Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekly Challenge ~ Chinese New Year

Happy New Year (again)!
2013 is the Year of the Snake!

According to Chinese astrology, the year 2013
beginning on February 10, 2013 and extending to January 30, 2014 
in the western calendar, is the Year of the Water Snake. 
The Chinese zodiac comprises 12 animal signs ~ the snake sign 
is the sixth among them. The astrology principles followed 
by the Chinese state that it is very auspicious to have 
someone in the house with the snake sign. Snake is a good omen; 
it is symbolic of the fact that nobody in the house will ever 
go without food. Moreover, if a person is born in 
the year of the snake, she not only brings luck to the house, 
but also enjoys luck herself!

The Forecast for 2013
The year of the Water Snake continues to see better times thanks to its well-balanced element combinations. This signifies a year when everyone could see an improving trend. Natural or man-made disasters and hostile energy will reduce considerably. A new sense of peace will fill the year. Countries will display better diplomacy and goodwill among each other, where more friendly coalition and cooperation takes place. Goodwill is abundant. The 2013 chart analysis also suggests there are sufficient resources for new prosperity to prevail. source

Sounds good! We shall see!
What is your animal sign?
Check out the Lunar Year Chart HERE to find out.
Are you a quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny RAT?
Or a steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented, hard-working OX?
Perhaps you're a TIGER, charming, ambitious, courageous, 
warm-hearted, and highly seductive.
 RABBITS are popular, compassionate, sincere, 
and enjoy entertaining at home.
If you are a DRAGON, you are energetic and warm-hearted,
lucky at love and a bit egotistical.
Are you a SNAKE? You're seductive, generous, charming, 
good with money, analytical, jealous, and slightly dangerous!
HORSES love to roam free. They are self-reliant, money-wise, 
enjoy traveling, love and intimacy.
GOATS are creative thinkers and wanderers, can be unorganized, 
high-strung and insecure. They need lots of love, support and reassurance.
MONKEYS thrive on having fun. They’re upbeat, and good 
at listening but lack self-control. Monkeys are heartbreakers!
ROOSTERS are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, 
straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists.
DOGS are loyal, faithful, honest, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, 
and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates.
PIGS are perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not 
perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions.

What sign were you born under?
The Lunar Year Chart is HERE.

The challenge this week is to create something depicting either 
the year of the Snake, your own Chinese zodiac sign, OR
 any sign you particularly like.

As always, use any medium you prefer!
Leave your link with Mr. Linky below,
and please link back to Inspiration Avenue in your blog post.
Have fun,  *~*•-:¦:-•:*♥*:•-:¦:-*~*  get creative!
~ Maggie



MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Hey I'm first! My image is called Snake Sisters and is a doodle drawing, colored with water color pencils. Done in 2006. x joan

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Hi again darn I forgot to publish my blog about this. My brain was on going to the bank to pay in my art sales money!!!! Sorry. Hope this link now works. x Joan

Maggie said...

Hi Joan, I was getting the same blog post as before, but I found your Snake Sisters!

Here is a direct link that worked for me:

Lizbethem said...

Remember Indiana Jones? He's on my blog for this challenge:

Gina said...

Lol...I was busy making this yesterday...and just spotted your challenge in my sidebar :D Great minds thinking alike :D XXX

lorik said...

Interesting post. I had forgotten my sign and used your link to look it up. Love the pink hats on the snakes!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love it when something I am currently into making fits the challenge!

Lou Anne said...

Wow Maggie, your examples are awesome! You made snakes seem downright cute. I had fun with this. Thank you for hosting such a fun challenge.

city said...

thanks for sharing...

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