The Horse (馬 午) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of a "horse" nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly.
The horse is symbolic of energetic and financial volatility and impulsiveness, including taking on various new projects with variable success, and borrowing and spending money. The year of the horse is said to be the year for divorce and/or marriage.
Persons with "horse personalities" are said to have the following characteristics: very active, tireless in racing towards their own goals on their own timelines, possessed of mental thought processes characterized by lightning-quick speed to the point of faultiness, multitaskers, self-confident, ambitious, fond of exercise, liable to physical and mental exhaustion, side-steppers of issues and others' concerns, and temperamentally impatient to the point of explosiveness.
Horses are thought to be particularly incompatible with rat, ox, rabbit, and other horse personalities; and to be particularly compatible with people of the tiger or dog type.
Horses of the wood characteristic are said to be logical, inspirational, intelligent, and friendly, yet restless, high-strung, and lacking in discernment. This could pertain to the horse year of 31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015, a Year of the Wood Horse.
Years and the Five Elements
People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Horse," while also bearing the following elemental sign:
|Start Date||End Date||Heavenly Branch|
|25 January 1906||12 February 1907||Fire Horse|
|11 February 1918||31 January 1919||Earth Horse|
|30 January 1930||16 February 1931||Metal Horse|
|15 February 1942||4 February 1943||Water Horse|
|3 February 1954||23 January 1955||Wood Horse|
|21 January 1966||8 February 1967||Fire Horse|
|7 February 1978||27 January 1979||Earth Horse|
|27 January 1990||14 February 1991||Metal Horse|
|12 February 2002||31 January 2003||Water Horse|
|31 January 2014||18 February 2015||Wood Horse|
|17 February 2026||5 February 2027||Fire Horse|
|4 February 2038||23 January 2039||Earth Horse|
|Earthly Branch of Birth Year:||Wu|
|The Five Elements:||Fire(Huo)|
|Lucky Numbers:||2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 5, 6|
|Lucky Flowers:||calla lily, jasmine, marigold|
|Lucky Colors:||brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden|
- Chinese astrology
- Burmese zodiac
- Chinese New Year
- Chinese zodiac
- Horse in Chinese mythology
- Horse worship
- Wooden horse
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- Hale, Jill (2002). The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui. New York: Barnes and Noble Books. ISBN 0-7607-3741-X