Chinese New Year begins this week; this year being the year of the Snake. The Snake is the most enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the 12 animals signs of the Chinese zodiac.
This is a year of water Snake, and according to astrologers, this 2013 year of Snake offers steady career progress and requires attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary achieve one’s desires; and saving money and being thrifty should be top priorities this year. Delusion and deception are common in the year of the water Snake. Chinese astrologers also say that to gain the greatest benefits from this year of the Snake, one must control spending and use one’s talents wisely. Any plans for marriage or partnership should include a thorough investigation of the other person’s finances and background before legalizing the alliance (avoid that snake in the grass!).
Chinese Geomancer (now there’s a great word!) Paul Ng predicts the year will bring plenty of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions (in the western Pacific), hurricanes and excessive rainfall (in the southeast of the US), fires and drought (in Australia, South America, and Africa). Countries in the most northern hemispheres (Canada, northern Europe, Russia, and China) will do better financially than those in the south. In business, water-related industries (such as fishing), the auto industry, mining, and travel industries will do well this year; while clothing, education and computer industries, not so much.
Famous writers born during Snake years include: James Joyce, Bob Dylan, Charles Darwin, and Edgar Allan Poe.
I’ve got nothing against snakes, but as far as predictions go, I’m not impressed. Doesn’t seem like a lot to look forward to. Think I’ll save my celebrating for Mardi Gras…