1 Feb 2013
Happy Heart Month!
Happy Groundhogs Day (February 2nd)!
Happy Valentine's Day (February 14th)!
Happy Chinese New Year (February 10th)!
It seems like yesterday when I was wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Guess what? I'm wishing you all a Happy Chinese New Year this month! The great thing about living in Canada is you can be Scottish for Robbie Burns' Day, Irish for St. Patrick's Day, so you can be Chinese for Chinese New Year!
I would like to thank everyone for your warm wishes, prayers and support while my mom has been in the hospital. She is currently at a hospital for rehab and we would appreciate your continuing good thoughts and prayers for her recovery and am grateful for your support to me -- BIG HUGS to all of you!!!
This month, instead of writing a separate article, I thought I would include what has become an annual tradition! This is now posted in a separate section on my website, Year of the Snake 2013 at www.katszone.com/year_of_the_snake_2013.html!
Calendar of Events: www.katszone.com/page/page/6673173.htm
Comments Anyone?: www.katszone.com/comments.html or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The sixth animal who arrived was the philosophical Snake
The Year of the Snake
February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014
Chinese astrology begins with a story of Buddha who invited all of the animals to join him for the New Year celebrations and only twelve animals showed up for the party. Buddha named a year after each of the animals who arrived, starting with the first animal to arrive for the celebrations which was the Rat. The last animal guest to arrive was the Pig.
The twelve animals arrived in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig (or Boar). The philosophical Snake was the sixth to arrive.
In Chinese astrology, there are actually four signs, one for the year, the month, the day, and the hour of birth, and these are referred to as the "four pillars". As well, there are five elements, which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, always in that order. There are twelve animal signs and five elements which totals 60 signs. Each person also has "the four pillars". One also has to consider a person's star chart. With so many combinations, that means people born in the same year are all unique and will not possess exactly the same characteristics. Sounds rather complicated. Most people will likely look at the year they were born and conclude that they possess characteristics of that particular animal. If your birthday falls in January or February, there is a possibility that you are not born under the sign of that year since the new year may begin/end some time in January or February, so, take a look at www.moonslipper.com/Chinese-Astrology.html to find your sign.
There are horoscopes which combine Chinese and Western signs. I am not sure how that came about, but, the attempt to marry East and West has about 144 combinations. For example, I am a Horse/Sagittarius. I am supposedly "idealistic" (who me?). I could become an athlete or have a competitive career. The only athletic aspirations I have is to try running away from blueberry cheesecake and tiramisu and have not been successful yet! Well, perhaps, I should be a professional game show contestant - if only to be able to say, "Alex, I'd like Starbucks for $200 please." I don't think the combined East and West describe me necessarily, but, it is interesting and fun, so, I hope you will check this out at http://en.astralfeeling.com/L5.144_double-signs.php. I will let you decide whether it describes you or not. Enjoy!
The Ontario Liberal Party selected a new leader, Kathleen Wynne, on January 26, 2013. Ms. Wynne will be the first female Premier of Ontario, and will join five other female Premiers currently in office in four Canadian provinces and one territory, including British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut. On Wikipedia, I discovered that Kathleen Wynne was born on May 21, 1953, which was the Year of the Water Snake. Interestingly, the coming Chinese New Year is also the Year of the Water Snake! (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Wynne)
Ancient Chinese wisdom that when when a family member is born in the Year of the Snake, it is a good omen as the family will not starve. Snakes have qualities which would prevent his/her family from starving. They are great mediators, which would help them do well in business. So, a Snake would would be willing to sacrifice sell all his/her possessions (which he/she would have a lot of) in order to feed the family. Snakes are keen, cunning, intelligent and wise. As well, they are intuitive, introspective, refined and attractive.
Here is a short description of those who were born in the Year of the Water Snake (1953 and 2013) which I think may interest some of you, especially those who will be having babies in the Year of the Snake! (Ref. www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Snake.htm)
Water Snakes are influential and insightful. They manage others well and tend to be good for organizations to utilize as staff. They are quite motivated and intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. They will have what they desire, despite the conclusion or outcome they generate because it is worth it to them to not only be recognized for their efforts, but to be rewarded as well. They are affectionate with their families and friends but do not show this side of their personality to colleagues or business partners.
