Year of the Rat

We will be entering the Chinese New Year just days after we leave. It starts on January 18th. It is the Year of the Rat.
The Rat () was welcomed in ancient times as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is an animal associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol Persons born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “year of the Rat,” while also bearing the following elemental sign: