Chinese Horoscope: What is an Earth Rat and what year is it?

Chinese Horoscope: What is an Earth Rat and what year is it?

November 10, 2020

CHINESE astrology is based on animals and how their characteristics represent the year you were born in. 

The Earth Rat is the animal for those born in 1948 and 2008.

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What year is the Earth Rat?

Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals including 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 the first animal in the Chinese zodiac and it is also given to those born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020.

It is a sub-component of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. 

Each zodiac sign has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness and characteristics to the sign.

Other years of the Rat

Rats are known for their flexible and modest nature. 

They take work very seriously and are very honest to themselves and others. 

Some notable Earth Rats are: Prince Charles, Stevie Nicks, and Ozzie Osborne. 

Characteristics and personalities of the Earth Rat

These characters know exactly what they want, know exactly where they're going which invariably results in them banking a lot of money.

Earth Rats have business nous, common-sense and a work ethic to rival the most dedicated carthorse.

They are only interested in work and money. All other aspects of life will simply have to tag along. 

The Rat has a good soul, and their intentions are honorable but these characters are fundamentally tough.

Types of Rat

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 most compatible with the Dragon and Monkey. 

These three are all considered intelligent and competitive animals. 

They are goal oriented and quick to their feet. 

Rats, Dragons, and Monkeys are a good combination when working together as they all possess courage and are cunning.

However, Rats are least compatible with the Horse or Rooster. 

The Horse is considered independent, enthusiastic, and positive while the Rooster is smart, earnest, and confident.

Rats cannot deal with the Horse’s need for freedom or the Rooster’s short-temper which can cause unnecessary fights and arguments.

Other types of Zodiac animals combined with the Earth element

  • The Earth Ox
  • The Earth Tiger
  • The Earth Rabbit
  • The Earth Dragon
  • The Earth Snake
  • The Earth Horse
  • The Earth Goat
  • The Earth Monkey
  • The Earth Rooster
  • The Earth Dog
  • The Earth Pig

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