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 Ox (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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.