2023 Shifts and Significance – Year of the Rabbit

“There will be times, and it might be today, when we will be called to be our most heroic selves, to be better people than we thought we could be. What are the stories that will help us in those moments, the songs to carry us when our hearts are heavy? What in your life is breathlessly beautiful and where can you still hear the singing of angels? Because it is in those spaces, in the remberance of radiance, we gather what we need to rise and rise again to a life that is true and a heart that hangs in and holds out for love.” Carrie Necomer


How Far I’ll Go (Lyrics) – Moana/Vaiana

Moana Cast Lyrics

“How Far I’ll Go”

(performed by Auli’i Cravalho)

(from “Moana” soundtrack)

I’ve been staring at the edge of the water

Long as I can remember, never really knowing why

I wish I could be the perfect daughter

But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try

Every turn I take, every trail I track

Every path I make, every road leads back

To the place I know where I cannot go

Where I long to be

See the line where the sky meets the sea

It calls me

And no one knows, how far it goes

If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me

One day I’ll know

If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go

I know everybody on this island seems so happy, on this island

Everything is by design

I know everybody on this island has a role, on this island

So maybe I can roll with mine

I can lead with pride, I can make us strong

I’ll be satisfied if I play along

But the voice inside sings a different song

What is wrong with me?

See the light as it shines on the sea

It’s blinding

But no one knows, how deep it goes

And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me

And let me know

What’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?

See the line where the sky meets the sea

It calls me

And no one knows, how far it goes

If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me

One day I’ll know

How far I’ll go


“Joy” from Rend Collective (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)


Rend Collective

We’re choosing celebration

Breaking into freedom

You’re the song

You’re the song of our hearts

We cast aside our shadows

Trust You with our sorrows

You’re the song

You’re the song of our hearts

We’re dancing to the rhythm of your heart

We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy, joy, joy lighting my soul

The joy, joy, joy making me whole

Though I’m broken I am running

Into your arms of love

Whoa, whoa oh

Whoa, whoa oh

Whoa, whoa oh

Whoa oh-oh-oh eh

Whoa, whoa oh

Whoa, whoa oh, oh

The pain will not define us

Joy will reignite us

You’re the song

You’re the song of our hearts

(Common my soul)

The dark is just a canvas

For Your grace and brightness

You’re the song

You’re the song of our hearts

We’re dancing to the rhythm of your heart (oh-oh whoa)

We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy, joy, joy lighting my soul

The joy, joy, joy making me whole

Though I’m broken I am running

Into your arms of love

You’re the joy, joy, joy lighting my soul

The joy, joy, joy making me whole

Though I’m broken I am running

Into your arms of love

You’re the joy, the song in our hearts

The love of my soul

(Whoa, whoa oh)

(Whoa, whoa oh)

Whoa, whoa oh oh)

(In the shadows, in the sorrows

In the desert, when the pain hits

You are constant, ever present

You’re the song of my heart

In the shadows, in the sorrows

In the desert, when the pain hits

You are constant, ever present

You’re song of our hearts

You’re the joy, joy, joy lighting my soul

The joy, joy, joy making me whole

Though I’m broken I am running

Into your arms of love

Into your arms

Written by: Chris Llewellyn, Gareth Gilkeson

Album: The Art of Celebration

Released: 2014

Lyrics provided by Musixmatch

Year Of The Rabbit 2023

January 22nd, 2023, – February 9th, 2024.


“The Year of the Water Tiger signified the end of hibernation, and we woke up – often activated by a catalytic event or events. Emotions and senses stirred which stimulated our consciousness and revealed a path. Now, for the Year of the Water Rabbit, we are fully awake. Like animals foraging in nature, we are all out in the world engaged with our purpose and following the path that was realized last year. The rabbit represents thunder shaking the ground, which unlocks our true nature and propels us forward.”

CT Holman, Director of Development for the Lotus Institute, https://lotusinstitute.com/blogs/faces-and-places/yin-black-rabbit-forecast-2023

“Carrot and stick motivation is a motivational approach that involves offering a “carrot” (a reward—for good behavior) and a “stick” (a negative consequence for poor behavior).” https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/carrot-and-stick-motivation

“The year of The Rabbit is one where the sacrifices of the past are rewarded generously. All the seeds of effort we have sown shall finally bear fruit whose sweetness is determined by the purity of our heart’s intent. Gamblers and stockbrokers find an extra ounce of ‘good-luck’ this year, for the year of The Rabbit is a rewarding one for those willing to take risks. Owing to rabbit’s being also a fertility symbol, this is also a powerful year to not only start new business ventures, but also, be beneficial for those looking to have children, as well as, for artists to get inspired and move in new directions.”

