Individuals born in the Year of the Rat are charming, social, and outgoing. They are popular individuals and highly skilled in business. Rats have an exceptional grasp of information and ideas, with vivid imaginations and unique intellectual abilities. Thus, they can spot potential in people and opportunities in life that others may miss. They are dedicated to causes they believe in and work hard when part of a team. While not romantic by nature, they are very caring and loving and value their relationships. Rats make faithful partners as long as their partner can provide safety, assurance, and the love they seek. Rats make great leaders and enjoy being in authoritative positions. They are energetic and great organizers; so if you want something done, call in a Rat.

The Story of the Rat-the legend of the great race

Once upon a time, the mighty Jade Emperor called for a great animal race to decide the years on the calendar. Each year would be named in the order the animal finished the race and the race was to be a short run through a forest and then a swim across a raging river.

Naturally, the Cat and the Rat weren’t too excited about a swim, as they were the worst swimmers in the animal kingdom. However, they smartly came up with the idea to ask the friendly Ox for a ride on his back who agreed and off they went. Midway across the river, the Rat pushed the Cat into the water and, unable to swim, the Cat floated downstream far away from the finish line. Then as the Ox neared the other side, the Rat jumped ahead of him crossing the finish line by a nose and thereby claiming first place for himself.

As for the poor Cat, he made it out of the river eventually but didn’t cross the finish line in time to grab a place on the calendar. Because the Rat made the Cat lose, it’s said that this is why cats always chase rats, as revenge for the race.

Years and types

There are five elements that give the Rat specific characteristics and personality traits beyond its symbol of wealth. The most recent years of the Rat include 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008. After 2019, the next two years we will be 2020 and 2032.

Types Years of Birth Characteristics and Personality Traits
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Loves freedom, imaginative, highly principled.
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Warm-hearted, assertive, confident.
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Hard worker, energetic, tenacious.
Metal Rat 1960, 2020 Self-confident, hardworking, helpful, a good problem-solver.
Water Rat 1972, 2032 Creative, adventurous, systematic, believes in justice.

Famous people born in the year of the Rat

In Western Countries

World-renowned English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare (born April 26, 1564) and the 41st US President George Bush (born June 12, 1924) were born during the year of the Rat.
Other celebrities born in the year of the Rat include Charles Prince of Wales (born Nov 14, 1948), Diego Maradonna (born Oct 30, 1960), Zinedine Zidane (born Jun 23, 1972), Prince Harry (born Sept 15, 1984), and Scarlett Johansson (born Nov 22, 1984).

In China

Du Fu (born 721) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest Chinese poet. His work is very diverse, but his most characteristic poems are autobiographical and historical, recording the effects of war on his own life. These works came to be hugely influential in both Chinese and Japanese literary culture. Of his poetic writing, nearly fifteen hundred poems have been preserved over the ages.

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Li Qingzhao (born Mar 13, 1084) was China’s most revered female poet. She was a highly educated woman for her time, studying literature, writing poetry, and amassing an immense collection of Chinese antiquities with her husband. She was a master of the tz'u, or ci, form of lyrical poetry that was set to music, writing with emotional intensity and unconventional language.

Zheng Chenggong (born Aug 26, 1624) better known internationally by his Hokkien honorific Koxinga or Coxinga, was a Chinese Ming loyalist who resisted the Qing conquest of China in the 17th century, fighting them on China's southeastern coast.

Qi Baishi (born Jan 1, 1864) was one of the most well-known contemporary Chinese painters. Born into a peasant family from Xiangtan (湘潭), Hunan, Qi Baishi became a carpenter at fourteen, and it was largely through his own efforts that he became adept at the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving. Shrimp, fish, crabs, frogs, insects, and peaches were his favorite subjects.

Deng Jiaxian (born Jun 25, 1924) was a physicist educated in the United Sates who was instrumental in developing China's atomic and hydrogen bomb. He returned to China in 1950 and was a pioneer in China's nuclear theoretical research.

