The Rabbit is the fourth of all zodiac animals. Legend has it the Rabbit was proud—arrogant even—of its speed. He was neighbors with Ox and always made fun of how slow Ox was. One day, the Jade Emperor said the zodiac order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. Rabbit set off at daybreak. But when he got there, no other animals were in sight. Thinking that he would obviously be first, he went off to the side and napped. However, when he woke up, three other animals had already arrived. One of them was the Ox he had always looked down upon.

The Rabbit is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) mǎo (卯) and the hours 5—7 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rabbit is yin.

In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon. Some say it is because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it is because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics.

Rabbits are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.

Recent years of the Rabbit are: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although mǎo is associated with metal, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1927 ding mǎo Rabbit Fire Yin
1939 mǎo Rabbit Earth Yin
1951 xīn mǎo Rabbit Metal Yin
1963 guǐ mǎo Rabbit Water Yin
1975 mǎo Rabbit Wood Yin
1987 ding mǎo Rabbit Fire Yin
1999 mǎo Rabbit Earth Yin
2011 xīn mǎo Rabbit Metal Yin
2023 guǐ mǎo Rabbit Water Yin

Personality and characteristics

To outsiders, the Rabbit’s kindness may make them seem soft and weak. In truth, the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength. They are steadily moving towards their goal, no matter what negativity the others give them.

With their good reasoning skills and attention to detail, they make great scholars. They are socializers with an attractive aura. However, they find it hard to open up to others and often turn to escapism.

A plain and routine life is not their style. Though conservative and careful in their actions, they need surprises every so often to spice things up.

Element Year Fortune
Water 1963 These Rabbits had financial hardships during youth, but are able to turn unfortunate events around. During the elderly years, money must be spent to preserve longevity.
Wood 1975 These Rabbits are not sly, but have some tricks up their sleeves. They start their career successfully and the fortune carries on.
Fire 1927, 1987 These Rabbits never stop to rest and are always busy with something. They are intelligent but may abandon things halfway. However, they will still enjoy a good life.
Earth 1939, 1999 These Rabbits sail through life. They are natural and relaxed, rarely hurt by anyone. A long life full of fortune awaits them.
Metal 1951, 2011 These Rabbits have strong self-perception. Full of energy and resilient, they are not ones to surrender. However, they keep emotions bottled up and can have trouble interacting with others. With help, they will be successful.

Men born in the Rabbit year are extraordinarily polite and do whatever they can to avoid conflicts. They have control over themselves and are sometimes conservative. They may seem to be a yes-man, but they have a bottom line that they won’t cross.

These men like organizing and decorating, and often help their wives with chores. But that doesn’t mean they actually like being responsible for the home. Though a great friend, they don’t like becoming too close to someone.

Women born in the Rabbit year love being social. They are thoughtful and treat everyone politely. They are very conscious of their public image and hate violence and arguments.

In love, they are very extreme. There’s a clear difference between who they love and who they don’t. And they rarely pass that line. But if they love someone, they’ll put everything into the relationship. But the deeper they go, the more hurt they can get. These Rabbits are more insecure than other zodiacs and need to be reassured often.


Most compatible with Rabbit: Dog, Pig, Goat

Both Dog and Rabbit wish for a peaceful and quiet life. They’ll work towards this and enjoy it together.

Rabbit and Pig have similar personalities and will be attracted to each other. Goats need someone to depend on. Rabbits enjoy taking care of others and complement Goats well.

Least compatible with Rabbit: Rooster, Dragon, Rat

Rabbit and Rooster clash strongly and are the least compatible. Even today’s weather can be the reason for an argument.

Dragons have similar goals and interests with Rabbit. However, their personalities may clash.

Relationships with Rats are tricky. With time, differences will appear and it’ll become impossible to agree with each other.

Lucky things for Rabbits

  • Colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southeast
  • Directions of wealth: northeast, southwest
  • Directions of love: east

Unlucky things

  • Colors: brown, gray, white
  • Numbers: 5, 11

Careers fit for Rabbits

Because of their empathy and sensitive artistic feelings, people born in the Rabbit year often find creative jobs more attractive. Many are successful in art, music, architecture and literature. They are also suitable for jobs that require observation and attention to fine detail. Examples include translation and business consultation.

As social butterflies, Rabbits have a wide social network. Their friend list includes everyone, from government officials to the average person. So if a career requires social connections, such as PR jobs, a Rabbit would be a good candidate. In addition, Rabbits can try careers that involve decision making. However, they must have a reliable friend by their side to give some advice and tactics.

Health and lifestyle

Health includes physical and mental health.

Physically, Rabbits have nothing to worry about. For the small problems that may occur, the symptoms are obvious. This leads most Rabbits to take things seriously and visit the hospital before it can worsen.

However, they have many bad eating habits. They don’t have a balanced diet, with too little or too much of certain foods. This can lead to some problems in the urinary system.

The biggest problem is their insecurity. Rabbits can suffer from anxiety and depression. Try letting go of problems and being prepared for unexpected difficulties.

Rabbits in the Year of the Dog (2018)

Overall, the Year of the Dog will be full of opportunities. However, there are possibilities of disturbances too.

Rabbits should be careful not to flaunt their wealth. It can lead to robbery and theft. They should drive safely as well to prevent accidents and loss of money.

Relationships are fickle. They’ll find success in work, but the extra stress will damage health.

Fortunately, they will meet very supportive figures this year. They will help Rabbits get through the hard times.


Rabbits will be well-received by customers this year. Those who are salespeople will see a big increase in sales, thanks to old customers. They’ll also attract the attention of higher-ups. Promotions and raises are on the horizon.

However, there will also be a loss of wealth. It’s mostly due to splurging and buying unnecessary items. Rabbits can change this fate by donating to charity.

Investors should be careful not to be overcome by greed. Rather than risky actions, go for steady and stable investments. The gains will be greater.

Successful months are: Lunar May (June 14-July 12), June (July 13-August 10), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


Motivation for learning is low this year. Rabbits may find it hard to absorb new information. They must study even harder to make up for this, otherwise grades will slip.

They might become more withdrawn this year too. Rabbits must remember to initiate communication with others.


Rabbit’s fortune with home and family will rise this year. Not only will relationships with neighbors be good, family matters are smooth too. A new member might soon be added to the family too.

However, some old ailments may come back. They must remember to keep a balanced diet and go for regular checkups. Elderly Rabbits should pay attention to blood pressure and fat intake.

In regards to safety, Rabbits must be careful during commute. Distractions while driving can lead to serious accidents.

Healthy months are: Lunar May June 14-July 12), June (July 13-August 10), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Months where Rabbits must be careful with their health are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), September(Oct 9-Nov 7) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019.


There are high chances of falling for co-workers this year, especially with ones already in a relationship. This will negatively affect a Rabbit’s reputation and image. It’ll also decrease work productivity.

Though luck of love is low this year, there will be many social events. Rabbits can take this chance to meet new people. But they must be careful not to develop relationships too quickly. They must start as friends and slowly get to know each other.

Rabbits who are already married might attract other people. They should remember to be careful and stay away from risky events. Being overly affectionate with others can also lead to jealousy and arguments.

The sweet months are: Lunar May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8), and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Rabbits this year are north, northeast and southeast. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 6 and 8. To avoid evil spirits, do not put important furniture in the south and southwest.

The lucky colors in 2018 are orange, yellow and red. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to be avoided are gray and white.

Overall, the summer of 2018 will be a season of success and happiness for Rabbits.

In life, Rabbits will also be able to find the right niche for themselves. Their only true enemies are their own suspicion and insecurity. Get past that, and the road will be smooth.