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)(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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Horoscope

Snakes in the Year of the Rat (2020)

The Year of the Rat does not bring much to look forward to for Snakes. While not as unlucky as the Horse, you will still need to be on your guard against suspicious behavior. On the other hand, fortune will come to you in the form of a friend or business associate. If you can put aside your misgivings, luck will seek you out. Success will be possible for those who put in the effort.

Career

Snakes may see a slight improvement in their career compared to the previous year. It won’t be much, but small successes will come. Use your smarts and quick thinking to realize your goals in the workplace. Keep your nose to the grindstone, and you will see improvement. Luckily for you, the year may bless you with a guide. One of your colleagues or associates will be a stepping stone for further success. Take all of the help that they can give you.

Significant changes are not advised for the year. If you can, stay at your current position and continue to make progress there. If you are unhappy in your job, you can always try to make money on the side through an online business or freelance gig. Wait for a better year to make a career change or a big move.

This year you will have to live within your means as finances may be an issue. Don’t spend more than you have to, and avoid buying big-ticket items. Buy the necessities, and every so often, splurge a little.

Lucky Months: April, July, August, and November.

Unlucky Months: February, March, June, and October.

Education

School is all about learning how to work together and teaming up to complete projects. Remember this as you step into your classes for the year. Whether you are in elementary school or undergraduate studies, work as a team player. You might find a friend who can be your guide for the year, perhaps a classmate or counselor. With the help of friends and hard work, anything is possible.

Health

Your health outlook will worsen this year, not only for Snakes but their friends and family members as well. Cultivating your health is essential for a productive year. A strict diet, daily exercise, and enough sleep will help to fend off sickness (as do good genes).

Be on the lookout for your family members. Male and elderly family members will be the ones more prone to setbacks. Anything you can do to improve and protect their health will be beneficial. Visit them often and try to encourage a healthy diet.

Relationships

2020 is an excellent year to explore your emotional side. Take the time to learn about yourself; for example, the things that make you tick, or what you appreciate most about being in a relationship. Being able to understand and love yourself forms a great foundation for beginning new relationships, in addition to working on existing partnerships. Single Snakes will make some new connections, as long as they can be open and honest with their partners. However, take your time getting to know the person before jumping in headfirst.

Couples will need to make a more visible effort to cultivate a happy relationship. As the Snake in the partnership, make it a point to communicate and show your feelings. Holding in your emotions is a recipe for disaster. Be open and loving. If you can do that, your relationship will flourish.

Lifestyle

The Year of the Rat will be a fairly typical year for the Snake. Nothing significant looms overhead, and you can take comfort in some little successes. Good fortune may find you in the form of a guide, someone to assist you through your struggles. Your career and educational studies will thrive if you can discover your guardian for the year. Relationships will do well if you can put all of your emotions on the table. Misfortune comes in the form of health; be prepared to face the worst news from family or friends. Overall, if you can focus on your physical and mental health for the year, you will do just fine.

Snakes in the Year of the Rat (2019)

While 2018 proved to be a lucky year for Snakes, 2019 may present a few challenges. Although that doesn’t necessarily equate to a bad year, you will need to work hard to stay positive during the Year of the Pig.

When it comes to problem solving, Snakes instinctively take on a perceptive and analytical approach as opposed to Pigs, who prefers a more direct and intuitive approach. Learn to balance these opposing strategies to navigate the obstacles of 2019.

Stay active by volunteering or offering your services to the community to help balance out bad energy and keep Snakes strong—physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically. You should consider visits to temples and prayers for safety this year.

Spend more time enjoying quality time in the sun, or in warm relaxing settings, rather than dark gloomy places such as graveyards and funerals. Attend more celebratory occasions such as birthdays and weddings; doing so may boost your luck. Practice a straightforward and transparent demeanor this year to keep out of trouble; at least until the latter half of the year when your luck returns.

Career

Although the 2019 horoscope for Snake’s career reveals a medley of obstacles and conflicts along their career path, Snakes will likely get noticed if they persevere and overcome these challenges.

Part-time employees may discover new opportunities along their career path this year. You'll benefit from seizing the right opportunities when you see them, so be aware and always stay on your toes. All in all, Snakes can expect to gain some positive attention from their superiors at work, but a promotion or raise may not be in the cards this year. But keep in mind, patience is a virtue.

Luckiest Months: March, September 3rd – November 8th

Unlucky Months: April 1st – July 20th and October

Education

2019 will ultimately test the intellect of Snakes. Despite easily understanding academic material, you may find it difficult to stay focused.

Challenge yourself by setting the bar higher than you normally would. Setting difficult goals for yourself will force you to apply your intellect in situations you might normally disengage from. The higher you set your standards, the more you will grow in your pursuit of knowledge.

Health

Your health will not give you major cause for concern this year. However, be sure not to ignore minor illnesses as they could develop into something major if gone unchecked. Listen to your body. When you’re not feeling 100%, pay a visit to your doctor to make sure your body is in good shape.

Stress will present itself as a major culprit of maladies in 2019, especially when it comes to your career or finances. To combat this, you must learn to relax, take time off for yourself, and rebalance your priorities in order to release your stress. Practice stress relief activities such as low impact exercise and meditation.

Relationships

If you were expecting a whirlwind romance this year, you will most likely be let down. The 2019 Snake horoscope for love reveals that this year will help you introspectively reflect upon what you want and don’t want in a partner, especially the latter. Over the course of the year you can expect romantic interactions to leave you underwhelmed at best. However, these experiences will assist you in better shaping and defining your relationship goals in the future.

Lifestyle

2019 presents a challenging year for Snakes, yet the coming twelve months will prove advantageous as you learn to navigate circumstances and redirect them into opportunities. Your immensely sensitive and stubborn ways will prove to be your biggest roadblock this year. If you don’t want to be held back by these characteristics, learn to problem solve by practicing complete transparency and directness in your everyday life.

To keep bad luck away, orient your home furniture towards the north/northeast as this direction will be more favorable for you.

Welcome to CNY 2019!

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