You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
THE RAT PERSONALITY
The charm of the Rat personality is as universally known and loved as the Walt Disney character, Mickey Mouse. He could be forthright and honest but in such a disarming manner that you find yourself at a disadvantage.
Remarkably easy to get along with, hard working and thrifty, he will be generous only to those he is inordinately fond of, so if you get an expensive gift from him, you should certainly rate yourself high in his esteem. However, in spite of his penny-pinching ways, he will never be found wanting for admirers as he emits such fantastic appeal.
On the surface, a Rat person may appear reserved, but this is not so. He is never as quiet as he may look. Actually, he is easily agitated but is able to maintain his self-control, which explains why he is so popular and has a multitude of friends. The Rat person is usually a bright, happy and sociable personality. Occasionally, you may come across a supercritical or grouchy, fault-finding one. But on the whole, he enjoys parties and other large gatherings. He will endeavor to join exclusive clubs and as a rule can always be found in a close circle of friends or fellow conspirators. He likes getting involved and is very outgoing.
The Rat really cherishes his friends, associates and family relations; at times he gets entangled with other people's lives and affairs because he can't easily rid himself of strong emotional attachments once he has made them. Still, one can never be exactly sure of how and where he stands. His capacity to love can only be overruled by his shrewdness and love of money.
A Rat boss may demonstrate great concern about whether his employees are getting enough exercise or eating a balanced diet. In his heart, he sincerely cares about their welfare; he will visit them when they are sick and make their problem his problems, yet when it comes to giving them that well-deserved raise in salary, he will hedge and be a little stingy. A lot of arm twisting and collective bargaining is needed when it comes to parting a Rat from his money.
The Rat lady may continually amaze you by being a model of frugality. She is forever distributing old clothes, recycling toys, buying or selling secondhand items, stretching meals, leftovers and the family budget until they could positively scream. However, she may not care to apply these same rigid standards when dealing with her precious offspring. If her children know how to get around her, she will find it hard to deny them anything. Rat people are rarely tightwads where their families are concerned.
At times, the Rat is decidedly clannish. Maybe there is some truth about safety in numbers. He never worries about having another mouth to feed and may allow his relatives, friends, etc., to stick around his home and live off him. Why? Because the crafty Rat will always be able to find something for them to do to earn their keep. Laggards, professional bums and freeloaders will all get put to work swiftly in his household. Charity has its limits. Trust the efficient Rat. The Rat native keeps his secrets well but he can be an expert at weeding other people's gardens where confidences are concerned. He has few qualms about using vital information gathered or capitalizing on the mistakes of others. After all, you certainly don't expect him to ignore the knock of opportunity, especially when he has had his ear glued to the door so much of the time.
As much as he likes to keep his feelings to himself, one can always tell when he is upset as he tends to become edgy, curt and impertinent. Some are just absolute nags. Since the Rat person is also active and most industrious, he is irritated most by idleness and waste.
On the negative side, the Rat person loves to gossip, criticize, compare, carp and bargain - usually over unimportant issues. He buys things he does not really need and is always taken in by bargains. Maybe it is his accumulative urge. Mementos, souvenirs and hoards of sentimental junk will be found tucked away in his room and in his heart. He also has the tendency to be the neighborhood's busybody, though more often than not, his intentions are good.
The Rat is reputed to make an excellent writer and this is not surprising at all. He makes it a point to know practically everything about everyone in town. He keeps tabs, has an uncanny eye for detail, a good memory and is incredibly inquisitive.
The native of this year will be successful in whatever he chooses to do because like his sign, the Rat, he will adapt himself to the situation at hand. He has the ability to cope with difficulties and is at best during a crisis. Levelheaded and alert, he possesses keen intuition, foresight and business acumen. Adversity merely serves to sharpen his wits and he is always busy cooking up some scheme.
There is no need to worry about the Rat's safety as he always checks out the back door before entering any transaction. This is in case he has to make a quick or untimely exit from the scene. Self-preservation is high on his list of priorities and he usually takes the path with the least repercussions. If you want to get out of trouble fast, follow the Rat's course. He has a built-in alarm and defense mechanism that rarely fails. His stumbling block is overambition. He tries to do too much too soon and as a result scatters his energies. If he can avoid doing this and perseveres in finishing what he's started, a person of this sign will end up wealthy, which is just as well, as the Rat loves money! Although the Rat is equipped with an inborn ability to sense danger and therefore should know when to stop, he often has great difficulty in relying on his own sound judgement because he simply cannot pass up bargains and so-called "good deals". Alas, he ends up falling into the same old trap. He will have no problems in life if only he can conquer his greed and quit while he is ahead. In his lifetime, the covetous Rat has to suffer at least one large financial blow before he learns that avarice does not pay off. However, it is most unlikely to find a poor Rat native, and if you do, well, with his resourcefulness, you can bet he will not remain poor for long. It will be totally out of character if he hasn't got a nest egg hidden away somewhere.
