Chinese Astrology/Horse and Rat
The Horse and the Rat make quite an interesting pair! As opposite Signs in the Chinese Zodiac, their relationship may be marked by friction. They are similar in their gregarious natures, their clever wits and their need for constant stimulation; however, the Horse needs a great deal of independence while the Rat relies on its group of loyal friends. The Horse can end up feeling trapped when in too intimate a relationship, but the Rat likes to know who, what and how much it has on its side, from friends to money. In general the Rat loves to treat its loved ones well, to show them love and care through generosity. The Horse's occasional insensitivity may make the Rat feel unappreciated; also, the Rat tends to hoard possessions, which may make the Horse feel uncomfortable -- the Horse is a wanderer who likes to pick up and go at a moment's notice.
As business partners these two could make a great team -- if they can learn to accept their differences. The Rat has its eye on the future, the big picture, and uses its clever mind to think up fantastic schemes to grow the business. The Horse, on the other hand, doesn't think much about the big picture, but it does have an ingenious mind and it knows how to get things done; now if it could only learn to focus a bit more ...! These two will get along fine as long as the Rat doesn't try to take over creatively and the Horse doesn't decide suddenly to ditch the venture for greener pastures. As lovers, these two may have an immediate, hot connection but ultimately not work out so well. However, the Rat will enjoy rising to the constant challenges the unpredictable Horse brings to the relationship.
Remember that each year is associated not only with a Chinese Sign but also with one of the Chinese Elements -- Metal, Water, Wood, Fire or Earth. That means there's Metal Horses, Water Horses, Fire Rats, Earth Rats ... Find your Element as well as your Sign to see how your Element affects your Animal nature.