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Today is:
August 10, 2008

*Turning of Age

*Neither planting or harvest day

Today’s Tarot: Six of Swords
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Vizualization, Inverted

Sunday:
Governed by the Sun – Healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection

Colors:
yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
Second quarter waxing in Sagittarius

Waxing Moon: Waxing moon is where the moon is growing in the sky. Each night for two full weeks she grows in light, getting bigger and bigger in the sky until she reaches full moon. During the two weeks that the moon is waxing, it’s the best time for trying to draw things to you, encourage growth, or to “magnify” certain things in your life. Want your nails to grow longer? File them while the moon is waxing. Want your hair to grow faster? Trim it during waxing moon. Want to increase your finances? Focus your energies on improving finances during waxing moon. Waxing moon is the best time for starting new things, seeking new employment, or establishing “gain” in any area of your life. (but remember, the zodiac position of the moon is also influencial, so reference where the moon is in the zodiac prior to working any magick).

When the moon is waxing, we feel more positive, more energized, more outgoing.

Moon in Sagittarius: *Encourages confidence and flights of imagination. This is an adventurous, philosophical, and athletic Moon sign. Favors expansion and growth. (Ties in well with today’s Tarot and Fairy Oracle, dontchya think?)

*Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Leo, The Lion

The Sun Rules the Sign of Leo

  • On the downside: You may have a heavy ego, and you can be arrogant, vain, and extravagant.
  • Your good qualities include: A strong vitality, honorable, creative, generous, dignified.
  • Developing your own self identity and mode of creative energy expression will be your ongoing life’s work.

Leo has a great deal of self confidence but they also have a great fear of being ridiculed and made to feel disgraced. While Leo is very affectionate there is a tendency to have things their way and may rapidly lose interest if they are challenged too often for the leading role. They will have to learn to discipline themselves against their overall enthusiasm for living life to the fullest, which is to say, dangerously on the edge. The creative urge in Leos should never be stifled as to do so a good deal of potential will be wasted.

Leos are found as painters, actors, or sculptors; but not all Leos are in the public arts, no, rather they can be found in the throes of creation doing their projects on the kitchen table. They have an infectious vitality that lights up their lives like an inner sun and illuminates not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Lack of fulfillment in life, professionally or personally, can destroy these bright and shinning people and cloud their personalities.Leos need control in their lives to be really satisfied so organization is absolutely essential to their peace of mind.

A leo should cultivate a flexible mind as they do not always ‘know best’.

Only when this trait is cultivated can the characteristic Leonine warmth, generosity, and desire to really understand others be fully indulged.

The lions love and adore children as they bring out the inner child. Leos are surprisingly sensitive and easily hurt, but they do have a tendency to dominate and this should never be underestimated. It is always meant well as they only want to bring out the best in the people they care about, or work with. They also tend toward impatience and they should make curbing these traits a lifelong objective. Born leaders, they can take command of a situation in any emergency and see it through to its completion. The enthusiams they acquired in childhood will generally last a lifetime and may even dictate the career one would choose.

They can be too status conscious, causing themselves much anguish when, or if, they cannot keep up with others in their immediate circle. They can also be quite overbearing and vain when they feel they are being challenged. On the other hand, the lions make great lovers and parents, giving more to a relationship than most of the other signs. They are good honorable persons and good providers.

Source: http://www.starlightastrology.com/leo-sun.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building some new relationships.

Overview
Change is in the air and you’re enjoying what you see. It’s a good time to take the lead and try to steer things in a direction that you find more amenable. Your friends look to you for answers.

Daily Extended
Today, you should focus on meeting people and on building new relationships — your current ones are all doing well enough to be left alone for a while. You have the right amount of curiosity for what makes other people tick right now, and you know just the right questions to ask. Plus, your easygoing manner will help them loosen up and really be themselves. So if you’re torn between hanging out with an old friend or going to a gathering where you can meet someone new, opt for the newness.

Daily Flirt:
Sometimes, one little change can have a huge impact — and you’re right tin the middle of one! It’s pretty sweet to see your life rearrange itself, and you can tell that it’s almost all for the best!

Daily Couples:
You’ve got the travel bug, and you’ve got it bad! Spend some time pouring over the travel section of the paper with your sweetie and start planning that dream vacation together.

Daily Singles:
Pursuing someone new can be thrilling and scary at the same time. While you desire a totally fiery romance, take your time exploring what turns them on and off. There’s no rush to get to the finish line. Enjoy discovering where their passion lies.

Career & Finance:
Everyone needs a pat on the back every once in a while. If you saw someone slacking off you wouldn’t mince words. So don’t hold back on the praise, either. In fact, be downright magnanimous with it.

Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/

The horoscope aligns quite nicely with today’s Tarot card, including the need for travel!

Other Planetary Shifts:
Mercury enters Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central

Mercury in Virgo gives an intelligent, strong, versatile and analytical mind with great powers to attend to detail. You have a good memory and the ability to think practically and constructively. Your mental disposition is well-suited to demanding intellectual work and you may find success in fields such as science, teaching, administration or in jobs requiring detailed analytical ability. There is some predisposition to nervous excitement, headaches and needless worry over trivial matters.

Source: http://www.astrologyweekly.com/learn-astrology/mercury-in-virgo.php

With Mercury in Virgo you’re practical, logical, quick, precise, and have fine attention to detail as well as good common sense. Although Mercury rules Virgo and is thus strongly placed in this sign of discrimination, you must not forget that the world you live in is governed by emotions, prejudice and self-interest, not by logic. Be careful of getting bogged down on the small stuff or criticism in your relationships. You tend to be honest and a good speaker, but also intolerant of minds that are not as good as your own.

Source: http://www.myastrologybook.com/Mercury-in-Virgo-all-about-Virgo-Mercury.htm

Mercury will enter its own sign and exaltation, Virgo, on August 10th. This is great news for Mercury, which has been in a relatively weak position since it left Gemini in early July. But Mercury could not be any happier than it is in Virgo, a mutable/double earth sign, where the Trickster gets to apply all he’s learned to the real world. Mercury is right at home in mundane affairs, indeed. The only problem is that he rarely looks at the big picture, so busy is he running to and fro.
Source: http://gryphonastrology.com/blog/2008/07/30/mercury-in-virgo-august-10-august-30-best-location-all-year/

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Well, we’ve established that my Sun sign is Leo, my Moon Sign is Aries, and that I was born in the Year of the Rat.  However, surfing through an old blog, I see I also took the time (once upon a time) to investigate my Rising Sign.  Here’s what I wrote back in 2005:

I’m getting varied information on my rising sign. Some sources say Aries, some say Taurus. Having read a few descriptions, Aries seems most accurate.

Here’s the aries information from the website I used to generate the rising sign: (astrology.com)

“Aries Rising:

If your Rising Sign is Aries, whether you like it or not, people always look to you to get things started, to lead the charge, and to say the things that no one else dares to say. You seem confident and blunt — and like an easy puzzle to put together. People think they understand your motivations. On the negative side, you might appear too intense and forward — even self-absorbed. Don’t be surprised if others expect you to respond jealously in love. That is the Aries way, and for all the world, you look like an Aries!”

Here is Aries information from the Moon Signs book used to record the Moon Sign, which is also Aries in my case.

“Airies Rising:

You might think that having this fire sign rising would make you an extrovert, but it doesn’t necessarily. You can be quiet, cautious and also slightly shy, and you can even come across to others as a touch hostile until they get to know you better. You may feel you had a difficult relationship with your parents, especially your father, who you might have seen as dictatorial and prone to disagree with you and put you down. Your family may have moved around from one place to another, giving you a rather unsettled school life. A family background with a formal kind of organization is possible, as is a strongly religious background, which you may have felt to be too hidebound or regulated. Any of these childhood difficulties could lead to difficult relationships later in life.

