Chinese New Year 2013: The Snake

snakeSunday 10th Feb, 2013 is Chinese New Year, when the Year Of The Snake begins.

The Snake is the most Yin sign, and it follows the most Yang (Dragon). This does not make for a peaceful, tranquil year!

Snake years are full of scheming, pondering, thought and planning – and this can be both negative and positive. In many ways it is a political time, when relationships are renegotiated, and disputes and conflicts are discussed, and hopefully resolved.

The snake is said to be elegant and free, and this year should be a good one for art, fashion and music. Love and romance are in the air, but much goes on beneath the surface, and scandal and unexpected break-ups may also be on the cards.

This is a year to tread carefully, and not speculate. Gambling and unnecessary risk taking are not recommended! This 2013 year of the Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail – you’ll need focus and discipline to achieve your goals.

As well as the 12-Year cycle of animals signs (of which Snake is number 6) each year is also assigned to one of the 5 elements, and this snake year belongs to Water. So that makes this year the year of the Water Snake (also called the Black Snake.) The Water Snake brings great unexpected changes and instability. This does not necessarily mean that they will be bad changes, but it’s another reason why advanced and carefull planning and attention to detail are so important this year.

The Snake has a way with money, and this could be a good year for business. Research, analysis and investigation are supported. Great accomplishments can be made if you move forward in a slow and methodical way.

So, this year, use your skills of planning and analysis, be careful with speculation, and enjoy the arts….

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Prosperity to you in the coming year!)


For more on the Chinese zodiac I recommend The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau