This year is the Year of the Metal Rabbit, different to the previous 'rabbit year', 1999, the Year of the Earth Rabbit, and 1987, the Year of the Fire Rabbit. So, what is the significance of this year in terms of personal astrology?
Essentially, the energy of the metal element will dominate for the first half of the solar year, which runs from February 4 until August 7. Solar months do not start on the first day of Western months but somewhere between days four and eight, inclusive. To ascertain when the months start, it is best to refer to the Ten Thousand Year Calendar.
Thus, if metal is a positive element for you, then the first half of the year will be auspicious. Depending on your day element, metal may represent wealth, power or resources - an experienced astrologer will be able to identify any auspicious or inauspicious events that may occur. For instance, if your day element is wood, then metal - which controls wood - represents power.
The second half of the year, which runs from August 8, will be governed by the rabbit or wood element. If wood is a negative element for you, then the second half of the year will be challenging.