The Year of the Water Snake
On February 10th, we will celebrate the Chinese New Year of 4711 and the arrival of the Water Snake. The Year of the Dragon was a challenge for many, as its events left us feeling unsettled and perhaps, slightly off balance. The prediction that the world might end kept us apprehensive, no matter how much we didn’t believe in the Mayan calendar. With each tragedy or challenge, we wondered if it was a prelude to the grand finale. Yet, somehow we survived. But in the wake of all we witnessed, did something somehow come to an end? The Dragon asked us to see beyond our ego and tested our perception of reality. The Snake now gives us the opportunity to realize our new world and shed our old skin.
In Western culture the snake is a feared, devious creature that is often used to symbolize evil. In the East, the idea of the snake takes on more mystical qualities and is associated with wisdom, power and sensuality, while also being unpredictable and cunning. The snake is known for its astuteness, so we must learn to tune into our innate wisdom and strength. It’s a time for self-reflection, while acknowledging the connection we all have to each other. It’s also a time for moving past the drama and finding forgiveness and love. We cannot move forward if we don’t tear down the walls of hate and resentment. Most importantly, the year of the Snake is a time for change… whether it’s in your career, love life or where you live. In fact, the Snake is beckoning us to make the transformation that will allow us to live our lives to its highest potential.
I looked back at past Snake years and realized that they all had powerful and shocking events that changed the world. Some of these events include the Russian Revolution, the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the 9/11 attacks on the USA in 2001. However, 2013 is a Water Snake, which is a bit more tame and balanced. The last time we experienced the Water Snake was in 1953. This was a year that brought the world many encouraging, global changes such as the introduction of the polio vaccine, the end of the Korean War, the death of Stalin, and Elizabeth II being crowned Queen of England.
So what does this all mean to us in the coming year? The good news is that the Dragon prepared us when he forced us to look beyond our ego and expand our awareness. You need to ask yourself what actions can you take to pursue a more fulfilling life? What impact would you like to have? What are the repeating patterns in your life that keeps your stagnated? What’s really important to you and how do you honor that in your daily life? These answers demand change and this is the year to implement them.
At the beginning of every Lunar New Year, I ask my friends and clients to consider not the last 12 months, but the last 12 years of their life. It’s easy to remember the last time we experienced the energy of the Snake in 2001, because it was a year that changed the world. How have you changed in the past 12 years? What aspects of your life are you happy with? Where did you expect to see yourself today and how is it different? Do you notice repeating patterns? Remember, try to keep the judgment out of your thoughts, because it clouds our perception and sometimes keeps us from seeing the higher purpose of the path we followed. Be grateful for whatever brought you here today, because the year of the Water Snake is going to give us an opportunity to change and to move into more satisfying situations.
Feng Shui for the Year of the Water Snake
- If the entrance of your home faces the Northeast, expect wonderful things! The lucky star 8 is in the NE and you should prepare this area of your home to invite more prosperity. I like the idea of putting a money vase or a piggy bank in this area. Everyday, take your loose change and put it in there. Watch your money grow, invite more of it in your home by envisioning prosperity.
- The South area brings us the auspicious 9, so you should put something red in this area to ignite that fire energy.
- The North is another area where we can encourage prosperity to enter our homes. Metal coins or a fish tank in this area can help in 2013.
- At the office, get rid of old files and documents that no longer serve you. It is time to redefine your place in the work world.
- Shake up the energy in your home by moving around some furniture. Buy new, soft sheets and maybe some fresh pillows and towels. Get rid of those pictures around your house of people who no longer make you happy. Tell your guilt to take a back seat while you do it.
- Celebrate! The greatest way to bring joy into your home is to celebrate together with the people you love.
- I’m always telling people to de-clutter, and for some, it’s really a huge task. To make it a bit easier, just pick one area of your home to de-clutter. Just one. You know the spot…go for it.
- The Snake is known for its sensual and seductive qualities, therefore this is a year to go out and find your soul mate…but you need to change your approach. What you did in the past didn’t work then and it certainly is not going to work this year. Harness the energy of the Snake and change your ways…be unpredictable. Date people you would have never considered in the past. Let go of your ego and the illusions you have about a mate. Your soul mate is out there, but s/he may not be the person you created in your head. Oh, and make sure your bedroom mirrors your passions and is ready to welcome your soul mate!
- Let’s not be foolish by ignoring history. As we can see, the Year of the Snake can bring certain unpredictability as sudden calamities arise out of nowhere. To counter this negative aspect, take precautions in the year ahead. Perhaps you can choose to live less extravagantly or having some cash and emergency supplies readily available. No matter what, make sure you have a plan for your family in case of a sudden crisis.
Other interesting tidbits for you:
This is going to be an especially amazing year for:
- Those born the year of the Rooster (1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993, 2005)
- Those born the year of the Monkey (1932, 1944,1956,1968, 1980,1992, 2004)
- Those born the year of the Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The energy of the Snake is very auspicious for you! The energy of the Dragon inspires and protects you.
If you were born in the year of
the Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962,1974, 1986, 1998, 2010), the Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000), the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) or the Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) the year of the Snake will bring the “Flower of Romance” to you, so you can anticipate a sociable year and deeper romantic relationships.
The Snake represents travel, so everyone can expect more traveling this year, especially if you are a Snake (1917,1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) or were born the year of the Goat (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) or the Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011).
Those born under the year of the Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) really need to being a little frugal and saving their pennies, as 2014 is going to be very interesting for you.
If you were born in the year of the Snake (1917,1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) this is considered a “self penalty year” for you, which can bring about some challenges. The animal sign that clashes with the Snake is the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007). It is suggested that Pigs and Snakes lay low this year and be cautious of anything too risky.
Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
I urge you all to take advantage of this time of change. I urge you to challenge yourself to really change the way you think and the way you do things. We are much stronger and more adaptable than we give ourselves credit for most times. We sometimes wait for an event that forces change upon us. Don’t let that happen. Take control of your life and make changes on your terms and make sure your environment mirrors your intentions.
I hope you all have a healthy, joyous and prosperous New Year.