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.
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.
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.
The fortune trend for Rabbits is not very smooth in 2016, and it will be difficult for them to make a breakthrough in their career and financial situation if they do not work hard enough.
They should make concessions in communication and cooperation in order to accommodate the situations, and should never be diametrically opposed to other people; otherwise, their situation will go from bad to worse. This will greatly hamper their development in both their business and career.
Rabbits will have a bad career trend in 2016. They will face great difficulties both internally and externally with new problems cropping up unexpectedly in their work, and they will work in vain.
They should cooperate with others instead of creating something new and acting arbitrarily. They will be likely to overcome difficulties if they do things wholeheartedly.
The worst months in work for them will be the first, second, sixth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should deal with their business carefully. They will make headway in their career during the fifth, seventh, and eleventh Chinese lunar months; therefore, they should seize the opportunities.
The fortune trend for Rabbits shows no optimism, so they must deal with their finances carefully and reduce unnecessary expenses in order to avoid an economic crisis. They will have no financial worries if they pay close attention to their savings. They should never be greedy for unexpected wealth, and it may cost everything they have if they take any risks.
The worst months for their fortune trend are the first, second, sixth, eighth, and tenth Chinese lunar months, during which they should keep alert in order to avoid suffering from unexpected personal financial losses.
The good months for their fortune trend are the seventh and twelfth Chinese lunar months.
Rabbits will have good health in 2016; however, they should not eat too much in order to stay healthy. They should pay special attention to traffic safety in the second, ninth, and tenth Chinese lunar months, especially those who have children at home.
Rabbits will gain little with regard to relationships as they will seldom encounter members of the opposite sex who share the same ambitions and purposes, even though they will be popular with the opposite sex. If they fall in love in the first half of the year, they will face a relationship crisis in the second half of the year, so they must deal with it seriously.
The worse months for relationships will be the second, sixth, ninth, tenth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months. They should keep in mind that when it comes to relationships, it will be of no use to force others to love them.
Love Compatibility of the Rabbit with Other Animals
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.
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|