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2013 Year of the Snake

Updated on January 17, 2013

Welcome to 2013 Year of the Snake

This light-hearted lens is devoted to the snake, (the sixth sign in the Chinese zodiac).

In Chinese astrology, the snake is associated with beauty and wisdom. At first, snakes may apear to be slow-moving, slithery, serene creatures, but they are also known to embody esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery which is why they are sacred to many ancient cultures around the globe.

In Western culture, the snake is often seen as an evil force, capable of seducing homo sapiens into compromising situations.

Whether these cold-blooded creatures of planet Earth are seen as sacred and revered by mystics and deep thinkers, or whether they are viewed as mortal enemies synonymous with the devil or Satan himself, perhaps only time will tell.

We leave you to be the judge of what role serpents play in your life -- especially in "2013 The Year of the Water Snake" -- which begins on February 10, 2013!


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GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! Celebrate 2013 - The Year of the Water Snake!


Snake Shape Fashion Girl Lady Women Wrist Bangle Bracelet Watch
Snake Shape Fashion Girl Lady Women Wrist Bangle Bracelet Watch

The beautiful bangle bracelet watch deserves a special somebody.


SYMBOL OF THE SNAKE - Commemorated in Chinese stamps


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People born in the "Year of the Snake" tend to be calm, determined, passionate.

[1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013]

SPEAKING OF SNAKES OR SERPENTS - Mouthy Maxine has a few words of advice ...

St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Wonder if I could get him to drop by the office?


Image and Quote Credits: John Wagner creator of "Maxine", cartoon posted in


Positive pesonality traits:

charming, curious, disginguished, elegant, gregarious,and irresistible

lucid, organized, perceptive and profound

reflective, sensual, sophisticated, self-contained, shrewd, and wise

Negative personality traits:

anxious, calculating, crafty, and cruel

dishonest, extravagent, jealous, lazy, and far too careful with money

obstinate, possessive, remote, self-doubting, suspicious and vengeful


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Source: Description of the snake personality in "Chinese Astrology" by Bridget Giles and the Diagram Group, 1996.

The Snake's Favorite Hobbies and Leisure Pursuits:

Astrology, Backgammon and Chess, Painting and Decorating, Photography, Stamp Collecting, Theatre and Opera, Travel


A sparkling silver snake coin - perfect for collectors this year.



astrologer, clairvoyant, diviner, or anything related to the arcane or esoteric mysteries of life

linguist, philosopher, professor or teacher, writer

ambassador, mediator

interior designer

personnel officer, public relations executive

psychologist, psychiatrist


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Source: Chinese Astrology ibid.


While the typical image of the snake tends to be one of a curious creature who lies basking in the sunshine with precious little to do, suggesting that it is a lazy creature of habit, this could not be further from the truth.

Myths suggest that snakes are hard-working, efficient creatures, who know how to get the job done, which is probably why they have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a bit of R&R.

Native American myths associate the shedding of a snake's skin with rebirth and renewal of all life.

The snake is linked to the ancient Chinese element of fire, which can be expressed either positively or negatively. Fire, like energy of the snake itself, brings warmth, comfort and light not to mention protection from unknown elements., But fire can also burn and destroy, and is often associated with cruelty and intolerance as well as love and respect.

Snakes and dragons are karmic signs having to do with the fate and a person's final destiny. Karma suggests that each action performed affects the next and so on into infinity. To deal with their karmic problems, snakes must learn a valuable lesson in their lifetime, how to achieve balance. Fortunately, their natural wisdom allows them the ability to deal with life graceful which is why they are usually placid and move about rather unperturbed by the ups and downs of life. Since snakes have a tendency to do or say whatever is practical or pragmatic, they develop a highly individual approach to morality and honesty.


Taste: bitter

Season: summer

Climate: hot and sunny

Colors: green, red

Plant: ferns

Flowers: heather and thistle

Food: rice and lamb

Gems and Stones: Topaz, Jasper, Bloodstone


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By Theodora Lau

Mine is the wisdom of the ages.

I hold the key to the mysteries of life.

Casting my seeds on fertile ground,

I nurture them with constancy and purpose.

My sights are fixed.

My gaze unchanging.