Xie Wanying (born Oct 5, 1900), better known by her pen name Bing Xin or Xie Bingxin, was one of the most prolific Chinese writers of the 20th Century. Many of her works were written for young readers. She was the chairperson of the “China Federation of Literary and Art Circles”.

Louis Cha Jing-yong (born Mar 10, 1924), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸), was a Chinese wuxia (martial arts and chivalry) novelist and essayist who co-founded the Hong Kong daily newspaper “Ming Pao” in 1959 and served as its first editor-in-chief. He became Hong Kong's most famous writer. His Wuxia novels have a widespread following in Chinese communities worldwide.

Wang Qishan (born July 19, 1948) is a Chinese politician and the current Vice President of the People's Republic of China. Wang is one China's leading men in foreign affairs, along with Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang.

Personality Traits and Character

1. Positive personality traits

charming rat

Intelligent, witty, charming, ambitious, practical, alert, outgoing, adaptable, imaginative, resourceful, versatile, kind, cautious, positive, and cheerful.
Thanks to their strong intuition, Rats can easily adapt to new environments and because of their adaptability, quick learning, and problem-solving skills, they can be successful at almost anything they try. They are perfectionists who will work hard to achieve their goals and are popular with plenty of admirers. They are usually frugal but can be generous with loved ones. The Rat survives in ways no other signs does – he finds solutions to problems with his quick thinking and above-average intellectual ability for making critical decisions.

2. Negative personality traits

rats are eating watermelons

Stubborn, timid, greedy, unstable, picky, secretive, unstable, stubborn, gossipy, grouchy, and picky Rats are very mindful, aware, and measured, but under that calm surface, hostility may be lurking. Sometimes they may lack vision and courage and can impede success due to being greedy and overly cautious. Rats can be unpredictable -- so don’t let their charm fool you. As the Rat is a perfectionist, it can be hard to stay friends with a Rat for very long. Although usually popular, Rats may be lonely because they never completely trust anyone and can become paranoid and suspicious. Some Rats like complaining and criticizing and can be quite stubborn. They don’t often take advice from others and some frequently change jobs due to their lack of stability.

Love and Compatibility


When it comes to love and relationships, Rats can be affectionate, easy-going, and considerate. They usually treat their partners with tolerance and generosity and try to compromise when possible. Rats are not usually very romantic, but they're loving, protective, and loyal to their partners and their families.

For Men
A Rat man loves to be surrounded by friends, meeting new people, and enjoying the finer things in life. Rat men may enjoy dating different people for an extended amount of time and waiting to settle down. Eventually, he will want to get married and will use experience in matters of love to find the perfect partner.
For Women
A Rat woman also loves to meet new people and can fall in love many times before finally deciding on who she wants to settle down with. She can also be very jealous and highly values loyalty in her partners. Her long-term partner has to be strong, charming, and full of undying love.

Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

1. Rat and Ox

The Rat is very compatible with the Ox – both signs are very kind, loyal, and devoted, and will appreciate each other's qualities. The Ox is a good provider, while the Rat is very responsible and who will keep their home neat and clean. The Ox is quiet but strong, and the Rat is outgoing and sociable, and these traits often complement each other.

2. Rat and Dragon

Both are devoted people who are determined to make their relationships work. The Dragon will be attracted to the Rat's positive, cheerful attitude and will appreciate his/her support and loyalty. Even though the Rat is highly outgoing, he/she will generally allow the Dragon to take on the dominant role in the relationship.

3. Rat and Monkey

The Monkey is a great thinker, while the Rat is a very responsible, hardworking, cheerful and is able to give the Monkey direction. Both signs enjoy spending time together and having fun. This relationship will rarely be dull. The Monkey will respect and admire the Rats intelligence as the Monkey is highly intelligent too, so they will be able to understand each other on a deeper level. The Rat will enjoy the outgoing and adventurous side of the Monkey.

