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2011 Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit begins on February 3, 2011. The Rabbit is a lucky sign, the fourth of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Rabbits are introverted, private individuals, but are friendly and enjoy company. They make good teachers, counselors and communicators.

Rabbit years are a time to catch your breath and negotiate. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will fail. Focus on home, family, and security. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, allowing you to calmly deal with any problems.

Chinese folklore tells of a rabbit on the moon, long before the Western myth of a man on the moon!

Rabbit People

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind and loving, and dislike any hostile act. Their gentle appearance makes them seem frail, but in fact they are strong-minded with strong wills. They pursue their ideals all their lives in a slow, precise, and orderly way.

Don't worry about them. They are nimble and clever to avoid harm. They are also good at art, like painting and music. Rabbits are very sexual, but tend to give too much of themselves. Rabbits need partners who won't take advantage of this. They make warm-hearted hosts and companions, but never embrace others in public places.

Rabbits are sensitive to ailments like allergies, and stress or conflicts will detriment their health. To counteract this, they should exercise more. They also become withdrawn if their home lacks beautiful possessions that make them comfortable. Rabbits are careful with money, spending most on their homes, cars or furniture. They love hunting for antiques, arts and crafts, and will tend to make sound investments in these.

Rabbit Years

If you were born in any of these years, then you are a Rabbit: 01/29/1903 to 02/15/1904 (Water), 02/14/1915 to 02/02/1916 (Wood), 02/02/1927 to 01/22/1928 (Fire), 02/19/1939 to 02/07/1940 (Earth), 02/06/1951 to 01/26/1952 (Metal), 01/25/1963 to 02/12/1964 (Water), 02/11/1975 to 01/30/1976 (Wood), 01/29/1987 to 02/16/1988 (Fire), 02/16/1999 to 02/04/2000 (Earth), 02/03/2011 to 01/22/2012 (Metal).

Famous Rabbit People

Angelina Jolie, Anjelica Huston, Drew Barrymore, Edith Piaf, Fanny Brice, Helen Hunt, Jane Seymour, Joan Crawford, Kate Winslet, Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner.

Western counterpart: Pisces

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