Herong's Notes on Astrology and Horoscope - Version 2.10, by Dr. Herong Yang
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:
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 07-Feb-2008 - 25-Jan-2009
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