Rat (zodiac)

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The Rat () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rat is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rat", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[1][2] The following is a chart of the dates of western calendar of those born in the year of the Rat.

Start date End date Heavenly branch
5 February 1924 23 January 1925 Wood Rat
24 January 1936 10 February 1937 Fire Rat
10 February 1948 28 January 1949 Earth Rat
28 January 1960 14 February 1961 Metal Rat
15 February 1972 2 February 1973 Water Rat
2 February 1984 19 February 1985 Wood Rat
19 February 1996 6 February 1997 Fire Rat
7 February 2008 25 January 2009 Earth Rat
25 January 2020 11 February 2021 Metal Rat
11 February 2032 30 January 2033 Water Rat

Chinese Zodiac Rat[edit]

Sign Best Match Average No Match
Rat Rat, Dragon, Monkey Snake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Dog, Tiger Horse

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
The Five Elements: Water
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Eleventh
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 6, 8; Avoid: 4, 5, 9
Lucky Flowers: Lily of each and every species
Lucky Colors: gold, blue, green; Avoid: yellow, brown
Season: Winter


The Rat
Fixed Element/Energy Hours ruled Positive traits Negative traits Health risks
Water/Yang 11:00 PM~12:59 AM (23:00~00:59) Ambitious, intelligent, persuasive, sociable, charming, charismatic, shrewd, industrious, meticulous, tenacious, artistic, eloquent Cunning, manipulative, opportunist, scheming, exploitative, unstable Likeliness to suffer from stress and respiratory or skin health problems

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chinese New Year". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Chinese Zodiac - Rat". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 

Further reading[edit]