2013 is the Year of the Snake. It begins on the New Moon on Sunday 10th February at 6.20pm (Sydney time) and lasts until 31st January 2014, when the Year of the Horse takes over.

The Year of the Snake always sees a skin being shed. The snake is a powerful and secretive creature. The most private world leaders are always strongly affected by Snake years, when the old is replaced by the new.


These are some headlines from other snake years in history:

In 1989 the old guard in American politics changed, as George H.W. Bush became President. In 2001, another snake year, George W.Bush, his son, became President. In 1953 The Queen had her coronation. In 1965, Sir Winston Churchill passed away – so another layer at the top was taken off and replaced.

In 2013, we can expect to see more changes at the pinnacle of politics, royalty and power around the world, as more ‘skins’ change. This is already happening in the Royal Family, of course, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William will welcome a future heir to the throne in July.

In Australia we have an election. On the world stage there may be more shedding of layers too. But how does the Year of the Snake affect you, personally?

Important: Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, and it is always a New Moon date between January 21 and February 20. If you were born between these dates, double-check your sign here to make sure your Chinese zodiac sign is correct.


THE RABBIT | 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

rabbitA person who shines in your career (or other calling in life) will win admiration for his/her written and verbal talents. Your way with words and ideas could also be showcased in the most stunning way if you make sure that you share their world.

If you happen to work in the media, publishing, education or other words-heavy industries then this person may be a star. Rabbit women are good at hopping from one subject to the next and this dexterity and lightness of touch will help you share that spotlight.


THE TIGER | 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

tigerYou will be blessed by a bigger and better work, sleep, diet, exercise or health option this year thanks to the largesse of a person who sees your own progress as a two-way street.

This individual has a big personality so it may feel as if you are sitting on a very unbalanced see-saw. This man or woman will meet you in the middle, though, and you stand to gain. If there have been lifestyle problems, there will be solutions. The most likely outcome is a tremendous sense of expansion and growth, helping daily life.


THE OX | 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

oxThe Wheel of Fortune spins in connection with travel, publishing, education and people from other cultures and nationalities this year.

Every low point will be a high point waiting to happen. Every high point will have to be accepted philosophically, as sooner or later the wheel will spin and you will be back where you started! You will never be bored and one trip, book, website or course in particular will help you see life’s funny irony. A partnership situation in particular will reveal this to you. It never stops moving.


THE RAT | 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

ratThere will be two different worlds around you at work this year. If you don’t have a career, this applies to your volunteer role or workload at home. These two worlds have nothing to do with reality.

They are an alternative or an escape, and revolve around words, ideas, communication and most obviously, the internet. A person who is a good talker (or never stops using phone texts) will have a major impact as s/he moves in a different universe to the rest of us and will introduce you to life’s other possibilities!


THE PIG | 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

pigA person who is widely admired and imitated will make a dazzling difference to your image this year. Your brand, profile, personal appearance and online identity will be strongly influenced by this individual.

She is a born leader and is particularly drawn to the next generation, no matter if there are children in the picture or not. Think of a parent who is more like a King or Queen to the brood, or someone like J.K.Rowling who transfixes children with her books. This special person will help you reboot your image.


THE DOG | 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

dogYour former, current or potential partner (and perhaps an opponent) is key now. Expect a sense of repetition – and a focus on the money, house, business, flat or possessions. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and a dog woman (of any age) can’t try anything new with a particular man or woman in 2013.

This means that everything you own, earn or owe in connection with this person will remain stuck. This is a good thing, though. You can develop priceless inner qualities: humour, tolerance and useful philosophical thinking.

THE ROOSTER | 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

roosterYour home, family, household, home town or homeland is in focus. Someone who dazzles, and is the centre of attention, will waste no time in making a big impact on the atmosphere. This may be an action man (or woman) around you.

Alternatively it could be a sporty type, or sports fan, who has low tolerance and patience but gets things done very quickly (like a speedy builder). Your clan, your domestic life or your property situation will be hugely energised. If the issue is your state or country, it will move fast.


THE MONKEY | 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

monkeyThe focus now is on the money, house, business, flat, charity or possessions. A person or organisation which prefers to take (or just take over) is in your destiny. Keep the stakes low if possible and that way you will minimise the drama.

The good news is, this individual, department or company simply cannot last the distance and by 2014 there will be a rebalancing of the situation. At that point there will be a tremendous amount of power or control to claim, and you must make sure you receive your fair share.


THE HORSE | 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

UntitledTreat the money, house, flat, business or charity as a constant work in progress this year and it will make a lot more sense. Even without astrology, we all know that 2013 is an uncertain year for global economies and that has a trickle-down effect for everyone.

