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.

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

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.

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).

Recent years of the Rabbit

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.

Elements and fortunes

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 Rabbit (2023)

2023 is the Year of Rabbit, which means those who were born in previous Rabbit years will be “Fan Tai Sui”, indicating a year characterized by many fluctuations in luck, when your highs are very high, but lows can be quite devastating as well.

On the one hand, there are two auspicious stars – Tian De and Yue De – that will watch over Rabbits in 2023, although there will be a few less than auspicious stars at play at the same time. Health, wealth in particular expenses, and safety are areas the Rabbit needs to keep a careful eye over. Thanks to Tian De, Rabbit’s career should see a dramatic boost with the timely help of one or more fated mentors.

Even so, it’s up to the Rabbit to keep an upbeat attitude to life and work, which will help them sail through difficult patches with patience and resolution, while in the good times, their positivity will attract the attention of those in positions of power to extend a hand that could prove decisive for Rabbit’s fame and fortune for the next 12 years.

In any case, this should be a year full of excitement, prosperity, and surprises that run in both directions - anything but boring for dear Rabbits!

Love and Relationships in 2023

Although “Fan Tai Sui” is in general not a great aspect for any area of life, in 2023, the Rabbit will be protected by Yue De in the love department, which will help them avoid certain unfortunate events to yield a mostly stable and smooth year in terms of relationships.

For single Rabbits, this is a year filled with abundant new potential partners, many of which will either come from their existing friend group, or from new contacts in the workplace. Starting a new relationship may give you a pleasant surprise for how smoothly it proceeds, and will be a great consolation to you in this turbulent year.

For Rabbits already in a relationship, take care to keep a polite distance between you and any close friends, as your partner is likely to become jealous of these murky friendships, which could lead to quarrels or even a break-up. No matter what, be considerate of your partner’s feelings and needs, as they’re the ones who will stay by your side as you try to navigate the tricky terrain of your natal year, even if they’re not as easy going or chill as your friends sometimes. Priorities!

Career in 2023

In 2023, Rabbits will enjoy a greater range of opportunities in the workplace, thanks to the auspicious care of Tian De. What this means is that unforeseen chances will seemingly come out of nowhere, but they will by no means land in the Rabbit’s lap for free. It’s like being handed the ticket that allows you to participate in a race or competition, but whether you win or not is completely up to you and your hard work.

Note also that with this greater visibility comes a bigger chance that others may try to drag you down to their level, or even backstab you, so be vigilant while you work hard – it sounds like a lot, but the potential rewards are also abundant! In addition, there are people in positions of power who are or have been watching you for a few years, so don’t hesitate to speak up if you have bright new ideas that could challenge the status quo. Your initiative is exactly what these higher-ups are looking for, and could lead to surprising promotions and open up whole new possibilities for your career.

In general, Rabbits are encouraged to put in extra hard work this year, and will very likely be rewarded for it!

Wealth in 2023

In 2023, Rabbit’s financial situation will show greater pressure as expenses trend up in their natal year, while their income is slow to follow. Their potential career advancement isn’t likely to yield financial gains until the latter half of the year, or even 2024, so it’s important that Rabbits keep tabs on their spending and don’t live above their means.

Things may feel desperate at times, and Rabbits may feel pulled in different directions with everyone demanding something from them, but they should keep working hard with the understanding that any difficulty will be temporary. At the same time, investment for Rabbits is likely to be a sore spot in 2023, with losses more likely than gains.

With all this in mind, Rabbits are advised to cut losses early in the financial markets, set aside a small fund for any rainy days to avoid being in a pinch, and try to at least curb their spending to avoid entering 2024 with a sizeable debt on their bank account, not to mention their conscience!

Education in 2023

This could be a decisive year for younger Rabbits who’re still attending school. Many of you may experience a moment of illumination in some subject that has proven elusive in the past – an “aha” moment, if you will, that’ll come unbidden and surprise you as well as your parents and teachers. Don’t feel as if you don’t deserve this progress, as it’s all the effort you poured into this subject in the past, which seemed to have led nowhere, that’s enabling your advancement in 2023.

In other areas, however, it’s how much work you put into your studies that will determine the outcome, especially when it comes to any important exams or qualification tests. Overprepare rather than hoping for inspiration, and you’ll do well!

Health in 2023

This year poses significant threats for the Rabbit’s health, as some of the least auspicious planets will congregate in this sector, leading to a downward trend for their well-being. First, with so much going on at work and a less than stellar financial situation, Rabbits are likely to feel upset, anxious or even depressed throughout the year. They’re already sensitive to begin with, and this is a year in which they must learn to let the little things slide, because they’ll need to free up mental capacity to deal with the bigger challenges in life.

