Chinese New Year has come and gone, and so begins the year of the snake. In Chinese astrology, rather than the twelve western zodiac signs, there are twelve animal signs that make up the zodiac. These are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Alike to western astrology however, is the division of the Chinese signs into elements. Instead of earth, air, fire, and water though, the Chinese use five elements: earth, metal, fire, water, and wood.
In accordance with the revolving cycle, this year is the year of the “black” snake, known as the water snake. Those born under the water snake sign are said to be very insightful and intelligent, and able to work within several spheres of influence at once in order to manage or lead large groups of individuals. The sign itself also denotes an ease of movement and dynamic energy, and can be most clearly compared to the western astrological sign of Taurus.
For the year ahead, it will be an auspicious time to begin larger modification projects that require attention to detail and many hours or separate sessions to complete, like tattoo sleeves or ear cartilage piercing projects. Ambition is sure to pay off in the long run as long as focus is maintained. Happy year of the water snake!