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The year of the snake

by Stacey Kaplan LAc, LMT

February 10th 2013 begins the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar. While the significance of this animal can be interpreted in different ways according to your individual birthday, the snakes attributes can inspire and guide us through the change from this year to next.  

As we shift from the busy, active energy of the year of the dragon to a more focused, introspective year of the snake, here are some characteristics of the snake that may inspire you for the next twelve months.

A snake is quietly observant, plans thoughtfully and has the ability to read complicated situations quickly. We can use these tactics to prepare for opportunity as it arrives.

A snake sheds its skin to reveal a new, inner self. The year of the snake presents an opportunity for growth through introspection.

The snake is refined, collected and self reliant even when faced with adversity or instability.

The snake is a Yin sign, transitioning from the Yang sign of 2012. This means we are transitioning from a year of strong, creative, active, intellectual energy to a more intuitive, receiving, passive mode.