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2023 The Year of the Rabbit Forecast

Released: November 17, 2022


The Chinese calendar, commonly known as the Farmers’ Calendar, or the Hsia Calendar, is a fascinatingly accurate system, which not only records the passage of time, but is also a tool for fortune-telling. The famous traditional fortune-telling system – The Four Pillars of Destiny – is exactly referring to reading a person’s destiny from his birth data as presented in the Hsia calendar format.  The unique feature of such calendar is that all information about time – year, month, day and hour are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. The relationship between the five elements accurately helps one predict what is to come by way of one’s fortunes and thus, one can by using this knowledge, multiply the good luck or minimize the bad luck in one’s life.



The Year of the Rabbit, 2023, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two Chinese characters – with Yin Water sitting on top of Rabbit which is Wood element.  So it is a water year with Earthly branch wood being supported by Heavenly stem water on top.  According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, if the two elements are in the birth cycle and have supportive relationship, then the year will have more harmony. This happened in the previous year of 2018 earth over earth.  In 2018, the U.S.A. made peace with North Korea.  But in  2019 when the elements are Earth conquers Water,  the two elements are in destructive cycle, then the peace talk between U.S.A and North Korea broke down, and there is intensified hostility between U.S.A and Iran. The previous 2 years 2020 2021 metal sitting on water rat and metal sitting on earth Ox, even though both years elements are on birth cycle, there were  relatively more tension between East West relationship as the nature of metal elements are related to weapon and war.  2022 is water over wood, same as 2023, but it was not peaceful with war between Russia and Ukraine, this is because of the nature of Yang Water Tiger are aggressive elements.


  The 2023 water wood elements configuration in supportive cycle will help to resolve  conflict and bring more harmony in international relationship. The main difference between 2022 and 2023 is that Yin water is by nature the “morning dew” and the Rabbit is by nature a flower. It is a picture of the small drop of water appears on the petal of a flower in the early morning, so it is more moderate and peaceful. And we can expect the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will end bringing more peaceful atmosphere and there is less tension between East and West. However, it does not mean conflict and war will totally disappear. Only that the fight may turn underground and secretive.  As such there will be assassinations, coup d’etat, protests and terrorist activities. The most famous assassination in history is the murder of President John Kennedy 60 years ago in 1963 which is also year of Yin water Rabbit.  


Yin water is the most moderate and humble kind out of the 5 elements system.

  A person born on a Yin Water day often appears to be polite, patient, humble and tolerant, accommodating but very intelligent.  they are moderate on the outside but persistent and full of will power and strength inside.     They normally behave friendly and easy going, however, water is by nature powerful and intelligent element, so yin water people are often clever and possess strong enthusiasm, devotion and will power and can take dedicated actions to meet targets and accomplish their goals.  Usually they can listen and accommodate other’s opinion as they do not like to argue or quarrel. However, instead of open fighting, they prefer pursue their agenda in secret. Hence yin water people are often secretive but will surprise you with significant accomplishment.


 A typical example of famous yin water person is Prince Charles. His image quite well fit in with the yin water quality of being polite, humble and patient. He did not make much noise in the international scene but he is intelligent and very active in environmental protection.  Other famous examples of yin water include the great novelist Stephen King, The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the famous war strategist in Chinese history Zhuge Liang, General Cheung Fai of the Three Kingdoms, John Lee the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and Johnny Depp…….


  With the apparent moderate character of yin water, there is less war and open fighting like what happened in 2022, but there will still be protests and tension in the under current and there will be assassination, coup d’etat,  and terrorist activities.    The Chinese calendar is on 60 years cycle which means we have the same yin water Rabbit year 60 years ago in 1963.   It was the year when the danger of developing nuclear weapons was recognized and in August 1963, the USA, UK and Soviet Union signed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  


 In USA, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in August during a massive march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  However, the political situation in South Vietnam is worsening, with Buddhist monk committed self -immolation to protest against the Ngo Dinh Diem government, this event eventually led to a coup in November resulted in assassination of the South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem, and another coup occurred in Jan 1964.  There was also coup in Honduras in October and in Dominican Republic in September.


