This year the New Year fell on Sunday, January 22, 2023, beginning the Year Of The Rabbit and ending the Year Of The Tiger. In many parts of Asia, the Lunar New Year is marked by more than two weeks of colourful celebrations filled with fireworks and lots of red. The festivities culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 5, 2023. The Lunar New Year is a time to consult the stars and see what the year has in store for us.
As mentioned, this is the Year of the Rabbit. If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 or 2023 – you are a Rabbit. According to Fefe Ho & Chloe Chiao, who write in The Chinese New Year, the Rabbit’s kindness may make some people think they are soft and weak. In truth, the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength. They are steadily moving towards their goals, regardless of any negativity they face. With their excellent reasoning skills and attention to detail, they make great students. They are socialisers with an attractive aura. However, they may find it hard to open up to others and often turn to escapism. A simple and routine life is not their style. Though conservative and careful in their actions, they need surprises every so often to spice things up.
When it is your zodiac animal year, there may be challenges ahead. “People born in the Rabbit year have to expect big changes health-wise, career-wise and relationship-wise,” says Thierry Chow, a Hong-Kong-based geomancy consultant known for blending Chinese geomancy with modern design elements.
“But do remember it never is all bad, and it may mean an opportunity to grow,” Chow says. Rabbits should try to attract positive energy and join happy events when possible.
The Water Rabbit
In the Chinese Zodiac, the five elements also come into play. These are wood, water, metal, earth and fire. Water is the element for 2023, so it is the year of the Water Rabbit. Each element is classified as either Yin or Yang, and water is Yin, so this year will be gentler for us all.
While the preceding Year of the Tiger was seen as an influential period of action, and even impulse, the Rabbit sign is expected to usher in a softer period focused on self-reflection, according to Jonathan H. X. Lee, an Asian and Asian American studies professor at San Francisco State University. “There is a lot of possibility for prosperity and flourishing and for peace, really,” said Lee. “The Rabbit is a powerful symbol of peace.”
Lee also says that to make the most of the year, people should also behave in accordance with this tranquil energy.
“There needs to be a moment of introspection and thoughtfulness in being, in action, and for the intention of long-term success,” said Lee. “You’re going to be much more conservative and reflective in your decision-making.”
So the good news is that the Year of Water Rabbit will be gentler. We’ll have time to take a breather, which sounds excellent after our last few years!
Cleansing and flow of energy
In the weeks before the New Year, many people in China prepare by cleaning their houses and getting their life in order. Now might be a good time to do some cleansing, both of our external physical environment and our internal health. De-cluttering our lives on all levels allow energy to flow more freely.
How can Ondol Clinic help?
At Ondol Clinic, our treatments are based on the ancient philosophy of Taoism, which dates back more than 2,000 years. Its basic concept is that a vital force of life, called Qi, surges through the body, and any imbalance in Qi can cause disease and illness.
At Ondol Clinic, we offer many different practices, such as acupuncture, moxibustion (herbal external heat treatment), herbal medicine, diet, Qi Gong (movement therapy), and massage (Tui Na).
Whether you are new to East Asian medicine and believe now is the time to explore new options for maximising your health this year, or if you have already experienced the benefits these treatments bring, please do not hesitate to contact us. Bookings can be made here.
We look forward to walking beside you on your healthy living journey this year.