The Year of the Snake
Kerry Foster for local2 sault ste. marie
February 9th, 2013 at 7:06pm
“The most extraordinary cultural show I’ve ever seen and experienced… The sense of divinity, spirituality, and good values—those things for me were very transcendental, very inspirational… It transported me back in time… of a beautiful, wonderful, quintessential Chinese culture…” – Dr. Cyril Dabydeen, author, professor, and critic
“Revealing, touching, liberating, beautiful, vivid, really kind of heart-wrenching, too… I cried… It’s shows like this that can open up more Americans to what I will say is the true traditional spirit of Chinese culture, especially the spiritual beliefs and practices that make China the China I know from studying religion… I think this is exactly what Americans need to see, and to realize the difference between the communist party and the Chinese [people].” – Dr. James Powell, Professor, Madison Wisconsin
The Year Of The Snake
In Chinese culture, the snake is associated with beauty, wisdom, esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is often used for fortune telling based on the Four Pillars of Destiny and the Five Basic Elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth, which ancient Chinese physics calls the basic components of everything in the universe. The relationship between the five elements is used to make predictions. The Year of the Snake 2013 is symbolized by two elements – with water sitting on top of fire. As water is the destroyer of fire, this may mean a year of overcoming conflict or struggle and a peaceful period ahead. In previous Snake years we have seen the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China and the Fall of the Berlin Wall symbolizing the end of Communism in Europe.
With the current genocide of FalunGong taking place in China, the numerous lawsuits around the world against top Communist Officials for Crimes Against Humanity, and the surge of Chinese citizens withdrawing their memberships from the Communist Party, the Youth League and the Young Pioneers (the current number now at 132 million), it seems we are in the midst of a peaceful resistance and a reclaiming of China by the people. Could we predict the fall of Communism in China to occur this coming year? I encourage everyone to take a look at the uncensored news pouring out of China today and decide for yourself. It is my sincere hope that the horror of Communism takes its final bow on the world stage and the good people of China reclaim a cultural heritage of 5,000 years based on the ancient principles of kindness and harmony between heaven and earth.
I sincerely wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.
Kerry Foster, EchoBay Ontario