Welcome the Year of the Snake!
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 8 2013, 12:01 am
I know we all just got finished celebrating the turn of a New Year, but it’s time for another one: Asian Lunar New Year.
Here in the San Francisco area, people are stocking up roast duck and long noodles (for long life, naturally), and bright red paper envelopes to give money to children (for good fortune…or for buying candy and Pokemon cards, depending on your viewpoint). This Sunday is the big parade with lion dancers and firecrackers and finally the rainbow-scaled dragon winding its way down the city streets.
Last year I was extra excited because 2012 was the Year of the Dragon—the sign under which I was born. Dragons are known for their intensity, fiery passion, creativity, and charisma; they’re sort of like living fireworks. And 2012 was indeed an intense roller-coast of a year, at least in my household. Lots of wonderful ups (finishing my second novel, winning a Golden Heart), and also some unexpected and rather scary downs (like landing in the ER with severe anemia that left me too exhausted to write for weeks).
I’m kinda sad to see the Dragon year go, but part of me is relieved to welcome in the Snake. The Snake is sometimes called the Little Dragon, and shares some of the same characteristics (intelligence, ambition, a strong aesthetic sense and powers of intuition, and an instinct for good fortune), but without all the exhausting fireworks and drama.
Snakes are less impulsive than dragons (though they can certainly sneak up on you), and they’re more inclined to discipline and planning. They make good money-managers (a snake in the house is thought to mean your family will never go hungry!), and they have a talent for steady progress and attention to detail.
Hmm. Not as exciting as the Dragon approach to life, but maybe it’s just what I need to focus on for this coming year. (I won’t mention that 2013 is specifically the year of the Black Water Snake, which makes this snake a bit more unpredictable and volatile than usual. Nope. Not going there. I need to focus on the slow-and-steady progress thing. Also on the second Hobbit movie coming out in December.)
Anyhow, I’m taking a deep breath now, making some sensible plans, and looking forward to a productive, sane, sensible, money-savvy New Year.
How about you? What are your plans for the Year of the Snake?