Worst Matches: Horse, Sheep, Rabbit

1. Rat and Horse

The Rat and the Horse usually do not agree with each other's views and may not be willing to work hard enough to overcome their differences. The Horse might be annoyed by the Rat's perfectionism and the resulting arguments over seemingly small things, while the Rat may not like the Horse's restlessness and lack of direction.

2. Rat and Rabbit

Even though they are both charming individuals, they may not put enough effort into their relationship to be a successful couple. The Rat is sociable and active by nature, while the Rabbit is quite reserved and doesn't enjoy socializing much. The Rabbit may find the Rat to be to overbearing and meticulous, while the Rat often finds the Rabbit too indifferent due to it’s more easy going personality.

3. Rat and Sheep

Even though both signs are warm-hearted and kind, they have too many differences. The Rat will not be sure about starting a relationship or a family with the highly sensitive Sheep. The Rat is very hardworking, clever, and resourceful, while the Sheep has an easygoing attitude to life and likes to be pampered. The Rat is usually frugal, while the Sheep doesn’t like having to worry about finances.

Lucky and Unlucky Things

Lucky Unlucky
1. Numbers Two and three Five and nine
2. Colors Blue, gold and green Brown and yellow
3. Flowers African Violet and Lily of the Valley No unlucky flowers
4. Directions Northeast and Southeast No unlucky directions
5. Element Water No unlucky element
6. Season Winter No unlucky season
7. Gemstone Garnet No unlucky gemstone

Career and Health Outlook


creative project

The Rat has one goal: to be very successful. Rats will look their whole life for their due recognition. They can make huge investments of time and money into something worthwhile, but then not be successful because they get too detail oriented and lose sight of the big picture. The smallest thing can distract a Rat. However, their charm may help get them through life’s rough moments. They have good instincts so they're able to spot valuable opportunities in business. Rats are extremely perceptive, wise, and have good problem-solving and observation skills, but they're not always persistent enough to see projects through until the end. Routine kills their creativity, so Rats can benefit from flexible jobs that involve creative skills.

Good career choices: Any work related to creativity, critical thinking, and invention. Artist, writer, editor, musician, lawyer, stand-up comedian, broadcaster, entrepreneur, researcher, inventor, banker, sales person, politician, software specialist, stock analyst.


doing exercise

Rats are usually in good health because they're active and energetic which keeps them fit and healthy. Some Rats rarely get sick, but when they do, they're usually able to recover quickly. Rats can tend to be aggressive or nervous at times, which can easily lead to high levels of stress; hence, regular physical exercise can help them overcome this.

2019 Overall:4/5 stars

Don’t let things worry you; good fortune will come. This year, you should take things as they come, and enjoy both the big and small things in life. Your personal connections will give you an edge when problems arise. People will appear at the right time to give you some help when it’s needed. Your friends and family will safeguard you from major problems.

2019 Career:3.5/5 stars

The year of the Pig promises progress and positive change for those born in the year of the Rat. The Rat will benefit from the support of those around them so it’s a good idea to make allies and strengthen relationships with possible benefactors this year. Now is the time to acknowledge the positives in your life in order to succeed. Harmony is extremely important this year. If you want to reach your goals, you must learn to work well with others and avoid unnecessary competition.

2019 Wealth:3/5 stars

While there shouldn’t be any major problems with your wealth this year, avoid getting too attached to it or recklessly trying to accumulate more. Money will come, but if you try risky investments or reckless endeavors, you may not see a good return, so thoroughly research all investment opportunities before making a decision. Play it safe and be careful with your money this year as you may need to spend more on health-related expenses. Always ensure you have savings ready for emergencies.

