The Rabbit (兔) is the fourth in the twelve-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯.
As the Year of the Tiger comes to an end on 21 January and the Year of the Rabbit begins, we can expect an abrupt change of pace as we say goodbye to the roaring tiger and hello to the milder rabbit.
Both anatomically and behaviourally, tigers and rabbits could hardly be more different. The same is true for their corresponding zodiac years, according to astrologists.
The rabbit is historically known as the gentlest and most tender of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the traditional classification scheme based on the lunar calendar that assigns an animal and its attributes to each year.
Whilst dynamism of the tiger of 2022 was designated as yang, upcoming Year of the Rabbit, however, embodies yin, the passive principle of the universe, which manifests in relaxation, fluidity, quietness and contemplation.
The Chinese idiom “a crafty rabbit has three burrows” implies that the rabbit not only has many ideas but is also good at adapting to the environment and can move very quickly, allowing it to protect itself during times of danger or when the situation is not favourable.
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