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When I first began this blog and was focusing on the “Know Thyself” category, one of my first posts was Seeing the Signs: The Cat and the Rat. This post provided an astrological profile for my Leo birth sign, as well as that of Chinese Astrology as I was born in the Year of the Rat (1972).  But tonight, I remembered an old blog, logged in to it, found another “Know Thyself” category that included my Moon Sign.

While my sun sign is Leo and I was born in the Year of the Rat, my moon sign is Aries. The following entry is taken from the book “Moon Signs” by Sasha Fenton and Jonathan Dee.

 

Moon in Aries 

You are a quick thinker, talker and large-scale planner, but you may need help with specific details. Lunar Ariens are often starters rather than runners, so you may be happier as an executive rather than as an ordinary worker. You may be a tough go-getter, but your confidence can evaporate quickly and you need the support and admiration of others.

Women with this Moon placement may value a career highly. You can be enthusiastic, headstrong and freedom-loving, unable to accept restrictions or unnecessary discipline. Your love life may be stormy, either because you are changeable and easily bored or because you are unwilling to compromise. However, you are probably honest and don’t try to manipulate others.

Moon in Aries people can be deft and dextrous, so your excellent co-ordination could make you successful at many sports.

The Moon is a ‘watery’ planet, and when it is in a fire sign emotions can be expressed quickly and easily. Moon Ariens can therefore display a hot temper, although you usually cool down quickly and rarely sulk. It may be hard to get you to listen to others, as you tend to see everything from your own point of view, concentrating on your own emotional needs rather than those of others.

One problem that seems to afflict those with the Moon in Aries is that of having a domineering or difficult parent, and the years from adolescence to independence are often characterized by shouting matches.

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Today is:
June 8, 2008
(neither planting or harvest day)

Today’s Tarot Card: Two of Wands
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Miracle Healing

Sunday: Governed by the Sun – healing, spirituality, success, strength, protection (see the connection between the day’s energies and the day’s tarot and fairy??)

Colors: yellow, orange, gold, amber

The Moon:
1st quarter waxing in Leo, void-of-course at 10:40 a.m. US Central, enters Virgo at 9:01 p.m.

Waxing Moon: Waxing, from New Moon to Full Moon, is the ideal time to do magic to draw things to you.

Moon in Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, to central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and emotional needs.

Void-of-Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign, it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begin when the Moon is void-of-course rarely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned. (NOTE: This is why I waited until the moon’s position shifted before contacting the lender on my house!)

Moon in Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focus on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.

( Source for above information: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008 )

The Sun:
Gemini
May 22 – June 21

The Principle of Learning

Element-Air
Quality-Mutable
Symbol-The Twins
Sun Sign Dates– May 22 to June 21
Planetary Ruler-Mercury
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Third House

Geminis enjoy a variety of interests. They are usually very curious and open minded. Gemini likes different people, places, things and experiences. This makes them very versatile people. Gemini likes the smorgasbord of life. A little of this, a little of that. They want to try and taste it all. Can you see why they’ve earned the reputation for being so changeable? This not to say that a Gemini will never master anything. They will. But, the rest of us can only wonder how they find the time to get their fingers into so many different pies. It’s because Gemini has a low loyalty quotient for anything they’ve already tried. If they took everything to great depth, this would narrow the playing field too much.

As an Air sign Gemini is not cut out for the heavy side of life. Others view this trait as too fickle; their worst trait. Gemini is also capable of more than one so-called “loyalty”.
Gemini is expressive and clever. Gemini loves to share any new found knowledge. Gemini can become easily bored if things become too routine. They get restless if there is nothing new to stimulate their mind. If a project is seen as too boring they have hard time disciplining themselves to finish it. They thrive on change and they need lots of mental cookies to chew on.

Gemini energy can be likened to that of a chameleon in some respects. They can change colors depending on what the occasion calls for. A neat talent, really. Their wide variety of experiences allows them to be able to identify with several different viewpoints. They actually understand the Buddhist because they tried meditation once. They can really relate to the Hindu because they didn’t eat meat for a whole week. See how this works? This is the famous Gemini dual nature playing itself out. Gemini teaches us to open our minds and explore the world around us-ever searching for new knowledge and experiences.

