Wherever possible we include the Chinese zodiac sign in our title. However, today's title is an exception. It is actually a Fire Rat day, which in a Dragon year only needs a Monkey for a massive water influence. Depending on the makeup of your chart, this effect can either make you feel like you’re going with the flow, or conversely, that you are going under!
Everyone will feel this water effect in the Monkey double hour occurring between 3pm – 5pm (15:00 – 17:00) and if you want to miss it, or at least dampen the effect, you will need to be around or near wood. The wood element comes in many forms, from being near flora or fauna, to wearing green or light blue colours, sleeping or facing east, to strategizing and planning. You could also eat vegetables, construct something, be kind to someone or even make a charitable donation.
To discover whether you need to miss or insulate yourself from this influence, first find out if you have a Monkey in your horoscope. You can do this with our free Chinese horoscope. If so, or even to see what part of your life will be affected during the Monkey hour, see our attribute cycle. This will tell you whether water will affect your relationships, status, wealth, creativity, energy or stress levels.
The Chinese almanac suggests just keeping cool with meditation or honouring ancestors, and putting your “house in order” by smoothing out and dealing with minor issues.
Fire Rat is the most ambitious and powerful of the Rat signs. When found in the day pillar, it denotes a period of recognition between the ages of 30 to 45 years. For females with this sign, it also indicates romance and marriage. Famous Red Rats include Alan Alda, Ursula Andress, Silvio Berlusconi, Glen Campbell, David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Jim Henson, Dennis Hopper, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Yves Saint-Laurent, Mary Tyler Moore and Bill Wyman.
To see how your own Chinese zodiac sign fares, please see our dedicated Fire Ratweb page. We will return tomorrow on a Fire Ox day, which should make you smile as it is a much better day. Until then, try to enjoy every moment of NOW.
Finn & Slim Shooey