Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

People born in the year of the Snake are profound thinkers, possessing great wisdom and intuition, and often willing to work imperceptibly so as to discreetly achieve their goals. They are quick-witted, passionate, and sometimes feared. Females are especially noted for their brains and beauty. They can be very charming and romantic but prone to jealousy. They tend to be secretive or shy and may be perceived as loners, thus making them often less popular than many of their peers. Nonetheless, this may be ideal for a Snake as they often appreciate and prefer solitude. Paradoxically, Snakes usually enjoy being in control even when their passive exterior doesn’t give that impression. They can be fascinating and mesmerizing, yet calculative and cunning. They are patient when it comes to waiting for something and may consistently observe for long periods of time before making their move.

The Story of the Snake

Soon after the Dragon crossed the finish line, the sound of thundering hooves marked the closing in of the Horse … who, like the Ox, had a passenger on his back - the Snake. Only seconds before the Horse crossed the finish line, the crafty Snake hissed loudly and coiled himself around the neck of the Horse, who was so startled, that he stopped running and reared back on his hind legs in fright. This gave the Snake the chance to leap off the Horse’s back and slither ahead across the finish line. This made the Snake sixth and the Horse seventh.

Years and types

There are five elements that give the Snake specific characteristics and personality traits beyond its symbol of wealth. The most recent years of the Snake include 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013. After 2019, the next two years we will be 2025 and 2037.

Types Years of Birth Characteristics and Personality Traits
Wood Snake 1965, 2025 Peace loving, fashionable, quick thinking, decisive.
Fire Snake 1977, 2037 Strong character, passionate, emotional, intelligent.
Earth Snake 1929, 1989 Friendly, conservative, practical.
Metal Snake 1941, 2001 Opinionated, hardworking, ambitious.
Water Snake 1953, 2013 Introverted, good-natured, gentle, honorable.

Famous people born in the year of the Snake

In Western Countries

Jean-Paul Sartre (born June 21, 1905) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. Wilhelm Rontan (born Mar 27, 1845) was a German mechanical engineer and physicist, who earned the first Nobel Prize in Physics for his achievement of detecting X-rays. Alfred Nobel (born Oct 21, 1833) namesake of the Noble Prize. Other celebrities born in the year of the snake includes British actress Audrey Hepburn (born May 4, 1929), British politician Tony Blair (born May 6, 1953), novelist J.K. Rowling (born July 31,1965), and footballer Gareth Bale (born July 16, 1989).

In China

Zhou Dunyi (born 1017) was a Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher and cosmologist in the Song dynasty. He focused mostly on Taiji, Yin and Yan, and is well known in Taoism as the first philosopher to popularize the concept of the Taijitu or the “yin-yang” symbol.

Lu You (born 1125) was a prominent poet of China’s southern Song Dynasty, becoming one of the most important and prolific Chinese writers, noted for his collection of nearly 10,000 poems as well as numerous prose pieces.

Ip Man, also known as Yip Man (born Oct 1, 1893), was a Chinese martial artist of Cantonese ethnicity and a master teacher of Wing Chun.

Mao Zedong (born Dec 26, 1893), also known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. He is perhaps the most famous Chinese person known to the world.

Xian Xinghai (born June 13, 1905) was one of the earliest Chinese composers influenced by western classical music and has influenced generations of Chinese musicians. “Yellow River Concerto” is his most famous piece.

Xi Jinping (born June 15, 1953) is China’s current leader, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Wang Yi (born Oct 8, 1953) is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He formerly served as China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Japan, and Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office.

Jiang Fangzhou (born Oct 27, 1989) is a Chinese prodigy author and deputy editor of the New Weekly magazine.

Personality Traits and Character

Positive personality traits

an elegant snake

Crafty, sophisticated, eloquent, ambitious, wise, soft-spoken, graceful, passionate, intuitive, organized, determined, decisive, curious.

