Tuesday, 6 February 2018

巳 | sì

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: 🔊) is the sixth of twelve earthly branches. It corresponds to the Year of the Snake () of the Chinese zodiac; the fourth month; the hour of the Snake (9 am to 11 am, “the time when Snakes are leaving their caves”); and the direction 150° (where 0° is north). Its associated “fixed element” is Fire, . Note that the character refers to any (real or otherwise) snake while refers only to the zodiac animal.

To me, the character looks more like a snake (cobra?) than , the actual character for “snake”. However, according to Uncle Hanzi, it is a “pictograph of a swaddled baby”.

More photos related to snakes, zodiac and sea glass @ Shutterstock.

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