Rat (鼠Shǔ)

Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.


Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, and 2032.


As we usher in another prosperous Chinese New Year, we also welcome a new Chinese Zodiac (生肖 – shēngxiào) to the 2020 lunar calendar — the Rat (Shǔ). As the first of the twelve animals in the twelve-year cycle, the Rat represents spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.


The Rat sign marks the beginning of the Chinese zodiac and it is associated with an aggressive attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. In Chinese philosophy, it is linked to material success, wellness, and luxury life. The aggression, charm, strenuous work, discipline, and passion give the people born under this sign an ascendant upon others. Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your 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. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things. There are great chances for the Rat natives to obtain professional recognition or to make a fortune. They are intelligent, energetic, and they can adapt to any situation, solving each problem with ease.


Unlike other zodiac signs, the Rats have only a few friends, but they establish a special connection. When it comes to competition, no one has greater manipulative skills. The Rat natives prove their diplomacy and they go to great lengths to win a battle. The honour and lack of resentment are two things others can learn from the Rat. Heavy karma can cause inner conflicts. They will get involved in different speculations or adventures out of their desire to live dangerously.



Year of the Rat 2020 Fortune


In 2020, those born in the year of the Rat may be pleasantly surprised by a promotion, new relationships and some valuable opportunities for upskilling. However, a lack of exercise and a surplus of ‘liquid luck’ could present a slippery slope to health problems…In their year, the Rat natives need to make plans for the future, they must be perseverant, watchful and, above all, they must enjoy everything surrounding them. At work, excellent opportunities will occur along with an increase in salary. If, however, the Rats feel caught, bored or unable to progress, they need to follow their ideas, especially if they want to evolve – action will be the keyword during this year for all the Rats – there is no time for laziness or waiting for wonders to happen.


In 2020, they will celebrate, they will get involved in social events, and they will travel. Also, they will recall the passions and hobbies they left behind, and they will look upon them with different eyes because, in 2020, they will prove to be extremely useful.


Altogether, this year is going to be pleasant and prosperous for the Rats who follow their dreams. May and August will be especially favourable for new friendships or alliances. We wish everyone a Metal Rat Year full of health, wellness, and fortune.


Lucky things for Rats


  • Colours: blue, gold, green
  • Numbers: 2, 3
  • Flowers: lily, African violet, valley lily
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, northeast
  • Directions of wealth: southeast, east
  • Directions of love: west


Unlucky things for Rats 


  • Colors: yellow, brown
  • Numbers: 5, 9


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Fortune sourced from chinesenewyear.net