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Years of the Rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
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.
You will get the following information on this page:
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||Type of Pig|
|1924||February 5, 1924 – January 23, 1925||Wood Rat|
|1936||January 24, 1936 – February 10, 1937||Fire Rat|
|1948||February 10, 1948 – January 28, 1949||Earth Rat|
|1960||January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1961||Gold Rat|
|1972||February 15, 1972 – February 2, 1973||Water Rat|
|1984||February 2, 1984 – February 19, 1985||Wood Rat|
|1996||February 19, 1996 – February 6, 1997||Fire Rat|
|2008||February 7, 2008 – January 25, 2009||Earth Rat|
|2020||January 25, 2020 – February 11, 2021||Gold Rat|
Rats are quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind, smart, and lovely.
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.
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 (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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.