Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Rabbit

The Rabbit is the fourth of all zodiac animals. Legend has it the Rabbit was proud—arrogant even—of its speed. He was neighbors with Ox and always made fun of how slow Ox was. One day, the Jade Emperor said the zodiac order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. Rabbit set off at daybreak. But when he got there, no other animals were in sight. Thinking that he would obviously be first, he went off to the side and napped. However, when he woke up, three other animals had already arrived. One of them was the Ox he had always looked down upon.

The Rabbit is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) mǎo () and the hours 5—7 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rabbit is yin.

In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon. Some say it is because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it is because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics.

Rabbits are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.

Recent years of the Rabbit are: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although mǎo is associated with metal, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1927 ding mǎo Rabbit Fire Yin
1939 mǎo Rabbit Earth Yin
1951 xīn mǎo Rabbit Metal Yin
1963 guǐ mǎo Rabbit Water Yin
1975 mǎo Rabbit Wood Yin
1987 ding mǎo Rabbit Fire Yin
1999 mǎo Rabbit Earth Yin
2011 xīn mǎo Rabbit Metal Yin
2023 guǐ mǎo Rabbit Water Yin

Personality and characteristics

To outsiders, the Rabbit’s kindness may make them seem soft and weak. In truth, the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength. They are steadily moving towards their goal, no matter what negativity the others give them.

With their good reasoning skills and attention to detail, they make great scholars. They are socializers with an attractive aura. However, they find it hard to open up to others and often turn to escapism.

A plain and routine life is not their style. Though conservative and careful in their actions, they need surprises every so often to spice things up.

Element Year Fortune
Water 1963, 2023 These Rabbits had financial hardships during youth, but are able to turn unfortunate events around. During the elderly years, money must be spent to preserve longevity.
Wood 1975, 2035 These Rabbits are not sly, but have some tricks up their sleeves. They start their career successfully and the fortune carries on.
Fire 1927, 1987 These Rabbits never stop to rest and are always busy with something. They are intelligent but may abandon things halfway. However, they will still enjoy a good life.
Earth 1939, 1999 These Rabbits sail through life. They are natural and relaxed, rarely hurt by anyone. A long life full of fortune awaits them.
Metal 1951, 2011 These Rabbits have strong self-perception. Full of energy and resilient, they are not ones to surrender. However, they keep emotions bottled up and can have trouble interacting with others. With help, they will be successful.

Men born in the Rabbit year are extraordinarily polite and do whatever they can to avoid conflicts. They have control over themselves and are sometimes conservative. They may seem to be a yes-man, but they have a bottom line that they won’t cross.

These men like organizing and decorating, and often help their wives with chores. But that doesn’t mean they actually like being responsible for the home. Though a great friend, they don’t like becoming too close to someone.

Women born in the Rabbit year love being social. They are thoughtful and treat everyone politely. They are very conscious of their public image and hate violence and arguments.

In love, they are very extreme. There’s a clear difference between who they love and who they don’t. And they rarely pass that line. But if they love someone, they’ll put everything into the relationship. But the deeper they go, the more hurt they can get. These Rabbits are more insecure than other zodiacs and need to be reassured often.

Compatibility

Most compatible with Rabbit: Dog, Pig, Goat

Both Dog and Rabbit wish for a peaceful and quiet life. They’ll work towards this and enjoy it together.

Rabbit and Pig have similar personalities and will be attracted to each other. Goats need someone to depend on. Rabbits enjoy taking care of others and complement Goats well.

Least compatible with Rabbit: Rooster, Dragon, Rat

Rabbit and Rooster clash strongly and are the least compatible. Even today’s weather can be the reason for an argument.

Dragons have similar goals and interests with Rabbit. However, their personalities may clash.

Relationships with Rats are tricky. With time, differences will appear and it’ll become impossible to agree with each other.

