Finally, I am in MY birth sign year!
I was born under the Year of the Rat.
This year is my year of fate / animal year / birth year / big year.
中国生肖（Chinese Zodiac Sign）真是难熬啊，要等到自己的本命年，少年都熬成了中年。
The rat is the first of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system. The Chinese word “鼠” may refer to rats, mice or other rodent-type animals.
According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The rat tricked the ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, the rat jumped down and landed ahead of the ox, becoming first.
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Year of the Rat are likable by all. They are sensitive to other people’s emotions but are stubborn with opinions. Their personality is kind, but due to relatively weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.
On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.
The rat’s fixed element of the five is water, while ox is earth. They complement and help one another in both work and life.
Couples that are formed from rats and dragons will be able to understand each other well, and enjoy success together.
Similar to dragons, monkeys get along great with rats, and tend to live happily ever after like a fairytale.
Because of their independence and imagination, they are suitable for creative jobs. These include authors, editors and artists. However, if they join a team, their creative outlet may be blocked.
Rats also pay attention to fine detail. They are fit for technical work, such as engineering and architecture.
Since childhood, Rats have frail health. They have energetic personalities, but tire quickly. They catch colds often, but thankfully do not have serious illnesses.
They are sensitive to changes in temperature. Not only is cold weather unbearable for them, they also can’t stand hot weather. But despite seeming weak and not being able to perform hard physical work, they enjoy longevity. For a healthy life, rats must remember to eat breakfast, do moderate exercise and remain cheerful.
Luck is also not in your favor this year for love. Romance will be hard to come by for married couples and singles alike. You will face many struggles throughout the year; however, your innate positivity will help you push through hard times.
If you’re single, it is best to avoid longing for a partner this year. The likelihood of finding someone long-term is very low. Instead, have fun and enjoy the freedom of not being tied down romantically. Enjoy light conversation, some partying (but not too much) and meeting new people.