Chinese Horoscopes - The Rat
Being born a Rat is nothing to be ashamed
of. In China, the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising
person. It is deemed an honor to be born in the Year of the Rat and it is
considered a privilege to be associated with a Rat. Rats know exactly where to
find solutions and can take care of themselves and others without problems. They
use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and
are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any
Years of the Rat
First in the cycle, Rat Years begin
the sequence and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on
a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date
on which each Rat year actually begins.
The Sign of the
Being born under this sign determines many talents, as well as other
characteristics that may not be so commendable. Rats are very lively and need a
lot of mental and physical stimulation. They can be calm and perceptive, but
sometimes their brains can cause a mental restlessness, tempting them to take on
too much, only to discover they are unable to meet their commitments. Rats are
blessed with one of the best intellects going. Add to their intelligence a
curiosity and a bright imagination, and they seem as sharp as a
The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat
people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. They
don't mind a lot of responsibility and they demonstrate a strong presence that
other people respect. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary
satisfaction are the greatest motivation.
born in the Year of the Rat share certain characteristics. The Rat sign is an
abbreviated way of characterizing that individual's personality. Following are
features associated with the sign of the Rat. First in order, Chinese name-SHU,
sign of charm
Well-liked, Affable, Quick-witted, Surreptitious, Selfish, Protective,
IN YOUR ELEMENT
The characteristics of the Rat
Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood,
Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original
THE METAL RAT 1900 AND 1960
Of all the Rats,
these are the toughest and most resolute. They are visionary and possess an
emotional intensity that can lead to feelings of rage, envy, or possessiveness.
They like to be in charge, and can act selfishly to get what they want. In
relationships, business or personal, they can be obstinate. Metal rats have to
bear in mind that meeting their partner halfway would help their relationships
tremendously. They take great pride in their homes and enjoy decorating them in
their impressively good taste.
THE WATER RAT 1912 AND
Being guided by the Water element means these Rats have a knack for
influencing people. With their strong intellectual powers and great insight,
they are also great puzzle solvers. They are quick to understand others and are
incredibly practical people. Rats apply their talents to their everyday lives,
making them obliging, generous and compassionate to other people. Generally,
they are liked and respected by everyone. Like all Rats, however, they can be
determined to seek their own gain, and will not mind using these talents to
achieve it - though generally without losing anyone's respect in doing
THE WOOD RAT 1924 AND 1984
Despite having a remarkable
facade of self-confidence, deep down, Wood Rats are the least sure of themselves
compared to other Rats. However, they wouldn't dream of showing this side of
themselves to anyone. Only close companions of a Wood Rat would ever suspect
that he or she had such self-doubt. In fact Wood Rats are often worried about
downfall, despite their ability to find success. Well-liked, proficient, and
good leaders at work, Wood Rats seem to function best when they are surrounded
by family and friends. Cordial and delicate, they are usually well loved by
family, friends and peers.
THE FIRE RAT 1936 AND 1996
Fire adds a
bit of spontaneity and vigor to the already spirited Rat. These Rats like change
and travel and are eager to start new projects or to take trips to exotic
places. Fire Rats are likely to change their occupations and residences more
often than most, and essentially shun any kind of routine. They can be anxious
and impulsive, but their zest for life is quite irresistible, and they have the
Rat's ability to along so well with others. Compared to other Rats, Fire Rats
are likely to be more charitable, autonomous, and energetic and the least
THE EARTH RAT 1948 AND 2008
The Earth adds
solidity to the Rat's personality. An Earth Rat is conventional and a good
achiever who likes to establish roots early in order to make a secure future for
himself and his family. These Rats have the typical Rat ingenuity and mental
capacity, but a strong sense of reality often alludes them preventing them from
going after anything that could be impromptu. Earth Rats are honorable and love
to be stabilized. Slowly and steadily acquiring wealth gives them a sense of
inner peace. Although they are capable of being stingy with their finances, they
do possess warm feelings for their family and friends.
Health and home
The affect of the sign of
the Rat is energetic, and demonstrates enough endurance to fight most any
sickness. Yet, all Rats tend to be tense, full of nervous energy, petulant and
prone to stress. Rats also harbor a bit of aggression; yet, they are usually
able to control it. Yoga would benefit Rats by calming their aggressive natures
and helping them manage stress.
