The Rat (Chinese: 鼠) is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac and sig- nifies new beginnings. This year is thus an appropriate time to start new ventures, especially ground-breakings. This includes new ideas, directions, and ways of doing things. It is a time to experiment and put plans into action, as there will be plenty of opportunities to achieve success. Something to consider is that which is begun now is likely to have long term consequences, so choose wisely to enrich your life!