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Published: 7 Feb 2013      

The Year 2013 is the 4710th  year of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C. therefore China will enter the 4710th  year on February 10, 2013. Also, the Chinese calendar uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Black Water Snake is the 30th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 30 = 4710, therefore 2013 is the Black Water Snake Year.

Yes that seems a bit complicated, but let’s take a look at the snake:

  • In ancientChinathe wise say “a Snake in the house is a good omen, because it means your family will not starve”.
  • The Chinese call the snake a little dragon. They say a dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake. Therefore, Snakes have a Dragon's body without the scales and cannot fly.
  • The dragon is the 5th  animal in the Chinese horoscope order sequence and the snake is the 6th  animal in the Chinese horoscope. The Dragon is known as the big brother of Snake.
  • The Snake was ashamed to be on the ground and the Snake became a clam, shy, cautious and low-key animal.
  • A snake won't attack its opponent, unless it's disturbed. As long as we don't fool with the Snake, we won't get bitten.
  • The snake has the ability to swallow an animal bigger than its size. So we cannot underestimate the Snake's ambitiousness.

We shouldn't ignore the existence of the Snake. The Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. The Chinese treat that spitting tongue as a sign of argument. Actually, a snake uses its tongue to smell.  But in the Chinese zodiac, the Snake implies the potential trouble of libel, dispute or slander.

The 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. People born in the following years would have been in the year of the Snake:


So what do we know about the snake and what are the characteristics of someone born under this sign?

The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of all the animal signs. They are attractive people who take crisis 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 an outwardly emotional person. 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.

The following are some of the 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

In their elements:

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 wilful 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 organisations to utilise 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 recognised for their efforts, but to be rewarded as well. They are affectionate with their families and friends but do not show this side of their personality to colleagues or business partners.

The wood snake 1905 and 1965

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 is 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, it is rare that the Snake utilises his group of loved ones for advice or listening, often opting to go at it alone. Kindness and ingenuity 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-centred, but you can’t say they aren’t driven for success.

The earth snake 1929 and1989

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.

Health and Habitat


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.

At home with the snake

The Snake is very sophisticated and cultured in his choices for home décor. They like muted colours 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.

Career and finance

The snake at work

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 organised 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.

Money and the snake

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.

Snake careers

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:





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