THE RABBIT MAN


His physicality

  • The Rabbit male’s overall physical appearance bears the mark of discreteness. There is nothing about him that shocks or catches the eye – nothing, in fact, that goes counter to his natural desire to keep a low profile. The only thing remarkable is that people hardly remark this man when they pass him. On closer examination one may simply say he is mild-mannered, somewhat effeminate, with an usually, sedate behaviour and a patrician, gentleman-like demeanour – but all this cannot obviously be viewed as very distinctive characteristics.
  • His features are regular and rather delicate, his forehead fairly high, his nose straight and moderately long. His voice is neutral, monotonous. His small mouth and thin lips, together with his bright, searching eyes, constitute the only noticeable elements on his face.
  • He is generally of medium height if not somewhat short. Slender, supple, he walks briskly and nimbly, exhibiting his natural gift for dancing. Despite his firm muscles, which however tend to slacken rapidly from the age of fifty onwards, he looks more like an absent-minded professor than a manual worker and never has the aspect of an athlete or sportsman.
  • Meticulous to a fault with his clothing, the Rabbit man is always well dressed and keeps his wardrobe adequately furnished at all times even though he may hardly afford it. He prefers discreet to gaudy colours and remains resolutely on the conservative side. Slovenly-looking people offend him to the point of being regarded by him as irresponsible and untrustworthy personalities regardless of their actual moral fibre. It is highly unlikely that the native could ever be a casual hippie.
  • In general this type takes good care of his health, often with a tendency to overdo it a little. It would be exaggerated to call him a hypochondriac since his concern is positive, not morbid, and since he has no delusions of ailments. In order to avoid malady and preserve his physical well-being, he is always prepared to go to great lengths – for instance, he gets himself vaccinated against as many diseases as possible, keeps strictly to an advisable though draconian diet which necessarily requires many privations and sacrifices, does some daily exercise come wind or foul weather, and so on. He would never allow himself to be remiss or even take it easy when it comes to matters concerning his health. Probably as a consequence, one can notice a tendency to longevity in the highly developed male; other males of this sign are not exposed to premature death themselves.
  • The Rabbit man tends to consider himself more delicate than he really is. While it is true he tires himself rather easily and often suffers from disorders and pains in his digestive tract and abdominal region, it is no less true he recovers quickly and generally needs no other analgesic or tranquillizer than complaining when his organism goes awry.
  • The real threat to his equilibrium does not seem to have a somatic origin but is more likely to be of a psychological nature. If he resists germs, intoxication, overwork and the like with surprising efficiency, his inner tensions and anguishes are perfectly capable of knocking him down. An intense conflictual situation is far more harmful to him than a temporary overindulgence in alcohol or tobacco. His sensitive nervous system can be upset by any emotional disturbance of some importance, resulting in loss of appetite, indigestion, nervous constipation, insomnia, migraine, muscular contractions and other related ills.
  • It is as a rule easy to treat this man’s miseries as he is always willing to cooperate. He scrupulously follows all the indications and recommendations dispensed by his doctor; his medicine cupboard is perfectly arranged and kept up-to-date. Given the delicate nature of his neuro-vegetative system, he had better avoid allopathy in general and shock treatments in particular, for they both could do him more harm than good. Homeopathy, it seems, suits him well, partly because it will not subject his organism to possible upheavals and partly because he can be relied upon to take his medicines in exact doses, at exact hours and on exact days. Acupuncture may also be of good help.
  • The Rabbit-born male always shows a keen interest in food and nutrition. He instinctively senses that these are the keys to good health. He has the reputation of being fastidious about his food – he chooses it and cooks it or has it cooked with much care, and refuses to eat dishes that fall short of the standards of his own making. Unfortunately, he tends to carry his fastidiousness too far. Living in this period of generalized pollution and over abundance, he is often frightened by prophets of doom and unscrupulous quacks into subscribing to a number of nutritional fads. He is likely to try out various self-styled dietetical cookeries, including macrobiotics, eat “natural” products to the exclusion of everything else or follow Spartan if not extravagant dietary programs. He does all this in good faith, determined to spare himself those dreadful so-called civilization ailments. It is necessary to point out to him the possible danger involved in such nutritional devices. While they may be basically valid, they may not be useful or may even be harmless in his particular case, especially when they are taken up in an anarchic way and without strict medical supervision.
  • In any case, citrus fruits, grapes, cereals, wheat germs, yeast, eggs and fresh milk can generally do this individual a great deal of good. In view of the vulnerability of his gastrointestinal apparatus, it is in his interest to eat yoghurt every day because this food is not only a most appropriate antibiotic but also a precious aid to digestion. On the contrary, he must avoid, as far as possible, all foods that are difficult to digest such as starch, fats and burned meats. Excess cellulose could cause him serious trouble if it is taken over a long period of time – and it is why, contrary to what he may sincerely believe, he must refrain from a vegetarian diet.

