Horse (zodiac)

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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.[1]


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.[2]

Relationship compatibility[edit]

Horses are thought to be particularly incompatible with rat, ox, rabbit and possibly, snake personalities; and to be particularly compatible with people of the tiger or dog type.[3]

Wood horse[edit]

Horses of the wood characteristic are said to be logical, inspirational, intelligent, and friendly, yet restless, high-strung, and lacking in discernment.[4] 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[edit]

Sculpture of Horse from Chinese zodiac in the park at Mount Mogan in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province, China.

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:[5]

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
23 January 2050 10 February 2051 Metal Horse

Basic Astrology Elements[6][edit]

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wu
The Five Elements: Fire(Huo)
Yin Yang: Yang
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 5, 6
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden

See also[edit]



  • Hale, Jill (2002). The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui. New York: Barnes and Noble Books. ISBN 0-7607-3741-X