The Year of the Rat

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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.

Are You a Rat?

If you were born in a year of the Rat, you are a Rat.

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, which ranges from late January to mid 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 our “Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” tool to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.

Rat Year When
1924 February 5, 1924 – January 23, 1925
1936 January 24, 1936 – February 10, 1937
1948 February 10, 1948 – January 28, 1949
1960 January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1961
1972 February 15, 1972 – February 2, 1973
1984 February 2, 1984 – February 19, 1985
1996 February 19, 1996 – February 6, 1997
2008 February 7, 2008 – January 25, 2009
2020 January 25, 2020 – February 11, 2021

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rat

The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Rat

Things that will bring Rats luck:

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 32)
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 13th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: blue, gold, green
  • Lucky flowers: lily, African violet
  • Lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th and 9th Chinese lunar months

Things that Rats should avoid:

  • Unlucky color: yellow, brown
  • Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
  • Unlucky direction: south and southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 4th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

The Rat's Personality: Quick-Witted, Resourceful...

  • Rats are quick-witted,resourceful, versatile, kind, smart, and lovely
zodiac rat's characteristics
With strong intuition and quick responses, Rats always easily adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observations, they 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 tasks 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.

Due to 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, conforming to the nocturnal nature of rats in the animal world.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Rats

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 Characteristics
Wood Rat Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork
Fire Rat Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves
Earth Rat Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem
Gold Rat Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness
Water Rat Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise

See 2019 Predictions for Rats of Different Elements.

Famous Rat Year People

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

Best-Suited Careers for Rats

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.

How to Build Relationships with Rats

build relationships with Rats

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.

Are Rats Compatible with You?

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.

  • Best with: Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
  • Worst with: Horse, Rooster
Love Compatibility with the Rat

Good Health for Rats

good health for rats

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.

In 2019, people born in a year of the Rat will gain some accomplishments in their work and obtain more wealth. However, health prospects are average and their love lives will not be so good.

Career Prospects in 2019

Rats will be lucky in their careers. There will be many chances for Rats to achieve their goals. Employees will have a chance to get a promotion. Rats should embrace their good opportunities.

Health in 2019

Rat’s health prospects are average in 2019. Rats are suggested to pay more attention to keeping up an exercise routine and have a routine medical checkup.

Finances in 2019

Rats’ financial prospects are not bad in 2019. They will probably get a salary increase. In addition, Rats can look forward to being lucky with unexpected rewards.

Love in 2019

Rat’s love prospects are not that good in 2019. Discord will happen in their love relationships and it will be hard to meet a suitable partner.

Read more on our Monthly Horoscope for Rats in 2019.

Are Rat Years Unlucky Years for Rats?

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 from Chinese New Year (January 25). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

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