Ruler of the hours - 11pm to 1am
Direction - North
Season - Winter / December
Fixed element - Water positive
Yin / Yang - Yang
People born under the year of the Rat tend to be forthright, generous and easy going to all of those that they love and care for. They generally have happy, lively personalities and are very outgoing, although they can get very edgy when upset. On the whole they are successful in what they choose to do and are full of imagination and possess very good memories. During a crisis rats come into their own because they are level headed and intuitive, but often their energies can be scattered by their over ambitious tendencies. If their over ambitious enthusiasm can be avoided there is no reason why Rats should not do well. The Rat is a lover of money and a hater of waste and idleness.
The year of the Rat: is symbolic of opportunity and good prospects. Business in general is forecast as being good although it is possible that bleak years will follow. However anything that began in the year of the Rat should in theory be successful.
The Fire Rat - Aggressive, dynamic, competitive, competitively motivated, self-determining and is full of ideals.
The Wood Rat - Inquisitive, intuitive, apprehensive, adaptable, is motivated by diligence and is not very conventional.
The Earth Rat - Trusty, adult, is motivated by permanence, is realistic and sanctimonious.
The Metal Rat - Sensitive, idealistic, envious, is motivated by thought and is possessive.
The Water Rat - Shrewd, perceptive, is motivated by education, is traditional and understanding.
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