Chinese Zodiac Signs: What is a Metal Rabbit and what year is it?

WHETHER you're kind and polite, or outgoing and selfish, everyone is said to fall into a certain category when it comes to the Chinese zodiac.

And if you're born in the year of the Rabbit – you're ticking a huge amount of boxes.

From the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger and of course the Rabbit, to the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig, the animal cycle repeats every 12 years according to the lunar calendar – with everyone falling into one of the categories.

Each of those can then be split into five elements – Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water.

Here we look at exactly which personality traits you're likely to have if you're a 'Metal Rabbit'…

What year is the Metal Rabbit?

As the fourth of the zodiac animals, the Rabbit is associated with the hours 5-7 in the morning. And in Chinese culture, they represent the moon.

If you were born between February 6, 1951, and January 26, 1952, you're a Metal Rabbit.

You're also one if born between February 3, 2011, and January 22, 2012.

Other years of the Rabbit

People born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023 are born in the 'Year of the Rat' more generally.

Celebrities falling into this wider bracket include Angelina Jolie (Wood), David Beckham (Wood) and Blake Lively (Fire).

Characteristics and personality traits of the Metal Rabbit

The Metal Hare is a worrier of the highest order and awfully sensitive, too.

They are said to have strong self-perception but can often keep their emotions bottled up – meaning it can be hard for them to interact with others.

They’re also very wary characters.Metal Hare’s are kind, honest, genuine and will do anything for anyone.

There's huge creative potential with these characters, which should be pursued, because it will relieve the inherent tension they possess.

They’re gorgeous, albeit quite a complex character. With help, they could be hugely successful.

Types of Rabbits

Metal Rabbit: Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic.

Water Rabbit: Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles.

Wood Rabbit: Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart.

Fire Rabbit: Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views.

Earth Rabbit: Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved.


If you're a Rabbit more generally, you're said to be compatible with the Dog, the Pig and the Goat.

According to the Chinese New Year site, Dogs and Rabbits both wish for a quiet, peaceful life – which they are then likely to enjoy together.

The Rabbit and the Pig are said to have similar personalities and may be very attracted to each other, while Goats are a good match because they need "someone to depend on" – a good fit for the Rabbit.

However, they're said to be least compatible with Roosters, Dragons and Rats.

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