Unlike our own New Year the Chinese New Year doesn’t fall on a specific date. Because it is calculated on lunar phases, the Chinese New Year can fall on any date between late January and the middle of February according to when the new Moon occurs. Chinese astrology is thousands of years old dating from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. This year the Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, February 10 and is the Year of the Water Snake. If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 or 2001you were born under the sign of the Snake. Famous Snakes include Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan, James Joyce, Martha Stewart, Kanye West, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Love, Howard Stern and Edgar Allan Poe.
Snake is a very positive sign and is associated with the ability to transform. Don’t forget, in many ancient cultures snakes were seen as symbols of both wisdom and healing. Today we see the entwined snakes on the caduceus which is a symbol for medicine and which was originally the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology. Because of this association, 2013 is likely to be a year where there are significant developments in medicine, science and technology. This is a Water year – an element in Chinese astrology associated with education and research so scientists and scholars will see their work given a special boost.
Because snakes have the ability to transform, on a personal level this means the energy of the year can help us face challenges and adapt as necessary. But the energy of a snake year is usually positive and brings with it an opportunity to improve our lives. What we have to remember with any kind of snake year (or a snake person), is that mediocrity is just not allowed. Look at the list of famous snakes to see what I mean! There is a theme here as many of these individuals used their natural snake-charms to bring about huge changes for the better or to allow us to see the world through different eyes.
Snake energy is vibrant, creative energy and the colour associated with this Year of the Water Snake is black therefore this is symbolic of containing all possibilities. Think about it. Black is space, the Arctic night and the colour of deep water and mystery. There is a little bit of mystery attached to this year and it could prove an exciting year for many of us especially if we were born in a snake year. So look forward to tranformations designed to bring you a more colourful and creative life experience.