The Snake

Mysterious, poised and calm
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The Chinese animal zodiac sign snake
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People born under the sign of the Snake  (巳) are secretive and mysterious. They tend to hide and keep things to themselves. The Snake dislikes showing its true emotions – it prefers to keep secrets. Even when they are emotional overstimulated, they remain calm and firm. The cool, reserved and sometimes unapproachable Snake definitely knows how to keep a distance, which at times raises suspicions.

Nothing can get past the wise Snake. Its power lies in its intuitive and observant nature.


Snakes have a keen sense of observation. They are able to assess delicate situations and figure out what to do. However, they are not fond of confrontation, and tend to avoid it at all costs. They hate trouble and wish to remain peaceful. 

The Snake  represents thoughtfulness, wisdom, sensitivity and philosophy. And although it may come as a surprise, this creature  also has a great sense of humor.

This sign has expensive taste - they would much rather stay in a spacious suite at a four-star hotel than get anywhere near a campground. 

When it comes to professional life, they know how to find success. Snakes build their careers with direction, ambition, discernment and precision. They handle business relationships and contracts in a way that shows deep wisdom and integrity. They are also highly regarded when it comes to subjects such as politics, architecture, fashion and even economics, because they have such an intuitive taste and style.

Subtle seduction: the sophisticated Snake always finds the perfect moment 

10 things about the Chinese Zodiac Snake

Snakes  are very attractive - their calm and reserved nature makes for a master of seduction.

At first, Snakes are reserved and prefer to keep a safe distance. Once they get closer, they will open their heart and mind but only to those they choose. When they first meet a potential love interest, they proceed with caution and wisdom. 


Great match:
Ox, Rooster

Good match:
Dog, Rat, Rabbit, Snake, Dragon, Goat

Decent match:
Tiger, Horse, Monkey

Bad match:


The Five Elements of the Snake

Wood Snake

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

The Wood Snake  is  truly thoughtful and very wise. They are very grounded, and make decisions only after thinking it through. On top of that, they are very interested in culture and are the most sophisticated of all the Snakes.


Fire Snake

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

The F ire Snake is full of inspiration. This type of Snake is highly ambitious and passionate, though sometimes its enthusiasm and charisma come across as rigid. They can also have jealous and ego centric tendencies.

Earth Snake

Those born in earth years are  intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

The Earth Snake is the most traditional and responsible of the five elements. It stays true to its principles and acts with integrity, which makes it highly reliable. But don't think that this cool and collected Snake is without passion - there is no doubt that the Earth Snake is full of fervor.


Metal Snake

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented. 

The Metal Snake  has immense willpower and thus is capable of high achievement. However, this Snake can sometimes raise suspicions with its cagy behavior. The wise and energetic Metal Snake is relentless and has an individualistic mentality.

Water Snake

Water is adaptable to change  (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

In comparison to the others, Water Snakes  experience the most emotional flow. This Snake is sophisticated and can anticipate what it will need in the future. It can also sniff out the perfect moment to initiate contact with others or handle business partnerships. However, the Water Snake reacts quite sensitively to criticism and can get easily offended.



Hours ruled by the Snake: 
9 am – 11 am 

Cardinal direction:  south, southeast

Season:  spring 

Month: May

Element:  fire

Zodiac sign : Taurus

Positive traits: wise, analytical, sensitive, good sense of humor, goal-oriented, mysterious, attractive, philosophic

Negative characteristics:  suspicious, capricious, reserved, power hungry

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