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The Twelve Signs of the Japanese Zodiac

The Japanese zodiac (Juunishi) is divided into 12 blocks with each block containing a group of years. The years in each block are 12 years apart from the previous or following year (in that block only). Each block is given a name of an animal based on the ancient Chinese concept that all time shifts are based on these twelve units. In Japan, the adoption of the twelve-year cycle, with a different animal representing each block, is fairly common.

Those individuals born during a particular year were said to inherit some of the personalities of that year's animal. Have a look below to see what year and animal you are.

Rat (nezumi)

Born , , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Rat are charming, honest, ambitious, and have a tremendous capacity for pursuing a course to its end. They will work hard for their goals. They are easily angered but maintain an outward show of control.

Ox (ushi)

Born , , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Ox are patient, mentally alert and when required to speak are skillful. They have a gift for inspiring confidence in others. This allows them to achieve a great deal of success.

Tiger (tora)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Tiger are sensitive, stubborn, short-tempered, courageous, selfish and slightly mean yet they are deep thinkers and are capable of great sympathy for those they are close to and love.

Rabbit (usagi)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Rabbit are the most fortunate. They are smooth talkers, talented, ambitious, virtuous and reserved. They have exceedingly fine taste and are regarded with admiration and trust.

Dragon (tatsu)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered and stubborn. However, they are honest, sensitive, brave and can inspire trust in most anyone. They are the most peculiar of the 12 signs of the Zodiac cycle.

Snake (hebi)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Snake are deep thinkers, speak very little and possess tremendous wisdom. They are fortunate in money matters and will always be able to obtain it. They are determined in what they do and hate to fail.

Horse (uma)

Born , , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Horse are skillful in paying compliments and talk too much. They are skillful with money and handle finances well. They are quick thinkers, wise and talented. Horse people anger easily and are very impatient.

Sheep (hitsuji)

Born , , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Sheep are elegant, highly accomplished in the arts, passionate about nature. At first glance, they seem to be better off than the people born in other years. They are deeply religious and passionate in whatever they do and believe in.

Monkey (saru)

Born , , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Monkey are the erratic geniuses of the Zodiac cycle. They are clever and skillful in grand-scale operations and are smart when making financial deals. They are inventive, original and are able to solve the most difficult problems with ease.

Rooster (tori)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Rooster are deep thinkers and are always busy and devoted to their work. They always want to do more than they are able, and if they undertake a task beyond their abilities, they are disappointed. Rooster people have a habit of speaking out directly whenever they have something on their minds.

Dog (inu)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Dog have all the fine qualities of human nature. They have a sense of duty and loyalty, they are extremely honest and always do their best in their relationship with other people. Dog people inspire confidence in others and know how to keep secrets.

Boar (inoshishi)

Born , , , , , , , People born in the year of the Boar are brave. They have tremendous inner strength which no one can overcome. They display great honesty. They are short-tempered, yet hate to quarrel or have arguments. They are affectionate and kind to their loved ones.

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Year of the Rabbit

Recent years of the Rabbit include , , , , , , , , The next Rabbit year is from January 22nd, , to February 9th,  A Rabbit year occurs every 12 years.

The Rabbit is thefourth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The twelve zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 

The symbolic cultural meanings of the rabbit are closely related to its living habits, including vigilance, wittiness, cautiousness, deftness, self-protection, and themoon.

  • Chinese: 兔年 (tù nián ‘Rabbit year’)
  • Earthly Branch: 卯 (mǎo 4th of 12)
  • Representing hours: 5am - 7am
  • Yin/yang: yin

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When is the Year of the Rabbit?

If you were born in , , , , , , , your Chinese zodiac sign is usually Rabbit.

However, a new Chinese zodiac year starts in January or February according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Rabbit, or possibly a Tiger.

You can check the table below or use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator to be sure. 

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each Rabbit-element year corresponds with an element and comes once in a year cycle. For example, was a year of the Gold Rabbit. The next Gold Rabbit year is  

Year of the Rabbit Dates

Rabbit YearDateElement
January 22, – February 9, Water
February 3, – January 22, Gold 
February 16, – February 4, Earth
January 29, – February 16, Fire
February 11, – January 30, Wood
January 25, – February 12, Water
February 6, – January 26, Gold 
February 19, – February 7, Earth 

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Year of the Rabbit Personality: Quiet, Elegant

Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet.

Males who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign always treat people politely, with a gentle smile that makes people feel that they are credible and sincere.

when encountering tough difficulties, they are never discouraged but instead remain persistent in their endeavors to find solutions. This means they eventually achieve enviable success.

Females belonging to the Rabbit zodiac sign, apart from having a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart.

Rabbits are faithful to those around them but are reluctant to reveal their minds to others, and have a tendency to escape reality. They are too cautious and conservative, which means they miss good opportunities.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. This means there are five types of Rabbit, each with different characteristics.

ElementCharacteristics
Wood RabbitClever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
Fire RabbitBroad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
Earth Rabbit Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
Gold RabbitKind-hearted, conservative,lively and enthusiastic
Water Rabbit Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles

See Chinese Zodiac Rabbits of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rabbit

 Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rabbit
Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rabbit

Lucky things for the Rabbit:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46)
  • Lucky days: the 26th, 27th, and 29th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily, jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky things for the Rabbit:

  • Unlucky colors: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest
  • Unlucky months: the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months

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Chinese Zodiac Rabbits' Love Compatibility

Chinese zodiac compatibility is based on the characteristics of the animal signs, and only those who match well can be good partners.

 Chinese Zodiac Rabbits' Love Compatibility
Chinese Zodiac Rabbits' Love Compatibility

The most compatible zodiac signs for Rabbits: Dog, Pig, and Goat.

  • The Dog is the best zodiac sign for the Rabbit. Both the Rabbit and the Dog love life, love family, and are good at socializing. They have many things in common. They don’t rely on each other, but care a lot about each other’ feelings. A happy married life is predicted.
  • Easily satisfied, the Rabbit and the Pig are usually happy with each other. They are not picky about life and would feel fulfilled in their marriage.
  • Both the Rabbit and the Goat are gentle. They are good at resolving disputes. Their marriage is predicted to be happy without much conflict.

The least compatible zodiac signs for Rabbits: Rooster, Rat, and Dragon.

  • A couple made up of a Rabbit and a Rooster usually don’t have luck in making money.
  • The Rabbit is usually not happy with the Rat’s irresponsibility and Rats complains about Rabbits’ being too concerned with details. Arguments are common in their marriage.
  • After getting married with an overpowering Dragon, Rabbits usually feel depressed with resulting family problems and their relationship with the Dragon’s parents.

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Year of the Rabbit Predictions

Year of the Rabbit Predictions Rabbit Horoscope

In , those belonging to the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rabbit will have an overall stable time, and as long as they maintain the enthusiasm they had in the past, there will be no small gains.

The zodiac Rabbit is innately more diligent than other signs, and interpersonal relationships are usually very good. This year is again expected to be blessed with rich and powerful people’s help, so prospects of promotion and salary increase are still very promising.

Monthly Fortune for Rabbit in

Year of the Rabbit Predictions

Year of the Rabbit Predictions

Compared with , (a year of the Tiger) will be a better year for the Rabbit. The Rabbit will still encounter some troubles, but these problems are not serious and will be resolved quickly. Mostly a smooth life is expected.

is a good year for a Rabbit to get married, buy a house, or give birth to a baby. Making some changes to life will bring luck to the family and the business.

Male Rabbits will receive helpful support from others.

Female Rabbits will have good luck in love including in finding a boyfriend.

Top Careers for the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

Intellectual, scholarly, and learned, Rabbits can enjoy a good career as well as wealth.

With a pair of dexterous hands, Rabbits have a gift for calligraphy and painting as well as tailoring and cooking.

The best careers for Rabbits are in the fields of cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.

Good Health for the Rabbit

Overall, Rabbits have average health. In winter to late spring, when in relatively poor health, they should do more sports to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and have a healthy daily diet. Rabbits are advised to do some indoor exercise to cope with stress and tension.

In dry seasons, they should drink more water, and moisturize to prevent skin problems.

Are Rabbit Years Unlucky Years for the Rabbit?

According to Chinese culture, in the year of their birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') people offend Tai Sui (/tie-sway/), the god of age in Chinese mythology, and hence have bad luck.

Therefore, it is believed, Rabbits should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in Rabbit years. The next Rabbit year is It starts on Chinese New Year (January 22). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

How to Build Relationships with the Rabbit

Basically, you don't have to try hard but just help them with their weaknesses.

Strengths: Rabbits have good social relationships. They are popular with others as they are gentle and considerate. With a good sense of humor, they can turn a dispute into a good discussion and make enemies into friends.

Weaknesses: With an excess of universal love and charity, they may have conflicts of interest. With a lack of resolution, they have trouble with being emotionally swayed.

Famous Rabbit Year People

Famous RabbitBirth DateElement
Albert EinsteinMarch 14, Earth Rabbit
Michael JordanFebruary 17, Water Rabbit
David BeckhamMay 2, Wood Rabbit
Lionel MessiJune 24, Fire Rabbit

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Year of the Rabbit

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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 (卯) 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 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

YearCelestial StemEarthly BranchZodiacElementYin Yang
dingmǎoRabbitFireYin
mǎoRabbitEarthYin
xīnmǎoRabbitMetalYin
guǐmǎoRabbitWater Yin
mǎoRabbitWoodYin
dingmǎoRabbitFireYin
mǎoRabbitEarthYin
xīnmǎoRabbitMetalYin
guǐmǎoRabbitWaterYin

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

ElementYearFortune
Water, 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, These Rabbits are not sly, but have some tricks up their sleeves. They start their career successfully and the fortune carries on.
Fire, 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, These Rabbits sail through life. They are natural and relaxed, rarely hurt by anyone. A long life full of fortune awaits them.
Metal, 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.

Rabbits in the Year of the Tiger ()

Rabbits will have a mixed fortune in 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

Love and Relationships in

Love is not going to go well for Rabbits in 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

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 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 , 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

Rabbits have reason to be optimistic about their wealth and finances in 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

Education in

Rabbits will be blessed in their studies and do well on their exams in However, avoid opportunism and always prepare with % 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 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

Health will be a huge concern for Rabbit in 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 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.

Rabbits in the Year of the Rat ()

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.

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 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.

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In Chinese culture, the Lunar New Year on February 12 ushers in the Year of the Ox, after a particularly challenging Year of the Rat in Twelve animals represent the Chinese zodiac signs (or sheng xiao, translating to "born + resemblance"); in order, they’re the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each animal is associated with particular personality traits, making it fun to look up what your sign is according to the year of your birth date. But as with Western astrology, other aspects—such as planetary shifts, and in this instance, the Five Elements—exert additional influence at any given time, day, and year. Your zodiac animal is only one piece of the puzzle.

The practice of Chinese astrology dates back thousands of years. As authors Gerry Maguire Thompson and Shuen-Lian Hsaio write in The Guide to Chinese Horoscopes, for the first years of recorded Chinese history, there wasn’t really a line between what we consider astrology and the scientific study that we know as astronomy. Back then, “astrology was only used in the divination of collective fortunes—those of the community, the state, or the agricultural year.” According to Thompson, personal horoscopes only became an idea in the years following the arrival of Buddhism in China during the Han Dynasty (ca. CE), "which brought with it the idea that there are greater forces at work in the mapping of individual destiny.”

The massive popularity of Western astrology’s horoscopes has nurtured major public interest in what any zodiac sign means for people on an individual level. As such, here’s a beginner's guide to the twelve Chinese zodiac signs and their meanings, as well as the Five Elements.

The mythology behind the Chinese zodiac's order

“This being a Chinese legend, there are many explanations, few entirely matching in their details," Ken Smith and Joanna C. Lee write in the Pocket Chinese Almanac, an annual daily guide to our aforementioned collective fortune—such as which days are lucky and unlucky for weddings, planting seeds, and more. "They do, however, seem to agree on a couple of things: First, that a prominent Emperor (either Jade or Yellow, depending on your source) announced a great race, the order of 12 animals to be determined by their finishing time; and second, that the rat cheated.”

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The rat can alternately be considered clever for his role in the story. Upon realizing no one could outrun the ox, he jumped on the ox’s shoulders—only to hop off once they’d crossed a river, so that he won the race by a (rat’s) nose. Hence, the Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Ox is second, and the other 10 are ordered according to how they fared in the race. The pig is last because he stopped for a snack and a nap en route.

The Chinese zodiac animals and their meanings:

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Here are the birth years that correspond to each animal in the Chinese zodiac, and a brief overview of the personality traits associated with them, according to Sabrina Liao's Chinese Astrology: Ancient Secrets for Modern Life. In addition to zodiac sign profiles, Liao's book offers in-depth analysis of Chinese zodiac signs' compatibility with each other—an enormous topic in itself.

Rat

Birth years: , , , , , , ,
Personality traits:Ambitious, charming, talkative, resourceful, private, frugal, critical

Ox

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Personality traits:Diligent, gentle, hardworking, reliable, patient, materialistic, stubborn

Tiger

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Personality traits: Confident, brave, magnetic, idealistic, thrill-seeking, arrogant, selfish

Rabbit

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Personality traits: Kind, sensitive, artistic, romantic, judgmental, timid, refined

Dragon

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Personality traits: Outspoken, energetic, generous, intelligent, perfectionistic, egocentric, impatient

Snake

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Personality traits: Clever, curious, alluring, wise, anxious, calculating, jealous

Horse

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Personality traits: Amusing, enthusiastic, independent, persuasive, irresponsible, moody, opportunistic

Goat/Sheep

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Personality traits: Easygoing, empathetic, creative, cheerful, disorganized, impulsive lazy

Monkey

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Personality traits: Entertaining, intelligent, optimistic, sociable, fickle, secretive, unpredictable

Rooster

Birth years: , , , , , , ,
Personality traits: Adventurous, charitable, funny, loyal, argumentative, boastful, self-involved

Dog

Birth years: , , , , , , ,
Personality traits: Helpful, honest, trustworthy, unselfish, pessimistic, anxious, timid

Pig

Birth years: , , , , , , ,
Personality traits: Caring, generous, smart, outgoing, fearful, impatient, materialistic

The Five Elements

The animal corresponding to the year you were born is only one part of your Chinese zodiac profile; the philosophy of the Five Elements is another. Drawn from the Chinese concept of Wu Xing, or Five Element Theory, this doesn’t refer to chemical elements, but to types of influencing energies that affect each other through interactions. While Western astrology incorporates beliefs about the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, the Five Elements of the Chinese zodiac are metal, water, wood, fire, and earth.

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The Five Elements impact the Chinese zodiac in several ways. After you've located your Chinese zodiac animal, finding the element for your birth year will tell you more. Each zodiac animal also has a “fixed,” or permanently rooted, element that they’re governed by no matter what the year. For example, while is the Year of the Metal Ox because it’s affected by the “mutable,” or varying, element of Metal, the Ox’s fixed element is always Earth.

Here are the Five Elements’ basic meanings, according to The Guide to Chinese Horoscopes, and how to find your element:

Metal

Birth years: Last number of your birth is 0 or 1
Associated with:
“solidity and willpower"

Water

Birth years: Last number of your birth is 2 or 3
Associated with: “responsiveness and persuasion”

Wood

Birth years: Last number of your birth is 4 or 5
Associated with:
“imagination and creativity”

Fire

Birth years: Last number of your birth is 6 or 7
Associated with:
“passion, and bursts of dynamic energy”

Earth

Birth years: Last number of your birth is 6 or 7
Associated with:
“down-to-earth qualities that encourage focus and commitment to achieving goals.”

Your zodiac year is considered unlucky.

You might assume that when the year of the animal sign you were born under returns 12 years later, it’s your time to shine. Not necessarily. “People always say, ‘yay, it’s my year!’ It’s the exact opposite,” Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of the Chinese in America, tells OprahMag.com. You should actually be extra-careful during the year of your birth animal, Maasbach says, lest you attract an accident or other misfortune in what's believed to be a year of obstacles.

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Your Chinese zodiac birth year is called your Ben Ming Nian. Per travel site China Highlights, the superstition that it can bring misfortune comes from a belief that "people in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse." Chinese astrology characterizes Tai Sui as an imaginary celestial body, or collection of stars, that corresponds to the position of Jupiter.

Superstition holds that there are ways to avoid conflict with Tai Sui during your Ben Ming Nian. Steer clear of any big moves like starting a business, getting married, or buying a new house, as well as high-risk physical endeavors. You may want to attract luck, China Highlights suggests, by wearing talismans made of jade, crystal, or gold, dressing in the traditionally-lucky color red, or even worshipping Tai Sui in a temple to appease them. So if you're age 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, or 84, err on the side of caution and get your best red outfits together.


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Zodiac sign 2011

Rabbit (zodiac)

Sign of the Chinese zodiac

"Year of the Rabbit" redirects here. For other uses, see Year of the Rabbit (disambiguation).

Zodiac rabbit, showing the (兔) character for rabbit

The rabbit () is the fourth in the twelve-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branchsymbol卯.

In the Vietnamese zodiac and the Gurungzodiac, the cat takes the place of the rabbit.[1] In the Malayzodiac, the mousedeer takes the place of the rabbit.

Years and elements[edit]

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rabbit", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[2][3]

WhiteRabbit figure in stone.
Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
29 January 15 February Water Rabbit
14 February 3 February Wood Rabbit
2 February 22 January Fire Rabbit
19 February 7 February Earth Rabbit
6 February 26 January Metal Rabbit
25 January 12 February Water Rabbit
11 February 30 January Wood Rabbit
29 January 16 February Fire Rabbit
16 February 4 February Earth Rabbit
3 February 22 January Metal Rabbit
22 January 9 February Water Rabbit
8 February 27 January Wood Rabbit
26 January 13 February Fire Rabbit
11 February 1 February Earth Rabbit
31 January 18 February Metal Rabbit
17 February 5 February Water Rabbit
5 February 24 January Wood Rabbit
A nest containing baby Rabbits

Basic astrological associations[edit]

Earthly branch:Tree
Element:Wood
Yin Yang:Yin
Lunar month:Second
Lucky numbers:3, 6, 9
Lucky flowers:Plantago, lily, nerve plant, snapdragon
Lucky colors:Black, pink, purple, blue, grey, red; Avoid: brown, yellow, white
Season:Spring

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_(zodiac)
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