The Year of the Water Snake 2013



Snake – by DH Lawrence

“……And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid, But even so, honoured still more
That he should seek my hospitality
From out the dark door of the secret earth.

He drank enough 
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken, 
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black, 
Seeming to lick his lips,
And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air,
And slowly turned his head,
And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice adream,
Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round
And climb again the broken bank of my wall-face.

And as he put his head into that dreadful hole,
And as he slowly drew up, snake-easing his shoulders, and entered farther, 
A sort of horror, a sort of protest against his withdrawing into that horrid black hole,
Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing himself after,
Overcame me now his back was turned.

…..For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
Now due to be crowned again.

And so, I missed my chance with one of the lords
Of life.”

The Year of the Water Snake

In Chinese astrology each year certain orientations and also people born in particular years are affected by the governing animal of the year.  2013 is the year of the Snake.

In Buddhism, legend has it that Buddha summoned all of the animals of the earth to come before him , but only twelve animals actually came to bid him farewell. To reward the animals who came to him, he named a year after each of them. The years were given to them in the order they had arrived: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog & Pig.

The twelve animals are also know as the twelve branches and they rotate every year along with the ten heavenly stems – the ten heavenly stems consist of the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  Each element has a yin and yang, thus totalling 10.  These combined with the branch are what give the year its elemental consistency.  For example 2013 is the (Yin) Water Snake year.

Each of the 12 animals either combine or clash with each other.  If you combine with the animal of the year then it is a fortunate year, however,  if you clash with the animal of the year then you need to be extra careful that year and not make any serious decisions or commitments that particular year.

The 12 animals in 2013:

The Pig

Since 2013 is the year of the snake, those that are born in the year of the pig are in direct conflict with the snake, thus they will be particularly affected.

The pigs need to take extra precaution this year and not make any major decisions.  It would be advisable to keep a low profile and recharge your energy.

Those born in the year of the pig would need to wear a red thread around their waist/navel area to balance the crash (wear from 22/12/12 until 22/12/13).

Years of the pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 (repeats every 12 years)


The Rat

2013 is a good year for the rat especially relating to their career.

The Ox

2013 should be a better year for the Ox than 2012, however, they will need to push themselves hard to benefit.

The Tiger

2013 is a mixed year for tigers, but they will need to take extra caution with their diet.

The Rabbit

2013 is a satisfactory year for the rabbit but they may be more stubborn this year and will have to control this aspect of their nature.

The Dragon

2013 is a better year than 2012 for the dragon.

The Snake

2013 is the year of the snake and the snakes are in a better position than they were in 2012. However, they should use this year to rest and recharge their energy

The Horse

2013 is good year for the horse especially in regards to relationships.

The Sheep

2013 is a challenging year for the sheep.

The Monkey

2013 could be a challenging year for the monkey.

The Rooster

2013 is a mixed year for the rooster.

The Dog

2013 is going to be a much better year than 2012 for the dog – the dogs were advised to rest last year,  now in 2013 they can enjoy a much better year.

Orientations affected – ‘The Grand Duke’

Each year certain orientations are also affected and you should not start building work in these orientations as it can cause you a lot of problems, such as draining of finances with unexpected expenses arising or even more serious health issues arising.

This year the southeast part of your property or garden must not be disturbed since the Snake also called the Grand Duke of the year, (each year the title of Grand Duke is held by the ruling animal of the year) is located in the southeast.  Additionally, the sector that houses the pig should not be disturbed either, thus, the northwest is also affected.

Therefore, starting building work in the northwest or southeast of your property this year may cause you problems.

If for whatever reason it can’t be avoided then seek professional advice, since with auspicious date selection and certain other rituals you can avoid these problems.

Wishing you all a great 2013

Love, Good Health and Joy


5 Responses to “The Year of the Water Snake 2013”
  1. Julio says:

    I am a rabbit! Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Pandora says:

    Wishing you a wonderful new year too Priya …. thank you for your beautiful, positive messages, in this uncertain world where most news that is broadcast is bad you are like a breath of fragrant
    fresh air in a polluted city scape… XXX

  3. Interesting Thanks Pryia… a better year ahead. Have fun 🙂 xx

  4. Sheela Nandini says:

    Dear Priya,
    Wishing you and all your loved ones a very wonderful New Year! I love reading your tweets and there’s something very calming about your Presence even though I haven’t met you in person.
    So I’m a Goat according to this calendar.
    I really would like to know more on this please- red thread around the waist/navel.Is that related to the Chakras???

  5. Nicholas says:

    Thank you Priya! You are really an inspiration.

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