His psychology

  • The Rabbit male is essentially an introvert. He needs many more lonely moments than most other men in order to examine his every thought, feeling and move. He is never quite sure whether he behaved well on such or such past occasion – although he knows that he conducted himself as best he could. Keen on analyzing himself endlessly, futilely, he rarely succeeds in escaping a vague feeling of culpability or remorse and tends strongly toward self-chastisement. His moodiness is to him a pleasure and a torment at the same time.
  • Despite his extreme touchiness – he is very easily hurt – this man exercises effective control over his outward reactions; people who do not know him well find it hard to tell what is going on in his heart as he jealously keeps his feelings to himself. On the other hand, he may be as opinionated as the next person but rarely expresses his ideas and in any case keeps silent when he has nothing really worthwhile to say.
  • Nothing horrifies him more than disorder and anarchy to which, for all his sense of equity, he would prefer injustice and despotism. A man such as he who is constantly obsessed with harmony cannot tolerate confusion and chaos around him and will not hesitate to roll up his sleeves to help putting things in order. In this way he is sometimes accused of meddling but this does not bother him in the least. In the same vein he hates messiness, unpunctuality, procrastination and waste of time.
  • This individual has a profound desire to be accepted and liked; rejection is always considered an unbearable disgrace. Yet he is not as sociable as one may expect him to be. He prefers seclusion or a very limited circle of trusted friends to large crowds and loves living all hunched up in the intimacy of his home. A convinced sedentary man, he hates travels and, unless forced by circumstances, shrinks from the idea of adventure. Security and cosiness seem to be his greatest concerns in life, and his motto may be the same as that of Cervantes: “You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.”
  • Considered under a certain angle, the male of the Rabbit sign may appear as a virtuous person. Self-improvement is a driving force in him, and he is constantly trying to achieve perfection in all directions.
  • His sense of justice and fairness is extremely well developed. It is why the Year of the Rabbit stands for the year during which the reign of Justice is expected to be prosperous. It would be surprising if he ever allowed himself to commit an inequity against someone. He can even go so far as to be gentle, courteous, considerate, loyal and helpful.
  • He would be justified in priding himself on his honesty, for it is above all suspicion. One can always trust him, no matter how a given situation evolves, and his deeds are never at variance with his words. Cynics may argue that his irreproachable integrity is not a spontaneous moral quality but only a device of his to protect himself from complications and problems. While it is true he needs peace of mind more than anyone else, it must be acknowledged that his conviction, deep as it is, sometimes causes him considerable trouble which could have been avoided with less intransigence.
  • Patience is yet another of his outstanding qualities. Conscious that “if you wait, there will come nectar-like fair weather” (Japanese proverb), he knows the art and wisdom of biding his time. He is among the few who would continue to tread even though the end of the tunnel is still nowhere in sight.
  • There is no doubt that his strategy often pays, and to the casual observer he appears to be better favoured by life than many other mortals. Paradoxically, however, this man is almost never satisfied with his lot. He has somehow acquired the conviction that he deserves a better treatment by life which, in his unwarrantable opinion, has been particularly severe and unjust toward him. No amount of reasoning is likely to make him adopt a less pessimistic and biased view. Self-pity acts on him as a kind of dope, and it would be no easy business to cure his addiction.
  • Not only fond of self-analysis, the Rabbit male delights in dissecting people and situations of any description. His analytical mind will not be at rest so long as it has not broken any subject under study down to the barest terms and cast all necessary light on it. He is therefore reputed as a meticulous, accurate and methodical man – but also as a hair-splitting maniac who often does not see the forest for the trees.
  • No one probably knows human nature better than he does; it is why he is basically a disillusioned and cynical fellow – although these traits are fairly well concealed under an affable exterior. He is barely surprised at people’s erratic behaviour and can, for instance, shrug off ingratitude with perfect ease as he considers it a sheer matter of course.
  • The native has a strong taste for reading – he reads very fast – and tireless intellectual curiosity. He diligently collects information in the most varied fields of knowledge, delving as deeply as he can into every subject. With his profound and encyclopaedic culture, he appears as a brilliant mind. But those who come into contact with him are often irritated at his pedantry; he indeed does not resist his urge to display his erudition by making involved discourses and tackling serious topics every time he has an opportunity to talk, even when a light conversation is called for. Modesty, obviously, is not his forte. Having an exaggerated opinion of his own intellectual value, he detests being contradicted or criticized – although he delights in squabbling and pulling people’s legs. We can find here one of his major failings. It is not easy to carry on discussions with him on an equal footing as he is exceptionally adroit, elusive, eloquent and persuasive.
  • In spite of his outward affability, the Rabbit man does not live up to his reputation as a likeable person. Basically, this is an egoist and a maniac. He hates anything liable to disturb his quiet life or ingrained habits. He is obsessed by the easy, bourgeois way of life, with its luxury and pleasures. His personal interests are all to him, and he deliberately closes his eyes on the great wrongs of the world – war, famine, floods and other scourges of mankind leave him perfectly indifferent so long as he is not a victim himself. He generally serves no other cause than that of his own security and comfort. However, under exceptional circumstances, he may sometimes surpass his solid egoism and show a fair degree of devotion and altruism.
  • Another of his main shortcomings is his mawkishness in which he revels endlessly. A man though he is, he can be moved to tears without too much difficulty and is barely ashamed of his morbid sentimentalism. A great lover of melodrama, he has a special predilection for stories with a tragic ending and likes to treat himself to doomed destinies and hopeless situations. His bathos, as can be expected, constitutes a barrier on his way to true happiness by undermining his willpower. He is well advised to fight against this tendency, preferably with a psychoanalyst’s help, before he becomes too weak to react with efficaciousness.

His love behaviour

  • The Rabbit male mistrusts sentiments of any kind and particularly his own ones. Always insisting that reason rule alone, he views matters of the heart as something to engage in only with the utmost seriousness, after mature reflection and under tight control by the mind. Unlike his Tiger counterpart, whose main trait is rashness, he never allows himself to be carried away by love at first sight and seldom enters an affair or marriage un-reluctantly. In fact, a very high percentage of Rabbit males baulk at love altogether and deliberately choose to remain confirmed bachelors. Their misogamy could hardly be imputed to mere coincidence, but appears to be well in line with their sentimental behaviour.
  • It is hard for the Rabbit man to fall in love. This situation is principally due to his exigencies – he is noted for being so impossibly demanding. While not idealizing love in the manner of poets, he is disinclined to share his life with a woman who shows some human flaws. He wants her to be indefectible and irreproachable in every possible way – she must be exactly like a goddess! Perhaps he has too high an opinion of himself to be willing to put up with an imperfect female. In any case, it never comes to his mind that his attitude is unreasonable, utopic and responsible for his many disappointments.
  • It is almost impossible for any woman to seduce him, however clever or attractive she may be. Any relationship he embarks upon must bear the mark of his own exclusive initiative. He is so timorous and mistrustful that he sees traps everywhere around him. He fears to be disturbed, taken in, betrayed, rejected, or deserted. It seems to him much less painful to endure solitude than to fall victim to the perfidy of the fair sex.
  • But what terrifies him most in love is the prospect of his being asked to make sentimental demonstrations, which are the very antithesis of his natural reservedness and sense of decency. Intent on defending his intimate self jealously, he will refuse to lay bare his heart and mind even to the woman of his life. He may be willing to discuss with her all kinds of subjects imaginable but will systematically recoil from talking about his innermost feelings and thoughts. There is virtually nothing she can do to pull down the wall standing between them. Any female with designs on this man should be prepared to accept his uncompromising reticence with good grace or simply forget him. Fortunately, he tends to improve with age in this respect and may become more inclined to communicate from his fifties onwards.
  • When he decides to settle down, this type usually has the best intentions in the world, for he really means to love for keeps and honour every clause of his “contract.” He will show himself a model of faithfulness and will dutifully fulfil all the obligations associated with his status. If he ever fails in his role, it will only be a result of exceptional adverse circumstances. Nothing will give him as much pleasure as to care for his woman, especially when she finds herself confronted with problems or is ill.
  • Sexually, the native does appear cold and indifferent although there seems to be nothing wrong with his appetite. It is certain he suffers from inhibitions due to his lack of self-confidence, his exaggerated sense of decency and also his misplaced perfectionism. He is generally silent in making love as he hardly finds anything worthwhile or appropriate to say when he is giving up a part of himself. While it is true that sex does not occupy a high position on his priority list, a kind and understanding woman can surely help him break the ice and enjoy physical intimacies more fully.
  • As is previously indicated, this character in many ways makes an admirable lover, husband and father. He shows the utmost tenderness and gentleness toward all those close to his heart. His love for them is deep and sincere. He does everything in his power for his spouse, her happiness being his greatest concern; but his profound love can quickly turn into intense hatred if and when she deceives or spurns him. As for his children, he is generally on excellent terms with them and behaves more like a friend than a parent; he strives to provide them with all they need, vigilantly watches over their education and carefully arms them for the battle of life. The family usually offers him a sufficient incentive to go beyond the boundaries of his ego.
  • Due to this man’s fundamental selfishness and overdone individualism, some Chinese astrologers tend to believe he regards his children as strangers – because he cannot get rid of them when he wants – and prefers the company of his cronies – because he can choose to keep or abandon these according to his whims. This view does not seem to be corroborated by reality. While it is true he never craves for children, he does love them when they come under his roof. The main reason for his exemplary comportment is undoubtedly his desire to be perfect and blameless in this respect as in all others.
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THE RABBIT WOMAN


