Chinese New Year- The Year of The Water Snake

February 7, 2013 - 7:52 pm 11 Comments


The         Snake

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake  has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted         is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.

Years         of the Snake

Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.



The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.

Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake  will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive  when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.


People born in the Year of the Snake share certain characteristics. The Snake Sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the Sign of the Snake.

Sixth in order, Chinese name—SHE, sign of the sagacity

Hour—9am-10:59am Month—May

Western Counterpart—Taurus


Acute, Aware, Cunning, Proud, Vain, Vicious


The characteristics of the Snake are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.


THE METAL SNAKE         1941 AND 2001

Metal Snakes are extremely willful individuals who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. These people will have their guards up 24-hours a day in order to protect themselves from any failure or possibility of it. They place a great deal of importance on money, but are more concerned with the possessions their finances can         bring them. They are in and out so sharply and so silently that they are often unheard and unseen. You must be careful with these Snakes because,  although they can be generous, they are always out for number one.


THE WATER SNAKE         1953 AND 2013

Water Snakes are influential and insightful. They manage others well and tend to be good for organizations to utilize as staff. They are quite motivated and intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. They will have what they desire, despite the         conclusion or outcome they generate because it is worth it to them to not only be recognized for their efforts, but to be rewarded as well.  hey are affectionate with their families and friends but do not show this side of their personality to colleagues or business partners.



The element of Wood,  like in most Animal Signs, gives the Snake a bit of solidity and foundation. Wood Snakes are not as self-preserving as the rest of them, as vanity s not really his style. These Snakes have a stable group of friends and family to hang out with and love each of these people quite deeply. However,  t is rare that the Snake utilize his group of loved ones for advice or  listening, often opting to go at it alone. Kindness and genuity are two of this Snake’s greatest characteristics.


THE FIRE SNAKE         1917 AND 1977

Fire Snakes can be a bit loud, speaking their minds and smothering you with their opinions. This does add a twist to his dynamic and vibrant character, as he is quite   the extrovert. These Snakes have a great wisdom. They are intriguing communicators  who leave you breathless after a conversation. Fire Snakes can change even the most obstinate mind with their powers of persuasion, convincing      you their opinions or ideas are better than yours. This does make them a little self-centered, but you can’t say they aren’t driven for success.  


THE EARTH SNAKE         1929 AND 1989


Earth Snakes are the most relaxed of the breeds. They lead calm lives and offer a down-to-earth appeal to any conversation or outing. This may make them seem more friendly, as you may not feel the need to wonder what he’s got up his sleeve. They may also shun the need to lash out or take risks, but it isn’t from paranoia.         They figure their good sense and work ethic will pay off and bring them much fortune and material satisfaction.



Snakes become easily  stressed and have to avoid hectic schedules or noisy atmospheres. They do not get a rush from adrenaline, instead, a headache. They need calm and quiet to thrive and succeed. A Snake must have sleep and relaxation to live a long, healthy life.


The Snake is very sophisticated and cultured in his choices for home décor. They like muted colors and prefer to have one very expensive chair rather than three reasonable priced ones. The Snake is elegant and graceful and places emphasis on his comfort when deciding what to decorate with. As we know,  the Snake must have peace, so you may find relaxation or sounds of nature         tapes next to the stereo. Snakes do not deprive themselves of luxuries  either, as one of everything never seems to ease his mind. He is materialistic and therefore must have as many of everything, if not more than his friends  and family.



Snakes become bored easily and therefore change jobs quite frequently. They are very conscientious and diligent at work. Since they are such relaxed individuals, they can often seem to be slacking off at work when in reality they are at the height of their creativity. They are organized and precise. Snakes can make lightening deadlines and can problem solve quickly. Sometimes, because they like to work alone, they can seem as though they are withholding information or being secretive about company initiatives.


A Snake’s worst nightmare  is jumping head first into a financial deal or a shopping spree. The Snake can be successful as long as he avoids extemporaneous spending. Although he is intuitive, the Snake will often dive right into decisions without weighing the consequences, which can cause him financial ruin.


Those born in the Year of the Snake share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Snake are listed below:


Scientists, Potters, Analysts, Jewelers

Spiritual Leaders, Sociologists, Dieticians, Astrologers

Magicians,  Investigators, Painters



Whether Snakes are compatible with their business partners depends on whether their signs are harmonious or antagonistic to those of their business partner. Considering the congruity of their own characters and the characters of their business partners can also be very useful.



Since Snakes are born under the same Animal Sign, they often share likes and dislikes. Following are similar likes and dislikes of the Snake personality.

Color Preference:         Red

Gems and Stones: Topaz,  Jasper, Bloodstone

Suitable Gifts: binoculars, Tarot cards, oils and lotions, stamp collection

Hobbies and Pastimes: Astrology, painting, touring, photography

Snakes Dislike: Being interrupted, being mislead personally or professionally, failure



This combination brings         forth bravery and motivation. Snakes like to make money and are more apt         to do so when trying to accomplish a reward. They are fairly open-minded         with their money and make great stay-at-home parents.


These Snakes remember         everything for they have quite a vivid memory. Don’t underestimate the         capabilities of this Snake, for he will forge on until he gets what he         wants.


These Snakes can talk         their way out of anything, so a confrontation with them is a lost cause.         They are well-educated and a bit amenable, making them quite intriguing.


These Snake love to         be recognized for their efforts. For them, working hard to provide for         their family is first priority.


Confident and proud,         the Leonine Snake hates to come in second place. They fuel on kudos from         others, but will become a bit obnoxious if it goes to their heads.


These Snakes love         to tell others what to do. They enjoy using their energies to run a successful         organization and use their intelligence to improve their title and rank         at work.


One of the most beautiful         breeds of the Snake, Libran Snakes are graceful and kind. They are always         being pursued by someone interested in them and fall deeply in love with         the right partner.


These individuals         have hidden emotions and feelings that rarely ever surface. They are quite         guarded with their thoughts and opinions and do not upset easily.


Born with great taste         in everything, these Snakes are the classy and sophisticated of the breed.         They enjoy cultural things and will find a partner who will share the         same ideals.


These Snakes build         their bank accounts through organization and motivation. They can be seen         as snobby, when in reality they are simply the quiet types.


Intelligent and open-minded,         Aquarian Snakes like to have a partner to depend on. However, they hate         to be tied down and need to have space.


These Snakes are compassionate         and sensitive to the needs of others. They take everything quite emotionally         and when they fall in love, they are committed comopletely.

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