Chinese Usher in Year of the Rabbit
Thursday, February 3 is the Chinese New Year. Chinese say good-by to the Year of the Tiger and greet the Year of the Rabbit, based on their Zodiac system. This is the fourth year in the 12 year cycle.
As with western astrology there are varying opinions as to what this year will be like, both on a personal level and globally. The rabbit signifies a time devoted to home and family. There is an opportunity to pursue artistic endeavors, diplomacy and peace. Therefore, 2011 is thought to bring in a calmer energy than 2010, both individually and collectively.
One Chinese website provided the following:
“The Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don’t try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.”
With that said, many believe there is still plenty of opportunity for discord around the world. According to Washington Post writer Debbie Wo, Asian fortunetellers predicted a turbulent year far different from the image of a cuddly bunny. Fortune tellers throughout Asia predict continued difficulty for the world’s economy, strife in Korea and struggle between the United States and China.
This is because nations become more insulated and protective during the Year of the Rabbit. There is also opportunity for shrewd and creative new business partnerships that can be of benefit to all.