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The Year of the Rabbit

Released: May 08, 2013

The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia calendar format. The unique feature of such calendar is that all information about time – year, month, day and hour are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. The relationship between the five elements accurately helps one predict what is to come by way of one’s fortunes and thus, one can by using this knowledge, multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in one’s life.


The Year of the Rabbit, 2011, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with metal sitting on top of wood. According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, metal is the destroyer of wood and so they are on the destructive cycle and have conflict relationship. .This aspect is same as the year of Tiger in 2010 which is also metal over wood. Only difference is that this year is yin metal, not yang metal. Unfortunately this means the year 2011 will also be not peaceful with more international conflicts coming up. The yin metal element on top is jewellery and decorative metal but it can also symbolize a dagger. Yin metal element is beautiful, charming and moderate on the outside but very hard and tough like steel at heart, because of its metal nature. So the atmosphere in 2011 will be more peaceful on the surface but with disharmony, tension and surprise attacks. And this element always associate with assassinations, secret plots and hidden agenda. . The Rabbit underneath is also small wood, it is associate with back bones and neck of the body. The picture is a dagger at the back – this means back stabbing, assassinations and secret plots. As such, the best symbol for this year is an assassin with a dagger. I anticipate this elemental relationship will bring a year of conflict and disharmony in inter-national relationships and it is a year for more terrorist plots and attacks. The yang metal is symbol of leadership, loyalty to friends, and sense of justice. Yin metal will appear to be moderate and peaceful on the outside but is actually more drastic and harsh than yang metal. As such, this may cause more danger of terrorist attacks and more fierce clashes and fighting and could cause more destruction and damage from cunning and surprise attacks. It is necessary for all world leaders to exercise caution and alert.

The Chinese calendar year goes on 60-year cycle. This means that we have experienced the same year of yin metal over Rabbit in 1951. This was the year when the Korean War was at its fierce fighting stage with the Chinese and North Korean captured Seoul in January then the UN troops recaptured the capital in March. Also the world continued in competition in making atomic bombs with many nuclear testing for atomic weapons. And in July King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated by a Palestinian in Jerusalem…. Actually the elements of metal over wood is often associate with war in history, the date when the Korean war broke out with North Korean troops invading South Korean is on 25/6/1950 and this day is yin metal rabbit day. Another famous battle in the Napoleonic war – the battle of Austerlitz on 2/12/1805, is also a date of yin metal over rabbit, same elements as 2011. . .

The Chinese character for “Yin Metal” represents a small decorative object such as a bracelet, but it can also symbolize a small weapon, a dagger. . Metal in general is associated with the quality of leadership, loyalty to friends, brotherhood, and Justice and destruction. Yang metal man has masculine charm and heroic outlook. Their strong sense of justice and helping the weak often bring them to politics, the military and legal career. Yin metal also possess such quality of loyalty and justice but they appear to be more soft and gentle on the outside. As such, people born in a day of “Yin Metal” .often shows an image of gentle and even feminine appeal. Yin metal women are always the most beautiful and charming stars as yin metal also represents fair skin, skeleton, and teeth and oval shape face. They appear to be beautiful, feminine and charming but do not forget behind the charm is harsh and cold quality of metal strength. Some examples of famous people born on a “Yin Metal ” day are Angelina Jolie, Carla Burni, Marilyn Monroe, Jodie Foster…. For the male, examples are President George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Richard Li, David Cameron, Wen Jiabao and Dimitry Medvedev... . The Yin metal element is often found in entertainment and beauty business as well as music. Out of the five elements, it seems metal sound is most musical and many musical instruments are made of metal, great singers such as Pavarotti and Tom Jones are also born on day of Yin Metal..

The Rabbit belongs to yin wood element and it is representing mid spring when trees and plants are getting prosperous. The Rabbit is flower and grass and branches of trees. It represents youth, motions and activities and so it will be energetic year with new movements of the young people and more young people demanding changes and reform in politics and social establishment. The Rabbit in Chinese astrology is also “Peach Blossom” or “Flower of Romance”. As such, it will also be a year of more sex scandals and sexual affairs. Such year is also good for entertainment business and glamorous business as “Flower of Romance” also means attraction to the opposite sex.

