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Happy Chinese New Year 2023! Here’s what the Year of the Rabbit means for you

According to Chinese astrology, this year is all about hope. But some animal signs aren’t in so much luck.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 19.01.2023


Chinese New Year – also called Lunar New Year – is an annual festival celebrated in China and Chinese communities around the world. As a lunar festival, it begins with the new moon that occurs sometime between 22nd January and 1st February and lasts until the following full moon, so the exact dates change every year.


The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 different animals and each year is associated with one of them, rotating through the 12 on a continuing cycle. According to Asian astrology, the year of your birth – and the animal that year represents – says a lot about your personality traits and what kind of life you will lead.

Remember though, all you January birthdays – a ‘year’ is defined by the Chinese astrological chart, not a Gregorian calendar, so you’ll have to check the exact dates of your specific birth ‘year’.


Each zodiac year is associated with one of the five elements — Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In 2023, the Year of the Rabbit is attached to the element of Water.

Water Rabbit’s characteristics: Known to be soft, thoughtful and friendly with a ‘go with the flow’ attitude, Water Rabbits are also quiet, but effective, workers with an excellent memory. However, they are not the quickest decision-makers or biggest risk-takers.

But sorry Rabbits, some feel that 2023 could bring you misfortune. Many believe you face great challenges in your zodiac year and advise avoiding making life-altering decisions.


Because of the rabbit’s characteristics, astrologers say we can expect relaxation, fluidity, quietness and contemplation.

The Year of the Rabbit symbolizes longevity, positivity, auspiciousness, wittiness, cautiousness, cleverness, deftness and self-protection.

And in 2023 we can expect to see expect prosperity, hope, and calm.

Good luck, Oxes, Tigers, and Snakes you’re said to be the luckiest Chinese zodiac signs in 2023. But unfortunately Dogs, Horses, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits’ and Rats’ fortunes will be influenced by ‘opposition to Tai Sui’. And Roosters and Monkeys will have to work especially hard to make headway.

If you’re a… Rabbit

Although said to be the year of luck and hope, if you’re a Rabbit be prepared to have fluctuations of luck. Expect to have highs that will be very high, but the lows could also be very low as well.

As for your career, you should see a ‘dramatic boost’ with the help of one or more mentors.

Astrologers say 2023 should be a year of excitement and that if you can keep an ‘upbeat attitude’ then your positivity will attract the decisive powers that could determine your fame and fortune for the next 12 years.


If you’re a… Ox

You’re likely to experience many pleasant surprises in work and life.

However, be warned to not stop your hard work as luck will not be “bestowed” on you but earned after your efforts in previous years.

You may experience ‘little problems’ but they will ‘turn into opportunities. Overall, your luck will grow.

If you’re a… Tiger

You’ll experience an ‘uptick of good fortune’ this year. It won’t be anything generous but will provide a foundation to gather momentum across different aspects of life.

In terms of work, sticking to your guns will pay off. But when it comes to love, you must learn to ‘control your temper and communicate’ to avoid a tricky year.

Plus, you need to be cautious about your health because it ‘won’t be as robust as previous years’. Overall, this year will see progress in the right direction but not very rapid.


If you’re a… Dragon

Unfortunately, Dragons you aren’t in for an easy 2023 as ‘more inauspicious influences’ will keep your ‘on your toes for much of the year’.

In your career, you will mostly excel and not run into any major problems and your income will remain steady, if not increase.

However, your love life will be ‘rather turbulent’ and you are ‘more prone to feeling lonely’ even when in a happy relationship. If you’re single done;t expect to end up in a relationship this year.

If you’re a… Snake

Good luck Snakes, 2023 will be a positive year in all areas of life even with minor setbacks. In work life, you may experience a few quarrels but everything will be resolved.

As you are creative, this may be a good year to feed into inspiration and create that masterpiece.

You’ll experience ‘minor frictions’ in your love life but similar to your work life things will not be resolved instantly. Snakes expect this year to ‘stay still’ and remain patient.


If you’re a… Horse

Heads up Horses, this year is expected to be full of ‘turbulence’

In regards to career and wealth, those whom the Horse’s hard work will award recognition where its due while distractions will crop up.

Love is in the air for you horses as your love life is set to go better this year, go for it if you meet someone you like.

If you’re a… Goat

You are in for a peaceful 2023 as the fortunate and less fortunate aspects to come up will counteract each other.

You are set to be favoured in their careers by ‘higher-ups and important partners and clients’, meaning it’s a good year to push yourself beyond their limits.

Plus, your love life will be stable and single Goats, you’re set to meet plenty of people this year.


If you’re a… Monkey

You’re in luck Monkeys as 2023 is set to be ‘wonderful and glowing’

But due to a ‘powerful negative celestial influence’, you will have to stay on your toes for most of the year. Which will mostly impact your work life. It may be easy to want to quit if things get difficult or boring but persevere.

What will be more positive for you is love. You will be popular with whom you hope to attract and married Monkeys will fall in love over again with their partners.

If you’re a… Rooster

Expect to experience a ‘polarising’ 2023 where your love life will make them happy.

But you’ll be ‘very dissatisfied with work development’. Your work will be stagnant at best and even give a stark warning that you could lose your job this year.

This won’t necessarily happen, but it won’t hurt you to be prepared, either. Roosters never take your work worries home.


If you’re a… Dog

2023 will be a ‘breezy year’ for you with a “relatively stable fortune”. The positive and negative aspects that may come will counterbalance each other.

At work, you will make ‘more mistakes than usual’, but everything is ‘entirely salvageable’ – just make sure it doesn’t snowball.

The advice for you this year is to not make a big deal out of anything.

If you’re a… Pig

Pigs expect an ‘easy breezy’ year with the potential to become a ‘fantastic year’.

The start of 2023 will start great in terms of their work life, with being trusted more and given more projects.

Love is equally favourable, and the only thing you could run into is health issues but only if they are not taking care of themselves.


If you’re a… Rat

And last but not least, Rats will have a polarising year which will include ‘no end of troubles, minor illnesses and even temporary disasters’.

On the other side of that, the issues that do crop up are not impossible to handle. Making rash decisions is a big no-no for 2023.

In terms of love, fortune and work, there won’t be much luck and at times ‘rather thorny’. However, your spirit ‘will undergo such a complete transformation’ in 2023 that you’ll hardly recognize yourself by year’s end.

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