Of course the most significant political event in 1963 is the assassination of President John F. Kenndey on 22/11/1963  in Dallas, Texas.   And the murder suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was also assassinated two days later by Jack Ruby.                 


   The Rabbit  is pure spring wood element. It is described as a leaf or flower so it is not able to generate much fire like the Tiger wood, as such the year 2023 is pure water and wood and there is total absence of fire element like the previous years 2020 and 2021.  As fire is symbol of happiness and positive energy in Chinese 5 element system, fire element is necessary to stimulate economic activities.  When fire is totally absent,  there will be less confidence and less drive for investment activities.  These may lead to pessimism in the economy and set back in the stock market.   The economic recovery which we experienced in 2022 may slow down. Such absence of fire will continue into 2024.  As real fire element will not return before 2025 year of Snake, it will not be surprising that a more significant setback in stock market may appear in the autumn and winter season of 2023.  The real economic recovery can only arrive by 2025 year of wood snake.       


Yin Water symbolize humble, moderate drop of water. It is also representing intelligence, flexibility, accommodating, and considerate thinking.    As such, it is associate with clever compromising solution to difference and innovative, creative ideas.       A typical yin water person is Zhuge Liang of the Three Kingdoms born in 181 AD.  He is considered to be the most intelligent war strategist who won the battle of the Red Cliff with very innovative plots.       

Other famous yin water celebrities Include Prince Charles, Stephen King, Johnny Depp, Cheung Fai, Gigi Yim, John Lee…..


  The Rabbit is considered a “Peach Blossom” or “Flower or Romance” which will stimulate entertainment, art, beauty and other romantic business.  Yin water sitting on Rabbit is also “nobleman and academic star”. This means all babies born in 2023 will have support of nobleman in year pillar and also possess intellectual and innovative quality.  Year pillar represents senior people and ancestral influence. Such quality with both nobleman and academic star is not so common as there are only two years out of 60 year cycle – yin fire rooster and yin water rabbit years will have such unique stars.  Take for example – Jet Li was born in 1963 Yin water rabbit year so he possessed nobleman and academic star in the year pillar.  Therefore, since childhood he got intensive coaching and became national champion of martial arts and later on he is international big Kung Fu Star. Prince Charles was born on the date of Yin water Rabbit which also gives him intellectual quality and nobleman. So 2023 is good year for baby birth as the next chance will be 2077 the next yin fire Rooster year.


Peach Blossom will bring sex and romance, particularly for people born in year of Tiger, Horse, Dog or born on day of Tiger, Horse, Dog. It will stimulate activities such as entertainment, movie, singing, art, beauty.  With Rabbit also an Academic star, there will also be booming of cultural developments.  Back in 1963, it was the year when pop culture started to flourish with Beatlemania. Their first album “Please Please Me” was released in the UK in March 1963 with big hit “I want to hold your hand” released in the USA in December.  Bob Dylan also released his most famous song “Blowing in the Wind” in May. It is also the year the expensive movie Cleopatra was shown in June, and “Lawrence of Arabia” won best picture in the 35th Academy Awards..   


However, “Peach blossom” year is also known to bring sex scandals. Particularly the Rabbit and the Rat – both are “Flowers of Romance”, are in penalty relationship, which means trouble and scandals related to romance.


Air travel is a business of the fire element. As fire is totally absent in 2023, this may be a factor contributing to air traffic disasters. Back in 1963, there were plenty of serious air crashes. On 12/2 a Northwest Airlines Flight 705 crashed in Florida killing 43 people. On 8/11 Finnair aircraft crashed in Aland airport before landing. Trans Canada air Lines Flight 831 crashed near Montreal killing 118 people. On 8/12 a lightning strike caused crash of Pan Am flight 214 in Maryland, USA, killing 81 people.


