Year Of The Snake – Chinese Zodiac

People born in the years of the snake are considered to be blessed with good luck throughout their life.

These Chinese animal signs occur in the same order in 12-year cycles. There are five Chinese elements namely Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth which influence the attributes of the zodiac signs. By combining with each of the twelve animals, a 60 year Chinese Zodiac cycle is created.

Year Of The Snake : Dates

Based on the Lunar calendar, the Years of Snake are divided as follows.

Water Snake:

14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954
10 February 2014 – 30 January 2015

Wood Snake:

2 February 1965 – 20 January 1966
29 January 2025 – 16 February 2026

Fire Snake:

18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978
15 February 2037 – 3 February 2038

Earth Snake:

6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990

Metal Snake:

24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002

Personality Traits

People born in the Year of the Snake are supposed to share happiness and wealth when they have it. They also signify wickedness, secrecy, shrewdness and foresight.

Positive Traits

Year of the Snake people have excellent sympathy for others and are always on the lookout to help people. They are calm and collected to look at but they are strong and passionate from within. They are determined enough to achieve their targets and dislike failure. Financially they are well protected.

By nature, the Snake personality are good in conveying their message which may be inadequate. Snakes are endowed with good morality and excellent understanding. They are highly motivated and recognize their competence and awareness. Women Snakes are very good house keepers. 

Negative Traits

People born in the Year of the Snake can be obstinate in what they do, and overexert themselves. They do not trust others easily, and are envious. They are not sure about the judgment of others and tend to be self-reliant.

If the Chinese Snake personality do not exercise caution in their communication with others, they are in danger of loss of companions and new openings. Because of their unpredictable nature, they may encounter setbacks in relations and love life.

Influence of Elements

Characteristics of Year of the Snake Animal Sign are altered by the elements. 

Metal Snake

Metal Snakes are more resolute and ruthless than other snakes. Emotionally they build a strong barrier around them which prevents them from being exploited by others. They are delighted in earning lot of money and invest them in highly fashionable and costly luxuries. The Snake man or woman take their own time in trusting their partners. Once they have the trust, they are fully committed to their families.

Water Snake

Water Snakes are more elastic, and are ready for change of strategies. They are more willing to work with others. They are more expressive about their affections and are flexible in their behavior. They are very good at managing people and are affectionate with their families.

On the flip side, people born in the Year of the Snake may enrich themselves at the cost of others and there is some reservation with other contacts. Water Snakes expect necessary rewards for their diligence. They will use these financial gains to buy luxuries and to provide protection to the family till the end. 

Wood Snake

Wood Snakes are influenced by the element of wood, and have a slightly reduced strength of their normal traits. They build up more social contacts, and willingly to work with groups. They are determined in pursuit of things, but do not betray others in the process. They are committed to their families and are ready to make sacrifices for them. Wood Snakes are arrogant. They depend on their own brains and capacity and tend to avoid taking advice of others.

Fire Snake

Fire Snakes are sociable and extravagant. They like to be in the center of attention in a group. They have a hot temperament, and are ruthless in achieving their social and financial standing, even by betraying others. They are magnificent as sales people because of their persuasiveness and convincing abilities. Fire Snakes captivate others by their poise, histrionics and boldness. But they are likely to be dogmatic and selfish. 

Earth Snake

Earth Snakes are quite relaxed, and may believe others sometimes. They like to be present at social meetings, but do not try to show off. Though they are after monetary gains and luxurious objects, they do not attach much importance to them. They are hard workers but take sufficient rest in between. The Year of the Snake prefer to work in groups, and rarely use others to accomplish their objectives. They have a pleasing personality.


The Year of the Snake personality enjoy systematic and serene life and avoid spirited surroundings. They require lot of leisure time and will be happy with limited responsibilities. Senior snakes should be careful about their physical fitness and take sufficient time off to unwind themselves. 


The Snake traits show they are highly industrious and are enormously resourceful. They lose their interest in their jobs very often and like to change their jobs. They enjoy careers involving a lot of intricacy and imagination. Snakes stick to strict schedules and excel in finding solutions to difficult problems. Some of the careers suitable for a Snake are: Analyst, Sociologist, Astrologer, Investigator, Scientist, Magician and Painter.


People born in the Year of the Snake are very choosy about making friendships. They keep their emotions to themselves and it is very difficult to read their minds. Once they select their companions, they will not tolerate any break in the alliance. They value their friendship and are too possessive, fanatical and envious about their select company. Snakes are happy to share their pleasures and unhappiness with their close friends.

 Year Of The Snake : Luck & Compatibility

  • Highly Compatible with Ox, Rooster
  • Should Avoid Pig, Tiger Monkey
  • Lucky Colors: Red, Yellow, Black
  • Unlucky Colors: White, Golden, Brown
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
  • Unlucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Lucky Flowers: Cactus, Orchid
  • Lucky Directions: South, Southwest, Northeast