In terms of physical health, Rabbits should watch past illnesses that may return in 2023, in particular if they work too hard for an extended period of time. Frequent check-ups are advised, as is a healthier lifestyle characterized by temperate and regular eating habits – your digestion will be under great stress if you’re not careful.

Consider adding meditation, Qi Gong or yoga to your fitness regime if you can, as these habits will help keep your mood more or less stable, which can mean the difference between taking a deep breath and walking away, and flying into a rage that ends up causing irreparable damage to your health!

Rabbits in the Year of the Tiger (2022)

Rabbits will have a mixed fortune in 2022. They will not be affected by Fan Tai Sui, like Tiger, although their luck will fluctuate a great deal. In particular, Rabbits are likely to enjoy a flourishing year in their career and wealth, with professional opportunities and breakthroughs, and rapid increases to their savings and investments.

But their love life is going to suffer external interference all year long. Emotional entanglements in unlikely quarters may even lead to a breakup or divorce. In addition, they may also be prone to accidents and disasters, so caution will be a must for Rabbits as they go into 2022.

Love and Relationships in 2022

Love is not going to go well for Rabbits in 2022. Many may even fall into emotional crises due to the complete destruction of their intimate relationships. For some, external circumstances may force you and your partner to live apart this year, which may well include the sudden appearance of a third party situation.

For others, this year may bring a serious conflict or estrangement with your romantic partner. If you still want to resolve the problem and salvage the relationship, both you and your partner will have to changein any case, things cannot and will not return to the way they were after this year.

Singles will not have much better luck. They are unlikely to meet suitable potentials. Women, in particular, will have a year filled with unsatisfactory encounters and may even be deceived because they are too trusting, possibly out of a desperation to settle down. For this reason, rather than jumping into a relationship with someone new, practice caution and vigilance.

If you must, enforce an extended trial period and get to know someone in a meaningful way before making a commitment—that should give you plenty of time to detect anyone with an ulterior motive. In the meantime, let work be your focus this year, because you will definitely be rewarded for your effort there.

Career in 2022

This year, Rabbits will have the best career year in a long time. It does not matter where you are in your professional development—both elites and newbies are due for recognition and achievement in 2022. Even those who thought they could not possibly rise higher on the corporate ladder will be presented with unexpected opportunities to either improve their work condition or to go after a goal that had not been on their radar previously. Progress is forecasted for Rabbits, so start thinking now about how to prepare for the occasion when it comes.

Rabbit will find their mind clear up as they enter 2022, but any career progress is unlikely to come without some work on the front-end. Therefore, Rabbits are advised to strengthen their skill set as the year starts, to ask for fresh and more experienced perspectives, and examine the career paths of people they admire. In this way, Rabbits can be sure that everything they do is conducive to fostering new breakthroughs at work.

Wealth in 2022

Rabbits have reason to be optimistic about their wealth and finances in 2022. To start with, Rabbits are likely to experience an increase in their income this year – both full-time and side incomes, which will steadily build up their nest egg. This may come as a promotion for some, while for others it may be that a side business suddenly begins to take off. Financial investment will also work in Rabbit’s favor, but this can be risky so Rabbit is advised to stick to smaller investments and avoid getting addicted – this will be less reliable than working hard at your job in 2022.

Education in 2022

Rabbits will be blessed in their studies and do well on their exams in 2022. However, avoid opportunism and always prepare with 100% effort. Make sure when you study that you are absorbing the knowledge and not just memorizing facts. Rabbits have the tendency to let themselves off the hook and go the easy route at times, but this will not serve you in 2022. In any case, as long as you apply yourself, this year will be a great year to schedule important exams and prepare for academic applications.

Health in 2022

Health will be a huge concern for Rabbit in 2022. They will be vulnerable to serious diseases, psychological problems and even accidents. Among these, psychological health will be especially hard to come by. Rabbits are ambitious and some may have been pursuing fame and fortune for the past few years. The pressure from this may prove too much for Rabbits in 2022 and cause them to break down. Learn to relax – life is a marathon, not a sprint. Good things will happen, but not if you falter from anxiety and collapse completely before they do.

In terms of physical health, Rabbits will need to pay more attention to the impact of weather. Although it sounds silly, make sure you check the forecast and dress appropriately – otherwise you will frequently catch a cold or run a fever this year. More than any other year, try to stick to a healthy and regular schedule. Your already strained health may not be able to withstand another blow.