The twelve-year Asian Zodiac Cycle begins with the Year of the Rat. For those of you born in this year (see dates below), the Rat is considered a quick-witted perfectionist, at the forefront leading the way, while overcoming problematic challenges. The Rat is highly organized and has a very active mind and a very busy life.
Those born under the Rat sign are also intuitive, perspicacious, sociable and easy to get along with.
The Rat person loves to travel and also appreciates the finer things in life.
They are blessed with an amusing sense of humour, preferring always to live by their own rules.
Here is Jean's Percy the Rat in our children's book "Leo's Birthday Adventure".
We discovered Theodora Lau's poem about the personality traits of the Rat in The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes (1979).
"I am the self-proclaimed inquirer,
I am a link, yet I function as a complete unit.
I aim at encompassing heights
And strike my target
Sure and steady.
Life is one joyous journey for me.
Each search must end with a new quest.
I am progress, exploration and insight.
I am the womb of activity.
I am the Rat."
Years of the RAT:
Jan 24, 1936 to Feb 10, 1937;
Feb 10, 1948 to Jan 28, 1949;
Jan 28, 1960 to Feb 14, 1961;
Jan 16, 1972 to Feb 2, 1973;
Feb 2, 1984 to Feb 19, 1985;
Feb 19, 1996 to Feb 6, 1997;
Feb 7, 2008 to Jan 25, 2009.