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Chinese Zodiac:
Sign of the Snake


The Chinese calendar is divided not by numerical years, as is in the Western concept of time, but in a 12-year cycle of animal signs, which continually repeat themselves. According to Chinese legend, these twelve signs are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram (Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar (Pig).


In Chinese folklore, traits and characteristics similar to the Zodiac horoscope have developed around each of these annual animal signs -- some of which are more desirable than others. Here is a look at the qualities of each of them.



Year of the Snake: Feb 10, 2013


Sign of the Snake

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, being born in the year of the Snake is a good omen; it means your family will never starve. Whether this is intended metaphorically -- because the snake is a great mediator and therefore good at business -- or literally -- because a Snake would sacrifice his many possessions to pay for food -- is often debated. In either case, it is clear that a Snake is considered a good provider as a result of his wisdom. This wisdom, however, can on occasion become cunning trickery, as a Snake is known to plot to get exactly what he wants. The Snake is also profoundly private, and as such, as known as a poor communicator -- possessive of both his words and his emotions.





Character Traits : Snake

Positive: Wise, creative, shrewd, responsible, purposeful
Negative: Loner, distrustful, suffocating, cold


Years of the Snake:

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037




The Chinese Zodiac : 12 Animal Signs

Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse
Ram, Sheep, Goat | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig, Boar




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