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Chinese Zodiac Rat


The Rat is the first in the cycle of the 12 zodiacs or horoscope signs in the Chinese animal astrology system. It is associated with the earthly branch Zi which is associated with the 11th month and among the hours of 11 P.M. and 1 A.M.


The Rat is highly intelligent and a survivor. Think of the fact that rats are found in every corner of the world!

The Rat is a polite and sociable. They are also gregarious, carefree and display a happy exterior. At a superficial level they know how to put others in a good mood and maintain a good social atmosphere.

However, although they make friends easily they do not form deep relationships. They have a discriminating and calculating nature. Rats expect to be treated fairly and equally and when they are cheated, they quickly take revenge. Rats are also miserly and would not pay more than their fair share of expenses even though they are happy to accept others’ generosity.

The good impression that they create initially is destroyed by their criticisms and pettiness.

The Rat is strong willed and persistent. Couple with their intelligence they can be successful in business. They are very sharp and can assess situations correctly and take advantage of any available opportunity.

Although they can appear to be a trusting and forgiving business partner, they secretly distrust their associates. This makes business collaboration with rats a bit challenging.


They are more compatible with the Ox, Dragon and Monkey and less compatible with the Horse.

Suitable Career

Rats are suited to a career as a writer or musician as well a critic or accountant.

Practical Advice

The rat will benefit if they can learn to be more trusting and forgiving. They should try to establish better relationships with family, business associates and friends and remember to thank everyone who helps them.

They should also not be afraid to speak up if the situation demands it.

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