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The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese 12 year calendar.


Those born in this year are extremely flexible and adaptable which works particularly well with their ambitious natures; they know how to row with the punches to make things work in their favour. Usually intelligent and very industrious they know how to plan and make things happen; they rarely give up once they have taken on a project.  They must however take care not to be too picky and not get stuck on detail and try to listen to others that have constructive things to say.  Known for their charm they do not find it difficult to bring people on board.

They will rarely be caught off guard as they are cautious people and like the rat as an animal always on guard and watchful.

They must be careful that their ambitions are based on what they really want and not on what others have, they have to be careful not to follow someone else’s dream because of feelings of jealously.  They must always examine their motivation.  They must keep an eye on greed as if that becomes their main motivation they will find that they become difficult people, picking on the faults of others, pushing too hard, being critical and manipulative, they must always question their motivations and be sure they come from a pure place.

Very sociable people they surround themselves with good people, they find it easy to make friends but only let a very few into their inner circle however once accepted by them they will be loyal to the very end.  Their outgoing character makes them good to be around; they are lively, friendly, happy and positive people.


  • Element: Water
  • Favourable colour: Blue / Green
  • Unfavourable colour: Yellow / Brown
  • Compatible with: Monkey / Dragon
  • Least compatible with: Horse / Rooster
  • Lucky Gemstone: Garnet
  • Polarity: Yang (male)
  • Lucky flowers: Lily / African violet
  • Lucky numbers: 2 / 3

Health Risks

Depression, injury or pain in the facial area, anxiety, digestive problems.

Famous people born in the Year of the Rat:

J F Kennedy, William Shakespeare, Cameron Diaz, Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry, Ben Affleck, Prince Charles, Gwyneth Paltrow, Prince Harry, Eminem, Scarlett Johansson