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The Rat () is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rat is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

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Years and the Five ElementsEdit

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rat", while bearing the following elemental sign:[1][2] The following is a chart of the dates of the Gregorian calendar.

Start date End date Heavenly branch
31 January 1900 18 February 1901 Metal Rat
18 February 1912 5 February 1913 Water Rat
5 February 1924 23 January 1925 Wood Rat
24 January 1936 10 February 1937 Fire Rat
10 February 1948 28 January 1949 Earth Rat
28 January 1960 14 February 1961 Metal Rat
15 February 1972 2 February 1973 Water Rat
2 February 1984 19 February 1985 Wood Rat
19 February 1996 6 February 1997 Fire Rat
7 February 2008 25 January 2009 Earth Rat
25 January 2020 11 February 2021 Metal Rat
11 February 2032 30 January 2033 Water Rat
30 January 2044 16 February 2045 Wood Rat
15 February 2056 3 February 2057 Fire Rat
3 February 2068 22 January 2069 Earth Rat
22 January 2080 8 February 2081 Metal Rat
7 February 2092 26 January 2093 Water Rat

CompatibilityEdit

Sign Best Match/ Balance (1st Trine Group) Match No Match/ Rival-Enemy-Obstacle (Opposite Sign)
Rat Rat, Dragon, Monkey Snake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Dog, Tiger Horse

Cycle: (Trine Group) Rat needs Dragon, Dragon needs Monkey, Monkey needs Rat; (Opposite Sign) but his rival opposes the Horse.

Basic astrology elementsEdit

Earthly Branches: Zi
The Five Elements: Water
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Eleventh
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 6, 8; Avoid: 4, 5, 9
Lucky Flowers: Lily of each and every species
Lucky Colors: gold, blue, green; Avoid: yellow, brown
Season: Winter
Closest Western Zodiac: Sagittarius

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chinese New Year". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Chinese Zodiac - Rat". Retrieved 9 June 2017.

Further readingEdit