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Year of the Rat 2020

Zodiac Rat Rat

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. It’s said that in a long time along, the Jade Emperor decided to choose twelve animals to represent the human zodiac. He had a competition arranged that the first twelve animals that arrived at the heavenly palace shall be selected. The shrewd rat was afraid that he might not catch others. He pleaded the honest ox to give him a lift. When they arrived at the ending point and no sooner the door of heavenly palace was opened than the rat jumped off the ox’s back. Rat became the first of the Chinese zodiac.

12 Chinese Zodiac in Order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Years of the Rat

Recent years of the rat are 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972,1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Nature: Yang

Earthly Branch: Zi

Representing Time: 23:00 - 1:00

What kind of rat are you?

Rat Year

Chinese Lunar Year






Jan.25, 2020 - Feb.11,






Feb. 7, 2008 – Jan. 25, 2009





Feb. 19, 1996 – Feb. 6, 1997





Feb. 2, 1984 – Feb. 19, 1985





Feb. 15, 1972 – Feb. 2, 1973





Jan. 28, 1960 – Feb. 14, 1961





Feb. 10, 1948 – Jan. 28, 1949





Jan. 24, 1936 – Feb. 10, 1937





Feb. 5, 1924 – Jan. 23, 1925



Are Rats Unlucky in Years of Rat?

In Chinese culture, people are considered unlucky in their zodiac year of birth. There is a saying that the Taisui (God of Age) is offended by the rat people this year; there will be misfortune even though everything is fine for rat people. Unluckiness like being ill, losing fortune, sabotage from other people, cheating or something crazy is likely to befall the rat people. They need to wear red underwear, or red bracelet to keep off the evil. The birthdays for rat people this year are pretty serious.

As concerned as rats are about their fortunes, there are ways, superstitious as they may, can help.

1.Red Belt/bracelet/underwear

Red is considered magical. Chinese people have a special feeling about the color red. In one’s birth year, it’s believed that the red belt, red bracelet and red underwear will keep the evil off. And these red things should be presents from other people. They won’t be as same effective if one buys for himself.

2.Worship the “Birth Year God”

According to Taoism, each person have their own Birth Year God. To gain blessings and achieve success in one’s birth year, people have to worship the Birth Year God.

3.Wear a Pi Xiu

Pi Xiu is a godly animal in ancient Chinese myth legend. It has gray and white fur, a head of dragon, a body of horse, four feet of unicorn, and overall like a lion. Myth has it that the Pi Xiu can drive off the evil and bring good luck. The rat people can wear a small consecrate Pi Xiu figure in the rat years.

4.Red Insole

The folklore has it that one will tread the villains that try to block his fortune and walk towards goodness step by step. It’s not guaranteed that doing the things above will keep you from any unluckiness. It will however, sooth your mind.

Personality of Rats:

Strengths of rats: cheerful, hardworking, quick witted, nice to people, considerate, adaptive, sensitive, warm, subtle, logical.

Weakness: timid, suspicious, prudent, inward.

Rats by Blood type

Rats with A Blood Type

Rats with A blood type are natural leaders. They are steady, calm and always thinking of the bigger picture. They can be very popular in a group. However, once they are in love, they will put the family over everything else. They can even sacrifice their career for their families. The rat women are typical good wife and mothers. They are diligent, thrift, hard-working and always take care of everything in their family. The rat men are more likely to be henpecked, they are willing to put up for their families.

Rats with AB Blood Type

Rats with AB blood type are mild, kind, generous, sophisticated, efficient and loyal. They love their careers and treat it as equal to their relationships. They stay loyal to their supervisors and partners. They are willing to do anything to keep others happy, which may come too strong. However, when they have done enough but still can’t get what they wanted in one relationship, they will lose it and vent their anger to some innocent people.

Rats with B Blood Type

Rats with B blood type are often cheerful, open and independent. They can be extremely gentle to their partners when they are happy; otherwise, they may seem phlegmatic and absent-minded. They feature a clear-cut of love and hate, making them honest to their partners. However, they may also be freakish enough to defy social customs to court someone they like within their marriage. Don’t worry, they will come around soon after.

Rats with O Blood Type

Rats with O blood type are often optimistic and expressive. Men are reserved and gentle, while women are frank and a lit butch. To their partners, they are passionate and devoted. When they lost love, they will swallow their pain.

Rats by Five Elements

Metal Rats Characteristics

Metal Rats are self-aware, sensitive and self-focused. They are natural lecturers and appear  cheerful overall, which can cover their nature of irritable, easy to jealousy and possessive. They seek fortune and good things, but they are bad at managing them. They like to get together and stay in the central spot. If they can control their temper, the metal rats can be quite promising.

Wood Rats Characteristics

Wood rats are independent and not snobbery. They are people persons and generally respected. They usually have both the bread and the love. In society, those people are traditional, social and disciplined. Their selflessness may seem rigid sometimes, but still understandable. They pursue the sense of security, but they constantly feel apprehensive.

Water Rats Characteristics:

Water rats are cogitative and intelligent. They can be very sophisticated sometimes, but overall more conservative in action. They would rather follow the tide than making a way out on their own. This, perhaps, is where their greatest wit. They prefer being alone most of the time, which may causes them friends, but will also make them aloof from the outside troubles.

