The year 2013 will begin the Year of the Snake. Snake Years occupy the sixth position in the Chinese Zodiac, recurring every 12 years. Though the Snake is thought to be a good omen, its significance as a symbol of worship is far less than the Dragon, which precedes the Snake. It is said the Snake Year will be a good year economically and for prospective business owners. A Snake will always find means to provide for their family, sacrificing their possessions to ensure they are well fed and safe, but will also be very materialistic. The Snake is considered keen and quite intelligent, strategic and analytical.
Though the Snake is thought to have one specific type of personality, this changes when the elements are brought into play. Each Chinese Zodiac animal is assigned one of the five elements. For each overlaying 5 years on the original 12-year cycle, the Snake is fixed with an elemental sign, being either fire, water, wood, earth or metal. The Metal Snake, which occurred in 1941 and 2001, was considered wilful and guarded, as well as materialistic. Though considered generous, they are more concerned with their own needs. The Water Snake, which occurred on 1953 and will occur in 2013, is a born leader — influential and motivated. Stopping at nothing to obtain what is desired, rewards and wealth are expected in return.
Though affectionate with family, this affection does not appear in social or business settings. The Wood Snake, which occurred in 1905 and 1965, is less materialistic and cares not for vanity. This Snake is considered extremely kind and generous, though much more of a loner. The Fire Snake, which occurred in 1917 and 1977, is boisterous and more opinionated, considered quite the extrovert. Their powers of persuasion and manipulation are used to change others’ thoughts and opinions. Finally, the Earth Snake, which made an appearance in 1929 and 1989, is the most relaxed of the Snakes. Calm and friendly, these snakes make good companions and rarely feel the need to take risks. They possess the best work ethic and good sense.
In general, if a person’s birth date falls within the Snake Year, it is thought that they will be an even-tempered person, with a great sense of morality and determination. Failure is not an option when setting goals. A Snake is empathetic towards others but does not become flustered easily. Snakes are considered very private and contemplative.
When it comes to careers, Snakes are considered very savvy in business and need constant stimulation. Being highly creative and the type to think outside the box, Snakes do well in their careers; but because of their laid-back demeanor it may seem as if a Snake can become bored easily. A good position for a Snake to consider would be something in science or sociology — anything in an analytical atmosphere.
Weaknesses that the Snakes are thought to have are that they are likely to be suspicious, obsessive and easily jealous, especially in relationships. Though considered an excellent seducer, the Snake tends to become insecure and attempt to control thei relationship. They are considered fickle and headstrong when it comes to their own opinions and tend to go overboard when trying to relay their point, which can hurt friendships and partnerships.
Other well-known Snakes are previous American president John F. Kennedy, born on May 29, 1917; writer Anne Rice, born October 4, 1941; Queen Elizabeth I, born September 7, 1533; politician Condoleezza Rice, born November 14, 1954; writer Shi Zhecun, born December 3, 1905; and Professor of Physics Chu Ching Wu, born February 14, 1941.