L: Snake Year Official of the Animal Zodiac, 1500 year old Chinese ceramic. R: Snake has feminine soft outer skin, fiery male inside.
"This Water Snake Year is going to bring up very deep issues that relate to our core sexual identity and the mythic "fall" of humanity into male and female bodies - the Adam & Eve & the biblical serpent story. Chinese myth has interesting parallels, and holds that the first humans, the brother-sister pair Fuxi and Nuwa, are part serpent."
"Snake archetypally is very spiritual. It swallows its tail to flow its Qi (Chi [energy]) perpetually in a Microcosmic Orbit that integrates male and female energy. It wisely sheds its outer skin to allow inner forces to surface. Snakes both fascinate and terrify us with their sexual potency that, like a sudden erection, comes slithering out of the earth. Their bite can bring pain and poison, as well as wisdom and divinatory powers.
- Michael Winn