2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, the Year of the Water Rabbit to be more precise. So what does it mean? Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has unique characteristics and each
year corresponds to one animal. 2023 corresponds to the Rabbit.
In addition to the twelve year cycle corresponding to each of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, there are Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) which are associated
with their own "life force" or "chi".
This energy blends with the corresponding animal to determine that year's fortune.
In 2023, the corresponding element is WATER as it was in 2022.
The Year of the Water Rabbit is also referred as the Year of the Black Rabbit, as the element of WATER's corresponding color is Black.
So what happens when you mix the Rabbit with the Water Element?
The Rabbit is intelligent, articulate and very very lucky! In Chinese culture, the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity and good fortune. Rabbits are known for their diplomatic and graceful nature and are very loyal and devoted to their friends and family. In fact, they are very good at building relationships with others.
The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese Calendar 12-year cycle. Do you know how the animals got their order in the Chinese Zodiac? Legend has it that in order to determine the order, a race was held. The Rabbit came in fourth mostly due to its discipline and ability to focus on the task, outsmarting many of the other powerful animals. You can read the story here and find out who came in first!
Getting back to our Water Rabbit... The Water element is associated with a running current, a river or a waterfall for example, not a static body of water. By its very nature, it denotes fluidity and flexibility.
A Water Rabbit Year combines a devoted and disciplined rabbit with a flow of adaptability and momentum, it's a great year to learn, persevere and achieve. Between the dedication of the Rabbit and the push brought in by the running current, this is a good year to master new ideas, a year for personal growth and a year for cultivating relationships.
What to watch out for? After an unpredictable and chaotic Year of the Tiger, and the ongoing dynamism of the water element, it is a time to focus on your goals and work towards achieving them in a calm and measured way. The Year of the Rabbit will help bring much needed peace and stability, and this is the time to look back and keep all the boldness and impulsiveness that last year brought in check. It is important to be mindful of your actions and to be considerate of others during this time.
Babies born in the Year of the Rabbit
If your baby is born in the Year of the Rabbit, he or she will assume the characteristics of the Rabbit: Rabbits are kind, intelligent and affectionate. The Rabbit is considered the luckiest of the Chinese Zodiac animals! They love and appreciate beauty and aim for peaceful environments.
Rabbits are sensitive and emotional and reserve their confidence to a close circle of friends and family members. They are very considerate and loyal. Family and friends are very important to Rabbits, and they have a strong sense of community.
Water Rabbits have an added adaptability and flexibility, making them the born diplomats, very good at handling social situations and building relationships.
Overall, babies born in the Rabbit Year are smart and well-manered, generous and considerate. Rabbit babies are happy, lucky and a real joy to have around!
To be born in the Year of the Rabbit, babies will have to be born from January 22, 2023 to February 9, 2024, the last day of the Rabbit lunar year.
If the baby is born on or before January 21, 2023, he or she will be a Tiger Baby, if born
on or after February 10, 2024, the baby will be a Dragon Baby.
The next Year of the Water Rabbit will be in another 60 years.
Get ready for a cheerful and exciting new year and...
Writing the Chinese Character for Rabbit
The RABBIT Chinese character is very simple and has just as many strokes as last year's TIGER Symbol with only 8 strokes. Just follow the order and direction of these 8 simple strokes for the Chinese Character for RABBIT:
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