A cool fact that not many people know about rabbits::
The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon (YIN- Night time), while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun (YANG- Day time).
This represents the YIN and YANG of life.
In this Year of the Rabbit (2011), on nights of a full moon, go outside and gaze at the Rabbit YIN Moon. Imagine the glow of the moon flowing into your body and filling you with fearlessness, love, courage and wisdom — all the characters that a rabbit possesses!
The first full moon of the month of February is February 18.
Did you know that there is a constellation in the sky that is in the shape of a rabbit?
Lepus (Latin for Hare) is a constellation located in ancient times by 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It is one of the modern day 88 constellations.
Because the Greek tale is told that Lepus was subject to Orion the Hunter, he is positioned underneath Orion’s feet and next to Orion’s hunting dog, Canis Major. In ancient Egypt, the stars of Orion were worshipped as an all-powerful god. To eat the rabbit would bring the character of timidity to a man, whereas to eat a horse would bring the character of swiftness.
FINDING THE RABBIT CONSTELLATION “LEPUS”.
The constellation Lepus can best be seen on winter evenings, close to the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere. He can be found under Orion. Throughout the winter nights, Lepus will move slowly from the southeast to the southwest.
Lepus’ brightest star located in the middle of the hare’s body, is called Alpha Leporis, (Arneb, meaning ‘the hare’ in Arabic). It lies in the middle of the animal’s body. The stars Kappa, Iota, Lambda and Nu Leporis form an easily recognizable trapezoid and form the hare’s ears. Look in your binoculars for the brightest star, Arneb, found south-southeast of Rigel. Gamma Leporis is Arneb’s faint yellow companion.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit!
The Chinese New Year is February 3, 2011 through January 22, 2012. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit is a lucky sign. It brings a year for negotiation, for you to relax and to de-stress and calm your nerves. To gain the greatest benefits from the Year of the Rabbit, focus on family, create a peaceful lifestyle, and be diplomatic with any problem that may arise.