Year of the Metal Rabbit, to be 'exact' (a 'nice' 'metallic' 'quality' - in fact, all of 'these words' are 'metal' words). I picture the Metal Rabbit on a mountainside beneath the full moon. The Rabbit in the Moon, the presence of minerals and metals in the mountain, the stars - a cold white light in the heavens - all of these are associations for Metal and for Rabbit. Metal can be harsh, precise, exacting, but the Metal Rabbit is subtler and less heavy-handed than Metal Tiger, more decorous, polite, and diplomatic. I like my Rabbits to have a sense of humor about them, a certain warmth and personable quality, hence the slightly comic grin. In the case of people born in the Year of the Rabbit, this friendliness is more an appearance than a reality. They do care about others, at least theoretically, but they are intensely private and like a lot of alone-time. They will be solicitous and do things for others but usually with a certain quality of reserve. They'll create a nurturing pleasant atmosphere, which they offer to near and dear ones, yet need to enjoy on their own as well.
So, how does my New Year begin? Well, without my special friend, Risa, who passed away on January 22nd. It was indeed very much expected. One might even say she did very well in terms of lasting as long as she could. She passed on with her values intact, and that is saying a helluva lot. She was a magical person, and I would expect she will be missed. But it must also be said that she left a legacy of positivity all around her, and I'm sure that will help her soul-survivors to continue in her foot-steps. She taught the dance-steps, and now it's up to us to continue the dance, perhaps to improvise and embellish her steps. I'm thinking especially of her fifteen year old son.
What else? Working a lot, but enjoying it, so that's okay. Gotta bring in those clams, but it can be fun at least some of the time.