The Year of the Rabbit — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018 & 2019

The Year of the Rabbit is fourth in the Chinese Zodiac, following the Tiger, and preceding the Dragon. These are Rabbit years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

If you were born in a Rabbit year, then you're a Rabbit, and the following things are supposed to be lucky for you:

  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily and jasmine
Rabbit - Chinese Zodiac Signs

Are You a Rabbit?

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.

Are Rabbit Years Unlucky Years for Rabbits?

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.

The Rabbit's Personality: Quiet, Elegant...


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.

Five Types of Rabbit — Which One Are You?

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

See 2016 Predictions for Rabbits of Different Elements.

Famous Rabbit Year People

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

Good Health for Rabbits

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.

The Top Careers for Rabbits


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.

How to Build Relationships with Rabbit

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 Luckiest Things for Rabbits

  • 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, and jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

The Unlucky Things for Rabbits

  • Unlucky color: 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

Rabbits' Wealth, Work, Love, and Health Prospects in 2018


Finances in 2018 — ★★★★★


In 2018, Rabbits will have good luck with money.

If you are a Rabbit, your salary or benefits will be improved, and you might have chance to receive rewards from real estate.

Rabbits will be successful with real estate and cultural investments — you will have a chance to gain a lot from them. However, you might meet some trouble, such as having different opinions to your co-investors, and this will make you feel upset and tired.

Career Prospects in 2018 — ★★★☆☆


Rabbits won’t have good luck when it comes to getting promoted in 2018.

Rabbits, because of your limited communication with your leaders, you might feel depressed. In private, there might be conflicts between you and your deputy leader, or you may be discouraged by him/her. You will be very stressed, even when you are doing well at your work.

However, you will have a good chance to develop your career in the areas of real estate and cultural work. It might be hard for you to get a promotion, but you will do well there.

For entrepreneurs, you will have a good chance to get a big breakthrough, and get more cooperation with good projects.

Love in 2018 — ★★★☆☆


Rabbits will generally have stable relationships in 2018.

Male Rabbits will have good luck in love in 2018. You are likely to meet a suitable partner. But she will be tough to get along with, and sometimes not at all friendly. She may seem like a mystery, and a little edgy.

For female Rabbits, you will also have many chances to meet nice boys, but you will sometimes feel stressed. Your favorite mate will not understand your feelings, and sometimes he will be too self-absorbed to realize your love. You need to be proactive to bridge the gap. You are suggested to express your feelings towards him, or there won’t be any progress.

Health in 2018 — ★★☆☆☆


Rabbits don’t have very good health prospects in 2018.

Rabbits, you might easily fall prey to an acute disease, or feel discomfort around your liver and gall bladder. You might also be hurt by sharp metal instruments.

These problems may not have serious effects, but they will bother you a lot.

You are suggested to do a health examination regularly, and take time to adjust your mind by walking along a lakeside.

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.

Love Compatibility with the Rabbit

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