It is told in Chinese that if you have a snake in your home, it is a good thing. This is because the snake is a good business man and would never let his family starve. The snake's character is wise and therefore can "negotiate" anything for what he feels is important to him. In Chinese astrology, the snake is tempered by the elements. These elements include Metal, Fire, Water, Earth and Wood. If the year you are born is a Chinese element year of wood and you are born in the year of the snake, you are considered to be born under the Chinese astrology sign of the wood snake. This is said to give the individual characteristics of being firm, having a strong foundation. There is a stable group of people waiting for this person in their life and the snake is more interested in having strong relations with family than in spending time idly. Kindnesses, as well as generosity are two of the snake's strongest traits; unlike the snake typically associated with Western cultures.
If you work with someone who was also born under the Chinese astrology sign of the snake, then you may share similar goals and objectives in your lives. Some of the best jobs for someone born under this sign include investigators and scientists. Likewise, analysts and even painters are good careers for a snake to be in. As preciseness and attention to detail are extremely important in all of these jobs, the snake is wonderfully suited, as he or she is meticulous about money and sometimes seems to hoard it away from everyone else.
If you are married to a snake, speaking about the snake in Chinese astrology, it would be a good thing to know that these people tend to be jealous and overbearing in their attempts to "keep" a mate. Some may associate this with extremes, such as someone who would not allow their mate out of the house, or hurt them if they felt their mate was trying to leave. This is contradictory of what the snake really needs, which is peace. As in the animal itself, snakes thrive in environments of peace and often do not deny themselves extravagant surroundings.
It is a hard thing to know which side of the snake a person will exhibit in their character traits, so caution is advised when entering into a job, marriage or partnership with a snake; just like in Western cultures.