The Year of the Snake — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2017

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 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...
The 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).

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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.

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 2017 Predictions for Snakes of Different Elements.

Famous Snake Year People

Famous Snake Birth Date Element
Mahatma Gandhi 2 October 1869 an Earth Snake
Pablo Picasso 25 October 1881 a Gold Snake
Franklin D. Roosevelt January 30, 1882 a Gold Snake
Mao Zedong December 26, 1893 a Water Snake
John F Kennedy May 29, 1917 a Fire Snake
Muhammad Ali January 17, 1942 a Gold Snake
Oprah Winfrey January 29, 1954 a Water Snake
J. K. Rowling 31 July 1965 a Wood Snake

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

Snakes' Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2017

Snakes will be very lucky in 2017. But keep your wits about you in the latter half of the year.

Monthly Fortune for the Chinese Zodiac Snake

Fortune in 2017 — Good


It will be quite a good year for Snakes to make money in 2017, with the chance of an unexpected windfall.

Business people, you should grab the chance to expand your business. It is also a good year for you to lead a team in a new direction. But when you are going to make an important decision, you'd better know the business development model well. You may easily be used and tricked into losing money, especially in the latter half of 2017.

In 2017, you may fortuitously spend a sum of money on house purchasing or moving.

Career in 2017 — Many Opportunities


There will be many opportunities for Snakes to develop their careers in 2017.

If you are a leader, completely exerting your leadership will lead your team to success. Businesspeople will also have a good luck with investments.

2017 will be a year of study and competition. You should learn new skills to strengthen your competitiveness and help develop your career.

This year your interpersonal relationships will easily break down. And be careful of being tricked by mean people, especially in the latter half of 2017.

Health in 2017 — Unsteady


There is no obvious forecast for pain or injury in 2017. But you should control your bad moods and take care of spleen and stomach problems.

You will also have a bad mental state and easily get suspicious. Due to bad moods and increased work pressure, you will likely suffer poor quality of sleep.

To avoid the likelihood of negative consequences, you are suggested not to visit the sick, and not to hang around construction work. Don't go to remote places in case of bad luck leaving you "up the creek".

You are suggested to engage in happy activities, or go out with your family for a short trip, to relieve your stress.

Love in 2017 — No Improvement


There is no improvement in love prospects for Snakes in 2017. Because you will spend more time on your career, your need for love will be neglected.

For married Snakes, you will need to take care of your partner's feelings, to avoid a third party stepping in. And you may be suspicious that your partner is hiding something from you, which will have a bad impact on your mood. You are suggested to go out with your family/spouse, and let your relationship warm up in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

For single Snakes, you will have an uneventful year in love. You will however have many chances to meet new people and look for the right person, or you can ask someone older to introduce someone to you.

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
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