Year of The Rat Celebrities
Despite what some people may think, astrology is not one specific thing. It is a term that engulfs a range of divinatory practices, of which studying the positions of celestial objects and what that means for humans born on different dates is the most famous. Though, it is natural to believe that astrology may be losing popularity with common folk getting more science-savvy thanks to today’s wide availability of information. That is not what is happening. The opposite is true. Per a recent YouGov poll, more than one-quarter of Americans believe in astrology, and according to Google Trends, the search volume for phrases like birth chart hit a high in 2020.
For many, turning to spiritual institutions acts as a coping mechanism in an era of uncertainty when anxiety levels are soaring. Astrology delivers an alternative to traditional religious beliefs that are dwindling among the masses since it presents a system that people from all demographics can connect to, regardless of race, sex, or creed. Moreover, interest in Chinese astrology is growing, and it differs from its western counterpart, as its astrological signs are divided by years and not months.
That means the Chinese believe that people born in the same year share common traits. And, likely, the most famous sign of the Chinese Zodiac is the rat, this horoscope’s first token. That refers to individuals born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020. Their shared traits are that they tend to be frugal, cautious, logical, optimistic, energetic, and lucky. They might even have exceptional luck with specific casino games or professional jobs. These are ones that most people know, yet few were wise that they fell under the mentioned, the most renowned, Chinese astrology symbol.
Pre-2009, the name Ronaldo got associated with the Brazilian soccer player Luís Nazário de Lima. However, once Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro moved to Real Madrid and started his bitter rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, it became synonymous with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. He was born on February 5th, 1985, in Funchal, Portugal. Note that at that time, the year of the so-called Wood Rat stretched from February 2nd, 1984, to February 19th, 1985.
Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) is the most successful rapper ever. Whose debut album Infinite hits music store shelves in 1996, and his 2002 one, The Eminem Show, became that year’s best-selling record worldwide. This Missouri-born hip-hop artist born in October 1972 has remained tremendously relevant, even as he enters his fifties.
On the topic of the best of all time, hockey’s GOAT, Wayne Gretzky, is also rat-born. He came into this world on January 26th, 1961, making his associated element Yang Metal. In a year, the rat cycle stretched from February 15th, 1961, to February 4th, 1962.
The most-followed actor on social media, Dwayne Johnson, who boasts 359 million fans on Instagram, makes this list by being born in the same year as Eminem.
Black Sabbath’s legendary singer, nicknamed the Prince of Darkness, is a child of 1948, the year of the Earth Rat. Given that reel-spinning games were discussed in the intro, Ozzy has a branded online slot. So, gaming-savvy parties may correlate their sign with Ozzy’s to discover their lucky day to gamble.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
The Muscles from Brussels, one of the 1990s quintessential movie action stars, whose real name is Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, qualifies as a rat celebrity, as he was born in 1960, the year of the Metal Rat.
King James, often considered one of, if not the greatest basketball player in history, got birthed in 1984 by his mother, Gloria, on December 30th, to be exact. Interestingly, in 2008, Cleveland commemorated James by placing a small rat sculpture at the Ohio Technical College on East 51st street.
Social media influencer turned boxer Jake Paul joined the heavenly branch of Fire Rat for coming into this world on January 17th, 1997. The Cleveland native has been a source of controversies over the years but has seemingly found his niche now in the combat sports arena.
Latin heart-throb José Antonio Domínguez Bandera, better known to the public as Antionio Banders’ birthday, is August 10th, 1960. That makes him a Metal Rat, the same as Van Damme, as they share the same birth year. Though it seems this Zodiac sign has brought the Spanish actor more luck on account of his career still going strong.
Johansson is snagging more fans with her line of skin care products these days than with her acting. This beauty, born in 1984 in New York, is another Yang Wood Rat, making her strong in staying true to her principles and flexible in using strategy.
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