Your birth year, the First Sign of the Chinese Zodiac? Were you 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 (and so-on in 12-year increments) between 7th February 2008 and 25th January 2009? Do any of your partners, friends, relatives or colleagues fall into this category? If this is so, this article might interest you. Or, if you simply want to discover more about the Rat and the Chinese 12-Animal System, read on!
The Current 12-Year Cycle, Began with Rat Year (2008) and Ends With Pig Year (2019-20)
Years of the RAT and Year Elements:
1900 Metal; 1912 Water; 1924 Wood; 1936 Fire; 1948 Earth; 1960 Metal; 1972 Water; 1984 Wood; 1996 Fire; 2008 Earth; Metal 2020-21.
Famous Rats Include:
Burt Reynolds, Benjamin Disraeli, Boris Spassky, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz, Joseph Haydn, Hugh Grant, Avril Lavigne, Ayrton Senna, and Bobby Darin.
Hardworking Intelligent Rat!
In the 12-Year Animal Cycle, odd numbers are Yang (Rat no.1) and even ones Yin (Pig no.12). The Rat has 4 rear and 5 front toes (very odd!). Having both Yin and Yang attributes it is an ideal Animal to bridge two Cycles!
Rats are hardworking, intelligent and friendly but sometimes are easily put-upon by others. Forthright, expressive, and direct, Rats are usually excellent communicators with a good sense of humour. Rats can be thrifty without being mean and display sound judgement.
Sometimes Rats can be narrow-minded and lack the courage of their convictions but, nevertheless they display good problem-solving skills. Sometimes they can appear selfish, calculating and prone to gossip.
Ideal Rat careers and occupations include: Travel and Tourism, Food and Drink, Hospitality Management, Music and the Media and entrepreneurial activities generally. Ideal Rat partners tend to be born in Dragon or Monkey Years. Rats are least compatible with those born under the sign of the Horse.
Rat Fortunes in Dragon Year 2012-13
Rat in Dragon Year
Rat and Dragon synergies create an overall auspicious outlook. Career and financial prospects are excellent for Rats this year. Those born in 1960 should prove particularly fortunate during this period in many of their endeavours.
Those Rats in employment may enjoy a change of scene or surroundings. Romantically, there is a strong possibility of a meaningful relationship developing around November/December time.
The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di (circa 2,690-2,590 BC) is credited with creating the Chinese calendar in its current form, although it is certain it was in use long before this. Yin/Yang and 5 Elements Theories, fundamentally affecting the way the Calendar operates are also credited to the Yellow Emperor and exert powerful influences on events to this day. Dragon Year 2012-13 is Year 4,710 according to his Calendar, also used by many other countries of S.E. Asia. Thus the Chinese possess the longest continuous written recorded History of any group on the Planet. As they also invented books, writing and History as a subject, this, surely, has much to teach us!
Sifu Peter Allsop M.Ed. teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong in Yorkshire and Derbyshire U.K. With almost 40 years experience he is Shaolin Fists International Area Instructor for this region and Senior Student of Grandmaster Yap Leong.
Trained in the U.K. and China, Peter teaches Changquan ('Longfist') Wu Xing (5 Animals), Wu Tzu (5 Ancestors) Kung Fu and 5 Elements Qigong.
Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Team Member, he also publishes 'Red Dragon Martial Arts Ezine'.
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