Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Lunar New Year!

It is the year of the Water Serpent. The Snake is one of twelve animals portrayed in the Chinese Zodiac. Every cycle is 12 years, and this year will be my fourth cycle.

I was born in the year of the snake, and found out last night I am 'Wood Snake'. The Chinese believe in combining the Zodiac animal with one of the five elements: water, fire, gold, wood and earth. It is slightly different from the Greek's concept of elements. In addition, the biblical depiction of the snake has not been popular, relating it to temptation and free choice.

Interestingly, the snake/serpent is a featured icon on medical institutions, with the slithering creature wrapped gracefully around the staff. Interesting.

Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! May this year bring good thoughts and tidings to all.

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