2020 Year of the Metal Rat Forecast

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The year of 2019, the year of the Earth Pig, was a difficult one for many. It was a year of inner work and reflection and also a pulling together of things, which for many was  preceded by a falling apart of things.

This new year of 2020 not only boasts a new decade, but it’s also fresh positive energy from the Chinese zodiac perspective. Opportunities abound this year and it will be a great year for businesses and promoting yourself! It’s time to reap the benefits of the work you have done over the past several years and also to plant new seeds for the next decade and new 12 year cycle. It’s a year for planning and for taking action on those plans. The possibility of experiencing abundance is available to everyone this year!

The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle through each of the 5 elements so there is a 60 year full cycle.  With the year of the RAT in 2020 we begin a brand new sign cycle. This is an opportunity for a fresh start. The actions and decisions you make this year set the tone for the next 12 years! From the Chinese zodiac perspective the 2020 “vision” year fits in perfectly with the fresh energy of the Metal Rat (metal being about focus and clarity and the rat bringing a fresh beginning.)

Each animal is naturally connected to an element and the RAT’s element is Water. This particular year we have a METAL RAT. Since metal produces water (think of the condensation on a metal water bottle that is not insulated), we have the metal energy feeding the rat’s natural element, which could mean a more peaceful year. However, 2020 is not a year to be lazy energy since the element of metal is about focus, discipline, refinement, structure, logic and honesty.

Looking at the personality of the Rat helps give us a glimpse of what’s in store for the coming year. Rats have a split personality. They are both Yin and Yang, having front paws with four fingers (yin) and back paws with five toes (yang). Further, each Chinese animal is associated with two hours of the day and the Rat’s energy is split since their hours span two days, going from 11pm – 1am.

Rats are introverts but also need to be around people. They can be bossy (they are the #1 animal in the Chinese zodiac after all…like Aries in the traditional zodiac). Rats aren’t given handouts – they have to scrounge for their food, which means you will need to put yourself out there and go after what you want this year. Rats tend to live in the moment and are devoted to their family. They are very detail-oriented, but they don’t like to work too hard so their success results from using their minds. They are quite adaptable and their best friend is the Ox with other friends being Dragons and Monkeys (this gives you a hint about who has a good year in store!)

Numerology Connects with Metal Rat Year Energy

It’s interesting, though not all that surprising that the numerology for 2020 echoes the energy of the Chinese zodiac year of the Metal Rat. This year is a 22/4 year which is quite powerful.  According to Louise Hay’s book, Colors and Numbers, 22/4 relates to greatness and the 4 by itself is about being practical, which connects very strongly with the energy of metal.  We haven’t had this powerful double energy in a year since 1919.

Things to do this year:

  • Work with others, in your community and focus on projects that benefit many
  • Build something, especially foundations
  • Be constructive (also means being positive and happy as you do your work)
  • Be productive and organized
  • Focus and pay attention to details
  • Work on big projects and follow a schedule for completion
  • Focus on self-discipline and using your mind
  • “Weed” and declutter your space, your mind, your life
  • Organize and care for your things: home, clothes, finances, etc.
  • Wear white, gold and metallics to tap into the energy of Metal
  • Be in harmony with the earth (spending more time outside, using eco-friendly products, giving back by cleaning up the planet)

Industries that will perform well in 2020 include:

Computers              Banking/Financial    Power Generation
Restaurants            Entertainment         Real Estate             Construction
Mining                    Insurance               Technology             Machinery

 
Challenged Industries in 2020 include:

Fashion                  Media                     Communication       Books
Shipping                Transport               Environment


To determine your Chinese Animal and best hours of the day
, use this chart!

Your Year – How it looks for you in 2020

Nobleman:
A gift this year for those born in years ending in 5 or 9!!
This brings more support, protection, guidance, solutions and assistance this year – an added boost which will make this year a more comfortable one for you. This offsets a challenging year. It’s a great time to move, write a book, start something new or travel.

The energies described below are general energies. You can ALWAYS have a good year and this year of 2020 is ripe with opportunities for everyone!

Extremely Good Year:   Ox      Dragon      Monkey
It’s a good year for you to be more fearless… start a business, write a book,
make a move, start a new career/job as you have good energy behind you!

