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snakeAccording to the site, “The 2013 year of Snake is Water Snake, Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.

The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever.”
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I’ve been thinking about how The Year of the Snake relates to the I Ching. In the Wilhelm translation Hexagram 49 is called Revolution (Molting) and says, “The Chinese character for this hexagram means in its original sense an animal’s pelt which is changed in the course of the year by molting.”

In Stephen Karcher’s, Total I Ching, he calls this hexagram Skinning/Revolution and specifically mentions the snake – “Skinning shows a time of Revolution . . .  It includes animal transformation, such as a snake changing its skin or the annual changes of form all animals were thought to undergo . . .

I’m including here a page from my book, I Ching Prescriptions for Hexagram 49.

Hexagram 49 I Ching Prescription


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4 Comments on Happy New Year of the Snake

  1. There’s definately a lot to learn about this topic. I like all of the points
    you have made.
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  2. […] this month I posted about the Chinese New Year and how I thought it related to Hexagram 49, Revolution. I just came across an article called, Revolution and the I Ching, Hexagram 49 Reflections by Laura […]

  3. TishNo Gravatar says:

    The year of the snake. I need to alert a friend to this. As always, Adele, insightful!

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