2014WoodHorse The Chinese New Year occurred on Friday, January 31, 2014, ushering in the year of the Horse, so if your birthday occurred in 1966, 1978, 1990 (or 2002) – it’s officially your year. The Chinese Zodiac uses 12 animals as symbols to predict people’s fortunes: Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Each animal has an elemental counterpart: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse.

Personality Traits of the Horse

Similar to their compatible cousin, the Tiger, Horses can be a bit ambiguous. Many describe Horses as humble, yet calm, fiery but, stubborn, patient and impatient. True to its nature, the Horse is deemed hard working and self-reliant.

Many sources convey that although Horses work well in groups, they prefer to work individually and exhibit enormous amounts of energy and concentration. They are good with their hands, but can be seen happily losing themselves in accomplishing any given task.

In social settings, they’re described as cheerful, charismatic and sometimes overly talkative as they clairvoyantly finish other’s sentences in conversation. However, they are often the first guests to depart, usually due to feelings of confinement.

On the other hand, some say Horses are happiest in large crowds in open spaces and enjoy the camaraderie found in pressing the flesh at outdoor gatherings or concerts. In romance, they have a tremendous need for intimacy and belonging. However, once domesticated they often feel pressured in fulfilling family obligations, as they are true free spirits who resist the notion of being reigned-in. Horses have a passion for travel and a reputation for acting out on sudden urges of wanderlust. Accordingly, Horses are well suited to careers as adventurers, poets, travel writers or politicians.

Good Times explains what Horses can anticipate in this New Year:

Horse contains fire. Wood helps fire burn hotter, brighter, longer. Fire is the child element of wood. Wood gives unconditionally, giving itself to the fire ‘til there’s no more wood. This means there will be opportunities in 2014. And then they disappear. We are to learn as much as possible for after the times of “disappearance.” We are to prepare for when there are no helpers. The wood tree needs water, sunshine and good earth to grow strong and tall. We are that tree. We are also horse. Horse is bright, intelligent, strong and free-spirited.

And the Chinese Fortune Calendar states:

Horses like to compete with others. They [pursue] freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedules for their goals in the year of Horse. Horse hours of [the] Chinese Horoscope are from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Sunshine generates lots of heat during Horse hours. Therefore, [the] horse is connected to heat, hot, fire and [the color] red.

[The] Chinese wouldn’t let horses [work the farm]. Instead, all the farmland jobs [went to the] ox. This is because [the] Chinese have higher expectations [for] horses. Horses can help humans to win [in] battle. Sitting on the Horse’s back implies that the person is from a noble or higher ranking family. So people born in the Horse year usually care about their [appearance], [status] and speech.

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