Being the true sentimentalist of the Chinese cycle, the Rat is not only deeply attached to his children but to his elders as well. Parents with children born in this year can be sure that they will be well regarded and cared for by them. Unlike the Dragon child, who may demand perfection of his parents, the Rat youngster will have infinite trust in his parents, cater to their needs and overlook their shortcomings. Aside from doting on their children and husbands, the Rat mother revels in the fact that she is a superb homemaker. She will follow her husband's career development like his campaign manager, drive the children to piano, ballet and violin lessons and take on so much social activity that your head would spin. A husband belonging to this sign, on the other hand, can be found helping out with household chores and will like to spend his holidays and weekends with the family.
The time of birth plays an important role in the Rat's way of life. Needless to say, one born in the evening will have a more hectic and strenuous life (night Rats have to scurry around constantly in search for food) than his brother born during the quiet of the day.
The Rat person will be attracted to the people of the Ox sign, whom he finds strong, reliable and appreciative of the devotion he has to offer. Equally compatible with the Rat will be the mighty people of the Dragon year. He will also find the Snake attractive and intelligent, and may make a suitable alliance with him. He is captivated by power and brilliance, so the Rat will always fall for the irresistible Monkey. He agrees with the clever Monkey's way of doing things and the Monkey, on the other hand, will be overjoyed to find the Rat on his own cunning wavelength. Tiger, Dog, Boar or other Rat person will have no trouble teaming up with a Rat.
He will come into many conflicts with persons born in the Horse sign. The Horse is just too independent and changeable for the clannish Rat. It would also be unwise for him to marry the Rooster. The Rooster, being the intrepid dreamer, will exasperate the practical Rat no end. A marriage with the Sheep is also questionable; the indulgent Sheep will probably squander the Rat's hard-earned savings.
THE FIVE TYPES OF RATS
Metal Rat - 1840, 1900, 1960, 2020
This type of Rat is most likely to be idealistic in thought, vivid in speech and actions and intensely emotional. He may cover up his feelings by presenting himself as a happy and charming personality. In reality, he is easily moved to jealousy, anger, selfishness and possessiveness.
His outlook will be based on what his senses can appreciate. He loves money but will not hoard it and won't mind spending if he can get good value and quality. He knows how to invest wisely, He will not be as romantic as the Rats of the other elements but could be sensual and moralistic at the same time.
Water Rat - 1852, 1912, 1972, 2032
This type of Rat is more concerned with mental exercise, the intricacies of the thinking process. His insight is excellent and he relates well to people of all levels. He will be respected and able to promote his talents because of his accommodating and understanding nature. He is traditional and conservative in his behavior, preferring to swim with the tide rather than fight it. Still, he is calculating and shrewd. A person born under this combination will manifest all the qualities needed to wield influence in areas he deems important. He is aware of needed to wield influence in areas he deems important. He is aware of needed to wield influence in areas he deems important. He is aware of other people's likes and dislikes and knows how to please those in a position to help him. However, he may not be too discriminating and tends to speak to anyone who cares to listen. This might get him into trouble.
Drawn to the acquisition of knowledge and the written word and being adept at putting down his thoughts on paper, this Rat will work to further his own education and will never want to stop learning.
Wood Rat - 1864, 1924, 1984, 2044
A progressive, success-oriented and very amicable type of Rat, he will try to explore everything and will find good use for almost anything he comes across. He has a very good comprehension of how the system works, and he can make it work for himself. He is farsighted and always concerned about finding out the whys and the wherefores. Although he is egotistic, he makes himself agreeable and is quite thoughtful of others because he seeks their admiration and approval.
He has his principles and knows what he wants. He is strict with priorities but he can be flexible in order to achieve his aims. He loves security and is always worried about his future, which is one reason why he works so hard.
Outwardly, he exudes self-confidence and know-how and is probably very professional about what he does and a good talker. He can promote ideas and projects capably and will have little difficulties in drumming up support for his ventures.
Fire Rat - 1876, 1936, 1996, 2056
This is a chivalrous and dynamic Rat who loves getting involved in all sort of activities and never tires of embarking on new campaigns for justice and a better deal. He loves travel and fashionable clothes and is open and aggressive by nature. This could also be a more generous type of Rat.
Although he is energetic and idealistic, he lacks a sense of diplomacy and may be too blunt at times to win the support he requires. A not too well-disciplined fellow, he will follow the dictates of his heart more often than his head. As much as he is devoted to his home and family, he may still take off whenever he feels too hemmed in and head for the open country.
He is independent and very, very competitive. But since he will not be content to maintain a simple middle-of-the-road existence, his fortunes may change often and sometimes quite drastically if he is too impatient.
Earth Rat - 1888, 1948, 2008, 2068
This type of rat will mature early; for him happiness and contentment is found in order, discipline and security. He will strive to develop his positive traits and be recognized for his talents. He is very realistic and not at all given to flashy dreams and expectations.
