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

the snake of china

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.

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.

2019 Horoscope

2019 Overall:2/5 stars

This year, there will be obstacles to success despite your abundant talents. Your career, financial, and love-life all may experience more challenges this year than usual. Be prepared. You can’t depend much on others. By relying only on yourself will you have the chance to emerge from adversity.

2019 Career :3/5 stars

This year will bring many opportunities for you to shine and progress in your career; however, this does not come without challenges and hardships. The Snake may need some time to reorganize and restructure things in their life before committing 100% to work. How hard you work will determine how well you do overall. Small mistakes or administrative errors may frustrate you, but you are equipped to handle them. Avoid changing jobs or career fields this year if possible.

2019 Wealth:2/5 stars

Your finances may have problems this year. The Snake should be cautious as they may be prone to making decisions that seem good at the time but ultimately lead to a loss in the long run. This is even more likely if you are tired and not in the best state of mind. You must learn to be more conservative with spending money. While your work income will likely be stable, you must be cautious when it comes to investments. This is a good time to budget and employ money-saving methods in your daily life.

2019 Love:3/5 stars

The prospect of love is fragile this year. The Snake may be prone to being more sensitive and emotional, especially around their partner. Rejection will be particularly difficult this year; however, armed with this knowledge, you can be better prepared. The charm and wit of the Snake can be attractive, but jealousy can easily cloud these traits. It is your job to make sure that your intentions in a relationship are clearly understood or there may be major problems down the road.
Snake Wedding in 2019: In general, 2019 is not a good time for the Snake man or woman to get married. If you have wedding plans this year, consider changing them to 2020, or find a month that will be better than others.
Is 2019 a good year to have a child for a Snake parent? No, it's not ideal. The Snake parent tends to be too overbearing with his child Pig (boy or girl), and risks suffocating his/her aspirations. The child-parent relationship of a Snake father or mother with a child Pig can quickly become toxic to the child.

2019 Health:2.5/5 stars

Getting enough sleep is important for the Snake this year. As you may be more sensitive to your environment, you are more prone to bouts of insomnia, depression, stress, or allergies. It is important you don’t take your health for granted. Health must be at the forefront of your mind this year. Always ensure you schedule enough breaks throughout the workday and stop working if you feel fatigued. Indoor activities such as yoga, aerobics, and weight training are highly recommended this year. Both your physical and mental health should be at their fullest before you begin new projects.

a happy snake

Snake 2019 Monthly Horoscope

1. January 2019 will be an extremely busy and hectic month. Work and family will take up a lot of your time.

2. February 2019 is a good month to visit new places for business or pleasure.

3. March 2019 is the month when your investments will start yielding profits.

4. April 2019 is a month to avoid conflicts with your co-workers.

5. May 2019 is a period when it will be easier for you to start a new relationship.

6. June 2019 may show problems in your career.

7. July 2019 is not a good time to make risky financial decisions.

8. August 2019 is when hard work begins to pay off both in your job and business.

9. September 2019 is better spent with family and friends rather than gambling on unknown ventures.

10. October 2019 is a period when you need to avoid all get-rich-quick schemes.

11. November 2019 will be a decent month in all aspects of your life.

12. December 2019 will be a challenging month for love.