Snakes - Symbols Chinese Zodiac & Mythology

The Snake is sixth animal in line of the 12-year cycle of animals representing the Chinese zodiac relating to the Chinese calendar.

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According to legend, the order of the 12 animals in the 12-year cycle was determined by the order in which the animals finished a race. Legend has it that the Snake compensated for not being the best swimmer, by hitching a ride hidden on the Horse's hoof. When the Horse was just about to cross the finish line, the Snake jumped off, scaring the Horse, and taking position for sixth place.

The 12 animals are also used to symbolize the cycle of hours in the day, each associated with a two-hour time period. The "Hour" of the Snake is 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the time when the Sun warms up the Earth. This is when Snakes are said to slither out of their holes. The "month" of the Snake is 5 May to 5 June.

  • Note: In Japan the new sign of the zodiac starts on 1 January. In China it starts according to the traditional Chinese calendar, at the new moon that falls between 21 January and 20 February. This means that persons born in January or February may have two different signs in the two countries.

In Chinese symbology, Snakes are regarded as intelligent, but with a tendency to be somewhat unscrupulous.

Snake Zodiac Personality: Snake excel in hiding and finding ways around dangers in order to catch his prey. Agile and stealthy, snake rarely gets taken by surprise unless the danger comes from above. Like their animal sign, people born in the year of the snake are mysterious, agile and cunning. They will look calm and cool as if nothing could disturb their inner self. In their relationship with others they are sociable, caring and willing to help, these characteristics make them popular wherever they go. Because people instinctively fear snakes, the snake is perceived by others as devious and malevolent. Their behavior and appearance match their intellect. They are honest and straightforward people.

Snake Strengths: Being kind, calm, vigorous, romantic, self-aware, brave, thoughtful, mysterious, prudent, spiritual, persistent, responsible, brainy, intelligent, skillful, & quick-minded.

Snake Weakness: Being inconsistent, unapproachable, vain, jealous, possessive, narrow-minded, overcautious & suspicious.

Wood Snake: Born in 1965, the Wood Snake in Chinese Zodiac is characterized as creative & determined. Wood Snake has a good sense of order, good taste, and knows the value of things. Wood Snake likes to behave well mannered and stylish. Wood Snakes are ambitious and can become passive if things go their way too easily. In order to achieve success, they need the cooperation of others.

Fire Snake: The year of Fire Snake zodiac sign is 1977. Fire Snake can get along with anyone. Fire Snake is intelligent, insightful and innovative. Fire Snake weaknesses are lack of patience and impulsiveness.

Earth Snake: Earth Snake in Chinese Zodiac signs are born in 1929 and 1989. Earth Snake is jovial, sensitive and loyal Earth Snake nature gives them all they need to become the center of attention wherever they are. Earth Snake maintains a great work-family balance and generally work hard and achieve success in their respective fields.

Metal Snake: The years of birth for Metal Snakes are 1941 and 2001 in Chinese astrology. Metal Snake is endowed with courage and power. Metal Snake is competent, determined and knowledgeable about how to manage others. Metal Snake can become overconfident and feel superior and this can drag them down.

Water Snake: Water Snake in the Chinese Zodiac calendar is born in 1953 and 2013. Water Snake people under this sign are adventurous, active and eager to find their place in the world. Water Snake is determined and unstoppable. Water Snake has strong self-esteem that comes from having overcome many obstacles and this can at times become their weakness in overconfidence.<a href="">Background vector created by bimbimkha -</a>

Snake Health: Snake individuals are consistent, calm and like having everything in order. Thanks to this, they enjoy a life without major health problems. Exercising occasionally and making plenty of time to relax and spend time with those they feel close to makes them feel better. Snakes of Chinese Zodiac like to have a place they can retreat to and spend time for themselves. This also helps when life gets unbalanced. Calm, peace and a workplace where they feel appreciated is the secret for a healthy life for the people born under this sign. They like to enjoy a lifestyle of taking it easy, enjoying the moment, and saving the energy for times when they must work hard.

Snake Business and Career:  Working hard is what distinguishes these people from other Chinese Zodiac signs. They can create wonderful things for the humankind when they do the work they are passionate about. They can excel in any field where they can use their diligence, creativity and problem-solving skills. Snake enjoys stability in work and do not normally have financial problems. They can succeed as entrepreneurs, given their ability to keep things in order and find quick solutions to problems. It is rare for a snake sign in Chinese Zodiac to fall prey to fate and misfortune. Snake finds success in jobs such as scientist, sociologist, writer, magician, painter, sportsperson, and psychologist. The best work partners for snake zodiac sign are roosters, oxen and monkeys. The only people snakes should avoid in business are tigers and pigs.

Snake Relationships with other Signs of Chinese Zodiac: Although most snakes are popular among their peers, they do not have many true friends. Once they become friends with someone, they protect and give their all to that friendship, but are often unforgiving when their trust is abused. In partnership with a common minded individual who they share common passion with, they can work together and amass a great deal of wealth. Generally, when snakes in Chinese astrology choose a partner, they are caring and sensitive and do everything in their power to make the other person happy. In finding everlasting love snake should go for dragons, roosters and monkeys. In terms of bad matches, snake should avoid the signs of the tiger, sheep and pig.

The Year of the Snake is associated with the Earthly Branch of the Chinese Zodiac.

Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9; Avoid: 1, 6, 7

Lucky Flowers: Orchid, Cactus

Lucky Colors: Red, Light Yellow, Black. Avoid: White, Golden, Brown

Season: Summer


Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Snake", while also bearing the following elemental sign.

Start date End date Heavenly branch
4 February 1905 24 January 1906 Wood Snake
23 January 1917 10 February 1918 Fire Snake
10 February 1929 29 January 1930 Earth Snake
27 January 1941 14 February 1942 Metal Snake
14 February 1953 2 February 1954 Water Snake
2 February 1965 20 January 1966 Wood Snake
18 February 1977 6 February 1978 Fire Snake
6 February 1989 26 January 1990 Earth Snake
24 January 2001 11 February 2002 Metal Snake
10 February 2013 30 January 2014 Water Snake
29 January 2025 16 February 2026 Wood Snake
15 February 2037 3 February 2038 Fire Snake
2 February 2049 22 January 2050 Earth Snake
21 January 2061 8 February 2062 Metal Snake
7 February 2073 26 January 2074 Water Snake
26 January 2085 13 February 2086 Wood Snake
12 February 2097 31 January 2098 Fire Snake


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