One of the interesting things to keep in mind this year of the Rat, is that because the Rat is the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, this Metal Rat year is the first year in the 12-year cycle of the Hsia calendar. Therefore, this time period is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals as new initiatives and decisions taken this year will influence the next 12 years. For this reason, plans and actions must be chosen carefully. In general, this year is said to be favorable for new ideas and ideals, providing opportunity for the disruption of the established order. Of course, this tendency can manifest for better or worse, depending on how individuals and societies choose to set their trajectory.
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