After the past few years that have been marked by upheaval and uncertainties, the energy coming to 2023 will be replaced by a new light, hopeful, and sweeter energy.
The Year of the Tiger was the first to bring in springtime energy as it is the first of the 3 spring zodiac animals of tiger, rabbit, and dragon. The rabbit represents the fullness of spring when nature is flowering, and green growth appears.
The energy of the rabbit will offer us a respite from the cold austere energies of the past few years that were aligned with the metal element and winter-time animals of the pig, rat, and ox.
What’s more, the reigning star of the year that accompanies the rabbit is the 4 Star of love. And what animal goes as well with this kind of petal soft energy as a fluffy bunny?
The 4 is the star of education and writing luck, as well as travel and romance.
The year ahead will have its bumps as usual, but it will also have more lightness and offer us delights as the 4 star glides in after we turn the calendar page to 2023 and the tiger retreats to the forest.
I know you’ll love the beautiful and calming energy the rabbit brings and because of the 4 star that is its companion in the year ahead.
Look for ways to bring enjoyment, beauty, and pleasurable moments into your year. It’s the best way to use this sweet and tender energy the rabbit and the 4 star offer us.
Year of the Rabbit Official Date
The Lunar New Year will be Sunday, January 22, 2023. Be sure to make your home ready for the coming New Year to welcome a brand-new set of energies to your home and life.
Learn more about how to prepare your home for the Lunar New Year with these articles and podcasts.
2023: The Last Year in the Period of 8
The Period of 8 is a 20-year cycle that began in February 2004 and ends on February 3, 2024. This was a period of “young men,” where the likes of internet giants like Mark Zuckerburg popped up like flowers in a spring rain.
As we go through 2023, we will finalize a 20 year cycle that will change next year to Period 9.
In Period 9, the new energy will be feminine. The 9 star rules fire and the middle daughter, so we will see women surge ahead in position and power. This will occur next February 4, 2024. It will be an exciting time!
Let’s talk now about the year’s energies….
Read each of the energies to determine how they might affect you and your family. Pay close attention to the energies that are at your front door, bedroom, or home office.
It is also wise to look at who occupies the sectors where afflictions fall. If you have old, sick, very young, or pregnant family members in these corners, it might be wise to move them to another bedroom if possible.
As always it’s best to be prepared for the difficulties. Once that’s done, you can look forward to a year of opportunity and adventure, love and contentment, pleasure and joy.
The 5 Yellow “Bone Breaker” Star flies to the Northwest Breadwinner Sector
This star is the most unfortunate of all the stars. The 5 Yellow Star brings misfortune, misunderstandings, bad luck, accidents, and financial problems. This is especially true if you sleep, work in this sector or if your front door is in the afflicted sector. Do take extra care if any of this is true for you.
This is the sector of the breadwinner or the man of the family, and it is he who will be most affected. It will also affect the dog and pig zodiac signs. It will be wise to be cautious this year with health, expenses, and investments. Older men will want to be particularly careful with health particularly with blood pressure, stroke, and heart ailments. It would be wise to put remedies in place.
2 Black Illness Star Flies to East Health, Oldest Son and Family Sector
In 2023, the 2 star flies to the east, the sector of family, growth, and the oldest son. However, all afflictions can affect anyone in the family, including your pets. This year, the 2 Black Illness star is in a fighting position in the east.
This is the meeting of two giants: the big earth of the 2 star and the big wood of the 3 star. You could say it is a clash of the titans. When the 2 and 3 meet up, they form what is called “bullfighting” energy. This can mean that families will face legal complications or argue.
It can also create stomach problems in the household in addition to bringing health challenges to the oldest son. It may also mean that once someone gets sick in a family…everyone in the family gets sick. Keep a close watch on preventing the spread of illness.
This sector relates to the feet and lower legs. Be careful with activities as this could create a twisted ankle, broken foot, or injuries to the feet. Earth-related illnesses will be more common and could show up as stomach issues, problems with the gall bladder, ulcers, and colitis.
If you have any underlying health concerns, they could blossom this year with the influence of the 2 star. Like the 1 star, the 2 star is also ruled by Jupiter, only it expands the difficulties of the 2 star rather than create benefits as it does for the 1 star.
3 Jade Star Flies to the Southeast Wealth and Oldest Daughter Sector
The 3 argument star moves to the sector of the oldest daughter and of investments and assets. This star is also known to stir up legal problems, gossip, arguing and bickering. It is especially hard on couples and creates that weary emotional fatigue that can sometimes end relationships — or bring in a third party.
The bigger concern?
Emotional and nervous upsets so straining that there could be divorce, major depression, or nervous breakdown. Watch for problems with legal matters, wrangling over money, anger from the oldest daughter, or for emotional problems if this is your front door, bedroom, or home office location.
The 7 Red Violence Star
In 2023 the 7 red star moves from the west and heads to the northeast corner. Because this is the sector that rules wisdom, there could be difficulties with thinking clearly, injuries to the hand, and school bullying.
The 7 star affects the ox and tiger zodiac signs most this year, so this year these signs will need to be especially careful with what they say, their relationships, the tendency toward infection, accident, and theft.
This star is ruled by the planet Venus. With the 7 star being an afflicted star, it will represent the negative qualities of Venus. Because Venus rules attractiveness and relationships, the negatives expressed would be problematic relationships, arguments, and narcissism.
Wherever the 7 star falls the tendency to cut off and loss follows. This can be cutting relationships off, lopping off jobs, or losing members of our families.
More than relationship problems and difficulties, this star can cause a host of problems from robbery, accidents, arguments, slander, gossip, injury, and illness of the lungs.
The most grave concern is the potential for injury of children in educational settings. Pay close attention to your child’s school setting and their protection. Another worry is having a pregnant woman in this corner as the 7 star could create worries with bleeding or loss of a pregnancy.
The 3 Killings Direction
This affliction moves each year to a new cardinal direction, and this year it flies to the west. The 3 Killings can affect the ability to concentrate, communicate, and create harsh words between people. Lawsuits, slander, and libel are also a potential under the 3 Killings influence and create three kinds of loss, such as loss of reputation, loss of a loved one, or loss of money.
The 3 Killings take up 90 degrees on the compass. If you sit within those 90 degrees with your back to the direction of the 3 Killings, you’re exposing yourself to its harmful influence. Make certain that you avoid sitting with your back to the 3 Killings. This year that means you should FACE WEST.
Keep all these afflicted sectors in mind when you are assessing the feng shui of your home for the year.
If these afflictions fall in important areas of your home, like a bedroom or front door, be sure to put remedies in place to manage the afflictions.
This article covers these afflictions and how to manage them. Or for a full rundown of the year, check out my 2023 Year of the Rabbit Feng Shui Forecast and Success Pack for all the information you need to know to make 2023 one of your best! Be sure to read Part II — the Beneficial Stars that bring money, love, travel, success, happiness, and opportunity!