Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Rat

Chinese Zodiac - Paper Rat

The traditional Chinese Zodiac features 12 animals, each believed to bestow their characteristics to those born in their year: The Rat (鼠), Ox (牛), Tiger (虎), Rabbit (兔), Dragon (龍), Snake (蛇), Horse (馬), Sheep (羊), Monkey (猴), Rooster (雞), Dog (狗), Pig (豬). This is a horoscope for the Year of the Rat.

Rat horoscope for the coming year:

Rats are the quick-witted thinkers of the Chinese zodiac and a symbol of wealthy and plenty. If you are born a Chinese Rat it is believed that you will be energetic and likable, with an ability to adapt and be flexible with changing circumstances. Rats are clever and inquisitive, which makes them shrewd when conducting business. Their resourcefulness means that Rats are never without, however, they can also come across as being stubborn and greedy and may hold grudges.

While a Rat’s warmheartedness usually makes them well-liked, their often timid nature means that they do not fare well in positions of leadership. They thrive in more creative jobs and can often be found working in charitable roles. Rate are adaptable and do well in new situations and mix well with people in new environments. They should beware, however, that their curious nature and love to gossip doesn’t get them into trouble in the workplace.

According to Chinese astrology, it is believed that you are more likely to offend the gods in your own zodiac year, which means that you are more likely to suffer bad fortune. Rats should be more careful during this year, for example; taking care when handling sharp objects to avoid unexpected injuries, and to pay closer attention to your health.

The Year of the Rat is one for new beginnings and an auspicious time to turn a new leaf and seek opportunities. The positive mood will make it an exciting time for new discoveries and inventions. Keep striving forwards to make the most of this year.

Chinese New Year Customs

Here are a few things that you can do to celebrate Chinese New Year:

  • Make sure you sweep and clean your house before the New Year and not during it, as you don’t want to sweep out your good luck!
  • Eat together with family and friends at a reunion dinner at the end of the year.
  • Eat lucky-sounding foods, such as large mandarin oranges and fish to ensure that you have luck and wealth.
  • Wear bright coloured clothing (preferably new, and red) to scare away evil spirits.

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