Year of the Rat – Zodiac Love, Compatibility and Personality

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Rat Chinese Zodiac Sign

The period from January 7, 2008 through January 25, 2009 is the year of the Rat. In addition Water is the Element and the Planet Saturn is associated with this period in the 60 year cycle. The next time this signt will make its appearance in the 60 year zodiacal cycle will be 2020. This sign is the first sign in Chinese astrology.


To these people love can be passionate and so long as they receive the security they crave, they are both loving and attentive. They makes great company. They love to be indulged as this adds to their sense of love and attention.  They are naturally charming and often shows overflowing emotions as they express their true feelings. They will be very focused when they seek a goal either in love or in careers, which can make them seem stubborn and unfeeling at times.


When studying compatibility pairings Chinese astrology can be a fascinating subject. Generally Monkey, Dragon, and Ox love compatibility are the most likely pairings. The Rat Monkey love compatibility rating is almost irresistible since both hold the same general life view and their understanding is like. The Rat Dragon love compatibility quotient is high enough to be assured of happiness. Passion and understanding between the two principals is a recipe for future satisfaction between the two individuals. Finally, the Rat Ox love compatibility factor may be one of the most sexually fascinating pairings, but may not be the most workable plan for marriages, but is a great pairing for a love affair.

The compatibility pairing that is not destined for success with the Rat as a major partner is that of Rat Horse. Since the Rat is known for its practicality and ambition and the horse is far too easily distracted, this is a pairing that should not have occurred.


Their personality is always full of energy and able to adapt to their environment. Although everyone wants to be a friend to them, this person is very selective in their choice of friends and may have a very limited circle of close friends. Although the charm they have is legendary, their obstinacy is also a factor in their personality. They are quite controlling, wanting their own way regardless of the price. They may even use the force of their personality to play mind games and even to exploit others.


Those individuals who were born during this year tend to be very talented and are organized to a fault. The high energy level and varied facets of their interests makes the choice of a career one which could go in many different levels. For example, they may become an energetic and personable politician. They are very excellent at preparing tactics that will work for a business or political campaign, but also has a talent for keeping the members of their team or circle of friends informed about the process. This enable them to maintain a high level of trust and respect.

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The Famous Rats!

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne, Zinedine Zidane, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eminem, Marlon Brando, Jude Law, Portia de Rossi, William Shakespeare, Prince Harry Windsor, Karolina Kurkova, Busta Rhymes, Cameron Diaz, Delta Goodrem, Sean Penn, Notorious B.I.G., Alyssa Milano, Elizabeth Jagger, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Grant etc.

Elemental Rat

Metal Rat:
This Rat appreciates the finer things in life, likes to impress his friends and mixes in all the “right” social circles. A rat with good financial instincts, he doesn’t mind spending for good quality, and is often busy re-decorating his home comfortably and lavishly with his excellent taste. Always jolly and charming on the outside, he is quite different on the inside, easily troubled by his own worries, sometimes becoming jealous and possessive. Despite this, he is a Rat who is well liked by his friends and family.

Water Rat: 
Intelligent and perceptive, this rat understands the intricacies of human nature which allows him to relate well people on all levels. Shrewd and cunning, he knows how to influence those in a position to help him, but at the same time is well respected and known for his accommodating, conservative nature. An instinctive writer, he is drawn to words and knowledge, and would do well if he learned not to get side-tracked quite so easily.

Wood Rat:
The wood rat has a delightful sense of humor, and her amicable and outgoing personality leave her rarely without friends. Success-oriented and driven to her goals, this Jolly Rat works hard to achieve what she craves most – security. With a love for exploration, she often tries her hand at whatever grabs his interest, easily able to enlist support for her ventures.

Fire Rat:
Energetic, chivalrous and idealistic, this Rat is often involved in noble causes and activities he wholeheartedly believes in. Aggressive, independent and an original thinker, he follows the dictate of his heart, getting carried away in the fervor of the moment without considering the full implications of the outcome. Because of this, fortunes may change easily and radically for this dynamic Rat, yet his resilient and competitive nature will see him through anything.

Earth Rat:
Unlike the other adventurous Rats, this one likes his feet firmly planted in the earth, preferring to stay in the same home, with the same job for most of his life. Frivolity, gambles, dreaming and risk-taking is not in his vocabulary, and although financial success is high on his agenda, he prefers to take the proven, slow and methodical route to achieve it- and in time, often does. He is a perfectionist with high material standards, frequently comparing his accomplishments to his peers, and sometimes putting too much importance on his public image.

Year of the rat

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

2020 Rat Horoscope

This year will cause health related problems. It is also advisable to not involve in any fast pace, high risks activities. Despite the minor set back, your luck is still considered to be good.

Career (7/10)
In this year, the rats will experience is big boost in the careers. The people surrounding them will extend to them a hand to bring them to the next level.

Money (4/10)
You have to be prudent in money matters. Don’t involve in any high-risk investment, speculation and gamble because 8/10 chances you will lose money. Research and study where you are going to put your money is going to save you a lot of grief.

Health (2/10)
You have to watch your health. The health factor is average this year. Your health factor in this year is weak, you really have to do more exercises. Even better, have a medical check up. Cut down the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

Love (10/10)
Those who have no spouse will get a spouse this year. Those who are in love will get married this year. The luck of love is at its peak. But for those who are married, beware of marriage affair. It will cause tension between husband and wife.


Rat with Monkey

Highly compatible. Very happy union. They have deep understanding with each other.

Rat With Dragon

Very good match. Excellent for marriage or partnerships. The two will relate very well in relationship.


Rat with Horse

Highly incompatible, Serious clashes and strong conflicts.Personality clashes and bitter rivalry.

Rat with Rooster
The two is better stay away with each other.No understanding of each other and have difficulties in communications.

Next zodiac animal: The Ox

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Melissa Martinez currently has 10+ years of experience helping people navigate life with the use of astrology. When not working on the website she is busy writing her first book on love and astrology.

One Comment

  1. libra rose says:

    The year of the Rat occupies the first and the foremost position in Chinese astrology signs and zodiac signs. People who belong to this zodiac signs are usually very observant and have keen skills. They are witty and sharp. They are usually correct about their assessment of others. Good natured and friendly, they are very honest and hard working too but will not easily share their troubles with others. They might however sometimes get aggressive. They are survivors of the true kind and never back down from a challenge.
    They are very active; enjoy good health because they keep moving all the time. They are physically fit and include a lot of exercise in their daily schedule to keep them working. However, sometimes they can get stressed out and would require meditation activities to calm them down. They are extremely creative and perceptive when it comes to their career. They usually make good bosses and do not like monotonous jobs. They focus more on the designation of their job because they feel this is what brings them status and money in the end for which they work very hard and observe everything keenly that goes around in their work place. They achieve success only because of their sheer hard work and determination to succeed.
    The Rats are very charming people. They have this ability to melt hearts and are very good and social relationships. However, when the time comes, they cannot break off relationships or get away with them easily which is why they take a lot of time to move on. They are the most compatible with dragon and monkey signs and do not work well with horse and rabbit. The rats are an interesting mix of people and are usually practical and worldly.

    Being born in this sign determines a lot of talents, and other characteristics that might not be very commendable. The rats are lively and need lots of mental & physical stimulation. They are calm & perceptive, however at times their brains will cause the mental restlessness, tempting to take on very much, just to discover that they are not able to meet the commitments.

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