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2013 Year of the Snake

Updated on January 3, 2013

Well we survived another year and have now arrived into what the Chinese call the year of the snake. Of course the Chinese New Year hasn’t begun yet but we can take a look at what we can expect in this year. According to ancient Chinese wisdom it is actually a good omen to have a snake in the house since this means that the family won’t starve. Overall the snake is seen as being keen, cunning, intelligent and wise. The snake is the sixth animal in the Chinese horoscope, immediately following the dragon and reoccurring every twelve years. The following years have been the year of the snake: 1905 (my dad was born), 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and the last one before this year was 2001.

Of all of the Chinese animal signs the snake is known to be the most intuitive, introspective, refined and collected. People born under this sign don’t become easily flustered, they are graceful, exciting and dark all rolled into one. The snake doesn’t show its emotion to others and remains contemplative and private. One can say that the snake is ambitious as anyone under this sign will attempt to plot and scheme to be sure that things turn out as they want them to however they are not good communicators and can become rather possessive when setting their minds on achieving a partner’s interest. The snake’s characteristics are: acute, aware, cunning, proud, vain and vicious.

The Chinese horoscope goes according to the five elements – metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

The Metal Snake 1941 and 2001 – Metal Snakes are people who tend to be extremely willful and will stop at nothing in order to achieve their goals. They will be on their guard 24/7 just to be sure that they are protected from failure or the prospect of failure. A great deal of importance is placed on money however they tend to be more concerned with the possessions which the money they have can buy them. They are able to make themselves practically unheard and unseen and even though they can be generous they are always looking out for number one – themselves.

The Water Snake 1953 and 2013 - Water Snakes are known to be influential and insightful. They are good managers. People born as Water Snakes can be quite motivated, intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. Anyone born under this sign wants very much to be recognized for the efforts they put into doing things and love it if they are rewarded. Toward family and friends they tend to be very affectionate but won’t let this side of their personality be known to their colleagues or business partners.

The Wood Snake 1905 and 1965 – An element like wood gives those born as wood snakes a sense of solidity and foundation. People under this sign usually have a steady group of family and friends and show their love for them deeply. However won’t consult their friends and family for advice instead preferring to go this route alone. Two great characteristics are kindness and genuity.

The Fire Snake 1917 and 1977 – People born under this sign tend to be a bit loud, will speak their mind and bore one with their opinions. They do have a vibrant and dynamic character and are extroverts. Fire snakes have great wisdom and are wonderful conversationalists. They can be very persuasive and eventually convince others they are right.

The Earth Snake 1929 and 1989 – These people tend to be the most relaxed and lead calm lives. Toward others they appear to be very friendly and think that their good sense and work ethics will be what eventually will bring them a lot of good fortune and material satisfaction.

So stepping into 2013 the year of the Water Snake those who were born under this sign will have to try and take it easy this year as snakes tend to get easily stressed out and should do their best to avoid having hectic schedules and stay away from lots of noise. They won’t get any kind of rush from adrenaline, more likely they’ll get a headache. Snakes need to live in a calm and quiet atmosphere in order to be able to thrive and succeed and it is important that they have plenty of sleep and relaxation to be able to live a long and healthy life.

In their home snakes like to have muted colors and prefer to have at least one expensive piece of furniture rather than a whole house of expensive pieces. They are elegant and graceful and want to live in comfort. The downside to snakes is that they are materialistic and feel that they must have more of everything just to keep ahead of their family and friends.

The problems that snakes encounter at work is that they tend to get bored easily and tend to change jobs a lot. However once they do get down to work they are diligent and conscientious. Their work areas are always neat because snakes are organized and precise and are able to meet all of their deadlines and solve problems quickly. They do prefer to work alone and not as part of a team.

The best suited professions for snakes are: jewelers, potters, analysts, scientists, spiritual leaders, sociologists, dieticians, astrologers, magicians, investigators, and painters.

This list of professions is somewhat of a surprise to me because there is no mention of writers and poets. My dad born in 1905 was under the wood snake and he was a famous Latvian poet and writer also working as an editor for a Latvian newspaper.

Among a snake’s likes are the color red, and the gems and stones – Bloodstone, Jasper and Topaz.

Suitable gifts for them are oils and lotions, Tarot cards, binoculars and a stamp collection. Their favorite pastime activities are photography, touring, painting and astrology. My dad had an extensive stamp collection and he sure liked taking lots of photos and I guess that’s why I enjoy photography as well.

The snake dislikes failing at anything, having someone mislead them personally or professionally and being interrupted.

When it comes to going on vacation snakes are the ones who want to go all the way and splurge in luxury. So their vacations must include the very best hotels, restaurants and so on. Another note here to all those who are born under this sign – thinking back to what I remember about my dad he may have been born under the wood snake but he was different in so many other ways. He enjoyed relaxing on vacations but out in the country in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. No luxury trips for him as he needed to unwind from a long, hot week at work in the city. However he did like to eat well meaning he was a gourmet in the food department and knew things like what cheeses went with what wines. So if you were born a snake don’t be surprised if you realize that in some ways you are different from the typical snake.

When it comes to friends snakes tend not to have too many friends but the ones they do have will be friends which will last a lifetime. My dad being well known among Latvian society had many friends and all of them were friends to him for his entire life.

Other signs and the snake – best friends are those born as oxen and roosters. This makes me smile because my dad was my very best friend in childhood and I was born a rooster. That was why it hurt so much to lose him at 10 years of age.

A snake’s mortal enemies are pigs.

