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Lunar New Year 2013: The Year of the Snake - February 2013 Newsletter

This year, the lunar New Year falls on February 10th, and ushers in the year of the water snake. We send off the year of the dragon and welcome that of the snake. Following the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac , 2013 is represented by the snake—a symbol of mystery and charm, that is said to be the qualities of those born in the year of the snake.

Although in reality a creature that is often feared or reviled, the snake in Chinese mythology and zodiac is thought of as charming, charismatic and elegant.

Personality of the Snake Zodiac

Sixth out of the twelve zodiac cycle, the snake follows after the majestic dragon and is the Chinese zodiac of those born in the years of: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and in 2013.

Those born under the zodiac of the snake are said to be enigmatic and wise, and are thinkers who enjoy living a good and luxurious life. They enjoy good books, music, clothes and fine clothes, and like interesting conversations, but their interest soon wanders when conversation becomes repetitive or mundane. They are keenly fascinated by interesting new ideas and intelligent discussions.

Perceptive and alert to possible opportunities, once the snake is sure of what their endeavors are and knows how to go about achieving it, they will pursue their goals persistently and enthusiastically.

Capable of looking at a problem from a variety of different angles, once, a snake decides on the course of action, they seldom waver and usually act with conviction and firmness as they rarely wastes time and energy on projects that they don’t deem worthwhile or that lacks good potential.

In the area of romance, the snake is romantic and charming. The male snake usually has a good sense of humor and the female snake is usually attractive. They make loving and attentive lovers but can be possessive and jealous. In a relationship the snake can sometimes also hold a double standard for themselves and their partners. This can sometimes cause misunderstandings.

With regard to career, the snake has good luck with money and because of their ability to analyze a complex situation and to handle it calmly and in a controlled manner, the snake is valued as a logical and organized worker. The snake works best independently. Once they have achieved their goals, the snake usually prefers to withdraw to rest and to gather their thoughts and prepare themselves for their next challenge.

2013 for the Snake

2013, according to many feng shui masters, will be a good year for those born in the year of the snake. Because of the snake’s perceptive and analytical nature, they tend to be guarded, but in 2013, those born in the year of the snake should consider opening themselves up for new opportunities in the coming year, especially in the area of romance. There may be surprises and rewards if the snake take some risks and open himself or herself up in this regard. Career wise, 2013 may be a challenging for snakes, as there might be times in the coming year when work may become overwhelming, but with patience and tenacity, as well as the logical and analytical approaches of the snake, these challenges may be overcome.

The Year of the Water Snake for other Zodiacs

2013 for the Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
Adaptable and flexible, the horse will see many good opportunities in 2013. Often desirous of new adventures, 2013 will offer many new possibilities, but there may be times in the year, when a horse may need to settle down and avoid too many new changes. Relationship wise, 2013 will not bring in too many big changes, and single horses may remain single for the year. Honesty and straightforwardness is valued this year. Work wise, the adaptable and restless horse is advised to be more stable and steadfast.

2013 for the Sheep (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
2013 may be a challenging year for the sheep with lots of upheaval and downfalls and possible losses. Professionally and personally, there will be lots of instability. The same is true relationship wise for the sheep, as 2013 will be a year that when decisive breaks may occur. For the single sheep, 2013 with all its instability may also not be a good year to start a relationship. 2013 may be a challenging year, but it will be one in which the sheep will gain a deeper insight and greater wisdom on themselves and those around them.

2013 for the Monkey
(1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,1992, 2004) Overall,2013 will be a good year for the monkey, and it will be a good year to take any opportunities open to the monkey. Relationship wise, there may be some changes, but the monkey will sail smoothly through these changes. Work and career will be stable and new opportunities and possibilities will present themselves to the monkey this year.

2013 for the Rooster (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
Honest and loyal, the rooster will see their virtue reap them great benefits in 2013. Relationship wise, the loyalty of the rooster will ensure that challenges are overcome. Work wise, there may be a need for the rooster to step away from the spotlight occasionally. But overall, 2013 should be smooth sailing year.

2013 for the Dog (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
Generous and giving, the dog will receive lots in return in 2013. 2013 is a year in which teamwork would help those born in the year of the dog. Relationship wise, there may be betrayals in the coming year, but it is also good to be mindful that those born in the year of the dog can sometimes have unrealistically high expectations of their partners, and this can cause a strain on the relationship. Work wise, the dog may need to step up to take credit when they are due as this is the year when recognition at work may be important.

2013 for the Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
Often too giving, the pig would need to be cautious of being taken advantage of in 2013. Honest and trusting, the pig often wears their heart on their sleeves, but in 2013 prudence will be needed in terms of relationship. In the area of work, the pig will need to be wary that they are not too focused on helping those around them out and end up neglecting their own work and the credit that is due for their hard work.

2013 for the Rat
(1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
2013 will be a year full of large changes for the rat in relationship. Relationships will either grow or fail, and there is no in-between. There will be changes as well at work. 2013 is a year that portends changes for the rat, but these changes should be welcomed, as 2013 is not a year that favors standing still for the rat, but instead, they should welcome new changes and opportunities.

2013 for the Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
2013 will be an exciting year for the ox. Competitive and hardworking, the ox will have a favorable year in 2013. In relationships, the ox’s competitive nature can work both for and against the ox in 2013, on the one hand, it will ensure their successes if the ox is wooing a partner, on the other hand, their competitiveness can turn into possessiveness and cause conflict. Work wise, 2013 is a good year for advancement in careers. The tenacious and competitive nature of the ox would work well this year, but at times the ox also needs to be mindful to tone down their aggressiveness.

2013 for the Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Confident, quick witted and passionate, the tiger will face challenges as well as rewards in 2013. In love, the tiger may face doubts that may cause them to question their passionate, confident natures. In relationship, the tiger will need to be critical and analytical when choosing someone who is of a good match. Work wise, the tiger may need to tone down their fierce and powerful personalities to reach compromises.

2013 for the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
The rabbit will be feeling flighty in 2013 with itches for changes. The same is true for the rabbit in love, there will be desire to make new starts, but serious thoughts should go into the decision before breaking off relationships. Single rabbits would do good to stay that way. Similarly, the rabbit will ache to seek new changes in their careers, but again, they are advised to be logical and analytical when coming to a decision instead of simply following their desire for new changes in 2013.

2013 for the Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
2013 will be a year that tests the courage and spirit of the dragon. In relationships, there may be conflicts and the dragon needs to be wary of becoming a bully to their partners. There may be a need for dragons and their partners to both reach compromises. Work wise, there may be some turmoil and challenges in 2013, and the dragon may need to make some compromises. The dragon will need to rely on their strength and spirit for the changes coming up ahead.


Lunar New Year 2013: The Year of the Snake

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