The Chinese New Year celebrations begin today. 2013 is the year of the black snake.
influence of water continues this year, and the snake brings steady
progress with focus and discipline. Known as the "little dragon" the
snake is enigmatic, introspective, and intuitive.
For the first time, my husband and I will be celebrating the Chinese New Year together. We have started observing traditions from both of our belief systems this year. I find these observances help me to bring my spiritual side forward, even if only for a few moments.
We are going to make traditional style dumplings, which is said to bring prosperity through the new year. We have already observed the tradition of cleaning house beforehand by tidying up our place to clean out the old year and welcome in the new. We will discuss the many meanings of the year of the black snake over our dumpling dinner (and maybe add some wonton soup and fish). Here is a compilation of what I have found so far.
The 2012 water dragon makes way for the 2013 water snake. The snake is akin to a fire sign in traditional astrology. This puts it at odds with the water influence of this year, but the Taoist knows that these opposites are complimentary rather than contradictory. The two elemental influences will balance each other nicely ensuring the year will be full of both highs and lows.
The snake is calm, inward directed and even shy. It never attacks unprovoked. Because snake is the 6th sign of the Chinese Zodiac, it is considered to be yin in nature. This is generally shown by portraying the snake as a female, the gender most associated with yin. The snake is a financial wizard, and brings strong business and financial influences for the year.
Wishing you all the best for the year of the black snake!