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___ Rat (Chinese Zodiac)

Rat (Chinese Zodiac, in Chinese: 大鼠) is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac.
 

Year of the Rat
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse with the Chinese character of 'Ji' meaning ‘good luck’, (in the year of the rat/mouse) Street side vending, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Photo © Valeska Gehrmann

Chinese seal script-ratThe written symbol for this animal is derived from the ancient pictogram of a rat, figuring the head, whiskers, feet, and tail. The rat is one of the symbolical animals corresponding to the first of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches, and is an emblem of timidity and meanness.

A rat represents fertility, reproduction, wealth (since the species proliferate quickly and abundantly and always finding hoards to eat).

A person born under the year sign of the Rat might be forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hard working, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd, but can be be manipulative, cruel, dictatorial, rigid, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming, material prosperity.

(see also: Animals' Symbolism, Chinese Calendar)



 

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