If you were born between the Start and Finish dates listed below, you are a Rat person. The spirit of the Rat lives in your heart. Depending on your year of birth, you will also have one of the five elements associated with your animal sign. Elements occur for two lunar years. The first year is Yang (+), the second is Yin (-).
There are many differences between the different element types of Rat.
Below is a broad description of the Rat personality.
The Rat is the first sign of the Chinese horoscope. The Rat is Yin and is fixed to the Water element. The characteristics of the Rat correspond with the occidental sign of Sagittarius. Yin is negative, feminine, and associated with the Night. Subjective Yin signs trust their feelings about themselves and others. You tend to be more concerned with the spiritual than the physical. As all opposites attract in nature, Yin attracts Yang. The Water element association bestows a better than average ability to communicate and an awareness of the feelings of others.
The word most commonly associated with Rat people is charm. You are also sociable, charismatic, and usually attractive. Most Rats are hard workers, efficient and thrifty. You should beware of manipulating others, and a desire for power. At times, Rats talk too much and can be gossips. You keep your feelings concealed and would rather talk about others than yourself.
Feeling most at home in the company of friends, the Rat likes getting involved and is very outgoing. They cherish friends, associates and family relations; at times becoming entangled with other people’s lives and affairs due to strong emotional attachments. Although famous for being sentimentalists, it can be difficult to ascertain a Rat’s true position on a matter. Your capacity to love can sometimes be overruled by shrewdness and love of money.
Craftiness and cunning are characteristics of this sign. You keep your secrets well. You may become edgy, curt and impertinent when upset, with a tendency to nag. Active and industrious by nature, Rats are irritated most by idleness and waste. People born in the year of the Rat will be generally be successful in whatever endeavor is chosen. You talk and write well, and these abilities should be encouraged in children. Many famous writers and historians were born in Rat years.
Rat people have a supreme ability to adapt to the situation at hand. Many Rats live by the saying “The end justifies the means”.
Although your sense of self-preservation is highlighted, with an excellent ability to sense danger and to extricate yourself from it, your downfall can be your blind ambition. The ability to act with restraint should be seen as an important life-goal for Rats.
The time of birth plays an important role in the lifestyle – Rats born in the evening will have a more active and demanding time than those born during the day. You will have the happiest relationships with the Ox and the Dragon. Relationships with Horses and Roosters can be difficult.