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Chinese Zodiac - Rat

Rank and Astrology Elements

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    Ranking the first in the Chinese zodiac, rat represents wisdom. Personality traits for the people born in the year of the Rat are intelligent, charming, quick-witted, practical, ambitious, and good at economizing as well as social activities. The weaknesses are that the Rats are likely to be timid, stubborn, wordy, greedy, devious, too eager for power and love to gossip.

    Basic Astrology Elements
    Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
    The Five Elements: Water(Shui)
    Yin Yang: Yang ([Chinese philosophy] positive/active/male principle in nature)
    Lucky Numbers: 2, 3; Avoid: 5, 9
    Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
    Lucky Colors: blue, golden, green; Avoid: yellow and brown

    Years of the Rat

    Start Date End Date Associated Element Heavenly Branch
    02/05/1924 01/23/1925 Yang Wood Jia Zi
    01/24/1936 02/10/1937 Yang Fire Bing Zi
    02/10/1948 01/28/1949 Yang Earth Wu Zi
    01/28/1960 02/14/1961 Yang Metal Geng Zi
    02/15/1972 02/02/1973 Yang Water Ren Zi
    02/02/1984 02/19/1985 Yang Wood Jia Zi
    02/19/1996 02/06/1997 Yang Fire Bing Zi
    02/06/2008 01/25/2009 Yang Earth Wu Zi
    01/25/2020 02/11/2021 Yang Metal Geng Zi

    Personality of the Rat

    It’s a fate that rat and human beings are greatly related with each other. They often eat our food and have the ability to survive at anywhere without picky about food. Because of this, the people born in the year of the Rat are outgoing, optimistic and highly adaptable in any environment. They are not the people who haggle over every ounce but stay at ease under all circumstances. So, they are easy to be liked and helped by others.
    The Rat people are endowed with the power of acute observation, anticipation, and visionary power. You can get a validation from an old saying among the boatmen – ‘Rats leave (or desert or forsake) a sinking ship’ which means the rat can aware that the ship will be wrecked and run away in advance. Also, for a factory, once there are rats run out one after another, it predicts the fire damage is coming soon. Because of the ability, the rat people are usually good at some creativity works. They can be artistic creators, inventors, innovators etc. However, they should not rely on this power to deal with things completely. Think hard and ask for the opinions from others are very important.

    The Rat people born in different periods of a day have different personalities and fortune:

    The Rat person born in the morning can play their perceptual ability well. The shortcoming is lack of perseverance. Once meeting difficulties, they are likely to stop. So they are easy to change jobs. This is also the reason why there are few famous businessmen born in the year of the rat. Although they couldn’t achieve great success, their fortune is not bad especially during the later years.
    The Rat person born at noon is usually fond of adventure. While they don’t act rashly but always leave a way open for the future. So they are likely to live a stable life during their lifetime. The male Rat is usually active and busy in working outside all day long. However, during holidays, they would like to stay at home. The female Rat is just opposite. They like to stay at home and good at house keeping. Also they usually place great emphasis on the importance of family life and ties.
    The Rat people born in the evening usually have an arrogant disposition. Once get a little success, they are easy to show as if nobody on earth could beat him. This personality makes them many enemies and brings many difficulties in their career. So, cultivate mind and be modest are important. What’s more, no matter meal or female, they are usually healthy and have a large family. For couples, they could live a stable and happy life.

    The Rat people of different elements also have different personalities and fortune:

    Click the following links to get personalities and horoscope for the five types of Rat.  
    Wood Rat: 1984 (Feb. 02, 1984 - Feb. 19, 1985)   
    Water Rat: 1972 (Feb. 15, 1972 - Feb. 02, 1973)
    Metal Rat: 1960 (Jan. 28, 1960 - Feb. 14, 1961)
    Earth Rat: 1948 (Feb. 10, 1948 - Jan. 28, 1949) or 2008 (Feb. 06, 2008 - Jan. 25, 2009)
    Fire Rat: 1936 (Jan. 24, 1936 - Feb. 10, 1937) or 1996 (Feb.19, 1996 - Feb. 06, 1997)

    Best Birth Dates and Months for Rat

    The Rats born in the 4th, 9th, 13th, 25th or the 30th day in Chinese lunar calendar are usually blessed with good luck and fortune during the whole life.

    Birth months that could bring good luck to the Rat people are January, May, July, August and Septmber.
    January: The Rat people born in January usually have a generous ancestral estate, so they would have no worry about food and clothes for the entire life. 

    May: Grain in Ear which is one of the Chinese 24 Solar Terms usually falls on May of Chinese lunar calendar. It is the time that wheat grows ripe and a busy farming season begins. So, the Rat people born in May are usually work hard, perseveringly and can lead a glorious life.
    July: The autumn season which is a harvest season usually begins in July. So, the Rat people born in July mostly could live comfortably without any worry about food and clothing.  
    August: The Rat born in August could mostly get a high position and great wealth. They can live rich for the whole life. 
    September: The Rat with the birth month of September could spend the whole life peacefully, happily and healthily. 