2019 Love:4/5 stars

The Rat will be blessed in love this year. Both single and attached individuals have a high chance of expanding their social circles. Those looking for love will have plenty of opportunities to meet someone new; however, you must still work hard at making a good impression. You can easily attract people, but you will still need to put in effort when it comes to your appearance, charisma, and attitude. Attending social events this year is encouraged unless you are married or in a relationship, in which case it’s better to spend this time with your partner as social events will reduce quality time with each other. Your charm may also make those around you jealous, so be careful. Otherwise, enjoy this year of auspicious love.

Rat Weddings: The Rat may decide to get married during the Year of the Pig, which will not be detrimental. However, it is better to choose a wedding date during the months that are most favorable.
Is 2019 a good year to have a child for a Rat parent? Yes! The child-parent compatibility of a father or mother born in the Year of the Rat who has a child born during the Year of the Pig is good to excellent.

2019 Health:2/5 stars

Health is where Rats may face some hardship this year. Be especially careful during the first half of the year as your health is more sensitive and you can be prone to small illnesses. Do not over-strain or push yourself too far. Try to avoid alcohol as your tolerance may have dropped and you may develop and unhealthy dependency on it. Also, try to connect with nature through daily walks or jogging/biking on nature trails.

Rat 2019 Monthly Horoscope

a happy rat

1. January will be a lucky month for a Rat’s career with new opportunities.

2. February is when you need to watch your health.

3. March will be an excellent time to start something new.

4. April is a good month to take a step back and reevaluate your success.

5. May will be a hectic month in your job or business.

6. June is an excellent time to learn a new hobby or skill.

7. July is when you need to pay extra attention to your relationships.

8. August is a good month to make positive changes in your life.

9. September will be good for career/business decisions, but don’t get in a hurry.

10. October could be concerning for your diet and lifestyle.

11. November will be an excellent month as you’ll have lots of success.

12. December will allow you to enjoy time with loved ones.

2020 Overall: 2.5 / 5 stars

2020 is the year of Rat, and it will be a challenging year for people who were born under the Rat sign. This is because in Chinese folklore, you have a connection with the animal for the year of your birth. This is called Ben Ming Nian, which means that your fortune will be influenced by the Tai Sui Star. For the year of the Rat 2020, it is wise to be extra careful and patient. As the fortune of the Rat will be full of ups and downs, don’t do any moves and plan anything with a great risk.

Career: 3/5 stars

The Rat 2020 horoscope for your career shows that it will be unstable and show no improvement unless you work hard. You should try to improve your ability and skills. Meanwhile, it is better to strengthen your communication, dependability, and teamwork skills in this year.

Wealth: 3/5 stars

Your luck in making money is to be straightforward. Focus on your main job to earn money, especially for your full-time stable job or running your own business, and don’t make any risky investments. When managing money, you should stick to sound financial products, in case of a drastic decline.

Love: 2.5/5 stars

You are lucky for love relationship this year. If you are single and want to get into a relationship, you will be popular and many opportunities for new romance will come your way this year. But if you are already in a relationship or married, your luck in this aspect is unstable, you need to communicate more and listen to your partner, which will help to prevent quarrels and fights each other.

Health: 1/5 stars

Health will be the most concerning issue for people born in Rat years. Due to the stress of work, you may easily suffer sleep deprivation. Don’t overwork yourself; learn to relax your mood and body. Go to see a doctor if you are not feeling well. Beware of accidents and stay away from sharp objects like knives or metal.

Rat 2020 Monthly Horoscope

1. January is a month full of opportunities, be cautious and think twice before making decisions.

2. February is a good time to make a plan.

3. March may have an opportunity for improvement.

4. April is a month of hard work and going ahead with your plan.

5. May is lucky and an important period for you financial decisions.

6. June is when the Rat needs to be more careful about your behavior and manners.

7. July is a good time to travel and to spend time with your friend and families.

8. August requires caution with your friends and acquaintances.

9. September is a month for changing, keeping an optimistic attitude and hope for good things to happen.

10. October is a month when you need to beware of accidents.

11. November is a lucky period to start or keep a relationship.

12. December is when everything will be achieved, a rewarding period, a time for celebration.