The Year of the Rabbit

Question:  What is the Year of the Rabbit?

Symbol for the Year of the Rabbit


The year of the Rabbit starts 3 February 2011 and continues until 22 January 2012.  This year is the Year of the Metal Rabbit which means it is the fourth phase of Wu Xing.  Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting.  Metal is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger (Bai Hu) in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.

In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination.  The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone.  The metal person is also materialistic, business oriented and good at organization and stability.  However the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life.  Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them.

The Rabbit ( ) (also translated as Hare) is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the earthly branch symbol .  The Rabbit or Hare is also the emblem of longevity.

The year of the Rabbit portends a calmer, more placid vibration with an unhurried pace. This Year will allow for more relaxation, less stress and congenial relationships.   Relax, take a break away from the acidity and frenzy of 2010.  This would be a fortunate time to network more, explore different, more diverse, experiences that will add to the richness of who you are and what you know.

ChineseZodiac.com says metal “gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination.” As a result, the site says, metal rabbits are “more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.”

Knowledge is a keyword in the Year of the Rabbit.  Read more books this year, expand your global knowledge by reading and studying authors whose ethnicity is different from yours or your cultural background.

The Year of the Rabbit appears to have great personal potential for improvement, relaxation, socialization, creativity, powerful relationships, tranquility and exposure. Make each day of this Year count by stretching your boundaries. Independently investigate your own truth, make new experiences and own them.

People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.” ~James Allen

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