The Year for Transforming in the Way of the Shaman
By Richard Giles
Welcome to another New Year. The Chinese New Year of 2013 began in February on Sunday 10th at the New Moon and is the beginning of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. The New Year begins another new zodiac animal cycle, the Year of the slippery and philosophical Snake. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars and at the Solar calendar, it begins 5th February but the New Moon day of 10th February begins all the official Lunar New Year celebrations and parties.
At Angkor Wat in Cambodia, numerous stone sculptures present hooded multi-headed Nagas as guardians of temples or other premises. A favourite image of Angkorean sculptors from the 12th century AD onward was that of the Buddha, sitting in the position of meditation, his body supported by the coils of a multi-headed Naga that also uses its flared hood to shield him from above. Even in the USA the symbol is used. The Gadsden flag of the American Revolution depicts a rattlesnake coiled up and poised to strike. Below the image of the snake is the legend, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
In Mayan/Aztec culture Quetzalcoatl was sometimes depicted as biting his own tail. The mother of Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec goddess Coatlicue (“the one with the skirt of serpents”), also known as Cihuacoatl (“The Lady of the serpent”). Quetzalcoatl’s father was Mixcoatl (“Cloud Serpent”). He was identified with the Milky Way, the stars and the heavens in several Mesoamerican cultures. I
Snakes get on well with Oxen, Monkeys, Goats, Dragons, Rabbits, and Roosters. They are reasonable with Rats, Dogs and Horses. They have trouble with other Snakes (they can’t live together), Tigers and Pigs. The worst relationship problems are often with Tigers and other Snakes.
Famous people born in the Year of the Snake:
Scientists: Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin, Alfred Nobel,
Politicians and campaigners: William Gladstone, John F Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Mao Zse Tung, Madame Mao, Martin Luther King, Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth I,
Entertainers and Film celebrities: Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Hurley, Grace Kelly, Ben Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mae West, Henry Fonda, Greta Garbo, Liv Tyler, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Basinger, John Malkovich, Marlon Brando, Orlando Bloom, Dean Martin, Pierce Brosnon,
Musicians: Reg Presley, Bob Dylan, Bela Bartok, Brahams, Mendelsohn, Schubert, Linda McCartney, Anne-Margaret, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Anka, Paul Simon,
Writers and artists: Charles Bauldelaire, Dostoyevsky, Arthur Fleming, Goethe, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Allen Poe, Jean Paul Sartre, Alfred Lord Tennyson,
Business: Paul Getty,
Thinkers: St Vincent de Paul, Mahatma Ghandi,
WHAT Is The SNAKE YEAR ALL ABOUT?
The ELEMENTS of The YEAR
The year is always made up of two parts, the Chinese animal sign and the year element. The Year of the Snake is symbolised by two elements – with Water sitting on top of Fire. According to the Five Elements cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the interrelationship between the elements, Water is the destroyer of Fire and so they are in a negation cycle and have a conflicting relationship. Its like as in the year of Dragon in 2012 which was Water over Earth – conflicting elements. Conflicting elements means the year will still not be peaceful with more conflicts and political social struggles going on.
Yin Fire is also a symbol of electricity and lighting and when its in a clash, there’s the possibility of blackouts in electricity supplies. There’s strong indications that 2013 is the years when the solar cycle will come to another peak and there’ll be large solar flares causing possible disruption of our electricity supplies. So be prepared with your solar power, candles, your gas bottle supplies and gas powered fridge.
The Chinese calendar works on 60 year cycle. We have experienced the Yin Water Snake in 1953. This was the year when the Korean War ended, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, and Stalin suffered a stroke and died. It was the cold war, and hostility between USSR and the USA continued, and both were hurrying to develop their nuclear arsenal. So Yin Water brought apparent peace but there was tension and hostility underneath.
In the 1953 Water Snake year, both USSR and the USA engaged in a race to test nuclear weapons and expand their nuclear arsenals. Its not to be surprising in 2013 if the hot international issue will still be the development of nuclear weapons in Iran as well as North Korea, and perhaps elsewhere. One of the other interesting events of 1953 was that a Health Report attributed lung cancer to cigarette smoking for the first time. Looking at the element makeup, cigarettes are Fire element and cancer is considered in Chinese medicine to be excessive moisture in body cells – Water element.
