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2023: Year of the Water Rabbit
On January 22nd, we will say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and welcome in the Lunar New Year with a new animal: the Rabbit. The Chinese zodiac (also known as shengxiao), is a repeating 12-year cycle where each year is represented by an animal and its qualities. You may be wondering what we can expect in this next cycle!
In the zodiac origin story about the Great Race, all of the animals who would go on to become zodiac animals needed to race across a wide river. The rabbit crossed the river by jumping from one stone to another in a nimble fashion. Halfway across, the rabbit appeared to be losing the race, but was lucky enough to grab hold of a floating log that washed him to shore in fourth place. This is why, in Chinese culture, the rabbit is known to be the luckiest of all the twelve animals.
People born in a Rabbit year (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011) are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious as well as friendly, kind-hearted, and a hard worker when it comes to pursuing their goals. Because of their intelligence and skill they can expect better careers. Rabbits also have a good sense of art and excel in creative pursuits like painting, calligraphy, cooking, and sewing. Rabbits have the unique characteristic of waiting for an opportune moment and then leaping into action.
There are also five cyclical elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) associated with the zodiac animal and 2023 happens to be a water rabbit year (as last year was a water Tiger year.) People born in water Rabbit year display unique characteristics including being gentle, friendly, and versatile. However, people with the "go with the flow" water element sign may be perceived as weak-willed or to lack principles.
- Rabbit people are said to live life free from constraints and are in constant pursuit of their ideas. However, because they may not have a strong will they may have difficulty achieving great things.
- In addition, Rabbits are sometimes too guarded and delicate when managing human affairs and personal matters. While they tend to be tenacious and ambitious, these characteristics may also lead to difficulties when they don’t get their way.
- Those born under the sign of the rabbit do not like to argue, preferring peace and quiet. They are good listeners, excellent negotiators and tend to work well on a team.
- They can be artistic and creative but also have a strong desire to avoid stressful and risky situations. They can also be pessimistic and insecure and therefore are hesitant to make quick changes.
All in all, "rabbit" people can expect good health. However, they should be particularly active this year and drink water often in order to stay healthy.
Join us in “kicking off” the Year of the Rabbit together! Kung Hei Fat Choy!