Happy Chinese New Year 2023!
Year of the Black Yin-Water Rabbit

Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is celebrated in China and much of Asia, including Korea, Vietnam and Singapore, as well as among the global Asian diaspora. The most common origin story is a legend that the celebrations began in order to scare away a beast called “Nian” (which means “year” in Chinese) who stalked cities and villages each spring, attacking people. Because Nian was afraid of loud noises and the color red, people used firecrackers and red paper to frighten the mythical creature

The Lunar New Year holiday lasts seven days and this year is expected to start on January 22nd.

2023 is the year of the Black Yin-Water Rabbit. It is the 4720th Chinese year, because Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor and first ruler of all China, was inaugurated in 2697 B.C. The first day of the Chinese astrological year is the first day of Tiger Month. The first day of the Water Rabbit is on February 4, 2023. February 5, 2023 is the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Yin-Water is connected to rain, cold water, ponds, or brooks. According to the Chinese Five Elements, the color of Water is associated with black. Therefore, 2023 is also called the Year of the Black Rabbit. The zodiac sign of 2023 is rabbits in the rain or rabbits playing around the pond. Rabbits are herbivores and they like to eat tender plants like grass, flowers, leaves, or weeds. Therefore, the Rabbit is associated with the Yin-Wood. Rain can wash the tender plant. But heavy rain could damage the flowers and leaves. Grass and vines don't like the season of winter. That means Rabbit doesn't like the cold water. According to the characteristics of the Wood Element, Rabbit is kind, steady, compassionate, and gentle. Rabbits flee away swiftly when feeling unsafe. Rabbit's personalities are cautious, nimble, shy, alert, and conservative. Grasses, weeds, and vines can spread over the land quickly. Rabbits have amazing fertility and can reproduce the next generation very quickly. Rabbits are gregarious. The characteristics of a Rabbit are creative, adaptable, changeable, friendly, popular, emotional, and harmonious.

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The Revelation of the Water Rabbit

March is Rabbit Month, the middle of spring. The Yin-Water of 2023 is the rain of the spring, which can clean and beautify the Yin-Wood of Rabbit. Spring flowers bring scent and color to the garden. People pay attention to them. 2022 was the Year of the Water Tiger, a good year to start a new plan, career, or business. If you are working on a project, you should prepare some things to show people your progress in 2023. When you talk, people listen. The Yin-Wood's widespread is connected to your performance, popularity, talent, achievement, and reputation.  Water is the mother element of Wood. Therefore, the major energy of the Five Elements is Wood in 2023. Yin-Wood grows well in the spring. But it might wither, dry up, and die in the winter. Therefore, if you plan to do something in 2023, then you should implement it as soon as possible. The energy of Wood will weaken in the cold winter.  The Water Rabbit is a sign of Yin-Water on the top of the Yin-Wood of the Rabbit. In most cases, Wood can float on top of the water. That implies Wood doesn't like the protection from parents. If Yin-Water is the heavy rain, then the Yin-Wood could float away with the rainwater. That's a sign of leaving your hometown.  The Yin-Wood of the Rabbit is grass. The Yang-Wood of the Tiger is a tall tree. A hurricane could root out a tall tree. A tall tree could be chopped to make furniture. But the grass can survive on the ground.

A Faster Approach to Success

The Yin-Wood of the Rabbit is grass, vine, or small plants. They can not grow too tall. However, vines can climb on trees or walls to reach the top. That implies Rabbit needs someone's help to become an outstanding leader. The Tiger contains the Yang-Wood, which is a tall tree. The Dog and Dragon contain Yang-Earth, which is a tall wall. Therefore, The Rabbit needs a Tiger, Dog, or Dragon for speedy success.

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 Information gathered from: www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2023/default.htm