In the Chinese astrological cycles the Rat is presumed to be the first animal chosen to represent a five- year reign. This is believed to be because the Rat was first in the queue to receive the honor due to their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Their clever initiative is believed to be present in all personalities born in their years. The Western astrological sign of Aries personality is thought to greatly profit from this creature's influence. An Aries Rat is smart, highly imaginative, ingenious and enterprising. They are usually super-efficient, friendly and very enthusiastic about everything in general.
An Aries Rat has an extremely sharp mind that they use to try and acquire what they need or desire in life. These are good problem solvers and seem to take obstacles as a challenge rather than an issue. Decisions are usually well planned in advance with much thought invested in these characters. They have a great diversity of thought patterns and can quickly evaluate ideas and people. The Aries Rat can appear a little unemotional and aloof outwardly. This distant attitude can often make these personalities difficult to get to know, as they act so self-reliant. This is because they are strongly self-governing personalities, do not like being told what to do, and like to do things their own way.
The Aries Rat does not seem to need many friends to be happy due to his or her independent nature. They enjoy the company of others, but are also equally as content to spend time alone. Many of these individuals may put off embarking on soulmate relationships until they have lived a little first. That is, unless they meet their destined partner by chance, as most of these people believe in love at first sight. Although they are not particularly romantic, these personalities are rather sensual and loving. They will generally put partners before anyone else and be very protective of their feelings and needs.
As the Aries Rat is so resourceful, their homes often contain a few things they have adapted or made themselves. Their inventiveness and good imagination help them visualize improvements and ideas for useful things to make. The Aries Rat tends to choose employment that makes use of their dexterity with both their hands and minds. In their leisure time, these Aries like to take part in sports and do a little traveling if they get the opportunity. They are quite energetic individuals who at times find it hard to truly relax, as their brains are constantly active.
Apart from his or her occasional aloofness, the Aries Rat personality has only one other weakness worth mentioning. This is their tendency to, every now and then, be a bit quick-tempered and critical. This usually happens when an Aries Rat is stressed out and over-tired. If they know themselves well, it will probably be very rare that you will see any signs of this shortcoming in their personalities. Most of these people learn to not let stress build up, and try to get enough hours of sleep at night.