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The year of the RAT

Its officially the year of the RAT.
May the year of the RAT be great.
May the year of the RAT is merciful and bountiful.
May the year of the RAT gives us courage to go on.

The Chinese New Year day is on February 7th, 2008. This day is a new moon day, it is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 11:44 on 07-Feb-08 in China time zone.

If we apply Chinese lunar calendar system on the USA time zones, we find something interesting here. In the US Pacific Standard Time (PST), the new moon time is at 19:44 of 2-06-08. In the US Eastern Standard Time (EST), the new moon time is at 22:44 of 2-06-08. Therefore, the Chinese New Year day for USA time zones is on February 6th, 2008.

The new moon time is at 03:44 on 2-07-08 of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and at 04:44 on 2-07-08 of Time Zone GMT+1. That means Chinese New Year day is on February 7th, 2008 for European countries.

The Year 2008 (Brown Rat) is the 4705th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4705th year on February 4th, 2008. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Brown Rat is the 25th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4705 = (60 *78) + 25, therefore this Brown Rat Year is the 4705th Chinese Year.

Some web sites say the year 2008 is the 4706th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you: The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the day that was used as the first day of the year was the winter solstice, which was around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st meant nothing to the Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C., then year 2008 is the 4706th Chinese year.

The First Day of Brown Rat Astrology Year

In China's time zone, the first day of the Brow Rat Year is February 4th, 2008, because February 4th, 2008 is the first day of Tiger month and the Tiger month is the first month of the year in Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar system.

In the Chinese Fortune-Telling calendar, the first day of the first month, Tiger month, is called "Start of Spring", which is when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. In the China's time zone, the time of the Start of Spring is at Feb-04 19:00. So the first day of the Brown Rat year 2008 is on 04-Feb-08.

The time of the Start of Spring is on Feb-04 at 06:00 for US EST zone and on Feb-04 at 03:00 for US PST zone. So the first day of Brown Rat Year in USA is same in China's time zone.

People born in late January or early February may be confused about their birth year Chinese astrology animal signs. This is because it is a common misconception that the astrology animal signs begin on the Chinese New Year day. Actually, Astrology animal signs are base on the Start of Spring, the first day of astrology year. For example, if a baby was born on Feb-05 2008 before the Chinese New Year Day, then its animal sign is the Rat because the birthday is after the Start of Spring. If you are still confused about your animal sign, we have an Animal Sign page for people to verify their Chinese birth year animal signs.

Rat is Number One

The sequence of 12 astrology animals is Rat,Cow,Tiger,Rabbit,Dragon,Snake,Horse,Sheep,Monkey,Hen,Dog,Hog. Rat ranks number 1 in the 12 calendar animals. There is a related story for children. Once the God of Heaven wanted to choose 12 animal names as the sequence of the calendar. He announced to hold an animal racing to determine the order. When the racing date is closing, Cat forgot the time and asked Rat the schedule. Alert Rat gave Cat the wrong time on purpose. Smart Rat stayed on the horn of Ox while crossing the river, then jumped over the bank to reach the final line to win the champion. Cat missed the racing time and swear to kill Rat for generations. That's why Cat always chase Rat forever.

The odd number is Yang and the even number is Yin. Therefore, Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse Monkey, Dog are Yang (Male) Animals. Cow, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Chicken and Pig are Yin (Female) animals. The one saying about the animal sequence is something to do with animal toes and paws.

Tiger, Dragon, Monkey and Dog have five toes or paws. Horse has a single toe. Cow, Rabbit, Sheep, Chicken and Pig have four toes or paws. Snake has no toes, but it has fork-like tongue. Rat has 4-toe in the front legs and 5-toe in the back legs.

Love and Marriage

Rat Wedding Day Rat is very easy to breed and it can reach sexual maturity at 5 weeks of age. Rats do not recognize incest. So the rat reproduction speed is very fast. In Chinese astrology, Rat is a Lust Star, which has a noble term - Romantic Star. Rat is the Romantic Star only for people born in year of Rabbit, Sheep or Pig. If Rabbit, Sheep and Pig people look for the love, they have more chance to meet the opposite sex. If they are already in love, they have chance to talk about the marriage in 2008.

Years of Rabbit are 1927, 1939, 1951 1963, 1975 and 1987.
Years of Sheep are 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979 and 1991.
Years of Pig are 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971 and 1983.

The first day of a Chinese astrology year is around on February 4. To click here to find your animal sign.

Chinese Lunar calendar marks the 3rd lunar day of the first lunar month is the Rat Wedding Day.

For the chance of a marriage, we need to find any Spouse Star or Attraction Relationship coming from the current Brown Rat cycle. But you need to find your Day Master (The Upper row of the Day column) in the your Chinese birth chart.

2008 is Male Earth Rat Earth year. The Earth is the Spouse Star for a man born on the Day of Male Wood Male Wood Yang Woodor Female Wood Female Wood Yin Wood. Male Earth EarthEarth and Female Water WaterWater have the attraction relationship. Therefore Female Water Water and Wood Male WoodFemale Wood  men have more chance to meet the female in 2008. If they have good relationship with their girls now, they can think about the marriage, specially for the ones born in years of Rabbit, Sheep and Pig.

The Earth is the Spouse Star for a woman born on the Day of Water Yang Water and Yin Water. If Water women are already in love and born in years of  Rabbit, Sheep and Pig, they have chance to talk about the marriage. The marriage for Female Water woman is quite possible because Male Earth and Female Water have the attraction relationship. If you can find additional Branch Attraction Relationship between birth chart and the cycle, then that's a plus for a good marriage.

If the marriage doesn't happen in 2008 for above-mentioned people still have very good chance and relationship with their boy or girl friends.


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read that with great interest! thatns for sharing!

Am a wood tiger but my best friends' expecting this Rat-y year so, forwarded her this post link. hope you don't mind!

added a hug to your counter (snatched it, it's too cool)

and like your layout and Angel profile graphic a lot. where dod you get it?

enjoy a great, peaceful week-end!

and another NCIS fan? mind if I friend you?

It is an honor to be friend another NCIS's fan.
I forgot where I got those.
I'll find out for you.

honor here too!

and thanks for finding out (yeah, read other reply first! ;p)

the angel glitter icon is from my space.
go back to my user info and click under the angel icons.

Cheers and thanks for the hug.

WOW! what a cute icon!

aww, thanks! will use and credit.

and since am replying, will add hug! ;p

have a grand sunday :)

Thanks for sharing! this is really interesting - i think i'm going to pass on the link for this post!

Glad that you can enjoy the article.

Cool quote


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