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Chinese Zodiac - The Snake


The Chinese zodiac dates all the way back to 14th Century BC and follows a 12-year cycle where each year is symbolised with a different animal. Like the Western zodiac, which instead follows a 12-month cycle, it can offer a lot of powerful insight into the upcoming year.


Unlike the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac looks not at astrological signs, but instead focuses on the Wu Xing, the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. It also takes into account the yin and yang energies, the yin being a feminine, passive and darker energy and the yang a masculine, light and aggressive energy.


Chinese Zodiac - The Snake


The Year of the Snake


Let’s talk about the Chinese year of the snake. The snake is the sixth animal in the Chinese zodiac, and the year of the snake dates are 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 and 2025. The Chinese snake is a fire element sign that has a somewhat negative perception as dangerous and malevolent. Other words associated with the sign of the snake are mystery, wisdom and sensuality.


The Chinese Snake Western Zodiac Compatibility


In the Western zodiac, the snake is correlated with Taurus. Those born in the dates between April 20th and May 20th belong to the Taurus star sign. 


Taurus's are cautious and observant people who can be standoffish and as a result have a small circle of friends, but they are very close to them. Taurus also love to taste the good life and will splurge on the finer things in life, too.


They often have an artistic personality, but they may be prone to procrastination. They can also get jealous quite easily, but they love others very passionately. They are trustworthy to have as a friend and will protect their loved ones fiercely.


The Snake Chinese Zodiac Personality Characteristics


Despite the negative connotations, the snake Chinese zodiac personality traits are often wise, intelligent and highly witty. They are sensitive beings who have an interest in the arts and literature, and they are passionate and determined people who work hard to get the things they want from life. Their weaknesses include jealousy and suspicion, making them somewhat paranoid and sly. They can be very materialistic and care a lot about the finer things in life, which could be to their detriment if they are not careful.


Overall, the snake is a strong and resilient being who can hold their own when they need to and make the best out of any situation that may arise. They plan ahead and make cunning moves when they have to, but they can be distrusting of others.



Love Compatibility of the Snake


One of the keywords associated with the Chinese snake is sensuality, meaning that they are very good at attracting their partners and aren’t afraid to make a move. When it comes to compatible love matches for the snake, there are a few.


Both the dragon and the rooster make a great match for the snake. These symbols co-operate well together on a physical and emotional level, and they can work well to build a comfortable life together. Another good match for the snake is the monkey. The monkey and the snake are yin and yang characters, which means that they can reach a harmonic balance together.


As for bad matches, there are a few that aren’t likely to work well with the snake. These include the rabbit, sheep, pig, tiger and other snakes, and this is because many of their negative personality traits clash with one another. Their sly and suspicious traits can be a breeding ground for resentment and conflict, and they don’t have effective communication to work out their disputes. It’s likely that these partners will not understand each other well and may not have a lot of trust within their relationships.


Overcoming Challenges as a Snake


Snakes may find it harder to get along with others in the workplace and will need to be prepared for conflict when it arises. Snakes should try to balance their traits to align more with the intuitive and direct approach that the pig has in order to overcome struggles in the coming year. Snakes should also try to balance negative energy with positive energy as much as they can, so they should try to lend a hand and be helpful to those around them.

Snakes should also be sure to keep on top of their physical and mental health as they can be greatly affected by the challenges brought forth. They should be spending time in positive sunny settings or at celebratory events to boost their good luck and help bring forth more happiness.


The snake is a powerful symbol in the Chinese zodiac, and those born in the year of the snake are often confident and powerful people. They know what they want and aren’t afraid to get it. But they can be paranoid and suspicious characters, and this can clash with other personality types quite strongly. Life may present some challenges for the snake, but it’s nothing they can’t handle.


Published: 24 January 2019

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