On Saturday, January 25, on the first New Moon in Aquarius, we move into the Year of the Metal Rat. I apologize for any previous information I posted that said this was the Year of the Water Rat – I got that from what I thought was a reliable site that has since updated its info.


On Chinese New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 25), I’m starting the energetic year by offering FREE READINGS between 1 PM and 6 PM Central time, in 15 or 30 minutes blocks. If you book a longer reading, it will be shortened.

Book through the Booking Page on my website. If you call or text me to book a reading, I will send you to the Booking Page. I imagine this will fill up quickly, so please keep that in mind.

While I have kept that day off the schedule so no one could book ahead of time, it is now open to receive bookings. I look forward to sharing the New Year Energy with whoever gets there first.


As previously posted, I am changing my schedule and rates on Monday, January 27. First, I will be reading only the first Saturday of every month between 1 PM and 6 PM Central Time – no more Saturday readings for the rest of each month.

Second, my new rates will be $10 more per reading:

  • $45 for 15 minutes instead of $35
  • $70 for 30 minutes instead of $60
  • $85 for 45 minutes instead of $75
  • $105 for 60 minutes instead of $95

The schedule and rates sections on my website will reflect these changes.


The Year of the Metal Rat runs from January 25, 2020 to February 11, 2021. The Rat is the first of the Chinese Zodiac animals, hence starting a new cycle, as we are also starting a new decade and a new seven-year cycle, in the New Aquarian Age. Rats were born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020 (basically every twelve years). Metal Rats were born in 1960 (once every sixty years as the Chinese Zodiac covers each of the five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water).

Legend says that Buddha once called all animals to him and only twelve showed up. To cross the river to get to him, Rat jumped on the back of Ox to get there safely. Once nearing the opposite bank, Rat jumped to land before Ox pulled himself out of the water, thus being first. Buddha named him first of the animals. Another legend says the Lord of Heaven, Earth and Hell, the Jade Emperor, held a competition for twelve selected animals. Eventually, Rat won by playing a flute on the back of Ox, thus becoming the first of the Zodiac.

Either way, or any other way, Rat is considered acute and alert, resilient, popular in social settings, good in a crisis with cheerful vitality and adaptability. Rat is also shrewd and brilliant in business. A Metal Rat has a strong sense of self and can be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. Metal Rat is positive, active, and persistent in a way that isn’t frustrated by adversity. Rat is considered to have good luck with accumulating and achieving wealth. However, all Rats can also be stubborn, possessive and argumentative.

Taking Rat from a Western Thought perspective as a totem, Ted Andrews writes in ANIMAL SPEAK:

Rat Keywords: Success, Restlessness, Shrewdness

The sight of a rat usually distresses most people. Rats often carry contagious diseases, and though rats don’t have a very elegant reputation, they are tremendously adaptable. It is intelligent and often displays an ability to reason. Studies have shown that wild rats are brighter than lab rats. The rat has succeeded in proliferating in spite of the efforts of humanity. This drive for success may be what the rat has come to speak of with you. Are you driving too hard? Are you not pushing hard enough? Do you need to be more aggressive in pursuing your goals”

Rats are highly social and often cooperate in survival efforts. They store food, reflecting an interesting economy. They are the most adaptable of animals with the ability to survive in most environments.

If a rat has shown up as a totem, you may find yourself getting more restless. It may indicate a time to be more shrewd in all of your dealings. Are you not handling the pests in your life properly? Do you need to become more adaptable? It may even reflect a time to more aggressively pursue endeavors for success. “

The concepts sound very similar. With the profound tradition-breaking and humanity-building energy of 2020, Rat helps us be ready for it. Even if we were not born in a Rat year, emulating Rat characteristics will help us adapt to the challenges. This year will force us to know ourselves completely (Truth Revealed), and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others (seeing Humanity instead of Self). It will teach us to develop our shrewdness in business as we see corruption and weed it out, and bring us success if we’re on our right path.

2020 also helps us find members of our tribe (being social), though we don’t have to look for them. The year is active and fast, but we aren’t driving it. So as it also teaches us survivability, practice surfing through the waves of change instead of trying to control them. See the bigger picture that all challenges present to us. We are in the midst of the evolution of our species and resilience is one of humanity’s greatest traits – we step up when we have to.

The Rat energy of persistence can mean being stubborn when faced with adapting, which won’t help this year. Instead, be persistently true to your path without letting adversity throw you out of balance.

While many feel returning to their birth year will be good for them (a Rat in a Rat Year), that only works if they are on our right path and true to self. It’s like a Saturn Return – if we’re on our right path when our return hits, we are thrust forward in a positive way. If we’re off our right path, we are thrown back on it, which usually means people fight themselves and their Fate.

The Metal Rat Year only more clearly defines the life-altering changes of 2020. What happens this year reverberates for decades, so know whatever we face and how we face it, it’s not only vitally important for each one of us and for humanity, it’s also very exciting to be alive right now.

Have a wonderful, successful and Happy Chinese New Year!

I offer this with love and gratitude…

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