Year of the Rabbit - What awaits you in 2023?

Happy Lunar New Year

Your fortune for the Year of the Rabbit

The Chinese zodiac, or 生肖 (/sheng-xiao/ ‘born resembling'), is represented by 12 zodiac animals. In order,  they are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each one of these animals corresponds to a year and the cycle repeats every 12 years.

In Chinese culture, it is believed that your relationships, health, well-being, and career fortunes are closely tied to the year of your birth.

Learn your best Feng Shui practice

The literal translation of the Chinese term is “wind” (Feng風)and “water” (Shui水). At the most basic level, Feng Shui is the interaction between people and their environments. Feng Shui makes you aware of how your surroundings affect you. It provides tools and methods to change the way you live to achieve specific results and increase your overall well-being, happiness and success.

Take this opportunity to find out what you can do to change up your workspace and maximise the effects of Feng Shui.

The Rat (...1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996…)


There may be a noticeable change in those colleagues that used to surround you in your company. Although 2023 may appear to be lacklustre in the beginning, it is recommended that you always seek advice when making any major drastic changes. Take time to evaluate your ambition to resign or transfer. These decisions will be especially crucial to your career direction this year, so welcome all points of view from your loved and trusted ones.

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This year, invite intuition, wisdom and better social interactions in your workspace by channeling the water element. Consider incorporating blue coloured items to your desk and surroundings at work.​

The Ox (…1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997…)


To those born in the Year of the Ox, this is your year! You will witness your career soaring from the start of the year but do not take your foot off the pedal - instead, double your efforts to get your ideal return. Active participation will be required from you this year to do well. In the face of new challenges at work, a team formed on strong collaborative roots, who support one another will drive the company to new successes. This is also an ideal year to take on new leadership opportunities.

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This year, capitalise on your good fortune by welcoming the symbol of wealth and prosperity to your desk. A miniature lucky bamboo plant is perfect when placed in the North-East corner of your workspace.

The Tiger (…1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998…)


It is suggested that you grab hold of every opportunity that comes your way this year. Go out of your comfort zone and meet people to build and strengthen new workplace connections, this will help you greatly. The summer may bring you opportunities to switch careers. If it is something you are passionate about, go forth without doubting yourself.

There are also good chances that your leadership skills will be acknowledged late in the year, leading to an unexpected surprise.

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This year, invest in a small piece of interior decoration that incorporates flowing water. It will aid you in your social interactions and promote wisdom, intuition, and fluidity.

The Rabbit (...1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999...)


Those born in the Year of the Rabbit will experience “Tai Sui” (太歲) this year, meaning that your career fortune can be described as challenging. You can expect major changes within your career. You may experience more and more pressure as time passes, and your mind may become confused. During this time, it is important to hold your own, make your choices with a more adaptable mindset, evaluate what is and is not working for your career, and make changes with a level-headed mind.

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This year, make sure to seek clarity by keeping your space organised. A disorganised space attracts negativity and you should be able to notice a change as soon as you sort out the items in your space. Take a look at your desk and try to distinguish between items you use on the daily versus the ones you seldom touch. Make sure that items not required on the daily are put into storage and not cluttering up your headspace.

The Dragon (...1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000...)


​For those born in the Year of the Dragon, this Rabbit Year will slowly but steadily move your career. Affected by the overall turbulent nature of the markets, everyone will likely be faced with both ups and downs, which could mentally and physically exhaust you and your colleagues. In these times, it is important to remember that with losses also comes gain. This testing year, you must remain persistent. As you pass through, you will gain the ability to view career-changing events with a more holistic eye and a wider view of your progression. Although it may appear uncertain, change is a blessing in disguise.

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This year, welcome stability in these turbulent times by making a switch to your work chair. One with armrests, a solid backing (the higher the better) and a solid base will provide you with the support, and protection you need to face the unknown.

The Snake (...1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001...)


​For those born in the Year of the Snake, your career may appear unpredictable this year, but every challenge will present itself with an opportunity. When entrusted with new responsibilities, channel your strengths, and innovate. There could be a shortage of manpower and timeframes will be tight but use your efforts to drive new energy and morale into your team. Do not be discouraged and move through this year with a positive and hopeful mind.

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Be reminded to avoid placing mirrors around your surrounding workspace. Mirrors can act as distractions and take your focus away from your efforts. You may also consider including a heavy paperweight or statue onto your desk. Heavy items made of jade or other stones have the ability to invite stability into your life and give you the balance you want in the year.

The Horse (...1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002...)


Those of you who are born in the Year of the Horse, go forward bravely this year. In this year of the Rabbit, bring those ambitions to the surface and act on them! Ask for the increment you believe you deserve, reach out to the organisations you have always wanted to be a part of, or simply make the change in your career that you have been waiting to see a sign for. Although your career fortune looks bright, make sure to take the time to humble yourself and make the most of this year.

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With an exciting and ambitious year ahead, stay grounded by incorporating clay and wood items into your workspace this year as they introduce stability. Avoid glass items as they can be fragile and reflect uncertainty into your space.

The Goat (...1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003…)


Things look bright for those born in the Year of the Goat, you will receive good fortunes this year. Your career will be on the rise, full of competition and spirit. As opportunities come one after another, you should give in to your ambition and seek more breakthroughs in the form of new challenges. Those around you will take note of your action and offer more, this is a snowballing effect to capitalise on. When trying to explore new fields that you thought were previously unavailable, try boldly, take initiative, and achieve the career that you want for yourself.

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Incorporate red items into your workspace this year. This fire element representing colour will exude your passion, energy, desire for expansion and intention for transformation. Allow your energy to build on these items and take you to new heights.

The Monkey(…1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004…)


​Those born in the Year of the Monkey will see their career reinvigorated and blossom. Take note that while the first half of the year may remain slow, it could be because change is afoot. When faced with such a bottleneck, maintain a positive attitude and do not feel swept away by change. When the second half of the year approaches, you will naturally find your way past this bottleneck, and the choices you have made will bring unexpected gains.

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This year make sure you make natural light a priority. Artificial light is seen to create fatigue and stress. Maintain positive and tuned by keeping your desk somewhere bright and well-lit by the sun.

The Rooster(…1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005…)


Those of the Year of the Rooster will experience the “Tai Sui”太歲this year, be wary. Changes at work could have an impact on you, so stay ahead of the game and act swiftly if you need to. Although your work experience might be frustrating sometimes, stay sharp, focused, and clear about where you want to drive your career. Remind yourself that everyone can make mistakes, and not let the small events trip you up in the grand scheme of things.

Feng Shui set-up
This year, remove items on your desk that have glass, whether that be glasses, cups or perfume bottles. Glass is seen to be fragile and unsure, and you want to avoid that this year. If your desk is facing an empty wall, it could create a lack of vision and perception. Instead, incorporate a piece of hanging artwork on the wall in front of you.

The Dog(…1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006…)


Those born in the Year of the Dog will experience mixed career luck in 2023 and may potentially face some resistance at work. You may experience increased workloads and you could face some significant pressure. In the Year of the Rabbit, you must pay special attention to your words and the motivations behind them. During the second half of the year, after summer, this cloud of hardship will dissipate and you will see things in more clarity than ever before. Should you wish to pursue new career opportunities, that will be the optimal time.

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Welcome renewal and growth into your career this year by incorporating more green and live plants into your workspace. You want to come out of the first half of this year with a new perspective and fresh outlook.

The Pig(…1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007…)


​Those born in the Year of the Pig will experience a smooth year as their career fortune thrives. It is advised that you set a challenging career goal for yourself and do not stay conservative in your ambition. Do not feel guilty should you wish to progress from this point in your career. During the first half of this year, you may meet someone who will provide great guidance and mentorship, helping guide you through this maze and implementing some well-needed actions for positive change.

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Alongside setting high goals for yourselves in this coming year, make sure you think ‘vertically’ by incorporating vertical lines and shapes into your workspace. This will help you to maximise and break through any mental ceiling you may possess. Add lights that allow light to travel upwards, and place a tall plant in your office, or even a tall bookshelf in the corner of your room.

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