The Snake symbolizes wisdom and people born in the year of the Snake are intuitive, intelligent, and determined to accomplish all their goals in life. They tend to trust, and act on, their own judgments and are considered great thinkers and excellent leaders. Snakes like to use their charm and beauty to attract others and love to possess the best of life. They're sophisticated, romantic, and can make people feel very comfortable and at ease. They can deal with problems in a calm, rational manner.

Negative personality traits

famer and snake

Opportunistic, ingenuine, deceitful, hypocritical, greedy, materialistic, stingy, suspicious, jealous, vindictive.

On the negative side, the Snake can be ingenuine and opportunistic – showing others only what they want to see, instead of what truly is. If attacked, they can have a long memory and their natural patience allows them to wait lengthy periods before seeking revenge. Their quiet demeanor can mask their aggression and many people underestimate a Snake. They can also be stubborn and suspicious which keeps others from getting too close to them. They rarely show their weak side to others and many like to gossip and are prone to jealousy.

Exclusive Travel Destinations for the Snake

The Snake can be considered as the totemic animal by some ethnical groups in Yunnan. Yunnan is also a picturesque place perfectly matched with the Snake’s mystery. In additional, it is said there is a moving love story about a Snake in West Lake, which is The Legend of White Snake. Do you want to know what it is? Welcome to Hangzhou, and sail on West Lake to experience the romantic story for yourself. If you are interested, please check the Exclusive Travel Destinations for Chinese 12 Zodiac to know more details.

Love and Compatibility

Snakes have a tendency to keep their feelings locked up inside. They will likely have several relationships throughout their lives, but once they're committed to a lifelong partner, they will become protective, loving, and even possessive. They like their freedom, but they will not tolerate the same of their partner. Snakes make terrific lovers – romantic, passionate, enthusiastic, and very generous. When it comes to friendships, Snakes are often hesitant to let people get too close. They have trust issues and are very careful in choosing friends – hence they often spend more time alone, or with just their closest friend or relatives.

For Men

Snake men often will fall for someone even if this person is not a good fit. They will convince themselves they’ve found "the one” and can sometimes marry the first person they fall in love with. Even if the love fades, they will remain a great partner and the best kind of father. Snake men will often hide their feelings, or be slow in revealing them, and their partner needs to understand and respect this reluctance. Snake men often reveal their love in non-traditional ways so their partner needs to be observant.

For Women

A Snake woman is one of the more enigmatic females that exist. They can be wonderful or dangerous, loving or spiteful – only the sharpest of men will truly know which. She is sexy, passionate, smart, elegant, reserved on the outside and wild on the inside. The best partner for a Snake woman is someone who is happy to share his/her love and fortune with her and at the same time allow her the freedom to explore life fully. If you are in a relationship with a Snake woman, you are her possession. Her devotion to you and to your children will be unlimited, as long as you don’t make her jealous. Be very faithful if you want to keep your Snake gal happy!


Best Matches: Rooster, Ox, Dragon

1. Snake and Rooster

The Snake and the Rooster both share some essential traits - such as being an organized, orderly, and practical person. Both signs are ambitious, intelligent, hard-working, and share the same dreams of power, influence, and material security. They generally agree on what's most important in life and both love the comforts of home and family. They also share similar ideas on child rearing.

2. Snake and Ox

These two signs both enjoy spending time with their friends and family, but neither is a social butterfly. The Snake and the Ox will support each other through difficulties and are likely to understand and appreciate each other's preferences. The Snake will like the hardworking dedication and loyalty of the Ox, while the Ox will love the energy and passion of the Snake.

3. Snake and Dragon

This can make for a very powerful couple. Although both are strong-willed and opinionated, the each have something the other will love. The Dragon will love the sensuality and passion of the Snake and be memorized by the Snake’s charm and wit. The Snake will love the power and ambition of the Dragon as well as enjoy all the wonderful material things the Dragon can provide. Both will fiercely protect the other and each’s high level of energy and intelligence will keep both engaged for many happy years.

