Sign of the: Snake, Element: Fire
The Ancient Mystery of Chinese Astrology
This ancient perspective on our modern lives comes from the ancient Oriental art of divination and character reading. The first cycle of this Zodiac was introduced in 2637 BC by Emperor Huang Ti. This 'art form' developed as the Chinese writing system emerged and joined with philosophy. Some fascinating insights into a persons character, lifestyle, and emotional makeup are revealed. The roots of this interpretive art, are based deeply in the classical philosophy of Confucius, Lao-tse and the Yi Jing (I Ching).
According to legend, the order of the twelve signs was determined by Buddha upon celebration of the Chinese New Year, which falls on different dates, from mid-January to mid-February. All of the animals in the kingdom were invited, but only 12 creatures attended - not coincidentally, those animals represented in the Chinese zodiac.
The first animal to arrive was the intellectual, talkative Rat. Next came the enduring, hard-working Ox, followed by the noble Tiger, then the detached Rabbit. The outspoken Dragon joined the others, as did the wise and philosophical Snake. The physically active Horse trotted in, with his good friend the artistic Goat. The irrepressible Monkey and the candid Rooster were also in attendance, with the last to join, the watchful Dog and the peaceful Pig.
The legend continues that each animal was given a year of its own, bestowing the symbolic nature and characteristics of each to those born in that animal's year. As the Chinese say, "This is the animal that hides in your heart." ... Have Fun!
You were born under the Sign of the Snake
The essence of those born into Snake years is 'Gathered strength' the quiet accumulation of energy that will serve to distinguish this person. Snakes are enduring, patient, passively aggressive, calculating, conservative and quietly powerful. The Snakes timing is impeccable and they are always ready when the time comes to act. This sixth position in the Chinese zodiac, controls from behind the scenes, allowing the Snake to maintain their privacy.
Seductively charming and mysterious, those born into Snake years possess great wisdom. Outwardly calm and quiet you are intense and passionate inside. The Snake is the sign known for great physical beauty. Flawless skin and complexions are a gift to the Snake. Snakes like an orderly environment, with time scheduled, and your privacy respected. Snakes follow through and hate being left 'up in the air'.
The evasive and private nature of the Snake is mysterious -- and that is the way they prefer it. Their feelings are their own business and no one elses. The Snake relies on first impressions, feelings, and sympathies rather than the opinions of others. It is for this reason that Snakes can seem distrustful - as their intuition is so fine tuned.
Sophisticated and reserved, the Snake has a reputation for developing theories for everything. Elegant in speech, dress and manners, the Snake soul does not like indulging in useless small talk or frivolities. Snakes are careful about what they say. Some Snakes have a slow or easygoing way of speaking, and they like to ponder concepts, to assess and formulate their views properly before speaking.
The soul born into a Snake year thinks often and deeply. They are intellectuals and philosophers, sometimes bordering on the clairvoyant. It is most important for a Snake to find a channel through which they can express their wealth of gifts and ideas.
Some words which help to describe the essence of the persons born into Snake years are: Wise, Cultivated, Cerebral, Accommodating, Intuitive, Attractive, Amusing, Lucky, Reflective, Organized, Alert, Sympathetic, Elegant, Soft-spoken, Well-bred, Compassionate, Philosophical, Calm and Decisive. These same traits expressed negatively could cause the Snake to become: Jealous, Ostentatious, Possessive, Too Frugal, Extravagant, Self-critical, Stubborn, Vengeful, Lethargic or Inactive. The choice will lie with the individual.
According to the Chinese, the season in which a Snake is born as well as atmospheric conditions at birth will profoundly affect a Snake soul. Snakes born into the Spring and Summer months, during the midday heat, will be the happiest and most prosperous. Those Snakes born at night during a cold winter storm could be vulnerable to danger as the destiny of the Snake is so sensitive.
The first two phases of the Snakes life should be relatively calm, but during the final phase, the Snakes passionate nature will flare up causing some youthful adventure and a wonderful reverse aging process. Snakes are cautious about lending money -- which can cause conflict when someone touches their sympathies. Help is most often offered in the form of kindness and assistance in ways other than cash. Snakes are extremely generous with their time in counseling and offering emotional support, not to mention the sagest of advice to emotionally distraught friends. Many Snakes are psychiatrists, councilors or spiritual advisors by profession.
If a person wishes to give a Snake a gift it should be something of quality - and quality can be costly. Some good choices should be: A work of art, a rare book, or a complete collection of classical records and tapes. Also gems and precious stones, as long as they are real, as Snakes detest fakes.
Where family life is concerned, the female Snake is thought to be a fortunate blessing to her family. This woman is highly sought after for marriage as she is often physically beautiful, usually wise, and an excellent mother. Snake men are always well dressed, and handsome. Male Snakes are thought to have a "roving eye." Snake men are passionate lovers, and because they are so sensual about everything that they undertake, have acquired this dubious reputation. This man exhibits the same fervent ardor in closing a much coveted business deal, as in winning the affections of his romantic interest.
