The Rat is born under the sign of charm and aggression. At first sight, he seems to be calm, well balanced, gay – but watch out! Beneath this placid exterior there is hidden systematic aggression linked to constant restlessness. Stick around with the Rat for a little while, and you will soon find evidence of his anxiety, his nervousness, his quick temper.
The Rat is a creator of embarrassing situations, a niggler, sometimes a neurotic. He is always the first to grumble.
The Rat likes to be part of an in-group. He is a great party-goer and clubman, but because he enjoys gossip and scandal, he usually has more acquaintances than real friends. The fact that he himself never confides in anyone has something to do with this too: he is a self-contained man and he keeps his problems to himself.
Above all, though, the Rat is an opportunist. All his life, he profits from everything around him: from his parents, from his friends, from’ his relations, from his own money as well as from that of others, from his charm . . . Oh, that charm! He uses it and abuses it without stopping to think.
Gambler and glutton, he does not know how to -does not wish to – deny himself anything. Paradoxically, he is always frightened of failure and afraid that he may lack the basic necessities; while living intensely in the present, he dreams of saving to assure security for his old age! The female Rat, for the same reasons, stocks up her cupboards with unnecessary provisions . . . which she proceeds to eat right away! She’s the one you see at the Sales, busy buying things she doesn’t need, in the hope of finding a good bargain!
The Rat, imaginative in the extreme, is sometimes a creator – but it is as a critic that he excels, and one is well advised to listen to his advice. Carried to excess, this quality can become a defect and there are certain Rats who go so far as to criticize to the point of destruction, just for pleasure.
Sometimes mean, narrow-minded, and suburban in outlook, the Rat is nevertheless honest. He has the faculty of following through anything he undertakes to the bitter end — even if the undertaking is doomed to failure! He can always make a success of his life so long as he manages to master his perpetual discontent and his insistence on living for the present.
Whatever he does, the Rat prefers to live by his wits rather than by his work. He is happier making a living by the sweat of other people’s brows than by the sweat of his own. Unfortunately, though, as soon as the Rat earns money, he spends it. He denies himself nothing – and if he ever lends money, he’ll want interest on it!
At the worst, he becomes a spiv, an engaging parasite, a moneylender perhaps, or a pawnbroker. A certain laziness, a fondness for the soft life, acts as a kind of cushion for some Rats. Perhaps this is why he makes a good businessman or politician. At the same time, the Rat is able to follow an artistic course with success. He is oriented more towards the intellectual than the manual.
Profiteer though he is, the Rat is nevertheless sentimental. He can be enormously generous to the person hd loves — even though his love is not reciprocated. For it is in affairs of the heart that the Rat fulfils himself. The gambler Rat, the drinker Rat, the hell-raising Rat, the greedy Rat, is also the sentimental Rat.,
From the point of view of romance, the Rat would be well advised to link up with someone born under the sign of the Dragon – someone who would bring to the partnership the Dragon’s strength and equilibrium, but who would benefit from the Rat’s critical faculty. The Buffalo, too, makes a good partner for the Rat. With the Buffalo the Rat finds a sense of security and feels the reassurance he needs.
The Monkey truly casts a spell over the Rat – even in the Rat isn’t prepared to admit it. Mr Rat will fall hopelessly, madly, head over heels in love with Miss Monkey … and Miss Monkey will find that great fiin!
The one sign the Rat must at all costs avoid is that of the Horse. Individualistic and independent, the Horse will not tolerate the Rat’s profiteer attitude. Above all, it is catastrophic for a Rat man to marry a Fire Horse woman. Fortunately the year of the Fire Horse (1906-1966-2026) occurs only once every sixty years, which limits the damage!
Rats should also be wary of those born under the sign of the Cat, for obvious reasons!
The Rat will have a happy childhood and a carefree youth. The second part of his life, however, may be stormy and troublesome. He may lose his money in a bad business deal, or his happiness in an unfortunate love affair. The third part of his life will be comfortable, and his old age as peaceful as he could wish.
For the Rat, however, everything varies according to whether he was born in the summer or the winter of his year. In summer the lofts and granaries are full.. . but in winter he will be obliged to go out and forage for his food, and he must watch out for the traps set along the route. In human terms, this could mean the risk of prison or an accidental death.