Even though the year of their birth clashes with Tai Sui, the legendary God of people’s fortunes, those born in the Year of the Rat will get off to an auspicious start, says Hong Kong feng shui master Peter So Man-feng. Financially, it could be a lucrative year but it is not a time to take a lot of reckless bets, he says. Relationship-wise, those born under this zodiac (1960, 1972, 1984 or any 12 years before or after) will experience a lot of ups and downs as well. Married couples could be heading for turmoil, so Rats be patient and avoid trivial squabbles that could weigh you down. Lee Shing-chak, another feng shui master from Hong Kong, warns that as Rats clash with Tai Sui (a Chinese term for the stars directly opposite the planet Jupiter during its 12-year orbital cycle, which is personified by deities), it will be a year with a great deal of emotional distress. Prince Harry, who is a Rat, should take heed now that he has given up his royal title and is planning to spend the majority of his time away from his blood family.

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