Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Chinese New Year 4709, or 2011 in the Western calendar, is the Year of the Metal Rabbit. The Rabbit represents the fourth year in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Rabbits are supposed to be calm and gentle and the Year of the Rabbit is supposed to be a calmer, healing year but it hasn't proved so yet. Cyclones in Australia, riots in Egypt, ice storms in the Midwest, this is one hopped-up bunny on steroids.

But at least we are going to get some gorgeous/fun/interesting stamps this year:

Look for taste, refinement and comfort. Money is easy come, easy go. But watch out, Dragon Year 2012 is supposed to be a wild, rip-roaring time (like this year isn't?) Build bridges, reach out (maybe somebody out to tell the waring parties in the Middle East), compromise (see previous comment).
 Discretion and persuasion are effective in a Rabbit Year, whereas force will not work. OK. If you say so.

Be mindful of the five Taoist elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. This happens to be the year of the metal hare. In feng shui, the metal aesthetic is clean, pristine. So keep it clean, free of clutter. Try to live minimally. Always live mindfully.

Unfortunately, money is still very bad. Metal is an antagonistic relationship with hare’s earthly branch. Pinch pennies. Economize. Be like a bunny and munch on a lot of vegetables and green stuff. No sauces and only little meat.

Gong Hei Fard Choy

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