Snakes make understanding parents and are able to put themselves in their children's place . So much so, that they can have a bit of a problem being objective at times. The Snake as a child is eager to please, to understand their parents, and they love to be treated as an adult. Little Snakes love to be told secrets and have an enormous need for affection and tenderness. Little Snakes however don't appreciate sharing affection with other siblings and they need to feel preferred.
This sedate and calm child is deep and gradual in development. Their physical and mental growth does not come in spurts like other children, but quietly accumulates, gradually and steadily. Being fair of face with flawless skin and advice, these children are sensual and easy-going. The passive/aggressive personality of this child, prefers to give others enough rope, for things to run their course. This is a deeply thinking child, empathetic, almost psychic in perception. A predominance of psychiatrists and philosophy professors were born into Snake years.
The Snake soul enjoys pleasing others and adores ornamentation. Snakes detest being duped, taken in, or set up as an example. Favorite leisure activities for the Snake are redecorating, rearranging and maintaining treasured possessions, and spending tranquil weekends in the country listening to classical music, reading, or studying the arcane sciences.
Favorite places for the snake include lush forest grottos or the opposite dry desert environment; wild stretches of land under a crystal-clear sky; snug and cozy in their beautifully decorated home. Everything in the Snakes domicile is comfortable and designed for pleasure of the senses. Music playing softly, deep cushions, perfumed candles, lovely flowers, a well-filled library, and perhaps some fine or rare liqueurs or wines.
Harmonious colors for the Snake are white and Ice blue. Rock-gardens and ferns are soothing to the Snake and your medicinal flowers are: heather, jasmine and thistle. The natal birthstone is the Opal. Most favorable direction for Snakes is South by southeast. Projects and excursions will prosper if oriented in a direction one third eastward from due south, the most fertile, sunny and prosperous point on the compass for the Snake.
The most favorable time for the Snake is mid-June to mid-July; the hot, bright, sunny time of year when animals, insects and plants are in full activity and growth. It is during this time that the Snake is ready to seize opportunities for profit and gain and a time to test ideas and fulfill private desires. The Snake's slogan is both, "I know" and I feel." The totem symbol of the Snake has universally represented: Spiritual rebirth, shrewdness, elusiveness, and exploration of the mysteries of life. Favorite books can include: non-fiction, self-help, philosophy, occult sciences and religion.
The best time of day for the Snake is from 9:00am to 11:00am, the time when the Yang power has fully gathered its strength and the working day begins. Snakes are late risers, not fully awake until the sun is completely risen, absorbing its warmth before they are ready for action. Snake people tend to be at their best at this mid-morning time. Lucky numbers for the Snake are 1, 2, *3, 4, 6, 13, 24, 42, and 46.
The Snake Man
The Snake Man is probably the most refined and most pleasant person in the Chinese zodiac. Even though masculine, this sign has something graceful, delicate, and romantic about him. In order to get his way in life, the Snake man never seeks to force or impose himself on others as do the Tiger or the Dragon, but rather to enchant them into siding with him. The Snake male can charm both his friends and adversaries alike to see things his way.
The Snake man is most fussy about his physical appearance. Even more than the Rabbit man, he never allows himself to indulge in sloppiness and he is always impeccably clean and neat. His manners are impeccable and bear the mark of smoothness, dignity, and appropriateness, even in those rare moments when he loses his temper.
He has dainty, regular features. His eyes are soft, moist, and bordered with long eyelashes - the classic eyes of an incurable dreamer. This man's general health is rather delicate. Snake men may tire easily and may suffer from prolonged mental or muscular work. This man recuperates his strength with surprising swiftness and a fifteen-minute nap can be enough to help him recover from exhaustion.
The Snake male also has to live with an extremely shaky nervous system. Upheavals and chaos upset him greatly. Environmental insults such as wind, moisture, humidity, smoke, dust, and pollutants of every kind offend his delicate senses. He also reacts to major weather variations and should avoid abrupt changes. Snake men are hypersensitive to rains, storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other tantrums of nature.
It is said that Snake males are hindered at times by their excessive emotionalism, which puts a heavy strain on him. Deeply empathetic, the Snake male must keep a healthy distance away from human suffering. Violence, sudden noises, loud voices, and the sight of blood, can literally make him ill with an overdose of adrenaline. Peace, quiet, and moderation in everything are almost as indispensable to him as the air he breathes.
Physical exercise and sports are an absolute necessity for the Snake man's good mental and physical health. Hiking, jogging, martial arts, gardening, table tennis, lawn tennis, or swimming are recommended. Dancing is also good exercise for him as he is naturally gifted for it. He should avoid violent contact sports at all costs, as his constitution is unable to participate in them without damage.
Psychologically extremely sensitive and easily hurt, the Snake male always takes carefully into account other people's attitudes, reactions and feelings. Nothing is more important to him than being at peace and in harmony with his environment.
This man's life motto is simply "security first". He feels rejection acutely and must avoid confrontations with his fellow men and defuse threats of hostility or aggression. As his female counterpart, he acts with true prudence and circumspection, carefully scrutinizing the ground he is treading on, and almost always takes the path of least resistance. Even when he is not directly involved, he is an expert at smoothing over tensions and settling quarrels around him.