Romaa Daas, https://sg.style.yahoo.com/rabbit-2023-predictions-12-chinese-121311154.html


the leaping figure symbolize taking a leap forward”



“ 2023 is a 7 Universal Year of Mayhem and Miracles. We’ll be finding new spiritual teachers and letting go of phonies. “

Sarah Yip


“This is THE lucky year for truth-tellers, occuring every 60 years. It runs from January 22, 2023 to February 9, 2024.”

“I see overlaps with the 7 Universal Year of Crown Chakra Healing and Year of the Water Rabbit. Words like Rabbit, Mother, Empathy and Courage have a 7 vibration. We’ll see a heavy focus on women and eco-rights…” “Focus on improving your leadership in relationships, parenting and work. Choose the carrot over the stick (or perhaps, a ‘carrot stick’ approach).” “2023 will bring ‘wake ups’ for the top of society. This bunny may look sweet but she’s got bite!”

“BIG shifts coming for 7 life paths, those with 7 numerology e.g. names and people who see 777, 717 etc.” “Also a huge time for those born in the Year of the Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023). If you were born in January or February check whether you are the same Chinese calendar year as your Gregorian calendar year.”

“2023 is a ‘fan tai sui’ year for Rabbits, which brings tests. You’re in the spotlight, so be sure to rest often. Feeling nervous? Relax. You have free will and your birth sign is only part of your horoscope.”


“It’s been a tough few years for the world collectively, but 2023 will be the Year of the ‘Water Rabbit’ a circumstance that has not occurred since 1963.”

“While 2021 brought us the Year of the Ox, and 2022 the Year of the Tiger, 2023 will be the Year of the Rabbit.”

““Rabbit years bring lucky breaks and partnerships, for those on their true paths. Although Rabbit is not the strongest animal, its charm and speed attract money, fertility, lovers and success,” she says.

This is especially important when combined with the ‘Water’ element. A Water Rabbit year has not occurred since 1963.

“The Water element will enhance our psychic ability, diplomacy and negotiation skills. Expect major shifts in politics, as a new wave of leaders step up. The answer to war isn’t peace. It’s creativity.””

What have previous Water Rabbit years brought us?

“Scientist turned psychic Sarah Yip” “says a stroll down the Water Rabbit years of memory lane can help to inform the coming one. If we look at 1903 for example, it was the first successful powered flight by the Wright Brothers. In 1963, 250,000 people marched for civil rights in the US, JFK was assassinated and Martin Luther King gave his famous speech.

Closer to home, “Indigenous Australians also gained the right to vote in a Federal Election,” explains Yip.

Other Rabbit years, with different element signs include 1999 (the last year of the millennium and President Clinton’s impeachment trial), 2011 (multiple leading politicians resigned and the Iraq war ended).

“2023 will bring ‘wake ups’ for the top of society. This bunny may look sweet but she’s got bite,” warns Yip.”

“2023’s ‘Water Rabbit’ is especially important if you’re born in a Rabbit year. “2023 is a ‘fan tai sui’ year for Rabbits, which brings tests. You’re in the spotlight, so be sure to rest often.”

“Yip is also an expert in numerology, the belief in the divine meaning of numbers in our lives. A simple calculation can give us the numerological number for 2023 (2+0+2+3 = 7).

“[This makes] 2023 a 7 Universal year in numerology (which has 9 year cycles). 7 looks like a bolt of lightning or a cliff. It’s about sudden insights, higher perspectives and healing our Crown chakra, the place where body and soul connect.”

“Those with a balanced Crown chakra feel ‘all one’ with life, while those with an imbalanced Crown chakra feel ‘all alone’. This disconnect can be healed through prayer, spirituality and reconnection with one’s inner sovereign. We’re all Kings and Queens in some way,” Yip explains.

‘7’ years are particularly important for those with a ‘7’ life path, also called ‘Spiritual Teachers’. You can find this by calculating your birthday. For example, Taylor Swift was born 13/12/1989. 1+3+1+2+1+9+8+9 = 34/7. So 7 and 34 are ages of maturity for her (she’s currently 32).””

““I see overlaps with the 7 Universal year and Year of the Water Rabbit. Words like Rabbit, Mother, Empathy and Courage have a 7 vibration. Focus on improving your leadership in relationships, parenting and work. Choose the carrot over the stick (or perhaps, a ‘carrot stick’ approach).””

“Yip recommends we:

Think back to your dreams in 2011. 2023 is the year to bring these to life.

Keep your mind open, but not so open that you’re not being smart.

Forgive your mother and try to be a creator instead of a reactor.

Leap with faith, instead of jumping to conclusions.

Go swimming, have baths and floats, move to the ocean and use water in healing rituals.

Look deeper at your diet. Contrary to popular belief, Rabbits get sick from eating too many carrots.

Meditate, especially in a group.

2023 is the time to become a highly paid specialist, so hit the books and grow.

Embrace life’s ‘wobbles’ and be brave in imperfection, as all the great visionaries are!

Sarah Yip is a scientist turned psychic from the Gold Coast”


“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”― Rumi

art by Linda Ravenscroft from “Fairy Gems – A Crystal Oracle” card deck by Angi Sullins. Coming early 2023! https://www.facebook.com/DuirwaighStudios

“2023 denotes the year of the Yin Water Rabbit. The Rabbit (Mao) is the fourth earthly branch of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. It represents prospering, growing, and expanding energy. According to Master Wu “the oracle script for Mao looks like an opening gate, which represents the earth opening its door for everything to grow.” (Wu, 2014, p.115). Humanity realizes its true nature and flows, cognizant of its authenticity, down the path of life. The new year begins on January 22nd and the rabbit emerges on February 4th.”

“The saplings that sprouted in 2022 now grow into trees, reaching upward toward the sun. Trees do not grow alone, competing for water and nutrients. They grow in communities and communicate through their root systems, sharing resources, and warning each other of pathogens and danger (research made popular by scientists like Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree, that confirmed what several indigenous peoples worldwide believed for centuries). We each have a tap root fed by the yin water of the year, giving us wisdom to know our true selves and showing us the most prosperous path for our journey and our partnership with all living beings.”

“Based on the high chance of extreme rainfall in 2023, there will be more flooding. This is humanity’s wake-up call to create harmony with Mother Nature. The rabbit is associated with yin wood – trees. Trees are living beings residing in forest communities that provide clean air and many healing remedies. Hopefully, we humans will see the forest through the trees, begin establishing rights for nature, and live in harmony with nature, which ultimately benefits the health of all beings.”

“2023 brings visions and connects us with the mystery of life. These visions allow us to develop great strategies to make wise decisions while letting go of those belief systems that no longer serve our highest good.”

“The wood aspect of the year can be interpreted as a joker who likes to push buttons and unveil a person’s true nature. Be prepared to take off the various energetic masks you wear in your interactions and reveal your authentic self.”


“Many people started new lifestyles based on balance, sustainability, intuition and creativity, which will serve them well as we enter 2023, a 7 Universal Year of Mayhem and Miracles.”

“2023 is about healing our crown chakras, Soul connections and spiritual/ religious views. Realising bigger isn’t better. Better is better.”


“it’s time to change our stripes.”

“Themes of a Year of the Rabbit



Ethereal mood


Heightened sensitivity

Expressing affection

Desire for intimate bonding

Escapism; addictive tendencies

Victim mindset”

“While Tiger is solitary, Rabbit is social and communal. The emotional dam may break in 2023, bringing an outpouring of empathy. We could drown in feelings of sorrow or victimhood. Or we may just get so overwhelmed that we need trusted allies to pull us out of a hole. That’s good reason to huddle with a support network—or to actively go develop one.”

“work on your subconscious mind”

“….Keep those blue-light-emitting devices out of the bedroom, turn on the soothing music (instead of an agitating streaming series) and pipe in calming scents from an aromatherapy diffuser. Try natural supplements like magnesium or various adaptogenic mushrooms before tucking in. Dreams will be vivid during the Water Rabbit Year, so do what you can to make them sweet.”

“ Water Rabbit years are times to be extra careful of the carrots being dangled in our path. It’s almost too easy to turn to a so-called enlightened master who is actually a master manipulator—or a full-on cult leader. (Three words: Follow the money.) Careful what you get yourself wrapped up in when you’re feeling lonely, isolated or in need of a community.”

“For artists, 2023 is prime time”

“Rather than fall prey to fear, Rabbit years are powerful times for healing and visualization.”

“As we enter 2023, we are ready for another dream that, ironically, wakes us up. As much as we might want to tune out, ignore the news and focus on what’s convenient, that sort of escapism could be detrimental to our existence as a species.

Manifestation is a powerful tool during the Water Rabbit year, but not if we confuse it with blithe “positive thinking.” Problems must be addressed while we hold the vision of a better, brighter future.”

The AstroTwins


“As the Year of the Tiger comes to an end on Jan. 21 and the Year of the Rabbit begins, we can expect an abrupt change of pace as we say goodbye to the roaring tiger and hello to the milder rabbit.”

“In 2022, life was characterized by strength, vitality and growth, underpinned by the dynamism of the tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac. Moreover, as the year was designated as yang, the active principle of the universe in ancient Chinese philosophy, people may have felt enthusiasm, positivity and productivity, but also restlessness and inflexibility.

The upcoming Year of the Rabbit, however, embodies yin, the passive principle of the universe, which manifests in relaxation, fluidity, quietness and contemplation.

If 2022 felt fast, hard or busy, 2023 will offer opportunities for contemplation, rest and nurturing of body and soul in an attempt to provide balance under the basic concept of yin and yang — that opposite forces complement one another to offer harmony overall.

But the Year of the Rabbit offers so much more than simply downtime from the impact of the “fierce, strong and powerful” tiger, says Hong Kong-based Chinese and Western astrologer Jupiter Lai.

“The rabbit is gentle, quiet, tame, tender and kind, yet it moves quickly and is very clever,” she says, pointing to the Chinese idiom “a crafty rabbit has three burrows.” This implies that the rabbit not only has many ideas but is also good at adapting to the environment and can move very quickly, allowing it to protect itself during times of danger or when the situation is not favorable.

As a result, the overall energy of 2023 is likely to be gentle and calm, with people looking “for a more balanced life,” she adds. There could also be more movement and traveling, “just like that of a swift rabbit.”

Hawaii-based veteran astrologer Cathryn Moe agrees, noting that the Lunar New Year on Jan. 22 will “bring a wave of calm” as well as confidence and ease.

The Year of the Rabbit’s “gentle approach will soothe the ups and downs of last year’s Year of the Tiger,” she says. And, even in the face of hurdles in 2023, people will benefit from the rabbit’s “quiet constancy” to overcome them.

Indeed, the kind, even soft, nature of the rabbit hides a quiet confidence and strength, according to the Chinese zodiac, which says the animal moves steadily toward its goals, regardless of any negativity or problems encountered.

Furthermore, the yin nature of 2023 heightens this trait of the rabbit.

“The quality of yin is receptive, accepting and intuitive,” Moe says. “In the Year of the Rabbit, you may not know how each moment connects to the next, but you are aware of your priorities and can hop away from distractions to stay focused on your goals.”

Looking at the characteristics of the year more specifically, 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit following the Chinese calendar, which rotates in 60-year cycles based on 12 earthly branches, each represented by an animal year, and five heavenly stems — wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

Moreover, Chinese cosmologists believe that it is not only each year’s earthly branch, heavenly stem and yin or yang nature, but also the element of the earthly branch that signals the energetics of the year to come.

The Year of the Tiger also had a heavenly stem of water, but its nature — yang — was connected with dynamic water, such as fast-flowing rivers, strong surf and big waterfalls, as well as large or powerful bodies of water such as lakes and seas.

In contrast, the water of the Year of the Rabbit is “agile and elegant” in Chinese astrology. This is characterized by smoother bodies of water, such as ponds, as well as rain, particularly spring rain, which can rejuvenate ecosystems after a long, cold winter.

“Because 2023 is a yin Water Rabbit year, the days will take on a fluid effect,” Moe says.

For people used to making and following fixed plans, the coming year “will soften schedules around the edges,” which might require a period of adjustment until people align with their “rabbit instincts,” she adds.

As it was in 2022, the coming year’s element of the earthly branch is wood. But, due to the differences of yin and yang, wood presents differently in 2023. In the Year of the Tiger, wood was symbolized by “a big, tall tree,” a sign of dramatic growth, says Lai, while the yin wood in 2023 is represented by “plants and flowers.”

For career or financial success in 2023, astrologers therefore suggest that any plans for improvement or development should be initiated early on in the year to ensure their best success rate because most foliage and blossoms thrive in spring and summer.

