December 18 - December 24, 2017
While you may feel a little sluggish in the early hours of the week you will come into your own as Monday's New Moon ushers in the month of the Rat. This is your month, a chance to reconnect with your native energy and your own inner voice. Similar in makeup to a birthday month, this is when your inner Rat influence responds to the outer Rat conditions, waking you up to things you've neglected or forgotten. With this comes a chance for new beginnings, to open new doors and get excited about new projects. In general, where you have fallen asleep at the wheel or have been operating on autopilot, the Rat will come along and gently shake your shoulders, bringing the wakeup calls you need. This is one time when you don't want to push the snooze button.
2017 - Year of the Rooster
While you won’t be that happy to see the Year of the Monkey go, chances are you already know that you’re ready to get your teeth into something meaty. The Monkey and Rat are the best of friends, but for you the Year of the Monkey was also an adventurous year. Whether you traveled, embarked on higher learning or the pursuit of knowledge in a formal or overt way or not, the Monkey worked throughout the past 12 months to bring you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to explore your world and embrace life’s richer experiences.
As one lunar year ends and another begins, you take what you have learned from one and apply to the next, so that the quest for knowledge and richer life experiences will continue. While this gave you a lot of freedom, you’re ready for the Rooster and a chance to progress professionally or with your personal goals and ambitions. The Rooster is hard working, takes responsibility and approaches everything with a ‘can do’ attitude.
When the Rooster comes along you’re compelled to roll up your sleeves, put your head down, tail up and make things happen. For you this will be channeled into areas where you can achieve goals, express your creativity and go after success. Because of that this is often an opportune and successful professional year, one that lends itself to professional growth. Yet it’s not one where opportunity lands in your lap. Yet if you work hard and take responsibility, this could be a pinnacle year for you. As much as the Rooster applauds hard work and taking responsibility, he also loves to strut. Nothing says ‘look at me’ more than a Rooster strutting around the barnyard like he owns the place. He will want the same for you, so don’t just expect professional success and expansion this year, but to be recognized for that success.
There could be awards and other public recognition, but it will be something you will have worked towards all year. All that knowledge gathering last year will be put to good use this year.
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