Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recure every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.
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February 10, 2013 signals the dawn of the Chinese New Year, and 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake! With all the attendant luck its Water element brings, the Snake is projected to bring exciting and challenging events this year!
Water Snake energy in 2013 will allow you to strengthen your relationships and make progress toward your goals! Some barriers break down, opening you up for great new things. Ride the wave of opportunity!
Walls and doors present no barrier to them, while to make an emeny of one could well turn out to be fatal. Not surprisingly, this powerful and mysterious creature became an object of worship among many ancient cultures, and even today snake temples still exist in India and Malaysia Westwen mythology, meanwhile, has a long associated the snake with the Underworld - which perhaps accounts for our instinctive fascination and dread at the sight of one in the hands of a snake charmer.
In Chinese astrology the Snake is the complement to the Dragon, both signs forming the House of Mystery. But while the Dragon represents the extrovert magician, brash and guady, the subtle Snake symbolizes the hidden aspect of mystery and occult knowledge. Like the Dragon, the Snake is a sign of good fortune for the Chinese, who believe it to be the guardian of burial treasure. Some are relucant to kill snakes which enter the house, no matter how dangerous, since there is a chance they might bring wealth with them.
Since snakes are closly in tune with the earth, and usually make their home there, the Chinese believe them to be particulary sensitive to the onset of earthquakes. As a consequence, the Snake year is said to be one in which earthquakes are more than usually severe - witness the disastrous events in China and Armenia which proceded the San Francisco earthquake in the Snake year 1989.
Such catastrophes are likely to be matched by policital up heavals. Coups, conspiracies and the ballot box are the means by which governments are overthrown, for it is a rime of internal revolution rather than war Similarly, in business, the dangers are not from takeover bids by outside companies, but through intrigue and insider dealing.
Yet the snake year is also a period when the needs of the environment are hightened. There is greater awareness of the value of the earth's resources, and 'green' issues come to fore.
Generally speaking, it is not such a favourable time to embark on any new ventures or risky projects. The year is best taken up with intitial planning, research and feasibility studie; caution is the key to survial.
The Rat- this is not a good year for the Rat. But whatever th setbacks, ood will result - often in a surprising way.
The Ox- an excellent year for the Ox prsonality. Routine givs way to welcome change and brings exciting prospects
The Tiger- this year all kinds of unexpected hindrances, such as bureaucratic or legal tangles, impede the Tiger's progress.
The Hare- a year of extremely satisfying progress for the Hare. Both business anromance have a satisfactory outcome.
The Dragon- matters begun last year come to a satisfactory conclusion. Finaces may be reduced slightly, but will be more secur.
The Snake- an ideal time for the Snake to strike. Both in career and relationships, there should be positive results.
The Horse- moderate success might be found this year. It is neither good nor bad; the usual benefits, the usual problems.
The Sheep- Those sheep who favour the quiet life and are realistic in their ambitions will find this a happy and successful year.
The Monkey- a time when the Monkey's schemes and plots may come to grief. It is advisable to play matters very carefully.
The Rooster- a satisfactory time. Many problems from the past will be smoothed out, making the way ahead much clearer.
The Dog- problems will rear their heads, and it is best to be prepared for unxpected delays. Do not push ahead to vigorously.
The Pig- a disappointing year, especially where family is concerned. It is advisable not to consider ambitions plans.
Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.