 As it is water and wood year, the earth element becomes relatively weak. So there can be more earth disasters.  Looking back in history, there are also  serious earth disasters back in 1963.   Just pick some significant examples from the previous water rabbit year 60 years ago in 1963 on 21/2 there is 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Northern Libya with over 300 deaths and 500 injuries. In March, there was volcanic eruption in Bali killed 1500 people. In July an earthquake in Yugoslavia killed 1800 people. On 9/10 over 2000 people died in a landslide disaster in North Italy.  A coal mine explosion occurred in Japan killed 458 people on 9/11. –.  


In the system of Four Pillars of Destiny, the Rabbit is in clash against the Rooster and in penalty relationship with the Rat.  The clash is between small metal and small wood, as if a metal dagger cuts into the bones.  As such, for people who are having rooster in their Four Pillars, it is easier to suffer from injury to the small bones particularly in the limbs. The Rabbit is yin wood which also symbolize our neck and back bones. So when there is clash between Rooster and Rabbit, it is easy to suffer from back bone and neck problems. There had been many examples indicating such clash will cause breaking back accidents. Take for example, the famous Hong Kong rock singer Wong Ka Kui died in 1993 because of clash between his Rabbit and the Rooster year causing injury to his back bone. In the same year, Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee also died of back bone injury during a movie shooting session when he was accidentally shot by a bullet.  When the Rabbit encounters Rat, it creates a bad configuration called Two Penalty, which will bring sex scandals, sickness such as rheumatism and sexual disease.


As there is total absence of fire element this year, and the yin water will clash against yin fire, we also have to be careful about sickness related to the heart and the brain or nerve system. Yin fire represents the heart, the brain, the eyes.  So when yin water come to clash against yin fire, if yin fire is your important element, it may cause heart attack, stroke or sickness related to eye sight.  The former Soviet leader Boris Yeltsin is weak yin fire person, so he suffered from heart disease and died of heart problem. Hilary Clinton was born in 1947 year of yin fire, in 2013 year pf yin water snake, her yin fire year was under clash against the yin water year, this caused problem of blood clotting in her brain and she had to resign from position of secretary of state.  Bruce Lee died in yin water ox year 1973, the post mortem report showed he has water in his brain and he has yin fire in the month pillar clashed against yin water. This configuration confirmed his brain – yin fire was under attack by yin water in 1973.  Another example is the racing car champion James Hunt, he died of heart attack. Like Hilary Clinton, he was born in 1947 yin fire year and he died in 1973 when yin water year showed up to attack his yin fire….


So in 2023, people who have yin fire or rooster in their chart have to be more careful. Both President Joe Biden and Chairman Xi Jinping were born on Yin fire day so both are under clash against Yin water in 2023.  Joe Biden is weak Yin fire so the clash could be more damaging to his health. But Xi Jinping is strong fire person, so the attack of yin water may not be serious.  Famous Rooster people under clash against the Rabbit are the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam, and the current Chief Executive of Hong Kong John Lee. To minimize such clash, the traditional cure is to carry pendant of a Dog. As the dog is good friend of the Rabbit and carrying the dog will attract away the clash aspect.    


In 2023, some celebrities have Rooster either in the year or on the day and in clash against the Rabbit year. Such clash will often bring changes and turbulence or even injuries and accidents.   Examples are Eric Clapton, Meghan Markle, Emperor Akihito, Serena Williams, Paris Hilton, Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump, Fang Bing Bing, Britney Spears….they are born in year of Rooster . Others like Jodie Foster, Princess Camilla, Matt Damon, Mick Jagger, Jamie Oliver, Kevin Spacey…they are born on a Rooster day. The clash between Rabbit year and Rooster day are equally serious as the day animal is called “House of Spouse” and such clash will cause trouble in relationship area.  Such people should carry pendant of Dog and should refrain from vigorous sports or risky business during 2023.


