The Year Of The Snake

The Chinese Zodiac Snake In The Chinese Lunar Calendar

The Chinese lunar calendar has been in use since 2637 B.C. E. when the first zodiac cycle was introduced.  It is centuries older than the International Calendar, based upon the Gregorian calendar and used by most of the rest of the world. The lunar calendar is based upon a 60 year cycle made up of 5 separate 12 year sub cycles.  We are currently in the 78th cycle which began in February 1984 and ends in February 2044. 

2013 Year of The Snake Christmas Ornament12 animals are used to symbolize each of the 12 years and comprise the animals of the Chinese zodiac. There is a legend that the Lord Buddha requested all the animals to come meet him before he ascended into Nirvana. Only twelve of the animals came, and therefore He named a year after each of them in the order of their arrival and these became the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.  The Chinese New Year 2013 animal for example will be the Year of the Snake and those born during that year will have the auspicious Chinese zodiac snake symbol to mark their character.

An individual’s Chinese zodiac sign is determined by the animal year in which they were born.  According to Chinese astrology this zodiac sign is believed to have a strong influence on your character and personality traits and has the potential to affect your entire life both positively and negatively.  The year of the Dragon is the most auspicious zodiac sign to be born under and in Chinese dominated cultures you can see a marked increase in the birth rate during those years as parents try to get pregnant and have their children born in a Dragon year if possible.

Chinese Year Of The Snake - old postcardCredit: public domainCharacteristics Of Those Born In The Year Of The Snake

People born in the Year of the Snake often appear calm and they are not talkative but they are deep thinkers.  Chinese zodiac snake people never need to concern themselves worrying about money, money seems to come to them naturally and they are shrewd in their business dealings.  Despite this good fortune, they are often miserly in their spending habits and may tend to hoard money.

Snake people are also generally quite good looking and along with their physically attractive features they can be rather conceited and vain about their appearance. While many people in the West have snake trouble, those in Chinese culture born in the year of the Snake are very self-reliant and do not trust others easily or take outside advice well.  Usually the Snake is correct in his opinion as he usually seems to have excellent judgment.

Despite their negative characteristics Snakes are capable of great sympathy and can be very generous under the right circumstances. Snake people have the greatest compatibility with those born under the signs of the Ox and Rooster.

Those born during the following date ranges have the Chinese zodiac snake symbol using the system based upon the Chinese lunar year.

 Years of The Snake:

  •  4 February 1905 – 24 January 1906
  •  23 January 1917 – 10 February 1918
  •  10 February 1929 – 29 January 1930
  •  27 January 1941 – 14 February 1942
  •  14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954
  •  2 February 1965 – 20 January 1966
  •  18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978
  •   6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990
  •   24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002
  •   10 February 2013 – 30 January 2014

Year Of The Snake

Chinese Year Of The Snake - old postcard
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