The annual Lunar New Year festival starts on Jan. 22 in 2023 — which means that it’s time to check in with your Chinese zodiac to learn what the Year of the Rabbit may hold for you.
How does the Chinese zodiac work?
Chinese astrology is a complex, traditional practice with thousands of years of history. Briefly, the Chinese zodiac is a complex, traditional classification system that centres on the Chinese calendar.
Though the Chinese and Western zodiacs have many differences, similar to the 12 signs that you may be familiar with in Western astrology (think: Leo, Gemini, Scorpio, etc.), the Chinese zodiac also follows a 12-sign cycle. However, unlike Western astrological signs, the signs in the Chinese zodiac are represented by animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
The animal signs follow a specific order — while there are many variations of the story behind the order, one commonly followed legend, as Travel China Guide outlines, involves the Jade Emperor ordering the animals to race to determine their order in the calendar.
Five elements — Earth, Water, Fire, Wood and Metal — are also mapped onto the lunar calendar. 2023, for example, is the Year of the Water Rabbit.
If you’re following traditional Chinese astrology, every year is paired with a representative animal — so your Chinese zodiac sign is based on the year that you’re born within the lunar calendar. Traditional Chinese astrology suggests that your Chinese zodiac sign may reveal certain personality traits and characteristics.
The Chinese zodiac can help provide you with insights into what the life force (or chi) of each new lunar year will be, and how that chi will interact with your specific animal sign. This is why many people look to the Chinese zodiac for insights into what to look for in the year to come — including what we may want to focus on or avoid in our life.
When is Lunar New Year 2023?
If your only experience with celebrating the New Year is with the Western New Year, you may be wondering why we’re thinking about a “new year” after Jan.1. However, in the lunar calendar, the date of the New Year changes every year to coincide with the day of the first new moon in the lunar calendar year.
In 2023, Jan 22. will kick off the Lunar New Year and the annual festival, which lasts around 15 days and is celebrated by many Asian countries (Chinese New Year, for example, refers to China’s Lunar New Year festival).
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With this in mind, let’s look at the new year to come: the Year of the Water Rabbit — which people around the world and in Canada celebrate with the hope that it will bring peaceful energy and prosperity. Since we’re not experts, we turned to the insights shared on TheChineseZodiac.Org as our guide for predictions we can look forward to (and watch out for) in the Year of the Rabbit. For more detailed insights, you can also visit TheChineseZodiac.Org.
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Rat: Ambitious and determined
You’re a Rat if you were born in: 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
As we mentioned earlier, the animals in the Chinese zodiac follow a specific order, and the Rat comes first because it is said to have won the race in traditional legend — which reflects Rats’ penchant for creativity, determination and intelligence.
As TheChineseZodiac.Org explains, the Year of the Rabbit 2023 is likely to be a lucky one for those born under the sign of the Rat.
When it comes to finances and ambition, the Year of the Water Rabbit is linked to prosperity and abundance in general. This is good news for Rats who are already hard-working and resourceful, and who will be well-suited to finding solutions should crisis or challenges present themselves.
Rats aren’t all about ambition though: they love love, too. If you’re a rat looking for love, you may find the most success with your most compatible signs — the Dragon and the Monkey. Partnered Rats can lean into their relationships and enjoy the affection that comes from your loved one. If you’re a single Rat, passion is the name of the game this year, but be patient: you may just meet your passion match later in the year.
Ox: Hard-working and stubborn
You’re an Ox if you were born in: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
If you were born under the sign of the Ox, we’ve got good news — and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news: according to TheChineseZodiac.Org, the Year of the Water Rabbit will, unfortunately, likely bring some adversity and challenges your way. Luckily, however, you’re an Ox, which means that you’re tough, determined and able to overcome whatever comes your way (and, you’ve already been patiently planting seeds in your professional life, which will grow this year). The key this year is to stay focused on your goals, let your friends support you when you need it and be careful “Ox should not let their guard down,” TheChineseZodiac.Org notes.
When it comes to your bank account, there’s a good chance that things will likely stay relatively stable this year (though if you do find yourself with unexpected extra income, you’d be wise to save it) — though with your career you may see some serious growth and opportunities for advancement. When opportunities to grow your career come your way, just be your hard-working Ox self, and you’ll rise to the top of the ladder. If you’re an Ox either starting your career or at a crossroads, the time to show what you can do may present itself this year.
As for your love life, Ox? This year, it’s time to commit, speak your mind and ask for what you want (perhaps most especially if you have a Rooster in your life, as that sign is compatible with the Ox).
Tiger: Confident and brave
You’re a Tiger if you were born in: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
In the Year of the Rabbit, Tigers will have the opportunity to embrace — nay, fight for — lots of personal growth, predicts TheChineseZodiac.Org.
Tigers are known for being risk-takers, and 2023 may be the time to put that bold spirit to use in their careers. While it’s important for Tigers to maintain a peaceful relationship with their leaders at work (AKA maybe avoid quiet quitting or loudly complaining, if possible), it’s also a great time to look for opportunities to advance and show off what they can do (and to get rewarded for those efforts with the right financial compensation at work).
It looks like romance is in the cards for Tigers, but romantic relationships may change and shift this year. The Rabbit can offer balance to Tigers, helping to keep their impulsive nature in check when it comes to relationships. Still, TheChineseZodiac.Org predicts that single Tigers will see lots of new love opportunities arise this year (though it may be wise for them to hold off on making big commitments to these new relationships in the first half of the year).
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Rabbit: Kind and artistic
You’re a Rabbit if you were born in: 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Rabbits, this is literally your year — which means people born in the Year of the Rabbit (we see you Blake Lively, Elliot Page and Hilary Duff) can expect abundance, luck and prosperity in their near future. According to Chinese horoscope predictions for Rabbits via TheChineseZodiac.Org, this lunar year Rabbits will be met with chances to reach the next level in all areas of their lives.
When it comes to work, it’s looking like a busy year for Rabbits, but they’re up for the challenge and the rewards they can bring — so try not to stress. Self-employed Rabbits can see a boost in career success this year, too — as long as they stay focused (it could be a good time to take extra courses or upgrade career skills).
Rabbits should do their best to exercise and stay healthy this year, but it may not be the best time to take fitness to any extremes (AKA, don’t take unnecessary risks and stay away from potentially dangerous athletic endeavors).
As for love, the start of the year is all about staying in the present for Rabbits. It’s predicted that things will heat up in the second quarter of the year (you may see a boost in your own charisma, TheChineseZodiac.Org predicts), while the third quarter may bring a desire to change things up. Towards the end of the Year of the Rabbit, wise Rabbits will be patient and realistic with loved ones (though single Rabbits may want to think hard before making big romantic commitments at this time.
Dragon: Outspoken and intelligent
You’re a Dragon if you were born in: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
People born under the sign of the Dragon already know that they’re special — after all, the dragon is the only mythical creature that’s an animal sign in the Chinese zodiac — and this year will see energetic Dragons enjoying joy, abundance and success that’s befitting of their larger-than-life animal.
While the Year of the Rabbit will bring success for many Dragons, it is important to stay positive and maintain a cool head and sense of balance — getting cocky and losing your focus and vision for the year won’t help you achieve all that you want.
Speaking of pleasure, this year holds many opportunities for Dragons to really fly when it comes to their love lives (overall, it’s predicted to be a fulfilling year for love and attraction for Dragons, according to TheChineseZodiac.Org). To make the most of their romantic relationships, Dragons will be wise to consciously communicate their feelings and needs early in the year. Single Dragons will see romantic opportunities in the spring. By May, committed Dragons may see themselves facing crossroads that require decisions.
In terms of professional and career success, it’s predicted that Dragons will be presented with opportunities, but that doesn’t mean it will all fall in their laps — being proactive and working hard, as intelligent Dragons are wont to do, is essential. If they play their cards right, Dragons may just see support from those above them at work later in the year (maybe in the form of a promotion or new work opportunity).
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Snake: Clever and curious
You’re a Snake if you were born in: 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
After a challenging 2022, things are looking up for Snakes in the Year of the Rabbit. Clever, curious snakes are ready to take advantage of the good things that come their way this year (think: career boosts, romance and social opportunities). Like Rabbits, this year is primed to be one of major personal growth for Snakes — provided they’re willing to slither outside their comfort zone.
If they’re willing to do the work, Snakes will be super busy and motivated this year. While challenges and push-back are inevitable, clever Snakes will see that those circumstances are actually opportunities to showcase their skills and advance. Aside from professional growth, Snakes may also find new passions and pursuits to follow this year. Perhaps it’s time to look into that side hustle?
As for love and relationships, this is predicted to be a year of expansion for Snakes. Single Snakes should keep an eye out for a new chance at love in the early months of the year (we said it’s predicted to be an exciting year, didn’t we?). And, whether you’re single or attached, all Snakes should be conscious about nurturing their non-romantic relationships with family and friends this year — encourage the ones you love to change for the better alongside you.
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Horse: Enthusiastic and independent
You’re a Horse if you were born in: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Just like last year, it’s predicted that the Year of the Rabbit will be filled with happiness and prosperity for those born under the sign of the Horse — lucky Horses! The Chinese horoscope, according to TheChineseZodiac.Org, sees good news coming in many areas for Horses this year, especially when it comes to relationships.
Romantically, this year holds plenty of promise. From sweet moments and heart-fluttering flirtations early in the year to deeper long-term relationships, it’s a good time for Horses to dive into romance (or to make meaningful commitments). While the summer may present some hiccups (jealousy won’t do you any favours), staying cool and balanced should see any social disputes resolved by August.
Professionally, now is the time for Horses to make their goals and ambitions clear to those around them. This will make it easier for bosses and colleagues to know when to present you with the opportunities for career advancement that you want. Similarly, if you’re self-employed, being open to new areas of business and opportunities could be a good play this year.
