Chinese Astrology: Jen Tzu year, meaning Rat on the Mountain.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Rat and Heavenly Stem Water.
If you need financial advice, call someone who was born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Rat. Not only are Rats experts at managing money, but they have an uncanny ability to sense approaching danger, so they will be able to advise you against bad investments. Rats are capable of stretching a budget thinner than you can imagine, so if you suddenly lose your job and have no idea how you're going to pay all the bills, call up a Rat. In fact, although Rats are nurturers and enjoy domestic duties, they make great accountants.
Rats suffer from negative emotions, like anxiety. Rat people can put a great deal of pressure on themselves to keep the entire family perfectly safe and happy, and more than any other Chinese sign, these people can get short and snappy with the ones they love due to anxiety. It is not really the Rat's fault, because he or she works too hard sometimes, and it is all out of an honest desire to keep his or her loved ones safe, well provided for, and happy.
People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are very clever. They can always think their way out of bad situations. It is nearly impossible to trap a Rat or back one into a corner, but be careful if you ever manage to do so. A Rat person's first priority is home and family, and he or she will think nothing of doing whatever he or she can to get out of the trap you set.
You might get more than you bargained for!
One of the Rat's weaknesses is the tendency to take on too much work. Rats bite off more than they can chew sometimes.
When a person born with the Rat as his or her Chinese sign is tempered by the Element of Water, he or she gains a great ability to convince other people around to his or her point of view. Water Rats are quite social, and have a large group of friends. Water Rats are able to calm down, focus, and apply their intelligence to puzzles quite well, and Water Rats have more patience to solve tricky puzzles than other Rats do.
Water Rats are very practical. Their intelligence doesn't always apply to "book learning" but translates very well into their everyday lives. Water Rats are natural born problem solvers, and they are very helpful and nurturing to others. Although a Water Rat will still look out for him or herself over others if times get tough, he or she is a kind, caring person, and will not betray others unless the situation is dire.
Because of their loyalty to others, Water Rats are well liked and very respected in their communities. Water Rats are very hard workers, and take pride in the results of their labours. What is more, they tend to benefit everyone around them through their efforts.