Lucky things for Rabbits

  • Colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southeast
  • Directions of wealth: northeast, southwest
  • Directions of love: east

Unlucky things

  • Colors: brown, gray, white
  • Numbers: 5, 11

Careers fit for Rabbits

Because of their empathy and sensitive artistic feelings, people born in the Rabbit year often find creative jobs more attractive. Many are successful in art, music, architecture and literature. They are also suitable for jobs that require observation and attention to fine detail. Examples include translation and business consultation.

As social butterflies, Rabbits have a wide social network. Their friend list includes everyone, from government officials to the average person. So if a career requires social connections, such as PR jobs, a Rabbit would be a good candidate. In addition, Rabbits can try careers that involve decision making. However, they must have a reliable friend by their side to give some advice and tactics.

Health and lifestyle

Health includes physical and mental health.

Physically, Rabbits have nothing to worry about. For the small problems that may occur, the symptoms are obvious. This leads most Rabbits to take things seriously and visit the hospital before it can worsen.

However, they have many bad eating habits. They don’t have a balanced diet, with too little or too much of certain foods. This can lead to some problems in the urinary system.

The biggest problem is their insecurity. Rabbits can suffer from anxiety and depression. Try letting go of problems and being prepared for unexpected difficulties.

Horoscope

Rabbits in the Year of the Ox (2021)

2021 will be a moderately good year for the Rabbit. While you will manage to avoid your unlucky stars this year, you will unfortunately avoid your lucky stars as well. Your career will remain stable, though you will need to pay attention to your workplace relationships.

Remain mature and considerate at your job, and try to adapt to the changes coming your way. Sweet things will happen in your romantic life this year, so find the time to enjoy your newfound love and connections.

Your health may worry you this year. Fortunately, nothing major will happen to you, and you can prevent many issues by making healthier choices.

Career

Your professional life will be steady and undramatic for the most part. This may sound like a good deal, as the Rabbit tends to enjoy a peaceful state. On the other hand, you may find your career development unsatisfactory, as no major changes are likely to occur.

You are likely to run into problems with your boss and colleagues throughout the year. Though Rabbits tend to be stubborn, you should keep in mind that compromises are important in the workplace.

Nevertheless, this will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn from your mistakes and grow, so don’t be too harsh on yourself. This will be a good year for you to make new friends and mentors who can help you advance your career to the next level.

Your finances are also likely to remain stable this year. You are unlikely to make a fortune from your current income, but your financial situation may improve if you are able to diversify and find additional streams of revenue.

2021 will be a good time for the Rabbit to experiment with your money-making options, though your timid and indecisive personality may make the process challenging.

Lucky Months: February, September, and December

Unlucky Months: March, April, and July

Education

This is a great year for the Rabbit to focus on your educational pursuits. Throughout the year, you may be asked to step outside of your comfort zone. Despite your initial unease, you will soon find yourself enjoying the challenge and making good progress.

You may find your educational journey calling you to another place. Consider a study-abroad program, field trip, or research project with scholars from other countries. These programs will satisfy your intellectual curiosity and allow you to gain special experiences along the way. You will find your ambitions awakening as you commit wholeheartedly to your educational goals.

Relationship

The Rabbit will have a colorful romantic life in 2021. Single Rabbits will find themselves caught between past romances and new opportunities. Try not to lose yourself in all the attention and praise you receive—it’s crucial for you to keep a rational mind.

Those in a committed relationship will enjoy a peaceful and loving period this year. Communications will become smoother, and you will get to know your partner on a more intimate level. You may even expect a new member of your family to arrive this year!

Your relationship with your partner will grow stronger as you work together to embrace this new chapter of your life.

Health

The Rabbit need to be particularly alert this year when it comes to matters of health. Though the professional and romantic aspects of your life will be relatively stress-free, you are likely to run into minor problems and infections this year.

