A year has passed and with it the Year of the Dragon. In fact, Dragon is the fifth symbol of the Chinese zodiac that consists of twelve symbols. This year of Dragon will end on 9th of February 2013.

Chinese New Year begins on February 10, 2013, but the first day of the astrological will be February 4 and is the Year of Black Snake (or the Year of the Water Snake).

The Chinese New Year

The Year of the Snake

Many people consult the Chinese calendar to find out if they have good luck in the coming year. Those who have high expectations of the Water Snake Year should prepare for a time of conflicting elements from instability to dynamism in all areas.

The Year of Water Snake lasts until 31 January 2014 and will be one characterized by sudden changes, dynamism, surprises and instability.

One of the elements which is emphasized in this period is the family. According to Chinese tradition, a snake in the house now, is a good sign.

According to the Asian tradition, the water snake would bring a quieter period in which love and prosperity will be felt. It is believed that this year is a beneficial time to the family budget.

Colours of the Year

Temple of Heaven

Beijing

Black, blue and green are the dominant colours in the coming year and according to Chinese tradition they will bring luck to people.

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, which is based on the five elements (water, fire, earth, metal and fire) the Year of Water Snake is related to black. We can say, therefore, that 2013 is the year of the Black Water Snake.

The snake is associated mainly to fire, but it contains aspects of metal and earth. Water, the dominant component of 2013, and fire associated with snake, come into contradiction and give the characteristics of the period. For this reason, Chinese calendar doesn’t provide a lucky year or strictly negative one.

Fire & Water

The water snake symbolizes the underwater fire. The snake is calm, shy, cautious, and is an introvert animal in Chinese horoscope. The snake does not attack his enemies, unless is disturbed or hungry. Those who are not attracted to fire should be taken away from this element in the coming year.

Seduction and Charisma

Snakes have always been the seduction. Those who are born under the sign of the Snake are charismatic and popular, refusing to be ignored. In fact, public recognition is one of the most significant things for a native snake. However, Snakes are never noisy and open, and demonstrate the best manners.

Snake Defects

Snakes are not very generous when it comes to lend to others, although they offer their help. The biggest flaw of these people character is a tendency to exaggerate, even helping their friends. And when they did someone a favor, they become possessive over them.

Basket with Fruits

Chinese New Year

Another bad feature is that snakes are able to lie. Although not often, they lie when they know they will not be caught. They choose careers that do not involve any risk.

Impossible to Ignore

Native snakes are lucky about money, according to Chinese astrology, and are generally generous with friends and family. They are romantic and charming, having a sense of humor and are physically beautiful.

It is said that people born in the Year of the Snake are wise and have a native cunning.