to pay respect and appease the Deity and also weaken the annual #3 star.
By paying respect to Grand Duke of Jupiter, we can weaken or avoid the problems this can bring.
Sui Po is the year breaker, and it occupies the division directly opposite Tai Sui Grand Duke, which for 2020 is the south combined with the three killings and the #2 calamity star. You should treat this area the same as the other annual afflictions with no ground-breaking work, renovations or any loud activities. If disturbed, this area can and usually will cause immediate health problems, especially with regards to the elderly, so please be very careful with the south of your home or office this year.
Traditionally to appease this very nasty energy you must place a set of six Chinese coins tied with red ribbon and a salt water cure.
The annual five yellow has flown to the east in 2020, and this is not good and the reason why so many specialist cures are needed. It is highly recommended not to disturb the east of your home or business with noisy activities, renovations or maintenance work this year.
When disturbed, the Five Yellow can bring disaster, sickness, lawsuit and significant loss of wealth, so please be very careful in the east as it is very afflicted. In 2020 you must place a set of six Chinese i-ching coins tied with red ribbon, a six-rod hollow metal wind chime and a salt water cure in the east to avoid the problems that are associated the #5 yellow disaster star.
As we entered period 8 (4th February 2004), the use of water outside is critical up until 2024, a pond/water feature positioned outside in the correct area can really work in your favour although you should not site a pond/water feature unless advised by professional Feng Shui consultant, you can, however, safely place water outside in the southwest up until 2024.
During the year of the Rat, outside water can be placed in the southwest or east (only if you have been advised by a Feng Shui master as the annual #5 resides in the east in 2020) as these are your primary wealth areas for the next four years while we are in period 8. In 2020, outside water is best placed in the northwest but please note that you should only use outside water if you know the natal chart of your home and have a good understanding of the land formations of your home.
If you have to use indoor water in 2020, the best area is in the northwest as this will help to activate the auspicious #8 star for the year of the Rat. Regardless though, it is better to seek professional advice before placing any water feature inside or out as in Feng Shui it is the catalyst to good and bad so please take care and consult or use our software.
If you decide that you want to use water inside your home, please make sure that the water is kept clean and fresh at all times and make sure that the water is constantly flowing as stagnant water will cause the Qi to become trapped in the home and bring negative energy into the home or office. Using water in Feng Shui is a very powerful tool and is a vital part of Feng Shui (Shui meaning water). The Qi around the home or office is caught by the water and is then cleansed and distributed around the building provided the water is clean and flowing. If you look at our resource pages, you will find more detailed information on water placement for 2020 and beyond.
Whilst the use of water is considered safe in the right conditions, there are many exceptions to the placement of water, and as Master Practitioners and teachers we use many more methods of water placement for wealth, education and relationship, these methods whilst extremely powerful can only be used with expert guidance and a full analysis of your property and land formations.
Every Year, we get thousands of emails from people with all different levels of knowledge in Feng Shui telling us how helpful the salt water cure has been for their home and business and how they have helped change the energy for the better; receiving these emails always make my day, finding out how Feng Shui has helped others.
The Salt Water Cure is an extremely powerful and little-known cure and one that we have used in our home, warehouse and office for over twenty-one years. We replace the Salt Water Cures once a year at the least and sometimes they need to be replaced within a few months as they remove so much negative energy from the surrounding area.
You should place a Salt Water Cure in the east and south of your home and office from the 4th February 2020 to weaken and control the annual #2 and #5. Please do not try to reuse the coins from last year’s cure or coins from other cures as they should be replaced when setting up a new cure.
When we are working with the flying stars, there will be many different circumstances to how the stars will effect each building; for example, If you have an annual #5 in your open plan living room during 2020, the energy from the #5 yellow’s presence can flow in to another area of the home or office so it is always best to treat the negative areas rather than take an out of sight, out of mind approach; having the annual #5 in a broom cupboard or lesser used room is very good as the chances of activating this star are a lot less likely although it is still vital to treat. Try to think of the annual stars such as the #5 as a perfume; if you sprayed some perfume in your bedroom, you would probably be able to smell it downstairs as the smell drifts around the building. If possible, it is always preferable to avoid rooms with negative stars although I would still recommend placing the necessary Cures and Enhancers for 2020.
