So, it was my birthday not too long ago and as a result, I decided to investigate my Chinese horoscope a bit more thoroughly. I knew that I was a rat and I’ve come to terms with that. After all, in the Chinese zodiac, rats aren’t considered vermin but are treated with respect. Let’s keep that in mind!
I was surprised to learn that I’m a metal rat, that is to say metal is my dominant element. I always thought I had more water or even wood in me – something kind of flexible. But, there it is: I’m metallic.
I like this description from a do-it-yourself astrology webpage:
“Though the Western rat is reviled as little more than a bottom-dwelling disease carrier, this animal is viewed much differently in the East. The Eastern rat is revered for its quick wits and its ability to accrue and hold on to items of value; rats are considered a symbol of good luck and wealth in both China and Japan.”
So, it seems, it’s good luck to know me. Yay! One item in my favour.
“Clever and quick-witted, the Rat of the Chinese Zodiac is utterly disarming to boot. Possessed of excellent taste, this Sign flaunts its style at every turn. Its natural charm and sharp, funny demeanour [eds note: I hope they mean amusing, and not funny as in peculiar!] make it an appealing friend for almost anyone.”
That is SO me.
However, this is where the wheels come flying off the wagon:
“Behind that sweet smile, though, Rats are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas. This Sign is motivated by its own interests, which often include money; greed can become a problem if the Rat isn't careful to keep its priorities straight.”
And finally, a good piece of advice:
“A valuable lesson for Rats is to learn to consider others above themselves, at least sometimes. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats could find true happiness. “
Perhaps I’ll take that last line as my goal for the coming year!