Rat - Monkey Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology


The Rat-Monkey equation is one of those rare ones in the Chinese zodiac where the similarities in personality traits appear to be more than the differences. Because of this, their love compatibility quotient stands to be quite high provided they are careful to avoid excessive competition and a clash between egos.

High points of Rat-Monkey love match

The Rat and Monkey are both highly versatile and ingenious. They can put their minds to almost any task under the sun, and that too with apparent equal ease and expertise. There is no situation or project that seems too difficult or intractable for the either the Rat or the Monkey. Thus the two are likely to be attracted to each other in the same way that birds of a feather flock together. In a relationship they will enjoy pursuing arts, culture, sports and travel. They will keep each other interested with new things to do, different places to go to as well newer experiences to engage in. The love of variety that these two signs share is perhaps only matched by their resourcefulness in bringing things about and winning over seemingly difficult odds. The energetic lifestyle and novel experiences that these two signs are attracted to would have been difficult to share with a homely sign as a Goat or a reclusive one as a Snake. The Rat and Monkey though are perfectly suited to accompany and challenge each other onto wider interests and intellectual stimulation.

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Then again both the Rat and Monkey are highly sociable and delight in their large network of friends, family and acquaintances. The Rat in Chinese Astrology is the supreme embodiment of social charm and conversational skill. He/she is affable, friendly and capable of disarming even the shyest individuals with their inherent charm. The Rat is often at their best in social settings and usually figures at the heart of a party or get-together. Likewise the Monkey is a master of the social situation, impressing people with their ingenuity, knowing the right things to say to the right people and on the whole, giving full expression to their far-ranging wit and sophistication. Apart from this, the Monkey is fashion-conscious and this together with the fact that he/she likes to cook and host, makes him/her a highly sociable character. Thus a Rat and Monkey pair is likely to one of the most popular couples in town, a highly popular host and hostess and generally, the darlings of the social circuit. And even though this may not seem a particularly good reason for mutual compatibility, common friends and a shared love of socializing have been known work as important bond between long term partners.

Best of all, neither the Rat nor the Monkey is particularly emotionally insecure – they both have enough interests and people to occupy their attention and like to lead busy lives. This is not to say that the duo is not capable of forging a deep meaningful relationship. The Rat once it decides to belong to a person will shower love and attention wholeheartedly while the Monkey can be assured to infuse a healthy degree of passion and keep the fires burning, even in long term relationships.

Challenges of a Rat-Monkey love match

One of the biggest sources of conflict in a Rat and Monkey pairing could arise from their clashing egos. In the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is known for its egotism - no matter what anybody says, the Monkey thinks he/she knows better; no matter what anyone can do, this individual will end up doing the same job twice as better and in half the time. It is this sense of a superior ability, especially in matters of communication and exchange of information, that can not only make the Monkey somewhat unpopular in the social circuit but also make him/her difficult to get along with. And this is particularly true when the partner is Rat, a character who has his/her own sense of importance. The Rat is not only aware of their own degree of social popularity but is keenly conscious of their ingenuity and practical intelligence which has helped it to climb the ladder and be an all-round success. Thus it may become quite difficult for the Rat to stomach his/her Monkey partner’s over-arching egoism with the result that the relationship will see more than its share of arguments and fireworks.

Then again the Monkey is not always the most faithful of partners and though the Rat is not particularly emotionally insecure, his/her partner’s straying habits may not make for a congenial relationship. In early adulthood especially, the Monkey may be promiscuous due to a natural curiosity in various kinds of experiences. However later on they are unlikely to stray very far from committed relationships and if the Monkey and Rat are able to pull through initial hiccups, there are enough meeting grounds to make for a compatible relationship on most levels.