Chinese New Year: Go the Rabbits!

I’m a bad blogger. I did what I promised I wouldn’t – I got side-tracked. By Life.  By Work.  By Dreams.  By two flies climbing up a wall… You get it; I’m easily side-tracked.

But mark my word, things will change!

So, I felt that seeing  how I missed the traditional New Year and ringing in my new resolutions, that I’d adopt the Chinese New Year to make my fresh, new start.  And this is even more relevant that it seems because 2011 is The Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac – and that also just happens to be MY YEAR! So, if ever a year has to count, this is it!  🙂

Just because it’s fun – and fascinating – and a good way to kick off my new regime, over the next days and weeks, I’m going to feature the various personality traits of each Chinese Zodiac sign, and of course (!) I’m beginning with the Rabbit.  This particular year is also the Year of the Metal Rabbit – which means, this year I’m going to be more resilient – so I’ve got just three words: Bring It On!!!  

But just in case you’re unsure of where you stand, let’s  list each sign and what years they represent.  There are 12 signs and they appear in the following cyclic order: Rat; Ox; Tiger; Rabbit (hare); Dragon; Snake; Horse; Sheep (goat/ram);  Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig (boar).

The Years: (Remember that Chinese New Year begins on the first full moon of the new year, so  that has to be accounted for if you were born in late January or early February.)

Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.

Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Rabbit/Hare: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Sheep (Goat/Ram): 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Pig/Boar: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Personality Traits of those Born in the year of the Rabbit:

Kind and loving,  gracious, cultured and possess beautiful manners. Might appear  to be pushovers, but are actually very strong-willed and strong-minded.  They are people likley to succeed, and pursue their ideals in a precise and orderly fashion. As naturally cautious though, they will act slowly  and deliberately.

Does this reflect ‘me’? Yep – pretty much.   Maybe some parts need some tweaking, <g> (like the orderly fashion thing… Must work on that!!!) for the most part, this sums me up pretty closely. 

So what Chinese Zodiac sign were you born under? I’m going to be posting the other eleven zodiac traits in the next days/weeks and I’d love to know if you feel you’re typical.  

And if you’re a rabbit, like me, is this close to your own personality? If you write, do you use the zodiacs as guides to creating character personality traits?

Till next time,  go the Rabbits – and “Bring it On!!!

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