Pure Gemini energy is….
* changeable
* capable of more than one loyalty
* fickle
* curious about life
* wants to learn a little about everything
* open-minded
* very communicative
* easily bored
* a mental approach
* a youthful attitude

(Source for Gemini information: http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/geminisign.htm

Today’s Horoscope for Leo:

Quickie:
You might find yourself in an introverted mood — listen to your inner thoughts.

Overview:
You’ve reached a new height — though can see new peaks and challenges ahead, so life shouldn’t get too boring. It may be a good time to take a rest and enjoy the view while waiting for others to catch up.

Daily Extended:
Today you might find yourself in an introverted mood as the day gets started — you won’t be too interested in connecting with other people until later on in the day when you’re feeling more confident. You’ve got to ask yourself what you want out of one of your newer relationships, and in order to find the answer, you need to think. No one else can tell you what you want — asking people what they think about your situation will only confuse you, so don’t bother. (Damn if that doesn’t hit the nail right on the head!!)

Daily Flirt:
Your gigantic heart is beating like a kick drum today, and while it might be distracting for a bit, you can tell that it’s a beacon to all the right people. Help those who can’t help themselves!

Daily Couples:
The love you feel for your sweetie is almost overwhelming at times, and you feel like making a grand gesture to express how you feel. Have fun, and remember it’s the feeling behind it, not the money you spend.

Daily Singles:
Do you have dating strategy or are you simply winging it? Even though it’s fun to not know what might happen next, you should at least have a few backup plans just in case.

Career & Finance:
You don’t call yourself lion-hearted for nothing. Your view of yourself as courageous can be overblown at times, but today it’s really valid. Flexing your muscles will bring plenty of glory.

Source for Horoscope: Yahoo Astrology

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I was born on August 10, 1972 – A Leo, through and through, born in the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac.

A growl, a roar, a purr…
What will you provoke from me?
a Queen, a Beast, the cat’s meow
A Lion I was born to be…

Understanding Leo:

The Principle of Personal Recognition

Element-Fire
Quality-Fixed
Symbol-The Lion
Sun Sign Dates-July 24 to August 23
Planetary Ruler-Sun
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Fifth House

Leo came into the world with an instinctive feel for creating dramatic scenarios. Leo likes the spotlight. Can you ignore the Sun? Will Leo let you ignore them? The answer is- not likely! Pure Leo energy enjoys being the center of attention and they are very self-expressive. Even those who do not want to be in front of an audience will often find other ways to shine. Like dressing or behaving in what can be considered a flamboyant manner. They love things done in a grand style. Leo is generous. It feeds their sizable egos to be able to spread what they have around. They want you be impressed. They are proud. They want recognition more than almost anything else. If they want to pick up the tab at the restaurant-let them do it. If a generous, warm-hearted, show-off rubs you the wrong way then you’ll only be able to take Leo in small doses. If all of the above sounds refreshingly fun, then buddy up to a Leo. Leo needs to be the boss.

They have an aura of “the authority” that surrounds them. They like to use this too. Leo wrote the book on how to be willful. Boy are they ever! Try to budge one. Try coaxing a Lion to sit on your lap. They know how the world should function. They hang onto their views because they absolutely hate to be wrong. Opinionated? Extremely. Still, there is something of a kid in Leo and they really do care about your opinion of them. They are a fun-loving fire sign with a big heart and loyal companionship to offer those who understand and appreciate them for what they are. Leo teaches us to like ourselves and the world will follow.

Pure Leo energy is…
* an instinctive feel for creating drama
* being the center of attention
* very self expressive
* a natural feel for being in positions of authority
* warmly affectionate
* can be generous
* a lot of pride
* a strong will
* not backing down from a particular stance

(Source)

 

A bit more on Leo:

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. The sign of Leo is the lion and you will find Leos very dominant and powerful. Like the king of the beasts, they have a majestic way about themselves. They like to be in command of their own kingdom, be it big or small. But, Leos are also loving, often being referred to by many astrologers as “eternal children” because Leos love to live in the moment and are quick to give affection.

