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2 Chinese Astrological Signs: The Black Snake and the Goat

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Chinese Symbols for The Year of the Snake
Chinese Symbols for The Year of the Snake | Source

2013 Was the Year of the Auspicious Black Snake


Just as there are Western astrological signs, there are Chinese astrological signs. What was the sign for 2013? The Black Snack was the Chinese Astrological Sign for 2013 and was ushered in February 10, 2013. To be exact, February 10, 2013 marked the beginning of the Year of the Black Water Snake. The date was the start of fifteen days of the Lunar New Year celebration which culminated with the Festival of Lanterns, Yuan Xiao Jie. The Black Snake is a very auspicious sign.

We left the Year of the Dragon, 2012 behind and entered 2013, the Year of the Black Water Snake, water being one of the five elements - water, metal, wood, fire and earth - each important components of the Chinese respect for man's relationship with nature.

The Year of the Water Snake cycles around every sixty years, therefore the last Year of the Water Snake occurred in 1953. This Year of the Water Snake will last from February 10, 2013 until January 31, 2014.


Predictions for the Year of the Snake

Do the Characteristics of The Black Water Snake Describe You?

Just as those born under the Sign of the Dragon have unique attributes, those born under the sign of the Black Water Snake have special characteristics. The Snake, sometimes called the Junior Dragon, is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.

Buddha saw the snake as being very wise, but also enigmatic, introspective, and often perceived as secretive. Those born under the sign of the snake are often intelligent, approaching life very logically and rationally, calling on innate insight when problem solving.

If you are born in the Year of the Snake you love beauty and luxury, have a fantastic fashion sense and very good taste. For that reason, if you are born under the Year of the Snake, you can be materialistic. This may lead you to be frivolous, although you can be extremely good with money and finances. In fact, the Chinese believe it to be very lucky to have someone in the family born under the sign of the Snake because it is said the family will never starve; the snake, consciously or not, will attract the way to provide.

According to Chinese astrologers, if the Year of the Snake is your sign, you are creative, determined and ambitious. But you also take failure very hard and have a tendency to spend what you make and to be self-absorbed. This could create friction with those close to you.

The snake means you enjoy socializing and to meeting new people. You will often be found at parties or other social gatherings. However, you tend to be very selective about developing very close friend.

It may sound pretty auspicious to have been born in the Year of the Snake and according to the Chinese astrologers, for the most part, it is. However, there were challenges in 2013 predicted for those born under the sign. Caution in business transactions was advised. You should also avoid unnecessary personal and financial risks. Was any of this true for those born under the sign of the Snake.

The 2013 prediction was that writers and entrepreneurs born in the Year of the Snake would have outstanding results during the year. However, astrologers advised that you must stay focused on your goals and use discipline to achieve the results you want. But you do that anyway, yes? Was any of this true for you?

As a water sign, blue is a favored color for the Year of the Black Water Snake. If you are born under the sign of the Snake, consider incorporating blue in your lifestyle, such introducing blue into the color scheme in your home.

The lucky directions for the Year of the Snake are northeast and southwest and the lucky numbers are 1, 2, 4, 6, 13, 24, 42, and 46.

Famous people born in the Year of the Snake include the Chinese Emperor Kan Xi (1654 - 1722) who ascended the throne at the young age of seven or eight years. Significant for many reasons, he was the longest reigning Chinese monarch. Also born in the Year of the Snake include Abraham Lincoln, Picasso, Ghandi, Oprah Winfrey, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Liv Tyler, Brad Pitt and Michelle Chong.

Interested in the best career for those born under the snake sign? Astrologers advise you to take a look at psychology, astrology, philosophy, interior design, photography, analyst or scientist.


What Is Chinese Astrology?

Much of the practice of Chinese Astrology is said to have been solidified during the Han Dynasty (206 B. C. - 9 A. D.) There have been discoveries of the Zodiac signs found in Chinese tombs that date back as far as 533 B.C. The Chinese Zodiac was shown to have tied closely to astronomy.

The Chinese Zodiac calendar, known as Sheng Xiao, is divided into twelve animal signs. Each Chinese astrological sign cycles through once every twelve years. How these animals became associated with the Chinese Zodiac varies. One legend has it that the attributes of these twelve signs were assigned by Buddha. One day Buddha invited all the animals to visit him as he was about to ascend Nirvana. Only twelve animals showed up, hence twelve astrological signs.

As he sat under the shade of a tree, Buddha was surrounded by the dragon, rat, ox, pig, dog, tiger, snake, rabbit, horse, sheep, rooster, and monkey. Buddha sagely began to describe the characteristics that each of the animals projected. These attributes were reverently woven into Chinese astrology.

