Year of the Rat: Chinese Zodiac Personality, Compatibility, and Elements

What is the Year of the Rat

The Rat is the first symbol in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. It stands for wittiness, flexibility, and good luck. The Year of the Rat repeats once every twelve years. The period of 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM is the hour of the Rat.

When are the Years of the Rat with Dates

Start Date End Date Heavenly Branch
5 February 1924 23 January 1925 Year of Wood Rat
24 January 1936 10 February 1937 Year of Fire Rat
10 February 1948 28 January 1949 Year of Earth Rat
28 January 1960 14 February 1961 Year of Metal Rat
15 February 1972 2 February 1973 Year of Water Rat
2 February 1984 19 February 1985 Year of Wood Rat
19 February 1996 6 February 1997 Year of Fire Rat
7 February 2008 25 January 2009 Year of Earth Rat
Upcoming Years of the Rat
25 January 2020 11 February 2021 Year of Metal Rat
11 February 2032 30 January 2033 Year of Water Rat

General Characteristics and Personality of Rat Chinese Zodiac

People born in the Year of the Rat are alert and clever in nature. They keep their cool even in worst circumstances, maintaining a positive attitude all through.

Positive Traits: Outgoing, bubbly, cautious, smart

Negative Traits: Moody, head-strong, impatient

Traits of Chinese Zodiac Rat Based on Elements

1. Wood Rat

Woods Rats are proud and independent, often finding it hard to get along in a group. They prefer living in a safer and comfortable place without getting into too much trouble.

They are creative thinkers with many ideas in their mind. But, materializing them into actions requires a great deal of perseverance.

2. Fire Rat

Fire Rats enjoy social popularity wherever they go and easily make friends.

They have a strong curiosity and love to learn new things. Also, they are industrious, going to any extent to prove their mettle.

3. Earth Rat

According to Chinese Zodiac, those who are born in the Year of Earth Rat are energetic, sharp, and understanding. Courageous enough to face challenges hurled at them.

They value their self-esteem and may get hurt if anyone insults them or makes fun of their ideas.

4. Metal Rat

Their high intellect attracts a lot of people towards them. Through effective communication, they can sell their talks and convince anyone.

Owing to their immense mental capacity, they can make quick progress in their chosen fields.

5. Water Rat

Water Rats are a combination of intelligence and sophistication. They aim for perfection and feel dissatisfied until they do not get what they want.

They have a pleasant tongue, but may sometimes sound impolite when trying to prove their point.

Astrology Elements and Lucky Signs

Yin Yang: Yang

The Five Elements: Water

Birthstone: Garnet

Season: Winter

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 6, 8

Lucky Colors: Gold, Green, Blue

Lucky Charms: Green Wo Lou Charm

Relationship and Love Compatibility of Rat with other Chinese Zodiac Signs

Best Match: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

Worst Match: Horse, Rooster

Rat Rat man + Rat woman – Two rats in a relationship can live in harmony  –
Ox Ox man + Rat woman – The steadiness of the ox man will swipe the rat woman off her feet Ox woman + Rat man – Hardworking individuals having a mutual respect for one another
Tiger Tiger man + Rat woman – Excitement in their relationship may begin to dwindle after a while Tiger woman + Rat man – If both find a common ground to stand on, they may make a long-lasting couple
Rabbit Rabbit man + Rat woman – Conflicts may rise due to their pessimistic nature Rabbit woman + Rat man – The rabbit woman will remain loyal to the rat man
Dragon Dragon man + Rat woman – The optimistic dragon man will be the perfect life partner for the rat woman Dragon woman + Rat man – A lively and energetic couple with a mutual understanding
Snake Snake man + Rat Woman – The compatibility between the snake man and rat woman is complementary Snake woman + Rat man – Make a lovable domesticated pair
Horse Horse man + Rat woman – The fickleness of the horse man can make the rat woman lose her peace of mind Horse woman + Rat man –  Difficulty in maintaining the relationship
Sheep/Ram Sheep man + Rat woman – Requires a lot of compromises and efforts from both sides Sheep woman + Rat man – If the rat man wants to build an emotional bonding, he has to pay attention to the sheep woman
Monkey Monkey man + Rat woman – Attraction is bound to happen between the two due to common interests Monkey woman + Rat man – Establishment of a long-term relationship as neither of them are emotionally insecure
Rooster Rooster man + Rat woman – A clash of two egoistic individuals Rooster woman + Rat Man –  The alliance does not have much of a chance
Dog Dog man + Rat woman – If not lovers, they can become best friends Dog woman + Rat man – The dog woman will like hanging out with the energetic rat man
Pig Pig man + Rat woman – The two would be able to stay together for a long time Pig Woman+ Rat man – The pig woman will love the attention and love given to her by the rat man

Year of the Rat Western Equivalent

The western counterpart of the Rat is Sagittarius.

Western Signs Born in the Year of the Rat

Aries: Arian Rats will hide their weaknesses even when they are sad not to let know anyone. When determined to do something, they will do it at any cost.

Taurus: Taurus Rats symbolize intelligence and responsiveness. They communicate well with others and encourage good actions.

Gemini: Gemini under the influence of the Rat becomes mentally alert and conscious. They find contentment doing both mental and physical activities due to their extreme level of energy.

Cancer: Cancer Rats are level-headed and flexible that makes them quite resourceful. When allowed to live their dreams, they do something unique.

Leo: Leos born in the Year of the Rat have a fascination for luxuries in life. At the same time, their compassionate personality can melt anyone’s heart.

Virgo: Virgo Rats are considerate, clever, and affectionate. Sometimes fussy, they otherwise have a well-balanced personality.

Libra: Calm and composed, Libra Rats can play the role of a perfect diplomat. Good listeners as well, they analyze both sides of a story before skipping to any conclusion.

Scorpio: The quick-witted Scorpio Rats are gregarious individuals, having the interest to entertain everyone around them. However, they are labeled as great worriers, often prone to anxiety attacks and mood swings.

Sagittarius: Sagittarians born in the Year of the Rat have a penchant for doing outdoor adventures. They have an easy-going personality, but may sometimes need a break from their mundane routine.

Capricorn: As Capricorn Rats are self-sufficient, they do not like taking help from others. If a task does not suit them, they do not attempt it.

Aquarius: The combination of Aquarius and Rat represents an independent personality, having a different thought process. As they have their way of making things work, Rat Aquarians cannot be dominated.

Pisces: Due to the shy nature of Piscean Rats, they need to stand up for themselves. Neat and organized, they are sober and fair-minded.

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