Sunday, February 10

Year Of The Water Snake

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Happy Year Of The Snake!

Google had different “doodles” for the Chinese New Year 2013 depending on what country you were in. One of the doodles is also a game. (Check it out and other Google Doodles using the link.) To play the game you steer the snake around and the more stuff he “eats” the higher score you get. Hopefully you can do better than I did.


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2013 is the year of the Water Snake. Because of lunar dating, the first day of the Chinese year can fall anywhere between late January and the mid-February. Lunar New Year in the US calendar takes place on Sunday, February 10. It is based on cycles of the lunar phase and for the Chinese it is also known as the 'Spring Festival'. Chinese New Year celebrations begin the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day and provide an opportunity for families to get together for dinner. Food will include pork, duck, chicken and sweet delicacies and the family will end the night by setting off firecrackers.


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The Chinese water snake (known as Enhydris chinensis) or Chinese smooth water snake is a species of snake found in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. It bites but is not venomous.


What to expect in the year of the snake?

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Lucky colors for the year are gold, silver, white, beige, yellow, brown and red, while the unlucky colors are green, black, grey and blue.

The snake has a reputation for being treacherous and dangerous. Nobody calls someone they actually like a snake. Snakes are also considered slimy predators.  

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

People born in the year of the Snake will suffer inauspicious and difficult periods from time to time throughout the year. However, financially, it is a fortunate year for Snakes; they will have satisfactory stable incomes but never from gambling. Money comes from all sources, but it is easy come and easy go. It is not a good time to develop another new investment or business expansion. They have to watch their expenses to avoid being over budget.

They also have to pay attention to the relationships with their father, partners, friends and brothers or sisters. In doing business, it is important to have contracts in black and white to avoid any conflicts or regrets in the future.

Love affairs are in the flat line. They should not expect too much or they will be disappointed. Lovers should be patient and avoid being over-emotional with each other.

On health, Snakes should pay special attention to road safety, stay away from sharp objects and beware of problems with the liver, heart, high blood pressure and cardiovascular system. They have to watch their diet and do more proper exercise.


If you were born in a different year you still can’t avoid the pull of the snake. To see what it means to you look up your Chinese horoscope sign.

Rat: Secrets abound this year for Rat. As Rats often encounter financial snarls in Snake years, this not a good year to start a new business. Rat should keep assets out of sight or hidden to discourage envy and theft.

Ox: The Ox and Snake are good friends, and so the slower pace of 2013 suits Ox. Family difficulties, the only bump in the road, may trigger the Ox temper. Be tolerant of those who do not share your opinion and values. Tricky legal matters could hurt you financially.

Tiger: Tiger may find this Snake year slow and boring at times. Extreme caution should be used to prevent a love affair from turning into a scandal. Tigers in the entertainment industry are favored in Snake years, especially female Tigers.

Rabbit: 2013 is an exceptional year for peace-loving Rabbit with business travel prominent. A career change improves finances. Domestic problems are few. This is a lucky year for speculation especially from Aug 2013 to Jan 2014.

Dragon: Dragon finds Snake years mellow. Even though life’s pace slows down, Dragon’s world remains as unpredictable as ever, though they usually land on their feet. Outspoken Dragon should listen to all sides of an issue before passing judgment, and think before speaking.

Horse: Infatuations are many for Horse, as it is an exciting yet crazy year for love. Freedom loving Horse has to make decisions as new doors open. Horse will whinny with delight at developments in professional life.

Goat: New challenges and travel for business are in the wind. Guard valuables and luggage while traveling. Financially, Goat rises to former status, but expenses may drain cash flow. Influential and social contacts figure strongly.

Monkey: A Snake year stimulates Monkey’s quick-wit and sense of humor and others take notice. Should a hint of infidelity raise its ugly head, run don't walk to the nearest exit. Physical exercise is a must.

Rooster: Stylish Rooster is center stage in 2013. Marital or family difficulties may arise. If so, be tactful and avoid personal disagreements. A journey, move, or change in family structure could

Dog: Dog bounces back from a rough 2012. Pleasure and earthy sexuality replace pessimism and worry. Loyalty and skepticism figure prominently. Improving the fate others brings happiness. Love finds you when you least expect it.

Pig: Shrewd marketing of a product or project change Pig’s financial future bringing success in career matters. Travel may be required. It is a romantically turbulent time, possiby involving deception. Character and honesty will be tested. April to July is not good for litigation.


In general, this is suppose to be a year of good fortune and making lots of money. The bad economy is suppose to change for the better and surpass our greatest expectations. It’s a good year for love and marriage too. If you’re thinking of popping the question it’s a good time to do it this year.

I hope this year is a good and profitable year for you and yours!   

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