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Chinese Zodiac Snakes of 5 Elements: Characters, Destinies

A Wood Snake, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle. It's believed that people have different characteristics according to their birth year's zodiac sign and elements.

In popular Chinese astrology, zodiac years are believed to begin and end with Chinese New Year, so the zodiac years relate to lunar years.

Snake Year Lunar Zodiac Year Element and Sign
1917 Jan. 23, 1917 – Feb. 10, 1918 Fire Snake
1929 Feb. 10, 1929 – Jan. 29, 1930 Earth Snake
1941 Jan. 27, 1941 – Feb.14, 1942 Gold Snake
1953 Feb. 14, 1953 – Feb.3, 1954 Water Snake
1965 Feb. 2, 1965 – Jan. 20, 1966 Wood Snake
1977 Feb. 18, 1977 – Feb. 6, 1978 Fire Snake
1989 Feb. 6, 1989 –Jan. 26, 1990 Earth Snake
2001 Jan. 24, 2001 –Feb. 11, 2002 Gold Snake
2013 Feb. 10, 2013 – Jan. 30, 2014 Water Snake
2025 Jan. 29, 2025 – Feb. 16, 2026 Wood Snake

Water Snakes (1953, 2013)

The Chinese Zodiac Sign Snake

The Character of Water Snakes: Clever, Creative

People born in a year of the Snake with the Water element agreeing are clever, creative, and lively but sentimental.

They know how to cherish each opportunity and should be able to develop in business due to their adventurous characters. They will live steady liveswhen they become middle-aged after going through some ups and downs.

They are very communicative in various situations; therefore, they have lots of chances to meet many friends of the opposite sex.

If they smarten themselves up a little bit, they will be very desirable to friends of the opposite sex due to their natural temperament.

The Destiny of Water Snakes: Ups and Downs

Young Water Snakes always change their minds. Some leave their hometowns for development at an early age and they have to build up from nothing due to their poor family backgrounds.

As far as their careersare concerned, Water Snakes should know how the wind blows before deciding whether to invest or not.

Famous Water Snakes

  • Pierce Brosnan (born May 16, 1953)
  • Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953)
  • Zico (born March 3, 1953)
  • Chaka Khan (born March 23, 1953)
  • Tim Gunn (born July 29, 1953)
  • Kim Basinger (born December 8, 1953)

Wood Snakes (1905, 1965)

The Character of Wood Snakes: Self-Consistent, Tasteful

Wood Snakes have a gift for appreciating the arts and are brimming with great creativity. They also have refined taste and know how to distinguish good works of art from bad ones.

They are fascinated with collecting delicate antiques and fine musical instruments, and know how to take care of them. Wood Snakes always return items that they have borrowed from others.

The Destiny of Wood Snakes: Graceful

People born in a Snake year corresponding to the Wood element attach great importance to orderliness, and like to live in an orderly and well-decorated environment.

Famous Wood Snakes

  • Robert Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965)
  • J.K. Rowling (born July 31, 1965)
  • Kevin James (born April 26, 1965)
  • Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965)
  • Scottie Pippen (born September 25, 1965)
  • Aamir Khan (born March 14, 1965)

Fire Snakes (1917, 1977)

The Character of Fire Snakes: Active, Wise

People for whom the Snake sign and Fire element overlap have wisdom and insight, being able to think faster and see more clearly than others.They are also very communicative.

They know how to fully express their feelings in tales, although they seldom tell any.

The Destiny of Fire Snakes: Excellent

They are very active and fond of the limelight, and are born to be performers and dancers.

Fire Snakes should not be too adventurous in life; instead, they should take the surest way to do things in order to achieve more success.

Famous Fire Snakes

  • John F. Kennedy (born May 29, 1917)
  • Tom Brady (born August 3, 1977)
  • Donald Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977)
  • Tamar Braxton (born March 17, 1977)
  • Tom Hardy (born September 15, 1977)
  • John Mayer (born October 16, 1977)

Earth Snakes (1929, 1989)

The Character of Earth Snakes: Reasoning, Independent

People born with an Earth element and Snake sign know how to control their sentiments with calm reasoning, but their romances are not very smooth and it's very likely for them to be left without love. They can recover quickly, however, due to their calm reasoning.

The Destiny of Earth Snakes: Bad

Earth Snakes don't like to be controlled by other people; therefore, they should not be asked their whereabouts when they have been absent. They have lots of opportunities to earn money; however, it's very hard for them to grasp them.

Even though the opportunities are given to them, they will lose them due to dreadful errors. As a result, they should be more steadfast and more diligent at work.

Famous Earth Snakes

  • Audrey Hepburn (born May 4, 1929)
  • Grace Kelly (born November 12, 1929)
  • Taylor Swift (born December 13, 1989)
  • Daniel Radcliffe (born July 23, 1989)
  • Lily Collins (born March 18, 1989)
  • Prince Royce (born May 11, 1989)
  • Gareth Bale (born July 16, 1989)

Gold Snakes (1941, 2001)

The Character of Gold Snakes: Determined, Courageous

Gold Snakes are so confident that they give an impression of slight arrogance to others.It is not easy to tell whether they're being arrogant or not from their eyes and gait.

The Destiny of Gold Snakes: Successful

People of the Gold element and Snake sign have self-respect, are determined, courageous, and able.They are born to be leaders, being surrounded by lots of followers from all walks of life.

Most of them have a majestic appearance with thick curled hair, and are elegant in both sitting and standing positions.

Famous Gold Snakes

  • Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941)
  • Alex Ferguson (born December 31, 1941)
  • Nick Nolte (born February 8, 1941)
  • Vivienne Westwood (born April 8, 1941)
  • Billie Eilish (born December 18, 2001)

Five Elements Analysis for Zodiac

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