Year of The Rabbit

Year of the Black Water Rabbit 2023 |

Written January 13th, 2023: Happy Chinese New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Rabbit. In fact, we have entered the Year of the Black Water Rabbit, which hasn’t happened for 60 years.

In this article, we’ll cover what you can expect to happen in the Year of The Rabbit, both in the world at large, and within your personal life. I’ve also included a little horoscope prediction for each Chinese zodiac sign. If you’re unsure what your animal sign is, check: What is my Chinese animal sign?

Also see, 2024 Year of the Dragon

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When is Chinese New Year in 2023?

The Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar and begins on the second new Moon after the winter solstice. This means the dates aren’t fixed. This Chinese New Year begins on January 22nd, 2023 and runs until February 9th, 2024.

We are saying goodbye to the turbulent Year of the Tiger, and hello to the more peaceful, healing and cuddly rabbit.

Meaning of The Black Water Rabbit Year

In Chinese Astrology, each new year brings the energy and personality of a particular animal. The Rabbit is considered lucky in many cultures, and its cute appearance is playful, calming and happy. But not every rabbit is alike; they come in different varieties and elements. There is a Water Rabbit, a Fire Rabbit, a Wood Rabbit, an Earth Rabbit and a Metal Rabbit. Each type of rabbit only gets to rule once every 60 years. This time, it is the turn of the Water Rabbit, also known as the Black Rabbit, as black represents water in Chinese astrology.

Water Rabbit Personality

So this particular Rabbit, brings the energy of water, that is, healing, diplomacy, better communication and people simply getting along better.

The task of the Black Rabbit, is to try and restore calm after the turbulent Tiger exits the stage.  And it won’t be an easy task.

If you watched my video last year on what to expect in the Year of the Tiger, I predicted 2022 would be a wild year. I spoke about a war coming, which at the time of recording still was very unlikely, I talked about massive swings in stocks, cryptocurrencies, and worldwide flooding. All of which came to pass. The Tiger year slammed us with its crazy energy, leaving us a little uncertain about where the world is heading.  

The Black Water Rabbit’s job is to pick up the pieces, and restore some kind of harmony.

However, in order to achieve this, the Rabbit may need to do something radical to force us to change course or direction. Because continuing the wild ride of the Tiger Year can only lead to mutually assured destruction.

No-one wins.

The Last Black Water Rabbit Year was 1963

The last year of the Black Water Rabbit was 60 years ago, and it was the year 1963. John F Kennedy was assassinated, sending shock waves around the world. The was also the year of the Profumo sex scandal which led to the resignation of the British PM Harold MacMillian.

These two big events really made people stop and pause. It made them consider how extreme views and polarization in politics could lead us down a path we really don’t want to go. And the sleezy sex scandal in England made us say, enough of corrupt politicians who will do and say anything to stay in power. People just wanted things to calm down and politicians to be more serious and do their job.

Sound familiar?

So what can we expect in this year of the Black Water Rabbit?

We’ll start with the world and then move to your personal Chinese animal sign.

World Predictions

Are Water Rabbit Years Lucky?

Yes, in general, Rabbit years are considered lucky, but more so for the individual.  

However, when it comes to the world at large, the tension we are left with after the Tiger Year will take the Rabbit some time to fix.


There may be a last-minute ratcheting up of aggression and tension before diplomacy and compromise set in. Under this influence, there could be an assassination or attempted assassination of a well-known politician. I do hope that Volodymyr Zelenskyy, remains vigilant of his safety. But there is also a possibility here of an assassination in the United States.

War and Aggression

Aggressive leaders will be tempted to toss all their military force at a situation before sitting down to negotiate. Russia increases its attack on the Ukraine, North Korea displays some nuclear capability, the Iranian authorities execute more citizens, and China rattles the Taiwan cage to distract from its domestic problems.  There is a sense here of the world becoming a more dangerous place until common sense prevails, and tensions gradually reduce again under the energy of the Rabbit. 

Enemies won’t become friends, but a breathing space for the planet emerges.

Health and Healing

Water Rabbit is associated with healing. Scientists will announce a significant medical breakthrough that captures headlines around the world. Coincidentally enough, 60 years ago in the last Water Rabbit year, the drug Valium was launched on the market– the ultimate chill pill for a chill Rabbit.

Health crisis. The shortage of medical staff in hospitals finally becomes too big an issue to sweep under the carpet.

Floods and Weather Extremes

In 2022, under the influence of the Water Tiger, storms and flooding were severe. This influence continues this year but is more likely to be limited to coastal areas. As the Rabbit is associated with luxury and wealth, it is more likely to hit wealthy suburbs and richer countries more seriously than previously before.

Personal Predictions in The Year of The Rabbit

The most important thing to know is that Rabbit years tend to be lucky for the individual, particularly regarding money and finances. It’s no surprise that the first US state lottery came into being in 1963, the last Water Rabbit year.


The Water Rabbit is mainly associated with good fortune when it comes to your:

Finances: Your finances are likely to do better than last year, even if you don’t see how yet.

Home: This rabbit helps you buy a home, build or redecorate.

