The Rat

The Rat is highly imaginative, charming and very generous. They can sometimes be quick tempered and overly critical.

Being born under this sign determines many talents, as well as other characteristics that may not be so commendable. Rats are very lively and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. They can be calm and perceptive, but sometimes their brains can cause a mental restlessness, tempting them to take on too much, only to discover they are unable to meet their commitments. Rats are blessed with one of the best intellects going. Add to their intelligence a curiosity and a bright imagination, and they seem as sharp as a needle.

The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. They don’t mind a lot of responsibility and they demonstrate a strong presence that other people respect. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary satisfaction are the greatest motivation.

Positive Traits

charming, protective, compassionate, communicative, dynamic, familial, thrifty, skillful, sober upright, attractive, idealistic, prosperous, experimental, calm, sensual, loving, talented, adaptable, open-minded and brilliant entrepreneurs

Negative Traits

possessive, picky, defensive, excessive, addictive, fickle, stingy, bumptious, bossy, exploitive, anxious, argumentative, opinionated, overbearing and self-obsessed

Zodiac Position



Garnet is the birthstone for people born in the Year of the Rat. Garnets are associated with love, loyalty, passion, mental health, and women’s needs. They are usually a deep red color, which is why the Chinese call them “Blood Stones”.

Emeralds are also associated with the Year of the Rat.



Secret Animal

The Rat as a Secret Animal

The secret animal is thought to be a person’s truest representation, since this animal is determined by the smallest denominator: a person’s birth hour.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on astrology so the 2-hour increments of time coincide with the position of the sun in the sky, not the time on your local clock. The sun’s position isn’t guided by daylight savings time or Greenwich mean time so for accurate calcualtion the location of birth may also be a factor.

The Rat as a Secret Animal occurs when someone is born between 11:00pm – 1:00am.

Inner Animal

The Rat as an Inner Animal

The Inner Animal is a representation of the type of person you believe you are or wish you could be.

The Rat as an Inner Animal in the Chinese Zodiac occurs on birth dates from December 7 to January 5. The element for this animal is Water.

The Rat and Aries

You are a great will-o’-the-wisp you essentially live in the present moment and show almost permanent inability to turn back. Your entire life can be marked with instability, dispersion, the taste for game, the desire to be always on the move. Thus there’ll be no likelihood of profound taking root in any field whatsoever. In other words, you’re attracted by the- 

The Rat and Taurus

This combination is very interesting. Your personality implies, on one hand, stability and opening on reality which are particular to the Taurus sign, and on the other hand the lightness and intellectuality of the Rat sign. Therefore, you are neither too materialistic nor too idealistic-

The Rat and Gemini

You’re very unstable and changeable. You need to be always on the move, physically as well as mentally. You only live in the present moment, forgetting your experiences immediately and getting rid of your memories as quickly as possible. You change ideas as you do shirts, which renders you difficult to understand by others; besides, you willingly take-

The Rat and Cancer

An eternal adolescent, you’re full of charm and agreeable follies. You preserve the youthfulness of your character a long time. The other side of the coin is that you constantly have difficulty behaving as a real adult and assuming the responsibilities that are yours. There will always be in you a side of capricious, spoiled child. You know better than-

The Rat and Leo

You’re always on the go for the conquest of the entire world! Everything interests you, and you interest all those who’re in relation with you thanks to your intelligence, your know-how, and your personal radiance. You’ve easy contacts with the exterior world and a certain ascendancy on others. Gifted for a thousand things, you don’t want to-

The Rat and Virgo

You proceed in life by regularly making two steps forward and one step backward. It’s impossible for you to let yourself go completely at a moment or another, for you prefer keeping a good control over your thoughts and gestures. You look for contact but need a universe of your own where you feel in security. Family life counts much for you; yet you try to-

The Rat and Libra

For you, life is a delicious adventure and not a painful ordeal. Thus you’re always happy to live, and your joy is so contagious that one cannot but share it when one finds oneself near you. Your gaiety and youth of mind never falter.
You possess much charm, gentleness, and tenderness, which attract sympathies and successes to you. You’ve a-

