The New Metal Rabbit Year

August 22, 2012

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The New Metal Rabbit Year

This year the Lunar Chinese New Year occurs one day before the Chinese Solar New Year on 4 February. The former marks the start of the Metal Rabbit Year under the Four Pillars System of astrology; the latter marks the start of a 7 Lake Year under the more ancient I Ching Astrology method.

In this article I will deal with your prospects under the Four Pillar system, and on 3 February I will publish your forecasts for the 7 Lake Year. If you want to know more about I Ching Astrology meanwhile, visit


In Chinese Astrology, the elements and the years move in cycles of 12.  There are five elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood – and 12 animals, namely the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, the Pig, the Rat, the Ox, and the Tiger.

Therefore, it is once in 60 years that a similar combination of element and animal will appear.  On 3 February 2011, it is the turn of the Metal Rabbit to come into view.  The last time it was here was in 1951.

Famous Metal Rabbits

These people were born in 1951: Jane Seymour, Gordon Brown, Patricia Richardson, Kurt Russell, Bob Geldof, Sherry Aldridge.

1951 also saw the Korean War at its peak.  The element Metal is from the West and the Rabbit represents the Wood element from the East.  Sadly, there is quite a possibility of further inflammation on that front.  If it is not from Korea, then expect some kind of aggravation or conflict, either real or financial, between the East and the West this year.

On a brighter note, what is in store for your Star and for your Animal in 2011?

The animals will interact differently when the Rabbit comes into view.  The Rabbit in some translations is known as the Cat.  Generally, the Rabbit is seen as sensitive, gentle, diplomatic, intuitive and desires creature comforts.  By nature, the Rabbit does not enjoy, or like to take on, conflict.

The Ox/Buffalo

In 2011, Rabbits are very acquisitive and have a huge appetite for money and fashionable items.  Luckily, your hardworking Ox nature is not going to make hasty deals overnight.  Be patient this year and this will help you enormously.

It is important for you not to overreact emotionally this year, or to overspend.  This is due to the Rabbit’s quick-witted and intuitive sense of persuasion.

The Tiger

Tigers and Rabbits belong to the same Wood element in Chinese Astrology.  While the Rabbit may prove to be a much quieter animal, it will on the other hand encourage you to be very impulsive.  Be wary not to bite off more than you can chew this year.

Plenty of new ideas are likely to come your way and make sure that you make more effort than usual to keep yourself active physically.

The Rabbit

This is your year and the last time it turned up was 12 years ago.  It is actually a fabulous year for you, especially on the finance side.  Be crystal clear in where you would like to invest your money and also consider the importance of timing.  Be on the look-out for investments that at a deeper look are risky.

Avoid this year undertaking any risky or adventurous sports.  The Metal element governing this year effectively can clash the Rabbit, and small or minor accidents could occur.

The Dragon

This is a good year for you to put a determined, but quiet effort into your career.  Tread carefully and avoid upsetting sensitive souls in your sphere of contact.  It’s a fabulous year for you to really polish your skill or hidden talent.  Get it ready to unleash it next year!

Regarding your health, pay attention to small issues that could get troublesome.  Generally, keep fit and avoid getting idle.

The Snake

This is a very busy year for you!  Plenty of travel on the horizon and lots of diverse activities will show up.  The Rabbit is very stylish and will team up well with your attractive Snake to create perfection on all fronts.

Make sure that you come out and communicate very clearly this year with others.  Be aware of any back-stabbing and this will not show up provided you are open, clear and transparent in all your dealings.

The Horse

Altogether a very happy and productive year for you.  There will be some issues, but your hardworking nature will overcome those with ease.  It is important for you to drop some of your pride and allow others to help you this year.

The presence of the Rabbit this year will have a very mellow, softening effect.  The Rabbit will help you take yourself less seriously and keep you calm when others could be present to aggravate you on different fronts.  Altogether a good year for you.

The Sheep/Goat

Your year loves to have independence and to travel and range the world at large.  This is definitely a year when the Rabbit comes into view, so you can afford to relax and let your guard down.  Like you, the Rabbit is perfect at creating a wonderful, calm and supportive environment.  However, you must keep yourself active this year.  If you’re retired, even consider some volunteer work.

It is an important year for you to be proactive, especially regarding investments and work.  There is even the opportunity on the horizon this year for you to receive an award or to be recognised for your talents.

The Monkey

Of all the Chinese animals, the Monkey is the most proficient when it comes to dealing with problems or technical issues.  You will be at the top of your game on these fronts this year.  It may also be called upon more frequently.  Be wary this year that others do not take advantage of your generosity or your time.

Make time this year to relax and chill whenever you can get the opportunity.  If you feel like taking extended holidays, then it’s definitely the year for you to do this.  Also, for your own benefit on many fronts, try to get involved on a voluntary level with a local project.

The Rooster

This is the year that there is technically a clash in the atmosphere.  The reason being that the Rooster is opposite the Rabbit in the Chinese Horoscope system.  Therefore, be wary that you will have a lot on your plate on many different fronts.

Be cautious this year with your spending.  Get on top of managing your finances, or at least get someone to help you with that.  All in all, avoid any kind of risky ventures this year.

The Dog

Born in the year of the Dog, you are always hardworking, noble and very loyal.  On the work front this year, there is potential for either a raise or for you to move up the ladder.  On all fronts, work will come effortlessly to you this year.

While all will go well in terms of your work, it is the spending and the investment side that you need to be cautious of.  If you have any concerns over this, do seek good, responsible advice.  You are very well protected this year, but at the same time, avoid getting into a fight with anyone in a position of rank or power above you.

Recent Rabbit Years

These include 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011.

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