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Happy Year of the Water Snake: 2013 - A Reading by Lillian Bridges

by John Stan | Feb 04, 2013
February 10, 2013 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yin Water Snake or Black Snake. The snake is fundamentally a fire creature, so this year the elements of fire and water are in opposition with water sitting on top of fire. In the destructive Five Element cycle, water puts out fire, but the fire element is ultimately stronger this year, which should create some interesting energies. Initially this year, the water element will predominate and this will benefit the world by calming tensions from the Dragon Year down and should pacify some of the warring energy. Unfortunately, tensions will start to rise again once the fire energy starts to dominate later in the year. Overall though, it will be a calmer and more prosperous year.  The world economies will improve with positive growth coming early and people will likely feel more optimistic and enthusiastic.

The Snake is the Yin companion to last year’s Yang Water Dragon, but the snake is quieter, more refined and subtle; people who embody these traits will be more appreciated this year. Snake people are known for their taste, style and elegance, so people and businesses that exemplify these qualities will also flourish. Intelligence is also a snake trait. Therefore, research and academics are highlighted this year and people will be more open to new ideas. Intellectuals and philosophers will be honored and the arts will be more appreciated as well. But the flip side of the snake energy is mysteriousness and secretiveness, so it is also a year for increased espionage, scandal, gossip and the potential revelations of inappropriate behavior by powerful and famous people, particularly involving past covert operations or sexual escapes that are likely to come to light and be judged.

The Chinese consider snakes to be sensual creatures and sexuality is highlighted this year as the ancient Chinese pictograph for sex is water over fire, but there isn’t that much water.  So, sex will be on a lot of people’s minds, but there is more thinking about it and talking about it and actually less of it for most people. There may be an increase in short-lived relationships but also the year honors couples and there will also be more expressions of romantic love and more marriages this year.  There will be a lot of attempts to create more edgy sexual films and novels, but the result will be more comical than erotic. Titillation and flirtation will be valued and romance will be more appreciated than overt sexuality. Dancing, particularly ballroom dancing or other couples dancing like Salsa or Tango will become more popular.

Snakes are also a sign of treasure and bring money, so overall there will be more good fortune this year- more money will be available and more money will be spent, particularly on beauty and fashion and the entertainment industry.  It is also a good year for eating out and being seen at the right places. People will be inclined to spend a lot of money, particularly on impulse buys.  Therefore, the retail industry will do well, especially ecommerce. It is also a good year for actors and salespeople – people who change their persona as the snake honors those who can shed their skin.  Therefore, it is also a beneficial year for rebirthing yourself and starting over.

The fire element involves communication and people will joke around more and are also expected to communicate better verbally.  There will be a greater dissemination of information and the spread of words will give. The snake year will give benefit to the publishing industry with electronic books gaining ground on the traditional book format.  All industries involving electronics should do well and that includes the stock market later this year because of the optimistic aspect of the fire energy, but investors will still be fearful about speculating too much due to the water deficiency later in the year. Real estate should increase in value and the housing industry will begin to stabilize.  The travel industry will also benefit, as people will be feeling more playful, but extra caution is advised. Wood businesses such as building, publishing and textiles will see some gain as well.

However, this is a difficult year for the transportation industry. It is expected to see an increase in explosions, accidents and fiery crashes of all kinds and particularly those involving moving vehicles. In addition, there are likely to be electrical problems due to solar flares, as we are at the peak of that activity.  This may disrupt the electrical grid and it is expected that there will be power line problems and power outages, possibly due to increased usage of electricity. Internet shutdowns are also likely and there may be more serious hacking incidents as well.  

Fire dries up water this year so expect forest fires caused by lightning strikes, home fires, water shortages and water heating up in the oceans, lakes and streams. More storms involving warm water and warm air are forecast, such as monsoons, typhoons and hurricanes. The fire of this year also increases temperatures in areas that are not used to heat, so it is expected to be a very hot summer in many areas of the world and there may also be farmland hit by drought in areas that depend on rainwater for irrigation.

The increase in the fire energy and the drying up of the water energy also forecast health concerns involving the water organs – the kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs and bones.  The increase in the fire energy will cause people to suffer from more inflammation and it may also be a year of more pain, especially from arthritis and gout. It is likely that there will be an increase in mental illness being diagnosed and more psychosis is also likely, particularly more visibly erratic behavior/mania in people suffering from Bi Polar Disorder.  However, this also gives everyone more intuitive ability and more access to their emotions. Most people will have an easier time expressing emotions, sometimes quite dramatically.  Heart Disease will become more prevalent and there may be problems with blood, the blood supply and blood borne diseases.  The small intestine is another organ that could develop problems in many people. Other diseases that may become problematic are ones that thrive in hot climates and warm water, spread by mosquitoes or flies, such as Dengue Fever or other diseases involving high fevers, including influenza and can spread fast.

