The Snake Zodiac

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Years of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025.

 

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 a 12-year-cycle.

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.

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The Snake is also associated with the Earthly Branch sì, and the hours 9–11 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang, the Snake is yin.

 

Snakes usually have a negative diction and are symbols of witchcraft. However, Nǚ Wā, the creator of the world in Chinese mythology, had a human’s head and a snake’s body.

 

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

 

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, which ranges from late January to mid-February.

 

Personality

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.

 

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.


Compatibility

 

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.

 

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

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