Happy Chinese Year of the Snake

    

Year of the snakeThe Year of the Dragon has departed and the Year of the Snake slithered in. The water snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and represents wisdom, intelligence and self-control. Because the snake represents the ability to strike at will, quickly and powerfully this could be a year to pay attention to detail.

The snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  Of the twelve animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac the rat, which is sometimes referred to as rodent or mouse is the cleverest. The most well-known of the Chinese zodiac legends states that Buddha invited the animals to participate in a race. The first 12 animals to cross the river would appear on the Chinese Zodiac calendar in the order in which they completed the race.

The first animal to make it across the finish line was the rat. Chinese Zodiac legends and mythology explains that the rat used his brain rather than his brawn. It hitched a ride on the ox, which it thought would be the mightiest swimmer. Just before the ox reached the shore, the rat jumped off and crossed the finish line before the ox, putting the rat in first place. The Dragon finished fifth and is revered by the Chinese. In the old days, the dragon represented the Chinese emperor and was used as an image to extol and herald prosperity, power and intelligence.

The water snake is enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the animals signs. Slow and steady is the way to manage your business in 2013. Everyday small measures like making sure your bin lids are tightly shut and cleaning up after meals can prevent a pest infestation.

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