THOSE born in the year of the Fire Rat are extremely capable individuals, but they come with feist and might.

Chinese astrology asserts that personality and luck are determined by both your zodiac sign and your 12-year cycle element.

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What year is the Fire Rat?

The years of the Fire Rat are 1936 and 1996.

The animal cycle includes the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

The Rat is "associated with the Earthly Branch and the midnight hours," according to

Other years of the Rat

The Rat occupies the first position in the Chinese zodiac.

Years of the Rat include: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020.

Other celebrities who fall in the year of the Rat include Zendaya, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lorde.

Characteristics and personality traits of the Fire Rat

The Fire Rat is full of energy, ideas and plans. They just want to get on with things but can be stupidly reckless and get themselves into all sorts of scrapes.

They’re definitely charmers and have a way with words. Their persuasiveness is quite something to behold.

Fire Rats are all-rounder type people but they can often be quite a feisty little mite.

There is a latent tenaciousness present here too; you have a character who keeps chugging along, even after his pathetic peers have cried wolf.

These characters have the drive, energy, belief, strength of character, guile and wiliness to reach the very, very top – and they do it all with that outrageously infectious charm.

Types of Rat

Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

Metal Rat: Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness.

Water Rat: Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise.

Wood Rat: Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork.

Fire Rat: Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves.

Earth Rat: Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem.


The Rat is said to be most compatible with the Ox, the Dragon and the Monkey.

According to the Chinese New Year site, the Rat and the Ox "complement and help one another in both work and life".

Meanwhile, couples that include a Rat and a Dragon are thought to enjoy success together, largely due to them understanding each other well.

Rats are said to be least compatible with the horse, the Goat and the Rabbit.

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