Sunday 22 January, 2023 marks the beginning of the 2023 Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rabbit. Specifically, the year of the Water Rabbit. Bringing with it longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese Culture. This year is predicted to be a year of hope because "Rabbits" are believed to be optimistic, kind, vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.
Last year we shared that the well-known twelve-year cycle of animal signs in the Chinese zodiac also involves the lesser-known cycle of five elements across 10 years – water, wood, metal, fire, and earth – which rotate every two years. Last year (2022) and 2023 are governed by the element of water.
The Five Elements Theory of what are know as "the heavenly stems"are a Chinese philosophy used to outline the relationships of everything in the universe between which interactions can occur, and are believed to be the fundamental elements of all these things.
The cycle of the five elements runs in a specific order based on their interactions with one another.
These five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown - which are used in Chinese culture to count the year. The name of 2023 is the Black Water Rabbit Year.
The Chinese New Year always brings a change in energy, as we shift away from one set of forces into three new ones, which are potentially very different. With the year of the Water Rabbit, we have the reigning yang force, balanced by the yin nature of water, combined with the Rabbit, who is a tame creature representing hope and life for a long time. It is tender and lovely.
The Rabbit ranks fourth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac signs, with the Years of the Rabbit including 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.
People born in the years of the Rabbit tend to have some characteristics of the real rabbits, meaning they're mostly quiet but can respond quickly when necessary. Generally, Rabbits are positive, gentle and elegant. They enjoy their freedom, and when they set goals they move towards achieving them without distractions, making them very self-disciplined.
While they may look gentle and soft, they are also alert to strangers and outsiders, and do not trust others easily. This means they're unlikely to be fooled. However, they do have courteous manners in social settings.
A "Rabbits" lucky numbers include: 3, 4 and 9. Colours: red, blue, pink and purple.
The Rabbits characteristics combined with the nature of water, it endures and flows, accepting and driving change. Water is associated with mystical energy, which may spark your interest in all things spiritual. Water can result in a holding onto or bubbling over of emotion, leading to excess fear and inaction. Be sure to manage emotions and overwhelm with grounding practices, like yin yoga, meditation, and earthing.
Here's to welcoming a year of hope.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous Year of the Rabbit!