Chinese Astrology: Ken Tzu year, meaning Rat on the Beam.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Rat and Heavenly Stem Metal.
Although in the West, rats are associated with uncleanliness, in China they are admired for the cleverness and persistence in taking care of their large families. People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rats are industrious and intelligent, and always know how to keep their friends and families happy and healthy.
If you've ever heard someone talk about how their mother or grandmother fed a large family on an extremely small budget, there is a good chance that person was born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Rat. Rats are very talented at managing finances, and can always seem to produce something out of nothing. In a family, the Rat is probably the best equipped to make the budget and make sure everyone follows it. The one thing a Rat person need to look out for is sales. Rats have a hard time resisting what seems like a good deal and sometimes spend a little more than they planned.
Rats are quite sentimental, and tend to keep a lot of material possessions that may be worthless to the rest of the world, but are cherished by the Rat person for the loving memories they hold. Rats are quite prone to anxiety, because they are always worried about the well being of their families, and having memories surround them is very comforting.
A Rat always has a keen sense of impending danger. Those born under this Chinese sign have a nearly psychic ability to predict when things will go wrong. If a Rat advises you not to buy a certain stock, listen! Rats always escape just in time, so it is always wise to heed their warnings.
Rats are very smart and clever, and always find innovative solutions to problems. Sometimes they take on more than they can handle and become overwhelmed.
When someone born as a Rat under the Chinese horoscope is tempered by the Element of Metal, he or she becomes very tough. The resilience shown by these Metal Rats makes them survivors and where all others fail, a Metal Rat will succeed. However, this very toughness can wreak havoc on a Metal Rat's personal relationships. Metal Rats must always get their way, or their negative emotions will get the best of them. When someone, especially a person from his or her own family, disagrees with a Metal Rat, is can result in terrifying displays of temper.
Metal Rats feel a deep need to be in charge, especially in relationships. They need to be partnered with someone more easy going than they are, or else the entire relationship will be a battlefield. Metal Rats can be quite jealous and possessive, but at the root of this is simply a fear that their family will not stick together.
Metal Rats are very proud of how hard they work to support their families, and one way they show this is through the purchase of a grand house. Metal Rats will keep the house in great shape, and they are more likely to spend a little too much on a good house than anything else.