Family and Love

Family: He helps to heal tension, particularly if you’re worried about kids.

Romance: The Water Rabbit loves love. He brings a flirty influence to those looking for love, so you’ll feel more inclined to go out there this year and find it. He brings wedding proposals to those waiting for one and a happy wedding day to those with set dates.

Fertility: The Rabbit also loves babies, so he boosts fertility, and if you need help convincing your partner that now is the time, the Rabbit will be there smoothing things over in the background.


The rabbit gives a real boost to those working in healing or counseling.  He also boosts careers in property, he loves a nice well managed home. Also he excited by anything to do with the beauty industry, healthy foods, fashion, interior design, weddings, organizing events, music, acting and the entertainment industry.

Royal Family

The Water Rabbit loves events that bring people together; he is a real softy. It’s no wonder that the coronation of King Charles III, the first coronation of a British monarch in 70 years, takes place in the year of the Water Rabbit. 

The Royal family was shaken in 2022 by all of Prince Harry’s public revelations, but there will be a chance for reconciliation later in the year under the influence of the Rabbit, possibly at the time of the coronation.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Horoscopes for 2023

As the Rabbit is associated with luck, I will explain how your animal sign is likely to be lucky this year.

Rabbit in the Year of the Rabbit

Rabbit zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Congratulations Rabbit, 2023 is your year! Your way of thinking rules the planet, whether others like it or not. This year, the people in your life say YES and agree to whatever you propose. So whether you want more from your home life, within your social circle, community or work, you meet far less resistance. This is the ideal year to ask for what you want, and do it.

So put a plan in place of the things you want to do this year. Don’t waste the magic opportunity; doors are ready to open effortlessly. 2023 is a great year to improve your home and body, travel, ask for more money at work or from the people who hold the purse strings to give you what you want.

So don’t hold back. Set your aspirations in motion. Whatever you touch this year turns to gold.

May is lucky when it comes to the home, July for a cash windfall, October for luck in work and November for love. 

Your lucky color this year is red, so wear something red when you need an extra boost.

Rat in The Year of The Rabbit

Rat zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

2023 is Rat’s time for recognition. It could be public recognition or fame for your work. Or perhaps you are recognized for your talent by an existing employer or a new one. 

For some Rats, it may be your family or wider community showing you much more appreciation for what you do.  Everyone you deal with this year, Rat will appreciate what you have to offer them.

You have magnetic energy. BUT, you must show up. That may mean you have to put yourself out there for that promotion, new job, publicity opportunity, grant, prize, or educational course. Please don’t wait for it to come to you.

Also, try to reconnect with friends this year, don’t put them on the long finger or you might lose them.

Looking at Rat’s lunar year ahead. April is associated with being appreciated and even fame. Somebody is saying you are wonderful. July is connected with love.

Your lucky color to wear this year is emerald green.

The Ox in The Year of The Rabbit

Ox zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Ox’s finances, and your career, do really well this year. Interestingly, this is achieved by you thinking more and doing less. So think about your job, business or hobbies, and focus more of your time on the sexy bits that get you noticed. In other words, don’t be the one who carries all the responsibilities unnoticed.

If you need more money, you’ll find a job that pays you more, and treats you better because they appreciate what you can do. Some of you may also be upskilling, getting new qualifications or a license. 2023 is also a good year to learn about investing your money and how to make it work harder for you.

May and September will bring some movement in love this year. October is most likely to throw up changes in the workplace, or you move jobs. 

Your lucky color to wear in 2023 is yellow.

The Tiger in the Year of the Rabbit

Tiger zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Tigers are stepping down from the Throne and handing over to the Rabbit. Your best success comes later in 2023, but only because of the seeds you plant in the first few months of the year. So you must start working towards your goals, whether saving money, education, building a side project, or something personal like health goals.

As long as you plant the seeds, you can look forward to spectacular success later in the year. Just a little warning, if you don’t do this – if you stay in a rut without movement – the Universe will intercede to move you on, perhaps more abruptly than you’d like.

September, October and November are associated with success generally for you. It could be to do with property, moving location, a new career or work opportunity, or some element of your life taking off.

Your lucky color to wear this year is blue.

The Dragon in the Year of the Rabbit

Dragon zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

As you are coming to the end of a big cycle, Dragons, this year is mainly about letting go. Letting go of whatever or whoever is no longer working in your life. Any work you do now, prepares you for taking on the zodiac crown in 2024, when we move into the Year of the Dragon. 

This year, use your time to complete any lingering work or personal projects. Feel a sense of accomplishment in seeing things through. All this action will help your confidence and optimism grow.

Your luckiest month for work and personal projects coming to fruition is April.

May is lucky for cash windfalls.

July, someone from your past reconnects. 

November is associated with public recognition and even fame for a few of you.

Your lucky color to wear this year is red.

The Snake in the Year of the Rabbit

Snake zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

You should have a big smile on your face Snake, because this will be a great year. Ideally, you are focused on your plans and not distracted by what’s happening around you or the wider world. 2023 will not be a hugely social year; it’s more a year for personal achievement.

