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The Year of the Rat

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

Were you born in the Year of the Rat? The first sign in the Chinese Zodiac, those born during the rat year are known to be clever, ambitious, likable, and sensitive to the emotions of those around them.

Rats are very private about their personal life, but love to hear and share the gossip about others. Devoted and faithful to their close friends, these hardworking souls are generally successful at anything they do.

Rat birth years are 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 & 2032.


The five elements are also part of the different rat birth years. In Chinese astrology, all the elements have an interdependence on each other and there is no hierarchy. As one element wanes, another waxes. This teaches how to find balance, and how to manage change. Each different Element Rat has these additional traits attributed to them.

Wood Rats were born in 1924 & 1984. They're known for their independence and self-confidence. These individuals have a strong sense of teamwork, are virtuous, and talented.

Fire Rats were born in 1936 & 1996. These energetic souls are very strict with themselves. Cordial, brave, quiet, and friendly to those they know.

Earth Rats were born in 1948 & 2008. Amiable, honest, and modest, these individuals are serious and have a strong sense of self-esteem.

Water Rats were born in 1972 & 2032. These Rats are shrewd, serious, talkative, and conservative.

Gold Rats, also known as Metal Rats, were born in 1960 & 2020. Smart and talented, these Rats are very self-aware, can have a hot temper, and have a tendency to be jealous.


All Rats have Yang energy, which is active energy. Giving, logical, masculine energy. However, other parts of your Natal Chart may have Yin energy. This is also part of the balance of energy.


Different signs of the zodiac work better together than with others. Rats are most compatible with Rabbit, Ox, and Dragons. Ox and Rat together make a great team at work and in their home lives. Couples comprised of Rat & Rabbit will be happy and get along well. Dragon and Rat will be supportive of one another and have a good relationship.

Horse and Rooster are the least compatible signs with Rat. These signs lack tolerance with one another and clash easily.


TIME: 11 pm - 1 am is the optimal time of day for Rats. Use it to your benefit by implementing something important at this time. The release of a blog, starting a social media account, sending an important email, etc.

MONTH: December is the Month of the Rat.

Famous Rats include Lebron James, Rosa Parks, Richard Nixon, Eminem, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Wayne Gretzky, Marlon Brando, Pope Francis, and Mary Tyler Moore.

Do you have Rat in your chart? Click the button to get your Chinese Astrology Natal Chart!

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