Year of the Rat

China Zodiac Animal - Rat

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

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

Rat Year Start End
1924 Feb.5,1924 Jan.23,1925
1936 Jan.24,1936 Feb.10,1937
1948 Feb.10,1948 Jan.28,1949
1960 Jan.28,1960 Feb.14,1961
1972 Feb.15,1972 Feb.2,1973
1984 Feb.2,1984 Feb.19,1985
1996 Feb.19,1996 Feb.6,1997
2008 Feb.6,2008 Jan.25,2009
2020 Jan.25,2020 Feb.11,2021
2032 Feb.11,2032 Jan.30,2033

Lucky Signs for People Born in Rat Year:

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

People born in the Year of the Rat 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 
  • See more about Destiny by Birth Month, Destiny by Birth Date
  • Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
    They can get along with Ox, Dragon and Monkey 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, 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.
  • See more about Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility

  • Best Jobs: Artist, author, doctor, teacher...
  • Best Working Partners: Ox, Monkey, Dragon
  • Best Age to Start a Business: 35 - 45
  • Best Career Fields: Service Industry, Finance and Economy Field
  • See more about Best Business and Career Fields for Rat
In 2018, the Year of Dog, people with Chinese zodiac Rat will have a pretty good fortune. They could catch some chances to earn a fortune and store their wealth in this year. As for their love life, they need to be positive to express their feelings. Besides, they need to pay special attention to their health condition and do physical examinations regularly. In 2019, they will suffer a downturn in career and wealth. However, their fortune on love and relationship is prominent.
Rat Luck in 2018
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.
  • 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.

People born in different years of Rat show varied personal characters when counting the affect from the traditional Chinese Five Elements (Wu Xing).

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent with proper pride, conforming to traditional ideas.
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Clever, capable, but lacking sense of discipline.
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Sober and contented mind, strong adaptability.
Metal Rat 1960, 2020 Sensitive with strong self-awareness; persuasive with ready tongue.
Water Rat 1912, 1972 Intelligent with high thinking faculty, but conservative in practice.

Celebrities Born with Chinese Zodiac 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)
- Last modified on Nov. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Dia from USA | Nov. 17, 2018 02:58Reply
Will I see light at the end of my tunnel ?
Born on 9/22/72 5:05 pm will I stop being afraid of taking charge? The position I am in is not any big but the responsibility was greater than I expected. Just Dealing with customers and paperwork. I kind of regret leaving shipping I should have continuous learning I got scared. I left shipping and went into receiving. What I have to do inspect parts those boxes are heavy. Where at shipping I just have to do paper work they have a team Just deal with packing. I’m just confused I don’t know what I want. I just want to be happy at work.
Answers (3)
Answered by Amy from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 19, 2018 00:13

Hi, it's ok since many people need to try a lot of times so that they can know what are they really want. So now you can compare the two jobs carefully and then analyze which one you prefer. According to your zodiac prediction, you may face some challenges in your career so try to make a final decision as soon as possible. Hope helpful!
Answered by Dia from USA | Nov. 19, 2018 13:24

Thank you for applying back. Can you tell me what challenges will I face? Is it work? Family?
Thank you.
Answered by Amy from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 19, 2018 16:59

Well, it is mostly on work and career, you may suffer a downturn in wealth. However, you will always be lucky in love and relationship. Best wishes.
Asked by NIA from CANDA | Nov. 15, 2018 16:02Reply
Hi, My DOB is 17/01/1985 at 4:25 AM. Can you please tell me when do you see me getting married
Can you please tell me when do you see me getting married and how my career will be in 2019 ?
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Answered by Fanny from FRANCE | Nov. 15, 2018 19:07

In 2019, your general fortune is not so optimistic and you may suffer a downturn in career and wealth. However, you will have a pretty good luck in your love relationship. It is still not clear when you can get married.
Answered by Nia from CANADA | Nov. 15, 2018 19:10

Thanks for getting back!

Will i be in serious committed relationship ?
Asked by Ma from CANADA | Nov. 01, 2018 20:49Reply
What is the 2018 & 2019 luck for my daughter born under Rat Nov 1, 2008.
She is always angry and unpleasant lately.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dana from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 04, 2018 23:15

Her luck is ok. Maybe she meets some problems in her life and maybe you need to listen to her and figure out what happened and try to be more patient.
Asked by Linda from UNITED STATES | Oct. 22, 2018 15:19Reply
Will this relationship make it long term?
I am a Sagittarian rat and he is a Leo monkey. We have a lot in common and have fun when we are together. We have been dating for 14 months. Mostly we agree on things. I have never felt like I do for him, EVER!
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Answered by Daniel from ARGENTINA | Oct. 22, 2018 19:40

Congratulations! It seems that you have found your true love and according to the love compatibility, you are perfectly matched and bound to be a perfect couple. However, a long term relationship still needs you to maintain it carefully.
Asked by papuji from INDIA | Oct. 21, 2018 22:31Reply
born on 28 august 1960 time 11.20 am place india
I am going through lot of financial issues, when i will be able to come out from it
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Answered by Andy from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 22, 2018 02:40

In 2019, you may suffer another downturn in financial respect so it's hard to say when you can come out of these financial issues. Maybe after 2019, you will have a good luck in career and wealth. Good luck!
Answered by papuji from INDIA | Oct. 29, 2018 01:48

And what about my health
Answered by Andy from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 29, 2018 18:34

Your health is ok and there may not be big problems. What's more, regular exercises and a balanced diet can be helpful to keep a good health.
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