Rat Year: See what's in stock for 2020

Hong Kong (CNN) – It's the busiest time of year for So Man-fung Peter, one of Hong Kong's most famous consultants.

On the eve of Lunar New Year, which falls on January 25, many are anxious to get their belongings and hear ideas about what the Rat Year holds.

Those who come into So's office may feel a little disoriented. Its oversized desk and elevated office chair closet facing each other – one of the many feng shui decorating options to enhance wealth and health.

"A feng shui teacher is like an interior designer," CNN Travel says with a smile.

"If something feels far away in someone's home, I change things to make them feel more comfortable."

Hair stylist-turned-feng shui master

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So is Man-fung Peter, the geometry consultant and the planet.

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Wearing a suit and a stylish, low ponytail, 60 years old, So is a teacher of various Chinese studies, such as feng shui (studying space and the environment), facial reading, palm and BaZi (reading her birth charts).

"When I was just a kid, I would go to a second-hand bookstore on Shanghai Street and pick up face-to-face books from the mountains of other publications," recalls So.

"In 1982, I was working at a hairdresser when my boss introduced me to a Chinese oracle master in Shanghai."

He spent the next years learning from the master and offering fortune-telling at Temple Street Market in Kowloon – amid discrimination as a lobster supplier.

"It was a fun time," says So. "My friends would be waiting for me on the floor – so we're going to have a drink and party at the Canton and DD Clubs then."

After six months of traveling to Tibet in 1987, He then returned to Hong Kong and opened a shop selling Tibetan religious objects and utensils.

"The store could be boring," he says. "So I put a sign on the door saying I knew how to read the properties. I made HK $ 8,000 [US$1,029] in the first month – which was a pretty decent paycheck back then – and was invited to go to Scandinavia for feng shui consulting, "says So.

Because of its capabilities it spread and eventually saw 1,000 customers each year. At one point, there was an 11-month waiting list to get an appointment. She is a household name, has made many appearances in Hong Kong television shows and starred in films.

The master attributes his success to a mix of BaZi and his presentation skills.

How a feng shui teacher travels

Today, So has slowed things down so he can have more time to pursue his passion for travel.

"Call me a holic trip," he says. "I've increased my prices so I'm not so busy right now and can travel more. I traveled 137 days last year."

Similarly, does a master feng shui travel differently? About.

"I travel like everyone else except for hotel rooms," he says. "I never stay in a room looking at a construction site or the last room in the hallway – or in a dead end. It's poor feng shui for health."

Feng shui can be used to decode a place's energy, but it should not dictate where travelers should or should not go, he says.

"According to Feng Shui readings, destinations east of China, such as Taiwan, central Japan and the west coast of the United States, are overshadowed by a major illness star next year.

"But you can't tell when it will hit. It should not deter you from exploring the places you want to go – just pay close attention when you go to these places."

So the first travel tip has nothing to do with feng shui: "Bring your dirty suitcase and clothes with you so you don't overdo yourself – you can walk around the world with this combo "

Prayer for luck at the Wong Tai Sin Temple during the Lunar New Year

So he says Hong Kong could have a more harmonious 2020.

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Forecasts for the rat year

Chinese astrology and feng shui are not going to change your fate and predict exactly what will happen, Sho says.

"It's a calculation of probability and a study of statistics," he explains.

"It's about finding this law and the flow of the universe. When you know how to calculate it, you can predict trends for everything. If you enjoy a lucky turn, knowing that it can give you the confidence and courage they need to to start her own business, "she explains.

"If you are plagued by bad luck, recognizing that it can help you avoid unnecessary risks."

How does it work; For each of the Chinese zodiacs, luck will largely depend on the positions of Tai Sui – the presiding star over you and opposite Jupiter.

To find out what the rat year means to you, first determine your animal sign by finding your year of birth before reading the Predictions below.

Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Simian: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Cock: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019



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Looking for a romantic relationship? The good news is that your love of luck from the previous year will last until April 4, 2020. The relationships that can last until May have a real chance of becoming long-term.

Now for the bad news. People born in the year of the rat will attack Tai Sui, the star representing the presiding god this year.

You may be confronted with negative thoughts and more disruptions in life, such as accidents.

To mitigate the impact, you should travel longer in 2020 and consider donating blood to avoid accidental blood spillage.

But not all is bad. You should be able to accumulate some wealth, especially if you are a self-employed or entrepreneur.

People born in the autumn and winter months should avoid stopping things.



