Time has flown by and here we are at 2020 aka the year of the Rat. If you were born in these years: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020 then you are a rat. But, you’re a rat in the best ways possible. There are so many reasons this is a fantastic year for you, and it’s filled with lots of exciting possibilities for this year.



First, let’s talk about some general history of the Rat. The Rat is said to have been the animal to cross the finish line first. What finish line you ask? Well according to legend the Jade Emperor summoned the entire animal kingdom to participate in a grand race! It is said that the first 12 animals to cross the river, would make it onto the Chinese zodiac. According to legend the rat, the smallest animal, won the entire race. How did this little animal win you ask? The rat won by playing a trick on the Ox. The rat convinced the ox that they would be a great duo and at the last second the rat jumped off the back of the ox and finished first.

Character Traits

Now, let’s talk about general characteristics of the rat. People who are born in the year of the rat are liked by all and generally optimistic and energetic. These people are also sensitive to emotions however can be fairly stubborn. You might also notice that communication skills are lacking, their words might come off brash and sharp even if that is not their intentions. Rats are also notorious for being quick-witted, resourceful, and smart with sharp observation skills.


Gender plays a role in the characteristics of the rat as well. For example, women who are born in the year of the rat love keeping things organized, place value family. Males who are born in the year of the rat show themselves to be clever and adaptable, they are prone to move quickly through new environments. Male rats are known to be creative and great at taking advantage of opportunities.


Fun Facts

Here are some fun and interesting facts about rats:

  • Most compatible with Rat: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
  • Least compatible with Rat: Horse, Goat and Rabbit
  • Lucky colors: blue, gold, green
  • Flowers: lily, African violet, valley lily
  • Numbers: 2 & 3
  • Unlucky colors: yellow & brown
  • Unlucky numbers: 5 & 9


This Year’s Forecast

What is in store for rats in 2020? Typically, a zodiac’s year is unfortunate, however this year doesn’t look so bad. In terms of health and relationships, this will be the largest areas of concern. Even though the year will be a challenge in a lot of categories, the career and professional area will not be an area of concern. These are the lucky and unlucky months for the rat during 2020:

  • Lucky Months: March, September, and November
  • Unlucky Months: April, July, and October