It’s coming. The Year of the Rat.

To find out more about The Year of the Rat, click here.

Chinese New Year falls on Feb 7th this year.  That’s today. 

I hope you are getting ready!

 Rat is associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. And, for all you Mamas expecting babies in the year of the Rat, it looks like we will have a clever, ambitious, creative, hard-working, fastidious, charming and sociable, but can be a bit stingy when it comes to sharing their wealth or possessions bunch.  It’s an honor to be born a Rat!

Rats have been given a bad rap in Western Culture but in China, the rat is a respected intuitive creature, synonymous with courage and an enterprising character. Rats know how to come up with solutions, take care of themselves and others without problems.Besides being curious and intelligent with a vivid imagination, rats are very lively and need oodles of attention (mental and physical stimulation).  To sum it up, the positive side of the rat personality includes being easy-going, smart, magnetic, quick witted and well-liked.  
On the flip side, rats have also been known to be a tad cool, calculating, selfish, and protective when they’re not in top form.What motivates Rats? You guessed it — money and status.  “Earth Rats” (those born in 1948 and 2008), are said to be very honorable folk who love to do things around the home and enjoy a stable life. Although a titch stingy with their moolah, they are cheerful with friends although are prone to stress.For more on the little known life of ratties, and what to expect from these ripsnorting rodents in 2008, don’t hesitate to check out what makes a rat tick!


And, for the rest of us (who aren’t expecting this year):  in the “Year of the Rat”, we can expect 12 months of plentiful opportunities and prospects not to mention being relatively free of turbulence, (which is great to know especially if you’re planning on making some long-term investments, starting new projects, or keeping the home fires burning brightly).

*Photos by montblanc.tins, michlancaster2002, SMILING PUG*