Chinese Zodiac: The Snake

The person born in the year of the Snake never seems to choose the direct route. They undulate. They get around obstacles. They feed on the heat of the Sun, earth and stones, digesting very slowly and savourin the prey they have swallowed. They make sure they enjoy the maximum comfort whilst generating the minimum effort and that they enjoy life in all its forms. Action is not the Snake person’s strong point. However, in spite of the fact that they are quite happy being elusive, impenetrable and indomitable, they can still attack and these attacks are frightening, especially when they are defending their home and children of one of the very few other people who are dear to them.

The Snake will do anything to satisfy their ambitions and desires. You certainly must not try to tame them. First of all, they have a taste for mystery, which they know only too well how to cultivate; they are secretive, sceptical and will trust only their own unerring instinct and magic intuition. Then, they have the knack of seducing and bewitching. Elegant, sexy, shrewd, refined and discerning, armed with a magnetic smile, and with a penetrating mischievous look in their eye, they hypnotise the person they are talking to or their partner or opponent.

Lastly, the Snake person likes to exert power, influence or steadfast fascination over other people. They need to be admired and loved unconditionally. Without appearing to, they take charge and are in control. For, even though they have no hesistation in being lazy, they are nevertheless ambitious. When it is a question of achieving their ends, they know how to show an extraordinary coolness, which makes them unflappable. Their inner strength, more psychological than physical, is very deep. They have a gift for concentrating all their secret resources of energy on a single objective, which will not evade them.

When the Snake person really wants something, it is very rare for them not to get it. On the other hand, they do not take too kindly to the advice of others. They know what they have to do and hate people meddling in their affairs. All the more so since their penetrating stare and lucid mind give them a rare ability to make good judgements, which at times enable them to anticipate events and to guess the state of mind of the people they are dealing with. Consequently, the Snake person often knows more about the intentions of other people than they will ever know about theirs. Their superficial sensuality makes them very seductive and magnetic.

They charm, sometimes in spite of themselves, but without ever being totally unaware of the interest they arouse. For above all they like to be loved, admired, coveted and desired. However, their extreme possessiveness makes them faithful, when in other respects their behaviour could make you have doubts it. In fact, in love, they are exclusive and jealous. The Snake person knows how to make themselves indispensable and vital to their partner, in such a way that the latter will be unable to live or breathe without them.

The Snake – Chinese myths and symbols

the snake chinese zodiacFor the Chinese there is no doubt about the existence of spirits and demons. Chinese classical literature abounds with stories where the heroes encounter demins with supernatural powers, springing up from the Beyond and appearing on Earth to help them in their battles, and to fight fiercely for on against them. More often than not these demons reign in absolute supremacy over a land or country, and it is not unusual to encounter one of them.┬áThe Chinese call them kouei, thus defining the inferior soul which is found in the bones and blood during the course of one’s life and only becomes completely detached from them after death, hence their presence on Earth and the fact that they continue to haunt certain regions.

One of these legendary demons is called Kong-kong. It is shown in the form of a snake with a human head. Its servant, a lower demon called Siang-lieou, has nine heads and the body of a snake. Legend tells that at the time of fighting between rebels and a mythical emperor, Tch’e-yeou, known as the Yellow Emperor and regarded as the god of war and inventor of weapons, Kong-kong destroyed a mountain which was one of the pillars of the world. The Sky and Earth toppled over and the water of the rivers streamed into the plains and valleys. Then a goddess came to the Yellow Emperor’s help and put the Sky and Earth back in place again and stopped the flood.

This legend illustrates the strength and power over the elements which the Chinese astrology ascribe to the snake. Thus, their rivers and all their waterways are represented by this reptile (this is also due to its undulating form). Furthermore, in China, as in almost all civilisations and cultures in the world, the snake is a symbol with a strong sexual connotation. Its body is seen as representing the penis and its triangular-shaped head is associated with the feminine sex.

The Snake characteristics

The Snake Chinese name: She (pronounced she)

The Snake Polarity: Yin

The Snake Element: Fire

The Snake Season: Spring

The Snake Month: May

Ql or periods of the year in the Chinese calendar:

Gu Yu (the sixth period) 21 April to 5 May

Li Dong (the 19th period) 7 to 22 November

The Snake astrological affinities

The sign of the Chinese Snake is often compared to the sign of Taurus in the Western zodiac. In fact, the period in the year which corresponds with it in our zodiac covers the second and third decans of the sign of taurus and the first decan of the sign of Gemini. So the Snake has similarities with the sign of Taurus and also with that of Gemini and with their respective ruling planets, Venus and mercury, as well as with the Moon, Saturn and Neptune, ruling planets of the three decans we have reffered to.

The years of the Snake

4 February 1905 to 24 January 1906

23 January 1917 to 10 February 1918

10 February 1929 to 29 January 1930

27 January 1941 to 14 February 1942

14 February 1953 to 2 February 1954

2 February 1965 to 20 Hanuary 1966

18 February 1977 to 6 February 1978

6 February 1989 to 26 January 1990