You should be especially careful to avoid minor accidents in your day-to-day life, such as cutting yourself while cooking or straining your ankle while running down the stairs. Your nervous and circulatory systems will likely need your attention this year.

Do your best to keep a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a balanced diet and doing moderate exercise every day.

Lifestyle

People born in the Year of the Rabbit tend to be shy, but the Year of the Metal Ox encourages bravery. Such courage can help you to boost your charisma and confidence throughout the year. You will need to become more aware of your surroundings and work harder to avoid drama in all areas of your life.

Always watch your back, for you never know who might betray you. Try not to stick with your old habits, as they may be hindering your progress. While you will need to work hard this year in order to achieve your goals, do not worry. The effort will have been well worth it.

Rabbits in the Year of the Rat (2020)

Rabbits can look forward to the Year of the Rat. Blessings will continue from the previous year, particularly with regards to love. The Rabbit will be one of the most irresistible of the zodiacs for the entirety of the year; look for romance around every corner.

Your work and home life will also prove to be satisfying. A female friend will be able to guide you through any struggles in your career. However, be on your guard for a possible betrayal from within your friend circle and prepare for mental health issues. Do your best to balance your emotions when you are feeling low. Besides a few hiccups here and there, the year should be good.

Career

Communication is critical for succeeding in the workplace. Rabbits are quiet individuals and will need to work on their social skills with colleagues and superiors to reap the benefits the Year of the Rat brings. Maintaining cordial relationships in all office matters should be a focus. You have it in you to charm your colleagues, and social interactions paired with hard work will bring good fortune. Promotions and financial advances will be on the table. It’s up to you to manufacture your success.

Help will come in the form of a female friend. Look out for this lucky advisor, and be prepared to take her counsel. Watch out for betrayal though; a supposed friend might stab you in the back this year.

Lucky Months: January, May, June, October, and December.

Unlucky Months: March, April, August, and November.

Education

Your attention to detail and quiet focus will help advance your educational pursuits. With any assignment, following strict guidelines is a must, and maintaining concentration will be necessary to succeed. However, if you can keep these in mind for your studies, life will be a breeze. And don’t forget to entertain social events as well. Building strong relationships during your school years is essential for sanity (and study groups).

Health

Although Rabbits are physically healthy, mentally, they struggle. Anxiety and depression are common ailments. To combat negative thoughts and self-esteem issues, find something that centers you. Think of your best qualities and talents; focus on those for the year. Take a class related to your favorite hobbies or join a support group. If you are losing the battle with depression, visit your primary care doctor for help as soon as possible. The sooner you can fix the problem at its root, the better you will be.

Because stressors from work might get you down, try spending more time outdoors. Being outside in the fresh air is naturally calming. Instead of staring at your computer or phone all day, take a walk, ride a bike, or visit the ocean. Soak up the natural beauty of the world.

Relationships

Romance will be in full bloom for the Year of the Rat. The Rabbit’s innate kindness and compassion will draw mates in from afar. That person you have been eyeing for the last few months might suddenly see you in a new light. Singles and couples will experience enhanced pleasure in their relationships. Enjoy romantic dates, quiet evenings on the lawn, or cozy days indoors. A lucky year for love is on the horizon. For those in committed partnerships, wedding bells will surely be in your future.

The Rabbit’s irresistibility is a double-edged sword, however, and married couples should be on the lookout for jealousy and infidelity. If you’re the Rabbit in the relationship, be cautious around flirtatious individuals. You don’t want to mess up a good thing. Ignore any unwanted advances and keep your eyes on your loved one.

Lifestyle

The Rabbit will not have many worries in 2020. Overall, it will be a year full of luck and love. Relationships will thrive, your studies will succeed, and work will be reliable as well. Even though you have a lot of good things going on, be watchful of your emotional state throughout the year. Specific stressors might push you over the edge, and depression could set in. Focus on all of the positive blessings and get help if needed. Remember to use your talents to your advantage: you are kind, compassionate, and smart.