In the Year of the Rabbit we can all take a moment to breathe, to be gentle on ourselves, and to those around us, and to go with the flow. It’s a year to create calm spaces in our homes, in our children’s rooms and, for our children born under this sign, they are said to be led by empathy and compassion.

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Year of the Rabbit ~ a time of gentleness.

A time to rest and contemplate

Many see the Year of the Rabbit as a time to focus on rest, introspection and working smarter not harder. It means we can shed the anxiety of the past few years to move to a more prosperity place in every part of our lives ~ in our finances, our relationships and our health.

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Adding to a more prosperous time, the Year of the Rabbit represents the moon and is also a powerful symbol of peace, according to Chinese scholars. Therefore 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope ~ so greatly needed. Perhaps it’s a time to ask ourselves, ‘How can we create a more peaceful existence for our families and the community around us?’, and contemplate on this idea throughout the year.

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Creating calm homes in the Year of the Rabbit

Creating calm and peaceful spaces is a way to promote harmony in our lives. It can easily be achieved by simply removing clutter. A clean calm space enhances mental and physical wellbeing according to Marie Condo, and helps us and our children to gather our thoughts and feel more at ease and at home with ourselves.

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Using decor that is made of natural fibres creates an earthy, easy on the eye connection. Neutral colour palettes for walls and floors will also evoke a calmer relaxing style. Less is more is a mantra to declutter ~ one beautiful piece of decor or toy to cherish is worth a thousand that end in landfill next year.

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Gentle and empathetic people

For ourselves and our bubs born in the Year of the Rabbit, characteristic traits include being gentle, tender and empathetic, as well as being intellectual, cautious and clever. It means our children tend to be home bodies, day dreaming and creating in the peace and calm of their home. They are less inclined to be risk takers however they are cleverly ambitions, according to web consensus.

 

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Nurturing your bunny

Nurturing your child born in the Year of the Rabbit, giving them space to explore without technology to develop their empathy, and talking to them about experiences, and how they feel about them will also help develop the intuitive side of their nature – this is something all children can grow from. It’s also a great resilience building strategy for children to identify and understand their feelings, generally. Read Australian child psychologist Andrew Fuller for more on resilience.

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2023 is Year of the Water Rabbit

The Chinese Lunar year of 2023 comes under the element of water. There are five elements altogether ~ water, fire, meatal, wood earth. And so, it is the Year of the Water Rabbit. Water denotes a calmer energy, going with the flow, not resisting or fighting.

According to Chinese tradition, each new year in the lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

It sounds like the Year of the Rabbit is going to be a good year, let’s hope so.

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