Year of the Snake
Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the snake, the animal sign I was born under. Not that I am a great believer in horoscopes, but the Chinese sign system has always rung the most true for me:
"By nature, the Snake person is a sceptical being, but unlike the Tiger, he tends to keep his suspicions to himself. He treasures his privacy and will have many a dark secret locked up within him. ... It is never safe to draw a line and predict that this is how far the Snake will go. ... In his relationships with others, he is possessive, and very demanding. And yet at the same time, he views his associates with a certain distrust. He will never forgive anyone who breaks a promise. ... When the Snake's anger is roused, his hatred can be limitless. His antagonism is silent and deep-rooted. An icy hostility will express his displeasure instead of a volley of hot words. The more lethal types will like to crush their enemies totally. ... [I]t will be no mean task dealing with the Snake. What makes it even more tricky is the fact that under all that serenity he is always on guard. His outward calm never betrays his true feelings. ... The Chinese believe that a Snake born in the Spring and Summer will be among the most deadly of the lot" (The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, by Theodora Lau, 1979).