As we enter the Year of the Snake…
They never move in straight lines. Snakes are constantly shifting, forever changing their direction and taking in both sides, and it does not hinder them from swiftly reaching their endpoint. Hence, even if it feels like I am constantly changing course, readjusting decisions, and discovering things I thought were side items not related to my main goals, it does not mean I have lost my path. It means I am flexible, that I have the capacity to evolve, and that I am seeing a wider picture. Most importantly, it does not mean that I will reach my endpoint any slower, just that I can reach it richer.
Their bodies press against the ground they slither over, the item they coil around, into the air when they rise. It does not have a specific body part like feet to take on the job of connecting it to the outside world most of the time, snakes feel that connection with their entire body. This year would be a good time to feed connections, to grow in mindfulness, and to welcome intense feelings.
Whether it’s rattling, hissing, or spreading their hoods, snakes signal when they are about to attack. Even when under direct threat, they take a moment to express themselves and to give this respect to others. Listen for that space of opportunity to retreat from negative situations and take a moment for expression when needed.
Snakes can see and feel all sides of something through their ability to encircle it. Many snakes react to problems by literally embracing them, wrapping them up until that issue has no space to cause problems, irrational thoughts, fears, or pretend that it’s something bigger than what it really is. At that moment, the problem can be killed. Don’t run from problems, be strong enough to just coil.
Snakes shed their skin and leave the one that didn’t fit properly behind. If something doesn’t fit into your life right now, it doesn’t mean it was wrong to include it, or it’s a sign of failure, or that you need hold on. It can be shed.
Snake venom carries a lot of power. Enough power to cross the greatest boundary of all: between life and death. If used correctly, this power inside can propel past any boundary line, even if it seems so surmountable that to cross it would seem like an entirely different life. It might be scarier than poison, but boundaries are crossable. It’s the Year of the Snake.
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!