April 15 - April 21, 2019
Neither the timing nor the message from Friday's Full Moon could be any more important or auspicious. Every lunar month begins and ends on a New Moon, with the Full Moon marking the halfway point. The Moon is in waxing mode in the two weeks leading up to this Full Moon, with everything building and gathering momentum, only to move into the waning phase after the Full Moon, with two weeks to bring this lunar month home. For the Rat, the month of the Dragon is one of the most exciting months of any lunar year. Not only are the Rat and Dragon the best of friends, this is a fun, playful, creative and for some a romantically charged lunar month. Friday's Full Moon is a reminder that with just two weeks to go, you can't afford to waste a moment. The timing is perfect, for it falls right on the gateway to the weekend.
2019 - Year of the Pig
On 24th January 2020 the Year of the Rat will begin, bringing you to the start of a new 12 year lunar cycle. As the natural lunar cycle starts with the Rat and ends with the Pig, you are the only sign that has the same personal and natural lunar cycle. By that, I mean for all of us, the Year of the Pig is the final year of this natural lunar cycle, but for 11 out of 12 of us, we are at a very different point in our own lunar cycles.
Some might be at the start of a new personal lunar cycle, some might be halfway through and others at all different stages. Only those born during the Year of the Rat have their personal lunar cycles in sync with the natural lunar cycle. This makes the focus of any year doubly intense for you and this will be felt more strongly and this makes the Year of the Pig an important year.
Next January, you will move into the Year of the Rat and into a new 12 year cycle, while as you move into the Year of the Pig you move into the final year of a 12 year lunar cycle that began in February 2008, almost 11 years ago to the day. Now, as you move into the Year of the Pig you move into the final chapter, a year that is all about bringing this current cycle home.
This is a year for completion, finishing up projects or whatever you have been working on or towards over the last 11 years. It is also a year of preparation, recharging your batteries and clearing a space for a new 12 year lunar cycle, which begins next January.
The Year of the Dog, which ends on the Chinese New Year was a socially charged and busy year, with people to see and places to go. By the time the Year of the Pig rolls around, you are usually ready to put out the 'do not disturb' sign, taking time out to hear yourself think. However, for the social Rat, hiding away or spending the next 12 months navel gazing is not your cup of tea. However, what you will find is that if you don’t allow enough time for the Pig's mandate that you may find yourself getting tired and cranky at times.
You may find yourself saying at times throughout the year ‘I just need a bit of space’. That need for time to hear yourself think will be time spent with the Pig, as you wrap up one 12 year lunar cycle and prepare for the next.
About the Rat
Rats are always honest, and they are observant and curious. They are energetic, talkative and others can find them witty and charming. However ambition can make Rats ruthless and aggressive. They may find it hard to save, as they like to spend the money they earn and enjoy a good life.
The Rat is intelligent, charming, social and likeable. They are extremely good with money and are often thrifty. Although at times they can be economical to the extent of miserliness. Rats will spend lavishly under 3 circumstances: when they are in love, to further their long-term or career goals, and on collectibles if they are collectors. Rats are collectors by nature.
They are hard-working, innovative and full of ideas. Rats are almost always ambitious. Combined with the knowing of how to take advantage or make the best out of a situation, they are often successful at getting what they want out of life.
Rats are good at hiding their emotions, which often leads other to perceive their cool exteriors as those that are not easily roused. They sometimes have difficulties communicating their feelings. People born under this animal sign are frequently nocturnal.
Compatible: Dragons & Monkeys