The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit

Rabbits are important animals in Chinese culture and symbolize good luck and longevity. Rabbits are docile, friendly and lovable creatures. People born during the Year of the Rabbit share these pleasant traits. Those born under the sign of the Rabbit are elegant, noble, gentle, and patient. They are humorous, friendly, kind, and well-liked by others because of these characteristics. Rabbits are dreamers, but not in a good way. They turn inwards to escape reality and are overly secretive. They should also be careful not to let others take advantage of their trusting nature.

Basic Astrology Elements

Though most people are aware of the yearly assignment of the Chinese Zodiac signs, Chinese astrology digs deeper and each sign is also tied to a month, day, and hours. The sign of the year you were born represents how you present yourself, your birth month represents your inner self, the day of your birth is your true self, and the hour you were born reveals your secret self. Figuring out your 4 pillars can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

The Rabbit is in the 4th position in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

Years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: 卯 Mao

Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Wood (Mu)

Yin Yang: Yin
Chinese Symbol: The Year of the Rabbit

Season: Spring

Lunar Month: Second

Gregorian Date and Western Zodiac Equivalent: Mar 6-Mar 20 Pisces or Mar 21-Apr 4 Aries

Solar Term and Longitude: 344°啓蟄 qǐzhé (驚蟄 jīngzhé) or 359° 春分 chūnfēn

Hours (based on local solar time): 05:00 – 06:59 This is the time when the Jade Rabbit is busy pounding herbal medicine on the Moon.

Days: Zodiac animal of the day you were born can be calculated here:

Personality Traits

Those born under the sign of the Rabbit are some of the amiable people you will ever meet. They are tender and soft and do their best to avoid conflicts with other people. They are faithful to those around them and have no problems making friends. They don’t like the spotlight and instead like to let other’s shine. Though rabbits have many pleasant traits, they also have a bad side to their personality. Rabbits tend to withdraw inward and closely guard their thoughts. They can be secretive and melancholy. Due to other’s admiring their grace and beauty, they are also superficial.

Positive Traits: Compassionate, Amiable, Sensitive, Friendly, Skillful, Gentle, Merciful, Quick

Negative Traits: Superficial, Stubborn, Melancholy, Hesitant, Timid, Amorous, Secretive, Conservative

Elemental Variations

Rabbits born during different years are affected by their elemental variations. While they all share similar traits, the elements produce a wide variety of people.

Fire Rabbit: 1927 and 1987

Fire rabbits make good leaders because they are tolerant, clever, and careful. They are very mysterious and often do daring things without seeking approval from others. Their ambition to be on top can come off as arrogance. Fire rabbits have a depressive disposition. This leads them to get angry with people and has negative effects on their romantic relationships. During their low moods, a fire rabbit can hurt their partner’s feelings. Fire rabbits are unlucky in wealth and face negative financial surprises.

Earth Rabbit: 1939 and 1999

Earth rabbits are ambitious and place great value on their future. Many earth rabbits leave home to seek success in their career. They are proud, arrogant, and have a mean jealous streak. They are greedy with money and often don’t know when to stop. Earth rabbits are deep thinkers that pay close attention to details and work hard. Though they outwardly look unhealthy, earth rabbits are in peak physical condition.

Metal Rabbit: 1951 and 2011

Metal rabbits are pleasant and cheerful and have good interpersonal relationships. They value their friends and get lonely and depressed when they lose them. They are incredibly kind and abhor cutthroat competition with others. Metal rabbits are poor planners and often change careers. When they are in love, metal rabbits are passionate and they will stop at nothing when pursuing someone they like. Metal rabbits know how to get money, but need to be careful not to spend more than they make.

Water Rabbit: 1963

Like all rabbits, water rabbits are passive and peaceful. They have little or no principle and are easily affected by others. Water rabbits are easy to please and content to live quiet, peaceful lives. They are overly dependent on others and feel hurt when people pull away from them. They have no sense of urgency, but do well under the guidance of others. Though they are good problem solvers, their lack of independence gets in their way of success. Water rabbits’ dour mood has negative effects on their relationships and they often feel like a good partner is hard to find.

Wood Rabbit: 1975

Wood rabbits are shrewd, deep thinkers who are full of schemes. Though they are lively and outgoing, they are hard to know and keep their opinions to themselves. They are unstable in love and easily heart broken. Their heartbreak often lasts for a long time. They superficially like people and enjoy parties and lively crowds. Wood rabbits can be selfish and have wild mood swings. They usually face unexpected expenses and need to be mindful of how they spend money. Though they face a lot of hardships, they have incredible luck in life and things usually turn out in their favor.

Career Options

Rabbits are intellectual, scholarly, and well learned. They have a high sense of responsibility and are devoted to their work. They can burn out easily and need to remember to persevere and not give up. Rabbits don’t like office work and are better suited to careers in the arts. Once they find a career they love, they will fight to keep their position.

Best Career Options: Teacher, Doctor, Pharmacist, Animal Breeder, Business Consultant, Translator, Architect


Rabbits are a symbol of good luck in many different cultures. So those born under the sign of the Rabbit tend to have favorable luck in life.

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9, 6
Lucky Colors: Red, Pink, Purple, Blue
Lucky Flowers: Plantain Lily, Snapdragon, Jasmine
Lucky Directions: East, South, Northwest
Lucky Days: The 26th, 27th and 29th of every Chinese lunar month
Lucky Months: The 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Unlucky Colors: Dark brown, Dark Yellow, White
Unlucky Directions: North, West, and Southwest
Unlucky Months: The 2nd, 6th, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months


Rabbits have sensitive and kind hearts and need to be careful not to let others hurt them. They have good social relationships and seldom get angry with their partners or friends. Rabbits are mysterious and it takes a while for people to know them. Their gentle and considerate nature makes them popular with the opposite sex. They often become co-dependent on their partner and will have their heart shattered if the relationship doesn’t work out.

Best Matches: Sheep, Dog, Pig

Rabbits need partners who are understanding and won’t break their pure gentle hearts. Sheep and Rabbits have similar docile dispositions and can bring out each other’s confidence. A Dog’s loyalty and Rabbit’s honesty make the perfect match and their relationship can lead to great financial success. Pigs and Rabbits both just want to live quiet and peaceful lives. They tolerate each other’s weakness and help each other through difficulties.

Worst Matches: Rooster, Snake, Horse

Rabbits are reserved with their feelings and emotions and are incompatible with people they don’t feel they can trust. Rabbits and Snakes both have bad financial habits and will constantly bicker over money. Roosters make Rabbits feel anxious because they both like to complain. Rabbits dislike the Horse’s changing character and can’t trust them.

Good Friends: Rat

Rabbits are very careful with who they trust with their secrets and need friends who understand their character. Rabbits feel like they can be themselves with Rats and openly share their secrets.