It is odd that they say that snakes most likely tend to form intimate bonds throughout their lifetime with different partners. My dad remained true to and loved my mom throughout his entire lifetime. I do agree that snakes are devoted and dedicated parents. Now it also says that snakes are the type of parents who though dedicated and protective of their children don’t enjoy playing games with them especially if it means getting down and dirty. My dad certainly wasn’t the typical snake in this case as he loved playing games with me especially in the park where we went quite often. So don’t be surprised if there are things you agree with and disagree with if you were born under the snake sign.

While still children those born snakes often like to play alone quietly and when it comes to school need extra attention from parents and teachers to keep up with the other children. Snake children tend to pout and can hold grudges and are easily angered if they become embarrassed or are reprimanded.

When it comes to love snakes are wonderful people who have quite a bit of sexual appeal. Snakes won’t choose a partner just on physical qualities alone and needs a partner who will appreciate their sense of humor and their way of handling situations which arise. A snake can get jealous and obsessive about their partner and if ever betrayed won’t ever trust that partner again. A snake’s partner must be ready to calm their nerves and be patient with them.

So if you were born a snake under the Chinese horoscope you may find it of interest to check out how compatible you are with the other animal signs and to take a look and see how the combination of being under the snake sign works with the usual horoscope as each of us have two signs. I am a Pisces and a rooster and my dad was a Taurus and a snake.

And finally on a positive note the forecast for the Year of the Snake is that this is a super sign that will bring us the energy which we will need to be able to stand up to all of the challenges facing us this year. So it is advisable to take advantage of the vibrant influence the snake provides us with and use it to improve our lives and our world.


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      Bo Tipton 4 years ago from Cecilia, KY

      I don't think the first picture is the snake they were talking about. At least I hope not or this maybe a confusing year. Great piece that explained a complex subject in a few well written words. Well done.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      here is to your wonderful Dad and yourself being born under "rooster". My ex husband must have been born under his snake sign - the "slimy snake". LOL

      Had to add it. Just couldn't resist.

      Very interesting hub. I didn't realize there were different snake categories.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Happy new year Rasma and what a fascinating way to kick off by reading the Year of the Snake. I've always found the Chinese horoscopes to be very interesting, but I didn't realise there was so much information to be found.

      Your Dad sounds like an absolute sweetheart! No wonder you were so devastated when you lost him!

      I hope the year of the snake does live up to its name since many of us writers and poets on Hub Pages could sure do with the energy to give us a great start to 2013!

      Wonderful hub! Voted up + shared

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What an information packed hub. Thank you for this.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting Rasma. This hub fascinates me and more so as I know so little about the Chinese Horoscope.

      I vote up,across and share all around.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Let's hope that the snake brings us a great year.

      Glad you found this interesting botipton.

      Glad you found this interesting Beckie. Yes, it is amazing that the Chinese even have different types of elements included with the years. lol Sorry to hear you had a slimy snake for a hubby. lol

      Glad you enjoyed my hub on snakes Helen. Yeah, my dad was great. You're right all of us need that added energy to make this a fabulous year. Thanks for the vote and share.

      Glad you found this interesting Martin.

      Glad you enjoyed this Eddy. The Chinese horoscope is indeed fascinating. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      How interesting, Rasma. I realize, though, that I know no one - nor ever have known anyone 'in real life' - born under the sign of the snake. My own Chinese sign is Monkey. (Feb. 2, 1932) Now you have me curious how the 5 elements relate to that sign! But I'll be on the lookout for snakes! :-) Voting up and all.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I guess I fit under the category of the water snake, as that is the year I was born. : ) Interesting hub, Gypsy! Thanks for sharing it with us. The odd thing about it is...I'm afraid of snakes and don't particularly like them. Go figure!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Such an interesting hub!! I hadn't realized yet that this was the year of the snake... my husband and I are both snakes... and now I'm going to give birth to a third, lol ^_^ Voting this a bunch!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this and found it interesting Nell. Thanks for the vote. Here you are I found and copied it for you.

      THE WATER MONKEY 1932 AND 1992

      Water gives this Monkey sensitivity. He is easily hurt by the words or actions of others. For protection, these Monkeys usually wear a game face, preferring not to share their emotions or feelings with others. If they play their cards right and pay attention they can be quite successful. However, if they become distracted, these Monkeys can become consumed with gossip or meddlesome activities.

      Glad you found this interesting Gwen. Yes, it is quite amazing you being born in the year of the snake and being afraid of them.

      Glad you enjoyed this Mama Kim. Interesting that you both are snakes and baby makes three? Anyway congrats on your happy upcoming event. God bless. Thanks for the vote.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Very interesting and informative hub, Gypsy! You have inspired me to look more deeply into this sign of the Chinese horoscope! It is good to know that we will have the energy we need to face the challenges of 2013!

      Again, a lovely hub, and the part about your father is especially touching. Thank you for sharing.



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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Truly amazing Hub, learning something new is what I enjoy best voted up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed reading about the year of the snake Reba and let's hope this year indeed give us all the energy we need to work and create. Blessings.

      Glad you enjoyed learning about the year of the snake DDE and thanks for the vote.

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      Ushnav Shroff 4 years ago from INDIA

      Am reading it a bit late into the New Year, but thanks for all the information. Especially for the different types of snakes. :) LOL, never knew pigs were the mortal enemies of snakes. Makes me wonder, that's what it does. :) Good writing!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Something to think about. It's not too late because the Chinese New Year is only due to officially arrive in February.

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