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
Compared with the Rat fortune in 2018, people born with Rat sign of Chinese zodiac will suffer a downturn in 2019. They may not be lucky enough in career and wealth because they are likely to work in a stressful and competitive environment. The great expense on socializing leads to less deposit. However, their fortune on love and relationship is prominent. In daily life, they are advised to drink less alcohol and live an economical life.
Rat Luck in 2019
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 Jan. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Nin from CAMBODIA | Jan. 16, 2019 18:08Reply
I born in Jan 1985 married with rooster man born in May 1981, how is it going on?
Answers (1)
Answered by George from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 16, 2019 18:59

The compatibility is not very high and you may need to make some efforts to improve it. More communication may help a lot and try to be calm when facing disagreements. Good luck!
Asked by Abigail from RILEY | Jan. 16, 2019 08:04Reply
I was born on August 1, 1948. Please tell me what my fortune looks like for 2019.
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Answered by Victoria from MALAYSIA | Jan. 16, 2019 18:52

Hi, the fortune of this year is positive. There may be some small disease but there will be no large problem. However, you may need to pay more attention to the families and healthy eating habit is necessary.
Asked by Joathan from USA | Jan. 14, 2019 19:29Reply
I'm Male born Oct 9th 1984 8:34 AM in Korea.
I want to know about my career, love life & wealth.
I am currently working and single. When is good time to invest ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 15, 2019 17:13

Hi, your fortune for 2019 is not very stable and some challenges and opportunities will appear in career at the same time. You need to capture every chance and be more careful about the high risk investment. April and May will be your luckiest time and you may meet your soul mater this year.
Asked by Hope | Jan. 10, 2019 06:44Reply
Female rat born on 6/6/1996. I would like to know how my career or work life will be like in 2019.
I have had several interviews since the beginning of the year and did not get any offer from the jobs.

I am starting to feel hopeless at this point, but I still try to apply for more jobs.

I would truly appreciate your advice. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Warren from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 10, 2019 22:16

Hi, it seems your luck in 2019 is not good except in love relationship aspect. However, cheer up and keep a positive attitude. Try to apply for more interviews and to be more confident with yourself. Don't give up and catch every opportunity.
Asked by Herahgail from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 05, 2019 11:21Reply
Hi im rat female born September 4,1984...
i just want to ask if what is my lucky day to buy and win lotto ticket and what is my love and wealth fortune this year...thank from Philippines...
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 07, 2019 18:27

Hi, the general fortune may not be very smooth and you may suffer a downturn in career. However, the luck in love relationship is pretty good and you may find a well matched partner in 2019 if being active. As for the lucky day to buy lotto ticket, there is no clear indications. But your lucky numbers are 2 and 3 and you can take it as a reference.
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