WHILE you may know your star sign off the top of your head, you may not know what animal you are in the Chinese Zodiac.
Repeating every 12 years, the animal cycle includes the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.
The year of the Wood Snake is 1965Credit: The Sun
Each of those can then be split into five elements – Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water.
So what exactly is the ‘Wood Snake’ zodiac sign and what does it represent?
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What year is the Wood Snake?
The year of the Wood Snake is 1965.
The Snake is the sixth of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.
They represent intuition and are considered enigmatic creatures and it was chosen as the sixth animal in the zodiac because of the Jade emperor.
Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.
The Snake and Dragon arrived at the same time but unfortunately, due to the size difference, the Jade Emperor first saw Dragon, and then Snake.
The Snake is associated with the hours between nine and eleven in the morning.
Each sign dictates different personality traits
Other years of the Snake
Other years of the Snake are 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013,
The next Snake year will be 2025.
Celebrities born in the year of the Snake include Robert Downey Jr and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Robert Downey Jr was also born in 1965, so he is a Wood Snake tooCredit: Rex Features
Characteristics and personality traits of the Wood Snake
The Wood Snake is charming, charismatic and can sometimes be quite selfless.
They are remarkably straightforward. Uncomplicated on just about every level. What you see is literally what you get.
The Wood Snake is a success story waiting to happen. An organized, professional, together, ambitious, traditional lovely character.
5 Chinese elements; Water, Metal, Wood, Earth and Fire
Types of Snake
Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, and the Chinese New Year explain what this means for the Snake.
Wood Snake: Orderly, intelligent, knowledgeable in pop culture, and has a refined taste.
Fire Snake: Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight.
Earth Snake: Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work.
Metal Snake: Determined, courageous, confident, and born a leader.
Water Snake: Clever, creative, lively, and communicative, and sentimental.
Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements
The Snake is most compatible with the Monkey, Rooster and Ox, and they’re the least compatible with the Tiger and Pig.
According to Chinese New Year, the Monkey and the Snake have similar personalities, but one is yin and the other is yang. Therefore, they can reach harmony.
Snake and Rooster seem very different, but they are quite compatible, while A Snake gives Oxen warmth and romance, and receives a reliable anchor in return.
Meanwhile, it’s hard for a Snake and Tiger to sympathize and understand each other, with the relationship full of suspect and coldness.
There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac
Snakes are also incompatible with Pigs – they can work well together, but there isn’t much trust in a relationship.
Plus here’s everything you need to know about the Year of the Ox.
And if if you’re the Year of the Dragon – find out what that means here.
In more zodiac news, read up on what the Year of the Rat means for you.