Wabbit year imminent

Wednesday 2 February 2011, 5.42am HKT

The Year of the Metal Rabbit (兔) kicks off at 16.00 hours GMT on Thursday, 3rd February 2011. The Wabbit Rabbit is the fourth vermin animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. One punter had this to say:

A placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.

Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will be given a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions without too much difficulty.

A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.

Law and order will be lax; rules and regulations will not be rigidly enforced. No one seems very inclined to bother with these unpleasant realities. They are busy enjoying themselves, entertaining others or simply taking it easy. The scene is quiet and calm, even deteriorating to the point of somnolence. We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible

Money can be made without too much labor. Our life style will be languid and leisurely as we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved for. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances.” — The Holiday Spot

Even if you believe in this sort of thing, that’s kind of bollocks as to the qualities of the Metal Rabbit Wabbit. The Metal Wabbit is an angry wabbit. It is not a happy bunny, so to speak.

In Taoist thinking, basic Metal attributes are:

  • firmness
  • rigidity
  • persistence
  • strength
  • determination

A Metal person (robot?) is:

  • controlling
  • ambitious
  • forceful
  • set in their ways (because metal is strong)
  • self-reliant but also prefer to handle problems alone (read: not a team player)
  • materialistic
  • business-oriented (hardheaded?)
  • good at organisation and stability (read:inflexible and unadaptable)

Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person:

  • has strong impulses (headstrong?)
  • has strong generative powers (making things happen for his/her own interests?)
  • can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them (social engineering?)

Now merge those qualities with those of the Wabbit and figure out what you could get in a Wabbit:

  • longevity
  • graciousness
  • good manners and avoidance of harsh words or vulgarities
  • ability to save face for self and others
  • an outer air of indifference or aloofness in dealing with others
  • sharp business acumen
  • inscrutability in negotiations and strategic planning
  • organisational ability in money matters

Translate that into a Wabbit year and you can see what 2011 has in store for us.

Frankly, if you’ve ever been near a live wabbit before, you’ll know these truths:

  • it’s a bloody ferocious pest
  • it’s highly temperamental with a REAL temper
  • eats everything in sight
  • is not cuddly
  • bites, snarls and lunges like hell at you
  • smells awful
  • always suffer from myxamatosis (localised skin tumours, lumps around head and genitals)
  • screws anything that moves
  • intelligent and learns early on that exhibiting bad/offensive behaviour gets them what they want
  • needs constant flaming attention and then bites the hand that feeds it
  • is a right bleeding bugger of an animal
  • never actually been domesticated: untamed and untameable
  • make great summer sandwiches with cucumbers, by the way

The Wabbit year runs from 3rd Feb 2011 to 22 Jan 2012.

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Image via Wikipedia (pilfered and used without permission).

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

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