Rat (zodiac)

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 .


Years and the Five Elements

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 05 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 03 February 2057 Fire Rat
03 February 2068 22 January 2069 Earth Rat
22 January 2080 08 February 2081 Metal Rat
07 February 2092 26 January 2093 Water Rat


Sign Best Match Match No Match
Rat Rat, Dragon, Monkey Snake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Dog, Tiger Horse

Basic astrology elements

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 also


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

Further reading

  • Neil Somerville (2007). Your Chinese Horoscope 2008: What the Year of the Rat Holds for You. HarperCollins. p. 368. ISBN 9780007244058.
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Water rat

Water rat(s) may refer to:

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Water rat is a common name for a number of not closely related types of semiaquatic rodents of superfamily Muroidea, including:

Ucayali water rat or amphibious rat (Amphinectomys savamis), a cricetid in Peru;

European water vole (Arvicola amphibius, formerly A. terrestris), a cricetid in north and central Europe and Russia;

Baiyankamys, a murid genus of two species of New Guinea;

African wading rat or African water rat (Colomys goslingi), an African murid;

Earless water rat (Crossomys moncktoni), a murid of eastern New Guinea;

Hydromys, a murid genus of four species of Australia and New Guinea;

Nectomys, a cricetid genus of five species of South America;

Trinidad water rat (N. palmipes)

South American water rat or scaly-footed water rat (N. squamipes)

Florida water rat or round-tailed muskrat (Neofiber alleni), a cricetid in the United States;

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The Grand Order of Water Rats, an entertainment industry charity based in London, England

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Year of the rat (disambiguation)

Year of the rat refers to a year associated with the Rat zodiac symbol in the Chinese calendar.

Year of the Rat may also refer to:

Year of the Rat (game), a board wargame

Year of the Rat (play), a play by Roy Smiles

"The Year of the Rat", an episode of Mighty Max

"Year of the Rat", a song by Badly Drawn Boy on the album One Plus One Is One

"Year of the Rat", a song by The Whitlams on the album Little Cloud

"Year of the Rat", a song by Tristania on the album Rubicon

Core Zodiac Members
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