2013 Year of the Snake
Well we survived another year and have now arrived into what the Chinese call the year of the snake. Of course the Chinese New Year hasn’t begun yet but we can take a look at what we can expect in this year. According to ancient Chinese wisdom it is actually a good omen to have a snake in the house since this means that the family won’t starve. Overall the snake is seen as being keen, cunning, intelligent and wise. The snake is the sixth animal in the Chinese horoscope, immediately following the dragon and reoccurring every twelve years. The following years have been the year of the snake: 1905 (my dad was born), 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and the last one before this year was 2001.
Of all of the Chinese animal signs the snake is known to be the most intuitive, introspective, refined and collected. People born under this sign don’t become easily flustered, they are graceful, exciting and dark all rolled into one. The snake doesn’t show its emotion to others and remains contemplative and private. One can say that the snake is ambitious as anyone under this sign will attempt to plot and scheme to be sure that things turn out as they want them to however they are not good communicators and can become rather possessive when setting their minds on achieving a partner’s interest. The snake’s characteristics are: acute, aware, cunning, proud, vain and vicious.
The Chinese horoscope goes according to the five elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
The Metal Snake 1941 and 2001 – Metal Snakes are people who tend to be extremely willful and will stop at nothing in order to achieve their goals. They will be on their guard 24/7 just to be sure that they are protected from failure or the prospect of failure. A great deal of importance is placed on money however they tend to be more concerned with the possessions which the money they have can buy them. They are able to make themselves practically unheard and unseen and even though they can be generous they are always looking out for number one – themselves.
The Water Snake 1953 and 2013 - Water Snakes are known to be influential and insightful. They are good managers. People born as Water Snakes can be quite motivated, intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. Anyone born under this sign wants very much to be recognized for the efforts they put into doing things and love it if they are rewarded. Toward family and friends they tend to be very affectionate but won’t let this side of their personality be known to their colleagues or business partners.
The Wood Snake 1905 and 1965 – An element like wood gives those born as wood snakes a sense of solidity and foundation. People under this sign usually have a steady group of family and friends and show their love for them deeply. However won’t consult their friends and family for advice instead preferring to go this route alone. Two great characteristics are kindness and genuity.
The Fire Snake 1917 and 1977 – People born under this sign tend to be a bit loud, will speak their mind and bore one with their opinions. They do have a vibrant and dynamic character and are extroverts. Fire snakes have great wisdom and are wonderful conversationalists. They can be very persuasive and eventually convince others they are right.
The Earth Snake 1929 and 1989 – These people tend to be the most relaxed and lead calm lives. Toward others they appear to be very friendly and think that their good sense and work ethics will be what eventually will bring them a lot of good fortune and material satisfaction.
So stepping into 2013 the year of the Water Snake those who were born under this sign will have to try and take it easy this year as snakes tend to get easily stressed out and should do their best to avoid having hectic schedules and stay away from lots of noise. They won’t get any kind of rush from adrenaline, more likely they’ll get a headache. Snakes need to live in a calm and quiet atmosphere in order to be able to thrive and succeed and it is important that they have plenty of sleep and relaxation to be able to live a long and healthy life.
In their home snakes like to have muted colors and prefer to have at least one expensive piece of furniture rather than a whole house of expensive pieces. They are elegant and graceful and want to live in comfort. The downside to snakes is that they are materialistic and feel that they must have more of everything just to keep ahead of their family and friends.
The problems that snakes encounter at work is that they tend to get bored easily and tend to change jobs a lot. However once they do get down to work they are diligent and conscientious. Their work areas are always neat because snakes are organized and precise and are able to meet all of their deadlines and solve problems quickly. They do prefer to work alone and not as part of a team.
The best suited professions for snakes are: jewelers, potters, analysts, scientists, spiritual leaders, sociologists, dieticians, astrologers, magicians, investigators, and painters.
This list of professions is somewhat of a surprise to me because there is no mention of writers and poets. My dad born in 1905 was under the wood snake and he was a famous Latvian poet and writer also working as an editor for a Latvian newspaper.
Among a snake’s likes are the color red, and the gems and stones – Bloodstone, Jasper and Topaz.
Suitable gifts for them are oils and lotions, Tarot cards, binoculars and a stamp collection. Their favorite pastime activities are photography, touring, painting and astrology. My dad had an extensive stamp collection and he sure liked taking lots of photos and I guess that’s why I enjoy photography as well.
The snake dislikes failing at anything, having someone mislead them personally or professionally and being interrupted.
When it comes to going on vacation snakes are the ones who want to go all the way and splurge in luxury. So their vacations must include the very best hotels, restaurants and so on. Another note here to all those who are born under this sign – thinking back to what I remember about my dad he may have been born under the wood snake but he was different in so many other ways. He enjoyed relaxing on vacations but out in the country in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. No luxury trips for him as he needed to unwind from a long, hot week at work in the city. However he did like to eat well meaning he was a gourmet in the food department and knew things like what cheeses went with what wines. So if you were born a snake don’t be surprised if you realize that in some ways you are different from the typical snake.
When it comes to friends snakes tend not to have too many friends but the ones they do have will be friends which will last a lifetime. My dad being well known among Latvian society had many friends and all of them were friends to him for his entire life.
Other signs and the snake – best friends are those born as oxen and roosters. This makes me smile because my dad was my very best friend in childhood and I was born a rooster. That was why it hurt so much to lose him at 10 years of age.
A snake’s mortal enemies are pigs.
It is odd that they say that snakes most likely tend to form intimate bonds throughout their lifetime with different partners. My dad remained true to and loved my mom throughout his entire lifetime. I do agree that snakes are devoted and dedicated parents. Now it also says that snakes are the type of parents who though dedicated and protective of their children don’t enjoy playing games with them especially if it means getting down and dirty. My dad certainly wasn’t the typical snake in this case as he loved playing games with me especially in the park where we went quite often. So don’t be surprised if there are things you agree with and disagree with if you were born under the snake sign.
While still children those born snakes often like to play alone quietly and when it comes to school need extra attention from parents and teachers to keep up with the other children. Snake children tend to pout and can hold grudges and are easily angered if they become embarrassed or are reprimanded.
When it comes to love snakes are wonderful people who have quite a bit of sexual appeal. Snakes won’t choose a partner just on physical qualities alone and needs a partner who will appreciate their sense of humor and their way of handling situations which arise. A snake can get jealous and obsessive about their partner and if ever betrayed won’t ever trust that partner again. A snake’s partner must be ready to calm their nerves and be patient with them.
So if you were born a snake under the Chinese horoscope you may find it of interest to check out how compatible you are with the other animal signs and to take a look and see how the combination of being under the snake sign works with the usual horoscope as each of us have two signs. I am a Pisces and a rooster and my dad was a Taurus and a snake.
And finally on a positive note the forecast for the Year of the Snake is that this is a super sign that will bring us the energy which we will need to be able to stand up to all of the challenges facing us this year. So it is advisable to take advantage of the vibrant influence the snake provides us with and use it to improve our lives and our world.