The Rat is first in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. The Rat cleverly convinced the Ox to give him a ride. Just as the pair arrived at the door, the Rat jumped ahead and landed before the Ox.
The Rat is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the hours of midnight. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
Rats are clever and wise. They are often successful but are content leading simple lives.
Rats are also seen as symbols of wealth and surplus. Because of their fast rate of reproduction, couples who wanted to be blessed with children prayed to them.
Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Rat is associated with water, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Rat include: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
|YEAR||ZODIAC||EARTHLY BRANCH||CELESTIAL STEM||ELEMENT||YIN YANG|
- 1 Personality and traits
- 2 Best Rat Compatibility
- 3 Careers fit for Rats
- 4 Health and lifestyle
- 5 Rats in the Year of the Rat (2020)
- 6 Year of the Rats Fortune
Personality and traits
Those born in the year of the Rat have optimism and energy that make them highly likable. Although they are sensitive to the feelings of others, they have high regard for their own opinions.
Rats are kind but they sometimes come out rude and impolite because of their weak communication skills. They are also excellent at saving money but they sometimes waste resources on unnecessary things.
|Metal||1960, 2020||These rats can be trusted and relied on. They also have the ability to turn unfortunate situations into fortunate ones.|
|Water||1972, 2032||These rats struggle in the early stages of life. They |
establishing a happy family, relatives and close friends may weigh them down.
|Wood||1924, 1984||These rats are highly versatile. They are determined and always finish what they start.|
|Fire||1936, 1996||These rats have high intelligence and emotional quotients. They don’t excel during their early and middle stages |
but achieve great fortune later in life.
|Metal||1948, 2008||These rats are good talkers and always set the mood |
Men born in the Rat year are very smart and adjust quickly to an unfamiliar environment. Although they lack courage, they are creative and are experts at taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. Their ideas are brilliant but they may not be suitable for leadership positions.
Women born in the Rat year are rather traditional. They place great value on their families and take care of everything for them. In the workplace, they are responsible and highly skilled.
Best Rat Compatibility
The fixed Earthly Branch of the Rat is water while it is earth for the Ox. They complement each other well in work and in life. Meanwhile, Rat and Dragon couples would enjoy success together because they will be able to understand each other well. Monkeys also tend to get along well with Rats.
The Earthly Branches of the Rat and the Horse are discordant. Regardless of what the Rat does, it will never be enough for the Horse. Similarly, Goats and Rats make for rocky relationships as Goats are inclined to going after the wealth of Rats. Rabbits have the tendency to go against the wishes of rats.
Lucky things for Rat
- Colors: gold, blue, green
- Numbers: 2 and 3
- Accessories/Ornaments: Jade Ox
- Auspicious directions: northeast, and southwest
- Colors: yellow and brown
- Numbers: 5 and 9
- Unlucky direction: west
Careers fit for Rats
Since Rats are highly imaginative, they are suitable for jobs that require creativity such as writing or painting. However, their creative spirit may be overshadowed when working in groups.
Rats are also very meticulous. This trait makes them fit for technical work such as engineering or architecture. They are vigilant but not courageous. This makes them unfit for police work, entrepreneurship, or political positions.
Rats are very good at handling their finances but they should avoid investing with a close friend. Not only will this cause monetary trouble but it will also affect the friendship.
Health and lifestyle
Rats often suffer from frail health since childhood. They are energetic but tire quickly. They frequently catch colds but not serious illnesses. Rats are also sensitive to changes in temperature. They cannot bear either hot or cold weather. Although they seem weak, Rats enjoy long lives.
They are also not picky when it comes to food. However, they have to be mindful of their diet. Oftentimes, they get so involved in responsibilities that they forget to eat and then binge on food later on. This can cause problems in the digestive system. Smoking and drinking are likewise causes of issues with their health.
Rats in the Year of the Rat (2020)
Since 2020 is the zodiac year of Rats, they have to be extra cautious especially in terms of health and relationships. They might be at risk of losing a small amount of money in investments and find themselves being more temperamental than usual.
There will be lots of highs and lows for Rats this year and they must learn to stand back up after a setback and take advantage when opportunities arise. They are also advised to wait until the following year in making big decisions.
Rats will also find themselves losing their focus at times and easily becoming emotional. Their financial situation will still be stable so they should pay more attention to their health and relationships.
They are also advised to participate in charity work and attend weddings to offset the negative energy. Overly Yin such as funerals and cemeteries should be avoided as much as possible. The best months for Rats in 2020 are March, September, and November, while they should be more vigilant during April, July, and October.
Year of the Rats Fortune
Love and Relationship
In 2020, Peach Blossom luck is not particularly strong for Rats so those who are single may find it difficult to find a potential partner. They are still going to meet a few new and interesting suitors this year but they are most likely going to be just short-term relationships.
Rats who are married or in romantic relationships, have to resolve issues quickly as ignoring them could be a prelude to a bigger problem. The lucky months for romance are March, June, and November.
The financial forecast for Rats in 2020 show that they are going to maintain a good financial outlook throughout the year. This is especially true for those with stable full-time jobs or those who run their own business.
When it comes to investment opportunities, Rats will be a step ahead of everyone else. However, they may also be tempted to spend money this year. The lucky months for finance are March, July, November, and December, while the unlucky months are January, February, May, September, and October.
Work and Career
The careers of Rats are predicted to be on the rise in 2020. As long as they stay determined, they are going to achieve their goals and wishes. Rats also have a strong chance of getting promoted or earning a raise in salary if they work hard enough.
Rats born in the spring or summer have to be more aggressive. They must not wait for an opportunity to fall down from the sky. If they want to get a raise, they must speak up to their bosses for their own benefit. On the other hand, Rats born in the winter can take a step back in May.
Rats have to be extra mindful of their health in 2020. They have to be on the lookout especially with their hips, feet, face, and teeth. They are also advised to stay away from sharp objects like knives.
When traveling, Rats are better off taking public transportation. Otherwise, they should be very attentive when driving. They should also be careful when in the water during summer.
Lack of sleep could also lead to problems for Rats. When feeling unwell, they should see a doctor as soon as possible. It may also be a good idea for them to donate blood.
Rats should be extra mindful with their health in the months of January, February, and October. They must also be careful when in the water in the months of May and June.