by Betsy Seeton
In answer to the title on this posting: What do George Orwell, Albert Einstein, Fidel Castro, actor Brad Pitt, and director Francis Ford Coppola all have in common? You probably already guessed they’re all born in the year of the rabbit. Below, you'll find out what that means. It's rather entertaining, if you like that sort of thing!
And while the zodiac stuff is fun, I mainly write about this because it brings up an important issue of what happens when an event comes along that spurs people to go out and purchase the "in" animal. Every time 101 Dalmatians makes a comeback, lots of people go out and buy the lovely spotted canine only to discover they aren't compatible with an animal who needs massive amounts of daily exercise. The result: abandoned dogs. So with this being Year of the Rabbit and six animated films featuring cute cartoon versions scheduled for release, Chinese children will likely be clamoring to buy them. And not just children want rabbits this year. Owning a rabbit in Chinese culture is thought to bring good luck. There are so many people wanting rabbits that pet suppliers can't keep up with the demand for these cute, little fur balls.
THE RABBIT PERSONALITY
A person born in the year of the Rabbit possesses one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit, or Hare as he is referred to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon.
When a Westerner gazes at the Moon, he may joke that it is a ball of cheese or tell a child the story of the Man in the Moon. When a Chinese looks at the Moon, he sees the Moon Hare standing near a rock under a Cassia tree and holding the Elixir of Immortality in his hands.
During the Chinese mid-Autumn festival when the Moon is supposed to be at its loveliest, Chinese children still carry lighted paper lanterns made in the image of a Rabbit and climb the hills to observe the Moon and admire the Moon Hare.
The Rabbit symbolizes graciousness, good manners, sound counsel kindness and sensitivity to beauty. His soft speech and graceful and nimble ways embody all the desirable traits of a successful diplomat or seasoned politician.
Likewise, a person born under this sign will lead a tranquil life, enjoying peace, quiet and a congenial environment. He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment. His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar. He will shine in the fields of law, politics and government.
But he is also inclined to be moody; at such times he appears detached from his environment or indifferent to people.
Although the Rabbit may assume an outer air of indifference to READ MORE
THE RABBIT CHILD
A child born in the Rabbit's year will have a sweet disposition. Even-tempered and obedient, he will be sensitive to the moods of his parents and act accordingly. He may or may not be talkative, but he won't be rowdy or offensive. He can sit quietly and concentrate on one toy or game at a time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Before you buy a rabbit for the new year or Easter or any other fly by night impetus, stop and think about the full picture. Is your desire going to be short lived? What does that mean for the rabbit? Just think before you buy ... and learn about the animal's needs.
Animal ownership should not be entered into on a whim ...
Link to Dorothy Hoffman's article about having a pet rabbit
lovely creatures in the Year of The Rabbit:
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BE RABBIT FRIENDLY WHEN BUYING YOUR COSMETICS AND OTHER PRODUCTS....
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