Thursday, February 3, 2011

magic rabbit

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.

Gertrude Stein (3 february 1874 - 1946)

along with being gertrude (a rose is a rose is a rose) stein's birthday today marks the chinese new year - a movable feast which is based on the lunar cycle - this year is the year of the rabbit!

for the last few years cleveland's st. clair-superior neighborhood development corporation has celebrated the chinese new year with a community public arts project. local artists apply their talents to create works of art on supplied fiberglass sculptures of the year's animal. the deadline for artists' proposals has passed; soon the accepted artists will receive their rabbits - they have until april to complete their sculptures. sometime during may the rabbits will be unveiled and then installed around the city.

in 2010 the neighborhood kicked off the installation with the first annual asian festival, I wrote about this new festival and had a link to the snaps I took of the tigers - they were purrrrrfect! I can't wait for the 2nd annual festival and checking out the rabbits! I am already looking forward to hopping from one place to another to find all the rabbits.

The Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

Not many people know that the Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life. It is said that anyone making supplications for wishes to be fulfilled are certain to get what they want... and in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied. The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Thus on each of the Full Moon nights of this year, go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize plenty of Moon dust and Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage. This will not only strengthen your inner "Chi" energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.
by the way, the above comes from here


shara worden of my brightest diamond haunting and ethereal song magic rabbit




in case you are wondering what animal ruled your birth year, here's a handy dandy chart (from here)- click on image to enlarge




photo: a small sample of john's mom's rabbit collection, lakewood, november 2010

10 comments:

California Girl said...

Thank you for posting this Kimy. I was born in the Year of the Rabbit and, aside from what I read on Chinese menus, I've never known what that signifies.

Sounds like a good year for me!

Reya Mellicker said...

Happy rabbit year, Kim! Did you know that in Vietnam, it's the year of the cat?


xx oo Pull one of your hat, yes? I say YES.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cg - i don't know how old you will be but can narrow it down to to most likely 48 or 60? according to a friend from china if you wear red every day during
your year you will enhance luck and prosperity!! red undies work very well! ha ha

reya - i did not know that!! thanks, i love bits of trivia like that. i've seen my birth year listed as the year of the sheep or goat - but now i wonder if vietnam has another animal! will have to investigate.

hoppy rabbit year!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ah from the portal:

In the related Vietnamese zodiac, the cat takes the place of the rabbit.[1][2] The Chinese character 卯 for the Rabbit sounds like (mão, mẫu, méo, mẹo, mẻo); the word "mèo" is cat in Vietnamese. Therefore, cat was translated from Chinese to Vietnamese as fourth zodiac sign instead of Rabbit.

rabbit/cat is the only animal that is different and it seems as if the difference was a lost in translation issue - meow!!

Alan Burnett said...

OK, the days of wine and rabbits it is.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... My own recommendation for the theme song for this Year of the Rabbit would be this song. Heh, heh!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

alan - love it


ah roy, had i not used white rabbit TWICE before i might have used it again..... first time the mouse featured the airplane tune was on june 9 2008 - when i wrote about the year of the rat (best i can figure was the white rat sculpture featured must have reminded me of a white rabbit!)

used the song again in july the following year when i wrote about taking susan's alice cutout around and about.

do love the song!!!! third time's a charm though

tony said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! hey! I'm A Dragon!

Betty said...

the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. - Sounding good!

Happy New Year, Kim!

maggie's garden said...

Thinking the year of the rabbit will be a good one...love the bunny collection and you're right the video is haunting and ethereal. Just my thing!
Enjoy your Sunday...