Year of the Metal Rat: What 2020 Has in Store for Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

​The Year 2020 is particularly potent for the Chinese Zodiac because it is the Year of the Rat. Every Rat year marks the beginning of a new twelve-year cycle and, as such, new beginnings are imminent, along with the changes that go with them.

What’s more, this is the Year of the Metal Rat.

Why is this significant?

Metal is one of the strongest elements of the five that feature in Chinese Astrology in the sense that it is hard, determined, forceful and radical. A person born under any sign of the zodiac will automatically be bestowed with a steely, unwavering strength if metal is their corresponding element.

Meanwhile, the Rat itself is a steely, determined and ambitious individual. Known for their cunning, incredible strategic talents and desire for success, we can surmise from both the metal element and the Rat’s influence that 2020 is going to be a year of radical change and enormous upheaval.

So how does this bode for each individual Chinese Zodiac sign? Read on to find out!


This is your year and it’s time to rejoice. When an individual’s year appears, it’s usually a sign that your good luck and fortune are on the rise. The energies of the Metal Rat are in conjunction with yours (especially if you yourself are a Metal Rat!) There’s a lot of golden opportunities and fortune coming your way, particularly if you are willing to put boundless energy into your endeavours. Your only warning is to ensure you don’t grow complacent and start taking your good fortune for granted as things could then swing in the other direction.


2020 is a time for new beginnings, especially in areas of work and career, Ox. The decisions you take this year will shape the next twelve years for you, so choose wisely. You have much to look forward to if you stay true to yourself and work hard for what you want. You need to do some soul-searching, asking yourself what it is you truly want as this foundation will mean the difference between success or disappointment.


Self-control is something you struggle with at times, Tiger, so you will be pleased to hear that control of yourself and your environment is very much on the agenda this year. This is a year about putting yourself first, but not in a selfish way. It’s time to let go of toxic people or situations that hold you back from reaching your true potential. The potential to shine bright is strong this year; go for it, in true Tiger fashion.


This year is mostly about continuing on from your previous goals, Rabbit, at least in the physical world. Your journey this year will appear to be more of a spiritual one. A spiritual awakening may be forthcoming and you may even experience a drastic change in priorities. This may unnerve you as you are not one to step outside your comfort zone; but if your instincts are pulling you towards this change, then it is best to go with the flow.


For such a dynamic sign, you may be intrigued to learn that 2020 ought to be a year of calm and peace for you, Dragon. Let’s call it the calm before the storm, as things are set to kick off for you further down this twelve-year cycle. This is a great year to focus on your health, activities and hobbies that you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to. A number of vacations seem likely.


A good year for love! 2020 ought to be a prosperous and fulfilling year in the realm of relationships, Snake, and you may find that a lot of problems which have been holding you back shall dissipate. Looking after your health is important this year so it may be time to implement a new exercise regime and explore various healthy, wholesome foods you can include in your diet.


Much of the changes you experience this year will revolve around yourself, Horse. It’s time to make a clean break of indulgence and toxic relationships. You are also encouraged to harness your spirit of adventure and use it to its fullest extent (while being safe at the same time!) Dare to dream and travel to exotic locations that you have not visited before to make the most of this.


A powerful year of transformation for you, Goat. Large and small, change lurks around the corner on both an internal and external level. You have to be on your guard so you do not veer off into escapism if things become a little overwhelming. Meditation and yoga are both highly recommended practices for you to perform regularly throughout the year as they will keep you grounded and positive.


This is a strong year for sociability for you, Monkey. New people and connections you meet can set the groundwork for you for the next twelve years, so go forth with enthusiasm and positivity. However, watch out for people who may try and swindle you. You are usually excellent at spotting a con artist but this year you might become overly relaxed. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes like the plague.


This will be an emotional rollercoaster for you, Rooster, but it also looks set to be a successful one too. Saving money should be relatively easy for you, but you need to watch out for spontaneous or impulsive actions which could leave you with feelings of regret further down the line. Be careful of your investments this year and ensure to think things through with a workable plan.


A positive year for you overall, Dog, and you may feel more compelled and fired up to make change in both your environment and on a global scale. Keeping your mind busy and your actions productive is a sure-fire path to success for you. Your open mind will come in very handy in 2020 and you may meet people who are on a very similar wavelength to you who can help bring out the best in you.


Take a look back: Chinese Zodiac for 2019: Year of the Pig

Breaking free of restrictions is very much on the agenda for you in 2020, Pig. This looks set to be a year of great spiritual growth for you and could even lead to a completely different change of direction for your life path.

Trust your instincts and have faith in your own abilities; your intuition will not lead you astray. Ensure to take good care of your health too and set out a workable plan for your diet which includes both healthy and tasty things.

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About The Author

Iberia Tor

Iberia Tor is a harmonious Libra Sun, Conflicted Scorpio rising, and a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac.A whirlwind writer with a passion for Tarot cards and Astrology in all forms, she is fascinated by other realms and experiencing both the negative and positive that goes with its inhabitants. Sarah believes the imagination knows no boundaries; it is not just a gift, but a privilege also, one utilized as a tool of exploration to penetrate the very core of our existence.Iberia has authored three novels, and currently writes Astrology Answers’ Daily Money and Chinese Zodiac Horoscopes, as well as articles.
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