Worst Matches: Tiger, Sheep, Pig

1. Snake and Tiger

This is a difficult relationship as both signs keep their own secrets and might not understand each other’s shortcomings or negative qualities. They are both passionate, suspicious, and jealous, so they're unable to trust each other. Both may also try to be the dominate person in the relationship and not easily want to give in to the other. They also may have communication problems which will cause unnecessary conflict.

2. Snake and Sheep

The Snake and the Sheep both love their homes and are attracted to beautiful things. However, their relationship is likely to suffer from a lack of initiative and energy and they may fall into monotony and indifference, which will kill the love they may have originally felt.

3. Snake and Pig

The Snake and the Pig have different views on life and because the Pig is shy and the Snake is a private person, they may not be able to communicate effectively, or at all. The Snake will want the Pig to do something spontaneous and dynamic, but this is not one of the Pig’s qualities. Even if the Pig tries, their best effort will often disappoint the enigmatic Snake. The Pig will also not like the multi-faceted, complex character of the Snake and may fear the Snake’s charm, intelligence, and power as it may believe the Snake will one day hurt them.

Lucky and Unlucky Things

Lucky Unlucky
1. Numbers Two, eight and nine One, six and seven
2. Colors Red, light yellow and black White, gold and brown
3. Flowers Orchid, Cactus No unlucky flowers
4. Directions Northeast, southwest and south No unlucky directions
5. Element Fire No unlucky element
6. Season Spring No unlucky season
7. Gemstone Opal No unlucky gemstone

Career and Health Outlook


creative brains

Snakes are creative, intelligent, and responsible individuals with analytical minds. Even though they look quite introverted and prefer to stay out of the spotlight, Snakes are detail oriented and have several strategies ready for implementation at any given time. They have excellent leadership skills and have a strong sense of responsibility. Snakes are capable of dealing with all kinds of difficulties and will not give up easily. They work very hard and are great problem-solvers, but they won't remain in one place for more than a few years. Their ability to gather information suggests an aptitude for research, detective work, or academia – all areas that should satisfy their analytical brain. Some may succumb to gambling problems as most Snakes enjoy having lots of money and will look for almost any way to get more. Good career options: Politician, leader, lawyer, fashion designer, scientist, analyst, jeweler, educator, writer, journalist, astrologer, sociologist, archeologist, philosopher, caterer.



Snakes do not like loud, noisy environments and prefer living a quiet and peaceful life. They can become easily stressed when their lives aren't in order, so they need to make time to relax and socialize, no matter how jam-packed their schedules are. Snakes may be more susceptible to heart problems, such as stroke, hypertension, chest congestion, or cardiac arrhythmia. In order to prevent heart diseases, Snakes should exercise regularly, keep their blood pressure under control, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and maintain a healthy weight.

Snake Horoscope in 2024

2024 Overall: 4/5 stars

In 2024, with full support from your family, you can confidently pursue your career without any worries, as your family's well-being holds the key to your good fortune—spend quality time and show consideration to your loved ones.

Career: 4/5 stars

Career-wise, seize the opportunities in 2024, avoiding hesitation that might lead to missing out on significant chances. Actively pursue your professional goals, and you are bound to achieve outstanding results.

Wealth: 3/5 stars

The wealth outlook in 2024 may experience fluctuations, emphasizing the importance of steady business management over risky ventures for a more accessible wealth accumulation.

Love: 4/5 stars

On the relationship front, 2024 promises harmonious family dynamics with abundant care from your loved ones. Your romantic relationship is also set to flourish with good fortune.

Health: 3/5 stars

In terms of health, special attention is needed in 2024 due to the potential for acute and sudden health issues. Prioritize dietary hygiene and gastrointestinal well-being to ensure a healthy and balanced year.

By Eric M. Meyer
Senior Editor
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