Thursday, February 14, 2013
In the Chinese zodiac, the years are represented by animals. Legend has it these animals competed for the twelve spots on the zodiac. Where they fall on the zodiac represents how fast they got there. The snake arrived 6th, after scaring the horse.
February 10th marks the Chinese New Year, which began the Year of the Snake. In Chinese astrology, the snake is associated with intelligence and wisdom. The snake is also said to be logical, methodical, impatient, ambitious, graceful and fashionable.
This year, experts say that it’s a good time to behave as a snake would; approaching your tasks slowly and methodically, and maintaining focused discipline with everything you set out to do.
It is a great year to learn the Japanese tea ceremony, which requires attention to detail and meticulousness as you move through the steps.
Because this is a good year for discipline, it’s a great idea to forge new, healthy habits and drop unhealthful ones.
If you’re looking for a special tea to commemorate the year of the snake, try Capital of Heaven Keemun Black Tea, a prized Chinese black tea that has dark and curly tea leaves reminiscent of this year’s zodiac animal.
Are you a snake? The years 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001 were all years of the snake.