2020 is the year of the rat in Chinese astrology and I always watch for it as it’s the one year out of the twelve-year cycle where there is major good luck for me. I’m a major yang person by virtue of being born between May 5th and August 8th. It is also a year of major good luck for anyone born between March 7th and May 4th who has a minor yin nature. At the same time, it can be a year of major bad luck if you were born between November 7th and March 6th as you would be a major yin nature person. Minor yin people born between August 9th and November 6th would also have a year of major bad luck. Yin people have their year of major good luck during the year of the horse.
Keep in mind the few days around the edges of each period can fluctuate a bit so if you were born a few days on either side of March 7th (March 5th-9th), August 8th (Aug 6th-10th) or November 7th (Nov 5th-9th) you can find out whether it was the year of the rat or the year of the horse which brought you your major good luck and bad luck periods by reflecting on which years were most and least auspicious for you.
Year of the rat: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Year of the horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
The reason I track this system for years of major good luck or major bad luck is that it has been very accurate and reliable in its results when I look at what is happening in my life and those around me, as well as the clients I do readings for. The karma that comes in these years is more likely to be fixed and not easily changed through personal effort, though you can control how you react to the events. Although COVID-19 has had a negative impact on most people, there are some people who are much harder hit, either psychologically or financially, than others. There are also people who can recover quicker and more efficiently than others for various reasons. The year 2020 has already shown me many blessings, some completely unexpected windfalls and other things have come to fruition which I have worked towards for years.
There is a cyclical nature to life, and everyone experiences luck and challenges at different times. Everything is constantly changing, even things which you feel are unfair and will never change. The goal through these difficult times is always to keep an attitude of equanimity, and gracefully accept whatever circumstances come your way. Gracefully does not mean passively, if you are faced with unjust circumstances, actively fighting for what is right may be necessary. In my view, to be graceful is to behave in an admirable way, even though it may not be the path of least resistance, even when your enemies may be more materially powerful than you, and even though others are behaving unethically and with a lack of compassion. Michelle Obama reminds us of this with her classic saying “When they go low, you go high”. Through it all, being confident that you have enough strength and resilience to overcome the present challenges and nothing can stop you from achieving what destiny has in store for you.
The years of good luck, bad luck, little good luck, and little bad luck have not been consistently as reliable in my practice, although I am including them for reference:
Major yang or minor yang
Major yin or minor yin