Neutral Year:       Rat      Tiger      Snake      Rooster      Dog      Pig
*Challenging Year:        Horse (this is your clash year)   Rabbit      Sheep     
This is a year to be more cautious, move more slowly, step back, don’t take
risks, lay low. You may still have a good year if you follow this guidance!

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Those having a challenging year will benefit from having an OX talisman
This can be a stone figurine, a necklace, a stuffed animal etc. and it is used to run interference between you and the rat this year. Ox are friends with the Rat and they will calm down the energy for you.  à Keep this talisman somewhere you will see it daily, like your dresser, bathroom counter, or desk.

Some ideas for Ox talismans:

Handmade Chinese 12 Zodiac Amulets Lucky charm (wood)

Chinese Zodiac Amulet Metal Coin Horoscope Lucky Charms (Ox) 

Chinese Ox Golden Resin Collectible Figurines Table Decor Statue  

Feng Shui 4″ Gold Money Bull ~ Ox Wealth Statue  

On the actual Chinese Lunar New Year (January 25th) and the Chinese Solar New  Year (February 4th) it is best…

NOT to:

  • Use knives or scissors
  • Cut or wash your hair
  • Clean your house or sweep
  • Gossip
  • Use negative words (complain or focus on what you don’t want)

Can DO these things:

  • Perform a blessing or ritual to bring positive energy into your space
  • Eat long noodles, like rice noodles, to promote longevity
  • Celebrate with friends and family
  • Do things you really love to do

Things to do BEFORE the Chinese New Year:
January 25th (Lunar New Year) or  February 4th (Solar New Year)

  • Energy clearing of your home and workplace with sage or bells
  • Complete any unfinished business (carrying this over into the new year hinders forward movement)
  • Clean your house
  • Sweep your home to sweep out last year’s energy
  • Complete repairs needed in the home, esp clocks & electronics that can stall you
  • Wash windows
  • Empty garbage and recycling containers
  • Make sure your front door can open fully, clean it and the handles
  • Replace the front door mat and put the new one in place on Feb. 3rd
  • Clear all clutter, keeping only things that Spark JOY. Donate/Sell/Discard the rest
  • Organize paper and digital files, calendars and schedules
  • Organize your home including closets and drawers
  • Clean out your refrigerators and pantry. Toss expired food, medication & makeup
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
  • Clean mirrors, crystals and glass to bring clarity in 2020
  • Freshen or recreate dream boards, altars, meditation areas with new intentions
  • Have your car serviced and clean it to allow easy flow in the new year
  • Pay debts and balance bank statements to create a fresh slate for 2020
  • Make amends with friends/family/colleagues to facilitate new beginnings
  • Need a haircut? Do so before the Feb 4th to prevent cutting into good luck.
  • Put Flying Star adjustments for 2020 in place before Feb. 4th. If you haven’t had a Flying Star consult, book yours here!

Feng Shui can be confusing. Do you need help figuring out your Bagua? Do you want help determining what to do within your home to boost the power of your intentions for Health, Career, Finances and Relationships?

Let’s chat! I offer a FREE 20 minute Virtual Coffee Chat. I’d love to get to know you better and give you 2-4 ideas to help you shift the energy in your space and in your life.

Kim Julen
Feng Shui Intuitive Coach
WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Certified Angel Card Reader Life
www.FindingYourFiji.com
651-230-7361
Kim@FindingYourFiji.com

How to Shake Up Your Chi

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Clients often share with me that they feel stuck or unmotivated or that they cannot shift a particular area of their life and as a result are feeling frustrated. Sometimes things were going well and then they suddenly feel they have hit a plateau. When this happens, I first recommend energetically clearing both their homes and offices. (For more information on Space Clearing, watch this video or find more information about Space Clearing here.)

Next, I look at how we can shift the energy in their space and their life. Shifting energy is which is what feng shui is all about!

In feng shui, chi refers to energy. Everything has chi or energy – physical objects, cars, homes, offices and even human beings. You may have heard a person’s personal energy referred to as their vibration.

When we are “in flow” our chi/energy is good and we are vibrating at a high level. You have experienced this when you “happened” to be in the right place at the right time or things lined up easily for you, without a lot of effort on your part.

Then there are times when things are not flowing. You may feel like you are moving through mud and perhaps cannot seem to get any traction. Or you may feel like you are not moving at all. You may, in fact, be energetically stuck.

