The Year of the Rabbit is fourth in the Chinese Zodiac, following the Tiger, and preceding the Dragon. These are Rabbit years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

If you were born in a Rabbit year, then you're a Rabbit, and the following things are supposed to be lucky for you:

  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily and jasmine



Are You a Rabbit?


Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign. You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.


Are Rabbit Years Unlucky Years for Rabbits?


According to Chinese culture, in the year of their birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') people offend Tai Sui (/tie-sway/), the god of age in Chinese mythology, and hence have bad luck.

Therefore, it is believed, Rabbits should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in Rabbit years. The next Rabbit year is 2023. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 22). 


The Rabbit's Personality: Quiet, Elegant...


Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert; quick, skillful, kind, and patient; and particularly responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Generally speaking, people who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign have likable characters.

Gentlemen who belong to the rabbit zodiac sign always treat people politely, with a gentle smile that makes people feel that they are credible and sincere. When meeting trouble, Rabbits can handle it in an orderly way; when encountering tough difficulties they are never discouraged, but are persistent to seek solutions. So they eventually achieve enviable success.

Ladies belonging to the rabbit zodiac sign, apart from a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart.

Rabbits are faithful to those around them, but reluctant to reveal their minds to others, and have a tendency to escape reality. They are too cautious and conservative, which means they miss good opportunities.


Five Types of Rabbit — Which One Are You?


In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth, so, for example, a Wood Rabbit comes around once in 60 years.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Rabbits, each with different characteristics:


Type of RabbitYear of BirthCharacteristics
Wood Rabbit 1915, 1975 Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
Fire Rabbit 1927, 1987 Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
Earth Rabbit 1939, 1999 Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
Gold Rabbit 1951, 2011 Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic
Water Rabbit 1963, 2023 Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles


Famous Rabbit Year People


Famous Rabbit Birth Date Element
Queen Victoria 24 May 1819 an Earth Rabbit
Albert Einstein 14 March 1879 an Earth Rabbit
J.R.R. Tolkien 3 January 1892 a Gold Rabbit
Brad Pitt December 18, 1963 a Water Rabbit
Johnny Depp June 9, 1963 a Water Rabbit
Michael Jordan February 17, 1963 a Water Rabbit
Nicolas Cage January 7, 1964 a Water Rabbit
David Beckham 2 May 1975 a Wood Rabbit
Tiger Woods December 30, 1975 a Wood Rabbit
Lionel Messi 24 June 1987 a Fire Rabbit


Good Health for Rabbits


Overall Rabbits have average health. In winter to late spring, when in relatively poor health, they should do more sports to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and have a healthy daily diet. Rabbits are advised to do some indoor exercise to cope with stress and tension.

In dry seasons, they should drink more water, and moisturize to prevent skin problems.


The Top Careers for Rabbits


Good-hearted Rabbits are loved by others. Intellectual, scholarly and learned, Rabbits can enjoy a good career as well as wealth. But Rabbits should take care not to give up half way when striving for something.

With a pair of dexterous hands, Rabbits have a gift for calligraphy and painting, as well as tailoring and cooking. Owning a patient temperament, they are able to manage everything to people's wishes.

The best careers for Rabbits are cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.


How to Build Relationships with Rabbit


Basically, you don't have to try hard, but help them with their weaknesses.

Strengths: Rabbits have good social relationships. They are popular with others, as they are gentle and considerate. With a good sense of humor, they can make a dispute into a good discussion, and make enemies into friends. Possessing a gentle temperament, they are hospitable, considerate, and ready to help others.

Weaknesses: With an excess of universal love and charity, they may have conflicts of interest. With a lack of resolution, they have trouble with being emotionally swayed.


The Luckiest Things for Rabbits


  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46)
  • Lucky days: the 26th, 27th and 29th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily, and jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Chinese lunar months


The Unlucky Things for Rabbits


  • Unlucky color: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest
  • Unlucky months: the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months


Rabbits' Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018


Rabbits will have a hard year in these four areas. There will be ups and downs in 2018.


Fortune in 2018 — No Pain, No Gain


In 2018 Rabbits will have to do everything in person and work very hard to be rewarded.

It will be a year for business trips. Don't hesitate to work in different places, if need be. Doing so will lead to more opportunities for development.

There is a danger you might lose your fortune. Do not get involved in joint financial ventures. And if you are thinking of investing or starting a business, you should think again.


Career in 2018 — Take Initiative


Rabbits will have bad luck in their careers in 2018. There will be heavy pressure at work and problems will frequently arise. You'll have to solve them without any help.

If you'd like to change your working environment this year, you'd be well advised to take the initiative and do so. Or if your company needs you to help expand its markets to other places, you may take this as an opportunity to develop your career.

Be warned that some of your personal relationships will probably break down, especially in the middle of 2018. You should beware of mean people behind your back.

When dealing with investments, partnerships, or contracts, you'd better read the terms carefully, in case you're tricked and end up in a vulnerable situation.


Health in 2018 — Precarious


Rabbits will be susceptible to traffic accidents in 2018. So you need to be very careful when driving.

You should try and avoid injuries to your joints and take special care of your respiratory system and heart. Females will need to tend to "women's issues". Follow an established routine of work and rest, observe a healthy diet, and do regular exercise.

To break the cycle of bad luck, try donating blood after February 4th.


Love in 2018 — Marry or Break Up


Rabbits may disrupt their bad luck cycle in 2018 by getting married. Otherwise your special relationship will probably end in 2018.

You and your partner will have many different opinions, as you make preparations for the wedding. You are advised to calm down and communicate with him/her. After the wedding, you can move to your new house or go for a honeymoon.

If you are single, you should pay special attention to members of the opposite sex around you.

If you are married, you should take care of your partner and go for short trips with him/her, to reduce the impact of bad luck.

It will be easy for Rabbits to become pregnant in 2018. You will, however, probably need to do minor surgery, such as Cesarean section, to deliver the baby.


Love Compatibility of the Rabbit with Other Animals


Zodiac compatibility is based on the characteristics of the animals, and only those who match well can be good partners. See below for whether the Rabbit is compatible with your sign or not.

Rabbits are best with a Rat, Goat, Monkey, or Dog; worst with a Rooster or Snake.


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