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!
Through out the world, the snake has long been reguarded with awe and respect - and quite justifiably, too.
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.
How will you fare in the Snake year:
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.
The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal signs. The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. In ancient China, the celestial Dragon represents an emperor and power. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great good luck to everyone. In Sung Dynasty (a Chinese imperial dynasty lasting from AD 960 - 1279) texts, the dragon is described as having the head of an ox, muzzle of a donkey, eyes of a shrimp, horns of a deer, body of a serpent covered with fish scales, and feet of a phoenix. The dragon usually clutches a pearl symbolic of its super-natural powers. Invariably accompanied by thunder and rain, dragons move like lightning and whirlwinds - - all powerful yet totally unpredictable.
Dragon Years: 02/19/1904 to 02/03/1905 (Wood), 02/03/1916 to 01/22/1917 (Fire), 01/23/1928 to 02/09/1929 (Earth), 02/08/1940 to 01/26/1941 (Metal), 01/27/1952 to 02/13/1953 (Water), 02/13/1964 to 02/01/1965 (Wood), 01/31/1976 to 02/17/1977 (Fire), 02/17/1988 to 02/05/1989 (Earth), 02/05/2000 to 01/23/2001 (Metal), 01/23/2012 to 02/09/2013 (Water).
The Dragon Personality - as a symbol of royalty and authority, the Dragon is exuberant, brash, and full of self-confidence. Those born in this year play a leading role in life. Creative Thinking - Dragons can be relied on to have creative and imaginative approach to work; acute perceptive powers - unorthodox way to solve problems. Fresh Pastures - Dragons are drawn to anything out of the ordinary. Money Luck - tremendous business sense, gift for making and spending money.
The Chinese have always especially venerated the Dragon. As the only mythical animal among the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, this exotic and exuberant creature signifies Heaven's authority. As a result, dragons have a long been associated in authority. As a results, dragons have long been assciated in China with nobility, material power and success. Imperial insignia often employed dragon imagery, particularly during the Manchu dynasty (1644 - 1912). The lavish dragons embroidered on the Emperor's court dress had five claws, while those of lesser princes had four. The nobility, meanwhile, had to be content with only three claws.
Traditionally, the Chinese dragon was also linked with the gentle fertilising rains of spring. The rainy season has always heralded by the appearance of the Green Dragon constellation - one of the five great constellations into which Chinese symbolize rains and floods, and was belueved to live in deep pools and rivers. As one of the four benevolent spiritual animals (the others are the unicorn, the phoenix and the tortoise), the astrological Dragon is far removed from the fire-breathing monster of western legend. On the contray, this noble creature is considered by the Chinese to be their paramount symbol of luck and good fortune - qualites which are reflected in the characteristics of the sign.
January 23, 2012 signals the dawn of the Chinese New Year, and 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon! The Dragon Year: Changes and upheaval are predicted for the volatile Dragon year. Such instability will be evident on a broad scale, embracing the world of nature as well as human affairs. The weather will be notable for unexpected storms and floods. Artistic and occult interest will also come to the fore and flourish at this time.
Politically, it is not an ideal period for democratic policies. People will tend to be drawn more strongly than usual to charismatic personalities. As a result, both monarchies and dictatorships are likely to become popular with their - for the moment - loyal bands of followers.
There are likely to be spectacular gains and losses, particularly in business and finance. Extravagant and risky plans are best inaugurated during the dragon year, which favours the imaginaative ans adventurous, rather than the careful, the well planned and the practical.
It follows that businesses which vcan meet the demand for excitement and spectacle will prosper; but the boom is destined to be short lived. Those who prefer a more staid and old-fashioned approach may find the current period a lean one, but they will reap the rewards later.
HOW THE ANIMAL SIGNS WILL FARE IN THE DRAGON YEAR:
The Rat - great excitement, travel to far off places, finances more secure, good news for the romantically inclined
The Ox - matters may move too fast, play it safe
The Tiger - excellent year for financially and romantically, public recognition for your achievements
The Hare - take care of health (unexpected changes), matters do not turn out as planned
The Dragon - full of achievements and successes, keep something in reserve (money)
The Snake - many personal ambitions realized, study trends carefully
The Horse - a very stimulating year, great opportunities for business, socail ambitions, romantically
The Sheep - not a good year, avoid getting irritated over trifles, minor mishaps are only temporary, be patient
The Monkey - all kinds of crafty schemes can come to fruition, be sure completed before the end of year or may lead to disaster
The Rooster - opportunities for social climbing, public recognition, finances less sure, romance may bring disappointments
The Dog - take creat care over matters at home, not ideal time to move, save rather than spend
The Pig - problems with family, difference of opinion needs to be sorted out, do not lavish money on relatives
(The Mammoth Book of Fortune, Telling Rbinson London)