The rat

Wherever there are people there are rats. The rats have strong adaptability and survivability. For people born in the year of the Rat, they are vigorous and able to adapt to different circumstances. You are smart and hardworking, you set yourself clear goals in your career and life and you have the irrepressible will to realize them step by step. The cautious rat people pay attention to thrift and thrift. They lead stable and prosperous lives in general, and even better after middle age. They are wonderful friends and partners because the cheerful and carefree personalities do them well at livening up the mood at parties or other social venues. Sometimes impulsive, but her good self-control always pulls her back into the past.

Strengths: adaptable, quick-witted, optimistic, considerate, versatile, sociable
Weaknesses: shy, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, self-centered

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…

An interesting Chinese legend about the ranking of the Rat goes that the Chinese supreme deity Jade Emperor held a birthday party and would decide the order of the zodiac animals according to their arrival times. Originally, the hardworking Ox departed early and should be the first one to reach. However, the Rat hid in the Ox’s ear and jumped down when arriving, occupying the first place. Thus the Rat had since been the No. 1 in the 12-year cycle and represents spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, and flexibility.

What’s more, the vitality of the Rat including the high fertility and high survival rate also makes it a lucky sign for couples hoping to conceive.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yang