When replacing your salt water cure, I would recommend replacing it at the end of the year at the very least, or if the salt cure grows too large, I would replace it when the salt formation spills over the sides. I will usually replace my salt water cure in my own home when the salt starts to form around 5mm over the top of the glass as this is usually a sign that the cure needs replacing and has absorbed enough negative Qi.
Once you replace your salt water cure, you should leave it in place and do not touch it except for topping up with water until you need to replace your cure as disturbing it could unsettle the negative qi that the cure has absorbed. When you come to remove your Salt Water Cure, you should carefully place the whole thing (salt, water, glass and coins) in to a Tupperware type container or water tight plastic bag inside a cardboard box and dispose of it in a recycling bin straight away. If you do not have a Tupperware tub to dispose of the salt water cure, you can carefully pour the water down an outside drain although I do not like to recommend this and this is more of a last option scenario.
We have had people say to us that they have still got the same salt water cure from 5 years ago which is extremely dangerous and not worth the risk. Please replace your salt water cure every Chinese New Year at the very least. We try to keep our salt water cures as cheap as possible so that they are available to the majority and all of the coins we use come from a good dynasty, making them even more effective.
Whilst the methods above are considered safe, there are many exceptions to the placement of water and as Master Practitioners and teachers. We use many more methods of water placement for wealth, education and relationship, these methods whilst extremely powerful can only be used with expert guidance and a full analysis of your property and land formations.
Tips For Annual Flying Stars for 2020
Star #1 - Romance, Water element - brings romance (North East).
water star - Achievement and Touch of Romance.
Use accent colors blues or greens.
Vase of fresh flowers with clean water.
Lucky bamboo in water ok.
Fountain or aquarium (moving water), ok here for 2020.
NO red/pink/purple/orange/yellow colors. No candles or bright lights.
Avoid plants as they will drain water energy.
Star #2 - Sickness, Earth element - brings sickness and illness (South).
earth star - Sickness, Miscarriage, Accidents.
Place strong, round METAL objects here - moving metal such as pendulum clock is good.
Outdoor 6 rod metal wind chime is advised.
A metal Wu Lu (gourd) should be placed here for the year.
Can use metal singing bowl, music box, metal dog bowl, bunch of keys or weights in this sector.
Choose white/silver/gold/copper colors - blue accents ok.
NO red colors, NO fire or candles, no bright lights. No triangle shapes.
No earth or ceramics.
No renovation, drilling or digging. Keep quiet. DO NOT DISTURB.
Keep doors and windows CLOSED.
DO NOT SLEEP HERE, especially if trying to conceive as may cause miscarriage.
Star #3 - Dispute, Wood element - brings hostility and lawsuits (North).
wood star - Disputes, serious conflict, accusations, deceit, fights, legal problems.
Focus on red and fire energy to suppress bad wood star.
Place RED colors here, fire/bright lamps, red candles - rugs, throws, sheets, cushions, curtains, lampshade etc
Pyramids and triangle shapes ok.
No TV, fax, fan, music - no noisy children or animals, keep sector calm and quiet.
Bad for couples bedroom. No good for couples wanting to conceive.
No good for restful sleep and inner calm or relationships - beware of backstabbing from people you know.
Keep doors and windows CLOSED.
Check smoke alarms are in working order.
NO water colors or water features.
NO plants or wood.
No metal - No windchimes.
No renovations, digging or drilling.
Star #4 - Academic, Wood element - brings scholastic luck (South West).
wood star - Romance, Travel, Education
Focus on water/blue to feed good wood star.
Use blue or black color or accents.
Vase of flowers in CLEAN still water - Good area for lucky bamboo in water (no water allowed if bedroom area).
Small lush plants ok.
Do not add water here if love relationship is not stable and strong, as it may trigger betrayal, heartbreak, sex scandal.