1953 was the year when Playboy magazine was first issued, the first James Bond novel; ‘Casino Royale’ was published, and Walt Disney’s feature film ‘Peter Pan’ was premiered in 1953. Creative inventions are key with Yin Water. The first colour TV went on sale in USA in December and the Academy Awards were broadcast on TV for the first time. And it was the year when the DNA structure was discovered.
Water sitting on the Fire Snake is warm and this can trigger serious weather phenomena such as cyclones, hurricanes and tornados. Two essential ingredients creating hurricanes and tornadoes are warm water and warm moist air. These are both fulfilled in year of Yin Water Snake. What happened in 1953? In September, a huge typhoon occurred in South East Asia with over 1000 people killed. In May 1953, a tornado hit Waco in Texas USA, killing 114 people. In June, another huge tornado killed 115 people in Michigan and then it moved into Massachusetts and killed another 95 people. We can expect similar dramatic weather phenomena this year.
WHAT’S YOUR HEALTH ISSUE IN 2013?
The five basic Chinese Elements represent different parts of the body – Water relates to the kidneys, the immune system, sexual organs, elimination and the urinary system. Health problems related to Water could be kidney problems, sexual infections, inflammation of urinary tract, and bowel problems. Fire element is related to the heart and blood circulation. The Fire emphasis can trigger serious heart or blood diseases as well as inflammation problems. Also Yin Water is in clash with Yin Fire, the symbol of the heart and the brain which can cause heart attacks and strokes. So its likely this will be more common in 2013. In the previous Water Snake year of 1953, Joseph Stalin of the USSR suffered a stroke dying in March. He was born in 1878, a Tiger year, and the month he died was a Tiger month, creating a Fire penalty with the Snake.
Another very famous figure who died of the Fire element effect was Elvis Presley. He was born on a Monkey day, Tiger hour and he collapsed in his residence on 16th August 1977, a Snake year, Monkey month and Snake day. The multiple combinations of Snake, Tiger and Monkey in his Four Pillars with his terrible diet created serious inflammation and heart problems in his body.
With the Water Fire clash watch for heart, brain and eye health. For people who have problems with blood circulation and the heart, its best to take supplements such as Omega 3 & 6 oils, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E to assist circulation and prevent blockages.
On the economy, the Fire element is a driving force behind the stock market. Each of the Five Elements affects people’s moods. Fire is joy, Water is fear, Earth is meditation and nurturance, Metal is sadness and Wood is anger. A Fire year then generates optimism and helps drive up the stock market, as in 2006/07. In 2008 Water arrived causing fear and the USA sub-prime mortgage scandal began and recession set in. In 2011, the Rabbit year was pure Wood, but was not as strong in generating Fire like the Tiger, so worries about the European economy came with troubles in Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal and caused a setback in the second half of the year. Strong water coming in 2012 brought more setbacks. Since 2008 there has not been any real economic recovery as Fire has been absent. However, the Fire Snake arriving in 2013 can bring genuine substantial improvement in our economic situation. This could be a year that the economic activities and stock market will be very active, particularly in spring and summer.
During 2013 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in the NorthEast and the South of your house. With the number 8 in the NorthEast of your home, you can take advantage of it. If your office or main room is here then you can be blessed with an abundant flow of supportive energy this year. The NorthEast is ruled by the Earth element which is about education, storage, meditation, well-being, spiritual disciplines and younger men. To make it work avoid any blocking energies in those two sectors. Give them a good sweep out and clean all windows and doors. Get rid of clutter. If its appropriate, add flowing water to the NorthEast.
