THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT, 2011 02/03/2011 - 01/22/2012 (Metal

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise. Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want... and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied. The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Thus on each of the Full Moon nights of this year, go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize plenty of Moon dust and Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage. This will not only strengthen your inner "Chi" energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

The Sign of the Rabbit

People born in the Year of the Rabbit share certain characteristics: Keen, wise, fragile, tranquil, serene, considerate, fashionable, and kind. Generally, they are quite calm, do not exhibit aggressive behavior, and will avoid confrontation at all costs. When angry about something, they will approach it calmly and considerately, hardly ever raising their voice. And they are quite keen and pay close attention to the situations developing around them. They are intelligent and quick, and can talk themselves in or out of most situations with no problem. The Rabbit is a symbol for mercy, elegance, and worship of beauty. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind, loving persons, and dislike any hostile act. They give others an impression of being frail-looking because of their gentle appearance. But, in fact they are strong-minded and have strong wills. They pursue their ideals all their lives in a precise and orderly way. They do things slowly and deliberately because of their cautious characters. There is no need to worry about their lives. They are nimble, clever and good at avoiding harm to themselves. They are talented and like artistic ventures, such as painting and music and are generally quite present in these worlds. They are also very hospitable, good hosts and warm-hearted companions. They never embrace others in public places. They know the art of saving face and giving consideration to the interests of both sides. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are apt to be sensitive to ailments and to have bad allergies. Stress or conflict will detriment their health. Exercise could take off unnecessary stress and strengthen their physical condition. They have to learn to incorporate more action into their everyday routines. They will become depressed and withdrawn if their homes do not consist of beautiful possessions that make them comfortable. Their homes and offices usually are clutterfree. They have really good communication skills and are best utilized in positions of management. They make great teachers and counselors because they are so diplomatic and well-organized. They can also make great painters or musicians due to their sense of beauty and their love of creativity. Rabbit people are usually relatively careful when it comes to their finances. They use much of their money for possessions such as their homes, cars or furniture. They love hunting for antiques, arts and crafts and will tend to make sound investments in these types of things.

Rabbit Years: 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, and Tina Turner. (Spring Liao, 10/15/2007) (Link) THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY Following are my Chinese brush painting to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Please click the images for more information.
What is time? Time is gold. Time is precious. Time is life; not a second is to be lost. Time is hope; grasp every second. MAY THE RABBIT YEAR BRING MANY GOOD THINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. (10/15/07)
What is time? Time brings wisdom and strength to those diligent people, and brings regret and weakness to the lazy ones. The wise men waste no time. The lazy ones watch time sneaking away heartlessly. MAY THE RABBIT YEAR BRING YOU SUCCESS, ABUNDANCE, AND HAPPINESS. The wealth girl holds an auspicious fan with a Chinese character "Fu" on it symbolizing harmony, good fortune and happiness. (10/15/07)

What is time? Time is the accumulated scores of the karmic debt. Time is a statistician of the good and the bad. MAY THE RABBIT YEAR BRING YOU AN ABUNDANCE OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES. The wealth girl carries lotus blossom, which symbolizes beauty, purity and perfection. (10/15/07) What is time? Time says "welcome" to the birth, and says "farewell" to the death. Time is the theater of birth, aging, sickness and death. HAVE A MOST AUSPICIOUS RABBIT YEAR. The wealth boy holds an immortal peach symbolizing a long and happy life. (10/15/07) What is time? Time slips away slowly when one is in deep pain. One day seemed like one year. Time is slow in passing when one practices meditation. One day seemed like two days. (Above are Chinese proverbs.) Meditation helps us deal life's problems with a calm and clear mind. MAY THE RABBIT YEAR BRING A NEW TIME OF HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS FOR YOU. (10/15/07)

What is time? Time is not linear. Although we can only remember the present life that is like a single line of personal history, time is not linear. Time is eternal. Linear time is an illusion. This life is not the only one. MAY THE RABBIT YEAR BRING PROSPERITY AND GOOD FORTUNE INTO YOUR LIFE. (10/15/07) Without inner peace, without inner calm, it is difficult to have true happiness. The happy Rabbit family with wealth pot, pure lotus flower, and immortal peaches symbolize harmony, beauty, longevity and prosperity. (7/25/2010)
Turn your negative stress into creative energy. In this painting, The happy Rabbit couple with wealth pot, pure lotus flower, immortal peaches, and beautiful fish symbolize abundance, beauty, longevity, success, and prosperity. (07/24/2010)

Life is for learning how to maximize your best qualities, rather than dwelling on presumed shortcomings. In this painting, the beautiful pair of phoenixes is extremely auspicious. It symbolizes harmony, success and prosperity. The joyful Rabbit couple wishes you a happy, harmonious and prosperous marriage and home life. (07/21/2010) Everyone possesses innate beauty. It means that you have within you the potential to change, to grow and to lead a meaningful and fuller life. This painting depicts that a joyous girl is greatly delighted to show those gold coins and treasuries in the vat to the happy, curious rabbits. The lotus flower in her right hand symbolizes purity and beauty which are our true nature. May the Rabbit Year bring you abundant joy, peace and happiness. (4/10/2010) There is inherent strength, clarity and awareness in our minds, and meditation is a way to bring out that innate goodness. This painting depicts happy rabbits and a joyous boy who holds a fish lantern symblizing abundance. The lotus flower in his left hand symbolizes beauty and purity which are our true nature. May the Rabbit Year bring you all the good things that you deserve. (4/10/2010) Have you ever wished having a spiritual journey? To be spiritual, be where you are. The spirituality can be expressed in families, work places, and relationships -anywhere you choose to bring loving kindness, even the annoying or painful ones. This painting depicts a joyous girl carrying peaches (symbolizing harmony and longevity) and gold nuggets (symbolizing wealth) and surrounded by happy rabbits. May the Year of Rabbit bring you a joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling life. Feeling thankful for something simple, like a conversation with a friend? Awareness of simple gifts can be a sign of your awakening to your true nature. This painting depicts the joyous boy surrounded by happy rabbits and treasuries. May the Year of the Rabbit bring you a prosperous year full of joy. (04/06/2010)

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