He likes to maintain good relations with everyone and prefers to work in one place or job for a long time where he will have good and loyal friends. He can zero in on one subject at a time and is thorough in his work. On the darker side, he can also be too achievement conscious, self-righteous and intolerant with others, especially if he is in too much of a rush to get things done exactly to his specifications.
He cares a great deal for his reputation and public image, but is warm and protective toward those he loves. He has high material standards and is always comparing his degree of success with his contemporaries. This type could become over practical and stingy with money.
He never gambles and rarely takes chances. As a result, this Rat's fortunes will increase slowly but surely. He sticks to proven rules and modes of operation and usually expects those who work with him to do the same.
HOW THE RAT FARES IN DIFFERENT YEARS
Year of RAT
A prosperous year for the Rat native. He can look forward to a promotion or boost in career. Few small illnesses worry him this year and he can make unexpected achievement and monetary gains.
Year of OX
A fairly good year. The Rat's gains will not be substantial but it will be a bright and happy time for his family and he will benefit indirectly from the good fortune of others. He could find stress in his work area and more responsibilities than usual.
Year of TIGER
A moderately fair year. This year is unsafe for speculation and the Rat will be involved in some misunderstanding or be forced to take actions that are against his better judgment. He could feel some loneliness or sadness at the death of some family member or close associate. The Rat may also be required to travel more than usual.
Year of RABBIT
A calm and quiet year. Still, the Rat must be careful with money. There may be some misunderstandings within his family or at work, but he will make new contacts in business. New members will be added to hi family.
Year of DRAGON
A very good year. Excellent business and romantic prospects. The Rat will have a smooth time with financial gains or promotions. But while the Rat could be recognized for his achievements this year, he must also be on guard against newfound friends who tend to use him.
Year of SNAKE
A mixed year. The Rat has to be very careful in making investments or important decisions. A big illness or some loss of money will cast gloom over him. His luck will turn for the better toward the end of the year and he may be able to recoup some losses.
Year of HORSE
A difficult time is in store for the Rat. He has to be very conservative in assessments or business commitments as the year of the Horse forces him to entertain, waste money or become engaged in lawsuits. He may run into debt or be unable to get back money due him. Love affairs may not turn out well at this time.
Year of SHEEP
The Rat's finances make a recovery this year and there are some achievements career-wise. However, his plans cannot all be realized without encountering changes or some small upheaval he will be able to discover and take advantage of previously unseen opportunities.
Year of MONKEY
The Rat will enjoy a fruitful year as no serious troubles are predicted on the home or business front. He will receive more good news than bad. However, he should avoid breaking friendships or partnerships at this time to avoid future repercussions.
Year of ROOSTER
Celebrations are in store for the Rat. New partnerships or a marriage in the family. A very hectic time as good things could happen overnight. Due to his busy schedule and many commitments, the Rat must be on guard against infections, cut, bruises and overwork.
Year of DOG
A less pleasant year for the Rat native. Misfortunes will come in threes. He may receive bad news while traveling and be unable to influence or change the course of things he does not like. He worries too much this year as many unsettled issues occupy his mind. A time for to be patient and prudent.
Year of BOAR
Not much progress to be made in business or investments. A time for the Rat to consolidate. Friends and family members make excessive demands on his time and money. If not careful, his illnesses could develop complications. In place of illness, he could lose some money or personal belonging.
COMPATIBILITY TABLE FOR THE RAT
Rat and RAT
No conflicts. Congenial and cooperative relationship. Compatible to a good extent. Will work as a team.
Rat and OX
Excellent match for marriage or business. Mutual love and understanding. Very sympathetic to each other.
Rat and TIGER
Will just tolerate. No conflicts but no special attraction either. Will maintain a moderate relationship at best.
Rat and RABBIT
Amicable relations. No difficulties in getting along to a certain degree. No strong clashes of will.
Rat and DRAGON
Very good match. Excellent for marriage or partnerships. Will achieve success, happiness and prosperity together.
Rat and SNAKE
Will cooperate to a good extent. Special bond possible if there is mutual admiration and understanding. Successful to a good degree.
Rat and HORSE
Unhappiness. Strong conflicts in in love and business relations. Personality clashes and bitter rivalry.
Rat and SHEEP
Some animosity and unsympathetic feelings. Have nothing much in common. Do not relate well to each other.
Rat and MONKEY
Highly compatible. Very successful union. Have deep understanding of each other. Will find love and contentment.
Rat and ROOSTER
Nothing lasting or special will result from this relationship. Difficulties in communications. Will avoid each other's company.
Rat and DOG
Mutual respect for each other. No large differences or struggle for dominance. Will cooperate for good.
Rat and BOAR
Moderately happy relations. No personality clashes. Compatible to a good extent. Share common aims.