    Note: The months here refer to the Chinese lunar month. Please use the Gregorian-Chinese Calendar Converter tool on Chinese calendar page to find the Chinese lunar month.

    Compatibility with other Animals

    Zodiac Match


    Best Match: Dragon, Monkey, Ox
    Worst Match: Rabbit, Horse, Sheep, Rooster
    → Please click for more about Rat Compatibility.

    Find your compatible zodiac signs according to your month:

    Birth Month of the Rat Personality of the Rat Girl's Match Boy's Match
    Jan. hard-working; enthusiastic Ox Ox
    Feb. intuitive Dragon Sheep
    Mar. complicated; intricate Snake Horse
    Apr. dignified and experienced Dog Rabbit
    May. ambitious, having lofty ideals Dragon Ox
    Jun. having a desire to lead Tiger Monkey
    Jul. having an iron hand in a velvet glove Dragon Monkey
    Aug. active; having a ready response Rooster Dog
    Sep. self disciplined Tiger Sheep
    Oct. daring Rooster Monkey
    Nov. strong-willed Dragon Rabbit
    Dec. straightforward, frank and lenient Ox Monkey

    Rat Horoscope

    2016 Yearly Horoscope Predictions
    * The prediction is valid for 2016 starting from February 8, 2016 and lasting to January 27, 2017.

    Yearly Horoscope Forecast for 2016: Good
    Astrology Elements in 2016:
    Lucky Colors: Black, White and Grey
    Lucky Direction: Southwest
    Lukcy Numbers: 1 and 6
    Overview: 2016 (year of the Monkey) turns to be a good year for the people under the Rat zodiac sign. According to the Chinese zodiac compatibility astrology, the Rat and Monkey are the most compatible animals. So, in the monkey year, you Rat people could go smoothly and be lucky in most aspects. You'll do fairly well in work and are expected to be promoted. There will be many social activities and parties waiting you to participate which will make you have a merry mood at the same time some sumptuous feast. What you should remember in 2016 is not to advance hastily and try to make good relations with others... More about how will you do in career, wealth, love and health, please click Rat Horoscope 2016 Predictions

    ► 2017 Yearly Horoscope Predictions
    * The prediction is valid for 2017 starting from January 28, 2017 and lasting to February 15, 2018.

    Overview: In Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' 丁酉. For you Rat people, ‘Zi’ (子) which is your earthly branch will destruct ‘You’ (酉) which is the earthly branch of Tai Sui who is also known as Grand Duke Jupiter or Grand Commander of the Year. Simply speaking, you will suffer damage and loss in the year. Generally, as you clash with Tai Sui, you are prone to have many quarrels and unnecessary disputes leading to bad luck in wealth. However, you will be blessed by three auspicious stars in the year, namely Tianxi, Dijie and Taiyin, which will make the year not too bad.
    Find out what’s in store for you Rats for money, career, love relationship and health in 2017, please click:
    Rat Horoscope 2017 Predictions

    ► 2016 and 2017 Yearly Horoscope for Rat Born in Different Years
    If you were born between January 28, 1960 and February 14, 1961, please click 1960 Rat
    If you were born between February 15, 1972 and February 2, 1973, please click 1972 Rat
    If you were born betwee February 2, 1984 and February 19, 1985), please click 1984 Rat
    If you were born between February 19, 1996 and February 6, 1997, please click 1996 Rat

    2016 and 2017 Monthly Horoscope
    Find out what 2016 and 2017 will be for the Rat each month? Please click 2016/2017 Monthly Horoscope Prediction for Rat

    Ideal Jobs for the Rat

    The people under the Rat sign are fit to those kinds of creative jobs such as artists, editors and writers. Also, the Rat people are best suited to technical jobs such as gardeners and craftsmen. Warmhearted and uninhibited, the Rats are fond of charitable causes. As long as there is any jobs related to charity, you can see the Rat people working there wholeheartedly. However, the Rats are not good at political works and actual participation in the work. To be exactly, they should avoid doing party affairs, to be a political official, police officer, military officer and other management class jobs. 

    Auspicious Chinese Names

    When selecting a Chinese name for the people born in the year of Rat, there are some dos and don’ts you need to know which are based on the characters of the Rat, zodiac compatibility and Chinese five element theories. Let's take a look at what are good and auspicious names for the male and female Rats.
     → Auspicious Chinese Names for the Rat People

    Famous People Born in the Rat Year

    Ben Affleck, Charlotte Bronte, Clark Gable, George Bush Sr., George Washington, John F. Kennedy Jr., John McCain, Marlon Brando, Prince Charles, Richard Nixon, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Shaquille O'Neal, William Shakespeare, Wayne Gretzky, Wilt Chamberlain, Yves St Laurent.

    Chinese Celebrities: Du Fu (a famous Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty), Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Taoist philosopher in the Warring States Period)
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