Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Year of the Rat

Today marks the start of the Year of the Rat. In the chinese calendar, the year of the rat is the first year of the 12-year cycle. People born in this year inherit the attributes of the rat or mouse. Rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. Moreover, they are charming, passionate, hardworking, charismatic and practical. Rats in general, tend to lean on the obsession to details, intolerance and strictness.
According to tradition, Rats often carry heavy karma and at some point in life may face an identity crisis or some kind of feeling of guilt. Rats are said to often have to work very long and hard for everything they may earn or have in life. However, a Rat born during the day is said to have things a bit easier than those who are born at night. Traditionally, Rats born during the night may face extreme hardships and suffering throughout life. Rats in general should guard themselves against hedonism, as it may lead to self-destruction. Gambling, alcohol and drugs tend to be great temptations to Rat natives.
Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Dragons, and Oxen.
Professions include espionage, psychiatry, psychology, writing, politics, law, engineering, accounting, detective work, acting, and pathology.
Persons born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "year of the rat":
31 January 1900 - 18 February 1901: Metal Rat
18 February 1912 - 5 February 1913: Water Rat
5 February 1924 - 24 January 1925: Wood Rat
24 January 1936 - 10 February 1937: Fire Rat
10 February 1948 - 28 January 1949: Earth Rat
28 January 1960 - 14 February 1961: Metal Rat
15 February 1972 - 2 February 1973: Water Rat
2 February 1984 - 19 February 1985: Wood Rat
19 February 1996 - 6 February 1997: Fire Rat
7 February 2008 - 25 January 2009: Earth Rat
25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021: Metal Rat
11 February 2032 - 30 January 2033: Water Rat
30 January 2044 - 16 February 2045: Wood Rat
15 February 2056 - 3 February 2057: Fire Rat
3 February 2068 - 22 January 2069: Earth Rat
22 January 2080 - 8 February 2081: Metal Rat
7 February 2092 - 26 January 2093: Water Rat

For those of you who are born in the year of the rat, or for any year for that matter, just do your best and do not rely on horoscopes to guide your day.I don't personally believe in horoscopes, in my opinion, they are just randomly generated statements. I believe more on the premise that your body acts to what your mind thinks.

Quote of the day:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

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