To usher in the year of the Rat, we asked Feng Shui Master, Master Jo Ching, to share his insights on the Chinese zodiac forecast for 2020. Read on to find out what the year holds for you!

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Animal Sign: Rat

Birth Years: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948

Outlook for 2020: Tai Sui (太岁), which is traditionally deemed as inauspicious, affects those born in the year of the Rat. This would usually create challenges as well as emotional upheavals in most aspects of your life in 2020, especially when the zodiac itself is also met with two other undesirable stars. First and foremost, pregnant women have to be cautious for there are Sword Edge and Lying Corpse stars that could potentially trigger a premature delivery or unplanned C-section birth. It is therefore advisable that you closely follow up with your gynaecologist to ensure things are fine. For others, do avoid participating in risky sports or activities that could bring bodily harm.

Nevertheless, the presence of the Golden Chest and General Star would offer blessings more so if you are working in the government sectors or MNCs. Your boss will entrust you with a new project and is prepared to reward you. There is a great chance that you are going to assume a new leadership position too. People in business can expect more opportunities flowing in with an increase in sales and revenues.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Golden Chest, General Star

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Tai Sui, Sword Edge, Lying Corpse

zodiac reading for ox

Animal Sign: Ox

Birth Years: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949

Outlook for 2020: A year of positive energies especially for the men who will meet a lot of helpful people and receive good career advancement since the Sun and Heavenly Nobleman are here to stay. It is a year that you, the Ox zodiac sign, would shine and receive a lot of attention. One would easily enjoy a rise in status, authority and power. People in senior management roles or even politics will see themselves moving up the corporate ladders. The stars will benefit you if you are in the acting and performing industry. The same goes for bloggers, influencers, YouTubers as well as those who are in edutainment sectors.

If you have plans to pursue an overseas job or explore doing your degree in other countries, the energy of Saddle star is supportive of that. In fact, if you would like to experience a change in living or working environment locally, you can choose to do so in 2020.

Something to note is that the Sky Emptiness and Bad Qi stars will cause those who are still schooling to suddenly lose focus or go into a period of moodiness. Luckily, Heaven Doctor is a white knight that will come to save you out of any predicament. Thus, when you are in trouble, always consult a senior at home.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Sun, Heavenly Nobleman, Saddle, Heaven Doctor

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Sky Emptiness, Bad Qi

zodiac reading for the tiger

Animal Sign: Tiger

Birth Years: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950

Outlook for 2020: Money and career luck are marvellous for the Tigers because Tai Ji Nobleman has arrived to increase your recognitions at work and sources of income. You can take the opportunity to start an investment or business plan as there will be friends or associates that open new doors for you. However, if you are contemplating starting a business partnership or joint venture with someone, do ensure that the terms and conditions stipulated in the agreement have been thoroughly checked. Do not assume that the partnership will work towards your advantage.

Careful delineation of roles and responsibilities should be properly discussed and documented for the Dividing Edge, which is known as the star that attracts disputes, is present in your zodiac sign. Travel luck is seen in 2020 due to the presence of Sky Horse.

In the ancient time, this star denotes good fortune especially when you travel a lot. Funeral Door and Solitary stars may sound scary but what they do is to drain your immunity and energy level – physically and emotionally. As long as you monitor your health and have a positive mindset, things will be fine. Do avoid attending funeral wakes if you are not in good spirits.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Tai Ji Nobleman, Sky Horse

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Dividing Edge, Funeral Door, Solitary

zodiac reading for the rabbit

Animal Sign: Rabbit

Birth Years: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939

Outlook for 2020: It is quite a blessed year especially for the ladies in terms of their pursuit in studies, career and business opportunities as the Moon is shining on them. The Moon generally takes great care of the women. Relationships with family members and friends will also be more cordial and harmonious. For those who are already in a courtship, regardless whether you are male or female, expect to tie the nuptial knot in 2020 since Nuptial Bird has flown into your zodiac.

For the rabbits, one of the major things to be cautious about is the presence of these 3 scandalous stars known as the Hook, Lasso and 6 Misfortune, which easily create havoc and cause one to be entangled in messy love affairs involving 3rd party. So, please stay clear of unnecessary romance. At work, stay away from office politics and at the social media platform, restrain yourself from making contemptuous remarks.

You should not delay any further in the buying of an insurance plan if your job requires you to handle sharp objects or work in a hazardous environment like the construction and shipbuilding sites or even in the kitchen. This is due to the presence of Flying Blade plus Decline God which will cause you to be very careless and susceptible to cuts and injuries.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Moon, Nuptial Bird, Heaven Wealth

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Hook, Lasso, 6 Misfortune, Flying Blade, Decline God

zodiac reading for the dragon

Animal Sign: Dragon

Birth Years: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940

Outlook for 2020: The Grade-A star, Emperor Seal Nobleman, will bring you promotion opportunities, recognition and fatter bonuses. Investment and windfall luck will be enhanced. People who plan to start up a new business should grab this opportune time to have a better head start.

