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Year of the Yin Water Rabbit 2023 – A Year of Initiative and Opportunities!
According to the Chinese Hsia Calendar, the Lunar Year of the Gui Water Rabbit (癸卯) hops along on the 22nd January 2023, with the Solar Year (Li Chun) arriving a little later on the 4th February.
This year we are governed by the two Chinese characters of Gui or Yin Water (癸) sitting atop the Wood Rabbit or Mao (卯). As such this is a pure Water and Wood year, with both elements enjoying a supportive relationship and suggesting a more harmonious year ahead, with increased potential for conflict resolution on both the local and global fronts.
The Rabbit (卯) is the fourth sign in the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, with people born in these years generally considered to be kind, calm, gentle, loving and sweet. As a Peach Blossom or Flower of Romance Star, the Rabbit can also bring increased social activity, connection and romance, especially for those born in Tiger (寅), Horse (午) and Dog (戌) years or Tiger, Horse and Dog days. So it looks like we will definitely come out of our global confinement in 2023 to once again explore and enjoy our world.
With the imminent arrival of Period 9 (2024 to 2043), our focus will also become increasingly drawn towards the Metaverse, with its promise of new and innovative ways of creating a virtual reality, whereby we can have our business meetings anywhere in the world without leaving the office and make financial transactions with cryptocurrency and NFT.
The next couple of years could also see some significant changes within China. Grand Master Raymond Lo in his annual predictions writes about an ancient prophecy from the Tang Dynasty which predicts that change in China will occur when the “Black Rabbit enters the Green Dragon’s Den” which may indeed refer to the Water (Black) Rabbit year of 2023 and the Wood (Green) Dragon year of 2024.
Furthermore in Feng Shui terms, 2023 is the last year in Period 8 (2004 to 2023), as from February 4th 2024 we officially enter a new 20 year cycle of Period 9 (2024 to 2043). This will bring a new energy to the world, manifesting as considerable social, economic and cultural change, as well as a shift in prosperous global locations. In other words, what we know to be the case during the past 20 years, may no longer be so in the next 20 years.
Finally with the #4 Green Star taking the central Feng Shui position in 2023, we will definitely see more breakthrough innovations, as this energy relates to academic and literary work. So this is indeed a good time to put in the foundations for any big plans or projects you may have. With 2023 being a year of initiative and opportunity, planning well for the future will be key to success.
In the meantime we’ll continue to publish informative, interesting articles from some of our leading experts in the various fields of Chinese Metaphysics, with the hope that we continue to grow, nurture, inspire and reconnect with each other this year, either personally or virtually.
Gong Xi Fa Cai and I hope that 2023 brings you much happiness, health and prosperity!
Master Janene Laird (AFSM)
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