In the five elements system, fire is happiness and optimism which prevailed in the previous years of fire from 2013 to 2017.   However when the year of Dog 2018 arrived, the fire enters the grave hence it brings pessimism and  caused setback in the economic atmosphere.  The Pig year 2019 represents the termination of fire element and the return of water element which symbolizes fear.  Hence the world economy is very much affected by the Trade war talks between USA and China which generated a lot of uncertainty for investors.  Coming to the year of the Rat 2020, it is the most powerful water element and fire is totally absent.   Such fearful water element brought the global disaster of COVID-19 which cast the dark shadow of fear all over the world.  2021 the year of metal ox continue to be under strong water influence and the atmosphere was dull, cold and grey.   The Tiger year  2022 brought  the wood which is the seed of fire.  Hence some positive optimism returned and there had been some  recovery to the economy with international travelling and entertainment resumed in many countries  after 2 gloomy years. However, the fire element is still not apparent so this is not a genuine permanent recovery.  By August when autumn season arrives, the fire and wood elements are getting weak and the economy experience setback again.  2023 water Rabbit year is pure wood and water and the fire element is totally absent.  So the sign of  economic recovery appearing in mid 2022 cannot sustain and growth will slow down towards second half of 2023.  It will not be surprising that the over all economic atmosphere and the stock market will become gloomy and bearish again in the autumn season. The real recovery with powerful fire element will only return by the year of Snake in 2025.  


In Traditional Chinese medicine,  wood element represents the liver. It is also responsible for growth and activities and motion of our limbs.  So there is tendency for people to be more keen to move around and do exercise and sports.  The water element on top is related to kidney, Urinary system and sex organs.  However, such water sitting on wood is weak, so it is still necessary to take supplements such as Omega 3 oil to support the water aspects. Both water and wood  are against earth, which is our stomach and digestion system, and the clash between yin water and yin fire is sign of heart attack and stroke.  So it is also good to take fire supplements such as COQ10 to support earth, fire to improve on blood circulation and body energy,  and take more anti oxidants to regulate our earth element which also refers to our cells.


Yin water attacks yin fire which is the brain and nerve system. This will bring more hyper tension and mental disorder which may also mean ghosts and psychic killings.


As fire element -r representing blood circulation and energy is often associate with gaining weight, the absence of fire element in 2023 also provides a good chance to lose weight, and there will more popularity in healthy diet. Back in 1963 Coca Cola also introduced its first diet drink in May.


Yin water sitting on Rabbit is described as Academic star in the system of Four Pillars of Destiny.  Academic star is symbol of intelligence and intellectual ability.  People who possess such star in their birth chart may not get high grades at school but they are keen to explore and absorb knowledge of their interest, hence they will be successful in the field where they enjoyed and find interest.  Such people include Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Stephen King…….So all babies born in 2023 automatically possesses academic star Rabbit in their birth year.  This is particularly beneficial quality in the modern world when high tech business base on knowledge is of paramount importance.


The water Rabbit year, with water producing wood, also symbolize creativity and growth, which injects a lot of creative activities in art.  The Rabbit Academic star not only supports culture, art and science. It is also of quality of “Peach Blossom” and “nobleman” and will stimulate entertainment and restaurant businesses.  I have found many celebrity cooks such as Jamie Oliver, Maria Cordero also possess academic star, as cooking is also an intellectual art.  Looking back at 1963, it is the year when pop culture became very active with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan  gained tremendous popularity and made revolutionary change to pop music.   


 People who are born in the year of  Rabbit are offending the year,  People born in year of Rooster is in clash against the year.  They usually have more movements and travelling in 2023, it is ok to take such chance to make necessary changes such as moving house, moving office, or changing job or taking trips.  However they should take extra care and refrain from risky sports such as driving fast cars, driving airplane, skin diving, parachuting etc.   It is recommended that they carry the pendant of a Dog which will help to attract away the Rabbit, so as to minimize the negative influence of the clash.  For people born in year of the Rooster, it is good to minimize travelling direct towards the east direction as it is the direction of the Grand Duke in 2023.


