My teacher for QiGong started class today wishing us all a Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Snake. One of the students asked what that meant and she proceeded to describe the Year of the Snake as a more introspective kind of energy, a very detailed, observant, focused, and disciplined dynamic. Snakes are symbols of transformation, change, and renewal because of their seeming death and rebirth when they shed their skin.
After class I came home to see if there were any representations of snakes in the house. Afterall, as it is the Year of the Snake, there ought to be a few around to remind us to be more alert, attentive, and reflective.
Top photo: Virgin Mary standing on snake on a globe, her big toe on the snake’s head, in our herb garden.
To the left: Mexican snake mask from Tijuana, on living room wall.
Below: Snake toy from Mexico on tzotchke shelf, “Girl who Trod on a Loaf” wood engraving by Judith Jaidinger on dining room wall, Tibetan Wheel of Life (snake in center) in sitting space, reproduction of Cretan goddess covered in snakes next to couch in living room, JB’s self-portrait mask with snake (green) above the tzotchke shelf, Mexican Tree of Knowledge with polka-dotted snake on tzotchke shelf, Buddha sitting on throne of seven-headed snake, in sitting space.