Gahl Sasson is an established author and has been teaching workshops on Kabbalah, Astrology, and Mysticism around the globe for over a decade. You can join Gahl for his two workshops at triyoga Camden in January.
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On January 21 – 22 as the Moon kisses the Sun, her eternal lover, and out of the waters hops a rabbit, most likely saying, “I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” Yes, you got it. The black rabbit (since it is a year of water rabbit), is actually not late but a bit early since only on March 7, as you recall, Saturn moves into Pisces, the sign of Alice and her Wonderland. But then again, Einstein, a celebrated Pisces, reminded us that time is but an illusion, however persistent. In the Chinese Animal wheel, the rabbit is considered the luckiest, I guess that’s why some people attach a rabbit leg to their keychain. It is a Yin, (feminine) rabbit and her color black is a tribute to the deep water as well as the black color of Yin in the taijitu.
We definitely need all the luck in the world right now, so give it to us! In Chinese mythology, the rabbit is associated with peace, beauty, elegance, and compassion. It is hard for me to decide if that is what we will experience in 2023 or what we need to make sure we survive it. Maybe both. Perhaps the rabbit is here to remind us, like a visual CHINESE NEW YEAR (22 JAN 2023–9 FEB 2024) 87 mantra, of the magic we need in order to traverse the black-hole and reach our land of wonder. The last time we had a black rabbit year was 60 years ago (always a double Saturn Return), I checked to see what transpired in 1963 and some historical events gave me a glimpse of well needed hope. In the water rabbit year, Pope John XXIII issued the Paceminterris, focused on “Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty.” It was the first papal encyclical delivered to “all men of good will”, rather than only to members of the Catholic Church. In the same year, John F. Kennedy delivered his American University speech, entitled “A Strategy of Peace.”
Rabbits are a symbol of fertility (hence their connection to Easter and spring). They can have up to 3 litters a year and in each bring to light on the average 5 kits. The newborn rabbits are born ready for life, fully furred, eyes open and eager to hop around. Perhaps it means that what we plan to “bring to birth” this year–projects, relationships, new talents, could come fully developed and ready for application. The water aspect of the rabbit in 2023, favors fluidity, flexibility, suppleness, and compromise. Go around obstacles, don’t try to remove them. This is supported by Saturn’s transit in Pisces, the water mutable sign of yoga, dance, movement, meditation, and imagination. In addition, Pluto’s radiance comes down to us through the lens of Aquarius, the social sign of the collective and rabbits’ survival mechanism is not the power of one, but that of the group. Safety in numbers is how rabbits managed to overcome their many predators.