On the other hand, students will benefit from the 3 Stage and Talent stars as they govern good academic achievement and support from good teachers. In addition, those who are representing the school in sports, games or any form of competition will also enjoy good luck and eventually receive rewards for their outstanding performance.

On the flip side, due to the arrival of 5 Ghost and Official Talisman, please be tactful in your speech and behaviour in the public, especially if you achieve a certain level of success at work as these 2 stars attract petty people who are jealous of you for being better than them. Do not attempt to challenge the laws and evade fines and taxes, you will be easily caught and be penalised. Remaining honest, humble, sincere and staying grounded will help you immensely. Complication during pregnancy is possible because of Passing Cloud. Hence, close follow-up with your doctor is imperative.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Emperor Seal Nobleman, 3 Stage, Talent Star

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: 5 Ghost, Officer Talisman, Passing Cloud

zodiac reading for the snake

Animal Sign: Snake

Birth Years: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941

Outlook for 2020: Because of the presence of Death Talisman, it is advisable that you try to stay away from funeral wakes or hospital visits if possible as it can have a negative impact on your luck and energy level. This star can also attract arguments in office and minor accidents at the workplace or at home. Presence of Small Loss star will cause you to misplace valuable items easily. Chances of getting fines like parking tickets are high. So, please do not take shortcuts. Avoid lending money to friends nor should you be a guarantor in 2020.

Guard your precious belongings properly in crowded places and double-check your wallet, handbag or mobile phone before you alight from any form of transport or buses. Being vigilant and exercising extra caution are solutions to mitigate the ill impact of Robbery Sha. If there is a need for you to travel, you should get yourself a travel insurance plan to cover lost items, misplaced baggage and theft.

Fortunately, there are Month Virtue Nobleman stars that will come in to lend you a hand when you are in trouble. It is a wonderful benevolent star to tide you through any challenges. Besides, Academic Hall will usher good mentors and academic luck for those who are studying.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Month Virtue Nobleman, Academic Hall

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Death Talisman, Small Loss, Robbery Sha

zodiac reading for horse

Animal Sign: Horse

Birth Years: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942

Outlook for 2020: I would say that this is perhaps one of the most challenging rat years for the Horse Zodiac, not only because it is in direct conflict with the energy of the year, i.e., the Tai Sui or also known as Year Breaker but it has been inundated with numerous malefic stars that can be quite disturbing. The situation is further exacerbated with the lack of an auspicious star to control it. One will tend to feel very emotionally drained in 2020 due to poorer health, family issues, career change and fallout with friends.

Those who are born in 1954 and 2014 should be mindful of injury and sudden illness, more so if they are staying in a bedroom located in the South and East sectors of the house. So, it is a must to go for a health check-up for peace of mind. Due to the congregation of inauspicious stars like Big Loss, Shatter, Disaster Sha, Sky Cry and Hinder Pole, please try to avoid dangerous activities like scuba diving, mountain climbing, avoid being a guarantor for loans, avoid going to the casino to gamble and avoid starting a business with a partner.

Do not quit without a job. It is advisable for you to be prudent and conservative in your plans if you do not wish to suffer a monetary loss. Nevertheless, it will be a good year for one to take up a new hobby or a new course to upgrade their skill and knowledge.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: –

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Year Breaker, Shatter, Big Loss, Disaster Sha, Hinder Pole, Sky Cry

zodiac reading for goat

Animal Sign: Goat

Birth Years: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943

Outlook for 2020: People born under the Goat zodiac sign will be happy to know that 2020 is going to be a smooth-sailing and prosperous year for them when it comes to career performance. All the top-notch powerful lucky stars such as The Emperor, Dragon Virtue, Heavenly Nobleman and Jade Hall are showering you with lots of blessings. What a hard-to-come-by year for you to take a bold step to pursue your goal. Put in the effort and you will be handsomely rewarded.

People in leadership positions will see an increase in their authority and power. Employees will receive good performance appraisal and increment from the boss. Business owners should leverage on such a good year to enhance their company branding and reputation with the aim to increase the bottom line.

While money and career luck seem to be rosy, do not overexert yourself too much at work. Likewise, those participating in marathons or vigorous sports should know their limits. Quickly take a rest if you start to feel unwell. The congregation of the negative stars like Sky Danger, Sudden Failure and Sky Killing usually trigger unexpected underlying health conditions. You should also avoid going to places that are prone to earthquakes and other types of calamity. If need be, always travel together with a group of friends or partner and update each other on your location when you are temporarily away from them.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Emperor, Dragon Virtue, Heavenly Nobleman, Jade Hall, Earth Relief

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Sky Danger, Sudden Failure, Sky Killing

zodiac reading for the monkey

Animal Sign: Monkey

Birth Years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944

Outlook for 2020: One major concern here for you in the Rat year is the presence of White Tiger and Back Stab that usually creates the high probability of personal or workplace accidents leading to blood-related injuries. Wherever you are, always be aware of your surroundings. When you are on the road, always exercise caution. Not only you should watch your own safety, but you should also care for the other road users and pedestrians. Minor operation due to chronic health disease is also possible.

