The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to a myth, the Jade Emperor said that the order would be determined by the order in which they arrived at his feast. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a lift on his back. Then, just as they got to the finish line, Rat jumped off his back and landed in front of Ox, thus becoming the first in the zodiac.
In Chinese culture, Rats were seen as a sign of wealth and excess. Because of their reproduction rate, couples also pray to the Rats for children. The Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
Rats are perfectionists. They communicate extremely well, are quick-witted, level headed and always alert. They choose their friends carefully and dote on children. Rats
are great strategists and make good politicians, but most importantly, their intuition enables them to suss out the enemy quite early in the game. Rats are
shrewd and know how to amass wealth. They’ll gladly spend on their loved ones while outsiders will find them miserly. Their adaptability and clever
manoeuvring will see them thumbing their nose at even the tightest spot. But they can be quick-tempered and overly critical, making them edgy, nervous and a
downright nag with things don’t go their way. They have an opportunistic trait that will see them wheeling and dealing in exploiting situations for self-benefit.
Type of Rat
Year of Birth
These Rats are multi-talented. They are strong-willed and always finish what they begin.
These Rats have high IQs and EQs. They are average during youth, develop well in the middle ages and have great fortune later in life.
These Rats are good speakers. They’re the mood makers of a group, but can be slightly possessive. They face difficulties in their youth, but are generally able to withstand them.
These Rats tend to be reliable and live a stable life. They may hold some power and are able to turn unlucky events into fortune.
These Rats encounter hardships in the early days. They become successful during their middle ages and create a happy family. However, relatives and close friends may weigh them down.
Famous people born in the Year Of The Rat:
Prince Harry (from Wales), Jimmy Choo, Katy Perry, Antonio Banderas, Charles Aznavour, Avril Lavigne, Antonio Moreno, Ben Affleck, Bobby Avila, Burt Reynolds,
Cameron Diaz, Carlos Delgado, Churchill, Colin Firth, Doris Day, Englebert Humperdinck, President Jimmy Carter, Fernando Valenzuela, Hector Elizondo, Hugh Grant, Juanes, Jude Law,
Julianne Moore, Justina Machado, Kathy Bates, Kenny Loggins, Marlon Brando, Mozart, Pedro Armendáriz, President George Washington, Ron Moody, Samuel J. Jackson, Sean Penn, Shakespeare, Timothy Hutton, Truman Capote, Ursula Andress, and Xavier Cugat.
Health: General speaking, rats are healthy. They are full of energy and active, which help them keep fit and stay away from illness. In dry seasons, they should pay attention to prevent trouble of respiratory and skin problems. With enough rest they can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit rats. When in stressful and tense conditions, rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
Career: With good insight and sharp perspective, rats have good judgment in what they do, which enables them to prevent unnecessary trouble. Rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude toward their work. People of the rat zodiac sign are suitable to such careers as
administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver. They have superior ability to adapt to different environments, thus they often participate in different affairs. Restless and inquisitive may result in jumping
too fast to different things, learning to be more focus would increase their opportunity to be more successful.
The Best Love Match:
Dragon and Monkey
Rat and Dragon: The Rat will welcome the Dragon's dominance, and the Dragon will admire the Rat's intelligence. The union of these two will achieve success, happiness, and prosperity.
Rat and Monkey: Mutual interests and talents draw them to each other for a fun and loving relationship. They admire each other for their intelligence and creativity.
Rat also would do well with
Ox and Pig
Words of Caution:
Stay away from Horse. The self-centered Horse may have hardtime to understand the sentimental Rat.
blue, gold, green
lily, African violet, lily of the valley
The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one's birth year has a
profound influence on
personality, and destiny. The saying is: "This animal hides in your heart."
Years Corresponding to Chinese Zodiac Signs:
The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The same calendar is used in countries that have adopted the Confucian and Buddhism tradition and
in many cultures influenced by the Chinese. Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the new year containing a new moon (some sources even include New Year's Eve) and ends on the Lantern Festival fourteen days later. This occurs around
the time of the full moon as each lunation is about 29.53 days in duration. In the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, on a date between January 21 and February 21.
Some web sites say the year 2017 is the 4717th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you: The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring
of 2697 B.C. But the day that was used as the first day of the year was the winter solstice, which was around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st meant nothing to the Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698
B.C., then year 2014 is the 4714th Chinese year