The Chinese Zodiac starts with the Year of the Rat. The Lunar New Year changes according to the position of the moon.
These Chinese animal signs occur in the same order in 12-year cycles. There are five Chinese elements namely Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth which influence the attributes of the zodiac signs. By combining with each of the twelve animals, a 60 year Chinese Zodiac cycle is created.
The real dates of the Year of the Rat, combined with the Chinese elements are:
10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949
7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009
28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961
25 January 2020 – 11 February 2021
15 February 1972 – 2 February 1973
11 February 2032 – 30 January 2033
2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985
19 February 1996 – 6 February 1997
People born in the year of the rat are gifted with instinct and react to a situation very fast. They are sharp, ingenious and highly flexible. They are able to adapt to new surroundings without any difficulty. They use their powers of imagination and intelligence to execute whatever they want.
The Rat personality tends to snoop around and are capable to handle whatever they set their sights on. Lady rats are charming, clever and gorgeous. They are sharp and quick at absorbing new things. Rat zodiac people can be highly motivated and are determined to achieve their targets.
Year of the Rat people can be violent and become fanatical in pursuit of their objectives. If they can restrain themselves a little and be patient with others, they can achieve great things in life. Rats are not good leaders as they lack basic qualities of leadership such as domination, bravery and vision.
The Rat men and women are highly selective and opportunistic. They have a narrow outlook of things. Normally they are kind, but can be rude and ill mannered at times. As rats operate during the night, people of this Chinese animal sign tend to sleep late into the night.
Influence of Elements
Characteristics of Year of the Rat Animal Sign are altered by the elements.
Metal Rats are inflexible and dogmatic which results in their being more purposeful but aggressive. They are determined in achieving their goals which may make them jealous, angry and selfish.
Water Rats are more relaxed and less violent in nature because of the calming effect of water. They are clever and understanding and are compatible with others.
Wood Rats look more confident but are overwhelmed by doubt. They place great value on their family and friends. Hence they are able to achieve their targets.
Fire Rats like to look at new ventures and take up the challenges associated with them. They dislike routine and try to inject pleasure and excitement into their actions.
Earth Rats are sensible, realistic and solid in their approach to life. They put in a lot of hard work to guarantee a stable and booming future.
Year of the Rat people are usually healthy beings with plenty of spirit and vigor which helps them to remain strong and free from sickness. In summer, they should take care of their skin and breathing problems. They can be more effective with sufficient relaxation. In order to reduce anxiety and stress, they should go on excursions.
Year of the Rat people eliminate potential trouble in their career with their sharp intelligence and vision. They are careful and go into minute details of their project. They have a good idea of their goals and are very serious about it. Rats are good in business, politics, research, fine arts, administration and car racing.
Year of the Rat personalities enjoy meeting new people and attending parties. They are energetic and like to have different social gatherings. Though they make new social contacts, they hardly nurture the friendships. They attract more friends because of their beauty and liveliness. In love, they easily make and break relationships which makes their love affairs problematic and usually one night stands.
Year Of The Rat : Luck & Compatibility
- Highly Compatible with Dragon, Monkey or Ox
- Should Avoid Goat, Horse, Rabbit or Chicken
- Lucky Colors: Blue, Green, Golden
- Unlucky Colors: Yellow and Brown
- Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
- Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
- Lucky Flowers: African violet, Lily of the Valley
- Lucky Directions: Southeast, Northeast