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The Snake in Chinese Astrology

Guest Author - Inci Yilmazli

This weekís article is about the Snake Zodiac and its characteristics in Chinese Astrology. Before reading the characteristics of Snakes, you might want to take a look at the tables below and find your Chinese zodiac and its element.

1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 - Rat
1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 - Ox
1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 - Tiger
1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 - Rabbit
1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 - Dragon
1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 - Snake
1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 - Horse
1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 - Goat
1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 - Monkey
1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 - Rooster
1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 - Dog
1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 Ė Pig

Snakes and the 5 Elements

02.14.1953 Ė 02.02.1954 Water
02.02.1965 Ė 01.20.1966 Wood
02.18.1977 Ė 02.06.1978 Fire
02.06.1989 Ė 01.26.1990 Earth
01.24.2001Ė 02.11.2002 Metal

In Chinese culture, the Snake is also called the little dragon. Itís said that the dragon on earth is a snake and a dragon is a big flying snake. So, it can be said that the snake is the Happy Star of the dragon while the dragon is snakeís Lonely Star as it travels alone most of the time.
Snakes have a calm and quiet nature. They donít need to get attention as they have a strong self-confidence. They keep their emotions to themselves. Even though they are passionate, they canít show their emotions in public.
Snakes are intelligent and can be manipulative. They can be unheard and unseen while working on their goals. They are determined and set their goals very high. They are talented at making and managing money.


Snakes are intuitive, attractive, graceful, exciting but dark at the same time. According to Ancient Chinese wisdom, itís said that having a Snake in the family is a good thing as Snake is a good mediator, intelligent, wise and willing to sacrifice for his family.


Snakes can be stressed easily. They have to stay away from hectic schedules or chaotic environments. Calmness and quietness are the key for their achievements.


They are easily bored so itís not an unusual thing for Snakes to change jobs quiet often. They are organized and precise. They can solve problems very quickly and they prefer to work alone. Based on these characteristics, they would make good scientists, spiritual leaders, sociologists, astrologers, painters and investigators.


Snakes are very picky and can be jealous and obsessed about their partners. Thatís why, their partners should have a patient nature and the ability to calm him down.

As I have written in my previous article, 5 elements have influences on the zodiacs. In this next section of the article, you will read the detailed characteristics of Snakes based on the influences of the elements.


Metal snakes are intelligent and have strong willpower. They are fast, silent and on-guard. They like luxury and easy-living, thatís why they chase wealth and power. Itís very hard fort hem to accept failure. They are ambitious and nothing can stand in their way. Itís very difficult to fool or manipulate them.


Water snakes have a strong charisma and inquisitive nature. They are realistic and always keep their goals in sight. As they are influenced by the water, they are a little bit more relaxed. Even though being determined, they are more predisposed to change their plans or collaborate with others. They are very good at management, organization and motivation. However, they can use their power for their own benefit!


Wood element makes this snake interesting with the fire element. Wood snakes have expensive habits and they want to be admired and approved. They are better in appreaciating things in life as they have characteristics of good judgement, discretion and sense of values.

Compared to other snakes, wood snakes are better at making friends and keeping them in their lives. They prefer their friends instead of their families. But still, they are solitary-minded. They do trust their own intelligence and talents, not othersí. They are productive in group projects unlike the other snakes who refuse to be in collaboration unless they have control.


Fire element gives snake the charisma. Fire snakes are able to lead. If they go into politics, people would vote for them. However, they are suspicious and have faith only in themselves. Fire snakes are the most sensual and jealous kind of snake. They can show excessive love or hate. These snakes have high ambitions. They want money, status and they can do anything to get these. Despite being opinionated and self-centered, most people can be charmed by them. A fire snake can easily take you by his confidence and dynamic, vibrant character.

Earth Snakes

Earth snakes are quiet relaxed and laid back. They know how to relax and have a good time. They are more social compared to the others but donít need to draw attention to themselves. They love to make money. Despite loving beautiful, high quality objects, they know that there are more important things in life. Earth snakes are more willing to work with others and they are pleasant to be around. They are good at communicating in a group.

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