The Chinese zodiac calendar 2011 officially turned over today. As such, the Chinese Zodiac calendar 2011 welcomes a new rabbit as its symbol. Whereas the Western astrology system is based on seasons, and the Eastern one is based on stars, this one is a little different. Instead of having a different symbol for each month, it has just one animal to symbolize each year. So today, the Chinese Zodiac welcomes back the rabbit on its calendar.
China has an astrological system that’s even older than ours. But every year around this time, they begin the “Year Of” a certain animal. Either the rat/mice, ox/buffalo, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog or pig/boar gets the assignment for a given year.
This year, the Chinese calendar has put the rabbit in charge as of today. From now until Jan. 22, 2012, over a billion people in China will celebrate the Year Of The Rabbit. The tiger held the reigns from last Feb. 14 to yesterday, with the dragon now waiting his turn for 2012.
The last time the Year of the Rabbit took place was from February 1999 to February 2000. Instead of having a 12-month-long system, China’s goes on for 12 years. The rabbit represents the fourth year of the process, which goes from rat to pig/boar.
Under the Chinese zodiac calendar, the Year Of The Rabbit celebrates people who “enjoy being surrounded by family and friends.” They are said to be popular and sincere, but on the flip side, they may be seen as “pushovers” since they tend to avoid conflict. However, goats and pigs/boars are assumed to be quite compatible with them.
This is a change of pace from the Year Of The Tiger, which just finished honoring those who are authoritative, ambitious, and “ready to pounce.” After the rabbit gets finished, the dragon will have its turn, to honor those who are warm-hearted, charismatic, and “natural born leaders.”
Coincidentally, the 2011 calendar turns over at a time when astrology is under new debate over here. The Western system recently got shifted around with a new sign, and new dates, which made many believers react furiously. They generally did not like the changes – even though they aren’t exactly new ones, and weren’t going to be adapted by Western astrologers anyway.
Many horoscope believers here are traditionalists, yet that is nothing compared to those who read the Chinese zodiac calendar. In 2011, the rabbit will reign supreme, before taking a break for the next 12 years, with no threat of change likely to come.
Chinese Zodiac Signs- “Chinese Zodiac Animals”
China Today- “Chinese Zodiac”
World News Insight- “The Year of the Rabbit – Chinese New Year 2011”