2020 Year of the Metal Rat
At the beginning of the year I wrote an article on Medium titled 2020 The Year of Clarity. Since then geopolitical events have escalated and things seem even more crazy than before.
And right on schedule, January 25th 2020, we enter the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first animal in the cycle of Chinese Zodiac. First because legend has it that the Emperor had all of the animals race to decide the order of the Zodiac. The Rat hitched a ride on the back of the Ox and then jumped off at the end to win the race. In 2020 the corresponding Element for this year is Metal.
Metal is the element of strength, fortitude, stability. It tends towards providing reinforcement and support to help invigorate and reenergize. Rats are quick-thinking, smart and persistent….ask anyone who’s had them in the henhouse! They adapt easily and solve problems. The Metal Rat Year suggests a year of excitement and new adventures. It is an opportunity to be ambitious and productive.
It is a good time to take advantage of this energy to get started on major endeavors.
As the new 12-year cycle begins, the Metal Rat offers a fresh start, a new beginning. However it can also mean that drastic upheaval and change is necessary to move forward. This can be on the micro level within our everyday lives as well as on the macro level in the geo-political arena.
It is a time to take the chances that appear before you. Care must be taken with new initiatives however, as all decisions made during this year will influence the next 12 years. Move forward with confidence but plan your strategy. Those who are too cautious will miss out. And those who are irresponsible will find the the Metal Rat a harsh wake up call.
The term 20/20 has been in the English lexicon since 1862 when Herman Snellen, a Dutch ophthalmologist developed his visual acuity measuring system. The first 20 is the distance between the user and an eye chart. The second 20 relates to the lines of letters on the chart and specifically the line that corresponds to what is considered normal visual acuity. And yet here, as we enter the year 2020, it feels as if it has a much deeper and more profound meaning.
For quite some time this human civilization we are part of has been fooling itself into believing we can have infinite growth on a finite planet. This fallacy is finally being exposed for the illusion it truly is. Like the eye doctor clicking the proper lens into place allowing us to see our situation with true clarity, things are now coming into focus and it is not a pretty picture. The damage we are doing to the planet is no longer invisible.
Of course the world isn’t going to end. There probably isn’t going to be a zombie apocalypse, an extinction level meteor crash, or an alien invasion. The sun will still rise and set like it always has. The Earth will continue spinning. However, what is going to change is the way our species, and all of the other living beings on this planet, live our lives. Significant changes are going to take place as we progress into this new decade.
With the dawning of 2020 modern society appears to have reached another important crossroad. We have had a number of opportunities in the recent past and it is hard to know how many more there will be. Like a pendulum that swings from one extreme to the other, our way of living has reached the point where our destructive all-consuming way of life must now return back the other way. For too long we, as a civilization, have come to consider the Earth, the plants, the animals, other human beings and everything else, whether it is nailed down or not, resources to be exploited. This take…take…take mentality must now give way to something different.
What is going to happen, and indeed is already happening all over the world, is that people are going to start waking up to the situation we find ourselves in and demand that things change. We are seeing this in protests around the world as people become fed up with the oppression and strife that is becoming more and more obvious everywhere. The truth is that, for the most part, people of Earth want peace and harmony. They want to live, raise families, and grow old without the threat of war. They want to be able to go about their business without being bombed. They want the ability to make their own choices about their life without having to hide and pretend they are something they are not. They want something different from the hatred and stress that has been cultivated and encouraged by the system we live in.
As people wake up and realize that the behavior patterns of the past no longer enable us to move forward effectively, old structures begin to breakdown. As more and more people start searching for answers to the fundamental questions regarding the purpose and meaning of life a shift in consciousness takes place.
For many people there is finally a dawning recognition of the dramatic changes we are facing in the world as events begin to impact everyone’s daily life. This realization brings with it a palpable sense of upheaval and disturbance that can breed fear and uncertainty. When scared and confused by such disruptions, people fail to recognize their own behaviors that continues to contribute to the situation.
At a fundamental level these changes are vibrational. Everything is vibrating. We are all in a state of energetic vibration. However as the finite limits of the planet are neared these vibrations are starting to shift and grow in intensity. With the increasing intensity we start to become more aware of the vibrations which, in turn makes the vibrations stronger. These vibrations can affect our lives in many ways, but for people unable to understand what is happening the usual result is higher levels of stress and tension during the daily interactions they have. Trying to deal with these vibrational changes can be quite challenging as they can often be very destabilizing to our inner equilibrium. At times, it can even seem as if everything is on the verge of falling to pieces.
Some people have more skills to deal with vibrational shifts than others. Meditative and/or healing modalities such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong can help to counter effects of shifting vibrational energy fields. People who are grounded in spiritual practices have more skills to handle things but even they can be knocked off balance by people or events beyond their control. In addition, modern technologies including phones, computers, wifi, and bluetooth create their own vibrational fields that can disrupt our vibrational fields.
2020 is the year of clarity. It is the year we start taking back control of our lives. It is a time of people coming together with clear purpose to change this society for the better and usher in a new era of peace and gratitude. It is a time of remembering our connection to the Earth and taking a stand to strengthen that connection. Global awakening was never going to come from the top down. No, it must start with each of us as individuals. We must now step back from the abyss and turn down a different path. It will take all of our will and courage, but now is the time.
I have always believed that if you always do what you’ve always done you will always get what you have always gotten. The logical conclusion to this is that if you are unsatisfied with what you have, in order to change, you need to do something different. This is easy to say but can be extremely difficult to put into practice. The process starts in the mind. You have to make a mental commitment first if you want to succeed at this.
2020 brings the dawning of a new decade. It is time to turn away from the lower vibrations and focus on our spiritual development so we can vibrate on a different wavelength.
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