Her physicality

  • The typical Rabbit woman is hardly noted for her beauty; but no one could remain indifferent to her distinction and quiet charm. There is always a melancholic look about her as if she were in perpetual mourning, and her wistfulness is probably her best weapon of seduction.
  • Meticulous about her physical appearance as about everything else, she attaches paramount importance to what she believes to be the essence of self-respect. It is difficult for her to accept the idea that people could see her otherwise than well-groomed from top to toe. She is impeccably dressed at all times, her attire bearing witness to her good taste, discretion, and concern for propriety. This is a woman who may spend hours at her toilet every day and who is prepared to endure severe food privations in order to stay slender as long as possible. She can never take it easy as far as neatness is concerned.
  • The Rabbit-born female is possessed of a doll’s face framed in a perfect oval. She has unusually fine features, a smooth forehead, a straight nose, a small mouth bordered with thin lips, and pearly teeth. Her eyes are big, soft and humid; it is with such eyes that she fascinates her interlocutors just as a snake does a shrew. Her complexion is creamy, making an elegant contrast with her ever pink cheekbones.
  • She is in general slightly shorter than the average. Her slim body will not begin to slacken before she reaches her sixties – unless she is persistently careless about her diet, a practically impossible eventuality. But somehow she does not feel much at ease with her sylphlike figure – probably out of perfectionism – and often displays clumsiness like an adolescent. Her comportment is clearly modest, unassuming despite her superior physique; it is here that she totally differs from her Dragon sister whose behaviour is extravagant and wilfully provocative.
  • One trait to be noted: Many natives of the Rabbit sign are endowed with a callipygian anatomy, and they look wonderful when wearing tight slacks.
  • With regard to health, the Rabbit woman is first of all subject to a number of gynaecological troubles which usually begin at the outset of her adolescence and end around her menopause. They may range from leucorrhoea to irregular, painful menstrual periods, from vaginismus to mammary or ovarian cysts. It seems that her specifically feminine problems are accounted for by a faulty endocrinol system, but in any case not by psychological factors. In some instances a hysterectomy proves necessary, and can put a definite end to these miseries of hers.
  • Like her masculine counterpart, she suffers almost permanently from the dysfunction of her entire digestive track. If she gets out of a gastritis, it is often only to take on a colitis, an enteritis, or a liverish attack. While constipation haunts her nearly without respite, she would be unwise to try to cope with it by absorbing large quantities of cellulose food or bran – her bowels are too sensitive to endure such a treatment. Yoghurt, dried plums, grape juice, and chicory tea are quite apt to relieve her without causing undesirable side-effects. If necessary she can take two spoonfuls of mineral oil every day. She must prefer cooked to raw vegetables and fruits. She must on the other hand avoid all nutriments that are difficult to digest such as fats, fatty meats, starchy or high-fermentation aliments. Japanese cookery, light and refined, seems to suit her quite well. Drinking at least four pints of water per day can do her lots of good.
  • She may not want to admit it, but her nervous system is decidedly over-sensitive  and she has to reckon with it if she does not want to be bogged down by avoidable miseries.
  • While the advice on health she gives others is generally sound, she herself is reluctant to accept her inborn frailty and live with it accordingly. Perfectionist and conscientious to a fault, she often subjects her organism to unbearable pressure by pursuing her projects to the bitter end or bustling about until complete exhaustion. After a hard day’s work, for instance, she would not hesitate, on returning home, to tackle other works in earnest, for she refutes to see that everything is not in its place or that everything is not impeccably clean. It is hard for her to stop and take some rest so long as what she is doing is not completely finished. It is why she often works extra hours, even though she is not paid for them or already feels extremely tired. Her confidence in her resistance and capacity for recuperation is obviously exaggerated; she is prone to ignore her limits and always hopes piously that everything will turn out as she wishes.
  • The bits of advice given to the man of the sign are equally valid for her. She must make use of her common sense by never giving herself too heavy a burden to carry. She must also take her ailments seriously – though not to the point of obsession – and have them treated by competent specialists.
  • She would need a gynaecologist in whom she can have absolute confidence and who is willing to lend an attentive and sympathetic ear to her description of all her symptoms. It may be equally profitable for her to have recourse to one or more “mild” therapies – homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sympathicotherapy, crenotherapy, chiropractic, and the like. In general, allopathy and any shock treatment should be resorted to only with much caution.
  • Since a judicious regulation of her energy is an indispensable condition for her well-being, the native should practice assiduously such sports as swimming and hiking. Yoga and other relaxation techniques are also highly useful.
  • There is no originality in saying that it is better to prevent than to treat diseases. Yet the Rabbit woman would need this simple truth to be driven home – repeatedly.

