The Year of the Snake — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018 & 2019

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).

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 2019 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' Wealth, Work, Love, and Health Prospects in 2018 & 2019


Finances in 2018 — ★★★★☆


Snakes are destined to have good luck in their finances in 2018.

If you are a Snake, you will enjoy a stable source of financial revenue. Or you will get good financial returns because of your persistence and sentience, if you have a fixed goal and strategy.

Snakes will find suitable opportunities for investment in mineral developments, and receive good repayment in partnership with your brothers. However, you should know that it will not be easy for you to win your rewards — you will need to work harder to gain more.

Career Prospects in 2018 — ★★★☆☆


Snakes won’t easily get a career promotion in 2018.

But, Snakes, it’s a good year for you to put in a good performance in your studies or academic research. Your work will also be relatively easy and flexible.

Though it’s not a good year to get a promotion, it will be an easier year for you — a chance to improve your skills and achieve more. It’s a year for you to build a stable base for a future promotion.

You are suggested to settle your mind for study by spending some time walking in parks with forested areas.

Love in 2018 — ★★★★☆


Snakes are not lacking in the love department in 2018.

Snakes, you are likely to meet a nice person who will say yes to you despite your faults. And that will make you want to build a family. You will feel relaxed in your love relationship. But sometimes you might reach your partner’s bottom line, and vice versa.

For male Snakes, you will have more luck than female Snakes. But you will need to break the ice first in relationships. If you find there is no progress, it could be that you are not proactive enough, and your loved one doesn’t understand your feelings.

For female Snakes, you also have good prospects in love in 2018, but not as good as male Snakes do.

Health in 2018 — ★★★★☆


There are no serious health problems predicted in 2018 for Snakes.

Snakes, it will be difficult for you to suffer from sudden injuries. So you will have a easy year physically in 2018.

To obtain a healthier body, you are suggested to visit holiday villages or resorts to strengthen your body. Or you could go to a fitness center.

However, Snakes, you mustn’t be too indulgent or careless in 2018, or you might get a disease and have to go to hospital.

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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