WATER SNAKE YEAR 2013
Gui Si – Yin Water Snake Year
Feb. 3, 2013 (08:14 PST) – Feb. 3, 2014 (14:04 PST)
The Water Snake Year which begins on Feb 4 in the Chinese Solar Calendar. The Chinese Solar Calendar is used for the purposes of Chinese Metaphysics. Feb 10, under the Lunar calendar is the beginning of the Chinese New Year Holiday celebration.
The Year of the Snake, 2013, in the Chinese calendar is characterized by the elements of Yin Water sitting on top of Yang Fire. The Chinese calendar is derived from the 5 elements or the 5 Energy Phases. This comprises the Yin and Yang elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, totaling 10 elements in total. The Yin and Yang of each element represents opposite polarities.
The birth and destruction cycles of the 5 Energy Phases, governs the inter-relationship between the elements. In this cycle, water is the destructive to fire. As such, the Water Snake is in a conflict relationship because it is in a destructive cycle.
Hidden in the Snake with Yang Fire, is the birth of Yang Metal, which equates to weapons or government. Fire and Metal are also in a conflictual or combustible relationship.
These conflictual relationships may result in an absence of peace. Each animal in the Chinese Astrology has a month like the 12 western astrological signs.
The Snake begins in May in the western calendar. This is when fire energy begins to peak in the summer month of June. Fire rising with hidden metal (weapons) implies changes, transformation on the milder side. And, social unrest, uprisings, and even revolution on the other. Hence, we can anticipate international conflicts, clashing and a fight over power in 2013. With governments or the military playing an active role.
Gui Si – Yin Water Snake Year
Thanks to Teresa Hwang for posting her article on Facebook.
- – Destiny
- – Fate
- – Feng Shui
- – Karma/Accumulate good deeds
- – Education/Studies
- – Name
- – Physiognomy
- – Respect for the gods/higher intelligence
- – Befriend honorable people
- – Self cultivation
- – Good choice of career and spouse
- – Welcome the auspicious and avoid the inauspicious
It is instructive to review major events in the previous Water Snake Year 1953. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated President of United States. Joseph Stalin died. Georgi Malenkov became the Soviet premier; East Berliners rose against Communist rule; quelled by tanks. Egypt became a republic ruled by military junta. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in Sing Sing prison for espionage. The Korean armistice was signed. Moscow announced explosion of the hydrogen bomb.
It was a year of innovative endeavors and ideas: James Watson and Francis Crick publish their discovery of the molecular model of DNA. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reach top of Mt. Everest. James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin discovered the structure of DNA. Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer for The Old Man and the Sea.
Yin water is the most yin element of the ten elements. It is likened to the morning mist or drizzling rain. Thus the year will exhibit a gentleness, moderation, patience, humility, flexibility and tolerance, especially in the autumn and winter months. Conversely, yin water has the capacity for subterfuge, concealment, deviousness. Like mist, it can penetrate everywhere.
As such, any conflict may be less intense than some Snake years like the 911 attack in 2001 and Pearl Harbor Attack in 1949.
Having awareness, the energy of the year can be harnessed in positive direction. With creativity and intelligence we can see new and innovative ideas, reforms and positive transformation. Or, the energy can be used toward intrigue, secrecy, cheating, terrorist attacks or assassinations. The fire under the water is in an “uprising” process with a hidden metal. This hidden fire is considered mystical, unpredictable and duplicitous.
In Chinese medicine, yin water is related to the kidney, ears and sexual organs. In regards to industry, Fire is related to the entertainment and hospitality industries, sports, marketing, broadcasting and social media. Resulting in a year of romance and prosperity to industries related to glamour, entertainment, hospitality and marketing. In Water Snake year 1953, Playboy magazine hit newsstands. A nude Marilyn Monroe graced the cover.
Resources: Joey Yap, Master Raymond Lo, Infoplease.
The next blog will look at some of the positives in the Water Snake Year.
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