The Rat and Scorpio

Those who pretend to know you best are probably those who know you the least, for your personality is so elusive that all judgments one can make about you may prove wrong! Without wanting it purposefully, you’re a chameleon par excellence. You’re of tremendous intelligence. Handling paradox with dexterity, you use words as defensive and-

The Rat and Sagittarius

Your personality eternally bears the mark of adolescence, with a very playful, emotive, and sentimental side. There always exists in you something unfinished and unconcerned. Very light-hearted, you always try to escape all ascendancy, but with gentleness. You are neither very realistic nor very tenacious, and have a tendency to lethargy. Boredom is your-

The Rat and Capricorn

You’re a nature which is cerebral, very much interested in ideas and all that’s located beyond appearances, the known, and the concrete. Your intelligence is quick, analytic, but also capable of synthesis. One can say that you’re rather easy to live with, all the more so as you’ve a well developed sense of humor. But you stay aloof from all that can-

The Rat and Aquarius

What you hate most in life is stability and sedentariness, whether physical or mental. You constantly need changes and fluctuations. You want to live like a real draft, completely impossible for others to grasp. Prone to nomadism, you’re always on roads, or at least pursue an activity which allows you great mobility of mind. You can’t bear any-

The Rat and Pisces

You’re a real weathercock you incessantly change ideas, almost without noticing it yourself, and one never knows well how to go about you. Capricious, you categorically refuse to get bored or to let other people bore you. It’s why you play with your fellow-men and also with your own feelings. Sometimes you’ve an impossible comportment, but this-

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General Outlook 2022

You’ll probably be melancholy from time to time. Your life may then undergo some affective or relational disturbances that’ll be unimportant by themselves but that might provoke disorderly reactions on your part. Do the most conscientiously possible what’ll have to do, assume your responsibilities gracefully, and be patient until the fogs definitely disappear.

The most positive element of this year will be due to the presence of the planets Quan Doi and Moc Duc in your sign. Of course, these two planets already positioned themselves this way, but the very adverse star Dau Quan has certainly prevented you from profiting by their support to the utmost. This time, you’ll enjoy much better tonicity and great self-confidence, and this will give you all freedom to benefit from the good influxes of the year. Thus, Quan Doi will help you to be personal, authentic and innovative while Moc Duc will increase your intuition, your creativity, and give you the desire to be generous.

What Your Element Adds

Your (Chinese Lunisolar) Year of Birth determines the Chinese element associated with your sign.

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Romantic Outlook

First trimester [February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022] – Excellent omen for your love life! If you’re a lonely heart, you should not remain so a long time. From now until the moment when you succumb to the charm of an old liaison or meet love while shopping there’ll be only one step which the present planetary combination could help you to take. If you’re living in couple, you’ll go through a very euphoric period with perhaps some candlelit dinners, romantic jaunts, or even a great travel which quite resembles a new honeymoon.

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Career Outlook

The Rat at Work

The Chinese say others should always listen to the advice of the Rat. Because of their intellect and observatory powers, Rat people possess prudence and perception. They can anticipate problems, and are always able to see the big picture. They can hone in on issues at hand and make measurable judgments. These skills, combined with their sense of aspiration also make them clever operators. Status, money, title, and recognition are important to the Rat. They have keen senses of observation that allow them to foresee upcoming business opportunities as well as potential occupational problems. The Rat makes a better boss than an employee and, although motivated, they can be pinned down by routines. Rats work better in flexible situations where they can be freely creative.

Well Suited Rat Occupations

OccupationsWriters, Broadcasters, Actors, Advisors, Counselors, Lawyers, Politicians, Designers, Engineers, Managers, Directors, Administrators, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Stand-up Comedians, Researchers, Historians, Race Car Drivers

First trimester [February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022] – In your work, try to carry out your most urgent or most tedious tasks first. The way will then be free for your beautiful initiatives. Learn the good habit of liquidating your obligations as soon as they arrive, instead of letting them pile up and then have the effect of interfering with your march forward or even of demoralizing you. This habit is not so hard to acquire as it seems, and it can render you tremendous services!

