Born in the year of the Rat

Born in the year of the Rat

The Rat is born under the sign of charm and aggression. At first sight he seems to be calm, well balanced, gay – but watch out! Beneath this placid exterior there is hidden systematic aggression linked to constant restlessness. Stick around with the Rat for a little. While, and you will soon find evidence of his anxiety, his nervousness, his quick temper.

The rat is a creator of embarrassing situations, a niggler, sometimes a neurotic. He is always the first to grumble. The rat likes to be part of an in-group. He is a great party-goers and clubman, but because he enjoys gossip and scandals, he usually has more acquaintances than real friends. The fact that he himself never confides in anyone has something to do with this too: he is a self-contained man and he keeps his problems to himself.

Above all, though, the Rat is an opportunist. All his life, he profits from everything around him: from his parents, from h is friends, from his relations, from his own money as well as from that of others from his charm… Oh, that charm! He uses it and abuses it without stopping to think.

Gambler and glutton, he does not know how to - does not wish to – deny himself anything. Paradoxically, he is always frightened of failure and afraid that he may lack the basic necessities; while living intensely in the present, he dreams of saving to assure security for his old are! The female rat, for the same reasons, stocks up her cupboards with unnecessary provisions… which she proceeds to eat right away! She’s the one you see at the Sales, busy buying things she doesn’t need, in the hope of finding a good bargain.

The rat, imaginative in the extreme, is sometimes a creator – but is as a critic that he excels, and one is well advised to listen to his advice. Carried to excess, this quality can become a defect and there are certain Rats who go so far as to criticize to the point of destruction, just for pleasure.

Sometimes mean, narrow-minded, and suburban in outlook, the rat is nevertheless honest. He has the faculty of following through anything he undertakes to the bitter end – even if the undertaking is doomed to failure! He can always make a success of his life so long as he manages to master his perpetual discontent and his insistence on living for the present.

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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

I think my husband is a rat-- and I mean that in the nicest sense.

Some of the things ou have said are true-- some are not, but it's fun to hear the interpretations.

I'm a horse--water horse to be exact. When I was teaching English to foreign students, my Chinese girls were impressed that I was a horse-- though I have neigh idea why.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

oddly enough, I'm a horse as well. I don't look it, do I?


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

Not at all-- but then, I hope I don't either. I'm also a Leo, but born on the same day as Bert Lahr-- more of a Cowardly Lion.

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