This year is very supportive to the medical profession because of the snake in their symbol, although because of the Yin nature of the Water Snake, alternative medicine is favored even more. The yin energy will also help women gain more equality and yin traits and values will be more accepted and incorporated, especially in business, in society and even the military. The yin side of men will become more apparent and appreciated when expressed.  Expressions of creativity will be inspired by the energy of this year and people will be more willing to use their intuition and sharing emotions will become more public.

The energies of the snake also support science and technology and therefore scientists, researchers, technological wizards and all intellectual people will benefit, particularly those good at communicating like writers and speakers.   It is also a year where education will be a major issue and students and women will gain more equality and rights around the world.  Yin traits and values will be more accepted and incorporated, especially in business, in society and even the military. The yin side of men will become more apparent and rewarded when expressed.  People will dress and act more sensual and expressions of creativity will be inspired by the energy of this year.  People will be more willing to use their intuition and sharing emotions will become more public.  

It is a good time to buy a new wardrobe, flirt, play and be sensual.  It is important to compromise and be patient.  It is wise to be flexible and submit more than push and prod. Being careful and cautious will pay off in the later part of the year.  The snake year favors those who can cooperate and negotiate.  Luck will come to those who wait for opportunities to present themselves. It is best if people take life a little lighter. Play more and laugh more and let yourself become more positive, as this year will bring more fun and more verbal repartee.  Sly humor will be easy to express and feelings will be important.  This year will offer relief from the drama of the previous Yang years.  Subtlety in speech, intellectual pursuits and sinuous movement will be the right ways to act during the Year of the Black Snake.

Individual Animal Forecasts for 2013

Rat - Water Element:  1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008
This is a year where Rats need to plan carefully and move slowly and it is important to save money. Changes and new opportunities continue. Rats may win an award or honor and finances look to improve.  Phone calls benefit in business.

Ox – Earth Element:  1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009
Oxes will be happier this year and will meet new people. It is also a very good year for romance. There will be appreciation at work but watch for minor medical problems and people who gossip about you. Cooperation is highlighted.

Tiger – Wood Element:  1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010
Not an easy year, as obstacles are likely. Tigers will make money but have high expenses. Worry will affect health, so exercise more.  It is easy to makes mistakes. Health of older family member may be difficult. Subtlety is your best action.

Rabbit – Wood Element:  1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011
This is a good year for rabbits. Business will improve and there is money to be made. Life is smoother and positive and there are opportunities for travel and a new job is likely.  Good for studying and learning new things and meeting new people.

Dragon – Earth Element:  1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012
A good year for business and there is return on previous investments.  But it will too calm and there won’t be much excitement. It is a somewhat difficult year for health and it will better for money.  Dragons will feel less energetic and a little bored.  

Snake – Fire Element:  1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013
Some snakes will have financial reward and others will lose money.  Business is more stable and will show signs of growth.  It is a particularly good year for Snake women. Snakes will be very busy and feel a lot more pressure. Be flexible.

Horse – Fire Element:  1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014
This is a good for starting things but progress is a little slow.  It is a good time for moving to a new home and it is a great year for romance – horses will feel sexier.  Watch health, but is overall this is a much better and happier year.

Sheep – Earth Element:  1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015
This is a very happy year - there is a lot of social activity and travel is likely.  It is an especially good year for creative and artistic sheep and sheep may get new job or a promotion.  Be careful not to argue too much.

Monkey - Metal Element:  1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016
Monkeys should be careful and positive. There are more opportunities; more money and you will meet new friends. Monkeys will feel more powerful, but beware of people gossiping about you and jealousy from friends. Parents will need care.

Rooster – Metal Element: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017
This is a good year for romance and for improved finances. There will be more cooperation at work. Promotion is likely and there will be more new people to meet.  Roosters will be noticed and need to dress well and care about grooming.  

Dog – Earth Element:  1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018
There is more financial security, but Dogs will still be worried about money because it is spent too easily. Relationships are stable but there is not a lot of growth until next year. Sadness will be felt easily.  Be more open minded to find new solutions.

Pig – Water Element: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019
Be careful of accidents and travel more. Significant personal relationships, especially parents may be a source of anxiety. This is a good year for moving and spending money. Invest only long term and watch your health to catch any problems early.

Copyright Lillian Bridges, Lotus Institute 2013

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