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Health Outlook

Rat Health

The affect of the sign of the Rat is energetic, and demonstrates enough endurance to fight most any sickness. Yet, all Rats tend to be tense, full of nervous energy, petulant and prone to stress. Rats also harbor a bit of aggression; yet, they are usually able to control it. Yoga would benefit Rats by calming their aggressive natures and helping them manage stress.

First trimester [February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022] – The astral aspects of this period will threaten your liver and your respiratory system. Everything will of course depend on your age and your lifestyle. More than ever get breaths of fresh air and refrain from all excesses. Practice fasting occasionally, avoid stimulants such as alcohol, tobacco and even coffee which can only unbalance you at length. These same planetary aspects will bring about sudden changes of mood and extreme nervousness. Practice a somewhat violent sport or a sufficiently tiring physical activity if you want to let off steam in a harmless way. Above all don’t stay in a corner to complain.

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Financial Outlook

Money and the Rat

Cunning and thrifty, Rats have a knack with money and are apt to save for rainy days. When capable, the Rat is a great money saver, and in strapped times he knows how to make something out of nothing or how to turn make things advantageous for himself. Although few Rats suffer financially, the Chinese have a proverb: They who pile up grain hoards have much to lose.

First trimester [February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022] – Financially, everything will go well if you manage your budget wisely, avoid excessive spendings and wait for a more favorable moment to reorganize your placements. In the contrary case, beware, a backlash is possible. If you want to make a purchase that requires an important loan, think over it carefully before signing.

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Sex and the Rat

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Hidden Fantasies of the Female Rat

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Rat Family

Rat as a Parent

Rat parents are dedicated to their children. They encompass their little ones with love and attention and enjoy watching their offspring grow and experience the world. When their children are small they brood a great deal over them. Rats become concerned if their babies don’t develop as quickly as other children. They anguish over whether or not th-

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Rat as a Child

Rat babies love to be loved and cuddled. When they are young, Rat babies tend to depend tremendously on their parents, but later in life they develop natural leadership qualities. During their baby years, Rats mature slowly, but gain momentum as they become toddlers. Eventually, they begin to exhibit active mentalities, so, in the early years, plenty of sleep is necessary. In school, the young Rats are eager to learn. It is then, too, that Rats begin collecting things, and like to fill their bedrooms with pebbles, shells and keepsakes of every kind. Generally, young Rats are smart little people who are artistic and literary students. They are well-rounded and many of them do well in sports, too. Being born in the first sign of the Chinese horoscope motivates these children to be pioneers and gives them a need to be first in line.

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The Rat Home Life

Rats make good homemakers who are always willing to do household chores. Rats are not usually interested in keeping up with the times, and it doesn’t matter to them whether or not their furnishings are in style. What does matter is that their home is a refuge expressing warmth, comfort and vogue. Light blue is their color of choice for home decor. Because this is a sign of acquisition, the Rat person’s house is presumably bursting with various knick-knacks collected over the years. Most Rats are cheerful, domesticated individuals who find happiness at home with their family.

Rat on Vacation

Travel delights the Rat personality and ignites his curiosity. Sunbathing is not the ideal way for a Rat to spend his vacation. Rats are adventurers. They want to explore, examine, visit and party during their time off. They want to try new foods, find new sights and experience the culture of the area they are visiting. And, of course, if they can come home with an exotic souvenir to add to their collection their vacation will have been an instant success.

Rat Compatibility


Animal Clubs

The Rat Pack

The Ox Expanse

The Tiger’s Den

The Rabbit Hole

The Dragon’s Lair

The Snake Pit

The Horse Stable

The Sheep Meadow

The Monkey Tree

The Rooster Coop

The Dog House

The Pig Pen