The water wood element of 2023 is expected to bring prosperity to metal industries and earth industries; this is because metal conquers wood, so the wood element is a symbol of money to the metal industry, which includes banking, high tech, car, machinery, engineering, beauty and skin care…..    The second best industries could be earth, as earth conquers water  so the water means money to the earth industry.  Earth industries are property, mining, insurance, computer software…. Water industry sees wood as  productivity, so water industries will also benefited from the growth and movement nature of wood.  Water industries are communication, transport and shipping.  Wood industry is facing serious competition, wood industries are textile, media, paper, magazine.  Fire industry is not making money in Tiger year as there is total absence of metal which is their money. .   


In summary, the industries that will perform better in the year of the Tiger will be industries related to Metal element and Earth element.  Metal industries are banking, machinery, engineering, car , beauty and skin care….. Earth industries are property, insurance mining, high tech….The other industries of fire, wood are into not so prosperous year in 2023.


With the arrival of “Age of 9” in 2024, there are more attention on the development of metaverse business which includes cryptocurrency and NFT…such activities are of speculative nature and the market behavior is similar to the stock market. As such, its price level also fluctuates with confidence like the stock market.  Therefore, fire element is essential for its prosperity.  As fire is totally absent in 2023, the enthusiasm to invest in metaverse business and cryptocurrency may be cooling down towards second half of 2023 like the stock market.


In general, the Yin Water Rabbit year, with yin water  on top and wood Rabbit below, is symbol of creativity and growth but also calming down  and the atmosphere will be cooling and cautious,  recovery from the dormant atmosphere of 2020 and 2021 will be slow.  However, as the impact of COVID-19 pandemic brought about by the massive water elements of 2020 and 2021 are receding and world is turning back to normal life,  there will be more joyful sentiments bringing back entertainment and travelling, wedding celebration, musical concerts, business and cultural events….etc.  There are still international tension and social unrest as people are in liberal mood and more desire to make changes.  But overall the world is comparatively more peaceful with less open war and more chance for negotiation and compromise.


 As the yin water clashes against yin fire, this may stimulate fire disasters. In 1963 there had been big forest fire in Brazil broke out in August destroyed almost 5 million acres of forest and 110 people died in the fire.  In October, there was gas explosion accident in Indiana killed 81 people. And there was fire accident in an Ohio Nursing Home kill 63 elderly people.


The Rabbit year is Nobleman year for people born in water year or water day. These are years ending with 2 and 3. Such as 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992 and 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993….etc. Nobleman means angel coming from Heaven to provide rescue and support and such Nobleman often bring solution to troubles and making the year more comfortable and smooth. People who are having Nobleman in 2023 can take the chance to make progress and develop new projects and make good friends and partnership.     


The animal sign which is most unfavorable is the Rooster which is in direct clash against the Rabbit. Such clashes will usually bring about turbulence, movements, accident or changes...  People born in the year of the Rooster will anticipate more travelling, or movement sch as changing job or moving house.  It is necessary to carry the pendant of a Dog as protection to attract the Rabbit away.  For people who are under clash with the year, it is ok to travel more, making changes such as moving house, or change job.


However, for people born in the year of the Rooster,  it is recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is East direction. . The other animal’s signs facing unfavorable positions is the Rabbit which is offending the Grand Duke. It is also good to carry pendant of  Dog to reduce any negative influence.  Another negative aspect is  the Two  penalty between  the Rabbit and the Rat.  This penalty aspect  will affect people who have Rat in their Four Pillars.     Penalties will usually bring disharmony, irritation, worries and frustrations, as well as sickness related to water and wood element, which can be kidney, diabetes, problem of urinary organs, sexual organs, small bones, fingers and toes etc.  As both Rat and Rabbit are Peach Blossom the penalty may also bring sex scandal.  It is also good to carry pendant of Dog as protection to minimize the negative effect.


