The first animal of the zodiac is none other than the revolutionary rat. The rat was the starting roster due to being first to cross the finish line of the great race. The rat in cleverness and sharpened social graces convinced the ox to help the rat across the famous river. At the very last minute, the rat hopped off the ox's head and over the finish line to claim it's fame of first place!
People born in the Year of the Rat use their ingenuity, clever minds, adaptability and social talents to get to where they need to go! They are generally able to build wealth over their lifetime or feel generally comfortable with the financial gains they can accrue.
Ambition drives their need to achieve any of their goals. Rat people are charming, talkative and easily make friends. In social settings they may be a gossip at times. However, they are very private about their own personal life. Rats are loyal to their close friends and they make for devoted parents and children.
Some other highlights of those with rat traits; rats have a tendency to take risks, this can generally mean that they find success in whatever they do. Although, as the saying goes, failure is an important part of success. In order to succeed, you have to be willing to fail sometimes! Rats may be gullible at times too, which leads them towards the dangers of some epic failures. This can dampen the natural optimism or positive nature of the rat, making them mean or miserly over time.
When imbalanced, the rat can come off timid, or they can lose stability and lack concentration to lead confidently. Rats thrive in independent settings more so than in groups, because they feel they can accomplish more on their own. This doesn't preclude the rat from being good at collaborative work. Though leading others may not be a strong suit since the rat feels they work faster alone.
General Characteristic of Rats:
Alert, adaptable, observant, shrewd, clever, intelligent, optimistic, witty, spirited, honest, persevering, resourceful, social,
Timid, distracted, miserly, hoarding, stubborn, anxious, irritable, selfish, too serious
The table below describes the rat ruling year, month, day, hour, yin/yang energy type, element and lucky numbers/colours references!
1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Blue, Golden, Green
Zodiac Legends table definitions:
Year = your outer animal is the year you were born in, how your life path unfolds and how people perceive you.
Month = Your inner animal is the month you were born in, how you are with only the closest of those around you or characteristics of how your parents are with you.
Day = Your true animal is the day you were born on, who you will grow into as an adult and day to day married or relationship interactions.
Hour = Your secret animal is the time you were born on, who you are at your very core, your truest nature.
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.
Year of Birth
Principled, Charming, strong sense of teamwork, virtuous, self confident, insecure
Self disciplined, brave, energetic, cordial, friendly, overly strict with themselves
Honest, flexible, serious, congenial, modest, strong sense of self-esteem, adaptable, hardworking
Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, self aware, likes the spotlight, persuasive
Alert, intelligent, conservative, wise, talkative, artistic
Rosa Parks, Richard Nixon, Cristiano Renaldo, Lorde, Eminem, Mark Zuckerberg, Scarlett Johansson, Hailee Steinfeld, William Shakespeare
Best Jobs for Year of the Rat
The acute instinct, sharp observation and alertness are unique in a rat personality. Any work related to thinking, creation, and invention is suitable for people born in the Year of the Rat. In unpredictable situations, they can always show off their quick thinking and ingenuity.
Play writer, artist, accountant, scholar, commentator, doctor, inventor, reformer, or stock analyst.
The Rat is said to be most compatible with the Ox, the Dragon and the Monkey.
According to the Chinese New Year site, the Rat and the Ox "complement and help one another in both work and life".
Meanwhile, couples that include a Rat and a Dragon are thought to enjoy success together, largely due to them understanding each other well.
Rats are said to be least compatible with the horse, the Goat and the Rabbit.