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In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

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Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Snake 蛇 (shé)

 

Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Snake  蛇 (shé)

 


Snakes are romantic and charming. They are deep thinkers and always mysterious. Snakes are graceful and soft spoken. They love a good book and appreciate all of the arts. They lean towards all of the finer things in life. Snakes trust themselves above all others and are seldom wrong; but behind a sophisticated front,Snakes are very superstitious!

Snakes are good with money and don't have to worry about finances. Somehow, when money is needed, it appears. In spite of their good luck with money, Snakes should never gamble. They could suffer big losses if they did, but Snakes learn fast. Once they have made a mistake,they never repeat it. They also never forgive you if you break a promise. By nature they are skeptical beings but keep their suspicions to themselves. They are very private and not concerned with the business of others. Idle gossip is not for them.

Snakes can be possessive in their relationships with others.They are passionate but jealous lovers. You can never tell how far Snakes will go to achieve their aims. They are relentless and their computer-like brains never stop plotting.When you anger them, you feel their icy hostility instead of hearing any sharp words. They will bide their time for revenge, so watch out! Snakes are elegant dressers, well-mannered, and always discrete. They always appear quiet and docile, but watch out, they never betray their true feelings. Their moves are planned out well in advance and they will hold their position to the bitter end. They can be evasive, and just when you think you have them, they slip away.

Snakes make good politicians since they can negotiate just about anything. Snakes also have a great sense of humor, and even in a crisis situation, they can lighten the atmosphere. They never lose their spark even when weighed down by trouble themselves. Being pillars of strength,they always maintain their presence of mind during confusion or crisis.

Snakes have beautiful skin. They possess a cool and classic air about them. They love expensive things,too. Snakes save for the real thing rather than buy an imitation. Snakes admire power and surround themselves with successful people. Their many talents and natural abilities make them sought-after as leaders. People admire and support Snakes even if they don't understand them.

Whatever happens, Snakes always strike out for themselves. They know how to use people and situations to their advantage. They are destined for fame and fortune.

 

蛇 (she) is pronounced sh'ur as in h'ur't

 

    * 4 February 1905 – 24 January 1906: Wood Snake
    * 23 January 1917 – 10 February 1918: Fire Snake
    * 10 February 1929 – 29 January 1930: Earth Snake
    * 27 January 1941 – 14 February 1942: Metal Snake
    * 14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954: Water Snake
    * 2 February 1965 – 20 January 1966: Wood Snake
    * 18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978: Fire Snake
    * 6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990: Earth Snake
    * 24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002: Metal Snake
    * 10 February 2013 – 30 January 2014: Water Snake
    * 2025–2026: Wood Snake
    * 2037–2038: Fire Snake

(Every 12 years)

 

 

Read about the Legend of the Chinese Zodiac


 

 

Year of the Rat 老鼠 (lao shu)

Year of the Ox 牛 (niu)

Year of the Tiger 老虎 (lao hu)

Year of the Rabbit 兔 (tu)

Year of the Dragon 龙 (long)

Year of the Snake 蛇 (she)

Year of the Horse 马 (ma)

Year of the Sheep 羊 (yang)

Year of the Monkey 猴 (hou)

Year of the Rooster 公鸡 (gong ji)

Year of the Dog 狗 (gou)

Year of the Pig 猪 (zhu)

 

 

寿

In China, we have an old saying, “your life is decided by twelve things”

One is when you are born; Two is luck; Three is Feng Shui; Four is the accumulation of merit by doing good deeds; Five is study; Six is your name; Seven is your looks; Eight is godliness (your respect for your god); Nine is who you meet; Ten is your health; Eleven is which course you choose; Twelve is which spouse you choose.

The first five are the most important: Birth, Luck, Feng Shui , Merit, Study

 

 

Feng Shui  风水