So today is the Chinese New Year. 4709. Or 2011, according to the Western calendar. It's the year of the Rabbit. My Chinese birth sign is the snake. Like the dragon, or the ox, the snake seems a lot more fierce than a rabbit. If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 or 1999, you, too, are a rabbit.
According to the Chinese horoscope, the rabbit has some very positive character traits:
They're said to be calm and gentle, but persistent. Quietly charismatic and thoughtful. Rabbits are admired for their tactful and considerate dealings with all who know them. No surprise then, they are the most often depended upon for their wise counsel, or as someone in which to put trust in a personal friendship or business dealing.
Fire Snakes can be a bit loud, speaking their minds and smothering you with their opinions. This does add a twist to his dynamic and vibrant character, as he is quite the extrovert. These Snakes have a great wisdom. They are intriguing communicators who leave you breathless after a conversation. Fire Snakes can change even the most obstinate mind with their powers of persuasion, convincing you their opinions or ideas are better than yours. This does make them a little self-centered, but you can’t say they aren’t driven for success.
Did you know that both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are rabbits? So were Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein. So is Tiger (another Chinese astrological sign) Woods. Eh, ok, maybe not the best example. So let's take a look at other famous rabbits:
The most famous rabbit (bunny) on the list, Bugs has always been a personal cartoon hero of mine. Dry, sarcastic and able to defeat his enemies with sharp wit. He's a creative instigator and an admitted stinker. We differ with his love of carrots.
The most annoying rabbit (bunny) on the list, by far. The Energizer Bunny started going and going during the 1988 World Series in battery advertisements and has been unfunny ever since.
Real vampires don't sparkle. They hop. Bunnicula was my favorite literary rabbit as a kid.
Of all the characters in Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, only two are meant to be real animals, not the stuffed variety. Instead of having names, both go by the types of animals they are. One is Rabbit. Can you name the other? Rabbit prides himself on the fact that he, unlike all the others has "brains instead of fluff." Although Pooh's Zen-like philosophy on life makes him my favorite character in the story, Rabbit's "brains" makes him a close second.
Lewis Caroll's White Rabbit. I dig this one because of all he represents. According to the popular metaphor, chasing the White Rabbit is what "wakes you up." The thing that allows you to see what reality, and truth, really is. In Wonderland, he was everything Alice was not, yet she still chased him, leading to her famous adventure. She shouldn't have. But she did. And Alice, and all of us, are better off for it. What's your White Rabbit? Where did it take you? Have you chased one yet? Don't you think it's time to do so? Go on, you're late.
The March Hare. Another one of Lewis Caroll's creations. According to Alice, "The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad--at least not so mad as it was in March." You can't blame him, really. His characteristics are evolutionary. Biological. Rabbits mate like crazy in the spring. In one story, the Hare is cast as a prosecutor who, in his madness, addresses the court with his opening statement that pretty much vindicates the accused. He then turns his accusing eye on the court itself, questioning why they didn't serve tea with the tarts, which were evidence. How can you not like this guy?
The most hilarious bunny on the list. Also, "the most foul, cruel and bad-tempered rodent you've ever set eyes on." It's the killer rabbit from Monty Python's Holy Grail. Run away! Run away! Run away!
Jessica, wife of Roger. You knew this was coming.
Where there any I missed?
Post your favorites in the comments. And, have a
hoppy, er, Happy New Year.