Year of the Rat

China Zodiac Animal - Rat

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032...

An interesting Chinese legend about the ranking of the Rat goes that the Chinese supreme deity Jade Emperor held a birthday party and would decide the order of the zodiac animals according to their arrival times. Originally, the hardworking Ox departed early and should be the first one to reach. However, the Rat hid in the Ox’s ear and jumped down when arriving, occupying the first place. Thus the Rat had since been the No. 1 in the 12-year cycle and represents spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, and flexibility.

What’s more, the vitality of the Rat including the high fertility and high survival rate also makes it a lucky sign for couples hoping to conceive.

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

Years of the Rat
The following chart will tell you if you were born the Year of the Rat and people should pay attention to the start and end dates as the Chinese zodiac is based on the Chinese lunar calendar.

A more simple way is to fill in your birthday in “Find your Chinese Zodiac” to get a quick and accurate answer.
 
Rat Year Start End Element
1924 Feb.5,1924 Jan.23,1925 Wood
1936 Jan.24,1936 Feb.10,1937 Fire
1948 Feb.10,1948 Jan.28,1949 Earth
1960 Jan.28,1960 Feb.14,1961 Metal
1972 Feb.15,1972 Feb.2,1973 Water
1984 Feb.2,1984 Feb.19,1985 Wood
1996 Feb.19,1996 Feb.6,1997 Fire
2008 Feb.6,2008 Jan.25,2009 Earth
2020 Jan.25,2020 Feb.11,2021 Metal
2032 Feb.11,2032 Jan.30,2033 Water
Lucky Signs for People Born in Rat Year
Lucky Numbers and Colors of Rat Lucky Flowers and Directions of Rat

Lucky Things for Rats:

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

Things Should be Avoided:

Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9 Unlucky Colors: yellow, brown Unlucky Direction: west
Personality: Rats are smart, quick-witted, strong-willed, and ambitious.

People who were born in the Year of the Rat are always called Rats whose characteristics tend to be more quick-witted with a keen observation and foresight. Rats also have a bright and optimistic personality which makes them adapt to changes in any environment and easily get help from others. However, though Rats are ambitious in career, they may not be qualified to become great leaders due to the stubbornness and the lack of empathy and humility. 
 
  • Strengths
    Savvy, quick-witted, positive, intelligent, bright, versatile
  • Weaknesses
    Lack of courage, captious, undetermined, stubborn
  • Rat Men: Rat men can think quickly and have a good memory. They are curious about everything, get to the bottom of things, and have a strong thirst for knowledge. Meanwhile, they hold on to their own views but seldom have the courage to take action. Men with Chinese zodiac Rat sign also attach importance to the family.
  • Rat Women: Rat women are smart and sensible in the life, taking a cue from somebody’s words or facial expressions. They also take a good advantage of their strengths and avoid showing weaknesses. All of those make them considerate and their families could be taken care of. However, they may lack the ability to cope with stress. 
  • Personality by Five Elements: Which Type of 'Rat' Are You?
    People born in different years of Rat show varied personal characters because the traditional Chinese Five Elements (Wu Xing) will affect the personality.
Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent, traditional, enjoying great popularity but a bit pessimistic.
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Energetic, brave, self-disciplined, sometimes sharp and harsh.
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Honest, hardworking, having strong adaptability, of high self-esteem.
Metal Rat 1960, 2020 Persuasive, irritable, sensitive with strong self-awareness, like to be the center of attention.
Water Rat 1912, 1972 Alert, intelligent with good thinking, but conservative in practice.
  • Rat’s Personality by Blood Types
    • Blood Type O: With outgoing and optimistic character, they are extroverts ready to help others. Good communication skills make them have fewer conflicts with others and popular among friends.
    • Blood Type A: They are typical submissive people, always keeping themselves in the second place but putting others first. They are empathetic, perceptive, and quick-witted but not assertive enough to capture opportunities.
    • Blood Type B: Having an unsociable personality, they are straightforward in expression and tired of using a euphemism. However, they are easy to trust others so that they suffer losses.
    • Blood Type AB: Rats with blood type AB look gentle and generous outwardly but sometimes they are arbitrary and indifferent. The high efficiency at work makes them deeply valued by bosses.
Love Compatibility of the Rat
Want to know the love compatibility between you and your partner quickly? Just check it on the “Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Test” according to the names and dates of birth.
 
  • Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
    Ox is the most faithful partner for the Rat and they can build a romantic relationship together. Rat’ straightforwardness and confidence will attract Dragons and they can find more fun in life and help each other at work. Monkey will also be a great partner and the couple of Rat and Monkey can not only support each other but also be tolerant of each other’s shortcomings.
  • Bad Matches: Horse, Rooster
    Both the Rat and the Horse are independent and proactive but it is hard for them to understand and communicate with each other. The Rat people cannot stand the picky from a Rooster partner and they may have a lot of conflicts.
     
    Rat''s Compatibility with 12 Zodiac Animals
  • How to Get along with Rats

People with Chinese zodiac Rat sign are emulative in a relationship and they want to find a capable and excellent partner, especially in the career. If you think they are money-oriented, then you are wrong. They don’t care too much about money or outward appearance. What matters for them is about inner feelings and the chemistry. Though Rats look flirtatious, they are honest and faithful once they choose to build a relationship and hope so are their partners.   

Jobs & Careers for Rats
  • Best Jobs: Artist, musician, cafe owner, actor, author, photographer, doctor, teacher...
Rats are active and independent. Unrestricted work and freelance work are more suitable for them, instead of being a staff of a large company. They also prefer individual work with innovation to the cooperative work, enabling them to become a good café owner, an author, or a doctor. What’s more, most people born in the Rat Year are intuitive-sensitive with a talent in art and have a profound understanding of life. So the artist, musician, photographer, and actor all are listed on their best jobs.
Health & Fitness Advice
People born in the Year of the Rat always have a lower immunity since childhood as the immune system isn't up to par. They often catch colds and suffer some small diseases, but luckily, no big illnesses need to be worried. They are also sensitive about climate change as the higher or lower temperature will make them sick, thus the Rats should keep an eye on the weather and temperature, change garments according to the season. It is also suggested that they quit smoking and drinking alcohol.  
Rat's Fortune in 2022
The overall fortune in 2022 for people who born in the year of the Rat is just-so-so. Although there won’t be many chances to make development, they won’t encounter too many difficulties. It is recommended that they do their best in career and making wealth. Do not leave regrets. Even if they would get into trouble occasionally, they can get through smoothly as long as they maintain a positive attitude. For the potential promotion in work, they should try hard and make excellent performance. Reading more books is good for future personal development. Pay more attention to diet and take enough rest to avoid the trouble of minor diseases.
Rat Luck in 2022
  • Career: Based on Rat fortune prediction in 2022, most of them are likely to be appreciated by supervisors and workmates because of their cautious characters and serious attitude. If they want to achieve good results in the workplace, they should also accumulate sufficient work ability and devote more time and energy. In this way, their career development would be stable as much as possible. Remember to keep the correct work attitude all the time. 
  • Wealth: People born with Rat sign of Chinese zodiac may face economic burdens and pressures in 2022. Some originally planned money-making chances would be suspended because of this or that problem. Therefore, Rat people should be frugal and not spend money wastefully. Having a certain amount of savings is necessary in case of emergencies. Otherwise, their financial burden can become more and more heavier this year.
  • Relationships:  Generally speaking, single people have no enviable luck in love relationship based on Rat fortune in 2022. For married ones, the family atmosphere won’t be good because of conflicts and divergences. Rat people usually ignore the feelings of their partners in daily life. If there is little communications for a long time, the marriage would be influenced a lot. It is recommended that they enjoy trips together in order to alleviate the estrangement. It’s better think the problem from the perspective of the other side, so that the relationship will become harmonious. 
  • Education: Rat people may not be willing to be restricted by the school life in 2022. Most of them have less motivation in learning. They should find ways to put more attention on their studies, so that they can achieve some improvements. Do not indulge in games and other entertainment. In order to obtain a bright future, they should make use of time to learn new things and skills. 
