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Date Posted: 22:29:27 02/10/13 Sun
Author: chuckit25
Author Host/IP: cpe-76-84-201-26.neb.res.rr.com / 76.84.201.26
Subject: Happy New Year of the Black Snake!

I enjoy the symbols in culture and hope you can enjoy some, too.

2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve

The Common Character of People Born in the Year of Snake (go backwards in twelve year increments)

People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it's those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that's why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste.

People born in the Year of the Snake also have a sure touch in money matters but are also inclined to be greedy and somewhat egoistical. Determined and ambitious characters of Snakes take their failures hard. They are usually very attractive on the outside and inwardly, that, taking into consideration their frivolity, can lead to some family problems.

The Cosmic Element and Color of 2013 year of Snake
The 2013 year of Snake is Water Snake, Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever.

The Overall Trend in 2013 Year of Snake
The 2013 Snake of year has ability to read complicated situation quickly in a controlled manner which is good for business. Signing documents of any kind requires very thorough attention. 2013 horoscope predict it is a good year to begin important detail work. Research and investigation are supported. The Snake has sneaky energy that can be to your advantage. Look for the holes in the loop. A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals, And, 2013 year of the Snake also supports added responsibility,
But 2013 Snake need to watch for fanatical commitments since Snakes inclination to spend money quickly than earn them may produce tensions in personal relationships. Create a safe space to work from this 2013 year. The Snake likes protection, needs to feel safe and secure to utilize its special analytical skills. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward.

Other Details of 2013 Year of Snake
1. Ideal compatibility with: Ox and Rooster.
2. More or less compatible with: Rat, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep.
3. Absolutely incompatible with: Tiger and Pig.
4. Lucky colors for the Snake: Yellow, Red
5. Lucky directions for the Snake: Southwest, Northeast
6. Lucky numbers for the Snake: 2, 4, 7, and 9.
7. Monday is the lucky day of the week for Snakes.

SUPERSTITIONS FOR NEW YEARS

1. The house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away. After New Year's Day, the floors may be swept. Beginning at the door, the dust and rubbish are swept to the middle of the parlor, then placed in the corners and not taken or thrown out until the fifth day.

2. Washing or cutting of hair on this day is prohibited, doing so means washing away all good luck for the coming year. On the other hand the use of knives and scissors may lead to cut of fortune. Chinese people should not wash clothes on the New Year day since it is the birthday of the god of water.

3. On New Year's Day, we are not suppose to wash our hair because it would mean we would have washed away good luck for the New Year. Red clothing is preferred during this festive occasion. Red is considered a bright, happy color, sure to bring the wearer a sunny and bright future.

4. During the Chinese New Year, people are expected to refrain from saying anything bad, since bad word one may use is believe bring effect on him or her for the rest of the year. Word like “Si” “Four” in Chinese means “to die” so one must refrain from using the number four. Before the New Year, children would be warned not to quarrel, fight or speak rudely. Some Chinese believe that if children are beaten by their elders for bad behavior during the celebrations, then they would be inclined to be boisterous and rebellious throughout the year.

5. The first meal on Chinese New Year for most traditional Chinese families is vegetarian food. Consuming meat and slaughtering animals on this day is considered bad. Often, the food to be served on New Year's Day is prepared in abundance the day before. Since the food is cooked on the eve of New Year, thus prepared in the previous year, taking the surplus amount in the following days symbolizes material wealth being brought over from the previous year. Also do not take meat in the morning because it said that the gods who arrives in the morning of the New Year festival, many of them are vegetarians.

While many Chinese people today may not believe in these do's and don'ts, these traditions and customs are still practiced. These traditions and customs are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.

And yes, there are given envelopes of “joss money” in red paper!

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/snake.htm

http://www.hanban.com/chinese-culture/chinese-taboo/
Be well
chuckit25

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[> Re: Happy New Year of the Black Snake! -- kim, 04:04:19 02/11/13 Mon (cpe-75-82-42-119.socal.res.rr.com/75.82.42.119)

Yes, it's a Water Snake year. Snake is my birth year.

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[> [> Re: Happy New Year of the Black Snake! -- chuckit25, 15:45:41 02/19/13 Tue (cpe-76-84-201-26.neb.res.rr.com/76.84.201.26)

I was going to bore you guys by posting all the neat stuff about snakes, which, in myth, (zzzzzz....hee) is an important guide. (okay one thing). Great attention to detail and thus snakes often have financial success, too!

The month of February is coming soon to a close and we had all kinds of holidays for some of you to acknowledge.

I hope the promise of spring is being kind to you, despite the great volatility in weather in some places.

Be well!
chuckit25

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[> Re: Happy New Year of the Black Snake! -- Saltygoodness, 23:21:26 02/19/13 Tue (adsl-99-62-37-130.dsl.aus2tx.sbcglobal.net/99.62.37.130)

Happy New Year to the Year if the Black Snake. And,thank you, chuckit25 for the information. I'm not fond of snakes, but found your composition fascinating. I do enjoy Chinese history and the attendant customs.

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[> [> Re: Happy New Year of the Black Snake! -- chuckit25, 12:40:18 02/20/13 Wed (cpe-76-84-201-26.neb.res.rr.com/76.84.201.26)

I'm so glad you are up to answering--you mentioned health issues; and vital person that you are, you are still a "spring chicken" whatever number of candles on the cake.

I hope you feel improvement, if you suffer from something chronic. I hope you are not in pain--it is so exhausting. You may think you are 'running out of brain power and energy' but I think you just got wise in letting the stupid stuff go and the good stuff come to where you sit.

Be well!
chuckit25

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[> Every year is the year of the Black Snake in Florida -- Lewis H., 10:26:36 02/27/13 Wed (adsl-98-85-37-226.mco.bellsouth.net/98.85.37.226)

Right around this time of year they start to crawl out of the ground along with the lizards and the frogs. They are called black racers down here cause they are pretty fast when they want to be. However, once I had a lot of fun with one that was willing to stay still for a bit. I would snap my fingers and it would flick its tongue at the air vibration.

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