Her psychology

  • The Rabbit woman has about the same qualities and drawbacks as her male counterpart. Nevertheless there exists one very significant difference between them: While he is essentially a die-hard egoist, she has the ability to forget herself and work for the welfare of others. She senses that she can dominate her anxieties only through devotion and find happiness only in self-sacrifice. But her tendency to remain centred on her own needs is as strong as her altruistic propensity, and she will have a hard time struggling against the capital of egoism which is shared by all members of the Rabbit family.
  • Despite her apparent tranquillity and surface sweetness, the Rabbit woman is a chronic worrier. She looks at life with scared eyes. Anything can frighten her. She fears frustrations, disillusionments, separations, the death of loved ones, and so on. She is anxious about almost everything concerning her own person – her health, her career, her relationships, her sentimental future. Even though she may enjoy great wealth, she never feels totally secure financially. It is not rare to see her show subtle but unmistakable signs of panic as if she foresaw a catastrophe which would shatter her existence.
  • Perhaps one of the causes of her worrying habit lies in her tendency to brood extensively. Her need for privacy and solitude is stronger than that of most people. As a consequence she is subject to frequent spells of introversion; her pessimism is well known to all around her.
  • Another cause may be her maudlin nature. Not only is she always too deeply affected by any misfortune happening to her or her loved ones, she also suffers vicariously from all the tragedies, real or imaginary, of the world. Over sentimental  gushing, having a definite predilection for slush, she loves crying her eyes out at every opportunity and without much reason. While her pathetic appearance constitutes the supreme element of her charm for people she meets, her penchant for overdoing her mushy reactions may in the long run tire and offend those who share her life or are in close relations with her.
  • As can be guessed, This woman lacks moral fortitude to a marked degree. She can hardly bear pain or adversity without depression or despondency. Her every calamity can produce in her heart and soul a convulsion of unjustified proportions. She will never be prepared to brave the inevitable trials and tribulations inherent to life – unless she makes a resolute effort to learn and practice stoicism.
  • The native is totally uninterested in the struggle for women’s rights and prerogatives; all the feminist claims leave her quite indifferent. She is simply, perhaps smugly, satisfied with her present condition and does not see any need to change it. She sincerely believes it absurd to think of rivalling with men. It is surely not among people like her that the Women’s Liberation Movement could recruit efficient militants!
  • One of the vices of the Rabbit-born female is her irritating pedantry. She is very fond of displaying her erudition and tackling grave subjects without hesitation even in the most informal conversations. Her tone is often peremptory. Her knowledge and thinking, however, generally fall short of her pretensions, and she sometimes lays herself open to judgement without knowing it.
  • It may appear from the preceding that Rabbit woman is nothing but a bundle of weaknesses. In fact, the positive side of her personality is at least as important as her negative side. First of all, she possesses a rare quality that distinguishes her from other women: She is capable of drawing a clear line between love and friendship. The age-old allegation that true friendship is accessible only to men does not find its confirmation here. The Rabbit woman is unquestionably among the women of whom Madeleine de Scudery said, “There is in friendship a perfection of which very few women are capable.”
  • Just like the male half of the sign, the Rabbit woman is a person with numerous contradictions; her vices and virtues are closely intertwined. Apart from her pedantry, for instance, her general manner is no less than delightful. She is shy, modest, quiet, unobtrusive, courteous, and punctual. She is keen on showing thoughtful consideration for others. Her friends can always count on her for help and advice – whatever the circumstances, she never lets them down. Not seldom does one recognize the eager matchmaker in her as this is one of her ways to carry out her desire to see everybody happy.
  • Despite her eminent femininity, this subject is more cerebral than emotional and makes more use of reason than intuition. Her intellectual capacities can match those of any man and really do honour to the fair sex. Even her moral attitude is intellectually based. She is gifted with an alert and logical mind. Her perceptions and sense of discrimination are outstandingly acute, and it is always to one’s advantage to take counsel with her. She has the ability to see events and situations in the proper perspective and balance – when she is not personally involved in a way or another. Any problem, however complex it may be, can be analysed by her down to the last nuance. No wonder why she sometimes hits upon apparently inspired ideas.
  • Unfortunately, her cold logic and clear thinking constitute an obstacle to her understanding of the human heart. She is reluctant to make allowances for other people’s weaknesses and irrational behaviour  Her power of detachment tends to make her a severe, though shrewd, judge of human nature.
  • She also has a deep sense of responsibility and dependability. When she takes a matter in her own hands, one can totally trust her: She will mobilize all her available resources to fulfil her obligation, often to the detriment of her own comfort and health.
  • One of the things the Rabbit woman would need to do for her happiness would be to make her intellectual perspicacity to bear upon her heart, for it is from her heart – not from outside circumstances – that most of her problems originate.

