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2013 Is The Year Of The Snake
2013, Year Of The Water Snake
The coming year 2013 is the year of the Snake, according to the Chinese calendar. Technically the Snake's year will start on the 10th of February 2013 and will end on the 30th of January 2014.
The Chinese zodiac has 12 signs, all depicted by animals, and the Snake is the 6th sign.
It is considered one of the strongest signs of the Zodiac and people born in the year of the serpent are known to have quite strong personalities.
Why Water Snake?
There are 5 elements in all in Chinese astrology: fire, water, earth, metal and wood. Each of these elements affects the zodiac signs in various ways. For example, the attributes of the Water element can further strengthen the character of the Snake.
Individuals born under the element of Water are flexible, unimposing, diplomatic and intuitive.
Snake people are naturally cunning and wise and if they are born under the water element which endows them with higher than average abilities in persuading and influencing other people, they can easily get things going the way they want with little opposition.
The Chinese zodiac is based on a 60-year cycle. Each of the animals in the Zodiac represents a period of time which is a year. For every year, one of the 5 elements is assigned. For the year 2013, year of the Snake, it is Water. It will be another 60 years before the Water Snake will reign after it ends in 2014.
For many people outside Asia, and indeed China, the Chinese Zodiac is very complicated and difficult to understand. However, the Chinese have long used and relied upon the Zodiac system to figure out an individual's destiny.
What The Year Of The Snake Means
According To Chinese Horoscope
The Black Snake will embody the Water characters which are changeability, mobility and dynamism.
The reigning colour is black (although the Snake also corresponds to green and blue including light blue) which is the colour of deep waters, of space and abyss.
Thus, according to the Chinese, the year 2013 will bring us inconstancy or imbalance. Unexpected changes will also abound.
Caution and careful planning as well as trying to be as flexible and versatile as the sign itself will help us through the year.
Chinese Zodiac Animals
What's your Chinese Zodiac Animal sign?
Take a look at the list of the Zodiac animals below and the corresponding years in which they reigned.
Years Of The Rat
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Years of the Ox
Years of the Tiger
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Years of the Rabbit
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Years of the Dragon
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Years of the Snake
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Years of the Horse
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Years of the Sheep
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Years of the Monkey
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Years of the Rooster
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Years of the Dog
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Years of the Pig
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Are You A Snake?
The Character Of People Born Under This Sign
Snake people are said to be complex individuals.
This sign is also called 'The Little Dragon' since it bears some similarities to the mythical creature. But instead of being revered like the fifth sign, it is feared. But don't worry, the fear is not due to the sign bearing malevolence or untrustworthiness. It's more due to the fact that the character of the serpent is shrouded in mystery.
The character of people born under this sign is mostly strong with some weaknesses.
- Good communication and convincing skills, though you do not say much on most occasions
- Excellent money management skills
- You are an achiever
- You have a keen understanding of yourself, making it easier for you to know what you want out of life
- You tend to be suspicious and not quick to trust
- You easily yield to jealousy which could lead to failures in your relationships
- Ox and Rooster
Feng Shui experts recommend carrying a symbol of your allies with you always (for luck) in the form of amulets and placing a set of your animal sign and that of your allies and secret friend in your living area to ward off badluck throughout the year.