Hours ruled by the Mouse : 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Direction of its sign : Directly North
Season and principle month : Winter - December
Corresponds to the Western sign : Sagittarius
Fixed element : Water
Stem : Positive

Starting Dates         Ending Dates         Element
January 31, 1900         February 18, 1901         Metal
February 18, 1912         February 5, 1913         Water
February 5, 1924         January 24, 1925         Wood
January 24, 1936         February 10, 1937         Fire
February 10, 1948         January 28, 1949         Earth
January 28, 1960         February 14, 1961         Metal
February 15, 1972         February 2, 1973         Water
February 2, 1984         February 19, 1985        Wood
February 19, 1996         February 7, 1997         Fire

CHARACTER TRAITS:

A well loved sign.  They are usually very popular people.  The rat can attract wealth easily.  This is usually
because they can be thrifty and shrewd.  Rats are full of good advice but they will never share their
troubles with others.

The rat’s health is usually very good.  They are full of energy which keeps them healthy.   But they can
have stress in their lives.

Rats are very charming and social individuals.   

Compatible/Not Compatible:
Rat and RAT
No conflicts. Congenial and cooperative relationship. Compatible to a good extent. Will work as a team.
Rat and OX
Excellent match for marriage or business. Mutual love and understanding. Very sympathetic to each other.  
Rat and TIGER
Will just tolerate. No conflicts but no special attraction either. Will maintain a moderate relationship at best.  
Rat and RABBIT
Amicable relations. No difficulties in getting along to a certain degree. No strong clashes of will.  
Rat and DRAGON
Very good match. Excellent for marriage or partnerships. Will achieve success, happiness and prosperity
together.  
Rat and SNAKE
Will cooperate to a good extent. Special bond possible if there is mutual admiration and understanding.
Successful to a good degree.  
Rat and HORSE
Unhappiness. Strong conflicts in  love and business relations. Personality clashes and bitter rivalry.
Rat and SHEEP
Some animosity and unsympathetic feelings. Have nothing much in common. Do not relate well to each
other.  
Rat and MONKEY
Highly compatible. Very successful union. Have deep understanding of each other. Will find love and
contentment.  
Rat and ROOSTER
Nothing lasting or special will result from this relationship. Difficulties in communications. Will avoid each
other's company.  
Rat and DOG
Mutual respect for each other. No large differences or struggle for dominance. Will cooperate for good.  
Rat and Pig
Moderately happy relations. No personality clashes. Compatible to a good extent. Share common aims.

KEY WORDS:

POSITIVE TRAITS:
Charming
Engaging
Curious
Enterprising
Savvy
Self motivated
Detail oriented

NEGATIVE TRAITS:
Secretive
Insecure
Worried about money
Gossip
Criticize
Greedy
Aggressive

CAREERS BEST SUITED FOR:
Administrator
Director
Manager
Entrepreneur
Broadcaster
Writer
Musician
Comedian
Politician
Lawyer
Researcher
Race car driver

ELEMENTS:
Metal Rats – Years 1900 and 1960
Metal Rats are strong-willed individuals who are determined to get what they want, regardless of the cost.
Intensively emotional, their behavior can border on extreme. Possessive feelings, envy and rage can cause
problems. Relationships can be problematic as Metal Rats are obstinate.
Water Rats – Years 1912 and 1972
Water Rats are extremely influential. They’re smart and insightful which makes them excellent at problem-
solving. Practical and understanding, Water Rats interact well with and are liked by others.
Wood Rats – Years 1924 and 1984
Not nearly as self-confident as they appear on the surface, Wood Rats will never expose this vulnerability
to others. They’re successful despite their perpetual fear of failing. Wood Rats enjoy being with friends and
family and fortunately for them, feelings of love and respect are mutual.
Fire Rats – Years 1936 and 1996
Fire Rats enjoy being spontaneous. They enjoy traveling and taking on new tasks and will take on
practically any new project or adventure simply to avoid any sense of routine and monotony. They’re
zestful, spirited, and giving individuals who are well-liked by others.
Earth Rats – Years 1948 and 2008
Earth Rats prefer a sense of stability, digging in and putting down roots early to help ensure a successful
future. They believe that slow and steady is the best approach. Being spontaneous is an inbred trait, but
this type of behavior does not suit Earth Rats.

FAMOUS PEOPLE:
William Shakespeare, Mozart, George Washington, Alata Hi: Carter, Prince Charles, Doris Day, Sidney
Poitier, Peggy Fleming, and Sei: