The Green Girl wishes everyone a very happy Chinese Lunar New Year.
According to Chinese astrology, our universe consists of five basic elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. It is said that everything in the universe, including humans, has a relationship with these five elements.
The Rabbit 兔 is said to be Wood. Wood rules the Eastern direction, and governs the season of Spring. Ruled by the planet Jupiter, the color of this element is Green.
While the Chinese Zodiac Rabbit represents tranquility and calm, 2011 may be considered an unfavorable year since it is a Metal year ushering in the Wood Rabbit. The Chinese believe the Metal element generally works against the Wood element.
The meeting of the two elements indicates we should be cautious this year and focus on a safe, peaceful lifestyle.
The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon (the Yin of the Yang) and it is said that in the Year of the Rabbit, the Moon's wish granting powers are multiplied so the next time you see a Full Moon, be sure to make a wish!