Happy Serpent Year 2013!

Happy New Year! It is 2013, the Year of the Snake.

Among all the 12 symbols of the zodiac, the snake is probably regarded as the most dubious; its flickering tongue, slimy skin, poisonous looking fangs and rather sneaky way of moving casts it in a most unfriendly and intimidating light. Whatever culture to which we are exposed, most of us are familiar with the snake as an omen of evil or misfortune, a creature of bad tidings.

However, because the snake regularly sheds its skin and renews itself, goes into hibernation in the winter to be “reborn” in the spring; these characteristics has also let it to be revered as a symbol of renaissance and immortality. Moreover, as the snake lays many eggs – hundreds at times – it also represents fertility, prosperity, and abundance.