Her productivity

  • The Rabbit woman is invaluable in work. Whatever field of activity she may find herself in, her competence and sense of responsibility are well appreciated by both her superiors and peers, all the more as she is ever willing to learn and displays unlimited enthusiasm. Knowing how to handle the most difficult situations, she never allows herself to be discouraged by the multiplicity or diversity of her duties. Whatever she has to do, she will see it through – be it teaching, cooking, running a hotel, keeping a shop, preparing drugs, selling life insurance, writing books, or looking after old people or handicapped children. Secretary or cashier, tourist guide or post-office employee, primary school teacher or baby-sitter, she is everywhere looked up to as irreplaceable. She is particularly successful with children, who do not resist her gentleness and solicitude.
  • But despite her tremendous capacity and earnestness in work, this character generally contents herself with a subordinate role, preferring to receive instead of giving orders. If necessary, the position of an eminence grise would suit her well. It is perhaps out of modesty, and certainly not out of passivity or fear of responsibilities, that she adopts such a self-effacing attitude. A Rabbit woman who is willing to show ambition and aggressiveness is an extreme rarity indeed; but this one is perfectly able to reach the highest peaks of success and force the admiration of the most misogynous men.
  • Intelligent, sharp-minded, charming, well at ease in society, unassuming yet sophisticated when she desires to be so, the native is very much sought after by public men – politicians, prominent executives, sport champions, movie or theatre stars, and the like. They wish to marry her because she can be a marvellous hostess, greatly enhance their luster by being quietly at their side, and share their limelight without trying to steal it from them in any way. She is quite willing and happy to play such a role, sincerely believing it to be an honourable and useful career.
  • For all her propensity towards selfishness, the average Rabbit is essentially made to be of service to others. This predisposition, surprising as it is, offers her a large array of possibilities of choice. She is gifted for doing successfully any job in such fields as range from medical or paramedical professions to social careers. Her dedication and especially her genuine sympathy, even empathy  help her make wonderful contacts and achieve miraculous results. Other people’s moral or physical miseries often act as a stimulant, inciting her to do much more than what is normally required of her.
  • An accomplished aesthete, she has every chance to shine in all occupations that demand good taste and an acute sense of beauty. She makes her name as a dress designer, milliner, antiquary, taxidermist, writer, or painter. No interior decorator could do better than she, for she has an infallible flair for the right setting which will please and suit those who commission her. Her qualifications are best exploited in art editing, environment protection, and all spare-time activities. Whatever the circumstances, sensitivity is always the hallmark of all her creations.
  • Having a deep horror of debt, this female is usually good with money. For this reason she has the same economical virtues and financial competence as her Rat sister. She feels very much at ease in bank management or brokerage. It must be due to exceptionally adverse circumstances that a Rabbit woman can go broke.
  • But in spite of her fine abilities, personal achievement does not seem to be her only or ultimate objective. While pursuing her career, she does not ignore her work fellows and shows a genuine interest in promoting them at the same time as herself. If she participates wholeheartedly in trade-union activities, it is because she is truly dedicated to collective welfare.
  • Surprisingly enough, this highly successful woman almost invariably nurtures a secret wish – to be able to stay at home and do what she feels like and when she feels like – however great the glory of her professional life may be. In her heart of hearts she loves nothing better than having a lot of time to dawdle, read, listen to music, keep a diary, daydream, or simply brood and brood and brood. Her contemplative nature, coupled with her weak will, can do her great harm if she yields to it.

Her love behaviour

  • The Rabbit woman fears nothing more than ending up an old maid. While she does have a romantic attitude toward love, she looks for marriage, which offers her the emotional security and companionship she badly needs. No affair with her could last if it did not provide the prospect of matrimony.
  • Even as an adolescent, she instinctively knows how to charm men, how to use appropriate stratagems to catch them. But she always goes about her trapping business with much tact and discretion, never giving her prospective preys the impression that she tries to force their hands. Once married, she generally loses all interest in flirting or hovering around.