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Combining with Tai Sui, people born in the year of the ox can expect a comfortable year with no major surprises and unexpected changes.

You're blessed with some lucky stars this year.

It is possible that you will receive advice and assistance from powerful figures or supervisors, especially male faces.

Although it is easier to gain confidence and to offer deals this year, these deals can be withdrawn at the last minute.



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Yi Ma, the star representing mobility, shines above the people born in the year of the tiger in 2020.

It indicates that many trips and trips will happen this year.

Besides, tigers have no bad luck or unlucky stars in their constellations.

It's important to take care of your mental health this year, as your mood may be affected by the presence of Gu Chen, a star representing bad moods and sadness, in your constellation.

This can make you feel sad for no reason.



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People born in the year of the rabbit probably enjoyed a year of great relationships in 2019.

This year, rabbits can continue to be fortunate in interpersonal relationships as well as in love.

Thanks to Hong Luan, a star who brings positive relationships, you will most likely meet someone special this year.

It is also an ideal year to get married if you have considered it.

You can get helpful tips and help from powerful female figures in life.

Another key reminder for 2020: Further your education and improve your work skills.



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Last year, people born in the year of the dragon enjoyed great relationships thanks to the Hong Luan star. The remaining result will last until April 2020.

The rest of the year, however, can be hampered by gossip, backstabbing and possible lawsuits.

It is best to take a step back when this year's arguments come up.

Don't be confused yet. Fortunately, you are also in a triple union with Tai Sui. Good results will help erase some of the hiccups in relationships.

Another big star shining on you is San Tai, the star that represents an elevated social status.

If you are an employee, you can get promoted if you do it better.



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People born in the year of the Snake had a year of instability and drastic changes last year.

Bad news: The impact may hover over you until April of this year.

The good news: You're in secret with Tai Sui in 2020 – meaning a small dose of help is coming your way.

Yue De, a lucky star that indicates misfortunes that can turn into good luck, can be found in your reading.

It means that your good will and your good deeds, as if you were forgiving someone, could turn misfortune into good luck.

This year, hard work and income come hand in hand for snakes.

Also be careful when lending money to friends – they may not be able to pay you back in a little while.



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This year, you are in conflict with Tai Sui.

But it's not entirely bad influence. While people are born in the fall

It also means that you are facing a year of change in relationships.

This may mean that you will enter a new romantic relationship, get married, break up or have a child.

Be very careful with your finances and expect to work harder than usual in 2020.

Significant expenses can be the direction of your road – whether it is mobile homes or tuition fees.

Sheep (goat)


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People born in the year of the sheep are pushing Tai Sui this year.

This annoying act can lead to gossip and arguments, but it should not be enough to bring bad luck.

It's a good time to have a medical examination, especially for women born in the year of the sheep.

The good news is that you will have two lucky stars – Zi Wei and Long De – in your constellation. Their presence usually means that you will benefit from receiving more useful help and advice in your life.


09 Monkey

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The monkeys will enjoy a peaceful union with Tai Sui this year.

You can envision a year of stability and good interpersonal relationships.

People born in the year of the monkey may be able to gain power or climb the social ladder to their jobs this year.

If there's a job you've seen, it's a good time to apply.

However, there may be unexpected financial losses this year, making it prudent to invest in tangible assets or a fixed-term savings account instead of more risky options.



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The year 2020 may be easier for you to build a lasting romantic relationship.

If you are already in a stable relationship, it may be time to take your relationship to the next level.

Career, you will gain more power with the presence of Tian Xi and Xian Chi – both are lucky stars that govern relationships.

Don't be afraid to be ambitious at work if you want a promotion.

With regard to health in 2020, people born in the year of the rooster may be injured more easily than usual.

To avoid this, you might consider "orchestrating" a mini-blood donor – donating blood or going to a dentist, for example.



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People born in the dog year have the opportunity to meet someone special in the first months of 2020.

In 2020, dogs have no major disagreement with Tai Sui, which means a steady year ahead.

After a tough 2019, you can finally relax and recharge in 2020.

It may be the year to gain a promotion or make a better reputation for your business if you are self-employed.



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You deserve a back kick for the tough 2019 you had to endure.

While the residue may remain for a while longer, your luck is likely to improve in 2020.

It is particularly felt in terms of personal relationships and wealth.

Blessed by Mo Yue, the star for social status, you are likely to get a promotion or improved business.

It will be easier to meet people.

On the other hand, you should take care of your personal belongings this year.

You may also experience some short-lived romance.