At work, backstabbing, office politics and customers complaints are to be expected. I would also suggest that you do not post anything that is sensitive or derogatory online. For the men, do not disrespect and offend your female colleagues or clients as they can give you a hard time. One way to mitigate and cushion the undesirable effects of bodily harm is to consider going for blood donation or extraction of wisdom tooth if you have been planning for one. Otherwise, you can also opt to go for any form of cosmetic surgery.

In terms of money luck, the Monkey zodiac should be happy to know that Year Wealth is present and this will help in boosting their finances. Toe the line properly and you will still enjoy progress at work.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Year Wealth

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: White Tiger, Back Stab

zodiac reading for the rooster

Animal Sign: Rooster

Birth Years: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945

Outlook for 2020: For those who are single, there is a strong chance that you will meet someone you like as Sky Happiness and Peach Blossom stars are shining on you. For those who are planning to get married, 2020 will be very timely to do so. The duo enhances the romance luck of individuals but married individuals, thanks to Salt Pool – a scandalous star, should be careful of temptation which could lead to unnecessary hassles.

In terms of personal development, the Rooster is overwhelmed with omnipotent Fortune Nobleman, Fortune Virtue and Heaven Virtue stars which will usually bring them luck in meeting the right people, good teachers, good colleagues and bosses. Your friends and new acquaintances will be lending you a hand when in need and your supervisor will provide you with new training and career opportunities.

Take up whatever challenges that come to you, persevere, and eventually, you will gain success. While luck is on your side, try to restrain yourself from engaging in gossip or badmouthing others in the office or among friends. Be careful of what you say online and offline as Curl Tongue can steer you towards misunderstandings and even legal hassles. It would be advisable that you go for a body check-up and also pay attention to the health of old folks at home to guard against nasty stars like Funeral Clothes and Goat Blade, which are linked to injury and poor immunity.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Sky Happiness, Peach Blossom, Fortune Nobleman, Fortune Virtue, Heaven Virtue

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Funeral Clothes, Salt Pool, Curl Tongue, Goat Blade

Chinese Zodiac reading for dog

Animal Sign: Dog

Birth Years: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946

Outlook for 2020: Please postpone your cosmetic surgery or any form of medical treatment that could potentially leave you with ugly scars because of the presence of Sky Dog star. If you have no choice but to proceed with it, then you have to do it during an auspicious timing. With the unfavourable combination of Blood Dagger and Hanging Guest, do take extra care of your safety if you need to travel frequently. If possible, do not visit places which are prone to earthquakes, floods and other calamities. Avoid deep-sea diving or competitive sea sports due to the presence of a malefic star known as Floating, which is linked to water accidents.

If you have older parents at home, do bring them for a health check-up for peace of mind. These are the important precautionary measures that you can adopt to ensure a less stressful and hassle-free 2020. Despite the strong presence of bad stars in the rat year, Relief God and Heaven Relief are 2 great stars to help you mitigate any form of mishap.

White knights will come to your rescue when you are in need. In addition, Golden Cart and 8-Seat stars will usher in good money luck, positive career move and a raise in your income. For those who are still unattached, Romance star will definitely increase your chances to meet that special someone.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: 8-Seat, Relief God, Heaven Relief, Golden Cart, Romance

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Sky Dog, Blood Dagger, Lonesome, Floating, Hanging Guest

zodiac reading for the pig

Animal Sign: Pig

Birth Years: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

Outlook for 2020: The Academic Star and Tai Ji Nobleman are here to support the students who are sitting for their major examinations this year. It is also an appropriate time for some of you who are already in the workforce to advance your knowledge by enrolling yourself in a degree or post-graduate studies. You will be more focused, more disciplined and score better in the examinations. You will also be experiencing a new learning curve at work with good guidance from seniors and mentors.

Do not be over-ambitious and do not over-stretch yourself either at work or in business since the presence of Death God can lead to stress and insomnia and disappointment if you do not make calculated moves. Nevertheless, do adopt a healthier lifestyle and eating habits and find ways to beef up your immunity too because the Illness star flies into your zodiac in 2020.

You will be affected by it even more so if you happen to occupy a bedroom either in the East or South sector of the house. Therefore, do not take things for granted whenever you feel unwell. An often-overlooked small ailment can develop into a bigger problem. Always consult your physician when you fall sick.

Auspicious Stars for 2020: Academic, Tai Ji Nobleman

Inauspicious Stars for 2020: Death God, Illness

This article is contributed by Master Jo Ching

Master Jo Ching (莊裕善老师) is the founder of DestinyAsia Global Consultancy and Master Trainer of Destiny Academy. Besides providing professional advices to clients on their home and office feng shui, destiny analysis and auspicious Chinese Name selection, he also conducts professional feng shui courses and corporate talks. He is frequently quoted by media like Lian He Wan Bao, Asiaone, The New Paper, RazorTV, Yahoo and etc. You are welcome to visit his company website or contact him at:

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