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The Snake occupies the sixth position in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year-cycle.
People born in a year of the Snake are called “Snakes” in China. If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, or 2013, then you're a Snake.
|1917||January 23, 1917 – February 10, 1918|
|1929||February 10, 1929 – January 29, 1930|
|1941||January 27, 1941 – February 14, 1942|
|1953||February 14, 1953 – February 3, 1954|
|1965||February 2, 1965 – January 20, 1966|
|1977||February 18, 1977 – February 6, 1978|
|1989||February 6, 1989 – January 26, 1990|
|2001||January 24, 2001 – February 11, 2002|
|2013||February 10, 2013 – January 30, 2014|
|2025||January 29, 2025 – February 16, 2026|
In Chinese culture, the Snake is the most enigmatic animal among the 12 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 while remaining 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 possess 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.
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||Characteristics|
|Wood Snake (1905, 1965)||Orderly, intelligent, with a gift for appreciating the knowing celebrities 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|
Snakes are very creative and extremely diligent. Although Snakes work very hard, they have a tendency to be job-hoppers as they become easily bored. Snakes are great thinkers. Complex problems stimulate them. 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.
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.
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 relaxing. It's necessary to take vacations at the proper time. People should pay attention to the health of Snakes, especially senior members in the family.
People born in a 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 when choosing friends. They will never forgive a breach in friendship.
Once people are his/her friends, a Snake is willing to share his sorrow and happiness with them. Snakes guard their chosen friends much like valuable possessions, and they are easily jealous and even obsessive.
Snakes do not have very good prospects for 2019 but all things seem difficult before they become easier. Snakes will find suitable opportunities to turn the tables.
Snakes won’t easily get a career promotion in 2019. The first half of the year will be a tough time for Snakes but their prospects should improve in the second half.
Although it’s not a good year to get a promotion, it will be an easier year with a chance for Snakes to improve their skills and achieve more.
Snakes don’t have very good health prospects for 2019. There could be hidden problems with their respiratory system.
To obtain a healthier and stronger body, they are recommended to train in a fitness center.
It’s not a good year for Snakes in 2019 regarding finances. They will have to do a lot of legwork with their investments to get ahead.
2019 is not a good year for male Snakes as they will encounter many competitors.
For female Snakes, it’s not a bad year and they will be popular. It will be easy for them to settle down in relationships with their loved ones.
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, their careers and finances. 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).