The start date of the New Year on the lunar calendar changes every year. In 2013, the Year of the Snake is between February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014. Previous Years of the Snake were 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001.
Would you recognize people who were born under the sign of the Snake? Here are more characteristics of The Snake:
Acute, aware, charming, contemplative, cunning, elegant, mysterious, passionate, private, proud, serene and vain.
Ideal careers for Snakes include:
Professor, Linguist, Teacher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Astrologer, Clairvoyant, Personnel Officer, Public Relations Executive, Interior Designer
If you were born in the Year of the Dragon, I would love to hear from you!
(Ref. www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Snake.htm, www.gotohoroscope.com/chinese-zodiac-snake.html, www.springsgreetingcards.com/catalogs/store.asp?pid=256628)
Predictions for 2013 - Year of the Black Water Snake
The Year of the Black Water Snake falls between February 10, 2013 and January 30, 2014.
According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake. The colour of Water in the Five Elements system is related to black. This means that 2013 could be called the Year of the Black Snake, Water Snake or Black Water Snake. (Ref. www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2013ChineseHoroscope.htm)
There will be different predictions for each animal represented in Chinese astrology for the Year of the Water Dragon. There will also be variations for each animal sign depending on the year that person was born. If you would like to explore, take a look at www.geomancy.net/resources/yearly-forecast/fortunes-2013.htm. I think it is more of an interest for those with a huge interest in astrology because it can seem rather complicated when you examine the charts. For most people, I think you may simply be interested in general predictions for 2012 Year of the Dragon.
Once again, I refer you to the 2013 predictions according to Paul Ng, a Geomancer and Philosopher. I have referred to his predictions in 2012. I am not going to say whether he was accurate in all areas. You can read his 2012 predictions in his 20 page report at
www.paulng.com/CMS/uploads/2012-geo.pdf and perhaps you can let me know what you think.
Since 2013 is composed of the "water dragon" year, "wooden tiger" month, "metal ox" day, and "earth rat" hour. The year would begin with many uncertainties but will end up on an up tune. There is an over-abundance of wood and fire which become negative elements for the year. The elements, earth, metal and water would serve better during the year. In general, Paul Ng predicts a recovery in the real estate in Toronto and the US will go through another slowdown. There will be a fair number of problems in the energy sector. He predicts changes to leadership in electronics companies. The medical sector will be very busy as there will be many new forms of illnesses, but, also breakthroughs in many health areas. This is a prosperous year for the travel industry especially dealing with water, so, this could be a good year for the cruise ship industry. The clothing sector will still be in a low cycle. The stock market will continue to swing violently. Money can be made through mergers.
Since Earth, Metal and Water is favourable, the following businesses should do well:
Automobiles, Financial, Water-oriented businesses, Fishing, Travel, Airplanes, High Tech securities, Household securities, Mining, Real Estate, New building materials, House Renovations, Food business (especially targeting weddings), Import and Export.
Wood and Fire are not favourable, so, the following business would not do well:
Clothing, Education, Show Business, Electronics and computers, Communication and Internet, and those driven by new energy sources.
If you were born in the Year of the Snake, Paul Ng predicts that the Snake people will enter the year in conflict, especially for health. He warns them to beware of volatilities. They will do well with work dealing with people such as public relations, performance, acting, singing and entertainment, as well as working in the healing sector. He says, this is not a good year for you to get married. You will be prone to many small ailments, including accidents. Also a warning to avoid surgeries and make sure you exercise more. He makes specific suggestions to those born in different Snake years on page 9 of his report as well as those born under different signs in later pages.
For 2013 predictions, you can find Paul Ng's comprehensive report (19 pages) at www.paulng.com/CMS/uploads/2013-geo.pdf and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Thanks to those of you who request Chinese astrology year after year which has now become an annual tradition on KaTsZoNe!
For me, horoscopes are fun. It also reminds me about my own culture and it is fun to share it with all of you!
May you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Snake!