Fire Rats Characteristics:

Fire rats are quick-witted, sagacious and very social. They love all kinds of activities, no matter for the moral or material causes. Fire rats are generally generous and chivalry. But they lack the sense of discipline and regulation, and they tend to act on emotion, not logic. Those people are great at artery works.

Earth Rats Characteristics:

Earth rats are lucky to be steady, contented and adaptive. Such kind of personalities ensure them a pretty good life and a respectable career. They may fantasy some kind of rich and luxury life, but they are more realistic. They like to cumulate little by little. Their friends are also like themselves. However, earth rats can be smug and self-righteous. They tend to be opinionated about others.

How to build relationships with rats?

I: Most of the rats are impatient and emotive. They have a lot of ideas and they want people to listen. So, all you have to do is being patient and actually listen to their ideas, and if possible, give them reasonable suggestions.

II: The rats values people with critical thinking. They don’t like to hang out with near-sighted or unambitious people. To attract them, you have to be as least as smart as them and even more.

III: The rats are sensitive people, they need to feel loved by their partners. They may seem shy about it, but if you take the initiative, they will respond for sure.

Lucky and unlucky things

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 23, 32

Lucky Colors: blue, gold, green

Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet

Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th and 9th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky color: yellow, brown

Unlucky numbers: 5, 9, 59,95

Unlucky direction: west

Unlucky months: the 4th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Love compatibility with other zodiacs

Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

Bad Matches: Horse, Snake, Rabbit

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Rat Men






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Rat Women







√ Best compatibility

-Average compatibility

×Worst compatibility

Jobs and Careers

What kind of careers rats should have?

Rat people are mostly independent and active, which make them suitable for jobs without too much restrict, like scholars, artists, doctors, critics, researchers, entertainers, individual owners, etc..

1.They can work alone and get things done. If they are requested to work with others, rat people turn to be unproductive.

2.Rats have a very sensitive intuition, which makes them better at jobs creative and innovative like decorating, gardening, handicraft, and photo shooting.

3.Rats are usually acute, so jobs like social media or creative writing might be better.

What kind of jobs unsuitable for rats?

As mentioned before, rats are good at lecturing and they tend to have better relationships with others. However, rats are not suitable in politics or social works. They can’t be politicians, officers, administrators, and such.

What kind of business rats can be in?

Being probably the most difficult kind of business, grocery business is the best for rats.

What should rats be careful about in business?

Rats are not recommended to do business with their friends or invest their money in their friends’ businesses. It’s suggested that rats focus on their own business.

Who can be business partners with rats?

Rat & Rat: best business partners.

Rat & Ox: great matrimonial and business partners.

Rat & Tiger: average partners, not too close.

Rat & Rabbit: good friends, no strong conflict.

Rat & Dragon: great partners in marriage and business.

Rat & Snake: good partners, respect with each other.

Rat & Horse: bad partners, competitive and conflicting in personality.

Rat & Goat: average partners, not recommended.

Rat & Monkey: good partners, understand each other.

Rat & Rooster: bad partners, hard to communicate.

Rat & Dog: good partners, cooperate for mutual interests.

Rat & Pig: average partners, can work together.

How do rats keep a good career?

As ambitious and competitive as rats are, they should work their relationships with workmates. It’s not recommended to confront colleagues just for small benefits. To their bosses and supervisors, rats should restrain themselves from speaking out or taking credit out of other people’s work.

Should rats do business alone, or make partnership?

Rats are intelligent and sophisticated. They like to be spontaneous and decisive, which makes them hard to work with others.

It may be better for rats to start their own business and be the sole proprietor. However, their weakness in maintaining relationships with clients can be a obstacle. Thus, it’s recommended that they work with others, with distinct spectrum of duties. The rats will work inside and make a business blueprint, set a goal and make strategies to achieve them. While their partners can build and maintain relationships with clients.

Rats Prospects in 2020

Career in 2020

In 2020, rats will have a few promotions, but the salary won’t bump too much. They will feel stressful facing the additional work, especially for the rats born in lunar July, August, October and November. It’s recommended for rats to consult superiors or friends for advice, and adjust their emotions.

Rats planning to change their jobs are recommended to remain at their old spot. In their birth year, a new company and environment may prove to be unsatisfying. If they desperately want a change, wait until the late 2020.

Fortune in 2020

Rats born in lunar Jan., Feb., Apr., and May: good.

Rats born in lunar Jul., Aug., Oct., and Nov.: not so good.

Rats born in lunar Mar., Jun., Sep., and Dec.: not so bad.

Business: be careful about money management and the businesses with regulatory agencies.

Investment: not a good time for big investment, just choose some steady ones.

Relationships in 2020

Single ladies: It’s possible to meet someone in parties, but it’s quite hard to pursue it unless with some help from friends.

Bachelors: It’s not easy to find someone satisfying as they put too much energy in work.

Rats in romantic relationships: It’s easy to quarrel over small matters. It’s recommended one should give the other some space. Meanwhile, they should lay low and don’t meet each others’ parents.

Married rats: It’s good overall, except sometimes, they tend to quarrel with each others. Some extra communication will make things better.

Rats Health in 2020

In their birth year, rats are likely to suffer from small illnesses like skin allergy, cough, and toothache. It’s not advisable to mountaineer or ski or race cars.

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