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What 2020 Has in Store for You Based on Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

New beginnings and opportunities for success await you in 2020—but is your Chinese zodiac sign up to the challenge?

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How the Chinese zodiac works

Most people are already aware that there are 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac calendar: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. However, many people don’t know that there is much more to the Chinese zodiac than that. Chinese astrology is extremely in tune with the natural world and the natural order, which is why there are five elements that also affect your zodiac sign: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal. The Chinese also believe in the concept of Yin (feminine, passive, dark energy) and Yang (masculine, light, active energy). All of these symbols and energies come together to make you who you are. Were you born on one of the luckiest birth dates of your Chinese zodiac sign? Even if you weren’t, these days will still be among the luckiest for you.

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2020: The year of the Metal Rat

The Rat is the Chinese zodiac sign known for being inquisitive, shrewd, and resourceful. The Rat is also the first in the rotation of the 12 zodiac signs, meaning that a Rat year is a year of renewal. So when a Rat year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favourable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined, and resolute. With all of these properties combined, TheChineseZodiac.org suggests that 2020, the year of the Metal Rat, looks to be a year that is filled with growth and accomplishments.

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Rat

Birth years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Next year of the Rat: 2032

According to TravelChinaGuide.com, the Chinese zodiac is ruthlessly ironic in the fact that the sign whose year it is tends to be the most out of luck. Since 2020 is the year of the Rat, people under this sign may feel like they have a dark cloud hovering over their heads. However, it is important to note that this is largely a matter of perspective. The year of the Metal Rat is filled with opportunities for success for everyone, so don’t let anxiety or negativity ruin it for you.

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Ox

Birth years of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Next year of the Ox: 2021

Those born under the Ox sign are dependable and strong, but sometimes their steadfastness makes them a bit stubborn. This can pose a problem during a year that is ruled by the Metal element since Metal is also tough and unwavering. Success and luck are still ready and waiting for the Ox in 2020, but people of this Chinese zodiac sign will need to be more flexible in order to attain great things this year.

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Tiger

Birth years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Next year of the Tiger: 2022
Described by Horoscope.com as powerful, adventurous, and passionate, the Tiger should enjoy great fortune in 2020. This year is all about the willingness to take the jump into new, unexplored territories, and the Tiger is ready to pounce. It will be a rock-star year for this sign, as long as they don’t get involved in too many high-risk scenarios and get in over their heads.

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Rabbit

Birth years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Next year of the Rabbit: 2023

The Rabbit is a refined, sensitive, and rather reserved zodiac sign. In a year that prizes the ability to put oneself out into the world and engage in new experiences, the Rabbit may end up feeling a bit uncomfortable. The Rabbit’s need for peace and quiet may inhibit them from going out and taking full advantage of this auspicious year. Be willing to take more chances. Taking those chances and not being afraid to fail are actually two life lessons you can’t live without.

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Dragon

Birth years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Next year of the Dragon: 2024

Dragons are flashy, wild, and charismatic. They love any opportunity to shine, and the year of the Metal Rat gives them ample opportunity. The Dragon will be riding high this year—but therein also lies potential danger. Dragons can easily get carried away, so be sure to maintain a level of self-awareness before things get out of control. Dragons should also beware of their own arrogance.

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Snake

Birth years of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Next year of the Snake: 2025

The Snake is a complex character: generous yet cunning, cautious yet sly. The focus of 2020 for the Snake is going to be on relationships, both professional and personal. How you cultivate these relationships will determine how far you get in discovering your true self and what you ultimately want to do in life.

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Horse

Birth years of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Next year of the Horse: 2026

The Horse will have the opposite problem that the Rabbit will have in 2020. Where the Rabbit will naturally be cautious about the new prospects springing up in the year of the Metal Rat, the Horse will perhaps be too eager. The year of the Rat has positive implications for everyone, but the excitable Horse will need to rein in excessive emotions in order to reap those benefits. Still, the Horse also has an admirable sense of independence, which will prove useful when pursuing new endeavors. Of course, the Chinese zodiac isn’t the only zodiac out there.

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Goat (or Sheep)

Birth years of the Goat: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Next year of the Goat: 2027

According to ChinaHighlights.com, the Goat (or Sheep) is gentle, passive, and family-oriented. With their even temper, those born under this Chinese zodiac sign will be able to sail through 2020 with minimal problems. Don’t let your love of peace and stability stand in the way of change and golden opportunities, though.

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Monkey

Birth years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Next year of the Monkey: 2028

The Monkey is fun and outgoing, but the year of the Metal Rat will require more patience and orderliness in order to achieve success. People with this Chinese zodiac sign will have a hard time in 2020 if they do not find a way to focus. But the Monkey is no fool. Once on the right path, they have the wit and resourcefulness to follow through and make good things happen.

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Rooster

Birth years of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Next year of the Rooster: 2029

The Rooster is a more grounded and straightforward version of the Dragon. This Chinese zodiac sign is proud and likes to show off, but being too self-centered will not get them anywhere this year. Success in 2020 for this sign will find its anchor in its relationships. Zoom out and focus on the bigger picture as well as the needs of others, and you will find yourself enriched as well.

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Dog

Birth years of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Next year of the Dog: 2030

The Dog is another Chinese zodiac sign that will have a pretty easy year. In a time of new beginnings, all you have to do is follow your good nature. If you want something, go get it, and be your honest, gregarious, and loyal self along the way. You are a person of principles, and you don’t have to sacrifice those principles to get where you want to be.

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Pig

Birth years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Next year of the Pig: 2031

Congratulations! The year of the Earth Pig, 2019, is over! This means that the problems of yesterday should not affect the Pig sign going forward. Like all signs during this year of the Metal Rat, people in this Chinese zodiac sign will find joy and good fortune as a result of their best characteristics: intelligence, kindness, and honesty. However, the Pig must always remember that not everyone will reciprocate their kindness and hard work. Be sure to keep your wits about you to avoid being taken for granted.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest