The Rabbit is fourth in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12-year animal cycle is: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign. You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.
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 2023. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 22). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert; quick, skillful, kind, and patient; and particularly responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Generally speaking, people who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign have likable characters.
Gentlemen 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 meeting trouble, Rabbits can handle it in an orderly way; when encountering tough difficulties they are never discouraged, but are persistent to seek solutions. So they eventually achieve enviable success.
Ladies belonging to the rabbit zodiac sign, apart from a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart.
Rabbits are faithful to those around them, but 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.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth, so, for example, a Wood Rabbit comes around once in 60 years.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Rabbits, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Rabbit||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Rabbit||1915, 1975||Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart|
|Fire Rabbit||1927, 1987||Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views|
|Earth Rabbit||1939, 1999||Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved|
|Gold Rabbit||1951, 2011||Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic|
|Water Rabbit||1963, 2023||Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles|
|Famous Rabbit||Birth Date||Element|
|Queen Victoria||24 May 1819||an Earth Rabbit|
|Albert Einstein||14 March 1879||an Earth Rabbit|
|J.R.R. Tolkien||3 January 1892||a Gold Rabbit|
|Brad Pitt||December 18, 1963||a Water Rabbit|
|Johnny Depp||June 9, 1963||a Water Rabbit|
|Michael Jordan||February 17, 1963||a Water Rabbit|
|Nicolas Cage||January 7, 1964||a Water Rabbit|
|David Beckham||2 May 1975||a Wood Rabbit|
|Tiger Woods||December 30, 1975||a Wood Rabbit|
|Lionel Messi||24 June 1987||a Fire 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.
Good-hearted Rabbits are loved by others. Intellectual, scholarly and learned, Rabbits can enjoy a good career as well as wealth. But Rabbits should take care not to give up half way when striving for something.
With a pair of dexterous hands, Rabbits have a gift for calligraphy and painting, as well as tailoring and cooking. Owning a patient temperament, they are able to manage everything to people's wishes.
The best careers for Rabbits are cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.
Basically, you don't have to try hard, but 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 make a dispute into a good discussion, and make enemies into friends. Possessing a gentle temperament, they are hospitable, considerate, and ready to help others.
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.
Rabbits will have a hard year in these four areas. There will be ups and downs in 2017.
In 2017 Rabbits will have to do everything in person and work very hard to be rewarded.
It will be a year for business trips. Don't hesitate to work in different places, if need be. Doing so will lead to more opportunities for development.
There is a danger you might lose your fortune. Do not get involved in joint financial ventures. And if you are thinking of investing or starting a business, you should think again.
Rabbits will have bad luck in their careers in 2017. There will be heavy pressure at work and problems will frequently arise. You'll have to solve them without any help.
If you'd like to change your working environment this year, you'd be well advised to take the initiative and do so. Or if your company needs you to help expand its markets to other places, you may take this as an opportunity to develop your career.
Be warned that some of your personal relationships will probably break down, especially in the middle of 2017. You should beware of mean people behind your back.
When dealing with investments, partnerships, or contracts, you'd better read the terms carefully, in case you're tricked and end up in a vulnerable situation.
Rabbits will be susceptible to traffic accidents in 2017. So you need to be very careful when driving.
You should try and avoid injuries to your joints and take special care of your respiratory system and heart. Females will need to tend to "women's issues". Follow an established routine of work and rest, observe a healthy diet, and do regular exercise.
To break the cycle of bad luck, try donating blood after February 4th.
Rabbits may disrupt their bad luck cycle in 2017 by getting married. Otherwise your special relationship will probably end in 2017.
You and your partner will have many different opinions, as you make preparations for the wedding. You are advised to calm down and communicate with him/her. After the wedding, you can move to your new house or go for a honeymoon.
If you are single, you should pay special attention to members of the opposite sex around you.
If you are married, you should take care of your partner and go for short trips with him/her, to reduce the impact of bad luck.
It will be easy for Rabbits to become pregnant in 2017. You will, however, probably need to do minor surgery, such as Cesarean section, to deliver the baby.
Zodiac compatibility is based on the characteristics of the animals, and only those who match well can be good partners. See below for whether the Rabbit is compatible with your sign or not.
Rabbits are best with a Rat, Goat, Monkey, or Dog; worst with a Rooster or Snake.