Year of the Rat

Earthly Branch (animal):zi
Wu Xing (element):shui (water)
Counterpart in Western Astrology:Sagittarius

Personality of the Rat

The Rat enjoys all pleasures of life and likes refined food and good wine. He is curious by nature about anything and he spots any chance of getting a profit very easily, as he is an opportunist.

The Rat has a rich imagination urging him to escape from daily routine by making little surprises to his friends. The Rat's family and especially children are delighted at his protective love and total commitment.

The Rat has a charismatic personality and he knows how to keep himself surrounded by a mysterious aura. The Rat usually establishes connections to people that can help him, at least in the beginning (like a true opportunist). But sometimes a sincere and strong friendship emerges from here.

The Rat is faithful in love and devoted to friends. He usually has rather few friends because he chooses them carefully. When necessary, he knows how to get anything he wants from them. The Rat has an innate ability to manipulate the people around him without hesitation and without feeling guilty.

Distrustful by nature, the Rat is secretive about his personal life. He is highly sensitive and he can't stand being mocked at or being reproached with anything. If a Rat feels threatened in any way, he becomes aggressive and attacks first.

The Rat has to be careful not to be too cynical because he might upset the others. He is also very demanding and tends to be over critical (people call this nit-picking).

The Rat: Work and Money

The Rat has a sharp mind and an innate talent as a strategist which make him a formidable negotiator. He thrives in the world of business. Due to his intuition, the Rat always knows in which direction things are going.

The Rat thinks very much but he doesn't like taking action. Nothing bores a Rat more than the obligation of carrying through certain tasks. His projects often fail because he isn't persistent and he doesn't get involved enough.

The Rat avoids routine and he hates feeling obliged to be in a certain place at a certain time. In fact, the Rat hates obligations and restrictions in general. The Rat's talent as a strategist only manifests when he is independent, but sometimes the Rat is rather lazy, even when it's about his own projects.

As far as money is concerned, the Rat can be extravagant or mean, depending on his mood. In spite of all this, prodigality gets on his nerves.

The Rat is rational and practical, so he is able to adapt to any financial situation. Flair and ingenuity allow him to recover after a difficult situation. He usually has a secret resource that he doesn't hesitate to use when in need, to the joy of the ones close to him.

The Rat: Love Horoscope

Although sometimes the Rat may seem selfish, he is in fact a sentimental, sensitive person. He is easily carried away by jealousy and passion.

The Rat likes passionate, ardent love. All he is afraid of is routine and boredom. He would do anything in order to avoid monotony and he always uses his imagination. In relations, the Rat is just as comfortable as the one who loves, the one who is loved or the faithful friend.

In order to seduce a Rat, you have to be understanding, to respect his taste for mystery and to surprise him often. Surprise me! is a Rats first demand.

Rat Compatibility in Chinese Astrology

The Rat goes along very well with the Dragon and the Monkey. When a Rat sees a Horse, he runs as fast as he can - or at least that's what he should do.

Here are the Rat's compatibilities with each animal in the Chinese zodiac:

Rat-Rat Compatibility

A relationship that has all the chances to go well, especially as business partners. Between two Rats there might appear rivalry though, and they could end up as fierce opponents.

Rat-Ox Compatibility

It could be a wonderful sentimental affair, with a strong physical attraction, but a marriage would be challenging. There will always be admiration and respect between a Rat and an Ox.

Rat-Tiger Compatibility

It all depends on their capacity of making compromises. Sooner or later problems will come up between a Rat and a Tiger. They can be best friends, but a sentimental relationship doesn't stand many chances.

Rat-Rabbit Compatibility

They don't match at all. The Rat, who is keen on adventure, thinks the Rabbit lacks energy and spontaneity completely. They don't speak the same language.

Rat-Dragon Compatibility

A happy combination. The Rat and the Dragon get along wonderfully and they are almost always on the same sentimental wavelength.

Rat-Snake Compatibility

The Rat and the Snake feel a mutual fascination. If they manage to go beyond the differences between them, they will have much to learn from each other.

Rat-Horse Compatibility

Totally incompatible, the Rat and the Horse don't belong together. They can count on each other only as enemies.

Rat-Goat Compatibility

The relationship between a Rat and a Goat is very difficult. Still, it could work if both of them try hard.

Rat-Monkey Compatibility

The Rat and the Monkey have much in common: they think alike and they see life in the same way. The mutual attraction is irresistible.

Rat-Rooster Compatibility

A relationship in which love will give up to conflicts. In order for the Rat and the Rooster to live together, they would have to settle too many differences.

Rat-Dog Compatibility

Although the Dog seems to be a little dull to the Rat, they can have a life together. On the upside, there is mutual respect between them.

Rat-Pig Compatibility

The Rat's relation with the Pig will definitely not be dull. They enjoy mutual understanding and attraction, which can bring them a life full of joy, friendship, happiness.

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