Add Images of romance and travel. Can place poster of wishes and goals.
Add love objects in pairs such as mandarin ducks. Good sector for bedroom.
Double happiness symbol is good here or image of dragon and phoenix.
Pink/rose quartz crystals. Images of couples.
Can add crystal globe, world map poster if office or study.
Metal horse statue ok for travel.
NO fire, candles or red/pink/purple colors.
NO heavy metal objects or windchimes.
Star #5 - Misfortune or Fatal illness, Earth element - brings misfortune and bad luck (East).
earth star - Worst star, very BAD energy - Financial Loss, Serious Health Problems, Bad Relationships.
Focus on metal color and a few metal items to suppress bad earth star.
5 element pagoda here is excellent.
Moving metal objects: music box - 6 rod outdoor windchime.
Can place metal singing bowl, metal dog bowl, bunch of keys or weights in this sector.
Note: Do not add too many metal items as sector is already metal by nature.
Use white/grey/silver/copper/gold, metallic colors.
Bad sector for children, bedroom or office.
No renovations, no digging, no drilling. DO NOT DISTURB!
CLOSE doors and windows.
NO FIRE/candles/red colors/triangles/bright lights.
NO earth/crystals/ceramics. No plants.
DO NOT WORK OR SLEEP HERE - NO TV/STEREO HERE.
Star #6 - Military, Metal - brings good fortune (South East).
metal star - Heavenly Help, Leadership, Career
Earth colors are good.
Quartz crystal rocks , stones or spheres are ok to strengthen earth and enhance metal.
Use blue/black/grey colors if bedroom - blue painting ok if bedroom but no water scene.
Bad sector for the elderly.
Good for office.
Gold Buddha is good here for 2020.
To move or sell, place a small earth or metal horse statue.
NO fire/reds - keep lighting soft.
Do not add extra metal items.
If sector is a bedroom, beware chest or hand problems.
Star #7 - Robbery/Violence, Metal element - brings theft, burglary and violence (Centre).
metal star - Robbery, Deception, Backstabbing, Unexpected Betrayal or Loss, Violence, Abuse.
Add blue rhino/elephant for protection.
Place black or blue Fu Dogs either side of front door if located here (on outside) for protection against intruders.
Use colors blue or black for decor.
Vase of flowers with fresh water ok.
Keep doors and windows very securely CLOSED and LOCKED! - Same applies to car if parked outside in South.
NO fire elements or red colors - No bright lights.
NO Metal - NO wind-chimes.
NO earth. NO crystals.
Bad sector for front door or office.
No renovations, drilling or digging.
Fire hazard potential. Check smoke alarms are working.
Star #8 - Wealth, Earth element - brings wealth luck and prosperity (North West).
earth star - Best star for Wealth, Success, Romance
Keep area well lit - active, fresh, clean, calm, clutter free - windows open.
Salt lamp is good here.
Add hanging faceted crystal balls - Add quartz crystal clusters, crystal lotus.
Good for amethyst and rose quartz crystals if bedroom.
Fire or earth colors and accents.
A ship figurine is good. A 3 legged red frog is good (facing into home).
No heavy metal items or colors which will act to suppress the good earth star. No wind-chimes.
Star #9 - Celebration, Fire element (West).
purple fire star - Celebration, Growth - (9 star doubles intensity of monthly visiting star).
Small lush plants are ok with vibrant colored flowers.
Any soil plant that bears fruit.
Good for couples bedroom, living room, dining room or front door.
Keep sector quiet and calm. No renovations or ground breaking.
The Annual Xuan Kong/Flying Stars apply to all homes, regardless of the Time Period in which they were built. The Annual Stars can act as catalysts or triggers within each compass sector, and you should examine their interaction with the natal Xuan Kong probability combination of the Siang Sin, Main Star and Chor Sin within each compass sector to determine how strong or weak the annual influence may be. It also helps to look ahead at the monthly flying stars to see when the annual positive and negative factors will be doubled or enhanced by monthly stars.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)