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The Year of Water Snake 2013 in Chinese Astrology

by Raphael

Chinese new year always begins on the second new moon after winter solstice. The Chinese new year in 2013 begins on February 10 at 15:21 in Beijing, or 7:21 GMT, or 2:21 AM EST.

The Chinese astrological chart for the new year, first month and first day has the following signs. The year is Water Snake; the first month is Wood Tiger; and the first day is Fire Sheep. The different hours in the different regions of the world yield different hour signs. Charts for
China, Australia, the UK and EU, and the US were examined. All of the charts show a predominance of Wood element. Compared to 2012, 2013 is going to be a far more active year.

The nature of Water Snake is very subtle and deep. It favors secrecy, and is at its best in quiet conditions. Because of the predominance of Wood this year, the Water Snake will be creatively active, and, when conditions become tumultuous, will strike clandestinely. Lots of cloak and dagger activity will be happening this year.

2013 is also the year of 5 Earth Star. 5 Earth Star favors putting everything in order. Combined with predominant Wood, the year favors making plans, standing your ground, and being decisive in your actions.

Wood conduces to unrestrained growth. If blocked it displays violent anger. Turmoil and conflict will increase this year. The new year chart shows a very interesting combination of elements that tells us that the period of maximum probability for turmoil will be during the two lunar months of June 9, and July 8, in other words, between June 9 and August 7. The area in the world that shows the most Wood element is
Europe and the UK, where we can anticipate increasing conflict, especially in the summer months.

The strong Wood element of the new year chart also tells of stormy conditions. The summer will bring severe wind and electrical storms. Wood also tells of volcanic and seismic activity increasing. In addition to the two lunar months indicated above, there is a maximum of Wood element from February 10 to April 10, and then from next December 3 to
January 31, 2014. Added up, we have three two month periods during which there are big upsurges in C'hi that may affect weather, seismic, and human activity in the world (2/10 - 4/10; 6/9 - 8/7; and 12/3 - 1/31); summer in the northern hemisphere may be the most active.

On the darker side, the chart has a unique configuration called Knife Blade, or Star of Aggression. It shows that certain people in positions of power will become more arrogant, unbending, obstinate, inclined to not listen to reason, and prone to taking risks, and squandering the wealth. The chart also has Robbing Star, and the Robbing Star is involved with the Star of Aggression. This means that crime is on the increase in the whole world, and this includes aggressive, criminal behavior among people in leading positions.

On the brighter side, the chart strongly favors creative activity. It especially favors fields involving philanthropical activities, education, research, publishing, and the arts. In the
US this will be a highly creative year.

The chart has what is called Tien Yi, or Sky Medicine Star. Tien Yi helps mitigate the negative signs. Tien Yi is said to be a deity whom all demons fear. She is the luckiest of all the stars, and she resolves most predicaments. Tien Yi is complemented in the
US chart with another star called Heaven Medicine, which points to an advancement in the understanding the nature of healing, especially in the US this year. Heaven Medicine Star favors the traditional paths of healing that involve spiritual work. It is a strongly positive sign for shamanistic healing, all of which tells us that the most effective way to overcome the forces of evil that we see this year is by working for universal spiritual awakening and healing.

Tien Yi in this chart is linked with a star called Nobleman star. This means that when you show good will, others will come to help. The way is to be of service to one another, and not to follow the dark paths of the Knife Blade and Robbing Stars. In
China, Nobleman Star is joined by Tai Chi Nobleman Star. This is most fortunate. China will be able to make far-sighted, and important reforms this year.

Another star shown in the new year chart is Traveling Horse Star. This favors moving or renovating your home, and making significant changes in business. On a large scale, it favors changes coming in international relations. Traveling Horse does not tolerate stagnant conditions. With the predominance of Wood element this year, stagnation will be blown away. This is a year for big changes. The tensions between those in power and the people can reach explosive conditions if those in power assume a rigid position. Traveling Horse with Knife Blade and so much Wood is a recipe for uprisings around the world.

The balance of elements in the chart is more yang than yin. This means that this year people will tend to be proactive, not passive.

Water Snake Year for each of the 12 signs

To get a completely accurate and detailed reading for yourself it is, of course, best to have your own personal Chinese astrological chart read. The descriptions below are general.


1. Rat. This year brings some discord, but you can take advantage of discord and turn disadvantage to your favor. The year favors creative activity, building up your career, and prospering. It also strongly favors romance.

2. Ox. While the year brings stressful conditions it will also bring good opportunities if you yield to outside pressures. Friendly people come to your aid and help you resolve whatever predicaments you might have. The year favors creative activity, puttting money away, taking care of your health, and finding contentment in yourself. If you experience obstacles in love, be patient.

3. Tiger. This is an active year with tensions building up into the summer. The lunation period of 8/7 to 9/4 will be most challenging for your interactions with others. Nonetheless, the year encourages you to increase your circle of friends and acquaintances, and build up your work and finances.

4. Rabbit. This is a good year to move or redo your home, travel, and/or start some new work. It favors increasing your circle of friends. Friendly people will come your way to help you if needed. This is a year for you to take charge of your affairs and improve your conditions.

5. Dragon. This year requires that you take the lead, and conquer untoward conditions as they appear. Go against the stream, swim upstream. Rely on yourself. You will be fortunate and able to provide for more secure conditions. The year encourages you to learn something new.

6. Snake. This is your year. It favors moving or rearranging your house, changing your work, or some aspect of your work, and/or traveling. It also favors learning something new. Others will come to your aid to help resolve whatever predicament you have. Be careful to avoid unnecessary conflict. Your patience will be tried.

7. Horse. This is going to be an extremely active year, the most active period appearing to be the lunation of 10/5 to 11/2. The year brings you romance, and increased prosperity.

8. Sheep. This year advises to yield to outside pressures to avoid enmity. Get out of the way of danger by letting it pass. The year strongly favors moving or redoing your house, changing, or developing a new aspect of your work, and traveling. The year also favors all artistic, creative activity.

9. Monkey. This year strongly encourages you to develop your work, to rely on yourself, and be patient especially in matters of love. Conditions earlier in the year may be more stressful than later. While you may be attractive to others, you may feel discontentment. Work vigorously to carry things through. You may see an increase in money. The year favors you resorting to divination, astrology, and spiritual practices to help find your way through whatever current conditions you don't like.

10. Rooster. This year strongly favors making money, and/or taking up new studies. Conditions are harmonious. You are in command, and other people are there to help you. Whatever difficulties you have you will be able to resolve successfully.

11. Dog. This is a year for you be self-reliant, to stand up and meet your challenges head on. The year favors making and saving up money, and engaging in creative activity. If you are an artist, this is a fortunate year for your work.

12. Pig. You will overcome your opposition, and will receive help if and when needed this year. The year favors building up your work and making money. It also favors moving or redoing your house, traveling, and starting up new work or some new aspect of your work.

Raphael is available for personal Chinese astrological readings. To find out more visit www.trs-fengshui.com.

Raphael's book Feng Shui Step by Step is reprinted and available at Amazon.com and at www.createspace.com/3472024.

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