1965 … The Year of the Snake.
Apparently I am a snake!
Sounds a bit harsh, I know, but when I tell you that I’m actually talking about the Chinese sign of the Snake you may think a bit differently. Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year.
I admit to being a bit unnerved when I found out but I decided to do a bit of digging and, you know what? Them Chinese may be on to something, because it’s uncanny how accurate the information I found turned out to be.
Sleek, graceful, intelligent and ever so slightly sly.
The Chinese zodiac sign of the snake is renowned for bestowing these attributes onto people born under it.
If you were born in the year of the snake, it’s likely that you will be charming, with a knack of persuading people to your way of thinking. You’re analytical to the point of scheming, and love life’s luxuries.
Snakes trust themselves and often they are right. Snakes are appreciated for their humorous nature, which serves them well in difficult situations.
Well, a very good start – apart from the “sly” bit, but I guess that’s kind of true. However, I wouldn’t say that I was scheming. I do like a little luxury every now and then, though!
Despite the Snake’s natural love of the illicit, he craves order and tranquillity, and is easily stressed by disarray both in the home, workplace, and wider life. Although they are hard-working, Snakes grow bored easily, and tend to flit from one job to another. This impatience can be construed as flightiness and disloyalty, but the Snake doesn’t operate like that. It is pure boredom, and an unwillingness to bear tedium that causes the serpent to cut and run.
Snakes can lack some self-confidence which makes them possessive and jealous. Snakes are very self-critical. Their ability to understand information makes them talented for research and academic studies.
When it comes to seduction, the Snake is a master. Often attractive, and very enigmatic, Snakes suffer no shortage of interest. Snakes are romantic and passionate partners, but a little mysterious. They are sentimental but can show jealousy and never forgives you if you break a promise.
Wow! The first part is SO me – I do like order and tranquillity and I do get bored easily, although I’ve found a career that helps ease that by being sufficiently variant that I haven’t jumped from job-to-job. Where it falls down is when it says Snakes “suffer no shortage of interest” – yeah, right!
Snakes become easily stressed and have to avoid hectic schedules or noisy atmospheres. They do not get a rush from adrenaline, instead, a headache. They need calm and quiet to thrive and succeed. A Snake must have sleep and relaxation to live a long, healthy life.
It’s all true!
At home with the snake
The Snake is very sophisticated and cultured in his choices for home décor. They like muted colours and prefer to have one very expensive chair rather than three reasonable priced ones.
The Snake is elegant and graceful and places emphasis on his comfort when deciding what to decorate with. As we know, the Snake must have peace, so you may find relaxation or sounds of nature tapes next to the stereo.
Snakes do not deprive themselves of luxuries either, as one of everything never seems to ease his mind. He is materialistic and therefore must have as many of everything, if not more than his friends and family.
Muted colours? Check. Comfort? Check. Peace and quiet? Check. Materialistic? Ch…hey, wait a minute, that’s a bit rude!
It turns out that there are elements associated with years in the Chinese calendar made up of Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. Each element covers two years, with the first year being the Yang (or masculine), the second being the Yin (or feminine).
For 1965 the element is Wood (Yin).
The element of Wood gives the Snake a bit of solidity and foundation. Wood Snakes are not as self-preserving as the rest of them, as vanity is not really his style. These Snakes have a stable group of friends and family to hang out with and love each of these people quite deeply. However, it is rare that the Snake utilise his group of loved ones for advice or listening, often opting to go at it alone. Kindness and generosity are two of this Snake’s greatest characteristics.
Again, Wow! I DO prefer to go it alone rather than bother friends / family.
Friend & enemies
Snakes have very few friends because thy are not outwardly emotional or open creatures. The friends they do make generally last a lifetime, even though peers may find it hard to relate to the Snake because he is withdrawn and secretive.
Still, Snakes like social functions, in moderation, where they can gossip about the latest scandal or the latest news.
If you stab a Snake in the back it is likely you will never be forgiven. In addition, you should prepare yourself for retaliation for the Snake always gets the last word.
How do they do it? Forgiveness is not something that come easily to me, if at all!
Snakes are very conscientious and diligent at work. Since they are such relaxed individuals, they can often seem to be slacking off at work, when in reality they are at the height of their creativity.
They are organised and precise. Snakes can make lightening deadlines and can problem-solve quickly. Sometimes, because they like to work alone, it can seem as though they are withholding information or being secretive about company initiatives.
Natural problem solvers, Snakes suit careers like analysis, project management, and accounting, but there needs to be creativity involved to keep their interest.
This seems to hit the nail on the head – a lot of my job is project management, some analysis and does require some creativity at times.