(CNN) — Say goodbye to the Tiger; it’s time to jump into the Year of the Rabbit.
Most people know the basics: The 12-year calendar cycle of the Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 different animals – the Chinese zodiac signs. Your zodiac animal is determined by your year of birth.
But that’s just the beginning. For loyal followers of the system, a year isn’t just categorized by animal. There is also a complex sixty-year cycle consisting of 10 celestial stems and 12 terrestrial branches.
Heavenly stems and earthly branches
Each year, a celestial stem (one of the five elements that fall into the yin or yang category) is paired with an earthly branch (one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals).
Gui Mao is the 40th element of the Chinese octogenarian cycle — the Celestial Stem “Gui” represents water, while the terrestrial branch “Mao” represents Rabbit. That makes 2023 the Year of the Water Rabbit.
“It is also unusual to have the combination of water and rabbit. The rabbit represents wood. Water feeds wood (according to Chinese geomancy).”
She says industries with wood as their main element – such as culture, publishing, agriculture and furniture – would benefit. In contrast, firefighting industries, including digital and technology companies, may suffer because fire fears water.
“The year of the water rabbit is going to be a softer year. We’ll have time to catch our breath. We’ve been in the tunnel for a few years now and the light is getting bigger now,” says Chow.
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How the ‘Grand Duke of Jupiter’ rules your happiness
Followers believe that for any Chinese zodiac sign, luck will largely depend on the positions of the Tai Sui – the stellar gods thought to orbit parallel to and in the opposite direction of Jupiter.
To calculate how each person will be affected in any given year, a Chinese geomancy consultant will look at someone’s natal chart, which is made up of a wide variety of elements — such as the day and time of their birth — to see how she might interact with the elements of the year.
These combinations play an important role for those who follow them, helping them make important life decisions for the year ahead, such as whether to get married or start a business.
Different geomancy masters may interpret the data differently. Still, there is a general consensus on what the year means for each zodiac animal based on the positions of the stars, especially Tai Sui.
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If your zodiac sign collides with Tai Sui — also known as the Grand Duke of Jupiter — in any given year, you could be dealing with disruptions, according to the experts.
For those who may be in conflict with Tai Sui this year, Chow says to remember that the calendar is a rotating cycle.
“It’s like playing musical chairs — whoever sits on the spot gets Tai Sui. You switch positions the next round,” says Chow, whose zodiac sign will also be in an unfavorable position with Tai Sui this year.
To resolve clashes, one could go to a Chinese temple and make offerings to Tai Sui representations.
“Even if you don’t believe in it 100 percent, I feel like it psychologically gives you a nice kickstart to the year,” says Chow. “If things happen along the way, you’ll remember that you did, and it’ll give you a little cushion.”
Now it’s time to get specific.
To determine what the Year of the Rabbit might mean for you, find your year of birth and the corresponding animal in the gallery above before reading the Chow predictions below.
At the Hong Kong Palace Museum, a display of Qing dynasty treasures shows how the Qianlong Emperor celebrated the Lunar New Year.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit will face their “Ben Ming Nian” – their own zodiac year – in 2023. Followers believe there will be more disruptions and instabilities in the coming year.
“People born in the rabbit year should expect big changes in their health, career, and relationships. It can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially for those whose birth charts don’t favor water,” says Chow.
“But remember, it’s never all bad. It can be an opportunity to grow.”
Rabbits should try to attract positive energy and participate in happy events whenever possible.
They should also travel to destinations in the south — it doesn’t matter if these southern destinations are within their city or outside their country — says Chow.
It promises to be a pretty good year for Dragons. There are no unlucky stars that affect their year.
“There are no outstanding concerns, except maybe the health of those born in the summer and fall. They can get stressed easily,” says Chow.
But the geomancy expert urges Dragons not to make hasty decisions at work.
“It doesn’t mean you think about it. Just let things rest longer before making a decision,” says Chow.
Single Dragons could meet potential romantic partners this year. Their lucky colors are metallic, such as gold or silver.
As for travel, head west for better luck, says Chow.
People born in the Snake years will enjoy good news and abundance when the traveller, Yi Ma Xing, and the fortuneteller, Cai Xing, rule over them this year.
“Opportunities, new directions, and advancements will come your way,” says Chow. “But snakes need to find balance in life and take a break when they need to.”
Romantically, snakes can find love on a journey this year. Chow advises them to wear blue or gold and travel west or north.
“This year, horses will have the Peach Blossom Star (Taohua Xing) shining on them. That’s always good news,” says Chow.
Professionally, they will find new opportunities and meet many guardians who will help them.
They will enjoy good relationships. She says this may be the right year for those looking to get engaged or married.
But Chow provides a reminder for horses: watch their family’s physical and mental health.
“They can wear colorful clothes like pink, orange and a little bit of yellow. In terms of travel, they can go south,” says Chow.
This year, goats greet Tai Sui.
It generally has a positive impact on their happiness, but at the same time it can also mean that the year will be exhausting as well. Therefore, goats need to fend for themselves and rest when necessary.
“Save some time to get to know yourself better. When it comes to your career, you have to stay humble and keep a low profile. Observe more. Opportunities present themselves at the right time,” says Chow.
In terms of relationships, people born in the goat years will enjoy a smooth year.
“They’re likely to meet new people, new friends, and even new loves this year,” says Chow, adding that a little gold and a visit to the west can boost their happiness.
Good news for Monkeys: they will be in harmony with Tai Sui this year.
Chow says they will be showered with admiration from those around them at work.
But that doesn’t mean they have to live recklessly. Instead, says the geomancer, “they need to play it safe this year, especially those who enjoy extreme sports.”
In terms of relationships, they are prone to arguments and drama, which could be avoided this year by improving communication.
Yellow and beige are the color palette for Monkeys in 2023, and they could look west for travel inspiration, says Chow.
Roosters need to brace themselves — they’ll be clashing with Tai Sui this year, which means the next few months could be volatile and bring a lot of changes.
Advice from Chow: Embrace the chaos and travel more.
“Gather as much positive energy as you can and be more aware that you may attract conflict more easily this year,” she says. “But understand that these changes are for the better.”
To soften the blow, they could wear more yellows and browns and visit places in the west or north.
In unity with Tai Sui, people born under the sign of the Dog are likely to enjoy a pleasant year with significant advancement in career and finances.
But dogs need to remind themselves to be humble and to listen to others, especially friends and people they trust, says Chow. They will tell you important things that will help you a lot this year.
“Their lucky colors are silver and blue, and their lucky spot is in the north,” says Chow.
Pigs will greet Tai Sui, which means it should be a positive year overall.
But on the other hand, greeting Tai Sui can also affect health due to the added workload.
“You have to balance your work and playtime,” says Chow.
People born during the pig years can achieve professional success if they are willing to focus on teamwork.
“Relationship-wise, it’s going to be a really good year for you. You’ll meet new friends and potential new love,” says Chow.
To increase fortunes, pigs could wear pink and purple more often and plan a trip south, she adds.
People born in the years of the Rat will come into conflict with Tai Sui, also known as Xing (torturous) Tai Sui, next year.
“Overall, it means a tougher year,” says Chow. “But when there’s yin, there’s always yang. So remember, it’s never really all bad.”
Rats should be more careful about health and work. They may be prone to minor injuries and miscommunication this year.
Chow urges them to wear bright colors, such as pink and orange, and to visit warmer climes.
Oxen will enjoy an exciting year with the traveling star and the lucky star shining over them.
“They will find new opportunities and their finances will reach a new level. They will probably travel more for work and personal reasons. But as they travel and work more, they need to be aware of their health,” says Chow.
Those who are single and looking for love may be in luck this year.
Meanwhile, when choosing a travel destination, they could travel north, says Chow.
For those born in Tiger years, their “Ben Ming Nian” is over.
“That means whatever hard times and instabilities they go through, things will get better soon,” says Chow. “But patience is key, because changes won’t be instant.”
Tigers, especially those born in spring and summer, should take time to recover in the first half of the year and make big decisions only in the second half of the year, she says.
They need to take it easy in relationships and “save themselves some time for themselves.”
Wearing yellow, blue and brown could cheer them up. They could also travel to their north and west, Chow concludes.