Chinese Astrology: Mou Tzu year, meaning Rat in the Warehouse.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Rat and Heavenly Stem Earth.
People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are industrious and clever. Although they do not usually have artistic interests, they have a lot of creativity in the way that they solve problems. Rats are ingenious when it comes to furthering their own interests.
A Rat person can always sense impending danger. This is almost like a sixth sense, and very reliable. It is always to your advantage to follow the wise advice of a Rat. If he or she tells you to get out of a situation, it is the best thing to do.
Rats have domestic talents and interests. A Rat keeps a tidy, if somewhat cluttered house, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. Rats are not particular about designer furnishings or being matchy-matchy, because the important things are comfort and safety. A Rat's house is a place that feels like home, even if you don't live there. A Rat's children are always well taken care of and well groomed, and even though they may wear hand me down or mended clothes, the clothing is always clean and well taken care of.
Rats are very good at stretching a meagre budget. If you know someone who managed to feed and clothe five or six children with his or her spouse making minimum wage, that person was probably born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Rat.
Rats are resourceful and find ways to save money that other people wouldn't even think of. If you need help with your budget, pick up the phone and call a Rat!
Although Rats are born nurturers, the pressure of running a household can wear on them and make them edgy and anxious. Rats can become nags when they feel this way.
When a Rat person is tempered by the Element of Earth, he or she becomes even more practical. These Rats know how to save for a rainy day. People born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rat and affected by Earth soothe their natural anxiety by stockpiling extra money in case they have an emergency and need a fall back. Although this makes them very reliable, it can also make them unnecessarily stingy.
Earth Rats are not very spontaneous people. The thought of picking up and taking off on a vacation seems wasteful, and causes anxiety in these people who depend heavily on their routine. It is far better for an Earth Rat to stay at home and excel at the things he or she is usually good at. Earth Rats are very smart, but don't like to take risks.
Although Earth Rats can be a bit stingy with money, they don't hesitate to be very generous with their time. Their kind and nurturing nature earns them many good friends who are devoted to them. Although family comes first, as it does with all Rats, an Earth Rat would never betray his or her friends unless his or her family was in significant danger.