Accordant with centuries-old Chinese Astrology, the person born a Rat in the Western sun sign of Cancer is a curious soul. He will be a great seeker of knowledge, and love to examine and evaluate everything in fine detail. They will often put aside their natural shyness if it means discovering something of immense interest. The inquisitiveness of the Cancerian and his need to collect things is accentuated when paired with the Rat astrological symbol. Those people with the Cancerian Rat combination are industrious, but their Cancerian side of over-sensitivity makes them sometimes better off working alone. With such an inquiring mind and nature, these personalities are often renowned for coming up with excellent ideas.
A Cancerian Rat character is a friendly, resourceful and level-headed individual, making them easily adaptable to most other people and situations. They may be initially shy, but do like to chat and are usually good communicators once they get to know others. These types are most at ease in surroundings and with people they are familiar with. It helps them relax and feel more in control so they are free to let their dreamy minds wander. A Cancerian Rat's true loving personality is displayed when he is at home with those he loves. He considers his habitat to be highly important, as his own private haven and shelter from the big wide world.
The fusion of Cancer and the Rat creates personalities that can be rather emotionally delicate. These people strive to do a lot of things themselves that they could have asked others to help with. They have an inclination to think that they are invincible and do not need to rest. Those around the Cancerian Rat will often find themselves reminding them it is way past their bedtime. With all that imaginative analytical thought going on, the Cancerian Rat may find it difficult to switch off. They benefit from friends and personal relationships with people who will insist that they take time out and refuse to take “No” for an answer.
In all contact with others, the Cancerian Rat is generous with his time and patience, but anticipates the same in return. These particular characters are very tuned in to the emotions of others, and can almost feel their distress. This instinctive skill is very useful in relationships, so partners cannot usually accuse the Cancerian Rat of being insensitive to their feelings or opinions. They can expect these individuals to listen carefully and attentively before responding. When they do respond, the Chinese symbolic influence of the sympathetic Rat guides them to do so with much regard for the other person's level of sensitivity.
With all these caring and thoughtful persona qualities, it can be difficult to spot the little weaknesses in the Cancerian Rat. These are not very troublesome flaws, but they can be annoying. The Cancerian Rat can be untidy, moody and very negative, and may brood for long periods of time, if especially upset. In these instances, the best remedy is to distract them with something else to analyze.