Year of the Rabbit
On February 3rd Chinese people all over the world celebrate the beginning of a Lunar New Year - the Year of the Rabbit. As every year geomancers and fortune tellers are busy devising fortunes for countless clients who want to make sure that everything goes according to the laws of Heaven and Earth.
The Chinese believe that people born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbits are also admired, trusted, and are often very fortunate.
The year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family, artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and peace. 2011 is expected to be a much calmer year than 2010.
Individuals will become more introverted, secretive, family oriented. Nations will become more insular and increasingly protect their borders against the unwanted "intruders". 2011 will also bring amazing creativity in all areas of life, notably in business and in arts.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit as well as people compatible with the Rabbit sign - those born in the years of the Sheep, Dog and Pig - will experience great financial and professional success. People born under other signs may have a bit more difficult ride in 2011. Everything depends on their flexibility and the ability to adopt to ever changing circumstances.
But no matter what your fortune for the Year of the Rabbit may be, remember that you are the master of your fate.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Auspicious Chinese New Year - Dominique
新 年 快 樂 !
The image above is a photograph of a Canadian postage stamp that was inspired by the traditional Chinese embroidery. The image of two rabbits chasing each other in an endless circle is based on a traditional Chinese robe medallion design. The stamp uses gold foil to mimic the metallic gold thread in the embroidered design. Gold is used symbolically here. It signifies that this is the Year of a Metal Rabbit, which occurs every 60 years in a Chinese cyclical calendar.
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