Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Snake

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 (), and the hours 9–11 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Snake is yin.

Snakes have a deep and complex mind, but if they love, they love with their entire heart.

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.

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).

Recent years of the Snake

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1929 Snake Earth Yin
1941 xīn Snake Metal Yin
1953 guǐ Snake Water Yin

1965 Snake Wood Yin
1977 ding Snake Fire Yin

1989 Snake Earth Yin
2001 xīn Snake Metal Yin

2013 guǐ Snake Water Yin

2025 Snake Wood Yin

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.

Elements and fortunes

Element Year Fortune
Wood 1965, 2025 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, 2037 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

Unlucky things

  • 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 Tiger (2022)

Snakes will not be blessed with stellar fortunes in 2022. This is a year of “punishing” aspects for Snake natives, as it is a year of Fan Tai Sui, likely with frequent interferences and chaos, leading to various tests for Snakes. But fear not, because higher-ups will continue to favor Snakes with this year’s stars; therefore, work hard and stay humble—nothing to worry about as long as you do.

In particular, career and wealth will offer many opportunities this year, but Snakes may be inclined to be careless with their money. That would be a big mistake, especially in 2022. Health is another area to watch out for, while love isn’t likely to bring any satisfaction.

Love in 2022

Snakes’ love life is likely to remain flat or even dull for most of 2022, thanks to the punishing aspect of Fan Tai Sui. No one will be blessed with progress under these stars. Snakes who are married or in long-term relationships may have a somewhat smoother going than they have had in recent years, although there will still be frequent quarrels and conflicts between Snakes and their partner. Most will be petty fights and unlikely to cause any serious damage to the relationship, thankfully.

Singles will have a sluggish year overall, with few suitable potentials coming into your life, so it is unlikely that you will meet anyone new who catches your eye. If this is an area you are very concerned with this year, then you can try to change up your style and go to places you don’t usually go to – large-scale social events, for example. But whether you want to push yourself beyond your comfort zone is up to you alone.

Career in 2022

Snakes will enjoy better luck in their career than in love, with the support of higher-ups likely to arrive from unexpected quarters in 2022. Many Snake natives will move up quickly, in particular if they take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves throughout this whole year. At the same time, Snakes may be vulnerable to hidden villains in 2022; therefore, they are advised to stay humble and cautious to avoid being surprised by sudden events.

In general, Snakes are advised to maintain better relationships with their colleagues to avoid damaging their career prospects this year, although they usually prefer to work alone. For Snakes who are at the executive level, their personal image will be important to maintain as well, with the possibility of building up prestige for themselves or suffering attacks due to a deterioration in their reputation.

Wealth in 2022

Snakes’ wealth will have mixed luck in 2022. For some, they may lose everything especially if they take undue risks, hoping to get lucky – this will almost certainly land them in a financial crisis. All Snakes ought to be cautious with their money this year. For other Snake natives, wealth will likely be blessed, especially if work goes well for them and they find themselves being paid more for the value they provide for their company. In general, Snakes should count on stable sources of income in 2022 and leave their emergency funds untouched.

Education in 2022

Younger Snakes will have average luck in their studies and are not likely to enjoy any sudden success. For Snakes who are on the verge of leaving school, however, 2022 is likely to be a stressful year as they contemplate their future and feel confused. Snakes tend not to listen to advice and may feel annoyed or pressured by the words of their loved ones, but try to remember your family wants the best for you, and at least consider what advice older family members have to offer – you will thank them in a few years’ time.

Health in 2022

Snakes will have poorer health than usual in 2022, due to Fan Tai Sui. There will likely be sudden illnesses, like the flu, acute appendicitis and other short-term damages to Snakes’ physical health, therefore it is more important than ever to keep a healthy lifestyle and not add to the strain your body will already be under. Also take care to avoid accidental injuries, which is something that often happens under the influence of Tai Sui.

Snakes in the Year of the Rat (2021)

In the Chinese zodiac, the Ox and the Snake are in harmony with each other. Therefore, the Year of the Ox will bring the Snake luck in all areas of life. The Snake will find success in your personal and professional life thanks to your continued efforts throughout the year.

Many new opportunities will come your way - good news for those looking to jump start their career or studies. You may also find yourself in a strong romantic relationship or surrounded by your loved ones. If you can manage to avoid making any major mistakes, your luck should hold throughout the year.


2021 will be quite favorable for the Snake’s career prospects. You will have outstanding performances at work, and a pay raise or a promotion may be in order. You will find constant inspiration in your surroundings, and your creativity will astound those around you.

Though you usually prefer to work behind the scenes, you will find yourself in the spotlight this year. Much of your work will be team-based, so try to remain modest when interacting with your colleagues.

Your relationships with them will determine your future success. Do not worry about others taking credit for your ideas. Action speaks louder than words, and your hard work will be recognized.

You will be able to secure a favorable financial standing this year. You will get considerable income from your work, and it may increase if you perform well. Besides a good inflow of money, no major unwanted expenditures will be present this year.

Though Snakes are usually responsible with their finances, you may be able to treat yourself this year. Consider making a high-value purchase, such as buying your dream home or car.

Lucky Months: February, April, and December

Unlucky Months: March, September, and October


School will go well for those of you pursuing your education this year. Snakes are high achievers at heart, and this year, your efforts will pay off. Many of you have been working toward your goals for some time.

Whether you are studying for an important exam or preparing for an application, you are likely to get the results you want and deserve. During this time, you will receive help from your teachers, friends, and family. They will serve as your lucky stars, and give you support and advice when you need it the most.


Love will be in the air for the Snake this year. Whether you are single or in a relationship, luck will be on your side. If you are single, 2021 will be a great year to find a new partner. The energy of the Metal Ox will grant you more charisma, and you will have no problem attracting people into your life.

You should, however, be mindful of those who approach you with bad intentions. Fortunately, any partner you find this year is likely to stick around for a while. They may not be the one, but you are likely to have a long-term romantic relationship together.

If you are in a stable relationship, this is a great year to take the next step with your partner. This could mean moving in together, becoming engaged, or getting married. 2021 will also be a great time to renew your vows as you strengthen your bond throughout the year.


Your physical health will remain solid throughout the year. Though you will not face any major health problems, minor health issues cannot be ruled out. The excitement and challenges you experience may wear you down, and you might suffer from exhaustion, fatigue, or a nervous breakdown.

Your mental health should be a priority, as work is likely to be stressful despite its rewards. A lack of rest and relaxation may make you highly irritable or anxious. Those with chronic health issues will see some improvements this year, which will be great news for you and your loved ones.


Snakes will have a wonderful time in almost all aspects of your life this year. While your hard work and perseverance will reward you, remember to relax and spend time with the people you care about.

It will be necessary, at times, to slow down in both your career and your relationships. If you can manage to keep your responsibilities in check, you will find this year to be very enjoyable.