If you have been following this writer’s series on Chinese Elements, you may remember that there are Ten Heavenly Stems, and Twelve Earthly Branches, on which the Sixty-Year Calendar Cycle is based. The Twelve Branches correlate to the Twelve Annual Zodiac Animals. This article will deal with the First Animal, the Rat (Yang Water Animal). The humble, not-so-lowly Rat has the Honor of being the First Animal in every Sixty-Year Cycle.
Those born in the Year of the Rat are usually characterized as aggressive, ambitious, suspicious, power-hungry, honest, generous, quick to anger and prone to spend freely. They are known to be imaginative, charming, optimistic and cheerful and generous. Although they have a tendency to be hot-tempered and overly critical, they are also sentimental and sensitive.
These smart, enterprising, clever and quick-witted people, master negotiators, and are ptionally suitable as salespeople, business leaders, politicians, writers, critics, or publicists. They are easy to get along with, often having many friends. They have the Gift for making money. This can also lead to greed. Their ability to accumulate all kinds of things can make them, well, pack-rats!
It is a rare thing to see a Rat person having nothing to do. They tend to have very long memories, which can lead them to hold grudges. On the other hand, they always repay favors, sometimes many Years later! Rats are most compatible, whether in business or marriage, with the Dragon, Monkey, or Ox, but especially the Ox.
Recent Rat Years are: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020.
They may even sometimes be viewed as opportunists who cajole others into helping them accomplish a great ambition. In their careers, Rat people can find much success as business leaders or politicians.
A few famous people born in the Year of the Rat: Charlotte Bronte, born in 1816, a Yang Fire Year, Truman Capote, born in 1924, a Yang Wood Year, Prince Charles, born in 1948, a Yang Earth Year, Vicki Borken, born in 1961, a Yin Metal Year, and William Shakespeare, born in 1564, a Yang Wood Year.