Chinese Zodiac - Rat

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.

Chinese: 鼠 (Shǔ)
Earthly Branches: Zi (子)
Energy: Yang
Five Elements: Water (Shui)

Lucky Things

Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
Lucky Gemstone: Garnet
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
Lucky Colors: blue, golden, green
Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast
Best Match: Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Unlucky Things

Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
Unlucky Colors: Yellow, Brown
Unlucky Direction: Southeast
Worst Match: Rabbit, Horse, Sheep, Rooster

Weekly Horoscope For Rat

Date: Sep 17, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018
The fortune for you is excellent this week. Some of the blocks you encountered before in work will gradually decrease, and what you need to do is to work hard and move forward. In financial aspect, there are many opportunities for you to gain wealth in the process of business operation. Don't slack off and miss the opportunity. In love, you singles have a good fortune and are easy to meet someone who could become your ideal partner in the future.

Weekly Horoscope for Rat

Good Luck Charms for rat

Choose a Chinese Zodiac lucky charm bracelet for rat to help you improve luck and exorcise evil spirits in daily life.

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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. Please click for more about Rat Personality Traits.

Rat People's Personality by Five Elements
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)

Rat People's Personality by Blood Types
→ Rat People with Blood Type O
→ Rat People with Blood Type A
→ Rat People with Blood Type B
→ Rat People with Blood Type AB

Compatibility with other Animals

Each Chinese zodiac sign has compatible or incompatible signs according to their characteristics’ compatibility. If your find your signs are compatible, you could get along well in most cases. In opposite, you need to do more effort to be together harmoniously.

Following are the compatibility chart of the Rat with other signs. → more about Rat Compatibility.


Best Match

Lively Pair

Worst Match

Best Birth Dates, Months and Times

Rat's Fate by Birth Time
The birth time of people plays a very important role in terms of whether the destiny is auspicious or not. People under the Rat sign born in different time periods will have different characters and fate. Those who were born and will be born between 05:00AM - 07:00AM and 05:00PM - 07:00PM are the most auspicious.

Rat's Fate by Birth Date
Best Birth Dates: 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.

Rat's Fate by Birth Month
Best Birth Months: 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 dates and months here is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Please use the Gregorian-Chinese Calendar Converter tool on Chinese calendar page to find your lunar birth date and month.

Careers for 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.
→ Ideal Jobs and Work Partners for Rat

● Best Work Partners: Ox, Monkey, Dragon
● Best Age to Start a Business: 35 – 45
● Best Career Field: Finance and Economy
● Best Business to Do: Clinic, Drug Store, Grain and Oil Shop
● Best Direction for Career: Southwest, West and Northwest

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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