Animal of the Chinese Zodiac (circle). The Snake shares its unmatched efficiency in business, caring empathy, and selfish intuition with Cancer of the Western Zodiac. Soul Essential part of a being responsible for care and comfort; fragment of quintessence carrying a unique emotionality reflected as ego; that which is emotional; thought, ease, power. Compare Spirit. Spirit Essential part of a being responsible for purpose and bliss; fragment of quintessence carrying a unique vitality manifested as mind; that which is vital; enthusiasm, joy, passion. Compare Soul.