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The Year of the Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.
The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February of the above years, you might be a Rat or a Pig.
You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.
With strong intuition and quick response, they always easily adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully.
Ladies belonging to the Rat zodiac sign are pretty, smart, and lovely. They have quick minds and dexterous hands, and are able to learn anything.
A lack of courage, as well as good command skills, Rats are not capable as leaders. Opportunistic and picky as Rats are, they do not have broad minds, but a narrow view.
Rats are kind, but sometimes impolite to others. People of the Rat zodiac sign usually sleep late, for mice are nocturnal animals.
General speaking, Rats are healthy. They are full of energy and active, which helps them keep fit and avoid illness.
A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit Rats. With enough rest Rats can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. When in stressful and tense conditions, Rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
In dry seasons, Rats should pay attention to prevention of respiratory and skin problems.
With good insight and sharp perspective, Rats have good judgment in what they do, which enables them to prevent unnecessary troubles. Rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude toward their work.
The best careers for Rats are: administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.
With an active nature, Rats enjoy a flexible social circle. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions. They like to make new friends, but they seldom further their relationships with others. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends.
In love relationships, Rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break off relationships easily, which results in trouble with infidelity.
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can have good compatibility.
However, those who don't match need to put more effort into their relationships.
See below the compatibility of the Rat with other animals, and find out if the Rat is compatible with your sign or not.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. For example, a Wood Rat comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Rat, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Rat||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Rat||1924, 1984||Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork|
|Fire Rat||1936, 1996||Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves|
|Earth Rat||1948, 2008||Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem|
|Gold Rat||1960, 2020||Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness|
|Water Rat||1912, 1972||Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise|
|Famous Rat||Birth Date||Element|
|Prince Charles||14 November 1948||an Earth Rat|
|Eminem||October 17, 1972||a Water Rat|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||February 5, 1985||a Wood Rat|
Rats can look forward to being lucky with unexpected finances or getting rewards from unpopular industries.
You will be under more pressure but will also earn more. You need to persevere and be open-minded to grasp the situation. Don't be too passive or you will lose opportunities.
Rats are appreciated by their bosses and your boss tends to give you more opportunities. You may have a chance to get a promotion or have more rights. But, at the same time, you will be under more pressure.
Rats are promoted or given improved working conditions in 2018. Bosses are also acknowledged for their work. So you need to be careful not to make any bad comments or do anything that causes embarrassment; this ensures you are appreciated by your boss.
There will be a chance for Rats to cooperate with officials easily, especially concerning projects that involve soil and stone. Projects related to land production, mineral resources, and thermal power will see good developments.
Women will be lucky in love in 2018. You will have the chance to meet a nice man. He might be rich but won't show it, and sometimes he might be stubborn.
For men, you won't have as many chances as female Rats but there will still be some chances of love for you in 2018. The situation could be that your partner doesn't know how you feel. You will need to use your initiative to make progress in your relationship.
Rats won't have very good health in 2018.
Work is more pressurized and that creates some health problems, including becoming exhausted easily. You'll have an uncomfortable stomach and will cut yourself easily on sharp objects.
Rats are recommended not to take part in hiking, climbing, or other adventurous activities as they can cause injuries. You are suggested to go for health checks regularly or have a walk by a lakeside or in parks to adjust your attitude and mind.
According to Chinese astrology, the year of their birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') will bring people nothing but bad luck. It is believed that people will offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, in their benmingnian.
Therefore, Rats should pay special attention to avoid misfortune in their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Rat year is 2020. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 25). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.