The Year of the Metal Rat starts from Chinese New Year on January 25, and is traditionally believed to be a year that brings new opportunities in the areas of love and earnings. STYLE speaks to Thierry Chow, a rising feng shui expert, who gives us her predictions for each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs over the coming year. Rat Going into its own year, the rat will experience a year of Fan Tai Sui (which clashes with Tai Sui , the grand commander of the year) in 2020. Clashing with Tai Sui often represents misfortunes and bad luck. For people born in the year of the rat, this means they are looking at an unstable year loaded with changes and uncertainties in career, relationships and family life. The best way to draw positive energy and block the negative is by attending more joyful events (such as weddings or celebrations of any kind) and surrounding yourself with positive people. Ox The ox comes into a year of He Tai Sui (meaning a year of “union”). People with ox signs are, therefore, likely to experience a smooth and prosperous year, with many opportunities for joyful events such as finding good partnerships in career and love. To get the most out of this year, stay present and focused. Why celebrities love travelling on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Tiger Tiger people will see the Yi Ma Xing (“flying horse star” symbolising travel) come into their charts. Though it often brings opportunities to travel, it can also be an unstable year with a lot of movement (such as moving homes, changing jobs, etc). To stay on a steady course, keep a clear mind by meditating. Rabbit The rabbit is going to face a year of Xing Tai Sui , meaning a year of “trouble”. This is a shaky year for career and finance matters. Be mindful with work relationships, especially when it comes to colleagues and business partners. To draw more positive energy, it’s important to keep an eye on your surroundings. Dragon The dragon is among the ones with the best year out of all the signs. Entering Hui Tai Sui (a year of “union”), this sign will see a year filled with many opportunities across the board, from career to relationships. However, with nothing but good things to come, the dragon should keep a light but focused mind. They will be easily distracted, so do not rush with decision-making. Patience is key here. Why JOMO travellers are embracing the ‘joy of missing out’ Snake The snake will profit from Gui Ren (“assistant star”) this year. With this star in the charts, people born in the year of the snake will find themselves with a guiding and protective presence this year. They will benefit from a great year filled with good help, especially in the area of career. When in trouble, they will find themselves in good company to lead them out of sticky situations. Horse This is a year of movements ( Chong Tai Sui ) for people born under the sign of horse. They will experience many changes and receive opportunities to travel more. Do not be surprised if chances for a career change pop up. A new relationship may also be on the horizon. Sheep The sheep is looking at a year of Xing Tai Sui (“year of trouble”). But do not fret, for it may not be as dire as it sounds. There will be some challenges ahead, especially when it comes to career, but challenges bring growth. Be cautious when making big decisions. It is wise to be mindful at all times, and leave fearfulness aside. 5 destinations that made 2019 a unique travel year Monkey People under the sign of the monkey are entering a year of Hui Tai Sui (a year of “union”), which signifies a great year filled with union, love and joyful events. 2020 will be when you will find yourself in a good place and position in life. There will be plentiful opportunities in both career and relationships. Rooster The rooster may be looking at a troubling year as they will feel the effect of Xing Tai Sui (“year of trouble”). This particular influence will cause an unstable year filled with trouble and uncertainty in career and relationships. Be extra careful with paperwork, as obstacles may arise in the form of delays and complications. Situations are also prone to be confrontational, so find ways to relax and detox the mind. Dog Yi Ma Xing (“flying horse star”) will come into the charts for those born in the year of the dog. This is commonly known in Chinese astrology as the “travel star”. This obviously means 2020 will be a year filled with many chances for travel, for work and leisure. The likelihood of moving office or home is also on the horizon. Pig Those born under the sign of the pig have gone through a year of Fan Tai Sui (clashes with Tai Sui ) in 2019, and will still feel its aftermath going into 2020. But the year will go much smoother with better career opportunities on offer. Take this time to focus on and rebalance the body and mind. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .