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The Year of the Yin Water Rabbit: January 22, 2023 - February 9, 2024

2022 was the Lunar New Year of the Yang Water Tiger. Energetic, vigorous, brave, adventurous were some of its keywords. These traits were apparent as we watched brave people emerge from the Pandemic and recreate themselves in new adventurous ways. We “pounced” on life again! 2022 was all about strength, vitality, and growth. Life required a lot of “energy” (energy is Yang) to get things back on track.

For these reasons 2022 felt hard, busy, and fast. The Year of the Yang Water Tiger ends January 21, 2023 and in comes the Year of the Yin Water Rabbit on January 22, 2023. It will be very different energetically. Keywords for this Lunar Year include relaxation, fluidity, quietness and contemplation. We will crave a more balanced life in 2023, but it won’t be all rest and no play and work. In 2023 we will utilize clever movements and focused travel to accomplish our goals–just like the Rabbit does. Because it is a Yin Year, people will feel more intuitive and accepting–but we’ll still keep a keen eye on our goals. We’ll do well to simply “hop away” from any distractions that prevent us from feeling both peaceful and accomplished. February will be an advantageous month to gently “jump on” any needed changes that will come to fruition in the Spring, the time of foliage and blossoms, which correlate to this Lunar Cycle’s earthly stem, Wood.

2023 will be a big year for Love as the rabbit adores cuddling, affection and bonding. If you are seeking a partner, this will be a wonderful year to manifest that energy and find your person. There will be greater potential to strengthen connections with friends and family, too, during the Year of the Yin Water Rabbit.

In general it is predicted that there will be more peace, more prosperity, and less anger and frustration. Many of you are probably familiar with the rabbit’s foot, well known for bringing “good luck.” This will be the energy–in addition to the potential for finding love and companionship– it will be a fertile time for greater abundance in the financial arena of life too. While the Yang Water Tiger and the Yin Water Rabbit share the same element of Water (and the color black), it will manifest very differently this year vs. last. Yang Water (last year) was more about raging, flooding waters and Yin Water (this year) will be like a peaceful pond or quiet brook. It is expected we will see less contention in political spheres with greater diplomacy.

Health-wise this will be a good year to nurture kidney energy since it’s a Water Year. That means rest, meditation, soothing baths, and nourishing fluids. Auspicious foods to eat for Chinese New Year include dumplings, rice cakes, and sponge cakes. Red decorations scare away any monsters, and wearing new clothes on the Chinese New Year help one have a “fresh start.” All in all, this year should be one where we catch our breath, find our balance, and experience more serenity.

Sending you best wishes for a peaceful, healthy 2023!

Maureen McLaughlin, LAc, MSOM

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