Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat is first in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Rat years are …1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Rat.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace would decide the order of the 12-cycle. The Rat climbed up the Ox's head and became the first of the animal signs.

Rat Years

In Chinese philosophy, there are five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years.

It is said that personal characteristics are associated with the birth of animal signs and elements. People born with different animal signs and elements will have different personalities.

Types of Rat Years of Birth Personality Traits
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 smart, sociable, and highly independent
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 steady, realistic, and self-opinionated
Metal Rat 1960, 2020 clever, filial, and irritable
Water Rat 1912, 1972 intelligent, cunning, and conservative
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 independent, traditional, and hard-working

Rat's Personality

Positive Attributes: The most outstanding characteristics of people born in Rat years are alert, resourceful, and smart. Owing to their positive contributions and strong flexibility at work, Rats are popular with their leaders. They can also be careful, well organized, and full of wicked ideas.

Negative Attributes: Lacking courage and leadership, Rats cannot be leaders of commercial organizations or other groups. They are sometimes selfish, and opportunistic, even though they are otherwise good-natured.

Rat's Compatibility

Rat’s Compatibility

Best Match with Rat: Dragon, Monkey

Dragons have the most compatibility with Rats. Rats and Dragons are both positive and optimistic, good at finding the joy of marriage life, so their romantic relationship will have a bright future.

Worst Match with Rat: Goat

Rats are not compatible with Goat. Couples that are formed from these two animal signs won't get rich and nothing will go well as there won't be much trust and understanding in the relationship.

How to Get Luck for People Born in the Year of the Rat?

Lucky Things for Rat

Rat's Lucky Things

  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
  • Lucky Colors: blue, green
  • Lucky Directions: east, south

Rat's Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
  • Unlucky Colors: brown, black
  • Unlucky Direction: north

Rat's 2021 Horoscope

Rat's 2021 Horoscope

No matter how good or bad forecasts for Rats in 2021 are, or what type of Rat you are, you don't need to take it too seriously. It is for reference only, just like western astrology.


This will not be a good year for Rats' health. They will be prone to disease of the kidneys or the urinary system. Eating and emotional issues should be given due attention.


Rats will have good opportunities in their careers this year. They will readily receive help from others and yield twice the results for half the effort, but at the same time, they will be vulnerable to villains. So it will be necessary to guard against the ups and downs of working life.


This will be a year of hard work for the Rats. Even if their income rises due to the development of their careers, their expenditure will increase accordingly. Be careful not to be trapped by deceptive competition or to lose money because of friends. Especially avoid money-lending or being a guarantor.


This year there will be nothing striking about the love life and relationships of Rats. The chances of single Rats to find their love will be embarrassingly low and the feelings of people they admire will tend to be cool. Married Rats may also have some troubles or end up in a cold war situation.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Rat

  • John F. Kennedy (the 35th president of the United States): born 20 January 1961
  • Charles (Prince of Wales): born 14 November 1948
  • Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom): born 30 November 1874
  • George Washington (the first president of the United States): born 22 February 1732
  • William Shakespeare (the greatest writer in the English language): born 26 April 1564

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in 2021!

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