So what does Chinese tradition say that this means for us?
The Wood Horse is said to be an auspicious year with a strong convergence of yang energy -the charismatic Horse and the Wood element.
This is a big shift from the last 2 years of Water energy. In five element theory Water is the energetic equivalent of winter, a time of deep introspection, whereas Wood is Springtime, representing growth and determination.
The Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory so the Wood Horse brings a fast-paced burst of extroverted forward propulsion, full of uplift, optimism and compelling inspiration. The Horse energy inspires powerful intuition and an indomitable surge towards freedom in every aspect of life. This is a year to follow your intuition fearlessly like never before.
The main warning this year seems to be in making big decisions – choose wisely and swiftly, because once things start rolling this year, they may be hard to stop!
The Peoples Acupuncture Project, Exeter
This is the year of the Water Snake. Whereas last year was the year of the dragon, this year will be quieter and calmer. The snake is said to be the yin to the dragon’s yang. Snakes are wise, logical, intuitive, introspective, collected and steadfast.
Snakes can be rattled easily by sudden stresses. It is best to avoid becoming rushed and overwhelmed in the Year of the Snake. Peace, tranquillity, moderate exercise and rest will provide strength this year. The Snake seeks protection and needs to feel safe and secure to function most efficiently. Be sure to make your important decisions from a comfortable and unthreatened space, when the snake lashes out it is at its most vulnerable.
Water plays a prevalent role in 2013, and this element is one that shapes us. It provides calm and serenity, and like a river it nurtures us and forges new paths of discovery. Water’s influence on the snake makes this year a good time to take on new things, educate yourself and open up new doorways. Preparation and careful planning is very important. It is a good year to pay attention to fine details.
2013 will be a year to take chances, make new discoveries and truly flourish. Embrace the boldness of the water snake and live this year to its fullest!
The People’s Acupuncture Project
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