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The Chinese Year Of The Rat

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Year Of RatThe Chinese Zodiac starts with the Year of the Rat. The Lunar New Year changes according to the position of the moon. Read on to know more about the personalities of the Rat people.


The Chinese Astrology is based on the lunar calendar and each lunar year is represented by different animal signs. The twelve animal signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, and the Pig. Each of these years starts on the first day of the Lunar New Year. This usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice.


These animal signs occur in the same order in 12-year cycles. There are five Chinese elements namely Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth which influence the attributes of the zodiac signs. By combining with each of the twelve animals, a 60 year Chinese Zodiac cycle is created.


Year of the Rat : Dates For 2014, 2015, 2016


The real dates of the Year of the Rat, combined with the Chinese elements are:

Earth Rat 10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949 7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009
Metal Rat 28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961 25 January 2020 – 11 February 2021
Water Rat 15 February 1972 – 2 February 1973 11 February 2032 - 30 January 2033
Wood Rat 2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985  
Fire Rat 19 February 1996 – 6 February 1997  


Rat Chinese Zodiac Sign Personality Traits


Chinese Zodiac RatStrengths:

Rats are gifted with instinct and react to a situation very fast. They are sharp, ingenious and highly flexible. They are able to adapt to new surroundings without any difficulty. They use their powers of imagination and intelligence to execute whatever they want.


They tend to snoop around and are competent to handle whatever they set their sights on. Lady rats are charming, clever and gorgeous. They are sharp and adept at absorbing new things. Rat zodiac people can be highly motivated and are determined to achieve their targets.



Chinese zodiac Rat can be violent and become fanatical in pursuit of their objectives. If they can restrain themselves a little and be patient with others, they can achieve great things in life. Rats are not good leaders as they lack basic qualities of leadership such as domination, bravery and vision.


They are highly selective, and are opportunistic. They have a narrow outlook of things. Normally they are kind, but become rude and ill mannered at times. As rats operate during the night, persons of this animal sign tend to delay their sleep late into the night.


Influence of Elements

Characteristics of Rat Animal Sign are altered by the elements.


Chinese RatMetal Rats are inflexible and sturdy which results in their being more purposeful but belligerent. They are dogged in achieving their goals which may make them jealous, angry and selfish.


Water Rats are more relaxed and less violent in nature because of the calming effect of water. They are clever and understanding and are compatible with others.


Wood Rats look more confident but are plagued by doubt. They place great value on their family and friends. Hence they are able to achieve their targets.


Fire Rats like to look at new ventures and take up the challenges associated with them. They dislike mundane things and try to inject pleasure and excitement into their actions.


Earth Rats are sensible, realistic and solid in their approach to life. They put in lot of hard work to guarantee a stable and booming future.


Chinese Rat Health

Rat Zodiac people are usually healthy beings with plenty of dynamism and vigor which helps them to remain robust and free from sickness. In summer, they should take care of their skin and breathing problems. They can be more effective with sufficient relaxation. In order to reduce anxiety and stress, they should go on excursions.


Professions For Rat Chinese Zodiac

Rats eliminate potential trouble in their career with their sharp intelligence and vision. They are careful and go into minute details of their project. They have a good idea of their goals and are very serious about it. Rats are good in business, politics, research, fine arts, administration and car racing.


Relationships of the Rat

Rats enjoy meeting new people and attending parties. They are energetic and like to have different social gatherings. Though they make new social contacts, they hardly nurture the friendships. They attract more friends because of their beauty and liveliness. In love, they easily make and break relationships which makes their love affairs problematic.


Rat Love Compatibility

  • Highly Compatible with Dragon, Monkey or Ox
  • Should Avoid Goat, Horse, Rabbit or Chicken
  • Lucky Colors: Blue, Green, Golden
  • Unlucky Colors: Yellow and Brown
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
  • Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
  • Lucky Flowers: African violet, Lily of the Valley
  • Lucky Directions: Southeast, Northeast


Famous Rat Personalities

  • George Washington
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Wolfgang Mozart
  • William Shakespeare
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Mata Hari
  • Prince Charles
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Diego Armando Maradona
  • Eminem
  • Scarlette Johansson


Click  Here >> Rat Horoscope 2016


Chinese Zodiac Year Of The Animals
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Year Of The Rat Year Of The Ox Year Of The Tiger Year Of The Rabbit Year Of The Dragon Year Of The Snake
Chinese year of the horse chinese year of the sheep or goat chinese year of the monkey chinese year of the rooster chinese year of the dog chinese year of the pig
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