  • The Rabbit has clear-cut views on what “true love” should be and sets up definite criteria for her marriage. To her, love must be something ethereal, composed mainly of pure sentiment and reason, never dominated by blind passion or sex. She cannot love a man who has not won her respect. However much she cares about her prince charming, it will be almost impossible for him to make her knees go weak or her sense of discrimination falter, for, as we know, this is not an overly emotional or unduly affectionate female.
  • Even though her condition in life may be one of the most modest, she will never entertain the idea of marriage for advancement in rank, prestige, or material status. The man with whom she is involved on a permanent basis should allow her to retain the illusion that she has lost nothing of her privacy, dignity, and independence of thought. She would be happier alone than sharing her life with a man who attempts to dominate her or seeks total communication with her.
  • She makes an admirable spouse in the sense that she is sweet, attentive, always ready to serve her husband’s interests and contribute to his professional success while willing to stay in the background. She proves to be an intelligent companion whose advice is invaluable. There could hardly be any better interior woman than the Rabbit woman: Enjoying home life, she makes her house a beautiful and harmonious haven, cooks delicious dishes, knits exquisite garments for everyone under her roof. Frail-looking though she is, she never lacks forces to do all her multiple household chores.
  • Calm and considerate, she knows how to phrase her complaints without hurting her man. Even if she has every reason to be jealous, she will go about airing her grievances in the most diplomatic way.
  • As already pointed out, this woman is the epitome of conjugal fidelity – just like her Rat sister, though for quite different reasons. Men would be well-advised not to try to seduce a married Rabbit female, for all their efforts would be fruitless.
  • No one is perfect, of course, and the Rabbit woman is not an exception. While she is a first-rate wife, she makes a rather poor lover. Though rarely a victim of frigidity, she is hardly ever passionate, and her sex drive leaves much to be desired. She seems to view love as only something of secondary importance in life and lovemaking as an activity of limited significance. Despite her natural gentleness and considerateness, her approach to sex is cool, detached, lacking spontaneity and variety. One of the reasons for her reticence may be that she fears to lose her own identity in too deep an involvement. There is always an aura of purity, reservedness, and overdone delicacy about her desires. Even if she made a conscious effort to surrender herself without holding anything back, her mind would refuse to be fully committed to sensual abandon. Her response to her man’s advances may leave him with a vague feeling that she does not care much about him. He should know, however, that she actually welcomes his embraces, but that she does it in her own way, which is cold and aloof.
  • Less mistrustful and a little more inclined to confidences than the masculine half of the sign, she is nonetheless a long way from being an uninhibited woman. It is vital that she be with an exceptionally indulgent and understanding man, otherwise her marriage would ineluctably go bankrupt because of the repeated periods of sexual frustration she may cause her partner to endure.
  • It is equally important for the married Rabbit woman not to confine herself exclusively to her home life and settle down in quiet routine. She must provide sufficient room for outside activities, for variety, surprises of many kinds, moderate whims, excessive disputes, controlled follies, and other things in the same vein. For too much moral perfection and reasonableness are apt to deal deadly blows to the initially happiest unions. It is even in her interest to be jealous of her husband from time to time, even though she believes this to be under her dignity, since, as Ovid remarked, “Love that is fed by jealousy dies hard.”
  • Strangely enough, this woman, who loves children in general, is not too keen on having little angels under her roof. Her maternal instinct never goes beyond the embryonic state, or may even be entirely non-existent as some astrologers pretend. If she be-gets children, it is more a matter of accident or social convenience than of real love of them. She will scrupulously fulfil her duty as a mother, catering for her offspring’s material and educational needs, but cannot force herself to be genuinely interested in them. The communication between her and her children always lacks some warmth and intimacy. Things however tend to improve somewhat as she advances in age; the state of grandmother sometimes brings about a complete reversal of her attitude.

