2013: Year of The Water Snake
The Year for Transforming in the Way of the Shaman
Welcome to another New Year. The Chinese New Year of 2013 began in February on Sunday 10th at the New Moon and is the beginning of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. The New Year begins another new zodiac animal cycle, the Year of the slippery and philosophical Snake. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars and at the Solar calendar, it begins 5th February but the New Moon day of 10th February begins all the official Lunar New Year celebrations and parties.
2012 was Year of the Water Dragon and what a full-on powerful year! Now in the cycle of the twelve comes the most interesting and fascinating but most terrifying of all the animals of the zodiac, the supple and dynamic Snake. Its considered that the Snake possesses quasi magical powers so he is a sensitive and very intuitive.
Those born in the Snake year are considered intelligent and philosophical people who give out a calm and peaceful demeanor and love stability. When motivated they will move heaven and earth to achieve what they are after.
SNAKE QUALITIES and The MYTHOLOGY
The Snake, the Chinese say, is one of the great animals of the planet and is the sign of creation, dreams and magic. The Snake is the companion of sorcerers and seers and its symbol is the circle, and thus it pertains to the infinite and to all esoteric knowledge. In the eastern cultures the Snake represents Kudalini energy which is the subtle energy that circulates from the base of the spine to the top of the skull connecting all the vital centres in the body. The awakening of Kundalini energy is one of the decisive steps in spiritual unfolding that arouses your more subtler powers and develops extrasensory powers such as clairvoyance and telepathy. It offers you the insight necessary to understand the world from a greater level.
In all older traditions and cultures the Snake is a creator being. In Hindu traditions its the Naga serpents who make and control the world energy. Naga is the Sanskrit word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a large serpent, found in Hinduism and Buddhism. The Naga primarily represents rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting off its skin and being symbolically “reborn”. In Australian aboriginal mythology its the Rainbow Serpent who moves across the landscape to create. Serpent is a word of Latin origin from serpens, serpentis, (something that crawls or creeps, a snake) that is commonly used in a specifically mythic or religious context. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind. Serpents are represented as potent guardians of temples and other sacred spaces. Thus, they are natural guardians of treasures or sacred sites which cannot easily be moved out of harm’s way.
By Richard Giles
Year of The Water Snake
PROGRAM 424 – http://radiooutthere.com/blog/
February 7th, 2013 by Barry Eaton
Current Program 424 Week Commencing February 7th 2013
Richard Giles – An In Depth Preview of The Chinese Year of the Snake