The Snake is sixth in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. The Snake had similar characteristics with the Dragon so they were good friends. They arrived at the same time but because of their massive size difference, the Jade Emperor noticed the Dragon before the Snake.
The Snake is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) sì (巳) and the hours of 09:00-11:00 in the morning. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Snake is yin. Snakes usually have negative implications and are used as symbols of witchcraft. But in Chinese mythology, the creator of the universe, Nǚ Wā (女娲), had the head of a human and the body of a snake.
Snakes have deep and peculiar minds; they love with all their heart
Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Snake is associated with fire, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Snake include: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.
|YEAR||CELESTIAL STEM||EARTHLY BRANCH||ZODIAC||ELEMENT||YIN YANG|
Personality and traits
- 1 Personality and traits
- 2 Snake compatibility
- 3 Careers fit for Snakes
- 4 Health and lifestyle
- 5 Snakes in the Year of the Rat (2020)
Snakes are refined and have a good sense of humor. They are sophisticated and not fond of small talk. In chaotic situations, Snakes are able to calm down and think of appropriate solutions.
They always premeditate and execute their plans without relying on the input of others. Although they are usually right, this trait builds up distrust among the people surrounding them. Snakes may appear slow and lazy but they are quick-thinkers. Behind their composure, they are actually very watchful.
|Wood||1965, 2025||These Snakes are generally relaxed and enjoy socializing. They are perfectionists and fear being wrong. Encouragement from friends is needed for them to flourish.|
|Fire||1977, 2037||These Snakes have are highly temperamental and tend to make decisions hastily but they are independent and innovative entrepreneurs. They do not like working in groups but they can succeed if they take a tip or two from others.|
|Earth||1929, 1989||These Snakes are loyal and place a high value on friendships. However, they are sensitive to criticism. They find it hard to forgive and forget. When in love, they give their whole heart but they are the jealous type.|
|Metal||1941, 2001||These Snakes are strong-willed and very decisive. They are natural leaders who are capable of balancing out strictness and freedom. Their demeanor is often mistaken as arrogance and they have a strong aura when in crowds.|
|Water||1953, 2013||These Snakes think highly of themselves. They are courageous but they don’t always show their entrepreneur spirit. If they are able to become more modest, their path to success becomes clearer.|
Men born in the year of the Snake are mysterious and well-versed. They are polite and always know what to say. In uncomfortable situations, they can be relied on to crack a joke. These men also believe in love. They like showing sweet gestures to their significant others.
One downside to these men is that they always want to be the center of attention. They become jealous easily which makes it a little difficult for them to socialize.
Women born in the year of the Snake are poised and classy. They are attractive inside and out. Their confidence exudes from the way they dress and appreciation for classic art. They also maintain high standards for friends.
These women always think ahead but act like they don’t care. They have a strong desire for wealth and power. Succeeding should not be a problem with their intelligence and set of skills. Their greatest downside is jealousy. They cannot stand the thought of others being more successful than them.
Most compatible with Snake: Monkey, Rooster, and Ox
- Snakes and Monkeys have very similar personalities. They are capable of living in harmony as one is yin and the other is yang.
- Although they seem different, Snakes and Roosters are actually compatible. Snakes are attracted to the ability and taste of Roosters.
- Snakes can provide Oxen with warmth and romance and receive a reliable anchor in return.
Least compatible with Snake: Tiger and Pig
- Snakes and Tigers find it difficult to comprehend each other. A relationship between them is going to be filled with suspicion and coldness.
- Snakes and Pigs can work well together but they cannot trust each other.
Lucky things for Snakes
- Colors: red, light yellow, black
- Numbers: 2,8 and 9
- Accessories/Ornaments: yellow stone pendant
- Auspicious directions: northeast, southwest, south
- Colors: white, gold and brown
- Unlucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7
- Unlucky direction: northwest
Careers fit for Snakes
Snakes perform well when they are tasked to do work that requires quick thinking and fast reactions. They adapt well to any environment and can excel in competitive fields such as sports.
Snakes are also very firm when making decisions and fit managerial and leadership jobs. They also don’t appreciate careers that prevent them from expressing their honest opinions. Regardless, Snakes must learn to listen and consider the thoughts of others. If they can do this, they will enjoy prolonged success in the workplace.
Health and lifestyle
Generally, the health of Snakes is largely influenced by their genes. In other words, they are most likely to inherit their parents’ wellness or sickness. Snakes are rather picky eaters and rarely think of following a balanced diet. This can lead to health problems later on in their lives. Snakes also do not like showing their emotions. They keep it to themselves and suffer from stress and anxiety.
Snakes in the Year of the Rat (2020)
Having endured a rough previous year, the luck of Snakes will turn around in the year of the Rat. They just have to take good care of themselves and remember to relax. Many opportunities will emerge for Snakes in 2020. However, their chances will come by fast so they have to act fast.
Snakes are expected to adapt to the pace of the year very quickly. If they are able to communicate well and stay committed, they will certainly enjoy a rise in success rate. However, the year may not be ideal for Snakes to invest in new ventures. It will be a mediocre year financially so they have to be more conservative.
Peach Blossom luck is not particularly strong for Snakes in the year of the Rat. Those who are single may face difficulty when seeking potential partners. They will still meet new people but the chances of meeting their significant others are low.
Snakes who are married or romantically committed will have a steady year. They must settle their differences quickly and be brave enough to speak out as keeping their emotions bottled up can lead to some problems.
The financial outlook of Snakes for the Year of the Rat are average. They have a good chance of improving from the previous year, but an unlucky star lurking over the horizon. This means that it is also possible for them to suffer small financial losses. Snakes are also advised to avert from making big investment decisions within the year and learn to save up instead.
The lucky months in finance are April, July, and August, while the unlucky years are February, June, September, October, and December. Snakes should be alert for robbers during the months of May and December.
The career luck for Snakes in the year of the Rat is average at best. They must work harder than usual while learning to be a team player. Snakes should avoid making drastic changes in their careers during the year and wait until the following year. There might also be tension and conflict with colleagues or superiors but someone will help to calm the situation. The lucky months in career are April, July, August, and November, while the unlucky months are February, March, June, and October.
Snakes will be susceptible to common diseases such as colds, flu, or stomach aches in the year of the Rat. Their health should not be a big concern if they remember to be mindful of what they eat and exercise regularly. The unlucky months in health are February, June, and December. Snakes should watch out for home accidents in May.
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