If you’re feeling stuck or out of sorts, it might be time to SHAKE UP your CHI! 

There are many ways to shift out of this stuck place. One of my favorite ways is to shake up your chi. Shifting your chi or energy, allows you to see circumstances from a fresh perspective which leads to ideas and solutions that you cannot access from that stuck place.

The next time you’re feeling stuck, try one of these six ways to Shake Up Your Chi: 

  1. Try something new! Try a new restaurant or food, a new activity, a new experience, a new way of doing something or learning something new (take a class).
  2. Take a new route. Drive down a different road. Take a different route to or from work. Walk a different way. I remember walking the opposite way that I normally would go and saw so many things I never noticed walking the other way. For peeps in Maui, swim at a different beach or hike a new trail.
  3. Move your furniture around. This method shifts the energy in your space in a very real way. My landlord recently brought me different living room furniture and a different kitchen table and it totally changed the energy I felt in that space and opened it up too. Creating more flow by clearing walkways through your house helps too.
  4. Change up your routine. Do your daily activities in a different order, like getting dressed before you look at your phone or meditating, exercising or walking at a different time of day. You could also go in and out a different door (hello front door!), use different dishes – maybe even the fine china. Eat in a different room, like that dining room that is used so rarely. Even putting your right sock or shoe on first instead of your left can shake up your chi!
  5. Pick a random letter and call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile (thanks for this one Gary V). Talking to an old friend or a family member you haven’t chatted with lately can be a great way to remind you what’s important in life too.
  6. And, the ultimate way to shake up your chi?! Go on VACATION or on a RETREAT!!! Yes, it’s true! Changing your physical environment is a wonderful way to shake up your chi, especially if you are visiting a place you have never been or doing something you have never done before.

Comment below to let me know if you try any of these or what your favorite ways are to shake up your chi!  If you want to try #6, the Vitally You Retreat on Maui is the perfect opportunity.

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Feng Shui can be confusing. Do you need help figuring out your Bagua? Do you want help determining what to do within your home to boost the power of your intentions for Health, Career, Finances and Relationships?

Let’s chat! I offer aFREE 20 minute Virtual Coffee Chat. I’d love to get to know you better and give you 2-4 ideas to help you shift the energy in your space and in your life.

Kim Julen
Feng Shui Intuitive Coach
WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Certified Angel Card Reader Life
www.FindingYourFiji.com
651-230-7361
Kim@FindingYourFiji.com


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Are Your Sink & Stove Arguing?

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If you’ve been in my tribe for awhile you may have heard me say that your home both reflects and affects you. Everything is energy and the things in your home and the way they are positioned impact you.

How do you know if your sink and stove are arguing? 

Look at the placement of the sink and stove in your kitchen. If the sink is directly across from the stove, this is considered an “arguing” sink and stove. This is energetically challenging because it can literally cause arguing in or outside of the home. Many clients don’t mention arguing as an issue, but when I point out the arguing sink and stove and ask them, they agree that they do argue and often right in the kitchen between the sink and stove!  Once we remedied the issue, the arguing subsided.

There are two options for using Feng Shui to remedy this challenging situation:

1. Place a round rug between the sink and stove or place a rug in front of either the sink or stove that has a pattern with circles on it.

OR

2. Hang a crystal from the ceiling between the sink and stove. A 20 mm crystal is a good size. The crystal should be round and made with at least 30% lead (this has a balancing energy to it). The crystal should hang freely and can be hung with a 9″ red (lucky color) thread or 9″ fishing line. In Feng Shui the number 9 is auspicious and is about reaching new heights (and who doesn’t want to do that?!)

The round energy of the rug or crystal will disperse the arguing between the sink and stove and balance the energy in the space.

If arguing continues to be an issue after the adjustment is placed, please reach out to me as there are other circumstances within the home that can also contribute the energy of arguments.

I would also recommend that you energetically clear your space if there has been a lot of arguing in your home (either during or before you moved there, as in the case of a divorced couple having lived there prior to you).  Watch this video for instructions on how to clear your space with sage.

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Feng Shui can be confusing. Do you need help figuring out your Bagua? Do you want help determining what to do within your home to boost the power of your intentions for Health, Career, Finances and Relationships?

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