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The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Its intrinsic element is wood.
The compass direction of the rabbit is between 67.5 degrees to 97.5 degrees. This
falls in the direction of the east.
You will find that this sector of the house occupies an angle of 30 degrees. This
sector is said to be the part of the house deemed very lucky for those residents
who are born in any of the years of the rabbit. The years of the rabbit are listed
in the table above. These years have not been adjusted to take account of the lunar
New year. Thus if you were born in any of the above years but during say, the month
of January, chances are, you do not belong to the rabbit year butt instead to the
year prior to the rabbit year which is the year of the tiger. In the same way you
could still be a rabbit if you are born in the January of the following year. To
check your date of birth against the lunar calendar please refer to the 100 year
lunar calendar at the back of the book.
In ancient times the rabbit and the ox were friendly neighbors, but one day they
fell into an argument. The rabbit maintained that he was the champion runner of
all the animals and that the ox could never equal him because the ox lacked his
light body. Insulted, the ox began to train every day, determined to beat the rabbit.
When the time came for the animal signs to be chosen, all the animals wanted to
be first at the palace in order to get a place. The ox and the rabbit decided to
run together, but the rabbit broke his promise. Rising early, he dashed off at a
great pace and, after a while, turned round to look for the other animals. To his
delight not one was in sight, so he settled down for a nap; confident that he would
be the first.
The rabbit woke up suddenly to find the tiger overtaking him. Panicking, he sprinted
as fast as he could to the palace, arriving to find that both the tiger and the
ox had run faster than him, and that the rat had snatched first place through his
cunning. Consequently, he was only fourth. Bitter at the ox, he moved his home underground
where his descendants still dwell today.
Personality of the people born in Rabbit year
You have a tranquil nature and are sensitive to the world around you. you cannot
thrive in a competitive of aggressive environment, and you soon become anxious if
you are forced to take risks. your delicately balanced emotions are easily destabilized
by unsettled or unpredictable situations, and you instinctively want to create a
peaceful and comfortable atmosphere. In fact, this makes you a very hospitable host,
attentive to the needs of others, ensuring that they do not feel isolated or neglected.
You are aware that small details are important in creating the right ambience and
you pay attention to everything from colour, design and furniture to food and conversation.
When you are certain that everything is arranged to your satisfaction you can then
relax and you make charming, elegant and intelligent company.
You have a good imagination and intellect combined with an openness and generosity
that enables you to turn enemies into friends. your approach to life is not threatening
or disruptive, and the only time that you are really obstinate is when you feel
you have been pushed beyond your capabilities. When faced with a dilemma, or if
you are just feeling low, you tend to keep your thoughts well hidden in the belief
that it is hot appropriate for you to make demands or force your opinions on others.
Your lifestyle is conservative as you do not like your security compromised, but
when you opt for safety over risk you may miss good opportunities. You have no desire
to be in the limelight; you shy away from confrontations or complications and if
there is an escape route you will quickly take it. This does not imply that you
are frivolous or irresponsible, for when you truly believe in something you are
serious, perseverant and capable.
You need trust, security and tenderness in a relationship, and are happiest when
you can create an intimate and cosy atmosphere. You are unlikely to go in search
of emotional thrills and do not thrive on romantic upheavals, so when a partner’s
behavior becomes erratic or hurtful you withdraw into your shell. There are times
when you are confident in love, but an unpredictable action or careless remark can
suddenly place serious doubts in your mind. Try to express your concerns and you
may well find that your doubts are groundless. When you have found the right partner
the affection that you offer will be returned, and you will prove to be both sympathetic
and forgiving, far more likely to listen to someone else’ problems than to reveal
You are happy sharing artistic interests, informal dinners and stimulating conversation.
It will take time to find the soul-mate you are searching for and along the way
you may appear fickle, but when you have found that person your commitment is powerful.
Your intelligence and imagination stand you in good stead in your career and you
always give careful thought to projects before you undertake them. You are balanced
in outlook and cautious in approach, and like to be informed of all the facts before
you make a judgment. You do not enjoy the cut and thrust of business life, preferring
work that is more methodical and reliable, and thus the worlds of politics and finance
hold little interest for you. Working under pressure makes you nervous, as do sudden
demands on you to develop creative ideas, and while others may thrive on heated
discussion you prefer reasoned debate. Your creative talents will come to the fore
when you are allowed to work at your own pace. Many colleagues appreciate your tact
and modesty and realize you are a conscientious worker, unlikely to step over others
to achieve your goals.
You are suited to career in literature, art, design or public relations. You would
also be a good counselor, barrister, judge, solicitor, adviser or secretary.
In Chinese philosophy the five elements are types of energy that affect all life.
It is their interaction that creates change from a global level to a personal level.
the rabbit is associated with the element of wood, which works in harmony with the
element of fire but is overwhelmed by the element of metal.
The rabbit is linked to the colour green, which is associated with the season of
spring. It is the colour of new life, tranquility and relaxation. It is said that
dreams will end well if they feature the colour green since it is a lucky and influential
colour, particularly when combined with the colour red.
Yin & Yang :
Yin and Yang are the two great cosmic forces which influence and balance all life.
Yin is cool, watery and still while yang is hot, heavy and dynamic. The rabbits
associated with the element of earth in which yin and yang are equally balanced,
a combination that is linked to thought and care.
Each of the twelve animal signs is matched to a direction of the compass. The rabbit
is linked to an easterly direction, which in turn is associated with the hours of
sunrise. This direction is also traditionally linked to the middle of spring, a
time when yang continues to gain influence as yin declines.
Balancing of energy for people born in rabbit year
Those born in the year of the Rabbit are advised to observe the following :
In the years of the Snake (2001) :
Protect against the problems of this year by placing a deer in the north-west of
the living room. Change is indicated this year. Ensure luck turns good by carrying
or wearing the image of coins. Must have wind chimes in the south-west this year.
In the years of the Horse (2002):
Good friends rally round to help this year. Energize the south-west with crystals.
Also a pair of Rhinoceros in the living room helps.
In the years of the Sheep (2003):
This is the year to place a gem tree in your living room. Get one filled with yellow
ad red colored semi precious stones, at least 10 inches tall. Place it in the south-east
or south of your living room.
In the years of the Monkey (2004):
A good time to consolidate. Place the Dragon, Tortoise to bring you stability, harmony
In the years of the Rooster (2005) :
A dangerous period when financial losses could prove disastrous. You must have the
Chi Lin or a pair of Fu Dogs. Special amulets hung up near the entrance door will
also help. hang a crystal chandelier in the west to appease the Grand Duke. Or hang
a 7 rod wind chime.
In the years of the Dog (2006) :
Obstacles remain. Place a mother and child rhinoceros and a three legged toad in
the living room to overcome money problems.
In the years of the Boar (2007) :
A mixed period. Place 3 sheep standing on coins to overcome troublemakers in your
life. Also place Fu dogs at your gate.
In the years of the Rat (2008) :
No serious problems. Place Fuk Luk Sau for good luck throughout the year. Also a
Laughing Buddha to bring smile on faces.
In the years of OX(2009) :
This is a difficult year. If you have not got the laughing Buddha get an image of
it quickly to absorb all your problems.
In the years of the TIGER(2010) : Not out of danger yet. Use wind chimes in the
SW to dispel conflicts and to control the deadly 5 yellow.
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