_Year of the Rabbit February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012
Rabbit Characteristics & Predictions
The Rabbit is said to be one of the most fortunate signs in the Chinese horoscope. Those born under this sign are considered to be most likely to find happiness in life. Rabbit personalities are said to be gracious, kind, and good natured. They tend to be gentle, sensitive, and considerate in nature, preferring peace and tranquility over status and accomplishment. They are nimble, agile and clever - experts in leaping their way through the path of least resistance, avoiding conflict as best they can. Out of the twelve animal zodiac signs associated with the Chinese Lunar calendar, only the Rabbit is clever and agile enough to walk that line between cute, cuddly, brave and resilient. And it is the Rabbit who has the wisdom and dexterity to leap out of the way of danger or trouble just in the nick of time.
Often sought after for advice and counsel, rabbit personalities tend to be insightful, diplomatic, discreet and tactful. While they may be cautious and deliberate, they are also brave in the face of danger. They are thorough thinkers, attentive, and sharp. Rabbits have keen senses and are quite skilled in assessing people and their surrounding environment. They are said to be astute and lucky in business. Rabbits excel in negotiating deals to their advantage.
Rabbit’s life objective leans towards self preservation and balance. Part of what enables them to have the needed fuel for a rapid escape or a clever deal is their tendency to rest and retreat when they are able. They are lovers of leisure and have no qualms with indulging in a luxury and comfort when the timing is right.
Some Famous People born in Rabbit years: Wood Rabbit: John Keats, Edith Piaf, Billy Holliday, David Rockefeller Fire Rabbit: Harry Belafonte, Fidel Castro, Coretta Scott King Earth Rabbit: Nancy Kwan, Queen Victoria, John Hurt, Albert Einstein Metal Rabbit: Zhang Yimou, Henry Miller, Sting, Marvin Gaye Water Rabbit: Jet Li, Bob Hope, Carey Grant
This is a year to rest and recuperate after the tumultuous year of the Metal Tiger. Predictions vary for each animal sign but the general theme points to calm and tranquil year tempered with an edge, brought on by the influence of the metal element. Given the current political and economic unrest around the globe, we could all benefit from the peaceful, compassionate and diplomatic influence of the rabbit.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year celebration marks the beginning of spring. The New Year celebration begins with the new moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. Traditionally, New Year’s celebrations are a time for friends and family to gather, a time for reflection with gratitude, and a time to honor one’s ancestors. It is also customary to make wishes and blessings for health and good fortune at this time.
Chinese Lunar Calendar
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is possibly the oldest calendar system in the world, its use dates back as far as 2637 BCE. Sixty lunar years make up a complete cycle of 5 sets of twelve-years. During these 60 years, each of the 12 animals and their associated year cycles through 5 times with the added influence of one of the five elements; Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. This is the 3rd 12 year cycle within the larger 60 year span of time beginning 2/2/1984 and ending in 2044. Presently we are reaching an end of a dramatic and intense year of the metal tiger and beginning a new, more tranquil year of the metal rabbit. The year of the metal rabbit marks the fourth year of this 12 year cycle.
Observation of the Chinese New Year dates back to the legendary ancient Jade Emperor. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, each year corresponds to one of 12 animals; the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The animal associated with your birth year is said to have significant influence over the course of your life events.
For more details about Chinese Horoscopes, check out this book: Lau, Theodora. (2010). The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes. New York: Harper Collins Publishers Inc. (7th ed.)
To learn more about Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations, visit this site for added information.