Also known in BaZi as Zi 子
Intelligent, quick-witted, well-spoken, charming, persuasive, forthright, industrious, systematic, perfectionist.
Although Rats are considered a pest and calling someone “a rat” is considered derogatory in many languages, it comes first in the Chinese zodiac and has attributes of an animal with wit, delicacy, vitality, and spirit. Rats are known for their charm and attraction to the opposite sex. They will work hard to reach their goals. Good with money, they usually have big ambitions and can be very successful. Their children are of prime importance to them.
People born in the year of the Rat are usually intelligent, popular, and wealthy. Rats are knowledgeable and adaptable and work for success. They have a flair for cleanliness and tidiness. The Rat is clever and adorable, personable and materialistic. Rats are also thoughtful, sensible, and curious by nature.
People born in the year of the Rat are easily frightened and lack concentration and stability. They need courage, principles, and responsibility. They are incapable of assuming a leading position. They are not easily influenced but are easily distracted by their private interests. They have natural goodness but are also obstinate and selfish. They are likely to speculate, and they consider their greed a virtue.
Rat represents the middle of winter when temperatures are low; therefore, it carries only Yin Water Element, which is at its peak.
Harmony: Rat belongs to the Water Element structure, together with Dragon and Monkey. When together in the chart, Rat will activate hidden Water within Dragon or Monkey.
Combination: Rat and Ox combine together, increasing the Element of cold and wet Yin Earth.
Clash: Horse and Rat are in a direct clash (Essentially Yin Fire vs Yin Water clash).
Harm: Goat’s Yin Earth is trying to control Rat’s Yin Water; at the same time, Yin Water is trying to control Yin Fire within the Goat, creating Mutual Harm.