Another legend says the Jade Emperor invited the animals to take part in a race and the order of the finish determined their place on the astrological calendar. Following a few shenanigans, the rat finished first and leads the astrological list of signs.

2012 was the Year of the Water Dragon, the fifth astrological sign. Those born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be free spirits who are not too fond of rules and regulations. They are confident sometimes to the point of prideful.

Because of the role the dragons played and still play in Chinese culture and legend, to be born in the Year of the Dragon is an auspicious start to life and the birth rate has been known to increase in China during the Year of the Dragon.


Elaborate parades are a part of the Chinese New Year
Elaborate parades are a part of the Chinese New Year | Source

Predictions for the Year of the Snake

It may sound pretty auspicious to have been born in the Year of the Snake and according to the Chinese astrologers, for the most part, it is. However, there are challenges in 2013 for those born under the sign. Caution in business transactions is advised. You should also avoid unnecessary personal and financial risks.

During 2013 prediction is that writers and entrepreneurs born in the Year of the Snake will have outstanding results during the year. However, astrologers advise that you must stay focused on your goals and use discipline to achieve the results you want.

The Chinese Zodiac follows a yearly cycle rather than monthly cycle as does Western Astrology. To find out the Chinese astrological sign you were born under, consult the table linked. It is easy and quick.

Find your sign in the Chinese Zodiac. This could be your Year of the Snake under Chinese Astrology.


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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Always nice to get feedback.

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      Ingenira 4 years ago

      Fascinating, Chinese astrology is so mythical !

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Steve, thanks for reading and sharing. I appreciate that.

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Very interesting article. I didn't know I was born in the year of the Dragon.

      Shared and voted up / interesting.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Frank, Glad you enjoyed reading about the Year of the Snake. Thanks for leaving a comment. Enjoy the weekend!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      interesting and a fun hub to read Cyndi thank you so much for the share :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Prasetio, Astrological predictions are not as widely followed in Western culture, but there are individuals who follow the signs. I think you are so right about taking the positive side and doing the best from either astrological signs.

      As for the Year of the Snake, I was happy to find in my research of predictions for the year, that one of the positives showed this to be a favorable year for writers and entrepreneurs. I'm really holding onto that and I have increased my writing.

      Thanks for the reading and leaving a comment.

      Take good care and be creative.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Most of Chinese people believe about astrological sign. They really know about what should they do during the year related with astrological sign. Just taking the positive side and do the best. Good job, my friend. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Rasta, I'm glad you were entertained by this hub and that you found your sign. Keep in mind that during 2013, writers are predicted to have a lot of success.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Billy, Awww, shucks, sir. I do appreciate you taking look. :-)

      I actually like reading about astrology and the signs, but I'm not an astrologer by any means. I do find that many people are recognizable in their signs.

      'Til we read again, have a most wonderful day out in the West.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I am a rooster and I am elated by this hub. I love it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Astrology is just not something I pay attention to, although I have found, reading articles about it, that the descriptions of me fit almost perfectly. Anyway, what I am saying is that this hub is not one I would normally read, but since you wrote it I am here gladly. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Eddy, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the Sign for 2013. Thank you for leaving a comment!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share;thanks Cyndi.

      Eddy.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Gypsy Rose, Thanks for the votes. The astrologers say the Year of the Snake is a good year for writers born under every sign. So get ready for a really great year. Take care.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Learner365, It's your year to really reach your goals as a writer regardless of your sign, according to the Chinese astrologers, so be prepared! Thanks for the votes. Take care.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing this informative and fascinating hub on the Year of the Snake. I was born a Rooster.

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this hub as I am born under the Snake sign so it made it more interesting for me :)

      Thanks for sharing the info. I hope the year ahead will be good for all no matter snake or what sign everyone is born under.

      Voted up and Interesting !!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Kathryn, Thanks for stopping by. Finding your sign is really easy. There are certainly some interesting attributes to being a snake.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Brett, Thanks for taking the time to read about the Lunar New Year. Yes, it is celebrated in South Korea, Japan, Thailand and others. Whatever your sign, I'm sure you will have great fortune and luck with your writing. Thank you for sharing and tweeting! Take care.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I was born under the sign of the snake. I remember looking at the Chinese Astrology information on placemats at a Chinese restaurant I went to when I was a teenager, too.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      This was interesting. It is celebrated in South Korea too, where I am currently on contract. I checked, I'm not the snake, but it was a nice insight into a different culture.

      Shared, tweeted, up and interesting.