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Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

Written by Cynthia LiUpdated Nov. 28, 2023

Years of the Snake: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953...The Snake is one of the three luckiest zodiac signs in 2023. Snakes will develop smoothly in a good direction. In 2024, the overall fortune for those of you born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Snake appears to be stable.

According to Chinese astrology, people born in a year of the Snake are usually calm observers with excellent intuition, as serene as snakes, and generally demonstrate intelligence, wisdom, and creativity.

The Snake occupies the sixth position in the Chinese zodiac. The next Snake year is 2025, starting from January 29th (Chinese New Year) and ending on February 16th (Chinese New Year's Eve).

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Chinese Zodiac Snake Years

People born in the year of the Snake are called 'Snakes' in China. If you were born in 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, or 1917, then you're probably a Snake.

A Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to mid-February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Snake or a Dragon.

Additionally, if you were born in January/February of the years immediately following those above (i.e. 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, etc.), then you may be a Snake or a Horse.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool below to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.

Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
Snake Year Date Element of Snake
1917 January 23, 1917 – February 10, 1918 Fire Snake
1929 February 10, 1929 – January 29, 1930 Earth Snake
1941 January 27, 1941 – February 14, 1942 Gold Snake
1953 February 14, 1953 – February 3, 1954 Water Snake
1965 February 2, 1965 – January 20, 1966 Wood Snake
1977 February 18, 1977 – February 6, 1978 Fire Snake
1989 February 6, 1989 – January 26, 1990 Earth Snake
2001 January 24, 2001 – February 11, 2002 Gold Snake
2013 February 10, 2013 – January 30, 2014 Water Snake
2025 January 29, 2025 – February 16, 2026 Wood Snake

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

Chinese Snakes' Personality

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 usually 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.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Snakes

People Born In the Year of the Snake

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:

Element Year of Birth Personality of Snakes
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

See Chinese Zodiac Snakes of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Year of the Snake 2024/2023 Predictions

In 2024, the overall fortune for those of you born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Snake appears to be stable. However, please keep in mind that the interplay of auspicious and inauspicious stars may infuse this year with different changes for you, Snake individuals.

In Year of the Dragon 2024, Snake people, you will be surrounded by supportive figures, attracting more benefactors into your life. With the assistance of these kind souls, you can anticipate an upward trajectory for your fortune.

2023 is a year of the Rabbit. Snakes, your year will develop smoothly in a good direction and your luck will be generally stable. However, due to the influence of good and bad stars this year, there will be fluctuations in your luck within a certain range.

Your career prospects will develop fairly well. Since you Snakes are predicted great achievements in your careers this year, your financial projection is also relatively good.

After entering 2023, Snake people, your love trajectory tends to develop steadily. Single Snakes, you will be helped by someone in refining your temperament, which will attract the attention of outstanding members of the opposite sex. Snake people who are in love or married, you will find that disputes often occur over a trivial matter this year, which will make both you and your partner become physically and mentally exhausted. The anger in your heart must be extinguished immediately to prevent this.

Check out Monthly Predictions for Snake in 2024/2023

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Snake

Lucky Things for the Snakes

Things that will bring Snakes luck:

  • 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 directions: east, west, and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 8th, and 11th lunar months

Things that Snakes should avoid:

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

How to Be a Luckier Snake in 2024/2023

Red and yellow things (particularly peripheral clothing) are predicted to help Snakes boost their wealth fortunes in 2024/2023, such as red/yellow socks, gloves, bracelets, and ties.

Snakes, buying a new red or yellow car would be auspicious for your business.

Bright colors are believed to bring you Snakes a good and relaxed mood, and relieve pressure and anxiety.

When you feel upset and things don't go smoothly, Snakes, you are recommended to wear accessories made of mahogany and jade to lift your fortunes and add to your charm.

Snakes, for you, getting along with Oxes, Roosters, and Monkeys, especially with Monkey people, means making lucky friendships in 2024/2023.

Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

The Snake's Love Compatibility

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: Ox or Rooster
  • Worst with: Tiger, Horse, or Pig

Want to know if she/he is compatible with you? Use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. Or you can check the 12 Chinese zodiac signs' love compatibility in detail.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator

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The Best-suited Careers for Snakes

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.

Is the Year of the Snake Lucky for Snakes?

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, 2025).

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