Explore what's in store on the last leg of the Year of the Water Tiger before the Rabbit hops in

The fourth animal in the 12-year cycle according to Chinese astrology, the Rabbit is a zodiac animal that represents people born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023.

The Chinese New Year falls on January 22, 2023, welcoming the Year of the Water Rabbit, a sub-component of the Rabbit that applies to those born in 1963. This is because Chinese astrology also incorporates the five elements—water, metal, wood, earth, and fire—and the zodiac moves through a different element each year.

The Rabbit symbolises good luck, patience, prosperity, and vigour while the Yin Water element represents sensitivity, intuition, and inner peace. Combined, we can expect to move into a more patient and gentle 2023, with some lucky breaks.

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Malaysia's master of Chinese Metaphysics and world-renowned feng shui expert Dato' Joey Yap gives Tatler an overview of what's in store for each animal sign in the Chinese zodiac in January 2023.

Tiger

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1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022

Good tidings await on the financial front, as you’ve got a knack for making money through investment. In fact, this area seems to be right in your wheelhouse because dividends could be headed in your direction. All in all, this spells a momentous beginning to the year 2023. Financial success accrued this month could be on the heels of your career for the rest of the year. However, here’s a little reminder not to get too big for your boots and remain humble about this new money.

Rabbit

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1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023

You can begin 2023 with a smile because the year will kick off with some money coming your way. Certain investments that you’ve made on the stock market could be providing returns. Be on guard, however, as you might also find yourself the need to spend a little more. A good way to stave this off would be to take it easy on your social interactions. Keep your circle tight and don’t seek out things that you don’t need.

Dragon

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1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012

It’s always a blessing to start the year with a clear mind, and that’s what you’ll be doing. This will come in handy because it’ll help you with making plans. Remember to keep those calendars updated, write down your to-do lists, and be aware of all important matters. You might find yourself spending a little more this month, so make sure to buy all essentials early on to keep your finances in line.

Snake

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1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013

Unfortunately, a rough start awaits you in 2023. Expect the year to begin with a bunch of issues that you have to deal with, which will undoubtedly get on your nerves. Don’t let that stop you though; just buckle down and keep pushing through. Get ready to make the necessary changes for your 2023 goals.

Horse

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1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014

As the year begins, be prepared for some of 2022’s unsightly luck to spill over into 2023. Being at work might get on your nerves, or you might end up butting heads with your colleagues. The arguments don’t end there because you might also have some trouble with being on the same page as your relatives. But it’s important not to give up and be patient instead. Things could get better.

Goat

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1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015

Things with your family could get a little challenging this year, especially at home. Expect water leakage and unseemly noises, which might end up annoying you quite a bit. That being said, you could choose to renovate your home to fix these issues, or take things one step further and just shift houses. This might sound a little over the top but there’s no better time for new beginnings than a new year.

Monkey

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1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016

The start of your 2023 looks pretty good because you’ll be in the company of a lot of helpful people. This in turn could lead to you moving up the ladder at work, so expect a better position and the salary that comes with it. Variety is the spice of life, and that’s your direction for relationships and love. You could be meeting a whole lot of new and interesting people, so fun times await.

Rooster

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1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017

Place your professional partnerships on hold for now. There’s a chance of your reputation taking a hit this month, making it an unsuitable time to extend your business ventures to other people. On top of that, avoid making any investments at the moment, or engaging in risky activities like gambling. You could wind up losing money as a result.

Dog

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1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018

If you’re living with a person that’s in their golden years, now is the time to show a little caution as they might get quite sick. The weight of expenses from 2022 could continue to wear you down, which could affect your financial standing for 2023. Taking care of the elderly, especially when they are ill, is no easy task. Expect the fees to continue climbing.

Pig

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1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019

Bearers of the Pig sign should batten down the hatches and expect some trouble as 2023 begins. However, most of this is likely to come from the fact that you’ve been overthinking a lot of things. You can keep banging your head on the wall over them but no change will come unless it’s meant to. Also, be a little cautious when you’re signing any documents or contracts to avoid legal trouble.

Rat

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1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020

You’re starting off 2023 by putting the ‘new’ in New Year. There’s a possibility of moving and renovations, so prepare for new spaces and perhaps even new furniture. A good reset is likely what you’ve been needing this entire time. But while this change is happening, be alert when it comes to the health of people staying at home. The more elderly they are, the higher their chances of falling sick.

Ox

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1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021

Take it easy and start 2023 with a smile on your face, because things are looking good, especially in the romance department. Love is in the air, and if you’re single and looking to mingle, now’s the time. If you know what you’re working within the dating pool, then a big catch might just come your way. Matters of love aside, it’s also a great time to plan out your career for the rest of the year.

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