The animals combining with the Rabbit year is the Dog, the Pig. The Goat. These animals are into a year of harmony. However, such animal astrology is not totally reliable as the system is not recognized as a formal type of fortune-telling. For more reliable assessment of one’s fortune in the year of the Rabbit, it is recommended that one checks the full Four Pillars of Destiny, which requires full birth data information of the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth.  As the animal signs can appear in all four pillars in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Rabbit will not only cause impact on people born in the year of  Rabbit and Rooster. Such clash and penalties can also impact anyone who has such animals in the birth month, or day or hour.


Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Rabbit and offending the Grand Duke t in 2023 are Tiger Woods, Jamie Oliver, Jeff Bezos, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, Keung To, Jet li and Sarah Lee….etc.     There are people born in the year of  Rooster so they are in clash against the Rabbit year, these people include Eric Clapton, Meghan Markle, Emperor Akihito, Serena Williams, Paris Hilton, Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump, Fang Bing Bing, Britney Spears……..There are people not born in year of Rooster but they are born in a day of Rooster,   they will also face a challenging year especially in relationship aspect.  Some examples of these people are Xi Jinping, Princess Camilla, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Mick Jagger, Jamie Oliver….. The clash against the Day Pillar will usually cause movement or conflict in the family or human relationship area, especially in the relationship with the spouse or opposite sex.  


People who have yin fire in their birth year or day will be under clash against the yin water in 2023. These may cause problem with heart, eye sight or brain. Example of famous people with Yin Fire are Stephen King, Princess Camilla and Robert Plant…


Feng Shui energies also change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to watch out for the re-allocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to arrive at important locations of our residence or offices. In the year of the Rabbit, the bad energy called “Five Yellow” – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the Northwest. It is recommended that one hangs a metal wind chime in the Northwest of the house to dissolve this bad energy. The worst months will be in June, August and September 2023.      Another bad star number 2, symbolizing sickness, will arrive in the East in 2023. The traditional method to dissolve this 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the East of the house.  The Grand Duke this year is in the East, hence it is not favorable to “move earth” or make substantial construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended for one to sit with back against West  as you will be sitting against the unfavorable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”.  The west  is  the “Crash position” against the Grand Duke which is also not good to sit.   The bad star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the southeast. It is necessary to put a piece of red paper in this position to minimize such bad influence. Also the bad star 7, representing scandals is in the northeast, the traditional solution for this bad star 7 is to place 3 piece of bamboo plant grown in clear glass vase of water in the Northeast  location.


The year 2023 could be significant year as there are ancient prophecy predicting there will be big changes in China when the “Black Rabbit enters Green Dragon’s Den”. This is written in the mystery prophecy book of the Tang Dynasty – “Pushing Back Pictures”.  And 2023 is Water Rabbit year which is the “Black Rabbit” as water is black color. 2024 is wood dragon year which is the Green Dragon.  So some significant event will happen in China between 2023 and 2024.   Also ancient Chinese scholars believe in the saying of “Red Goat disaster” – years of Fire Horse and Fire Goat  bringing disaster and turbulence.  The Red Horse year and Red Goat year will be fire horse and  fire goat years 2026 and 2027.  Back in the year 1126 a year of Red Horse, the Sung Dynasty was invaded by Jin and the Sung Emperors were captured and held hostage by barbarians. Also 1966 the year of Red Horse was the beginning of Cultural Revolution…. Also in feng shui, 2023 is the last year of “Age of 8” and from 2024 Feb. 4, the world will enter a new 20 year period called “Age of 9”.  This is big energy shift bringing considerable change in prosperous locations and social economic and cultural tendencies.

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