Can a Snake Give You Bliss?

The snake statue is one of the 12 Chinese Zodi...

The snake statue is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gong Hey Fat Choy. No, I am not insulting you. I am wishing you a Happy New Year in Cantonese. Unless you are living under a rock (I just crawled out from under mine) you know that the Chinese are celebrating their New Year this week. They do not just celebrate for a day, or so says Annie Huang in The Windsor Star.   In “Chinese welcome Year of the Snake”  she says that “Chinese New Year remains the most important festival in the region, a week long round of family reunions, temple visits and gastronomic excess.”Apparently Chinese New Year is “Mardi Gras, Christmas and the Fourth of July rolled into one.”

According to Chinese astrology, this is the Year of the Snake, which is apparently not as glorious as last year, the Year of the Dragon. Of course, I was born in the Year of the Snake (hence the crawling out from under a rock analogy) ~ and while it is rather disturbing to be associated with snakes, I had the opportunity to see some of the celebrations on television, and the snake that was cast in the parade had a big smile on his friendly face.

In the book Personal Horoscopes, 2013, Dan Liebman says that the “Chinese snake is different from its Western Counterpart” in that the snake of the Chinese zodiac “is no slithery devil”. In fact some of the attributes accorded the snake are that it is a “wise, philosophical, elegant, and well-spoken creature.” Its greatest weapon, according to Liebman is that the snake “can wound with its sarcastic words.”

Liebman puts forth the theory that people who are born in the year of the snake (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013) “are philosophical (there is that word again), shrewd, and masters of timing” and they have “a sixth sense about people.”

Okay, maybe being born in the Year of the Snake is not so bad. “We” (the snake people) are respected by the Chinese because of our discretion and determination. We also love to read, and thrive on deadlines–two things I certainly recognize in my makeup.

So what does the “Year of the Snake” mean for all of us? Liebman believes that this year is to be “a time of preparation and reflection, allowing us to catch our breath in the wake of the larger-than-life Year of the Dragon.” But he says, it is not going to be a passive year, and gave a number of examples of outstanding events that have taken place in past Snake Years:  Queen Elizabeth ll was crowned; the Canadian Space Station Agency was created; and the Maple Leaf became Canada’s national flag.

So for all you Snakes out there, and those of you who have to contend with us, here is a partial list of our attributes and maybe a few traits you should look out for (courtesy of Liebman’s book): we are astute, cautions in business, cunning and crafty, deliberative ( we think before we take action), elegant and mannerly, funny and sarcastic, intelligent and wise, mysterious, pensive, possessive, private and independent, sceptical, and superstitious. And we are good omens. So there.

Annie Huang does not sing the qualities of the Snake quite as proudly as Liebman. She states that snakes are a tough sell for souvenir makers. But a feng shui master from Hong Kong has a different point of view. He said that “this year’s variety (of the snake) is the relatively mild “morning dew” type of common water snake, less venomous than recent predecessors.” The water snake is more “moderate, humble and patient” than his poisonous brothers.

English: Saimiri sciureus. Français : Saimiri ...

For those uncomfortable with the snake, Lo says that they can take the precaution of wearing monkey pendants around their necks, as “The monkey is the only animal that really knows how to handle the snake.”

So, I am off on a hunt to find a monkey pendant, to protect myself from myself.

Can snakes be blissful, in this the Year of the Snake?

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