Friday, February 15, 2013

Year of the Water Snake: What It Means to Be a Snake

When we welcomed the Chinese New Year on February 10th, we were ringing in the Year of the Water Snake. This means a year for "shedding your old skin" and starting fresh. We are especially excited about this year because the snake represents transformation and new beginnings. 

The purpose of  the snake is to symbolize wisdom and deep expressions of spirituality. So if you have any new careers you're chasing, new loves to win over, or fears to conquer-this is the year for you! The snake is so wise and spiritual because it crawls on the ground, which for the Chinese represents a connection to the Earth. Rather than a symbol of danger or evil, like it is often portrayed in the west, the Chinese view the snake as a healer and symbol of rebirth. This idea dates back to the ancient legend of a Chinese Snake goddess who created the first people from the clay in the banks of the Yellow River. 

Your Chinese sign is a snake if you are born in the years 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013. 

If you are born in a Snake year you are a very driven person, always striving to be as successful as you can be- but you are never impulsive about reaching your goals. Snakes are planners and strive towards their goals through careful calculations, waiting for the perfect moment to "strike". This drive can sometimes be taken to the extreme, wishing to meet goals regardless of the circumstances. 

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Although Snakes have an air of mystery about them, they are generally attractive and charming. They can be quite social at times, but also are content with hanging back and simply observing. Upon first glance, the Snake can seem distant or secretive- they don't reveal their thoughts to just anyone- but once a person gets to know a Snake, they will find them to actually be very sensitive and caring

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