Born Leaders

Because they like to dominant, you can find Leos at the center of any party, taking command. Self-confident, Leos are like Aries in that they are born leaders. Leos are truly in their element when allowed to take command of a situation. Like the mighty lion, Leos make good leaders because they like to think big and act big – often in terms that would scare others. But the Leos rarely have problems with their daring moves because of their courageous attitudes.

Leos are idealistic in their views as they are highly intelligent and are often philosophical. They often cling to what more liberal thinkers might see as outdated thinking because of their devotion. Leos also have no problem in cutting to the chase of the matter – a great quality for a leader, but rarely found. They strive under dire conditions, determined to make the best of things. Because of all of these traits, their subordinates are usually quite loyal. Their ability to give love is as great as their need to be the center of attention.

Born Entertainers

Leos also have a flair for the dramatics, so they are also born entertainers. Their natural creativeness and magnetism attract others to them and they truly enjoy being the focal point of any situation.

Another trait Leos have that makes them good entertainers is that they will not settle for second best. That headstrongness that it takes to tenaciously pursue a career in the arts is a trait of which most Leos have. Image is very important to Leos as well, which fits right into the lifestyle of an entertainer. Actors are often accused of having big egos and a Leo’s huge ego craves both attention and adoration.

Weaknesses

Of course, with all the greatness of each sign, there must also be weaknesses and the Leo is no exception. At times, their dominance and confidence can be seen more as arrogance and conceit. They may use deceit to appear as something they are not if they feel they are not held in high enough regard.

The importance of image can be seen as self-centeredness, their love and demand for power and recognition can often be overbearing, and a Leo’s love for excitement and doing things in a really big manner can lead them to loathe the ordinariness of every day life.

Parts of the Body Ruled By Leos

Back, spine, and the heart – Leos often suffer from back pain and spine ailments. These can be caused by exertion or emotional stress.

(Source)

Year of the Rat:

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

(Source)

Much, much more on the Rat…

The Rat

 

 

   

The Rat
Being born a Rat is nothing to be ashamed of. In China, the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person. It is deemed an honor to be born in the Year of the Rat and it is considered a privilege to be associated with a Rat. Rats know exactly where to find solutions and can take care of themselves and others without problems. They use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any situation.

Years of the Rat
First in the cycle, Rat Years begin the sequence and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rat year actually begins.

The Sign of the Rat
Being born under this sign determines many talents, as well as other characteristics that may not be so commendable. Rats are very lively and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. They can be calm and perceptive, but sometimes their brains can cause a mental restlessness, tempting them to take on too much, only to discover they are unable to meet their commitments. Rats are blessed with one of the best intellects going. Add to their intelligence a curiosity and a bright imagination, and they seem as sharp as a needle.

The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. They don’t mind a lot of responsibility and they demonstrate a strong presence that other people respect. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary satisfaction are the greatest motivation.

RAT FACTS:
People born in the Year of the Rat share certain characteristics. The Rat sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Rat. First in order, Chinese name-SHU, sign of charm
Hour-11pm-12:59am Month-December
Western Counterpart-Sagittarius

CHARACTERISTICS
Smart, Magnetic, Well-liked, Affable, Quick-witted, Surreptitious, Selfish, Protective, Calculating

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Rat Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE WATER RAT 1912 AND 1972
Being guided by the Water element means these Rats have a knack for influencing people. With their strong intellectual powers and great insight, they are also great puzzle solvers. They are quick to understand others and are incredibly practical people. Rats apply their talents to their everyday lives, making them obliging, generous and compassionate to other people. Generally, they are liked and respected by everyone. Like all Rats, however, they can be determined to seek their own gain, and will not mind using these talents to achieve it – though generally without losing anyone’s respect in doing so.

Health and home
RAT HEALTH
The affect of the sign of the Rat is energetic, and demonstrates enough endurance to fight most any sickness. Yet, all Rats tend to be tense, full of nervous energy, petulant and prone to stress. Rats also harbor a bit of aggression; yet, they are usually able to control it. Yoga would benefit Rats by calming their aggressive natures and helping them manage stress.

AT HOME WITH THE RAT

Rats make good homemakers who are always willing to do household chores. Rats are not usually interested in keeping up with the times, and it doesn’t matter to them whether or not their furnishings are in style. What does matter is that their home is a refuge expressing warmth, comfort and vogue. Light blue is their color of choice for home decor. Because this is a sign of acquisition, the Rat person’s house is presumably bursting with various knick-knacks collected over the years. Most Rats are cheerful, domesticated individuals who find happiness at home with their family.

Career and finance
THE RAT ON THE JOB
The Chinese say others should always listen to the advice of the Rat. Because of their intellect and observatory powers, Rat people possess prudence and perception. They can anticipate problems, and are always able to see the big picture. They can hone in on issues at hand and make measurable judgments. These skills, combined with their sense of aspiration also make them clever operators. Status, money, title, and recognition are important to the Rat. They have keen senses of observation that allow them to foresee upcoming business opportunities as well as potential occupational problems. The Rat makes a better boss than an employee and, although motivated, they can be pinned down by routines. Rats work better in flexible situations where they can be freely creative.

MONEY AND THE RAT
Cunning and thrifty, Rats have a knack with money and are apt to save for rainy days. When capable, the Rat is a great money saver, and in strapped times he knows how to make something out of nothing or how to turn make things advantageous for himself. Although few Rats suffer financially, the Chinese have a proverb: They who pile up grain hoards have much to lose.

RAT CAREERS
Those born in the Year of the Rat also share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Rat are listed below:

RATS MAKE EXCELLENT:
Writers, Broadcasters, Actors, Advisors, Counselors, Lawyers, Politicians, Designers, Engineers, Managers, Directors, Administrators, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Stand-up Comedians, Researchers, Historians, Race Car Drivers

CONGENIAL BUSINESS PARTNERS
Whether Rats are compatible with their business partners depends on whether their signs are harmonious or antagonistic to those of their partners. Considering the congruity of their own characters and the characters of their business colleagues can also be very useful.

Rats Ruled By Benefit From Are Antagonistic to
Metal Earth Dragons Fire Sheep
Water Metal Rabbits Earth Horses
Wood Water Monkeys Metal Snakes
Fire Wood Oxen Water Rats
Earth Fire Pigs Wood Roosters

Leisurely activities and pleasures
LIKES AND DISLIKES
Since Rats are born under the same Animal sign, they often share likes and dislikes. Following are similar likes and dislikes of the Rats personality:
Rats Like:
Color Preference: Light-Blue
Gems and Stones: Diamond, Amethyst, Garnet
Suitable Gifts: car accessories, art books, gym memberships, geographical maps
Hobbies and Pastimes: Interior design, playing basketball, crafts, painting
Rats’ Dislike: Doing without things they want, strict time keeping, any routines, being at the end of the line

THE RAT VACATION
Travel delights the Rat personality and ignites his curiosity. Sunbathing is not the ideal way for a Rat to spend his vacation. Rats are adventurers. They want to explore, examine, visit and party during their time off. They want to try new foods, find new sights and experience the culture of the area they are visiting. And, of course, if they can come home with an exotic souvenir to add to their collection their vacation will have been an instant success.

FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
Generally friendly and sociable, the Rat is one of the extroverts of the Animal Zodiac. Often, the Rat is lively and genial, and has a special gift for easing the minds of others. It is not surprising that Rats have a lot of friends. They are great speakers and intriguing conversationalists, and can generally find something to say on just about any topic or subject. Of course, there is always that renowned Rat lure that allows them to charm the pants off of people! To the people they love, Rats can be amazingly charitable, popular and supportive, and will go out of their way to be certain their loved ones are content. On the other hand, if the Rat does not like someone, he is considered fair game and can be used to achieve any and all of the Rat’s desires. At the end of the day, though, the Rat is a loyal friend and will be there for his companions through thick and thin.

