Happy New Year to Chinese and other Asian readers who celebrate the Year of the Black Water Snake today and in coming days of the Spring Festival. Last year, Fukushima gave an object lesson during 2012's Water Dragon.
Chinese New Year greeting card by Alex Bernstein. Image Source: Behance.
Chinese Fortune Calendar states:
What is in store this year, according to lunar calendar astrologers? Among other things, they describe the trends in terms of predominance of five different elements (Wu Xing, (五行): wood, fire, earth, metal, water). From Chinese Fortune Calendar:Chinese said the dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake. Therefore, the snake is also called a little dragon. Just like the dragon, the snake doesn't like people seeing its body. So people think snake is sly, c[al]m, quiet, lonely and humble animal. Snake attacks other animal only when it's hungry. If we keep the distance from it, snake won't hurt people. Snake has the ability to swallow an animal bigger than its size. So we cannot underestimate snake's ambitious. Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. Chinese treat that spitting tongue as a sign of argument. Actually, Snake uses its tongue to smell. But in the Chinese zodiac, the Snake implies the potential trouble of libel, dispute or slander, especially, when it meets Tiger or Monkey.
You can find your personal Chinese astrological birth chart and prediction for 2013 - here. You can see more general predictions, depending on your Chinese astrological sign, here, here and here. The main Chinese television broadcast devoted to this event is the CCTV New Year's Gala, see here.Chinese Astrology is a Balance Theory of Five Elements. Each animal can be converted into Five Elements. Snake contains mainly Fire. It also contains some Metal and Earth. Snake is in the Fire group. Water of 2013 and Fire of Snake are opposite elements. Therefore most of people will experience mix of good and bad fortune.
Water Snake is Fire under Water. Snake is a c[al]m, shy, cautious and low-key animal in Chinese Horoscope. Snake won't attack its opponent, unless it's disturbed or hungry. If Fire is not your favorite element, then you should keep a distance from Fire in 2013. Otherwise, if you fool with Fire, then you may get burn.
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