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Rabbit are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL RABBIT 1951 AND 2011

The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigour and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. Metal gives Rabbits a more resilient demeanour than the other more quiet Rabbit. These Rabbits are very ambitious and can be quite crafty in their dealings with others. They throw themselves and their emotions into everything they do, making them intense lovers, but not outwardly affectionate lovers. Their determination can affect their work as well, whether through personal relationships with colleagues or with the work itself, a Rabbit can be known to immerse himself in his projects…business and personal.

THE WATER RABBIT 1903 AND 1963

Delicate and docile, Water Rabbits will pretty well go with the flow to avoid any conflict or argument. These situations hurt them and bother them because they are such sensitive creatures. They are usually sociable and relaxed, although sometimes they get withdrawn and introspective. They are supportive with family and friends as well as business partners and display an empathy that makes people flock to them for friendly advice and comfort. Sometimes, they can easily be taken advantage of because they are so generous with themselves and their emotions. So they have to be careful not to let their guards down so quickly. The Water Rabbit expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

THE WOOD RABBIT 1915 AND 1975

Wood Rabbits tend to be the least bit indecisive. This is probably due to their always wanting to play the peacemaker and not wanting to hurt other people’s feelings. Wood Rabbits are incredibly generous souls and like to avoid the spotlight instead preferring to live amongst others. These people are always kind enough to help you move into a new house, make you a hot cup of coffee or to listen while you rant and rave about your latest character flaw. The Wood Rabbit can sometimes be too kind for his own good, thus causing him to be taken advantage of and sometimes even used by others unknowingly. Rabbits have to learn to say no and to out their feet down or their cups will overflow.  The Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in the dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.

THE FIRE RABBIT 1927 AND 1987

Fire adds an unspoken magnetism and mystery to the Rabbit. These creatures have a burning desire to get out there and live life to its fullest. They are active and adventurous and love anything that sparks their creativity or curiosity. They can throw tantrums here and there, if provoked, but most of the time they work very hard to avoid conflict or unpleasant confrontations. Fire Rabbits are charming and tend to push their emotions into the backs of their minds, but will speak up if necessary. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

THE EARTH RABBIT 1939 AND 1999

The Earth element gives these Rabbits a sense of reality and practicality that others don’t illustrate so freely. They are able to give sound advice, which in turn gets them respect and trust from those who solicit their counsel. They take pride in their homes and work diligently to make them a place of security for their loved ones. In the same breath, Earth Rabbits put a great deal of value on material comforts and like to make money.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions. 

 

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