Also Yin metal is the trigram of “Lake” which symbolize the mouth. The “Lake” trigram during “Age of 7” (1984 to 2004 ) had brought big progress in information technology, internet and communication, as well as prosperity in fortune-telling profession and feng shui. As such, we can also expect more progress and boom in such areas in 2011. However, the negative effect of the “mouth” is gossips and scandals. Especially the feng shui flying star 7 is in the centre in 2011, and this star 7 is also a faded energy of the nature of scandal and gossips. The Rabbit is fragile and brittle wood especially it is under attack by metal element. As wood element is symbol of trees and the environment, we can expect the metal attacking wood in 2011 will also cause more accidents leading to more destruction of the environment. Natural disasters like forest fire will happen to cause damage to the atmosphere. Metal is also a symbol of breathing organ and lung. The conflict involving wood and metal indicates worsening of air quality and more sickness related to breathing organ. The Tiger year 2010 already brought serious damage of environment by incidents such as the ash cloud of volcanic eruptions and the oil rig explosion disaster in Mexican Gulf in April 2010. Such environmental disasters were caused by the attack of metal over wood, and it is expected that similar accidents causing damage of environment will continue to occur in 2011 with same metal attacking wood configuration.

Yin Metal is symbol of a small knife or dagger and yin wood represents neck and back and the spine. So the clash between yin metal and yin wood is often associated with incidents of stabbing or breaking of back, limbs. There are many examples on record. The more famous ones are the Superman Christopher Reeves fell from a horse and broke his back on 27/5/1995, Madonna fell from horse and broke her back on her birthday on 16/8/ 2005, Brendon Lee was shot by a bullet which broke his back on 31/3/1993, and George Harrison was stabbed on the chest by a bandit in his own home on 30/12/1999, Heather Mills was knocked down by a motorcycle which caused amputation of her leg on 8/8/1993…….. All these examples show the presence of serious clashes between yin metal and yin wood. Metal and wood element is also related to death by hanging, the reason being that metal is related to the head, the throat, and breathing organs whereas wood is a rope, so the clashes between wood and metal is also symbol of a rope rounding the head. An example is the fashion designer Alexander McQueen who killed himself by hanging on 11/2/2010 and this date also showed strong presence of metal and wood.

In May 2010, there was one serious knife attack in a housing estate in Hong Kong and also a few knife attack cases at some Chinese schools threatening the lives of young students. May 2010 is a month of yin metal and so the yin metal element could also be responsible for such stabbing incidents.

In April 2010, there had been many disasters involving airline business. On 10/4 the Polish President with his wife and many officers perished in a plane crash in Russia, on the same day, another helicopter carrying snowboarders crashed near Russia. On 13/4 there was a Cathy Pacific air plane caught fire when landing in Hong Kong, on 16/4 to 20/4 European airspace had to be closed because of ash cloud coming from volcanic eruption in Iceland. Also on 21/4 a Philippine Interisland airline plane crashed on route between Cebu and Pampanga. It is not co-incidence that all these disasters involving airline business occurred in April 2010. The idea is that airline business is in the category of fire element, so when fire element is very weak or absent, there could be problem to airline business. 2010 is year of metal over wood, there is only small hidden fire inside the wood. But in April 2010, it is a month of strong metal with metal element supported by earth, in this month, the powerful metal totally conquered and suppressed the wood so even the hidden fire inside the wood is extinguished. Also the powerful metal attacking wood is responsible for the BP oil rig explosion on 20/4 which caused very serious environmental disaster. This is again, consequence of metal attacking wood which is symbol of the tree – the environment. With this understanding, we should also expect such disruption to airline business and environmental problem could occur also in 2011 with the same configuration of metal suppressing wood. In 2011, months like July, September, October are the months when metal could be particularly strong and wood will suffer more setbacks.

The clash between the Rabbit and Rooster is a serious clash between wood and metal elements. Rooster is small metal knife and rabbit is back bone and neck. So the clash will often bring serious accidents and injury of bone. Therefore people born in years of Rooster have to be particularly careful in 2011. As it is metal and wood clashes the danger could be associate with cars, machineries, stabbing. So people having such clash must take extra care when driving cars and travelling. Therefore, for people born in the year of Rooster, it is recommended that they carry the pendant of a Dog which will help to attract away the Rabbit, so as to minimize the negative influence of the clash. Anyhow, people who are born in the year of Rooster will experience a more turbulent year with more movements, traveling and changes. It is suitable to engage in such movements, such as moving house or moving offices. Traveling is also good but one should refrain from driving fast cars and avoid going straight towards the East direction as it is the direction of the Grand Duke in 2011. For people born in the year of the Rooster, if possible, it is also good to minimize activities involving fast speed sports, such sports are skiing, car racing, etc.

The Rabbit also forms a penalty relationship with the Rat. Such penalty is hidden danger and may cause disharmony, worries and irritations, or hidden sickness. Therefore people born in the year of the Rat is also recommended to carry the pendant of the Dog to minimize such penalty influence in the year of the Rabbit..

