Astrology: How Will Your Year of the Snake Be?

The Chinese lunar calendar names each of the 12 years after an animal. According to one legend, Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 came to bid him farewell, and as a reward, he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying, “This is the animal that hides in your heart.”

HORSE
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) You love to travel and want to both “fit in” and be able to roam free. You crave intimacy but may feel inferior to your peers, causing you to drift from group to group. Horses can motivate others, but are often impatient and can be insensitive to others’ needs. In the Year of the Snake, horse people face many competitors in career, but many opportunities to make money and show their talents. Horses need to be careful with electronic communications, especially on government-related projects. This way, your name will be clear when any accusations are directed at you in the workplace. Be patient with love, and don’t let your career vex you too much; a new relationship will likely spring forth in March or September.

PIG
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) You are generous and honorable, possessing impeccable manners. While your luxurious nature can be perceived as snobbish, you actually live to help your loved ones. Pigs often feel restless with mood swings and get frustrated easily. When pig people encounter difficulties, obstacles or even misfortune in the Year of the Snake, as long as they take care of themselves and find time to unwind after stressful days at work, they’ll be able to maintain security in different areas of their lives. As pigs face long hours at work this year, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and relationships will generally bring better prospects. An opportunity to travel this year and meet someone new is likely.

SNAKE
(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) According to Chinese folkore, the dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake, hence why snakes are also called “Little Dragon.” Snakes are diplomatic and dually outgoing and introverted, with a strong intuitive sense. You’re a possessive partner, but irresistible.Snakes are disarmingly smart and favor using their feelings to make judgement. In your year, the Year of the Snake, be wary of shouting matches around contentious issues at work, and keep a low profile to maintain your career longevity. Protect your money this year, and don’t make any risky investments. Guard your well-being with regular sleep, meals and social activities.

OX
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) You’re a born leader, dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. Ox are patient, tireless in their work and capable of enduring hardship without complaint. People born in this year are also said to be stubborn, narrow-minded and with poor public relations skills. In the Year of the Snake, ox people will receive great warmth, caring and protection, and will have good luck all around, particularly in career, education and love. You will advance in your career and maintain a stable income. If you are single, you should look to increase your social activities this year; if you’re not, be wary of avoiding additional love relationships.

RABBIT
(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1999, 2011) You are compassionate and protective of those close to you. But you idealize relationships and give more to a partner than is healthy. Rabbits avoid fights and aren’t keen on facing issues. In the Year of the Snake, it’s important to build a stronger relationship with your boss to pave career success for the remainder of the year. Your job might advance or relocate, but new opportunities to increase your finances are unlikely. Rabbits may feel lonely in the Year of the Snake, as snakes often slither away when they see rabbits.

ROOSTER
(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) You’re a quick thinker, practical and resourceful. Roosters are keenly observant. You’re an open book and respect, as well as expect, honesty in others. In the Year of the Snake, rooster people can expect that  the snake helps them build power, confidence and credibility in their career. As their work grows more difficult, they will have the support of their colleagues, and social relationships this year might bloom into financial prospects. Love and friendship in the Year of the Snake will come easily, but roosters should watch out for injuries. This may mean passing up mountain climbing, snowboarding or skydiving this year.

RAT
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) You’re clever and  quick-witted with excellent taste. Rats are funny and natural charmers. To those you are loyal to, you are extra protective and generous. Unapologetic promoters of their agendas, rats can be viewed as greedy and quick-tempered. In the Year of the Snake, rat people will win some and lose some. Less job pressure means social activities will continue. Financial favors or investments from, for or with friends are likely. But a disagreement might tangle prospects in love. Rats must be aware of their own stubborn nature to prevent relationship disasters in 2013.

DOG
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)  You’re loyal, honest and discreet. You have a firm code of ethics and can be tempermental and sensitive, needing solitude to recuperate. You enjoy staying active and smoothing out tough situations. Dogs won’t stop barking at snakes until they wear themselves out. In the Year of the Snake, this won’t bother the snake, so disruptions in your love life will be unlikely, though males  currently in unstable relationships may experience a separation. At work, the dog barking needs to stop or else irreparable arguments might erupt. It’s time for dogs to know when to stop if their opinion differs from co-workers. In particular, dog people need to watch their words in all forms of electronic communications. Be conservative this year when making investment decisions.

DRAGON
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) You’re tenacious, giving and intelligent. You know what you want , and are determined to get it. Dragons are charismatic, charming and can influence others. As natural leaders, dragons usually enjoy a measure of wealth and especially, the power it desires. In the Year of the Snake, protection and caution is key for dragon people, as there will be little room for mistakes. Watch your reputation and your response to jealous competitors in the workplace, and take the advice of colleagues who care about you. Opportunities for financial growth will come at the first half of the year, and love prospects look good. The Year of the Snake is also a year of re-charging for dragons.

GOAT
(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) You’re a daydreamer and like spending time alone. You’re not very materialistic or organized, and need to feel loved and reassured. The goat individual minds their own business and prefers not to stick their nose in others’. In the Year of the Snake, goat people will find adventure and the help they need. It will be a busy 2013. A travel star is visible for goats, implying movement in career and advancement to the next level in love relationships. Keep an eye out on the health of elders in your family, and be sure to take care of them in 2013.

MONKEY
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) You’re charismatic and energetic, craving fun and stimulation. Monkeys are curious and tackle complicated problems with ease, but you can be self-involved and try to talk yourself out of situations. Indulgent activities and a lack of self-control can get you into trouble. There will be ups and downs for monkeys in 2013, offering important lessons in the Year of the Snake. In the workplace, monkey will try to outsmart the snake, and the snake will repay the monkey by spoiling monkey’s image. It is thus critical for monkey people to not show any arrogance or a bad attitude at work, or this will turn against them in their career as pressure mounts. Monkeys can make more money this year by working more, and should watch their safety in transport. Monkeys’ love lives this year are likely to be dominated by a love-hate relationship.

TIGER
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) You’re magnetic and self-possessed. A natural leader, tigers exude an air of authority that prompts others to fall in line. You enjoy control, but are courageous, and will fight until the end. Tigers, however, are moody and feel things more intensely than others, causing them to have outbursts. In the Year of the Snake, tiger people will experience challenges. Hidden obstacles at work can be prevented if tigers work to maintain good relationships with both peers and subordinates.You might be bitten by the snake if you challenge a female boss, too, so be careful all around in work relationships. Same applies for romantic relationships; bite your tongue to prevent any damage or further damage. Relationship stress might get to you this year, so be sure to maintain your sanity by taking a vacation, hiking or engaging in other relaxing activities.

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