Snake (zodiac)

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Sign of Snake

The Snake () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar, as well as in related East Asian zodiacal or calendrical systems. The Year of the Snake is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .[1]

According to one mythical legend, there is a reason for the order of the 12 animals in the 12-year cycle. The story goes that a race was held to cross a great river, and the order of the animals in the cycle was based upon their order in finishing the race. In this story, the Snake compensated for not being the best swimmer by hitching a hidden ride on the Horse's hoof, and when the Horse was just about to cross the finish line, jumping out, scaring the Horse, and thus edging it out for sixth place.

The same 12 animals are also used to symbolize the cycle of hours in the day, each being associated with a two-hour time period. The "hour" of the Snake is 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the time when the sun warms up the earth, and Snakes are said to slither out of their holes.

The reason the animal signs are referred to as "zodiacal" is that one's personality is said to be influenced by the animal sign(s) ruling the time of birth, together with elemental aspects of the animal signs within the sexegenary (60 year) cycle. Similarly, the year governed by a particular animal sign is supposed to be characterized by it, with the effects particularly strong for people who were born in a year governed by the same animal sign.

In Chinese symbology, Snakes are regarded as intelligent, but with a tendency to be somewhat unscrupulous.[2]

List of lunar years of the Snake[edit]

Start Date End Date Heavenly Branch
4 February 1905 24 January 1906 Wood Snake
23 January 1917 10 February 1918 Fire Snake
10 February 1929 29 January 1930 Earth Snake
27 January 1941 14 February 1942 Metal Snake
14 February 1953 2 February 1954 Water Snake
2 February 1965 20 January 1966 Wood Snake
18 February 1977 6 February 1978 Fire Snake
6 February 1989 26 January 1990 Earth Snake
24 January 2001 11 February 2002 Metal Snake
10 February 2013 30 January 2014 Water Snake
29 January 2025 16 February 2026 Wood Snake
15 February 2037 3 February 2038 Fire Snake
2 February 2049 22 January 2050 Earth Snake

Gallery[edit]

Depictions of zodiacal Snakes either solo or in group context with the other eleven zodiacal creatures shows how they have been imagined in the calendrical context.

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Si
The Five Elements: Fire(Huo)
Yin Yang: Yin
Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9; Avoid: 1, 6, 7
Lucky Flowers: orchid, cactus
Lucky Colors: red, light yellow, black; Avoid: white, golden, brown[3]

Famous People Born in the Year of the Snake[edit]

Elizabeth I of England, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Howard Hughes, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Zedong, Anne Frank, Max Von Sydow, Dick Clark, Arthur C. Clarke, J. K. Rowling, Bob Dylan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Rice, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jason Mraz, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Stiller, Ludacris, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Yip Man, Zedd

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Snake Horoscope Information Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. ^ Eberhard, sub "Snake (She)", p. 268
  3. ^ http://www.yourchineseastrology.com/zodiac/snake.htm

References[edit]

  • Eberhard, Wolfram (2003 [1986 (German version 1983)]), A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought. London, New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-00228-1