Year of the Rabbit

Today is the Lunar New Year (also commonly known as the Chinese New Year) and 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit! That’s what this symbol here to the right is, the Chinese zodiac sign for rabbit.

Every animal carries its special energy into the new year. The energy of the Rabbit brings a quiet tranquility, natural grace and sensitivity into this year. Each year the animal also signifies an element (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and this year is the Metal Rabbit. According to Chinese Taoist thought, “metal” attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination.

The Rabbit symbolizes good manners, kindness and solid judgment. (And we can certainly use some more of that!)

Rabbit is a good scholar, with powers of cautious observation, detachment to particular outcomes and the ability to sense and decode the patterns occurring in the world around him/her. As a result, the Rabbit can leap over obstacles, so fewer things are likely to bother you. Expect that you’ll be able to handle challenges successfully and peacefully.

In business, the Rabbit demonstrates win-win negotiations and diplomacy. Since the Rabbit is a good communicator and listener, it’s a good year for making deals, entering partnerships and resolving differences. Rabbits are ambitious, want to advance and move fast when the timing is right however their style is generally more consistent and calm than say the outgoing Tiger.

Not surprisingly, Rabbit years are typically lucky years and historically, money is made more easily in Rabbit years than other years. (Do I hear cheering?)

Gung Hay Fat Choy (may prosperity be with you or Happy New Year)!