Compatible Friends: Dragons and Monkeys
Mortal Enemy: Horses

RAT PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Rat parents are dedicated to their children. They encompass their little ones with love and attention and enjoy watching their offspring grow and experience the world. When their children are small they brood a great deal over them. Rats become concerned if their babies don’t develop as quickly as other children. They anguish over whether or not they are raising their youngsters correctly. With the mental capacity to pick things up easily, Rats tend to get agitated with people who are not quite as quick-witted as they are. No wonder this trait could lead to conflict between Rat parents and their children should any of their children be late bloomers or harbor learning disabilities. Overall, Rats are indulgent parents who don’t like denying their youngsters of things they want, and the children soon learn how to wrap their parents around their little fingers.

THE RAT INFANT AND CHILD
Rat babies love to be loved and cuddled. When they are young, Rat babies tend to depend tremendously on their parents, but later in life they develop natural leadership qualities. During their baby years, Rats mature slowly, but gain momentum as they become toddlers. Eventually, they begin to exhibit active mentalities, so, in the early years, plenty of sleep is necessary. In school, the young Rats are eager to learn. It is then, too, that Rats begin collecting things, and like to fill their bedrooms with pebbles, shells and keepsakes of every kind. Generally, young Rats are smart little people who are artistic and literary students. They are well-rounded and many of them do well in sports, too. Being born in the first sign of the Chinese horoscope motivates these children to be pioneers and gives them a need to be first in line.

RAT PARENT/CHILD KINSHIPS
Some parents click immediately with their children and others find they will never have a close relationship no matter how hard they try to make it happen. Following are the compatibility ratings between Rat parents and their children.

Lovers and partners

Rats are beautiful people with magnetic personalities. The Rat himself can’t help but notice the admiration he receives from others. If the Chinese say there are few poor Rats, there are an even fewer number who are not sexually stimulating- especially as young people. Rat people are romantic, and are always happier to have someone to share with.

RAT ENRAPTURE
One of the Rat’s greatest assets is his charm. Rats can melt hearts with their smiles. Add that to their coquettish personalities and you can easily see how they conquer the hearts of others. And, since Rats love to go out, they have plenty of chances to meet potential suitors or future partners. An annoying quirk of some Rats is they have a difficult time severing ties with former lovers. Obviously, this can pose potential conflicts for the Rat and his new lover and can even endanger his ability to develop new relationships. When the Rat finally settles down with Mr. or Ms. Right, he will find a sincere satisfaction in the intimacy of the partnership.

A RAT’S PARTNER
Although Rats like to be in the driver’s seat, they do need partners who can keep up with their active lifestyles. Chinese horoscopes are very specific about which partnerships have the potential to be successful in love and in business. Yet, though destiny can point us in the right direction, we must still make efforts to maintain loving relationships. Following is a brief description of how a Rat will affect a relationship with other Animal signs.

PARTNERS IN LOVE
Rat*Rat
This is a prosperous partnership, especially in a business atmosphere. These two are bound to compete!
Rat*Ox
Very sexually enticing, yet likely to fail at marriage.
Rat*Tiger
Potential for great companionship, but you will have some major disputes.
Rat*Rabbit
Rats think Rabbits are boring. Rabbits love to be out and about. You will only frustrate each other.
Rat*Dragon
A solid, caring partnership. You value each other and get along very well.
Rat*Snake
Work on your differences and you could learn something form each other.
Rat*Horse
Don’t even think about it.
Rat*Sheep
If you both try hard and make great efforts, you will survive.
Rat*Monkey
You share similar goals and will make a great match.
Rat*Rooster
It’s just not worth it…there are too many conflicts.
Rat*Dog
Rats think Dogs are tiresome, but you have the potential to be a good match for each other.
Rat*Pig
Uphill, downhill, uphill…you love each other intensely, but keep an eye on your checkbooks!

EAST MEETS WEST
LEONINE RAT
The Leonine Rat is a mystical personality, dynamic and responsive. In addition to enthusiasm, high ethical standards and wise decision-making guarantee this Rat will be successful.

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Maybe later I’ll incorporate my moon sign as well.  I’ll be doing more work in the future on astrological correspondences, etc.

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