Chinese Year of the Snake

Chinese Year of the Snake
Chinese Year of the Snake

1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

The Chinese year of the Snake is the sixth year of the 12-year-cycle of Chinese Zodiac animals, finishing in 6th place in the race to the Heavenly Gate. The old Chinese story behind this was that the Jade emperor ordered a race to select the 12 animals to be his personal guards. The animals arrived in the order of the cycle.

People born in the Year of the Snake were born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025.

Though be careful, our Gregorian calendar does not line up perfectly with the Chinese lunisolar calendar. If you were born in January or February (generally, the Chinese New Year begins in late January or early February), check the Chinese New Year dates from your birth year to determine your correct zodiac sign!

If you’re a Snake, read on for a few more details!

Snake Personality

These people may be one of the least predictable in the Chinese zodiac. They can be a bit inscrutable and introverted, but their perceptiveness and wisdom is undoubtable.

While they have a strong gut, their analytical abilities can sometimes lose control, with feelings of jealousy and insecurity taking over.

Though they may come off as cold to those who aren’t paying attention, these individuals are generous, with a proclivity for building loving relationships and providing emotional support.

Compatible with: Ox, but Dragon and Rooster are best

Be careful around: Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Pig

Chinese Zodiac Elements

Chinese astrology assigns each year with one of the five elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire). When you combine these five elements with the 12-year cycle of animal signs, you get a 60-year cycle.

Each of those elements have associated meanings. Here they are on a rather simplistic level:

  • Wood: creativity, imagination
  • Fire: passion, adventure
  • Metal: persistence, ambition
  • Water: agility, eloquence
  • Earth: patience, stability

To find your Chinese element, look at the last number of your birth year:

  • For birth years ending in 0 or 1, your element is metal.
  • For birth years ending 2 or 3, your element is water.
  • For birth years ending in 4 or 5, your element is wood.
  • For birth years ending in 6 or 7, your element is fire.
  • For birth years ending in 8 or 9, your element is earth.

Again, though, remember that the Chinese calendar and the regular Gregorian calendar do not line up perfectly. If you were born in January or February, check to see which Chinese year you were actually born in!

Full Zodiac Animal chart

Below is the full spectrum of Chinese zodiac animals. Click on the image to look up your own sign by birth year and read more about how Judy, Sarah and Kaitlin rediscovered their Chinese Zodiac signs in Hong Kong.

12 Chinese zodiac signs

If you’re looking to shower your family and friends with well-wishes and greetings or at least understand them, check out 23 of the most common Chinese New Year greetings in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Don’t forget to visit our Chinese New Year recipe planning guide to plan your own celebration meal.

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