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Aspirations 2013 – Life Goals

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Around DB talks to feng-shui expert Jill Lander and life coach Tali Weiss about achieving life goals in the Year of the Snake.

There are plenty of legends surrounding the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, and how they were chosen. Many folktales suggest that the Jade Emperor simply called all the animals to a meeting to see which 12 arrived first. The Rat uses its intelligence and agility to win on the day, with the Ox using its strength to come in second. The Horse is pipped to sixth place by the Snake, who appears out of nowhere, startling the Horse and forcing him to fall back in line.

So what does this say about 2013, the Year of the Snake? According to DB-based feng-shui expert Jill Lander, success depends on attention to detail. “Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create,” she says. Added to which, the Snake has a sneaky energy that can be used to your advantage. Look for holes in the loop.

The Snake is reputedly the most cunning and enigmatic of animals. Few creatures have inspired such rich symbolism, devotion and fear across so many different cultures. “The Snake has the ability not to get caught,” Jill notes. “He is into self-protection; he is undercover yet able to observe!”

The Snake needs to feel safe and secure to utilise its special analytical skills. “This is the year to create a secure workplace, and make headway in slow and methodical ways. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward,” explains DB life coach Tali Weiss.

Harnessing the Snake energy

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. Fortuitously, 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake and in feng-shui circles, water means wealth. So happy days! A new-found ambition may inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to achieve your goals and take responsibility. But talking money, Jill advises caution. “In 2013, planning for the future is of the utmost importance.”

This year too, you are likely to feel you are on shaky ground – not quite settled. The Snake likes to shake us out of false realities with sudden shocks – lightning bolt life changes can occur. Drawing on this characteristic, Jill predicts that a dominant volcano may erupt in 2013 causing devastation.

There are other attributes of the Snake that we would be wise to pick up on. “The Snake Year symbolises the opportunity to change, transform and renew ourselves,” says Jill. “Be like a Snake and shed old habits and undesirable behaviours.” A snake undergoes a difficult process before removing its skin – he needs to rub against hard rocks and rough surfaces to grow. “You need to leave a part of yourself behind if you really want to change,” Tali notes. “It’s important to consider the rocks you encounter in life not as obstacles but as tools that will help you shed that extra weight.”

Think too of a snake basking in the sunlight, motionless on the ground. It is absorbing everything around it, present in the moment. “We can do the same by slowing down and paying attention,” says Tali. “When we find our minds racing and not knowing what to do, it is important to take a breather and shut off all worries. Reflecting and meditating is a good habit to develop.”

As the snake is extra sensitive to the movements of the earth, you need to be in tune with your surroundings in 2013, silencing the chaos of the mind. Some of the best things in life are discovered when we pause to reflect on our journey. And there is an incredible potential for self-discovery this year.

This excites Tali more than anything because through self-discovery, we can achieve what the Snake really represents which is renewal. This requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling. Tali notes that being sceptical is great when it stimulates your curiosity to learn, experience and explore new ideas and beliefs. There is a downside to scepticism though, when it’s tainted with cynicism. Instead of opening up the mind, cynicism blocks it with preconceived notions and ideas.

“There is always choice, and lots of options to choose from,” Tali says. “A treasure trove of ideas awaits anyone open enough to learn about them. This is crucial in attaining one’s goals for the year and subsequent years to come.”

Deep transformation and healing are represented by the Snake. Moreover there is a deep revealing of subconscious material in a Snake Year. We begin to see the reasons for things; we understand the root cause of some dysfunction. Just like a snake, slowly we shed our skin. We become shiny and new as we acknowledge and release the past. A great deal of quiet progress can be made in 2013 – slow and just a little bit sneaky wins the race.

3 DB life coaches

• Lynda Aurora, [email protected]

• Lawrence Mak, [email protected]

• Tali Weiss, [email protected]

DB feng-shui expert

• Jill Lander, [email protected]

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