The Five basic elements represent different parts of our body, Metal in general relates to skin, breathing organ, the lung. As such, the health problems related to Metal year could be breathing organ problem such as flu. The wood rabbit is yin wood referring to the neck and the back . Metal attacking wood is easy to cause problem of back pain and other kind of motion sickness such as Parkinson and bone problems. A typical example of metal attacking wood causing motion sickness is Stephen Hawking, Mohammad Ali, and Micheal J. Fox, their sickness are all caused by too strong metal attacking wood element, hence damaging their motions as represented by wood. Wood is also symbol of the liver, and the rabbit and rat generates serious penalty which could cause liver problem. Also there is absence of fire elements this year and the lacking of fire will bring sickness of the stomach, weak heart and blood circulation. These kinds of health problems will also come in focus in the Rabbit year in 2011. It is important to take more COQ10 and anti –oxidant as a preventive measure.

Continuing on the issue of health problems. As metal sitting on wood will indicate weakness of metalelement, year 2010 is also not favorable for people who has weak immune system, . Metal is the element symbolizing lung and breathing organ and skin, with metal further exhausted by wood there will be breathing organ problems related to poor air quality, allergy of the nose, and flu will be more serious in 2011.

In recent years the most imminent issue threatening the survival of human race is Global warming. The polar ice caps have been melting down in an alarming speed and there are forecasts that many coastal populated cities will be submerged under the sea by the year 2050. The pair of elements in 2011, yin metal sitting on the rabbit shows dryness with total absence of water. Also the flying star 7 goes in the centre in 2011 which is metal element representing lung. So it is anticipated that 2011 could be a more dry year with drought occurring in many parts of the world. Also the apparent weakness of metal element showing up on top of Rabbit also reflect bad air quality damaging breathing organ, and that the metal element is destroyer of wood which is a symbol of the environment, these all indicates there may be deteoriation in global warming, leading to more pollution and worsening of the atmosphere and more unusual climate changes could be experienced in 2011.. Global warming is an issue concerning the whole human race and every one of us has the duty to take up effective measure to preserve our environment and support the move to reduce CO2 emission.

In 2011, the feng shui flying star number 7, symbolize metal element and breathing organ, young girls, and the mouth, is in the centre. This centre number often reflects the focus of events prevailing in the year. Take for example, in 2010, when the star number 8 is in the centre, it symbolizes earth element and children, I predicted problems with earthquake and misfortune involving children. This had been correct with many earthquake disaster in 2010 and also children problem such as knife attack in some Chinese schools. So it will not be surprising that the 7 in the centre in 2011 may bring about more epidemic such as flu and also sex scandals, gossips, but is favorable for entertainment, communications and information technology.

Regarding flying star feng shui, the current twenty year period from 2004 to 2024 is called “Age of 8” and this number 8 represents the Trigram of Mountain and it also is symbol of young children. Therefore since stepping into Age of 8 in 2004, it seems there are more disasters and misfortune affecting children. The latest incidents included the big earthquake in China in 2008 killing a lot of school kids, also the disaster of contaminated baby milk powder caused serious kidney stone problem to children.. This number 8, representing children is always present in the centre of the flying star chart in this 20 years from 2004 to 2024. So it is always important to pay attentions to children safety and well being in this period of 8.

Regarding the economy, fire element is often the driving force behind the stock market. The five elements are also affecting peoples mood. In general fire is joy, water is fear, Earth is meditation, metal is sadness, and wood is anger. As such, fire year often generate optimism and drive up the stock market, such as 2006 and 2007. But in 2008 the water arrived and obviously people began to have fear about worsening of the USA sub-prime problem and recession. In the year 2009 there is pure earth on earth. . The earth element is not as fearful as water but is meditation. So it means people will be conservative and play safe. As such, it is a year of continue cooling down but gaining more stability. Fire is the symbol of the financial market and strong fire will stimulate optimism and speculative mentality. Without fire investors will play cool and conservative. In 2009, despite the absence of fire element in the year , the spring and summer months still showed strong wood and fire influences bringing upward surge in the stock and property market. But in 2010. the Tiger carries the seed of fire element and so there had been substantial economic recovery with stronger optimism starting from the spring season. There is a short setback with the economic crisis in Greece and Portugal in late spring but with summer fire coming in May, the stock market recovered with strong momentum. In 2011, the Rabbit is pure wood, it is not so strong in generating fire like the Tiger. So the economy will not be as fast moving as the Tiger but there is also strong summer fire supported by wood in 2011, so the stock market will continue to be vibrant and active most of the year. However, with strong water coming in 2012, one have to be cautioned against some setback in the autumn of 2011 commencing from around August and October as usual. .

