This Scribbler Too drawing is my answer to e-mails going back and forth within my family in the last few days, concerning the Chinese New Year, the new year being the year of the metal rabbit (or golden rabbit). In my work I deal a lot with suppliers from China, so, to be in the picture, I googled the Chinese horoscope for the coming year and learned that it is the year of the Golden Rabbit, which is supposed to mean that, at least business wise, it will be a quieter year than the last, which was the year of the Tiger. I shared my knowledge with my family and received the following comments from my uncle, who has been living in Thailand for over 30 years:
“The Year of the Rabbit may not be quite so cuddly. 2011 is the Year of the Metal Rabbit (Metal being one of the 5 elements influencing the sign). The Rabbit itself is Wood. Then there is the Yin and
Yang influence. 2011 is a Yin (female) year. Yin Metal means dagger, which means battle or fight in the underground and ambush. Throughout history, Yin Metal Rabbit Years were often associated with conflict and espionage. The Yin Metal Rabbit is beautiful and charming on the surface but hard on the inside.”
So far, so good!
My brother, who lives in California and has some knowledgable asian colleagues, wrote the following as a reply:
“Having being born in the year of the rabbit myself, I am interested in what this year portends. Your writing about female metal rabbits with daggers looking for conflict sounds a little ominous. Luckily we don’t appear to have any women in our family born under the sign of the rabbit. I am also being told that wishes made in the year of the rabbit are likely to be fulfilled since the Rabbit is the symbol of the moon and is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic. Apparently all I need to do out and gaze into the full moon. Anything you think I should be wishing for?”
So this jolly, tongue in cheek, to-ing and fro-ing of symbolism inspired this little sketch.
I would be grateful for any further information on the subject, which I could add to my family’s discussions ;o)