The Year of the Pig has finished and with it goes the simple joy of wallowing and playing. The Metal Rat has arrived, and it is harder and more certain; the Rat is always determined. A survivor, an overcomer, a fighter Rat brings a focused energy that can at times be blinkered or blinded. The Rat wants to stay alive, wants to thrive and will put everything into that pursuit. No hardship is too much; Rat can overcome.
The year will divide into two halves - the forging ahead, driving life and manifesting. And, the more social side of Rat, the family, the need to survive and protect. It can be a tricky balance to keep as both energies and drives can be overzealous and self-righteous if not balanced with compassion, responsibility and self-love.
The Rat can push too hard. Temper the energy with self-care, time to rest and inner reflection. Rats do not think about the big picture they are focused only on the now. But that can be a bad thing if it comes at the cost of tomorrow. Remember, balance in all things. Be in the present but do not sacrifice your future for it. This year will have challenges, as many will not be able to find harmony and peace. The urge to do can be overwhelming.
This year is also Metal, and that adds a cold, hard edge to it. But remember you can forge Metal; mould, shape and bend to your will; as you can this year. You will need to be in yourself, embodied and self-aware to make the most of the forge and shape the life you want and build a better future.
Rat is not a year to sit back and wait; the energy will not allow it. Give the power to your Soul and let it ride the tide of Rat energy; it will and does know how to make the most of it.
Finally, Rats are family orientated and very protective of their kind. Leading to stronger family and community bonds, but be mindful it can also lead to division and sides being taken. Do not let yourself get caught up in the division - watch it, but stand back from it. Find the connections that resonate with you and your Soul, the ones built on respect, integrity and acceptance.
(via automatic writing)
Each Chinese new year, when Master Chou shares his wisdom with us, such incredibly wise words seem to land again and again, at different times throughout the year when re-reading. Stand out sentence reminder this time being: Give the power to your Soul and let it ride the tide of rat energy.
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