The Year of the Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.
The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February of the above years, you might be a Rat or a Pig.
With strong intuition and quick response, they always easily adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully.
A lack of courage, as well as good command skills, Rats are not capable as leaders. Opportunistic and picky as Rats are, they do not have broad minds, but a narrow view.
Rats are kind, but sometimes impolite to others. People of the Rat zodiac sign usually sleep late, for mice are nocturnal animals.
General speaking, Rats are healthy. They are full of energy and active, which helps them keep fit and avoid illness.
A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit Rats. With enough rest Rats can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. When in stressful and tense conditions, Rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
In dry seasons, Rats should pay attention to prevention of respiratory and skin problems.
With good insight and sharp perspective, Rats have good judgment in what they do, which enables them to prevent unnecessary troubles. Rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude toward their work.
The best careers for Rats are: administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.
With an active nature, Rats enjoy a flexible social circle. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions. They like to make new friends, but they seldom further their relationships with others. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends.
In love relationships, Rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break off relationships easily, which results in trouble with infidelity.
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can have good compatibility.
However, those who don't match need to put more effort into their relationships.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. For example, a Wood Rat comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Rat, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Rat||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Rat||1924, 1984||Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork|
|Fire Rat||1936, 1996||Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves|
|Earth Rat||1948, 2008||Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem|
|Gold Rat||1960, 2020||Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness|
|Water Rat||1912, 1972||Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise|
|Famous Rat||Birth Date||Element|
|Prince Charles||14 November 1948||an Earth Rat|
|Eminem||October 17, 1972||a Water Rat|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||February 5, 1985||a Wood Rat|
People born in a Year of the Rat will have relatively good fortune in this Year of the Rooster.
Someone will help Rats with their careers in 2018, so that they can gain wealth from their careers. But there is a possibility you will lose this wealth. So you should put more effort into your job in order to ensure good fortune.
You will have a chance to gain unexpected fortune. But some mean people will be right behind your back. So be carefulwhen you are planning to invest.
In 2018 Rats will receive great help from someone in their careers. So you should take advantage of good opportunities by devoting yourself fully to your work and career. Your leader will appreciate your commitment and this will help a lot with your career.
But there's a possibility that your good luck will be blocked, because there are mean people around. So you'd better stay humble and handle your personal relationships well.
If you are considering a job change, don't take action. A change will probably get you into trouble.
Rats should watch out for stomach trouble and indigestion in 2018. This year you will easily catch a cold. You should pay attention to your diet, do some exercise, and observe a good routine of work and rest.
You and your family will be vulnerable to injury in 2018. So pay attention to your activities and those of your family. Keep the floor clean and tidy in case you trip or slip and fall.
To break the cycle of bad luck in your family, you can try donating to charity. Or go out for a short trip with your family, to absorb positive energy from nature.
The love scenario is very good for Rats in 2018. It's a year when you can get married or have children. If you are in a stable relationship, you may consider a wedding.
If you are single, don't be rushed. Take time to establish a friendship first. Before you walk into a love relationship, you'd better know him/her well and be familiar with his/her personality and marital status.
If you don't see any opportunities to make new friends, you can ask your seniors to help you as matchmakers.
Married Rats should try and avoid being trapped in a love triangle. Don't be seduced by anyone from the opposite sex, for this will have a strong negative impact on your family.
According to Chinese astrology, the year of their birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') will bring people nothing but bad luck. It is believed that people will offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, in their benmingnian.
Therefore, Rats should pay special attention to avoid misfortune in their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Rat year is 2020. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 25).