The Year of the Snake

The Snake occupies the sixth position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year-cycle.

  • Lucky Colors: black, red, and yellow
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
  • Lucky Flowers: orchid and cactus
  • Years of Birth: ...1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025...
Information for the Chinese Zodiac Snake

Are You a Snake?

Are Snake Years Unlucky Years for Snakes?If you were born after February 20, the latest date of Chinese New Year, when the zodiac year starts, in the above years (or before Chinese New Year in a year following those above) then you are a Snake. If, however you were born from January 1 to February 20, in one of the above years, you could be a Dragon — the previous zodiac sign.

You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.The year of one’s birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) is believed to be the most unlucky in the 12-year cycle. Therefore Snakes should be more careful about all aspects of their lives, including love, health, career and finance. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

The next Snake year is 2025. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 29).

The Snake's Personality: Intelligent, Wise...

In Chinese culture, the Snake is the most enigmatic animal among the twelve zodiac animals. People born in a year of the Snake are supposed to be the most intuitive.

Snakes tend to act according to their own judgments, even while remaining the most private and reticent. They are determined to accomplish their goals and hate to fail.

Snakes represent the symbol of wisdom. They are intelligent and wise. They are good at communication but say little. Snakes are usually regarded as great thinkers.

Snakes are materialistic and love keeping up with the Joneses. They love to posses the best of everything, but they have no patience for shopping.

Snake people prefer to work alone, therefore they are easily stressed. If they seem unusually stressed, it is best to allow them their own space and time to return to normal.

Good Health for "Snakes"

Snakes prefer living a peaceful life, and they do not like a noisy environment. Snakes become easily stressed when their lives aren’t calm or in order. Therefore, a manageable workload would be good for them rather than a challenging schedule.

Snakes need to spend lots of time to relax themselves. It's necessary to take vacations at the proper time. People should pay attention to the health of Snake people, especially senior members in the family.

The Best Careers for "Snakes"

Snakes are very creative and extremely diligent. Though Snakes work very hard, they have a tendency to be job-hoppers, as they easily become bored. Snakes are great thinkers. Complex problems stimulate them. And of course they’re excellent problem-solvers and thrive under tight deadlines.

Good career choices for Snakes include: scientist, analyst, investigator, painter, potter, jeweler, astrologer, magician, dietician, and sociologist.

How to Build Relationships with "Snake People"

People born in the year of the Snake do not have a lot of friends. It is extremely hard to get to know them because they keep their feelings locked up inside. Snakes are careful in choosing friends. They will never forgive a breach in friendship.

Once people are his/her friends, the Snake is willing to share his sorrow and happiness with them. Snake people guard their chosen friends much like valuable possessions, and they are easily jealous and even obsessive.

The Luckiest Things for "Snakes"

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9, and numbers containing them (like 28 and 89)
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 23rd of Chinese lunar months
  • Lucky colors: black, red, and yellow
  • Lucky flowers: orchid and cactus
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 8th, and 11th lunar months

The Unlucky Things for "Snakes"

  • Unlucky color: brown, gold, white
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
  • Unlucky direction: northeast and northwest
  • Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th and 12th lunar months

Overall Fortune Trend for "Snakes" in 2016 — Bittersweet

Monthly fortune for the snake

Snakes will have a bittersweet fortune trend in 2016. They will have a smooth career after overcoming difficulties, and will also enjoy abundant health, finances, and relationships.

Career Trend

Snakes will have a smooth career after overcoming hardships in 2016. They will be hampered by unscrupulous people at the beginning of the year, but the situation will change in the middle of the year, and it will turn out smoothly at the end of the year. They will not achieve anything if they give up halfway; therefore, they must be confident about their future.

They should be very careful when dealing with personal disputes, or they will fail within sight of success, which will have a great influence of their career.

The best months for their career will be the third, sixth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months; therefore, they should seize these opportunities.

Money-Making Opportunities

Snakes will have a rather smooth year in 2016. They will have a steady income and unexpected fortune; therefore, it will be suitable for them to play the lottery, especially in the third and eleventh Chinese lunar months.

The worse months for them will be the first, fifth, and tenth Chinese lunar months; however, they should prepare in advance for unexpected expenses so as not to be at a total loss in the tenth Chinese lunar month. In addition, they should guard against theft.

They should not be greedy, and gambling should be forbidden for the sake of safety.

Health Trend

They will enjoy good health in 2016; however, they should pay close attention to traffic safety and stay alert when crossing the road. Safety must be their first priority, and they should always buckle their seat belt while driving.

They should be careful when using tools to avoid being harmed, especially in the first, fourth, and tenth Chinese lunar months.

Relationship Trend

Romantic relationships for Snakes will be rather harmonious, and they will have many opportunities to encounter their lovers, especially those who are single. Married Snakes will be very vulnerable to gossip from their neighbors, so they should not play with love, and should deal with their spouses and lovers seriously to avoid suffering any consequences.

They should be careful and calm when dealing with issues in their relationships during the second and seventh Chinese lunar months.


Love Compatibility of the Snake with Other Animals

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the characteristics of each animal into account. Only those whose characteristics match can be good partners.

See below the compatibility of the Snake with other animals, and find out if the Snake is compatible with your sign or not.

  • Best with: Dragon, Rooster
  • Worst with: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat
Love Compatibility with the Snake

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Five Types of "Snake" — Which One Are You?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Snake comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Snakes, each with different characteristics:

Type of Snake Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Snake 1905, 1965 Orderly, intelligent, with a gift for appreciating the arts and a refined taste
Fire Snake 1917, 1977 Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight
Earth Snake 1929, 1989 Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work
Gold Snake 1941, 2001 Determined, courageous, confident, and able: a born leader
Water Snake 1953, 2013 Clever, creative, lively, and communicative, but sentimental

See 2016 Predictions for Snakes of Different Elements.

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