The Snake is the sixth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Because of their similar looks, Snake and Dragon were good friends. They arrived at the same time. But unfortunately, due to the size difference, the Jade Emperor first saw Dragon, and then Snake.
The Snake is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) sì (巳), and the hours 9–11 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Snake is yin.
Snakes usually have a negative diction and are symbols of witchcraft. However, Nǚ Wā (女娲), the creator of the world in Chinese mythology, had a human’s head and a snake’s body.
Snakes have a deep and complex mind, but if they love, they love with their entire heart.
Recent years of the Snake are: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although sì is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).
See the table below for the full details of each year.
|Year||Celestial Stem||Earthly Branch||Zodiac||Element||Yin Yang|
Personality and characteristics
Snakes are humorous and sophisticated. They don’t like small talk or thinking about small everyday problems.
In a chaotic environment, they are the eye of the storm. Snakes are able to hold their ground and calmly think of solutions.
They are always making new plans and follow them without relying on others’ input. They’re usually correct, but this also comes from a distrust of others. You cannot judge a Snake by its cover. Their slow and lazy talking hides their fast-paced thinking. Behind their calmness, they are alert and observant.
|Wood||1965||These Snakes are easygoing and make many close friends. As perfectionists, they fear experimenting and making mistakes. They need the encouragement from friends in order to succeed.|
|Fire||1977||These Snakes are quick tempered and sometimes act without thinking. They don’t like relying on established groups and are innovative entrepreneurs. If they listen to others’ warnings and wait for the right opportunity, they’ll enjoy great success.|
|Earth||1929, 1989||These Snakes are loyal friends who can keep the friendship for life. But they are sensitive to critique. If hurt, they will never forgive and never forget. They love deeply, but with this comes deep jealousy as well.|
|Metal||1941, 2001||These Snakes are brave and decisive in their actions. They are born leaders who have a balanced mix of strictness and freedom. Sometimes they are arrogant, but even in a crowd, their aura can be sensed easily.|
|Water||1953, 2013||These Snakes are optimistic and aesthetic. They consider every detail before acting. They are also brave, but this entrepreneur spirit is not always shown. If they can lower their overly high self-confidence, they will have a smooth path to success.|
Men born in the Snake year are mysterious and experienced. They are gentle and know how to say the right things. In an awkward situation, they can always be depended on to crack a joke.
Different from others, these men believe in romance. They often give their significant other sweet surprises. They are also creative and empathetic.
However, they crave to be the center of attention and easily become jealous. This makes it harder for them to socialize.
Women born in the Snake year are graceful and elegant. They are beautiful, both inside and out. Their confidence is manifested in their high fashion and appreciation for classic art.
They are always thinking ahead, though they often act as if they don’t care. They have high standards for friends. They desire for wealth and power. With their intelligence and skills, success shouldn’t be a problem.
However, their greatest fault is their jealousy. They cannot stand seeing others who are more successful. This becomes motivation to work harder and become better though.
Most compatible with Snake: Monkey, Rooster, Ox
Monkey and Snake make up the most compatible pair. They have similar personalities, but one is yin and the other is yang. Therefore, they can reach harmony.
Snake and Rooster seem very different, but they are quite compatible. A Rooster’s ability and taste are what attracts a Snake.
They fit well with Oxen as well. A Snake gives Oxen warmth and romance, and receives a reliable anchor in return.
Least compatible with: Tiger, Pig
It's hard for a Snake and Tiger to sympathize and understand each other. The relationship will be full of suspect and coldness.
Snakes are also incompatible with Pigs. They can work well together, but there isn't much trust in a relationship.
Lucky things for Snakes
- Colors: red, yellow, black
- Numbers: 2, 6, 8
- Mineral: amethyst
- Directions of auspiciousness: southwest, south
- Directions of wealth: northwest
- Directions of love: south
- Colors: white, gold, brown
- Numbers: 1, 6, 7
Careers fit for Snakes
Snakes will do well in jobs that require quick thinking and fast reaction speeds.
They are great improvisers. They will do well in competitive fields such as emcees and competitive sports.
They also have their own unique methods. No matter what others say, they’ll stick to their ways. For people like this, management and leadership positions are the best. When the team is confused, they’ll be able to guide their team members onto the right direction.
Because of this, they are not fit for careers where they cannot express their opinions. Routine and standardized jobs are not for them.
Still, Snakes must learn to listen. Consider the thoughts of others and combine it with their own ideas. This is the way to long-lasting success in the workplace.
Health and lifestyle
Overall, a Snake’s health is influenced by their genes. Their parents’ health is what decides their own health.
However, Snakes are extremely picky eaters. They will stuff themselves with their favorites and not even consider a balanced diet. This will inevitably lead to some health problems.
Snakes also keep their complaints inside. The bottled up emotions can cause stress and anxiety. Stress directly relates to the health of a Snake’s heart, blood vessels and other organs. Women also need to pay attention to their urinary system.
Snakes in the Year of the Dog (2018)
2018 is a lucky year for Snakes. It’s a good time to utilize their strengths and push their boundaries.
Work will be successful and generally smooth. They can gain reputation and fame. In school, if they do not slack off, can become top ranked students.
However, Snakes must have high EQ this year. People will try to bring them down and Snakes might fail without even knowing why. The luck might also start to die down by October.
Roosters and Oxen would be the best partners in work. In them, Snakes will find the support they need.
Snakes are highly intuitive this year. Work comes easily and they’ll make a big difference if opportunities are taken advantage of. Wealth will also come easily. But Snakes must know when to stop. Do not become greedy, or else the losses will be greater than gains.
However, there will be people who try to bring them down. Snakes must act cautiously, especially in the unlucky months.
Successful months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).
The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), July (August 11-Sept 9) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).
Snakes will be able to think quickly this year. Multi-tasking is easier and working while studying is manageable.
However, Snakes shouldn’t become overconfident and satisfied. They must strive for perfection and reach their full potential. Minor health problems can also affect studies.
Health may be unstable this year. Snakes must remember to have good diets and take care of sanitary issues.
In addition, Snakes must take care of family and make sure they’re safe. In May, do not drink and drive. Traffic safety is also an issue in November.
Healthy months are: Lunar February, May (June 14-July 12) and August (Sept 30-Oct 8)
Months where Snakes must be careful with their health are: Lunar June (July 13-August 10), October (Nov 8-Dec 6) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).
Snakes will have luck with meeting new people and making friends. It’s easy to develop mutual feelings this year. Life will be full of excitement, but Snakes must be careful of extra feelings.
The sweet months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).
Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), June (July 13-August 10) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).
The directions of fortune and wealth for Snakes this year are the north, southeast and southwest. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.
To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the west and northwest.
Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 2 and 9.
The lucky colors in 2018 are yellow, red and orange. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are gray and green.
Snakes have the chance to really set out on the right path this year. Coupled with their strategic thinking and ability, there is no doubt they will succeed!