but it was supposed to be a bit mellower in the violence department, thanks to it being a water snake year; water chills things out.  The last Water snake year, 1953, the Korean War ended and color television began.

The color of the 2013 year of Snake is, according to my sources, Black. Specifically, the black of Space, Arctic night, Abyss, and deep dark ocean bottoms. It is foretold that the Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes.

Snakes throughout myth and folklore are associated with everything from cunning to treachery to fertility to transformation, the latter of course owing to its ability to shed its old skin and become brand-new-ish.  And while we're on the topic, did you know nakes do not have eardrums nor external ear openings? Instead they have small bones in the head that conduct sound. They can hear low frequency sounds and sense vibrations that travel through the earth. I've heard this links them to the underworld where secrets and ghosts are kept.

**Side bar: I should stress quickly that I do not recommend making major life decisions based on any of the astrologies. BUT! I do recommend getting really really into systems of symbols. ***

So -- several writing prompts in honor of snakes:

  • Write about a truth you have a hard time swallowing. Consider imagining a series of silly/serious/superstitious/fantastic rituals that will prepare you to accept that truth.
  • Make a list of things you have outgrown.  Write an ode to one of them, or all of them.  Shed.
  • For a magical realism mood -- what do you keep secret?  Write about it as if it were a seed.  Plant it somewhere significant. What does it grow into?
  • Invent your own year.  Year of the Battle Hymnal.  Year of the Nebula Beetle. Year of the Neon Eve.  Let it be your guiding metaphor for a gripping poetic narrative.




2018 shows and workshops announced in January.

Happy holidays!