The year of the Metal Rabbit promises to bring some much needed peace and tranquility.
If you are like most people, you probably feel like you were on a roller coaster
in 2010, the year of the Tiger. That will generally not be the case in 2011, as
the Rabbit is everything the Tiger is not.
Let there be peace, and let it begin with me is the Rabbit motto. The Tiger makes
waves, but the Rabbit mends fences. Diplomacy reigns. If you want to improve your
chances of success, you most often want to negotiate and cooperate rather than try
to force your ideas and methods on others. It’s also a time to kiss and make up.
Forgive and forget. Let’s all get along. Make love not war. If last year the emphasis
was on excitement, it now is on harmony.
This does not of course mean there will be heaven on earth. You can find good and
bad in every year. Still, looking back at the last reign of the Metal Rabbit, it’s
hard to deny there were significant, Rabbit-style developments. In April 1951, for
example, the Treaty of Paris was signed, establishing the European Coal and Steel
Community. This was the first of several organizations that eventually became the
European Union. A significant event in Asia in July was the beginning of armistice
negotiations that eventually led to the end of hostilities on the Korean peninsula.
And, in September, Australia, New Zealand and the United States signed a mutual
defense pact (ANZUS).
The Rabbit is also very much about good taste and refinement. In March Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s The King and I began a three year run on Broadway. In July Judy Garland
opened the first of 14 concerts in Dublin, Ireland, at the Theater Royal, and Walt
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland premiered in London. In October An American in Paris
premiered in New York and went on to win six academy awards. One of America’s classiest
actresses, Audrey Hepburn, began her route to fame in November, as the lead character
in the Broadway play, Gigi. In December the movie African Queen, starring KATHARINE HEPBURN
and Humphrey Bogart premiered in Hollywood.
Self indulgence is another Rabbit theme. By all means go to the theater, spend time
at the spa and patronize those great restaurants you love. On the other hand you
do want to be careful about not overdoing it. And, you can bet the Rabbit will put
lots of temptation in front of you.
This is especially true if you belong to the Rabbit’s group, that is, your sign
is Rabbit, Sheep or Pig. These, however, are the people most likely to have a great
year. If you are one of them, make an extra effort to follow your dreams, seize
opportunities, and enjoy the moment. Other signs with excellent prospects this year
include the Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Dog. Those that might want to hold back a bit
include the Rat, Horse, Monkey, and Rooster.
There is a common theme here. Active people who always seem to be on the go are
likely to be unhappy with the Rabbit’s leisurely pace. They can find themselves
in trouble if they try to move faster than the prevailing one. The Tiger, being
the Yang to the Rabbit’s Yin, can still do well by modifying its style. This year
the cautious, slow but sure approach is likely to win the day more than a charge
The question, then, is what to do in a so-called, peaceful year? Education, for
one. Leisurely travel could also provide a nice experience. That means the museum
circuit as opposed to trekking the Himalayas. And, pursuing your hobbies, be they
ballroom dancing, bridge or gardening is a very Rabbit thing to do and will bring
you many happy moments.
The Rooster is the sign most likely to encounter difficulties this year. If this
is your sign, you are probably feistier than your friends and family. Your love
of debate, nitpicking attention to detail and argumentative side all run contrary
to the Rabbit’s fundamental, peacemaking nature. If you can’t keep this tendency
under control, you may feel you are frequently trying to swim upstream as you pursue
So far it’s been all about the Rabbit. The fact that 2011 is a Metal year is almost
as important---and for two reasons. Since this is a Metal year, those people born
in an Earth one will generally fare better than others of their animal sign, while
those born in a Wood one are likely to do worse. It’s also slightly negative for
those born in a Fire year and mildly positive for Water sign people. Finally, those
born in a Metal year will be in their element and do well if their animal sign is
compatible with the Rabbit but could run into lots of confrontations if not.
The second reason is the Metal Rabbit is not that cuddly, soft, little ball of fur
you see in the pet store. Metal gives this bunny a competitive, aggressive side.
It is cold, sometimes insensitive, oh so different from the Rabbit. The Metal Rabbit,
then, is the most unlike the other five breeds of this sign. So, there will be some
confusion from time to time in 2011. What will predominate at any given moment,
the gentle Rabbit or steely Metal?!
Thanks to the Rabbit, this is a Yin Metal year, so steel may be too strong a word.
There could be some aggressiveness when it comes to fighting for a cause, but it
is not likely to be a dominant attitude. Yin Metal is also more thoughtful in contrast
to its Yang counterpart that often pushes ahead without thinking. And, under the
Rabbit’s influence, there is more empathy and sensitivity with only the occasional
A final word. The Rabbit should give most of us an opportunity to pause and catch
our breath after a hectic 2010. It’s a time for peacemakers to shine. But, it will
have a metallic edge to it. From time to time aggressiveness will suddenly materialize
and disrupt the peace. For those who revel in a slow pace, however, it promises
to be a most enjoyable time.
So, in the spirit of the Rabbit, peace be with you.