It is also good to take action in February, when rabbits are most active and “jump on verdant grass,” according to the Chinese zodiac, which lists February as the month of the rabbit. In Japan, this aligns with the beginning of spring — also the season for rabbits — on Feb. 3, according to the Japanese lunar calendar.

Socially and romantically, too, the coming year will offer opportunities as the rabbit is considered a social and affectionate creature in Chinese astrology.”

““Love is important to the rabbit,” Moe says. “Of all the zodiac signs, the rabbit needs someone to cuddle up with,” so the coming year will allow people to “embody the traits that make them a good companion, partner and spouse.”

The Year of the Rabbit, therefore, is expected to promote strengthened bonds with loved ones as well as expanded connections with friends, family and colleagues. It is even considered auspicious to start a family in 2023.

Above all, though, the Year of the Rabbit is predicted to be a year of hope, largely because the rabbit is associated with peace, prosperity and longevity in Asia.

In Chinese culture, the rabbit is the luckiest of the 12 animals of the zodiac and symbolizes energy, elegance and beauty, while Korean folk tales present the rabbit as quiet, clever, fertile and prosperous.

Historians believe these positive representations of the rabbit were transferred to Japan, where the animal is also greatly esteemed. Across the country, the rabbit is a symbol of fortune, progress and savvy. Consequently, visitors can find rabbit versions of the maneki-neko (beckoning cat), a Japanese figurine typically placed outside shops, restaurants and other businesses to bring good luck and wealth to the owner, in many parts of Japan.

Originally placed at shrines and temples, the first recorded use of maneki-neko was in two artifacts — a chronology of Edo and an ukiyo-e artwork — both dating from 1852, but it is thought the maneki-usagi is a much more recent phenomenon.”

“………..affection for the rabbit is partly due to the long and rich history of the animal in many facets of Japanese life, which has percolated into popular culture.

“Some stories about rabbits have been told in Japanese mythology and written in Buddhist scriptures,” says Chiken Taizui, head monk at Zen temple Gyokuho-ji in Nagasaki Prefecture.

One of the country’s most famous and oldest tales involving the rabbit is the “Hare of Inaba,” which was recorded in the “Kojiki,” the oldest extant chronicle of Japan dating from the early eighth century.

Legend has it that a hare challenged a shark to see whose family was the largest. When the sharks lined up to be counted, they stretched from the Oki Islands (in present-day Shimane Prefecture) to neighboring Cape Keta (in present-day Tottori Prefecture).

The hare counted the sharks as he hopped along on top of them and, nearing the land on the other side, taunted them that he had set up the challenge simply to cross the sea. One shark attacked him and ripped off his fur. The hare asked for help from some passing gods but they treated him cruelly. Only one, Onamuchi helped him heal, resulting in Onamuchi’s enshrinement for benevolence at Izumo-Taisha, believed to be the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan.

Even today, the shrine grounds are full of statues of rabbits in various poses as a nod to this famous tale and its connection to the local area.

Similarly, the “Konjaku Monogatari,” an anthology of tales written during the late Heian Period (794–1185), tells the story of a rabbit, a fox and a monkey who met the Man on the Moon who came down to Earth disguised as a beggar.

The fox brought him fish from a stream and the monkey presented fruit from the trees. A grass-eater, the rabbit had nothing to offer him and so threw himself on the fire the man had made for cooking. The man was moved and spared the rabbit before drawing his likeness on the moon as an example of charity.

As this story has its roots in Buddhism, many Asian countries touched by the religion see an image of a rabbit on the moon today. In Chinese and Vietnamese folklore, the rabbit is pounding the elixir of life with a mortar and pestle, whereas in South Korea and Japan, the rabbit is making rice cakes.

For many Japanese people, then, the new year often conjures up images of the rabbit, even when it is not a rabbit year.

Mochi-tsuki (rice cake-making) is a typical new year activity in Japan and is often still carried out in the traditional way, with a wooden mortar and pestle — reminiscent of the rabbit pounding rice cakes on the moon.

In the coming days, the rabbit will also leap into people’s thoughts during new year celebrations thanks to displays at shrines for the first visit of 2023 and motifs on new year cards.

In mid-January, though, that exuberance will subside to reflect the quiet energy of the Year of the Rabbit, which Moe says will offer an enjoyable and comfortable, yet determined, pace of life.”

The Japan Times: An independent voice in Asian




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