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Chinese New Year 2013: What Makes a Snake? by John Abbot
This year, 2013, marks the Year of the Water Snake in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.  The start of this year's Lunar New Year, which is the biggest Chinese holiday and is also known as the Spring Festival, falls on the 10th of February.  The celebration of the Chinese New Year has been going on for many centuries not only in China, but also in territories and countries with large Chinese populations or recognized Chinatowns.   

The cycle of the Lunar New Year is based on Chinese Astrology, which has 12 zodiac animal signs; the Chinese believe the different animal signs represent different types of personality.  This means a person's traits, and even the events in his life, are governed by the zodiac animal ruling on the year he was born; in fact, a zodiac animal assigned to any specific year is also believed to influence that year's global events. 


Famous people born in the Year of the Snake include: Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pablo Picasso, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Johannes Brahms, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Oprah Winfrey, and Martha Stewart. 

According to Chinese Astrology, the snake represents wisdom.  People born in the Year of the Snake are great thinkers and the most intuitive; hence, they are often considered mysterious individuals, sometimes even psychic.  They are also very private and quiet people, preferring to work alone and rarely asking for other people's advice, which make them seem cold and calculating.  This is also why snakes are often misunderstood.  They take great pride in big accomplishments, more than they do attention, and they long to have the best of everything.      

This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Snake.Career

Being great-thinkers, people born in the Year of the Snake find complex problems stimulating and enjoy solving them.  In fact, they thrive under pressure and love challenges.  While snakes are diligent workers, they also get bored easily, especially when they no longer feel stimulated.  As a result, snakes often jump from one job to the next. 


Being private individuals, snakes prefer having a calm, peaceful, and well-ordered life.  As a consequence, snakes also prefer to work alone which, in turn, increases the risk of stress.  While snakes enjoy challenging jobs, a heavy workload which can easily lead to chaos can have negative effects on their health.  Adequate time for rest and relaxation is important to balance out the mental stimulation snakes crave. 

Their need for privacy makes it difficult to get to know and build a close relationship with people born in the Year of the Snake.  Being solitary individuals, they rarely express their feelings, which go very deep, and are very careful in choosing the people they allow to be close to them.  The chosen few that they build friendships or become intimate with, they treasure very much, guard very closely, and are extremely loyal to.  It is common for snakes to become possessive and they also get jealous easily; after all, once they decide to trust you, they give nothing less than complete loyalty and devotion, and they expect to get the same from their friend or partner.  Any form of betrayal is unforgivable to a snake and turns the snake into a ruthless adversary.   

The Water Snake

The water, representing an infinite source of knowledge, makes the water snake extremely perceptive.  Water snakes, among all the other elemental snakes, are the most mentally dexterous.  With this great mental dexterity comes the snakes’ sensitive nature and, because of this, snakes can be great artists.  With their intelligence, water snakes are also exhibit ingenuity, especially when it comes to making and keeping money.

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For some other recent articles by John Abbot on another fast approaching important occasion you might be interested in reading "Don't Spend Another Year Alone, Find Love This Valentines Day" and "Find Your Virtual Chinese Date for Vday". 

From: Original         Author: John Abbot         Time: 1/15/2013 1:02:57 AM

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#2013-06-26 23:41:00 by Enyaluo1977 @Enyaluo1977
Reply I was borned in the year of 1977 and I'm a water snake, hahaha
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