Well, I’m a bit behind, but February 10th, marked the beginning of the Year of the Water Snake. So what should we expect & what does all this astrological information mean?
Last year was the Year of the Dragon; it was a very auspicious, ambitious and enthusiastic year. This year, we will be slithering into one much more cautious, subtle & sly.
The Chinese Zodiac:
The Chinese Zodiac is represented by 12 different animals. The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Sound familiar? These 12 animals symbolize a cycle of time, including the cycle of the day and years. Each animal is represented by a 2 hour window within the day as well as once every 12 years. This year, the Snake is our representative; so, the year, and those born within it, will embody the characteristics of one. In addition each animals’ yearly cycle will embody one of the elements as well. The elements of Water (this year), Wood, Fire, Metal & Earth, will change the characteristics of the animal slightly. Water is a Yin element which both slows things down and brings things inward.
Born in the Year of the Snake:
Those born during the Year of the Snake will express traits such as intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. They are extremely analytical and as a result will not jump into situations carelessly. They tend to get what they want, and are quite versed at scheming and plotting in order to get it. In addition, those born in the year of the snake are also enigmatic, introspective, intuitive and refined. Other Snake years include; 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965 etc.
What’s to Come:
So what does this mean for all of us this year? Some of the key points I found are mostly in the finance department. Both individually and collectively, finances will be lucky this year. There will be success in business due to the clever and cunning skills of the snake. This year will also bring unexpected changes, instability and changeability. For this, we need to embody the thought-fullness and planning characteristics of the snake without acting too quickly, and with this will come success. We will need to pay attention to detail, research and investigation. Headway will be made this year, be it in a slow and methodical way.
And now, for my favorite quote about this New Year…
“A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals” (“The 2013 year,” ).
So with that… be sure to think before you speak, consider before you act, and plan meticulously this year!
Happy Chinese New Year, may it be prosperous and lucky!
Until next time ~ Be well…
Erin Resko, L.Ac
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