Find out what's in store for the ox, rat, snake, and more in the Year of the Rabbit.
Chinese New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, 22 January 2023, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on 5 February 2023. With the special occasion just around the corner, we took the liberty of pulling out everyone's yearly Zodiac forecast according to the Chinese signs denoted by 12 animals, in the areas of career and wealth.
As with all forecasts, this is only a 'forecast'; so please take it with a pinch of salt and create your own destiny in this new year!
Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
In 2023, Rabbits will enjoy a greater range of opportunities in the workplace. Unforeseen chances will seemingly come out of nowhere, but they will by no means land in the Rabbit’s lap for free. It’s like being handed the ticket that allows you to participate in a race or competition, but whether you win or not is completely up to you and your hard work. In addition, there are people in positions of power who are or have been watching you for a few years, so don’t hesitate to speak up if you have bright new ideas that could challenge the status quo.
In 2023, Rabbit’s financial situation will show greater pressure as expenses trend up. Their potential career advancement isn’t likely to yield financial gains until the latter half of the year, or even 2024, so it’s important that Rabbits keep tabs on their spending and don’t live above their means. Rabbits are advised to cut losses early in the financial markets, set aside a small fund for any rainy days to avoid being in a pinch, and try to curb their spending.
Fun fact about Rabbits: In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon. Some say it is because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it is because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics.
Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
The year of 2023 will see the Dragon’s career develop in a positive direction. “Yue De” will govern this aspect of their life, which will mean a great deal of help whenever they need, from superiors, colleagues and even unexpected quarters like their family or loved ones. On their own, the Dragon will feel their thoughts clear, and their efficiency on the up-and-up. At the same time, the year won’t be short of challenges and frequent but thankfully never permanent setbacks for the Dragon. Think of any challenges as opportunities to shine, and step into the take-charge you were born with!
The Dragon can breathe a sigh of relief in money matters. This aspect of their life will see a positive – not significant but not negligible either – development. With work going well, the Dragon will see their income increase, and if you’re handed new and difficult responsibilities, you can bet you’ll be compensated for your trouble. Investment won’t be as easy for the Dragon as their income from work, on the other hand. Please don’t put your hard-earned bucks into anything high risk, or they’ll surely not come back to you, at least not for a long time to come.
Fun fact about Dragons: Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. They call themselves the descendants of the dragon. In the past, emperors were seen as the reincarnation of dragons.
Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
The Snake will enjoy a year in which their decisive and shrewd mind will be at their best. Any task that’s entrusted to them will see stellar results, and that’s why superiors will recognise the Snake’s merit and give them more responsibilities where the Snake could shine. Make sure you put in the work and the mental power, to not waste any such opportunities that come your way! It’ll be tricky for the Snake to navigate the subtler aspects of the workplace, such as office politics or choosing which team to back. Make sure to keep your cool instead of letting yourself be dragged down.
All the positive development on the work front will see the Snake upgrading their monthly income in 2023. You worked hard for this in previous years, and you’ll still be working hard this year, so enjoy your reward! Don’t fritter your additional income into high-risk investments this year though, Snakes, because global economic conditions simply won’t allow that in 2023. In addition, keep an eye on your valuables no matter where you are. Earn with pleasure, and spend with discretion. Not a terrible place to be in, lucky Snakes!
Fun fact about Snakes: Snakes are humorous and sophisticated. They don’t like small talk or thinking about trivial everyday problems.
Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
Don’t despair if you’re ambitious and place your value in the workplace above all – someone will recognise you for your special mix of inspiration and diligence this year. The main force holding you back will be jealous and small-minded people, who don’t excel and don’t want to see others, like yourself, excel. If you’ve just entered the workforce, be extra cautious of people who seem to be too helpful – they could be setting you up to fail from the get-go. Be extra detail-oriented in 2023 by dotting your I’s and crossing your t’s, but above all, watch your back!
Wealth goes hand in hand with career. Please be careful not to disclose any private or sensitive information if you can! Depend on your income, because while that may fluctuate at times, it’s at least dependable. The same isn’t true for your investments, you know? While Horse’s investments from previous years will stay relatively stable, they’re not advised to put more money into the market. Hold onto your money, and ride out the dramatic surfs of this year with a steady heart!
