Astrology and the Chinese New Year

The start of the year 4711 will commence with festivities steeped in ancient rituals, myth, numerology and the natural world. The lunar new year, a festival based on the seasons instead of religion, marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. A time for family reunions, lots of food, paying respects to ancestors, superstitions, the rampant exchange of cash and giving thanks for the past year while welcoming a new beginning are all part of the celebrations and intrigue. Legend has it the lunisolar calendar began when Buddha called for the animal kingdom to gather. Only 12 animals showed up, the snake in the 6th position, thus the basis for the Chinese zodiac. When the 12 turns of the calendar are compounded by the five elements—metal, wood, water, fire, earth—the zodiac cycle extends to 60 years.

Children born in the year of the snake may share characteristics of awareness, cunning, intelligence, introspection, charm, passion, gracefulness, serenity and materialism. These traits apply for everyone born in the year of the snake, including the years 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001.

Babies born this year between February 10 and January 30, 2014 are also water snakes. The water element means they are great organizers and managers, are motivated and insightful, and have the potential to be influential. The last year of the water snake was 1953, remember anything significant?

Playtime can be a solitary pursuit and snakes may hold grudges longer than other kids do. They don’t do acquaintances, ending up instead with a few friends for life. However, they have a quirky sense of humor and can gossip and retaliate with the best of them.

Snakes are fashionable, enjoying luxury and comfort. They are great at business, but can spend money too impulsively. They are good with details and are quick problem solvers, but not great communicators and do not do well in noisy work environments. They like structure and calm, preferring relaxing music and earth-toned décor.

Snakes make great friends with oxen and roosters, but do not get along with pigs. Romantic relationships work best with rats, oxen, rabbit, sheep, roosters and dogs.—HC