The Snake male's extreme caution often paralyses him, annulling any daring and initiative he might be motivated with. Intent on making no false step, he is cautious in the extreme and is both moralist and philosopher rather than front-line fighter.
Snake men do their best to secure others good feelings toward them. He treats everybody with gentleness and consideration, almost never with belligerence. He acts with meekness and talks with circumspection, carefully avoiding tyranny and harsh words. It is practically impossible to provoke him as he has learned how to swallow his angers and conceal his pains. When bullied or attacked, he does not seek to retaliate. Passive resistance is more to his liking. Mahatma Gandhi, a Snake, is a perfect example of this behavior pattern.
The Snake male shows the utmost sense of equity and fair play under all circumstances. Always afraid to commit an injustice, he gives others every possible opportunity to have their chance, expose their views, and defend themselves. He is often willing to lend an attentive ear and may at times listen patiently for hours and hours on end without interrupting his troubled "patients". It is said that all Snake men have a bit of the psychiatrist in them.
When it comes to formulating ideas or reaching a judgment, he makes honest efforts to weigh all the factors in view, gauging every element available, and tries seriously and scrupulously to have as balanced an opinion as possible. Snake men rarely make a rash statement or impetuous move. He is well known for his constant deliberations, hesitations, and moments of agonizing indecision. The hardest thing for him to achieve is to make up his mind and commit himself to a definite course of action. Skepticism and procrastination are ingrained in him. He is prone to cling to his existing ideas and principles with tenacity and stubbornness. Snake men may turn a deaf ear to someone else's arguments if they threaten his own convictions and beliefs.
This is an outstandingly lovable man. He is good-mannered, kind, sociable, and obliging. His instinct for propriety and knowing the 'right moment to act' is well developed. Despite his sensitiveness, he rarely loses his self-control and patience and others often seek his company and council as he radiates knowledge and tranquillity.
A Snake man's emotions and feelings can run the whole spectrum of shades and colors. Because of this he is able to grasp the slightest nuances in every conceivable field, especially in the realm of the heart.
With his marvelous instinctive sense of balance, harmony, and beauty, he is unsurpassed as an artist and poet. Snake men have the reputation of being incurable idealists, visionaries, and philosophers. Philanthropic and altruistic, he believes in the goodness of mankind, the eventual triumph of reason over foolishness.
Snake men can neglect the practical side of life and can display what others consider laziness. He would rather contemplate and think on startling ideas or hatch out new enlightened theories than take out the garbage or other mundane chores. Such visionaries never tire of their quest for wisdom. Snake men are indeed productive but are not cut out for manual labor. Careers such as painting, decoration, designing, hairdressing, haute couture, tapestry-making, glass-working, and arts and crafts in general are more to his liking. Loving beautiful objects and able to appreciate artistic creations, he can excel as an antique dealer.
As a psychologist, psychiatrist, detective, researcher, banker, administrator, scholar, or scientist the Snake man will be happiest. He will also thrive as a press attaché, diplomat, impresario, or travel agent, as he is sociable, easy-going, and knows how to establish friendly relations. The Snake man will be happiest in any field which requires abstract reasoning, as nothing pleases him more than postulating and theorizing.
In addition to the 12 Animal signs, traditional Chinese astrology or Chinese Chance as it is sometimes called, is modified or changed in a different way by each of the Five Elements (or Courses) of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. A fundamental part of Oriental philosophy is the interrelationships among these five basic elements. In the Chinese system, the Yin and Yang appear alternately with the same element in combination with the twelve animal signs. For instance, the Yang (+) will be paired off with the Fire element first in the year of the Horse (1966) then, in the following year of the Goat (1967), the Yin (-) force has it's turn to be combined with the same element (Fire in this case,) to balance out the Yang force. The next year of 1968 then becomes an Earth Monkey year, and so on. As a result of this, even though each sign repeats every 12 years, the specific combination of animal and element occurs only once every 60 years.
Since ancient times the Chinese have ascribed the source of all movement of matter and the life force to the Yin (the passive Night force, feminine) and the Yang ( The aggressive Day force, masculine). The Yin and Yang are embodied in the Chinese symbol for the T'ai Chi. The doctrine of the Five Elements consists of two fundamental principles:
* The Five Elements produce one another.
* The Five Elements destroy one another
The entire universe is composed of these five elements. They are interdependent and yet controlled by one another.
Conductive or Yin force (-)
* From Metal comes Water
Metal becomes liquid when heated.
* From Water comes Wood
Water makes plant life flourish, producing wood.
* From Wood comes Fire
Fire cannot exist by itself and is produced by burning wood fuel.
* From Fire comes Earth
Fire reduces all, which then becomes one with the earth.
* From Earth comes Metal
All metal must be taken from the earth.
Controlling or Yang force (+)
* Metal is controlled by Fire
Metal can be melted only with tremendous heat.
* Fire is controlled by Water
Fire is extinguished by water.
* Water is controlled by Earth
Earth traps water and controls it's path.
* Earth is controlled by Wood
Trees and their roots hold the soil together and pulls nourishment from the earth.
* Wood is controlled by Metal
Even the largest tree can be destroyed by the metal blade of an ax or saw.