With all the planets roaring forwards into 2020 until the 16th of February its time for a series of New Moon in Aquarius readings. It’s a new decade and we are meant to be breaking patterns so instead of my usual collective reading groups I’m going to spend the year finding themes that come up along with the new energies.

I’ve no idea how many readings there will be for each moon phase so I’ll just fly by the seat of my pants. The New Moon is on Friday 24th January at 21:44pm and is of course the start of the Chinese New Year. 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè. This is the year of the metal Rat and is believed to be a lucky and prosperous year of yang wealth. So watch this space as I will be adding a reading for each animal sign during the week.

Ascension Symptoms

We begin though with a reading on surviving ascension symptoms during this period. Many Starseeds struggle with these difficult feeling and agues throughout the year so I was asked by my cosmic ancestors to toss out some cards to seek some solutions. I was surprised by what emerged and ask that you remember that my truth might not be your truth but you should consider this message as from the heart of the Elohim who brought it.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat

Wow people. Metal Rat is here to share wonders and magic. It is going to be a transformative year packed with fresh energies. If your not sure of your sign I’ve added some years below as a guide but please bear in mind that people born late January or early February will need to look up the exact date of the New Year Moon for their birth year to be certain of their sign. I’ve had such fun reading all these and if you like them then leave a comment below for on my YouTube channel and I’m sure I could be encouraged to cast cards for these every new moon. I often want to watch videos on my Chinese Horoscope but there are so few to enjoy online. So if you want to see more let me know.

I’ve recorded them all but I’m having a problem uploading them. There’s been no signal in my studio and the internet where I’m staying is so slow each video would take several hours! I know crazy. So I’m having to go outside and sit in the freezing cold park to access the 4G network here and then rush back inside to charge my phone before returning to the park again.


鼠 (shǔ) 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. Rats are intelligent, charming, ambitious and socially active. This is your year and Metal Rat will transform you beyond your imagination. What an exciting energy to welcome into your life as long as you can let go of the temptation to allows fears to block you.


牛 (niú) 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009. Oxen are hard working, truthful, creative and cautious to the point of being slow. Just what is the beautiful pearl that you are hiding deep within your Sacral? This is a joyous year of stepping into your beauty.


虎 (hǔ) 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010. Tigers are brave confident leaders, friendly, competitive, charming and flow with good luck. Time to take a deep dive to find your personal truth to light. This is time to fly into your spiritual expansion. It’s a big transformative year so enjoy the ride.


兔 (tù) 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011. Rabbits are kind-hearted, intelligent, skillful, fast and long lived. They like to find solutions through diplomacy. Stop hiding in your burrow and get out into your truth. It’s all been a bit emotional for you but it gets better as the year gives you gifts of happiness.


龙 (lóng) 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012. Dragons are powerful, successful, courageous and friendly but they can be fiery, quick-tempered and over-confident. Why are you stuck in grumpy fire energy dragon? Metal Rat is here to unleash your true nature as the magical water dragon and you are going to spew rainbows.


蛇 (shé) 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013. Snakes are flexible, extremely wise, agile, attractive and dynamically magical. They are excellent secret keepers. What’s up with you Snake? There is so much more amazing energies unfolding but you have to embrace the Time Master to achieve all that you should. Stop with all the boo-hissing.


马 (mǎ) 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014. Horses are bright, energetic, sharp, modern, free thinking, popular and charmingly persuasive. You need to remove the blinkers that are clouding you. It’s time to stop loving and supporting everyone around you and finding the time for the healing magic of self love. I got rather emotional for you.


羊 (yang) 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015. Sheep, Rams or Goats are balanced, harmonious, well mannered, shy, imaginative, determined and have exquisite taste. Well well well Sheep. This is so deep and so beautiful my eyes filled with tears as I read the cards. I don’t know how you are about to do what you are about to do but it’s very old magic and it’s needed by so many. Thank-you.


猴 (hóu) 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016. Monkeys are cheeky, energetic and very flexibility. Extremely wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and great leaders. It’s time to rebirth that ole Monkey Magic and it’s all happening at the eclipse on 21st June this year. Midsummer’s Day. Epic energy release then.


鸡 (jī)1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017. Rooster are punctual at the crack of dawn. Beautiful, kind, dedicated, courageous, independent, humorous and honest. They like to remain neat and organised. It’s ancient and it’s sacred. It’s the stuckness in your Sacral but fear not. Metal Rat is eyeing up a solution.


狗 (gǒu)1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018. Dogs possess the best traits of all human nature. They are honest, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward and friendly.


猪 (zhū) 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.  Pigs are gentle and lucky with good fortune and wealth. Pigs love fun and are happy, honest, trusting, bright and brave. You year of Metal Pig is drawing to an end but Metal Rat doesn’t want to leave you out in the cold so fortune is sprinkling down on you too Piggy.


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2 Replies to “aquarius moon and the metal rat – 新年快乐 xīnnián kuàilè

  1. Hi Russell, I love these readings! I’m a monkey…and deflated is a word I’ve been using about my last year…but after listening to this reading, I was in a circumstance where my bubble really got popped! DEFLATED. ha ha … after crying for a day or two, I just had to laugh. Bring on the solstice!!Thank you.

    1. That’s odd I thought I’d approved this and replied but it must have not completed the action. I’m glad to hear you’re setting intentions towards the solstice to bring about changes

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