AT HOME WITH THE RAT
make good homemakers who are always willing to do household chores. Rats are not
usually interested in keeping up with the times, and it doesn't matter to them
whether or not their furnishings are in style. What does matter is that their
home is a refuge expressing warmth, comfort and vogue. Light blue is their color
of choice for home decor. Because this is a sign of acquisition, the Rat
person's house is presumably bursting with various knick-knacks collected over
the years. Most Rats are cheerful, domesticated individuals who find happiness
at home with their family.
THE RAT ON THE JOB
The Chinese say others should
always listen to the advice of the Rat. Because of their intellect and
observatory powers, Rat people possess prudence and perception. They can
anticipate problems, and are always able to see the big picture. They can hone
in on issues at hand and make measurable judgments. These skills, combined with
their sense of aspiration also make them clever operators. Status, money, title,
and recognition are important to the Rat. They have keen senses of observation
that allow them to foresee upcoming business opportunities as well as potential
occupational problems. The Rat makes a better boss than an employee and,
although motivated, they can be pinned down by routines. Rats work better in
flexible situations where they can be freely creative.
MONEY AND THE
Cunning and thrifty, Rats have a knack with money and are apt to save
for rainy days. When capable, the Rat is a great money saver, and in strapped
times he knows how to make something out of nothing or how to turn make things
advantageous for himself. Although few Rats suffer financially, the Chinese have
a proverb: They who pile up grain hoards have much to lose.
Those born in the Year of the Rat also share the same kinds of
goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Rat are listed
RATS MAKE EXCELLENT:
Writers, Broadcasters, Actors,
Advisors, Counselors, Lawyers, Politicians, Designers, Engineers, Managers,
Directors, Administrators, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Stand-up Comedians,
Researchers, Historians, Race Car Drivers
Whether Rats are compatible with their business partners depends
on whether their signs are harmonious or antagonistic to those of their
partners. Considering the congruity of their own characters and the characters
of their business colleagues can also be very useful.
Leisurely activities and
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LIKES AND DISLIKES
Since Rats are born under the
same Animal sign, they often share likes and dislikes. Following are similar
likes and dislikes of the Rats personality:
Gems and Stones: Diamond, Amethyst, Garnet
Suitable Gifts: car
accessories, art books, gym memberships, geographical maps
Pastimes: Interior design, playing basketball, crafts, painting
Dislike: Doing without things they want, strict time keeping, any routines,
being at the end of the line
THE RAT VACATION
the Rat personality and ignites his curiosity. Sunbathing is not the ideal way
for a Rat to spend his vacation. Rats are adventurers. They want to explore,
examine, visit and party during their time off. They want to try new foods, find
new sights and experience the culture of the area they are visiting. And, of
course, if they can come home with an exotic souvenir to add to their collection
their vacation will have been an instant success.
Generally friendly and sociable, the Rat is one of the extroverts
of the Animal Zodiac. Often, the Rat is lively and genial, and has a special
gift for easing the minds of others. It is not surprising that Rats have a lot
of friends. They are great speakers and intriguing conversationalists, and can
generally find something to say on just about any topic or subject. Of course,
there is always that renowned Rat lure that allows them to charm the pants off
of people! To the people they love, Rats can be amazingly charitable, popular
and supportive, and will go out of their way to be certain their loved ones are
content. On the other hand, if the Rat does not like someone, he is considered
fair game and can be used to achieve any and all of the Rat's desires. At the
end of the day, though, the Rat is a loyal friend and will be there for his
companions through thick and thin.
Compatible Friends: Dragons and
Mortal Enemy: Horses
RAT PARENTS AND CHILDREN
parents are dedicated to their children. They encompass their little ones with
love and attention and enjoy watching their offspring grow and experience the
world. When their children are small they brood a great deal over them. Rats
become concerned if their babies don't develop as quickly as other children.
They anguish over whether or not they are raising their youngsters correctly.
With the mental capacity to pick things up easily, Rats tend to get agitated
with people who are not quite as quick-witted as they are. No wonder this trait
could lead to conflict between Rat parents and their children should any of
their children be late bloomers or harbor learning disabilities. Overall, Rats
are indulgent parents who don't like denying their youngsters of things they
want, and the children soon learn how to wrap their parents around their little
THE RAT INFANT AND CHILD
Rat babies love to be loved
and cuddled. When they are young, Rat babies tend to depend tremendously on
their parents, but later in life they develop natural leadership qualities.
During their baby years, Rats mature slowly, but gain momentum as they become
toddlers. Eventually, they begin to exhibit active mentalities, so, in the early
years, plenty of sleep is necessary. In school, the young Rats are eager to
learn. It is then, too, that Rats begin collecting things, and like to fill
their bedrooms with pebbles, shells and keepsakes of every kind. Generally,
young Rats are smart little people who are artistic and literary students. They
are well-rounded and many of them do well in sports, too. Being born in the
first sign of the Chinese horoscope motivates these children to be pioneers and
gives them a need to be first in line.
Some parents click immediately with their children and others
find they will never have a close relationship no matter how hard they try to
make it happen. Following are the compatibility ratings between Rat parents and
Lovers and partners
Rats are beautiful
people with magnetic personalities. The Rat himself can't help but notice the
admiration he receives from others. If the Chinese say there are few poor Rats,
there are an even fewer number who are not sexually stimulating- especially as
young people. Rat people are romantic, and are always happier to have someone to
One of the Rat's greatest assets is
his charm. Rats can melt hearts with their smiles. Add that to their coquettish
personalities and you can easily see how they conquer the hearts of others. And,
since Rats love to go out, they have plenty of chances to meet potential suitors
or future partners. An annoying quirk of some Rats is they have a difficult time
severing ties with former lovers. Obviously, this can pose potential conflicts
for the Rat and his new lover and can even endanger his ability to develop new
relationships. When the Rat finally settles down with Mr. or Ms. Right, he will
find a sincere satisfaction in the intimacy of the partnership.
Although Rats like to be in the driver's seat, they do need
partners who can keep up with their active lifestyles. Chinese horoscopes are
very specific about which partnerships have the potential to be successful in
love and in business. Yet, though destiny can point us in the right direction,
we must still make efforts to maintain loving relationships. Following is a
brief description of how a Rat will affect a relationship with other Animal
PARTNERS IN LOVE
This is a prosperous
partnership, especially in a business atmosphere. These two are bound to
Very sexually enticing, yet likely to fail at
Potential for great companionship, but you will have
some major disputes.
Rats think Rabbits are boring. Rabbits
love to be out and about. You will only frustrate each other.
solid, caring partnership. You value each other and get along very
Work on your differences and you could learn something
form each other.
Don't even think about it.
you both try hard and make great efforts, you will survive.
share similar goals and will make a great match.
It's just not
worth it…there are too many conflicts.
Rats think Dogs are
tiresome, but you have the potential to be a good match for each
Uphill, downhill, uphill…you love each other intensely, but
keep an eye on your checkbooks!
EAST MEETS WEST
These are secure, bold, go-getting people who cannot pass on a challenge.
Approachable and captivating, Aries Rats can also be short-tempered and touchy,
especially with those who can't keep up.
Libran Rats are smooth operators. These people are elegant and cultured. They
are drawn to artistic pleasures such as music and theater. Pleasant to be
around, Libran Rats excel in advertising and PR.
Rats are intimidating people. Their sharp minds never skip a beat and they don't
lose sight of their goals. Conventional deep down, making money is their
Scorpio Rats are the strong, emotional
types. Few would suspect quite sensitive these Rats are. They have an intense
aura that allows them to channel their energies.
Rats are blessed with the gift of the conversation. They are articulate and
keen. Easily bored, Gemini Rats thrive on variety, and are happiest with their
hands in many things. They do tend to take a long time to make decisions and
once they so, to change their minds a few times.
Sagittarian Rats sail through life and couple wisdom with perceptive.
They can spot an opportunity a mile away, and are quick to act on it. Generally,
these Rats are lucky but they have itchy feet.
Rats like to be individuals and to stand out. Material things are important to
them, but what they value their family more than anything else.
Industrial and tenacious, Capricorn Rats are profoundly
enterprising and make substantial progress in their occupations. These people
expect their dedication to be rewarded. They may not be that sentimental, but
they are loyal and honest.
The Leonine Rat is a mystical
personality, dynamic and responsive. In addition to enthusiasm, high ethical
standards and wise decision-making guarantee this Rat will be successful.
A bit unorthodox, these Rats are impulsive and outgoing.
They are community-minded and more selfless than other Rats. Aquarian Rats are
determined to work hard in order to better mankind.
gifts for research and experimentation and an eye for detail, these Rats have
the capability to make small assessments. The hard-working Virgo Rat will find
fulfillment in any job where intense investigation is necessary. There is
something naive about them that attracts quieter, frailer people as their
This Rat is delicate and incisive, and does well
as a consultant or a counselor. Piscean Rats are creative, but tend to lack the
confidence necessary and thus feel a need to be part of a team.