Unyielding, inexorable and deep,

I advance with steady, unslacked gait,

the solid earth beneath me.

I am the snake.

Majestic Mementos for the Year of the Snake

KONOV Stainless Steel Men's Necklace Snake Chain - Gold 6mm 22"
KONOV Stainless Steel Men's Necklace Snake Chain - Gold 6mm 22"

The stainless steel snake chain -- for men only!


THE SERPENT - SYMBOL OF HEALING - Greek and Roman Gods of Medicine and Healing

The serpent is the symbol of Asculapius (Aesculapius) because it represented rejuvenation (renewal) as demonstrated by the periodic shedding of its skin. Many believed that snakes lived forever and that they helped discover health-giving medicinal herbs.

According to one legend, a snake brought such herbs to Asculapius (Aesculapius) and to show his gratitude, he took on the shape of a serpent, too.

The wooden staff was also designated as his symbol, because it represented his wanderings from place to place as he dispensed cures.

It is at this point that disagreements have arisen. Some call the serpent and staff a caduceus and others say it is the "staff of Asclepius".

It is however safe to say however, that whether the serpent is a symbol of evil and fear, or whether it is a symbol of healing might depend on whether the medicine being dispensed works.


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There are almost 2,900 species of snakes in the world.

The Philippines is the country with the largest number of snakes in the world.

Australia has more poisonous snakes than any country in the world.


"Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes and pulling out an eel." - Leonardo da Vinci

"ADDER n. A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living." - Ambrose Bierce

"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." - W. C. Fields

"Edible - good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm." - Ambrose Bierce

"I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy." - W. C. Fields

"If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity." - Saudi Arabian Proverb


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Snakes In ln The Grass Come In All Shapes and Sizes - Beware of the Blackadder who has a particularly poisonous bite!


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The good news is:

1. There are no snakes in New Zealand and Ireland (unless you include the human variety).

2. Snakes are a delicacy in China (along with Peking Duck of course).

3. Snake venom is 90 per cent protein (which is great if you're a meat eater with an impervious hide).

The bad news is that:

The King Cobra can grow to the length of 5.5 m, and is regarded as the largest poisonous snake in the world. A tiny amount of its venom can kill an elephant and up to 13 adult homo sapiens.

Most snakes have six rows of teeth (equivalent to 200 teeth), which they do not use to chew, since they point backwards; their teeth are used to bite and grip their prey securely.

The Black-Necked Cobra, found in Africa, spits its venom into the eyes of its victim causing blindness.

The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour.

The Australian Brown Snake's venom is so powerful that only 1/14,000th of on ounce is needed to kill a person.

Taipan snakes have 50 times more toxic than a cobra snake.

Sea snakes are the most poisonous snakes in the world.


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Binoculars, Tarot Cards, Oils and Lotions, Stamps


'Olive n Figs' Crystal Heart Pendant Necklace on Sterling Silver Shiny Snake Chain (Crystal Clear) - MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
'Olive n Figs' Crystal Heart Pendant Necklace on Sterling Silver Shiny Snake Chain (Crystal Clear) - MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Why not let this fine silver slithery snake chain with sparkling pendant enhance your appearance!

Pola's Silver Tone snake Bracelet
Pola's Silver Tone snake Bracelet

Something a little special for the Snake person in your life!

Vintage Diamante Snake Bangle Bracelet (Burn Silver Tone)
Vintage Diamante Snake Bangle Bracelet (Burn Silver Tone)

It's never too late to get a little wrap-around with sparkles in silver.

Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace Flawless Quality, 3/4 x 3/4 inch wide
Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace Flawless Quality, 3/4 x 3/4 inch wide

Silver Snaked Floating Heart for someone special in your life!


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      6 years ago

      I'm a snake, i am blessed

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      6 years ago

      good that it is something good in the snakes -- plenty of them here in africa!

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      6 years ago

      Looking forward to the year of the snake ... being a water snake myself ... wish you all good luck and wealth ......

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      6 years ago

      The year of the snake is coming! congratulations to all the snakes out there

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      6 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: i am bless. i was born at the year of the snake.

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      6 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed your lens. My sister was born in the year of the snake. *Blessed*


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