When : July 22nd
Being born a Rat is nothing to be ashamed of.
In China, the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person. It is deemed an honor to be born in the Year of the Rat and it is considered a privilege to be associated with a Rat.
Rats know exactly where to find solutions and can take care of themselves and others without problems. They use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any situation.
Years of the Rat
First in the cycle, Rat Years begin the sequence and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rat year actually begins.
The Sign of the Rat
The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary satisfaction are the greatest motivation.
Smart, Magnetic, Well-liked, Affable, Quick-witted, Surreptitious, Selfish, Protective, and Calculating.
Rats tend to be tense, full of nervous energy, petulant and prone to stress. Rats also harbor a bit of aggression; yet, they are usually able to control it. Yoga would benefit Rats by calming their aggressive natures and helping them manage stress.
AT HOME WITH THE RAT
Most Rats are cheerful, domesticated individuals who find happiness at home with their family.
THE RAT ON THE JOB
The Chinese say others should always listen to the advice of the Rat. Because of their intellect and observatory powers, Rat people possess prudence and perception. They can anticipate problems, and are always able to see the big picture. Rats work better in flexible situations where they can be freely creative.
MONEY AND THE RAT
Although few Rats suffer financially, the Chinese have a proverb: They who pile up grain hoards have much to lose.
Those born in the Year of the Rat also share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Rat are listed below:
RATS MAKE EXCELLENT:
Writers, Broadcasters, Actors, Advisors, Counselors, Lawyers, Politicians, Designers, Engineers, Managers, Directors, Administrators, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Stand-up Comedians, Researchers, Historians, Race Car Drivers
Next time you smell a rat, you might want to ask him to munch.
The Origin of Ratcatcher’s Day:
We have yet to discover why July 22 was selected as the date for Ratcatcher’s Day.
According to the legend, the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin, Germany of rats on or around June 26, 1284. After the town mayor refused to make payment as promised, the Pied Piper returned to lure the children to a cave. In some versions of the legend, this occurred the next night. In others, he returned several weeks later. We speculate that “several weeks later” was July 22nd.
Or the Piper was a Perv.