Rat Tattoos Boston MA
Rat Tattoo Designs - Those born under this, the first of the Chinese Zodiac signs, can consider themselves lucky in money and power. Chinese mythology attributes the rat with bringing the gift of rice to humankind. Of all the rodents, the rat is the most intelligent, and can make a charming and endearing pet. Queen Victoria and her ladies in waiting had their favourite pet rats on display in gilded cages.
Intelligent and cunning, the rat personality makes a good entrepreneur. As a rat sign, you are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, watch for a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Under the influence of the rat, you could be happy in sales, or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
Symbol of resourcefulness and adaptability, the rat adapts to almost any climatic condition, being found on all continents except Antarctica. Without any confining breeding season, this highly fecund creature can produce thousands of offspring in a year. Its survival instincts have proven ferocious as it fights to keep other scavengers out of its territories. To this end, the rat has even exterminated one of its own species - the black rat - thanks to its brother, the brown rat.
As a spirit guide , the rat inspires with its highly organized and enterprising work ethic and its hard work and attention to detail. When needed, the rat can be looked to for its amazing scavenger abilities. Ancient Romans considered the white rat to be auspicious, and in Japan the rat was a messenger of one of the seven gods of good luck. In Africa, the rat's superior sense of smell has been employed to detect metal in landmines, outsmarting the dog.
On the dark side, the rat's reputation as the carrier of disease goes unchallenged. It spread the Bubonic Plague (the Black Death) first to Central Asia and then to Europe in the 1340's, during which so many people died (est. 75 million) that it was believed the end of the world had arrived. It thrived amongst garbage and, later, in sewers where predators were non existent. Not surprisingly, the rat became a symbol of plague and pestilence, of war, atrocities and death. It also became associated with the Occult.
Given the species association with disease, it is somewhat ironic that rats have become an indispensable part of medical and pharmacological research around the world. Rats are used for a wide variety of research purposes�including the study of psychological disorders, addiction, neurological and other disorders, infectious disease, and toxicology. It is estimated that over 20 million rats are used for laboratory testing in the United States alone, each year.
Several famous writers have portrayed the rat as an amiable and friendly character. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham is a favourite children's book in which Ratty the river rat exhibits no negative rat qualities, an...