The years are believed to be arranged in cycles of 60, and each successive year is named after an animal. This system of assigning an animal to a year finds mention in Chinese folklore and mythology. 2013 is the Year of the Snake or to be precise Black Water Snake. It is believed that a person born in any year has characteristics similar to the animal that heads the year.
Each animal is assigned one of the five elements of the Earth. Snake takes to Fire. Water and fire being conflicting characters, the year 2013 will be full of contradictions.
People born in the year of the snake are perceived by others as calculative and cautious. In reality a Snake person feels comfortable when she/he can chalk out everything to the minutest details. She/he is blessed with communication skills, if she/he chooses to use it. In general, a Snake person is quiet, keeping to self mostly. Confident and sensitive, they can achieve a lot if and when they set out to achieve their goal.