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

Video of Chinese Zodiac Rat
Below is an interesting legend telling how the little and tiny Rat achieved to be the first Chinese zodiac sign.
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 2024
Rat horoscope in 2024 is quite good. They may do a good job using their talent and wisdom and hence get promoted, and financially a higher wage. Businessmen may also harvest more than in previous years. But be careful of tricks and frauds when making an investment. In term of love relationship, it can be a hopeful year for the singles as they may meet their true love and start dating. The marriage life for the married would be harmonious as a whole. The health fortune prediction is not very good. They’d better drink less alcohol, practice more and eat healthily.
Rat Luck in 2024
  • Career: In 2024, both employees and self-employed Rat people would may make a big progress in career. Take a note to get along well with workmates or business partners.
  • Wealth: They could expect a salary rise and additional income from investment. But don’t be greedy and dream of being rich overnight. 
  • Relationships:  It is a lucky year for singles as they are very likely to start dating. The life for married people would be sweet as a whole.
  • Education: This year, they would acquire more knowledge. What’s more, their ways of thinking would become more flexible and creativity would be enhanced.
  • Health:  Be cautious of kidney and urology diseases. Stay calm when having conflicts with others; otherwise they may get injured fighting with others.
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 Apr. 15, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Mike from USA | Jan. 12, 2024 02:05Reply
That graph 📉 📊 with the health and wealth
Just a bit confused, isn’t the year of the Dragon 🐉 starting on 10h of February? Why is the health and career and so on showing for January 2024 ? Is that actually January 2025 ? Or is this “January in the 📊 graph” actually February in real life / western calendar 🇺🇸? 🪵 wood 🐀 here .Thank you for sharing
Answers (1)
Answered by Frank | Jan. 14, 2024 17:51

Yes, the Year of Dragon just starts from 10th of February. The month of the above graph indicates the Chinese lunar month, the January is actually the February in western calendar.
Asked by SK from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 04, 2023 13:55Reply
Changing country
DOB 22 July 1960.
I'm wondering about moving back to home country in 2024 after more than 30 years away. How does that look?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chris | Feb. 07, 2023 17:39

It won't be a bad thing for you and it seems most thing will go on well. Good luck~
Asked by S from CANADA | Jan. 17, 2023 19:53Reply
Conflicted with needing a new job
I’m having a hard time at my current job and am looking to change jobs/company. I’m just nervous because the prediction chart says not to change jobs but I’m in a toxic work environment right now. Please help. B. May 28, 1984
Answers (1)
Answered by Rosie | Jan. 18, 2023 17:09

If you feel unhappy at the current company, just change it. A happy moods helps do a good job.
Asked by Summer from CANADA | Jan. 03, 2022 08:05Reply
I am wood rat born on January 17 , 1985. 4:25 AM

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

Answers (1)
Answered by Mischa | Jan. 14, 2022 21:14

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 ☀️
Answers (1)
Answered by Victoria | Apr. 19, 2021 00:59

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.
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