The Year of the Snake


This past Sunday, February 10, began the Chinese Year of the Snake.

Although on the surface, things may appear placid and docile, the Year of the Snake is unpredictable. Snake gives very little warning before it strikes, and its bite can be deadly. The consequences for speculation will be overwhelming in the go-for-broke year. Just remember, the Snake never does anything half-heartedly. It lives for a long time, shedding its skin to renew itself, and has few natural enemies.

This year can mean unwillingness or inability to see or recognize obstacles in our path. We may be too opinionated, too stubborn, or even too optimistic to consider a different point of view. By refusing to seek advice or to heed warnings, we will be the cause of our own problems.

The logical approach is to remain prudent and conservative and allow things to sort themselves out. When the time is right, resolutions are usually quick and to the point during a Snake year. The strong-willed Snake is very quick to show its displeasure. At its most negative, the Snake can be repressive and paranoid.

The sign of the Snake does not go out of its way to look for trouble. It wields tremendous power and has the ability to do much harm as well as much good. We should be given to pondering deeply over matters instead of acting on impulse.

It is critical for finances, for politics, and to give to pondering deeply over matters instead of acting on impulse.

Years of the Snake: interesting events

1929 – collapse of the stock market
1941 – surprise attack on Pearl Harber
1953
1965
1977
1989 – Tiannamen Square
2001 – attack on the Twin Towers

1953 and 1965 were years of war (Korea and Vietnam); 1977 ???

I do not fear any sudden moves from Korea or Iran because they have already portended their intentions. I think what is involved here is suddenness and surprise. So if there is to be any harm come to this nation, it will come from a place we are not looking at. However, as 1953, 1965, and 1977 tell us, there does not necessarily have to be anything horrible to look for, and it behooves us to not be paranoid.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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