2023 Water Rabbit

2023 New Moon in Aquarius starts Water Rabbit Year

Jan 21, 2023 at 12:53 pm PST and Jan 22 in China is a new Moon in Air sign Aquarius. This new Moon begins CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR of the WATER RABBIT.

Chinese New Year is the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, in late January or early February of the Gregorian calendar. The first month of the lunar year is always a Tiger month. 2023 begins with a Wood Tiger month in a Water Rabbit year.

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2023 Water Rabbit Year

Rabbit is also translated as Hare or Cat. But don’t confuse Cat with Tiger! Tiger 2022 was Yang, dynamic, and external whereas this Rabbit year is Yin, meditative, and internal. Focus is on inner alchemy.

To learn more about Rabbit year, contact me to schedule your personal astrology forecast for 2023. Includes both your Western charts and Chinese Four Pillars charts. Follow my Lunar Astrology Newsletter because Rabbit is the astrology sign associated with the Moon. And read my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY to know more about the Water Rabbit.

The year of the Rabbit is a time to create peace, calm, and rest after the actions of the previous Tiger year. Kind and understanding Rabbit is an alchemist, capable of mixing herbs and elixirs for curative healing. Therefore, this is an ideal year to focus on health and maintain equilibrium. Eat well to stay healthy and learn to cook, or take your food preparation skills to the next level. Rabbit excels in the healing arts, and is drawn to creativity in all forms.

Rabbits often express their personality by creating their own small, charmed, intimate circle of family and friends in a beautiful and cozy environment of Rabbit design. Rabbit, especially the sensitive Water Rabbit, is the year to focus on your art and express your creativity.

At times, Rabbit is not practical. Rabbit, like Rabbit’s best friend Sheep, appreciates the finer things in life, gourmet food, and luxuries. Money can be made easily in a Rabbit year, but it can also be spent easily in a Rabbit year.  Keep focus on transforming your health, and offering assistance to others, especially when you can be a diplomatic peacekeeper.

The 2024 Wood Dragon year that follows this Rabbit year will be a high energy, exciting time of growth and instant karma. So enjoy Water Rabbit year as an opportunity for healing, relaxation, rejuvenation, pleasure, family gatherings, entertainment, and comfortable travel. Expect attempts at political compromise and diplomatic peace-making on a global level. Make peace with the world, and what you cannot make peace with then accept that it comes to a head in Dragon 2024.

Rabbit the Artist (or Artisan) and Healer

Rabbit personality traits are friendliness, diplomacy, sensitivity, and adaptability.
Rabbit correlates to the Western astrology sign Pisces.

The person born in Rabbit year is even-tempered, well-mannered, amiable, friendly, sensitive, and artistic. Rabbit’s harmonizing energy and diplomatic ability makes her welcome in social circles. Rabbit longs for companionship and dislikes being alone, so she adapts easily to any environment and makes efforts to conform. Rabbit is keenly perceptive and can sense danger in any situation. She quickly takes action to protect herself, ready to escape whenever a predator approaches. Rabbit is not a fighter; she would rather flee than confront conflicts.

Rabbit’s peaceful nature makes her a great team player who rarely pursues personal glory at the expense of her peers. Rabbit does not want to make enemies, and goes out of her way to avoid arguments and conflict. Rabbit strives to maintain a harmonious work and home environment where she is comfortable, and is content to enjoy the peace and quiet of the little charmed circle that gentle Rabbit creates.

When it comes to affairs of the heart, Rabbits are extremely romantic. In Chinese mythology, Rabbit is a symbol of longevity. Rabbit is an alchemist and shaman who lives on the Moon, making this a year for magic, meditation, alternative medicines, and new ways of healing.


 The Element Water

2023 is a Water year of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. In feng shui, the Water environment is cool, dark, and soothing. The room of the home is the bathroom. This year, design your bathroom to be a private health sanctuary to take long, healing baths. Experiment with essential oils. Bathing can be your quiet and transformative respite in Water Rabbit year.

The most favorable season in a Water year is winter. In Chinese medicine, Water rules the kidneys (and bladder). This year is the time to see an acupuncturist about kidney balance, especially if you experience health issues with urination, sleep, dreams, hearing, or other Water imbalances. This is the year to make sure that you are able to sleep well.

The diet for the element Water includes black foods (black beans, black rice, black mushrooms) because Water’s colors are blue and black.  Start addressing health issues now in Rabbit year, and for the rest of your life.

And Water symbolizes money, so anticipate more money coming to you this year!


Tao Te Ching verse for Rabbit

If you want to shrink something you must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something you must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something you must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception of the way things are.
The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results.


Your Fortune in Water Rabbit Year

Birth years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
Next year of the Rat is 2032.

Your best months are January, April, August, and December. Your best season is winter. The element Water empowers Water Rat born in 1972 and Wood Rat born in 1984.

Rat and Rabbit are both smart and insightful people who are good planners. But Rabbit makes decisions based on emotions and intuition, whereas you Rat prefer to analyze then act. Therefore, at times during this Rabbit year it might seem as if others are on a different page, and that page is too emotional for you. So refrain from criticizing others if they seem emotive. Instead, stick with your plans and creative ideas. Quietly and peacefully put your affairs in order for Dragon year 2024 that’s your lucky year, and the best year for you to get married, have a baby, launch a business, or make a big move.

Ox (Buffalo)
Birth years of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937,1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
Next year of the Ox is 2033.

Your best months are January, May, September, and December. Your best season is winter. The element Water empowers Water Ox born in 1973 and Wood Ox born in 1985.

Both Rabbit and Ox are gentle Yin signs who appreciate peace and harmony in relationships. This Rabbit year can be a calm and soothing time for Oxen, especially in winter. Peace can be found, health can improve and even transform, and life will flow more smoothly with fewer obstacles. Ox’s steadiness and honesty is respected in a Rabbit year when your quiet strength leads to success. If you ever had artistic interests, this is the year to start to develop your talent. If you are already on an artistic path, this is the year to bring your creativity to the next level.

Birth years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.
Next year of the Tiger is 2034.

Your best months are February, June, October, and November. Autumn is your best season. Luck is strongest for Water Tiger born in 1962, and Wood Tiger born in 1974.

Anticipate a happy, easier year of rest and relaxation after your intense Tiger year 2022. Your personal affairs can run smoothly, business can be successful, and goals can be attained. It will be clear when Rabbit year begins what worked for you or what did not work in Tiger year. So build on the successes of your year. You are a bold leader who can find support in this Rabbit year so you don’t have to go it alone. Autumn is the most fortunate season for Tiger to launch new projects.

Rabbit (Hare)
Birth years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.
Next year of the Rabbit is 2035.

Your best months are March, July, October, and November. Spring is your best season. The element Water empowers Water Rabbit born in 1963, and Wood Rabbit born in 1975.

Rabbit is empowered by the energy of your own year when you start a new 12-year life cycle. In this Rabbit year, others share your values of peace, kindness, and gentleness. Opportunities abound, success is inevitable, and family life is very rich. This is your year to get married, have a child, fall in love, purchase a home, develop your art, or launch a business. And indulge! Rabbit loves luxuries and beauty. Be creative in this Water year with baths, saunas, and going to lakes, rivers, and oceans. This is your year to cultivate beauty, and give serious attention to the arts. Your creativity can blossom, and Rabbits are naturally talented in herbology and design. So try your hand at a variety of artistic expression.

Birth years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.
Next year of the Dragon is 2024.

Your best months are April, August, September, and December. Spring is your best season. The element Water empowers Water Dragon born in 1952 and Wood Dragon born in 1964.

There are few problems on the horizon for you this year, Dragon. Rabbit year is your time to experience peace and harmony, with opportunities to retreat after the previous Tiger year. Rabbit brings a calm year of good fortune when your home life is stable. Under the influence of the artistic Rabbit, this is a favorable year for you to redecorate, redo, and beautify your Dragon lair. Entertainment is enjoyable so be social and expand your circle. And make time for some self-care in a Water Rabbit year. If needed, do all things medical and dental, and catch up on medical exams that were delayed during Covid. Your lucky cycle begins in Wood Dragon year 2024 so keep focus.

Birth years of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.
Next year of the Snake is 2025.

Your best months are January, April, May and September. Your best season is spring. The element Water empowers Water Snake born in 1953, and Wood Snake born in 1965.

Snake is naturally comfortable with gentle Rabbit who is also intelligent, elegant, cultivated, and refined. Both Rabbit and Snake have delicate Yin sensibilities, love beauty, and possess an exalted sense of aesthetics. So pursue your interest in the arts this year! Enjoy all things creative, and indulge your tastes in art, fashion, crafts, design, gardening, literature, dance, music, and cuisine. When you apply your will, Snake can do it all. Good times are foreseen, although these good times can be expensive. Look forward to relaxing deeply during the winter of this Water Rabbit year, your time to uncoil, sleep deeply, and be content.

Birth years of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.
Next year of the Horse is 2026.

Your best months are February, June, July, and October. Your best season is summer. The element Water empowers Water Horse born in 2002 or 1942, and Wood Horse born in 1954 or 2014.

Anticipate good fortune and lucky circumstances in this Rabbit year. Your luck continues from the previous Tiger year. The extremes of Tiger year clearly showed you what did work or did not work in your life, so was a good clearing of old energy. Now you can create a new trail to do what you really want. Romance, social activities, and business can flourish. Pursue opportunities to make close friends in this intimate Water Rabbit year, and get to know people, beyond your general Horse popularity and fun with groups.

Sheep (Goat, Ram)
Birth years of the Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.
Next year of the Sheep is 2027.

Our best months are March, June, July, and November. Our best season is summer. Winter is hard for Sheep. The element Water empowers Water Sheep born in 2003 or 1943, and Wood Sheep born in 2015 or 1955.

Sheep and Rabbit are highly compatible. Therefore, Rabbit year is fortunate for us Sheep. Expect one of the best years of the 12-year cycle. Our main focus is on healing and self care this year, so make that the priority. But this is also a year for art and creativity. If you ever wanted to express your creativity, this is the time to do it. Luck is with you to restore health, find and do your art or craft, launch a business, fall in love, get married, have a child, or make a big move. Sheep receives many invitations to attend social gatherings, others enjoy our company, and finally we can be happy, well-loved, and content. Just don’t become melancholic during the winter of this Water year.

Birth years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.
Next year of the Monkey is 2028.

Your best months are April, May, August, and December. Your best season is summer. The element Water empowers Water Monkey born in 1992, and Wood Monkey born in 2004 or 1944.

Expect a very good year. Monkey has opportunities to recoup, regroup, and regain power after the difficulties of the previous Tiger year. (Tiger and Monkey are opposites.) The harmonious influence of Rabbit year helps Monkey to succeed, especially in business. But be aware that others may be reticent, shy, or less enthusiastic in a Rabbit year whereas you Monkey are bold and were born ready. Don’t come on too strong and scare the bunnies or you could lose support for your plans. Prepare for your lucky years Dragon 2024 and Snake 2025.

Phoenix (Rooster, Chicken)
Birth years of the Phoenix: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.
Next year of the Phoenix is 2029.

Your best months are January, April, May and September. Your best season is autumn. The element Water empowers Water Phoenix born in 1993 or 1933, and Wood Phoenix born in 2005 and 1945.

You and Rabbit have different approaches to life because Rabbit is your opposite. You’re direct, precise, and value a job well done whereas Rabbit’s ideals may be too abstract for you, and you become frustrated with daydreamers who don’t show up for work. So refrain from any sort of arguing, teasing, or sharp banter because sensitivity is heightened in this Water Rabbit year when you could be misunderstood. Instead, focus on personal balance after the ups and downs of the previous Tiger year 2023. This is a year to cultivate Yin energy so slow down, heal, and feather your nest. Your lucky years are Dragon 2024 and Snake 2025.

Birth years of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.
Next year of the Dog is 2030.

Your best months are February, March, June, and October. Your best season is autumn. The element Water empowers Water Dog born in 1982, and Wood Dog born in 1994 or 1934.

Enjoy a pleasant year of ease and contentment when Dog can heal, rest, and enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Rabbit is the perfect Yin balance to Dog’s natural Yang. Dog and Rabbit are extremely compatible because Rabbit is Dog’s close ally, as are Tiger and Horse. Rabbit’s peaceful influence makes this an excellent year for Dog to marry, have a child, or move to a new home. Follow up on all opportunities that were presented to you in Tiger year 2023, and get your affairs in order this year. Next year Wood Dragon 2025 is opposite Dog, and will be your year to lay low.

Pig (Boar)
Birth years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
Next year of the Pig is 2031.

Your best months are February, March, July, and November. Your best seasons are autumn and winter. The element Water empowers Water Pig born in 1983, and Wood Pig born in 1995 or 1935.

Rabbit is your most compatible sign, along with Sheep, so expect a peaceful and calm year when home and family life are fulfilling. This is an excellent year to move to a better home or redecorate. Socialize and invite people to your home to see the progress. Pig is a kind-hearted soul who allows everyone to win, and your kindness will be appreciated in this sensitive Water Rabbit year. You will have opportunities to express your artistic side, especially in the culinary arts where Pig naturally excels. A relaxing vacation is very beneficial for you in March, and winter is your most rewarding season. It’s a fortunate year for Pig to launch a business, get married, or have a baby.



Here are the dates of Mercury retrogrades in 2023 to keep in mind when making your travel plans:

Dec 29 – Jan 18, 2023 in Earth sign Capricorn to get grounded, realistic, and organized especially with career and finances. Mercury is retrograde now until Jan 18. If you include the shadow period a week before and after Mercury retrograde, the ending date is Jan 25.

April 20 – May 14, 2023
Mercury retrograde in solid Earth sign Taurus to say what you mean and mean what you say. But be flexible to not have to stand your ground. Dates that include the shadow period are Apr 13 – May 21.

Aug 23 – Sept 15, 2023 
Mercury retrograde in Earth sign Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury as is Air sign Gemini. Time to refocus on health and attend to details. And do an autumn cleaning if you missed spring cleaning this year in May Snake month. With the shadow period it’s Aug 16 – Sept 22.

Dec 12 – Jan 1, 2024 
Mercury retrograde in both Earth sign Capricorn for realistic assessment of career and finances, and in Fire sign Sagittarius to see the point and go right to it. Consider Dec 5 – Jan 8, 2024 to be Mercury retrograde.


Eclipses occur in pairs.

April 19, 2023 in Aries. A solar eclipse so on the new Moon.
May 5, 2023 in Scorpio. A lunar eclipse so on the full Moon.

October 14, 2023 in Libra. A solar eclipse so on the new Moon.
October 28, 2023 in Taurus. A lunar eclipse so on the full Moon.

Why you can see a lunar eclipse:
The full Moon occurs when the three centers of the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned. During the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on either side of the Earth. The three are aligned with each other, with the Moon in the shadow of the Earth. A lunar eclipse is visible where the Moon is above the horizon during the eclipse.