The Chinese zodiac is a cycle that assigns one of twelve different animals to a specific year. It attaches the attributes and personality traits of that particular animal to all those who are born within its twelve month reign. 2020, for example is the year of the rat. Let’s take a look at everything that entails.


Characteristics of the Rat

According to, “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.” More specifically, men born in the year of the rat tend to adapt easily to new environments and can be incredibly creative. Women born in the year of the rat are known to be highly capable. They are said to put extreme value on family and do a great job taking care of a home. Previous years of the rat include the years 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008.


If you’re familiar with your zodiac sign, you know there are certain signs you are more compatible with than others. For those born in the year of the rat, these include ox, dragon and monkey. These combinations are ideal for partnerships, understanding and building success. On the flip side, those born in the year of the horse or the rooster have the least amount of compatibility with rats. These combinations tend to struggle with finances, disagreements and disappointment.


2020 Forecast

In terms of health, this year is predicted to be a vulnerable one for any Rat. If you fall into this category, keep that in mind and ensure you’re getting the rest you need. Take care of yourself by eating nutrient rich foods. Love is also an area of life that doesn’t look promising for the rat. 2020 seems like a year to put focus where you’re predicted to gain the most success. According to, educational pursuits will pan out. It mentions, “The Rat will maintain a decent academic standing in their educational studies. Hard work will be valued and necessary. With the right amount of focus on your studies, you will surely meet your goals.” Finally, career-wise, 2020 will be an incredible year for the rat. The above mentioned article also states, “Success will flourish in the workplace, yielding benefits of all kinds. Hard work will be rewarded; your clever skills, quick-thinking, and optimism will drive you forward.”


Whether you believe in the Chinese Zodiac calendar or not, you will learn more about yourself by researching your animal. If you let it, the Zodiac can serve as a road map to help guide you through the year. Use it as a jumping off point and see how where it takes you.