The Year of the Rat 2020
The Year of the Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor proclaimed the order of the animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. Metal Rats tend to be reliable and live a stable life. They may hold some power and are able to turn unlucky events into fortune.
In Chinese culture, rats symbolized wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples would pray to them for children. In the terms of yin and yang ((阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
Personality and Characteristics:
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Year of the Rat are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with their opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude. On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy.
Men born in the Year of the Rat are clever and adapt quickly to new environments. They are creative and great at taking advantage of opportunities; however, they sometimes lack the courage to do so.
Women born in the Year of the Rat are traditional. They love keeping things organized and place great value on the family. Everything is taken care of by them and there is no need for their husband to worry.
Most compatible with: Ox, Dragon, and Monkey
Least compatible with: Horse, Goat, and Rabbit
Because of their independence and imagination, they are suitable for creative jobs. These include authors, editors, and artists. Rats also pay attention to fine detail, making them fit for technical work, such as engineering and architecture.
Bonney Rempel A retail expert and a savvy shopper herself, with a keen eye on fashion and all things beauty – from her passion for flower gardening, to her savvy in skin care (she was an aesthetician before all, and it shows), so when it comes to getting and keeping a glow, she’s the one in the know. Her fashion dictum is “There’s no such thing as being overdressed”.