Herong's Notes on Astrology and Horoscope
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 2.01

The Rat - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

This section discuss about the Rat, the first Chinese zodiac animal sign.

The Rat (鼠, 子) is the first Chinese zodiac animal sign associated with industrious, busy, resourceful, ambitious, determined, intelligent, concern for financial stability, enticed by bargains and opportunities, good provider for family, protective of assets when others ask favors, hyperactive and unable to relax, thirst for mystery and even gossip.

Detailed attributes of the rat listed on wikipedia.org:

Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are perhaps the most organized and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.

Behind the smiles and charm, rats can be terribly obstinate and controlling, insisting on having things their way no matter what the cost. These people tend to have an immense control of their emotions, which they may use as a tool to manipulate and exploit another person, both emotionally and mentally. Rats are masters of mind games and can be very dangerous, calculating and downright cruel if the need arises. Quick-tempered and aggressive, they will not think twice about exacting revenge on those that hurt them in any way. Rats need to learn to relax sometimes, as they can be quite obsessed with detail, intolerant and strict, demanding order, obedience, and perfection.

Here is a nice logo for the Rat:

The Rat - Chinese Zodiac

You are a rat, if you were born in the year of the Rat between the following dates:

31 Jan 1900 - 18 Feb 1901
18 Feb 1912 - 05 Feb 1913
05 Feb 1924 - 24 Jan 1925 
24 Jan 1936 - 10 Feb 1937 
10 Feb 1948 - 28 Jan 1949 
28 Jan 1960 - 14 Feb 1961 
15 Feb 1972 - 01 Feb 1973 
02 Feb 1984 - 18 Feb 1985 
19 Feb 1996 - 05 Feb 1997 

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Quick Introduction to Astrology

 Basics of Astrology and Astronomy

 Stars

 Constellations

 Introduction to Western Zodiac Signs

 Horoscope and Horoscopic Astrology

 Horoscope and Planets

 Chinese Astrology and Horoscope

Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs

The Rat - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Ox - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Tiger - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Rabbit - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Dragon - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Snake - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Horse - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Sheep - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Monkey - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Rooster - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Dog - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 The Pig - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

 References

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Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2007
The Rat - Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign