Your Chinese Astrological Zodiac Animal Sign is directly based on the Chinese Lunar Year in which you were born. The Chinese New Year is mobile and could start anywhere between 21st January and 20th February, depending upon the year. If your date of birth falls into any of these Chinese lunar years, you are born in the Year of the Rat (or Mouse or Mongoose), and you are symbolically identified by your Celestial Animal, the "Rat (or Mouse or Mongoose)".
- January 31, 1900 – February 18, 1901: Metal Rat
- February 18, 1912 – February 5, 1913: Water Rat
- February 5, 1924 – January 24, 1925: Wood Rat
- January 24, 1936 – February 10, 1937: Fire Rat
- February 10, 1948 – January 28, 1949: Earth Rat
- January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1961: Metal Rat
- February 15, 1972 – February 2, 1973: Water Rat
- February 2, 1984 – February 3, 1985: Wood Rat
- February 19, 1996 – February 6, 1997: Fire Rat
- February 7, 2008 – January 25, 2009: Earth Rat
People born in the Year of the Rat are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.
Behind the smiles and charm, rats can be terribly obstinate and controlling, insisting on having things their way no matter what the cost. These people tend to have immense control of their emotions, which they may use as a tool to manipulate and exploit others, both emotionally and mentally. Rats are masters of mind games and can be very dangerous, calculative and downright cruel if the need arises.
Quick-tempered and aggressive, they will not think twice about exacting revenge on those that hurt them in any way. Rats need to learn to relax sometimes, as they can be quite obsessed with detail, intolerant and strict, demanding order, obedience, and perfection.
A valuable lesson for Rats is to learn to consider others before themselves, at least sometimes, and to avoid forcing their ideas onto others. Rats are fair in their dealings and expect the same from others in return, and can be deeply affronted if they feel they have been deceived or that their trust has been abused.
Sometimes they set their targets too high, whether in relation to their friends or in their career. But as the years pass, they will become more idealistic and tolerant. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats can find true happiness.
According to tradition, Rats often carry heavy karma and at some point in life may face an identity crisis or some kind of feeling of guilt. Rats are said to often have to work very long and hard for everything they may earn or have in life. However, a Rat born during the day is said to have things a bit easier than those who are born at night.
Traditionally, Rats born during the night may face extreme hardships and suffering throughout life. Rats in general should guard themselves against hedonism and nostalgia, as it may lead to self-destruction. Gambling, alcohol and drugs tend to be great temptations to Rat natives.
Rats are also great friends and lovers and have a strong sense of loyalty and love for those closest to them.
Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Dragons, and Oxen. Professions include espionage, psychiatry, psychology, writing, politics, law, engineering, accounting, detective work, and pathology.
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