Changes of the 2020 year of the Rat are awaiting you, Snake... It's unfortunate that the snake has such a negative image in our world (blame the one in Eden, most likely). In spite of that, those born under the sign of the snake are charming, gregarious, and smart... all strong qualities to be admired and just what you want in a leader. Up until now, you, Snake, have had to deal with the good and bad ways those qualities have been interpreted on a daily basis. To some, you are too slick and not to be trusted. But others have recognized the truth: you're just exceptionally charismatic and a natural-born leader. This coming 2020 year of the Rat is the time for you to show everyone that truth. And you're going to do that by being the leader they don't know they need yet.
There is a legion of people around who would gladly be led by you. Don't be afraid of the charisma. 2020 is the year for you to recognize your natural born charisma, channel it for good, and direct at the targets that need it. This, the 2020 year of the White Metal Rat, is a blessed time for Snakes of all sorts. Maybe it has something to do with that whole snakes eating rats thing, maybe it's just a form of celestial synchronicity that is working beyond our reckoning. Who knows? What's important is that the 2020 Metal Rat has your back and wants you to use your great power responsibly.
You'll be coming into this new 2020 year with a number of challenges facing you. The temptation will be there to send your minions ahead of you to deal with things. That's the double-edged sword of charisma: it's easy to think you can get away with taking the easy way out. Don't fall for it. Part of your charisma is going to come from people seeing you face your challenges by yourself. These challenges could be on any front. If they're financial, you'll need to weather through them from roughly the middle of January to early February. There's not much you can do other than be frugal and careful. Don't panic. If you're encountering romantic or interpersonal challenges, this is the perfect time to back down a little and lower your status. You'll want to listen carefully to what people say to you (another hallmark of a great leader). Should those challenges come on the job front, work hard but speak up. Your workplace will be throwing a number of challenges at you come late January 2020 and they won't abate for quite some time. You're strong, so face them like an adult. Hopefully, you're sensing that your response to most things should be like a leader. Don't ignore that.
March 2020 will bring a period of relative calm after what has come before. Think of this as the time the captain of the ship retreats to his cabin, reading sea charts and sipping on hot brandy. It's a period of rest and repose, but there's still an undercurrent of work getting done. This is a perfect model for you at this time. Rest, reflect, but don't forget that you're always a leader and be ready at a moment's notice to spring into action. In fact, March is the perfect time to either start and exercise program or modify an existing one to push you a little bit further. You may think that doesn't sound relaxing, and granted, it's not sitting on the couch with potato chips. But it is keeping your body in the shape it's going to need to be in for the rest of the year, but away from battle stations mode. Even a captain needs to hit the gym. If you've been thinking about that membership, do it. This will pay off handsomely in the months to come.
Spring is usually the prime time for romance to blossom and it's no exception for you, Snake, although it might not take the form that you'd expect. If you're currently in a relationship, look for a sudden wave of renewed interest and enthusiasm between you and your partner come late May 2020. If you're unattached and actively looking for love, keep your eyes and ears open for someone who has been eyeing you for a while. Remember that charisma we talked about earlier? It's working all of the time, whether you know it or not. That means you have people constantly checking you out. In fact most of them like the fact that you seem to be blissfully unaware of it. Does this mean you have to remain in a state of perpetual ignorance of people taking an interest in you, lest you break the spell? Not exactly. Part of having that charisma of yours means you're confident enough to be truly humble around others whilst still having full confidence in yourself. That is the thing that people are attracted to. So if you find you're catching the eye of someone you're interested in (or even better, there's just someone YOU've taken an interest in), speak to them with confidence about anything but asking them out on a date. Just talk. Do so boldly and with the assurance that you are more than worth listening to. The prime time for you to be doing this is early June, but really any time in spring will work.
Summer 2020 is a time for work, Snake. No, we're not referring to harvesting a farm (unless you are, indeed, a farmer). What this means is it's time to buckle down on the job and go that extra mile. Even if you don't have an immediate and obvious reward motivating you (like a raise or promotion), you need to be working during July and August as if you do. Find some extra projects that will benefit your company. Consider an online class to boost your employable skills. Do what you can to make every work project that absolute top in its class. Why? You have a planetary alignment at this time which makes all of your work extra valuable. It's like landing on a doubling square in roulette. The payoff for these efforts isn't immediately, but it will start to show itself by the fall.
And the fall is when your minions will start to make themselves known. You've had a number of friends behind you and rooting for you for many years. September 2020 is the time when they'll make those allegiances very public and vocal. In case this is all sounding a bit too much like a dangerous cult of personality, keep in mind that this just means the people around you support you and will work actively to help you get what you want to achieve. Are you considering a promotion at work? Running for city council? Just need people to come to see your band play? You're going to be surprised by the numbers that appear just because they think you're great. Accept this and believe it. They are all there for you and everything you've done over the years. You might be afraid of it going to your head but it won't. You're much too smart to let that happen.
By the time November and December 2020 arrive, you'll have gotten nicely comfortable with your charm and charisma, but all in a healthy and productive way. No, you won't be sitting on a golden throne as servants pour your wine (but what if?). But you be able to look in the mirror and honestly say: I've got people who have got my back. And doesn't that sound like the perfect position to be in if you want to take risks? Well, it is, so this whole experience will prepare you for the risks you'll be taking once January 2021 comes around. Don't worry about those just yet, though. For the last two months of the year, you're just going to be looking back at what you've accomplished and marvelling at the range of friends you have. In fact, make sure they all get some sort of gift when the holidays roll around, regardless of their religious affiliation. They don't need to be bribed, but it's worth taking the time to say: I am glad that you are in my corner.
You have been afraid of your powers for far too long, Snake. Don't associate everyone with charisma with sleaziness and smarminess. You are a perfect example of the person that can use their charm for good. But the trick is, you have to learn how to harness that power. It's a superpower like any other. Spider Man had to practice swinging from webs properly, and you need to learn about this power you do not fully understand. You are ready to lead those around you, and most importantly, they're ready to be lead. Don't forget that sometimes you need to lead from behind and you always need to lead by example. Work hard in the ways you'd like everyone around you too. You have much facing you in the following year, so feed that army and treat them with respect. The rewards will be magnificent.
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