Chinese Zodiac Encyclopedia

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The Rat
Tenacious and Diligent

Year: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Greatest Compatibility With : Dragon, Monkey
Least Compatibility With : Horse

Ranking order : First
Hours ruled by the Rat : 11pm - 1am
Direction of its sign : Directly North
Season and principal month : Winter/December
Corresponds to Western sign : Sagittarius
Fixed Element : Water
Stem : Positive

The Rat personality is tenacious, diligent and detail-oriented. Although the Rat can be easily unnerved by a compromising situation, the Rat will always maintain composure in a social setting. The Rat likes to be involved with exclusive gatherings, is extroverted and can sometimes be clannish. A devoted friend and family member, the Rat looks protectively over loved ones and is just as shrewd with money.

Famous people born in the Year of the Rat

Adlai Stevenson, Lucretia Borgia, James Callaghan, Pope John Paul, Maurice Chevalier, Prince Charles, Peggy Fleming, William Shakespeare,James Baldwin, George Sand, Jimmy Carter, Sidney Poitier, Doris Day, Marlon Brando, Charlotte Bronte, Mozart, Karim Aga Khan, Pablo Casals, Yves St. Laurent, Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne.


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