Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Rat
China Zodiac Animal - Rat

Chinese: 鼠 shǔ
Years of the Rat:1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Though people consider the rat not adorable, and it even makes its way into derogatory languages, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yang

 Years of the Rat
  • 02/18/1912-02/05/1913
  • 02/05/1924-01/23/1925
  • 01/24/1936-02/10/1937
  • 02/10/1948-01/28/1949
  • 01/28/1960-02/14/1961
  • 02/15/1972-02/02/1973
  • 02/02/1984-02/19/1985
  • 02/19/1996-02/06/1997
  • 02/06/2008-01/25/2009
  • 01/25/2020-02/11/2021

Lucky Signs for Rat:

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
Lucky Colors: gold, blue, green
Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

Lucky Numbers and Colors of RatLucky Flowers and Directions of Rat
Things Should be Avoided:
  • Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
  • Unlucky Colors: yellow, brown
  • Unlucky Direction: west

They are instinctive, acute and alert in nature which makes them to be brilliant businessmen. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others.
 
  • Strengths
    Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful 
  • Weaknesses
    Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous 
  • Best Matches: Ox, Rabbit and Dragon
    They can get along with Ox, Rabbit and Dragon partners, and their relationship will be well maintained as fresh as before. There is no big rise and fall in their life time, but will never be a lack of romance and passion.
  • Bad Matches: Horse and Rooster
    If they get together, there will be endless quarrels. They are all sharp in words, and seldom make compromises. Picky in each other’s faults, they cannot be tolerant, which leads to their final divergence.
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Actually, Rats’ fortunes in the 2015 Year of Sheep are quite favorable, for they can easily get promotion or salary increase through well-done works and business. The obstacles in the development will be removed and take a turn to the better. Meanwhile, it is also a hard year to some extent. The sudden accidents, such as car crash and knife wound, may occur out of expectation. To get over these, they need to keep cautious all the time.
Rat Luck in 2015
 Rat's Personality by Western Astrology Signs
Their characteristics are distinct based on 12 western astrological signs with Chinese zodiac signs, for example, confident Aries, ambitious Taurus, generous Gemini, graceful Cancer, enthusiastic Leo, concentrated Virgo, eloquent Libra, sensitive Scorpio, observant Sagittarius, pragmatic Capricorn, brave Aquarius and talented Pisces.
 Rat's Personality by Blood Types
  • Blood Type O: They are positive, kind, and warm hearted. People admire their uprightness and principles.
  • Blood Type A: They are acute and thoughtful, for they can always sense the subtle changes of others. Tidy and orderly, they can always make the living place comfortable and cozy.
  • Blood Type B: Straightforward and outgoing in nature, they are faithful friends in others’ eyes. Besides, they are loyal and persistent in relationships.
  • Blood Type AB: Humor and modesty are their shinning points, and for that they can make a lot of friends. They are assertive, having different insights in their own perspective.
 Celebrities Born in the Year of the Rat
George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Mozart, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, Catherine I, Mata Hari, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Avril Lavigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alyssa Milano, Ben Affleck, Eminem, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine McPhee, Kelly Osbourne, Denise Richards, Mandy Moore, Diego Armando Maradona, Zinedine.Yazid.Zidane, Du Fu (a famous Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty 618 - 907), Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Taoist philosopher in the Warring States Period 475 - 221 BC)