When it comes to health and wellness, it’s wise for Horses to take advantage of the overall prosperity of this year to take steps to improve their health — whether that means self-care activities, diving into a physical health journey or finding ways to better support mental wellness.
Goat: Cheerful and creative
You’re a Goat if you were born in: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Wealth, health and lots of luck? Yes, please. Goats, this is going to be a good year. As TheChineseZodiac.Org explains, “2023 is shaping up to be a seriously successful year for you, both socially and professionally.”
In the love department, the Goat’s charming, impulsive nature can be hard to tame, but it looks like long-term partners will be patient and supportive this year (at least they’ll never be bored, right?). Single Goats can harness that energy to explore romantic opportunities with new partners this year.
Financially and professionally, this is a big year for people born under the sign of the Goat. Promotions, bonuses, new (better paying) jobs and more — it’s predicted that this year is when Goats can celebrate all their hard work and determination as it finally pays off (especially in the summer and early fall months).
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Monkey: Optimistic and sociable
You’re a Monkey if you were born in: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2003, 2016
Even though Monkeys and Rabbits are generally not compatible in the Chinese zodiac, don’t fear: clever, easy-going Monkeys can still look forward to a peaceful and prosperous era in the Year of the Rabbit, according to TheChineseZodiac.Org. How is this possible? While the year will likely bring some challenges, Monkeys’ quick-wit and intelligence can take these challenges and turn them into opportunities for excitement and advancement. With that said, this year is a good one to try new things — whether that means a new relationship or a new pastime.
Confident Monkeys should take this year as one to really lean into the fun and excitement of romance. While the early months of the year may feel a bit confusing (mixed signals may be the norm), staying calm and affectionate will help Monkeys ride this out to a fun, passionate spring. Take all the love and adventure in stride, and it just may be an exceptionally fulfilling and romance-filled year for Monkeys.
Financially, Monkeys may see a boost in professional opportunities this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that now’s the time for them to spend recklessly. Avoiding big purchases and focussing on saving and paying down debts is a good idea for Monkeys this year.
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Rooster: Adventurous and loyal
You’re a Rooster if you were born in: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
We know that we said that the Year of the Rabbit is supposed to be one of relative peace and prosperity, but things may look a bit wilder than they do calm for those born under the sign of the Rooster. While this may bring some stress, it’s not all bad news: roller coasters can be pretty fun, after all.
The Chinese zodiac predicts that 2023 will be a year of change. “Some areas of your life may experience growth and positive changes while others may be met with challenges,” notes TheChineseZodiac.Org,
If you’re a Rooster, one big area where your feathers will be tested this year is in your professional life. Challenges at work may be best met with a positive attitude and hard work. This year, prioritizing practicality over creative pursuits may be wise if you want to set yourself up for success in the long term. While work issues will likely arise, Roosters are well-equipped to use their intuition and smarts to find solutions.
Similarly, the romantic realm looks like it will be full of drama for Roosters this year. While this may lead to excitement and passion, it could also be quite intense and even exhausting (as much as we love to watch the romantic drama unfold for our favourite Real Housewives, it’s not always so easy in real life). Roosters who are faced with big decisions when it comes to romance will be best served to take their time and carefully weigh the pros and cons.
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Dog: Honest and unselfish
You’re a Dog if you were born in: 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
It looks like it’s going to be another lucky year for those born under the sign of the Dog, according to TheChineseZodiac.Org — especially when it comes to their personal, romantic and family lives. With the support of the Water Rabbit on their side, 2023 is shaping up to be an abundant year.
One place where that abundance may shine for Dogs is when it comes to love and romance. Early in the year, it’s an ideal time for committed Dogs to let the past go and resolve any lingering issues with their partner. The spring is a good time for Dogs to flourish in the romance department, though the summer heat may bring complications and a bit of romantic drama.
The Year of the Rabbit will likely present Dogs with professional opportunities. This could mean your hard work is recognized this year (ahem, perhaps with a raise?), or it could mean the chance to collaborate in new and exciting ways. Either way, Dogs should be open to accept the financial success that is heading their way in 2023.
Pig: Smart and caring
You’re a Pig if you were born in: 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Change is good (even if it can be a bit scary), which means that the Year of the Rabbit is going to be a great one for those born under the sign of the Pig. As TheChineseZodiac.Org explains, 2023 is an especially lucky year for Pigs, with lots of new opportunities to embrace.
While kind, hard-working Pigs may have been feeling a bit undervalued in their careers lately, this year will bring the chance for Pigs to show what they can do, unlock their potential and reap the rewards that follow. To best set themselves up to maximize success this year, TheChineseZodiac.Org suggests Pigs take the time to plan things out and set specific goals; it’s also an excellent time to upgrade skills to stay extra competitive when opportunities present themselves.
The chance for romantic connection is high this year for Pigs, too (especially with potential partners who are like-minded, such as those born under the sign of the Tiger, Rabbit, Goat or other Pigs). While conflict may arise, the Chinese zodiac encourages Pigs to practice forgiveness, honesty and open communication.
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