Rat - Snake Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology

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The Rat and Snake are two of the most interesting signs of the Chinese zodiac. Despite the fact that they display various degrees of social interest, the two can have quite a good love compatibility quotient if they put their minds to overcoming their differences.

High points of Rat-Snake love match

Both the Rat and Snake are comfortable in social surroundings – though the former is likely to have a far wider range of friends and interests, the Snake is one of the most socially sophisticated signs of the Chinese zodiac. The Snake according to this Oriental system is a purveyor of the finer things of life and he/she owes this to an essentially sensual nature. They take great pleasure in appeasing their senses as a result of which  good food, fine wine and high culture are among the things that he/she finds worth living for. At any party or social gathering, the Snake is likely to be the one who is most elegantly dressed and who can best appreciate the finest Champagnes and gourmet cheeses. He/she is apt to engage in polite social discourse and impress others with their high level of sophistication. This suits the Rat very well since he/she too thrives on social exchange and discourse. The two are quite likely to meet at just such a gathering and then hit off instantly. The quick-witted and mentally agile Rat will be charmed not only by the Snake’s personal appeal but also by his/her acute intelligence.

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Best of all, a love match between the Snake and the Rat is likely to bring together the best of both personalities. They both are charming and possess a high degree of personal appeal. The relationship will have oodles of fun, thrill and variety, thanks to the curious and quicksilver personality of the Rat. At the same time, it will sizzle with the physical passion induced by the Snake. In this way while the Snake’s intensity will provide focus to the relationship, the Rat will bring about fun and energy. If they decide to live together as a couple, the two should ideally use their respective traits into complementary relationship rather than try to score a point over each other. Even though at the outset, the Snake's intuitive, philosophical approach to the world seems opposed to the Rat's verbal games and cunning mind, these apparently contrary kinds of intelligence can actually work well to cover all the bases of their collective understanding. The Rat as the primary earner would be best placed to look after the material and social interests of the couple on account of his/her financial acumen and practical ingenuity. The Snake with his/her deeper intelligence and intuitive insight would be the one providing depth and focus in the relationship.

Challenges to the Rat-Snake love match

The prime point of conflict between the Rat and Snake could emerge from the opposing social inclinations of the two personalities. The Rat is a highly social creature – he/she needs the company of a vast and varied group of friends, family and acquaintances in order to facilitate the exchange of words and ideas which they thrive upon. The Snake for all his/her social sophistication and polished demeanor is essentially a very private person. He/she would be only too happy to be surrounded by the familiar and the pleasurable and would simply not understand the hankering after novelty and variety which drives the Rat. Much like the actual snake of the animal world, this personality type prefers keeping to him/herself and is only glad to be left alone. The Snake could spend a perfectly happy day simply lazing about in the sun and reading a good book or listening to music indoors as it rains outside. They do not feel the need to surround themselves with human company and neither do they run after new and sensational experiences. This is the primary reason why the Snake and Rat are likely to be incompatible as romantic partners. One would want to lounge at home and listen to Mozart or rustle up an exotic dessert while the other would much rather go bowling or attend a performance at the theater with friends. Thus after a while of living together, the frantic pace of life that the Rat is used to would begin to get on the nerves of the Snake. In his/her turn, the Rat would hate to be slowed down by the Snake and would consider him/her lazy and uninterested. Also the Snake is conscious of beauty and elegance and may be far from happy sharing domestic space with the Rat who has a tendency to clutter and throw things pell-mell together.

A far more serious site of difference between the couple could their respective life goals. The Snake is calmer and far more philosophical than the practical and busy Rat. The latter is geared towards looking after his/her own interests and thus may be unable to fully understand the intuitive intelligence of the Snake. Also the latter’s tendency to veil many aspects of his/her personality may smack of lack of mutual trust to the Rat. Snake is essentially a reserved creature and even a partner of many years may find out that there are aspects to this individual that are still a mystery.