  • Health:  In terms of health, Rats have the risk of getting sick. Although most of them are small diseases such as colds and fevers, their life will be influenced. In daily life, they should take care of themselves. Do not be too tired at work and keep the good living habits. If Chinese zodiac Rat people can pay much attention, their physical condition will be improved a lot in 2022. At least the possibility of getting sick would be much lower.
Rat's Fortune in 2023
In 2023, Rats will encounter both good fortune and misfortune. Their career intends to develop steadily. For those having been working for years, they may welcome a promotion and salary rise. Be careful of jealous workmates who may make troubles. Those married should be cautious of the third person and be loyal to their partner. For singles, there is little chance to meet their soul mate this year. Those being dating for years are very likely to get married. Last but not least, they will be safe and physically healthy in general.
Rat Luck in 2023
  • Career: The fortune for people born in the year of the Rat is neither too bad nor good in 2023. It is advised that they stay low-key, keep away from the gossip in the company, spend more time improving themselves, and work hard, which will earn them higher income and position. For those planning to change the job, make it another year because it is not a lucky year to do so.
  • Wealth: The salary from work or profits from business will be generally satisfying and there is a chance for them to earn a little from investment like funds and stocks. However, it is predicted that the singles may waste money in a potential relationship which is likely to be unsuccessful. 
  • Relationships:  To avoid troubles and conflicts, it is advised Rats communicate more with their lover, workmates and friends. The singles are more likely to meet someone wrong instead of their Mr. or Mrs. Right, so think twice before start dating. The married people should be self-disciplined and stay away from the temptations outside. 
  • Education: The students will be blessed by good luck in 2023. Just concentrate in the class and study hard, it will be quite easy for them to get good scores. Besides, there is a high possibility for those seeking for professional certificates to perform well in exams and acquire what they want.
  • Health:  In daily life, do not over eat or over drink and they will stay healthy in general. Females should be cautious of gynecological diseases. If feel uncomfortable, go to hospital on time. One bad prediction is that their elder family members may suffer from some physical disorders.
Famous People: Rat Zodiac Eminent Personalities
George H. W. Bush (41st US President): June 12, 1924, Wood Rat
Prince Charles (Prince of Wales): November 14, 1948, Earth Rat
Eminem (Rapper): October 17, 1972, Water Rat
Katy Perry (Pop Star): October 25, 1984, Wood Rat
Cristiano Ronaldo (Football Star): February 5, 1985, Wood Rat
Tom Holland (Actor): June 1, 1996, Fire Rat
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- Last updated on Nov. 18, 2022 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Summer from CANADA | Jan. 03, 2022 08:05Reply
I am wood rat born on January 17 , 1985. 4:25 AM
Hi,

Do you see any scope of me getting into serious relationship leading to marriage this year?

Thanks
Summer
Answers (1)
Answered by Mischa | Jan. 14, 2022 21:14
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you definitely will, keep your head up bro
Asked by Em from CANADA | Apr. 14, 2021 01:58Reply
Win or loose with Employer And Am I shifting to New Work Site
Date of birth October 21, 1960 at 02:06 Weighing 11/7 💞
Thank you much & hv a great day ☀️
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Answered by Victoria | Apr. 19, 2021 00:59
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The prediction shows that it will be ok for you to shifting to the new work environment. Because you have enough abilities, then you will always get some successes no matter where you are.
Asked by Jay from USA | Feb. 18, 2021 11:38Reply
I am wood rat born on 10/09/84 8:34 morning
I was wondering how is my career & money going to be? And finding true love ?
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Answered by Dennis | Feb. 28, 2021 18:11
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The situation would change into a better stage this year. You can invest some money on familiar fields which can help you earn some extra money. In addition, you can also receive some necessary help from your lucky stars.
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