Chinese Zodiac - Rat

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    Years of the Rat

    1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020 2032

    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

    Rat Horoscope

    Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 9
    Lucky Colors: White, Lemon Green, Emerald Green

    Rat will have favorable and positive luck in 2018 under the blessing of two auspicious stars. You will be clear-minded, have improved career development, good reputation, and become more energetic in the year. At the same time, there will be unexpected financial losses and ups and downs in career and love relationship.

    Yearly Horoscope for Rat Born in Different Years

    1960 Rat 1972 Rat 1984 Rat 1996 Rat

    2018 Horoscope for Rat

    Best Months: July, August
    Worst Months: March, May, June, November

    Rat 2018 monthly horoscope

    Monthly Horoscope for Rat


    Rat are only blessed by two auspicious stars yet affected by several inauspicious stars in 2019, so your overall luck will bode bad rather than good. You will have good career development and the auspicious star could help you turn calamities into blessings when you are in trouble. However, you may suffer financial losses in the year.

    2019 Horoscope for Rat

    View Rat Horscope

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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
    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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