If the Year of the Tiger (2010) had you by the tail, you’re in for a reprieve during the Year of the Rabbit. We’re being thrown a carrot, one that could make us feel complacent, and even inspire a tendency towards self-indulgence, which might be what gave us such a troubling time last year.
While our pareidolia (patternicity) is of a man in the moon, the Chinese have a long history of seeing an image of a rabbit using a mortar and pestle to pound herbs for the Immortals. The positive side of a carefree and indifferent Rabbit makes for a peaceful year. The Great Hare has divine aspects in many cultures and is not a warrior. The Rabbit could bring a year of happiness and contentment.
The Rabbit, and those signs compatible with it, will experience success. For others, the Rabbit year will require quick-footed flexibility to dart the shrewdness and bolt from the tricksy.
Rabbits have a reputation for vigorous copulation and prolific reproduction. Their breeding season lasts nine months. Gestation is only 30 days, making it possible for a single female to have 800 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in only one season. Rabbits are associated with springtime, fertility and playful sexuality.
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