The other precaution to take relates to the direction of the year’s incoming energies from the yearly Snake, from the SouSouthEast. Its called the ‘Grand Duke’ and is like a military man on a horse riding towards you. Do not challenge him by facing his direction, but face to the other direction. If your office desk faces to the SouthEast turn it to another suitable position until the year is over. Its advisable to not do any renovations in the south-eastern part of your home for 2013. They may bring problems, poor luck or never be finished on time.The yearly prosperous numbers bring a positive effect on your house if they fall at the front door, the office or your bedroom and the illness numbers can bring health problems for you. Its advantageous to consult a Feng Shui practitioner to find out exactly where these energies are going to be this year and what impact they’ll have on the resident Flying Stars in your own home. What I’ve written here is a good beginning guide.
YOUR YEARLY ZODIAC FORECAST - The CHINESE ZODIAC
The Zodiac sign which has the most trouble this year is the Pig which is in a direct clash across the zodiac with the Snake. These clashes usually bring about turbulence, accidents or changes. People born in the year of the Pig will experience increased travel, or movements such as changing jobs or moving house. Its important for them to carry the pendant of a Monkey as protection from the Snake energy. For the Pig people, the clash with the Snake can bring accidents related to fire or water, e.g., burning, boats sinking, accidents in the air or sea and possibly train travel. Doesn’t sound good does it? For people who are in trouble with the year, its okay to travel more, make changes such as house moving, or change jobs. And for people born in the Pig year it is recommended not to travel directly towards the direction of the Grand Duke, which is the SouSouth East direction. .
What’s in store for each of the twelve animal signs in 2012?
This is a guide only to the year. Remember this is just a simple picture as a complete forecasts for 2013 look at your Four Pillars Chart which is your full Chinese zodiac chart. It uses Year, Month, Day and the Hour of birth to get a true picture of your character. Try visiting - http://www.feng-shui-
THE RAT (Water): (1924, ’36, ’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, ’08) What counts for Rat people this year is their children and an interest in your child, new children or children’s issues will be important. Not a lot of help from the Snake this year, but you may find people at work will assist you and give your career some help.
THE OX (Earth): (1925, ’37, ’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, ’09) Its the same for Oxen as the family takes priority for you this year. Siblings, cousins and close family members are the ones to connect with. You could be needed much more this year with family or with work. You get a boost of the creative energies so use and direct it wisely. The Ox is well supported by the Snake.
THE TIGER (Wood): (1926, ’38, ’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, ’10) The Tiger has a lot of problems with the Snake and obstacles and frustrations may be placed in your way. Look to your health in 2013 and make sure you have plenty of check-ups. Watch your diet and exercise routines. Money may be good for you this year.
THE RABBIT (Wood): (1927, ’39, 51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, ’11) This can be good year for Rabbits and you wealth will come with more ease. You may have some problems when travelling so keep an eye of all arrangements and plan ahead well.
THE DRAGON (Earth): (1928, ’40, ’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, ’00, ’12) The year 2012 was a bit much for many Dragons and this year you’re going to find the pressures ease off. Money and expenditure will be an issue. Have a good look at your budget and make cuts. Put some aside for next year. Issues in the family need to be sorted out this year.
THE SNAKE (Fire): (1929, ’41, ’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, ’01, ’13) Its your year and things will go well for some Snakes and others will have a hard time of it. Its a year for learning about yourself and for developing a more spiritual side of yourself. Children will be important so don’t forget to have time with them. This is year for study and skills development.
THE HORSE (Fire): (1930, ’42, ’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, ’02, ’14) The Horse is one who finds their physical relationship extra important. This year there’s a more important aspect for yourself and its to do with career. Make sure you connect with family and be there for them too. This is a year to pick up on opportunities that present themselves without warning – go for them.
THE MONKEY (Metal): (1920, ’32, ’44, ’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, ’04) This is a good year for Monkeys and a busy one. The Snake is a friend for you so the year goes well. Your career can take some interesting turns for the better. There are things in the family to sort out so make an effort. You may find some good offers come your way. And others who need help in a Snake year will come to you.
THE ROOSTER(Metal): (1921, ’33, ’45, ’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, ’05) This is a good year for you with the Snake. Romance and relationships take an upturn. Its also excellent for your social life and your friendships with others in your age group. Others may come to you for advice so when they ask, be thoughtful with it and make it count.
for the Snake Year of 2013.
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