Rat is the first animal in the 12-year cycle Chinese Zodiac system. It belongs to the “water” element among the Chinese five elements. People born in the Rat are all-pervasive, no matter how harsh the environment is, the Rats can build their nests for a living. Hence the Rats can be considered having strong vitality.

The Rat hour (11:00 pm ~ 01:00 am) refers to the last moment of the day, and it also marks the beginning of a new day. The rats are most active at this moment.

Years of the Rat

Lucky Things

Lucky Numbers : 2, 3
Lucky Flowers : Lily, African violet, Lily of the valley
Lucky Colors : Blue, Golden, Green

Personality of the Rat


The Rat’s most prominent characteristic is that it has a quick reaction and a quick mind. At the workplace, the Rat is highly proactive and has strong adaptability skills. These traits often result in the Rat being appreciated by the superiors. The Rat is also meticulous, organized, good in strategizing and is often full of ideas, which gets him recognition and praises.


However, the Rat’s most deadly shortcoming is that he is short-sighted, tends to focus on instant gratification, and his personality can be slightly selfish. Therefore, despite the diligent efforts and being meticulous in small details, the Rat is not generous and has a lack of tolerance. This keeps the Rat from achieving great success in business.

The Rat and the Life Path Number

In Numerology, the birth date has significant influences on people’s life. In fact, a life path number can be derived from the sum total of the digits that make up your birth date. Your life path number together with your Chinese Zodiac sign can explore the real you. Here are the traits of the Rooster in reacting to different Life Path Numbers.

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Life Path number
Extremely insightful, give without asking for anything in return
Sensitive and intelligent, well-loved by all
Naturally free-spirited and dislike being tied down
Determined and enterprising
Rebellious yet compassionate
Enduring and motivated
Cautious and possess interest in metaphysics
Strong in appearance yet emotionally fragile
Lack sense of time and logic

The Compatibility of the Rat with other Chinese Zodiac Animals

The Rat Combines with the Western Zodiac Signs

In the laws of the universe, many areas will use the number “12” to divide some static systems. In the West, there are twelve constellations and in the East, there are twelve zodiac signs. Their difference lies in one goes with using a month as the unit of measurement, and the other uses a year for the unit of measurement. When the zodiac is combined with the constellations, it creates a unique character. The following is a character combination of the Rooster with the 12 zodiacal constellations.

Jan 20 - Feb 18An intellectual, renowned writer
Feb 19 - Mar 20Imaginative, capable, even of doing wrong things
Mar 21 - Apr 19Ambitious, aggressive
Apr 20 - May 20Charming, popular
May 21 - Jun 20Wise, talented
Jun 21 - Jul 22Loves to fantasize
Jul 23 - Aug 22Unfocused, self-contradictory
Aug 23 - Sep 22Having a colorful and dramatic life
Sep 23 - Oct 22Mild, unaggressive
Oct 23 - Nov 21Vicious, life goal is to destroy others
Nov 22 - Dec 21Determined, courageous, capable to be successful
Dec 22 - Jan 19Serious, not easily deceived