2020 Year of the Rat is the people under the Rat sign’s Ben Ming Nian (zodiac birth year). In traditional Chinese customs, Ben Ming Nian is believed to be inauspicious, in which people under the animal sign will have quite bad luck and disasters. Wear proper lucky charms could help exorcise evil spirits and improve luck. What are the lucky charms for you people under the Rat sign in 2020?
TRADITIONAL RED ORNAMENTS (to ward off evil spirits)
Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Chinese people have worn red ornaments, such as red lucky charms, red rope bracelet, belt, ribbon, socks, scarf, gloves, hat and underwear, to ward off evil spirits in their Ben Ming Nian. Red is a festive color which can inspire people, imply something prosperous and festive and counteract the negative energy in Ben Ming Nian. You can buy your favorite red lucky charm from YourChineseAstrology Store.
BUDDHIST PROTECTOR FOR Rat (to be blessed with good luck)
Each zodiac sign has a Buddhist Protector which serves as the lifelong guardian. The lifelong Buddhist Protector for you Rat is Avalokiteshvara, The Buddha of Compassion, helping you to get out of trouble and keep energetic. The obsidian Buddhist Protector is an amulet based on Chinese zodiac culture and traditional numerology and it has the amazing folk functions of pursuing good fortune and avoiding disasters, such as driving away bad luck and trouble, counteracting Tai Sui, and promoting health, study, wealth and fame.
SAN HE OR LIU HE BRACELETS (making everything go smoothly）
In Chinese culture, San He or Liu He bracelets have the effect of improving fortune, enabling to get help from others and making everything go smoothly. It’s especially effective for one to wear one in Ben Ming Nian.
Based on the characters, the 12 animal signs are categorized into four groups of three animal allies, buddies or friends, also known as San He (three harmonies or triple harmony). San He is a species (Minghe), which is a combination of light and righteousness. Rat, Dragon, Monkey are in the same group of San He.
Liu He are 6 groups of 2 signs. As each animal sign belongs to different element, Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey and Dog belong to ‘Yang’ and the other six belong to ‘Yin’. The six compatible groups are set according to the combination of Yin and Yang. Liu He is a species (coincidence) that secretly helps you. Tiger and Pig are in the same group of Liu He.
Pi Xiu (or Pi Yao) is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature having the powerful head of a Chinese dragon and the bold body of a lion. Pi Xiu craves the smell of gold and silver and it likes to bring his master money in his mouth. Therefore, Pi Xiu has always been regarded as an auspicious creature that possessed mystical powers capable of drawing wealth from all directions. It’s also considered a propitious animal that could turn disasters into good fortune. The other use of the Pi Xiu is as a protective cure against the negative energy of Tai Sui (the Grand Duke). So, if you offend Tai Sui, it's good to wear Pi Xiu. Rats clash with Tai Sui in 2020, so it’s good to wear Pi Xiu.
If you are under the Rat sign, you will have the luck of Rat year 2020 after the birthday in Pig year 2019, during which your luck will be like a fetus that decides your luck in the next 12 years. Once you wear a Lucky Charm at this time, you will lay a good foundation for the next 12-year cycle of fortune.
On the Chinese New Year's Eve
If you fail to wear a Lucky Charm on the last birthday, the next best time will be the Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve. On that day, everything changes from old to new and your fortune will be improved a lot if you wear a Lucky Charm on this day. The Chinese New Year's Eve for 2020 falls on Jan. 24, 2020.
On the Birthday of Ben Ming Nian
This day is just like the birth of a baby, and many birth defects and hidden dangers can be changed on this day, which decides your fortune in the next 12-year cycle. You can wear a blessed Lucky Charm on your birthday of Ben Ming Nian to make up for the deficiency of fortune.
The Time You Have Bad Luck
When you feel you are in bad luck and everything goes wrong, you can wear a blessed Lucky Charm to exorcise evil spirits and improve your luck.