Year of the Rat: Chinese Horoscope

Industrious and ambitious, observant Rats can find their way through any maze. These consummate hosts are obsessive about creating security, and may never truly stop worrying.

Rat Years

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

A symbol of luck in Chinese astrology, the Rat is associated with financial prosperity, and this sign works hard to attain it. Looking for a Rat? Find the darkest corner of a home or office, and you’ll find one of these industrious people, toiling away at a project.

Crafty and clever, Rats are nervous creatures who can’t sit still. They try to act cool and composed, but they’re hopelessly twitchy (except when they’re working). Underneath their composed demeanors, Rats are big-time worriers. Like tiny rodents whose survival is threatened, Rats are obsessed with security. They never quite feel safe in the world, no matter how much money they make. Their drive is unparalleled. Like their signature animal, Rats often have sharp features, like pointy noses or narrow eyes. They can be consummate entertainers, hosts and decorators, welcoming guests into their well-appointed nests.

Western Sign: Sagittarius

Compatible With: MonkeyDragon

Famous Rats

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johanssen, Hilary Duff, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Washington, Hugh Grant, Jenny McCarthy, Notorious B.I.G., Ashlee Simpson, Jude Law, Carmen Electra, Mandy Moore, Shaquille O’Neal, Marie Kondo, Katy Perry, Lebron James, Khloe Kardashian, Calvin Harris, Mark Zuckerberg

5 Elements of Chinese Astrology: The Rat

1900: Metal Rat
1912: Water Rat
1924: Wood Rat
1936: Fire Rat
1948: Earth Rat
1960: Metal Rat
1972: Water Rat
1984: Wood Rat
1996: Fire Rat
2008: Earth Rat
2020: Metal Rat

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Chinese zodiac illustrations by The Grande Dame.


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