The metal element of 2011 is expected to bring prosperity to to fire industries and productivity to earth industries, this is because fire conquers metal, so the metal element is a symbol of money to the fire industry, which includes finance, entertainment and energy. Earth element produces metal, so metal is the output and productivity of Earth industry. As such metal year will bring activities to Earth industry which includes property, hotel, mining, insurance. The second best industries could be water, as water sees wood rabbit as creative element. Water industries are shipping, drinking, transport, communications. Metal industries are a little uncertain as metal sees metal year as robbing money and competition. Also metal needs fire to melt it into useful tools, so the absence of fire in 2011 also not so favorable to metal. Metal industries include banking, machinery, high tech, cars. So we can see recovery in the property and financial aspect in 2011. The industry which is not that favorable is wood element. This includes forestry, furniture, fashion, textile, paper, media, newspaper and magazines, and the recently coming up new industry of environmental protection is also falling into the category of wood. Wood industries is not so good in 2011 because there is no earth for it to conquer and no obvious fire for wood to produce. .

The banking and financial tsunami that started in 2008 is mostly triggered by the absence of fire elements and the dominating water element which generated fear. Banking is Metal and it needs fire to melt it into useful tools. And finance and stock market are more related to fire which generates optimism. As such, the total absence of fire element in 2008 and 2009 is responsible for the slow down in economy and the banking crisis. However, the Tiger of 2010 is mother and seed of fire and it is also essential part of the fire penalty. Therefore we have seen strong recovery of the economy and steady improvement in optimism. This optimism will last into 2011 as the rabbit wood can still support fire but the power of Rabbit is much weaker than Tiger in generating fire. So there will be slowing down and some setback in financial sector towards autumn of 2011.

With respect to the hi-tech industries sector, as represented by the NASDAQ. I have postulated that this industry is mainly represented by the metal element. As such, the prosperity of hi-tech industry requires the strong appearance of water and wood, which are symbols of productivity and money of the metal industry. In 2011 the wood element, meaning money profitability to hi-tech industries is not weak but is hidden underneath the metal. Also there is absence of water to support the wood. As such, it is anticipated that the wood year offers some profit opportunity for hi-tech or internet types of business. But the absence of water and the suppress of wood under metal in this year could mean there are more activities without real substantial money gains. And the competition is very strong which will erode the profitability of high tech industry.

In summary, the industries that will perform well in the year of the Rabbit will be industries related to Fire and Earth elements. Fire industries are entertainment, finance, energy, The earth industry such as property, hotel, mining, insurance etc is active but not making obvious profit as their money element – water is absent. The metal industry such as banking, machinery, engineering, computer, and high tech industries will enter a year of caution with some instability factors. And the sectors relating to water such as shipping, communication, drinks, spa will be moving ahead with conservatism. Wood industry may not be doing very well as their money element earth is absent. .

In general, the Yin Metal Rabbit year, with Metal on top and wood below, is symbol of calm face with tension underneath.. It will bring conflict and disharmony and may not be a peaceful year with international clashes and disagreements. The yin metal is a destructive weapon so it requires more patience and restraint to prevent skirmishes and wars. Especially the Yin metal shows a peaceful mask but it is a dagger undercover so there is hidden threat and danger of assassination and terrorist attacks. . However, the positive side of yin metal is that it is also an element of Justice, loyalty and hopefully such virtuous quality will help world leaders to make wise decisions to minimize any disagreement and conflicts. Yin metal is a gentleman image on the outside but one will be surprised by his harsh and drastic actions. So one should be kept on alert of surprise attacks and hidden agenda when making deals to solve global problems. The theme is always a dagger hidden under the cloak and there is atmosphere of distrust and back stabbing.. .

The animal sign which is most unfavorable is the Rooster which is in direct clash against the Rabbit. Such clashes will usually bring about turbulence, movements, accident or changes... So people born in the year of the Rooster will anticipate more traveling, or movements such as changing jobs or moving house. It is necessary to carry the pendant of a Dog as protection to attract the Rabbit away. For the Rooster people, the clash against the Rabbit could bring accidents related to travelling and traffic, injury during travelling or fast speed sports such as skiing, car racing, etc. For people who are under clash with the year, it is ok to travel more, making changes such as moving house, or change job. However, for people born in the year of the Rooster it is recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is the east direction. . The other animal’s signs facing unfavorable positions are the Rat and the Rabbit. When Rat encounters Rabbit year will be forming two Penalty.. . Such penalties will usually bring disharmony, irritation, worries and frustrations, as well as sickness, Also people born in year of the Rabbit are offending the Grand Duke which is also not auspicious and it is necessary to carry Dog pendant to minimize the negative effect. The imbalance of earth and the absence of fire this year will bring serious problem of the breathing organ, skin, stomach, heart and blood circulation problems. As such, it is necessary to take heavy dosages of anti-oxidant, COQ10 which is good protection against cardiovascular diseases and prevent our cells attack by free radicals to cause inflammation and cancer.