The people you connect with are likely to be activity-based; you work together or share a common interest. These are the special relationships to focus on and develop. 

This year will generally go smoothly for you. Wherever you focus your attention, the Universe will respond with great enthusiasm. As I said, you’re going to do a lot of smiling.

Spiritually inclined snakes will download some brilliant ideas this year and even discover hidden talents you had no idea you had.

March is your luckiest month in love, so spend time with a current love, or find new love.

May there be some happy news in the family that a new home, pet, baby, or child does well.

July is your psychic month; make a note in your diary to pay attention to any ideas you get in July.

Your lucky color to wear this year is black.

The Horse in the Year of the Rabbit

Horse zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Your luck arrives this year Horse, through other people. So, someone introduces you to a love interest or job or tells you about an idea to boost a business or hobby. Additionally, you may find a mentor or someone to help you take that next big leap forward in your life.

Your task this year, my stallion, is to widen your circle, go out and meet as many people as you can. While you’ll meet many people who aren’t much used to you, you will find an odd gem who will impact your life for years to come.

Also, I see you traveling more this year, even if you don’t have plans yet. You’re roaming free in open spaces, in nature – like the horse you are; it’s your natural habit. Some of you are even moving to your ideal location.

This year, anything can happen at any time. Be prepared every month for anything to happen. April, however is auspicious.

Your lucky color to wear this year is electric blue.

The Goat in the Year of the Rabbit

Goat zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Goats can look forward to more peace this year because you are going with the flow and listening to your intuition. What you FEEL like doing in 2023, is what you should be doing. Lots of opportunities will appear as long as you get out of the house. You must become more involved with work, personal activities or community projects.

Expand your circle. People will introduce the opportunities to you rather than you finding them. If you’re looking for love, it will likely come through social connections this year, and your true love is probably just living around the corner. Who would have known!

May is your biggest month for opportunities this year – particularly regarding money, career and relationships. 

Your lucky color to wear this year is sky blue.

The Monkey in the Year of the Rabbit

Monkey zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Your secret to success this year, my mischievous monkey, is to use your wonderful humor, even in the most serious of situations. Life is too important to be taken seriously; let that Oscar Wilde quote be your inspiration this year. 

You are one of the most charming and easy-going of the Chinese animal signs, and your personality is your secret weapon. Use your natural talent this year to attract people to you, whether it’s an existing relationship or a new one yet to emerge.

Whether it’s at work or activities, you’re involved with outside the home. Your task is to bring fun, motivation and positive energy to whatever you do, your personal life, health regimen, or career. The results of your efforts will answer your prayers.

December 2023 delivers your most significant opportunity for success this year.

Your lucky color to wear in 2023 is electric blue.

The Rooster in the Year of the Rabbit

Rooster zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Your luck this year Rooster comes from working hard and getting your to-do list done.  Your energy is in opposition to the Rabbit, which means you have to make that extra effort this year to get what you want. If you’re looking for advancement in your career, people may not come back to you that quickly, but don’t be put off.

In love, you might have to be the one to make more of the effort, don’t worry if that’s the case, it’s just timing. If you’re looking for love, it might feel like you’re getting nowhere, but don’t give up.

Whatever you want to do this year Rooster, make sure you really want it, because it will require persistence. That said, if you know what you want, and you’re prepared to stick to your guns until you get it, then this is the year you’ll have some major breakthroughs.

December 2023 delivers your biggest opportunity for success this year, as long as you don’t get distracted or give up.

Your lucky color to wear in 2023 is gold.

The Dog in the Year of the Rabbit

Dog zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

2023 promises great fun, which is a big change for the more serious Dog. The Universe will send you many opportunities to get what you want this year. If you want a new job, house, partner, friend, interest, or better health … you’ll have choices.

If the first thing doesn’t work out, another opportunity arrives hot on its heels. 2023 is not a year to stress but to remain in that light, fun energy.

See your experiences this year as just that, experiences and not situations that you have to “get right”. Tackle 2023 with a sense of adventure and throw yourself at everything that comes along because, eventually, something will stick.

July and August are associated with travel or moving location.

October, you meet someone you used to know. A blast from the past.

Your lucky color to wear this year is red.

The Pig in the Year of the Rabbit

Pig zodiac sign in the year of the Rabbit, 2023.

Rabbit years are very harmonious with pigs. 2023 is a particularly psychic year, and as Pigs are so intuitive, you will naturally find yourself landing in the right place at the right time. Your intuition will be your shortcut to success, so do what you feel like doing and act on thoughts that come out of the blue.

Luck comes this year by using psychic tools, like Tarot, and astrology, or by working in healing or having healing therapies performed on you. Doing so, will clear your energy and make you a perfect channel for manifestation. You can manifest anything under this energy.

This year, some pigs will have second thoughts about an important part of their life- your job, relationship, house – change is inevitable there. Go with the flow and follow your gut. The Universe will take care of the bigger plan for you.

July is particularly lucky for work this year. And March is interesting for love.

Your lucky color to wear this year is pink, even worn as underwear or jewelry.

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