It’s the year of the rabbit. The year we’ve all been waiting for (and when I say “we” I mean all the other rabbits…go 1987!) I already know four couples who are having babies in the next 3-6 months, almost as if to say “Year of the Rabbit, huh? I’ll show you fertile, you furry little mascot!” Makes you wonder what kind of a party Hugh Hefner will throw this year.
By the way, that’s Disney and Iwerk’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit which preceded Mickey Mouse. The cuter of the rodents, in my opinion :)
Now, I’m not a believer of Chinese astrology but it’s still a fun read. Kind of like popsicle stick jokes, fortune cookies or Harry Potter (fun but blatantly bogus). I know I just offended someone. HP lover, will you forgive me? Anyways, you might be wondering…where does the 12-year-cycle of animals come from?
The Story of Sheng Xiao *GONG SOUND*
Warning: This is kind of a long story. Skip forward………..if you’re lame. Mehehe.
“Legend has it that the Jade Emperor wanted to select twelve animals to represent the different years as totems (because up until this point, the Chinese had no way of measuring time). Hearing this, all the animals on earth rushed to the call, each with a desire to be selected. Finding no suitable method on which to base his selection, the Jade Emperor decided to hold a tournament of physical skills and abilities – a race across a river.
The cat and the rat, who were once good friends and poor swimmers, convinced the ox to carry them across the river. Being naive, gullible and good-natured, the ox (being a powerful swimmer) agreed. As they were crossing the river, the rat was worried that the cat might win the race; so the rat pushed the cat into the river. This explains why cats hate rats (and also why felines are not on the zodiac wheel). Right before the ox and the rat reached the shore, the rat jumped off the ox’s back and took first place in the race (what a cheat…if it was up to me I’d dangle you above a mouse trap!)
As the Jade Emperor named the ox as the 2nd zodiac animal, the tiger reached the finished line. Panting his way toward the Jade Emperor, the tiger explained that he had difficulty crossing the river because the current kept pushing him down stream. With his powerful strength, he was able to reach the shore safely. The Emperor recorded the tiger as the 3rd zodiac animal.
From a distance, the crowd heard a thumping noise. Twitching its pinkish nose, the rabbit told the crowd that he had to hop from one stone to another in order to cross the river. Luckily, he was able to get hold of a floating log which finally washed him to shore. The Emperor named the rabbit the 4th zodiac animal.
In 5th place came the dragon, flying and belching fire in the air. The Jade Emperor was very curious as to why the dragon came in late for he can both fly and swim. Because the mighty dragon could not bear to see his people and all the creatures on earth suffer a drought, he had to stop to make rain. When he reached the river, he also spotted a helpless little rabbit clutching tightly to a log, so he gave a little puff and blew the log with the rabbit on it to the shore.
Just as the Jade Emperor complimented the dragon for his consideration, he heard the horse whining and galloping. Out from the horse’s hoof sneaked out the shrewd slimy snake. The sudden appearance and the hissing of the snake startled the horse and made him jump backwards, thus forcing the horse to fall back to 7th place and allowing the snake to take 6th place in the race.
From a distance approached the sheep, the monkey and the rooster. The rooster proudly described how he had spotted a raft from a high ground and picked up the sheep and monkey. Along the way, the monkey and the sheep helped clear the weeds, pulling and pushing the raft to shore. The Emperor complimented the trios for their combined efforts and named the sheep the 8th of the zodiac animals, the monkey the 9th and the rooster the 10th.
Just as the Emperor was making the record official, next came the dog. The dog was trying to justify to the Emperor why, being one of the best swimmers, he was late. It turned out that the dog hadn’t had a bath for a long time. The river water was so clean and fresh that he had to stop. The dog was recorded as the 11th zodiac animal.
The Jade Emperor was about to dismiss the crowd and retire from the long day when he heard an oink and a squeal from the little pig who was waddling down the path. Needless to explain, the pig was hungry during the race and had stopped for a feast. After the feast, he felt tired and took a little nap. The little pig made it as the last of the 12 zodiac animals.”
So, what’s so cool about the year of the WABBIT??
“2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit. Rabbits are private creatures and a bit introverted. They’re reasonably friendly and enjoy the company of good friends though they occasionally need their own space.
According to Chinese tradition, 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 relationships. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle so you can calmly deal with any problem that might arise.
Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun. Together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, representing the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want…and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit share certain characteristics: keen, wise, fragile, tranquil, serene, considerate, fashionable and kind. Generally they are quite calm, do not exhibit aggressive behavior and will avoid confrontation at all costs. When angry about something, they will approach it calmly and considerately, hardly ever raising their voice. And they pay much close attention to the situations developing around them. They are intelligent, quick and can talk themselves in or out of most situations with no problem.
The Rabbit is a symbol for mercy, elegance and worship of beauty. They give others an impression of being frail-looking because of their gentle appearance. But, in fact, they are strong-minded and have strong wills. They pursue their ideals all their lives in a precise and orderly way. They do things slowly and deliberately because of their cautious characters.
There is no need to worry about a Rabbit’s life. They are nimble, clever and good at avoiding harm to themselves. They are talented and enjoy artistic ventures such as painting and music, being quite present in these worlds. They are also very hospitable, good hosts and warm-hearted companions. They never embrace others in public places. They know the art of saving face and giving consideration to the interests of both sides.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are sensitive to ailments and suffer from bad allergies. Stress or conflict will detriment their health. Exercise could take off unnecessary stress and strengthen their physical condition. They have to learn to incorporate more action into their everyday routines.
They will become depressed and withdrawn if their homes do not consist of beautiful possessions that make them comfortable. Their homes and offices are usually clutter-free. They have really good communication skills and are best utilized in positions of management. They make great teachers and counselors because they are so diplomatic and well-organized. They can also make great painters or musicians due to their sense of beauty and their love of creativity.
Rabbit people are relatively careful when it comes to their finances. They use much of their money for possessions such as their homes, cars or furniture. They love hunting for antiques, arts & crafts and will tend to make sound investments in these types of things.”
Okay, uh….wow. Let me just reconfirm that I don’t believe in any of that wabbit crap, but a lot of my characteristics were just mentioned in great detail. Some humans call this a coincidence but I call it a “stroke of rabbit’s foot luck” (okay that was really, really lame…but I had to throw it in there). Here’s a download of myself which matches the text above: I’m sensitive, emotionally fragile, avoid confrontation at all costs, love beauty and creativity, suffer from all kinds of allergies, and am in dire need of exercise (how did they KNOW?) Also I do art for a living. Did I mention that I LOVE hunting for “antiques” at Ross and Hobby Lobby?
Ben is a rabbit as well (Wait what?! Two rabbits. One cage. Twouble, twouble…) He’s strong minded, intelligent, careful with his finances, highly artistic, deliberate and gives the appearance of being a fragile little white boy when really he’s a powerful, independent soul (trapped in a bunny suit).
AND….the rabbit is the luckiest animal in the Chinese Zodiac. My guess as to why? While pandas choose to be picky with their spouses and consequently die out, bunnies are swiftly replenishing this earth. Booyah!