In your own life, nothing will last very long, before it all starts moving again! On the plus side this means that even if you hit a low point, it will only be a matter of time before you hit your peak again. Try to stay firmly philosophical. Repeat ‘This too shall pass.’


THE DRAGON | 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

dragonYour image, brand, reputation or look will be strongly influenced by a woman or female organisation this year. This person or group is fiercely independent and undeniably feminist, no matter if there are labels or not.

There is no desire to feel tied down by motherhood, family life or property – it’s quite noticeable! Will you follow this lead or reject it? One thing is sure, your decision is important because it will instantly affect the way you look, or are seen. How do you feel about female autonomy? It’s around you.


THE SNAKE | 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Untitled 2Don’t be surprised if a new relationship or marriage turns up at work this year, or through your voluntary role or university life. Cupid is around and there will be one particularly sharp arrow flying through the air.

There is something intriguing about your daily routine, ( sleep, workload, exercise, diet) this year because the most passionate people will influence you. These highly emotional creatures will trigger a deep desire in you. A real longing. Even if it lasts only a few months it could change your lifestyle forever.


THE SHEEP | 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

ramThe focus now is travel, education, publishing and people from other regions or cultures. Your plans will be influenced by a person whose main concern is the money, house, business, charity, possessions or flat.

This individual covers up his/her true feelings which are fiery and passionate. This self-controlled individual also has the power to control people and situations, no matter how unwieldy they might be. Bear that in mind when you are looking at the financial aspects of the trip, course, book or website.




Your 2012 Chinese Horoscope

Hoopla Horoscope – Week of February 7


jessica-adams-by-rae-dawson*Jessica Adams is the author of Essential Astrology for Women (HarperCollins) which covers Chinese, Indian and Western astrology in one volume. For more daily, weekly and monthly astrology visit Jessica at



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  • Reply February 8, 2013


    I am a snake married to rabbit, odd

  • Reply February 8, 2013


    Just love the illustrations in this article, they are gorgeous.

  • Reply February 8, 2013


    I am an out loud and proud monkey, and um really, I think I could have got a better forecast.

  • Reply February 9, 2013


    No shame in being a Piggy! but married to a snake…. always slithering around sneaking up on me… we call him “stealth” – very funny.

  • Reply February 9, 2013


    What about the Year of The Goat…..seems to be missing??

    • Reply February 9, 2013

      Wendy Harmer

      Hi Kerry… the Year of the Goat is the same as the Year of the Sheep – it can also be the Ram (never the Ewe- go figure). I’m a sheep/goat/ram… hope we both have a great year!

  • Reply February 9, 2013


    My goodness my husband a rooster! Ha!

  • Reply February 10, 2013

    helen b

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Thankyou to Hoopla and all who sail in her!

    Let’s trust that the ‘skins’ and ‘masks’ will keep falling away in this transformational time!

  • Reply February 10, 2013


    I assume the forecasts get more nuanced depending on the element eg fire,water,air, earth? Is there wind too?!!
    I think I am a fire monkey, but have not a clue about where I got that information.

    Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all. I wonder who catches the skins and masks which fall?!! Maybe there is room for some helpful re-cycling?!!

  • Reply February 10, 2013

    Narelle Matheson

    So, I’m a rat, married to a tiger. Sounds bizarre. However, it seems to work well, so no complaints!

  • Reply February 10, 2013

    sue Bell

    yes Narelle but what sort of rat? there are two types depending on when you were born, the ordinary type of rat and the earth rat which has a completely different nature (earth rats were born in 1948). Apparently earth rats and dragons go well together, we did for nearly forty years. But of course all of this is total nonsense, good for party games but neither the stars or the moon or the planets have any effect on our lives.
    Great experiment done by the wonderful James Randi. He asked each student in his class to give him their str signs. The next day he gave each student their personal horoscope. After they had read them they were asked how true to their personality and traits was the reading. All the students thought their personal horoscope was very true to their individual nature. Randi then asked his students to pass their personal horoscope to the person next to them. Guess what, every horoscope was the same. We read into them the qualities we would like to believe we have. To believe in horoscopes, the stars, psychics, fortune tellers etc is the same as having a blind belief in a god of some sorts, total nonsense.

  • Reply February 12, 2013


    That would be EST Eastern Summer Time not Sydney time. Please recognise that most of us do not live in Sydney.

  • Reply July 12, 2013


    Just to let you know that site telling you your Chinese Sign is incorrect. (Link in article). It appears to be counting the Chinese year as January 1st to December 31st – not calculating it the way it is done – a different date each year around February.

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