The animals combining with the Rabbit year are the Dog, the Pig, and the Goat. These animals are into a year of harmony. However, such animal astrology is not totally reliable as the system is not recognized as a formal type of fortune-telling. For more reliable assessment of ones fortune in the year of the Rabbit, it is recommended that one checks the full Four Pillars of Destiny, which requires full birth data information of the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth. As the animal signs can appear in all four pillars in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Rabbit will not only cause impact on people born in the year of Rooster and Rat and Rabbit. Such clash and penalties can also impact any one who has such animals in the birth month, or day or hour.

Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Rooster and in clash against the Rabbit in 2011 are Osama Bin Laden, Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Hamid Karzai, Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Roger Federer, Roman Polanski……. There are people not born in the year of Rooster, but they are also under clash because they are born on the day of Rooster, so they will also face a challenging year. Some examples of these people are Carla Bruni, Jodie Foster, Brooke Shields, Justin Timberlake, Stephen Hawking, Michael J. Fox… . The clash against the Day Pillar will usually cause movement or conflict in the family or human relationship area, especially in the relationship with the spouse or opposite sex.

People born in year of the Rabbit is said to be “offending the Grand Duke” and it is also recommended to carry pendant of the Dog. Examples of Rabbit people are Angelina Jolie, Gordon Brown, Kate Winslet, Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Johnny Depp, George Michael, Jet Li, Quentin Tarantino…...

People born in the year of Rat or day of rat have a penalty relationship with the Rabbit. Particularly people born in day of Rat may experience complications and disharmony in relationship area. Examples of people born in day of Rat are Sandra Bullock and Prince Henry.

For people who are born in the year of the Tiger, Horse, Dog, and Rat, the Rabbit year will bring “Flower of Romance” so one can anticipate a more sociable year with more opportunity to develop friendship with the opposite sex... People born in the year of the Snake or Rooster will be into year of “Travelling Horse” and the Rabbit year will trigger more travelling and movement.

People born in Water day or Water years – years ending with 2 or 3, such as1952, 1953, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1983….etc will meet nobleman in the year of rabbit, this means they will encounter supportive people who brings them benefits and help.

However, the most serious and dangerous aspect of the Rabbit is its clash against Rooster and penalty against Rat, clash will cause turbulence, changes, conflicts, accidents and injuries, and penalty will cause hate, worries and disharmony or hidden diseases. Penalty means hidden danger and could bring trouble and health problem. It is also good for people having such clash or penalty with the Rabbit to carry a pendant of the Dog to minimize its bad effects. There are numerous examples that such clash and Penalty caused complicated health problems and misfortunes and breaking up marriages and causing accidents .

President Barak Obama is a strong earth person and he needs metal and water elements to exhaust his excessive earth energy. Wood is also favorable as it helps to suppress his excessive earth elements. The metal in 2011 is his favorable elements representing his skill and intelligence. As such, it is a year he has chance to show off his talent and gets recognition in his performance. The Rabbit is his extreme power element. As such, it will be a favorable year for Obama with display of strength, achievements and successes.

Feng Shui energies also change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to watch for the re-allocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to arrive at important locations of our residence or offices. In the year of the Rabbit, the bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the East. If your East of the house is an important area such as bedroom or entrances, it is recommended that one hangs a metal wind chime there to dissolve this bad energy. The worst months will be in March, June, December. Another bad star number 2, symbolizing sickness, will arrive in the South in 2011. The traditional method to dissolve this 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the south of the house The Grand Duke this year is in the east, hence it is not favorable to “move earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended for one to sit with back against west as you will be sitting against the unfavorable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”. The west is the “Crash position” against the Grand Duke which is also not good to sit. The bad star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the North of the house. It is necessary to put a piece of red paper in the North to minimize such bad influence. Also the bad star 7, representing scandals is in the centre, the traditional solution for this bad star 7 is to place 3 piece of bamboo plant grown in clear glass vase of water in the Centre location.

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