Fun fact about Horses: As the head of the six domestic animals, horses are crucial in transportation and war. In Chinese culture, they represent speed and freedom.
Goat (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
Most of the Goat’s career fortune takes the form of people who recognise their unique talents and merits, and reward them accordingly, whether that be a promotion, a lucrative contract, or even just a connection that proves beneficial to the Goat for many years to come. So, keep your eyes peeled for these VIPs, and don’t be shy about putting yourself in their field of vision, either! If you’re given such a helpful boost, Goat, don’t take it for granted but try to repay the favour by making introductions of your own, or by doing a stellar job that proves their trust in you. Such working relationships could stand the test of time.
Income will be stable while likely to trend up as the year goes on, especially as the Goat excels in the workplace or is recognised by higher-ups and new clients. All should be smooth sailing in that quarter, and your bank account will show the same reassuring trajectory. Investment and finance won’t be as worry-free, unfortunately. The year is going to be a turbulent one for all financial markets, and the Goat would do well to keep out of any high-risk investment schemes, or out of the markets all together. You simply can’t be too careful in such an environment.
Fun fact about Goats: In Chinese culture, the Goat is the symbol of filial piety, as well as purity and kindness. Goats are able to persevere through any difficulty. This is their most notable trait.
Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
Work challenges abound in 2023 for the Monkey. You’re usually quite resourceful and inventive in the workplace, but for some reason, you won’t feel as invested in your work projects. Try to get yourself together, and try to find some aspect of work that draws you in, because this lag in professional energy is only temporary! You’re usually well-liked at work because you are authentic and honest in your personal interactions. You’re advised not to bring your emotions into the fold this year. Make a plan, follow it as best you can, and avoid impulsive decisions.
In general, the harder you work, the better a project goes. But if you work harder than previous years, your income should at least hold steady, if not increase. You're advised to live frugally, don’t buy anything you don’t absolutely need, and in the end dunk everything into your savings account, Monkey. That’s the safest place this year, to be honest. Work and money, all that will come and go, but your body will stay with you for the rest of your life so take care of your health above anything else!
Fun fact about Monkeys: Monkeys’ most defining trait is their intelligence. In Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity. Because monkeys like eating peaches, with time, they also became associated with long life.
Rooster (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
Work will be changeable and surprising at best. Anything that goes wrong is trying to tell you where you can still improve either your approach to work, or else represent a gap in your skillset. What you can do, in addition to stay nimble on your feet this year, is to strengthen your work relationships. Have more friends than enemies, so if something goes wrong, you’ll find far more people in your quarter and be willing to speak up on your behalf – it could be the difference between “try harder next time” and “you’d best look elsewhere”! Remember, it’s not so much about working harder this year, rather than working smarter, dear Rooster.
Your finances may be unstable this year. This is expected to be temporary, and will give you a chance to regroup and strategise for the future. Rest assured that this shakeup is for the best in the long-term. It’ll land you somewhere better, even if it doesn’t feel that way for now. You’re definitely advised not to throw money around. You could lose money in investment, and if you’re not careful, end up in debt by year’s end. Save, and save some more for a rainy day. That’s your only job in money this year, Rooster!
Fun fact about Roosters: Roosters are serious in their work. They are straightforward and decisive in their actions. They’ll directly criticise what they see unfit and are perfectionists. They are logical and good at managing teams.
Dog (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
There will be some twists and turns, not to mention challenges in the Dog’s career sector in 2023. But that’s okay, because we can tell you now that all will end well, so long as you remember to focus your energy on your own work and conduct, rather than that of others. You’d do well to keep a clear boundary between work and life this year. You’re friendly and well-liked at work as in life, but that could leave an opening for those with less than honourable intentions in 2023 – what you share with someone in a private moment may well come back to bite you in the end. Be amiable, as you’ve always been, but keep your life to yourself and focus on the tasks at hand.
If you find yourself the subject of a circulating rumour in the workplace, you could worry that your income will suffer a dent as a result. Fear not! That’s very unlikely to happen, as higher-ups will see you for who you are this year, and will reward you for a job well-done as opposed to being popular or anything as flimsy as all that. Entrepreneurial Dogs could suffer temporary financial setbacks this year, if someone who works for you turns out less than loyal and causes you to lose a client or two. But rest assured that the situation won’t last very long. Don’t worry, and lead the rest of your people with confidence!
Fun fact about Dogs: Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner. In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái. It means “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (wàng wàng).
Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
In 2023, the Pig will gain others' respect and trust with a natural ease, thanks to the aspect of 'Tian Yi', and that means both with colleagues and partners, as well as those in positions of influence of power. Pigs are well-liked in general for their down-to-earth attitude and easygoing nature, and that will be magnified this year. Don’t squander others’ trust in you, Pig! If you’re given a new project to spearhead, for example, put your best effort into it and you’ll be rewarded when it wraps up. Opportunities like these could provide a steady staircase for you in the workplace in 2023, even if they don’t all seem promising at first.
The positive developments in the Pig’s work sector will be reflected in your bank account in 2023. Provided you take on the opportunities that come your way, and excel in the execution – which we all know you will, Pig – you’re looking at promotions, raises, bonuses and new lucrative contracts all year long. Don’t rest on your laurels, however, because some of the new business you take on will ask you to be bolder and more imaginative than ever before, so take stock of what you’re already doing well, and look into upgrading the areas where you’re not as solid just yet.
Fun fact about Pigs: Pigs are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite. Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life.
Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Entering 2023, the career aspect of the Rat is in general trending up, however, due to the influences of Xing Tai Sui, they’ll most likely encounter obstacles in the workplace. Fear not, however, as they’ll be annoyances rather than anything serious. These temporary situations will resolve themselves in time, provided the Rat charge forward with courage and conviction. Think of them as opportunities to learn, for example, how to maintain good relationships with your co-workers, or how to make sure higher-ups or people with resources notice your effort. Overall, 2023 should end on a positive note for the Rat in their careers!
The financial fortune of the Rat will show an uptick, but this luck shouldn’t be taken for granted as there’s a risk of overspending. The Rat is likely to meet experienced investors who can give them pointers in this area, but it rests on the Rat to be humble and stay open to learning. In terms of work income, the Rat is likely to see projects that have been stagnating move out of the back-end and start growing, which should give them a raise by year’s end, provided they can tough out the relatively more difficult time in the beginning of the year. Save rather than spend, and you’ll end the year on a very prosperous note!
Fun fact about Rats: In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.
Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
In 2023, the Ox will make great progress in career, especially those in the public sector. With the help of higher-ups, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a very generous promotion. Oxen in the private sector will likewise enjoy opportunities to showcase their unique talents and perseverance in major projects. This will lead to them gaining the approval and appreciation of both higher-ups and colleagues. But make sure you stick with anything you start through thick and thin, and not give up when the going gets tough. Finally, a fantastic work year for one of the hardest working zodiacs!
In 2023, the Ox will see their wealth fluctuate more than usual. The good news is that with career advancement comes raises, bonuses and earnings. However, with so much movement in the workplace comes necessary adjustments and costly periods of settling into a new position, like relocating for a job or investing in a new wardrobe. The Ox is in general careful with finances, so you'll likely do just fine for such situations. Even so, the Ox is advised to be extra vigilant with their expenses this year, and make sure their accounts don’t get knocked off balance.
Fun fact about Oxen: Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they gain recognition through their hard work.
Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
The sun is just one of a few auspicious stars watching over the Tiger’s career sector in 2023. This means positive development in the workplace, the most important of which is the development of the Tiger’s leadership skill. Don’t be afraid to step up to the plate and make key decisions, if the opportunity arises, because you’re a natural leader. Even as part of a team, the Tiger should not hesitate to speak up and submit their creative ideas. However, the Tiger is already a proud and solitary creature. This year’s positive developments may see you becoming overly confident, or even cocky. Please try to channel this energy into the work itself!
The Tiger’s wealth won’t be stellar in 2023, compared to previous years. On the one hand, their income is likely to increase, for some multiply, as they break out of stagnancy at work and advance. But this is offset by losses in investment and expenses. It’s not advisable for the Tiger to invest in anything this year, not even in your best friend’s sure-fire business venture. The only return you’ll see is that money gone along with the better days of your friendship. In terms of expenses, the Tiger will need to pour funds into educating their offspring or taking care of their parents. Not a year to throw money around, if you’re smart!
Fun fact about Tigers: People born in years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, as well as bring along a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good.
Forecasts adapted from Chinese New Year
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