Chinese Year of the Green Wood Horse

This year is ruled by the sign of the Horse in our Chinese Zodiac of 12 animal signs — the Horse is the seventh sign in the circle. The Horse is a herd animal and is therefore usually a social creature, but they are also a competitive beast that thrives on the excitement of the game of life, the chase, and ultimately — winning! Victory is the bread of life to our Horse brethren. Horses have been honored for centuries in China, from the small Mongol ponies to the proud stallions of the Tang Dynasty. Horse sign people can be leaders and lovers, executives, social giants, warriors, saints and sinners. All are proud and willing to give their all to reach their lofty goals. Some prominent “Horse” folks are Nelson Mandela, Teddy Roosevelt, Oprah, Billy Graham, Joe Biden, all world-renowned — also are Libya’s controversial leader Quaddafi, and Mongol ruler Genghis Khan! Elegant, noble, beautiful, romantic and strong — Horse folks are honored wherever they appear. Also headstrong, aggressive, ambitious, dynamic and possibly overly assertive. An impressive combination of the ultimate in ambition and fortitude, possibly the most insistent and belligerent of beings. When there is a surplus of the positive qualities — we have a philanthropist, inventor, CEO, or statesman of the highest moral integrity. On the down side — are those conflict-ridden people of larger-than-life proportion. Horse folks are happiest when in conversation with others, love being the center of attention, have some difficulty in making decisions (not so much with the Wood Horse), and would make good executives, salesmen, teachers, adventurers, and any occupation that requires a good talker. They also love any competition, whether in the boardroom, at the poker tables, or on the playing field — they play to win!

What inspires our Horse friends is the pursuit of whatever they desire. They require little downtime, and are always up for an adventure. Travel is always on their agenda, whether to the local ski slopes, or on a round-the-world tour — they are ever interested in learning something new, and experiencing the unique, unusual, or even the quirky! The good things in life make them happy and content — but doesn’t fill their need to keep moving. If you have a Horse person in your life, change and novelty must be part of their daily fodder. Especially Horse children need to be kept interested and involved in doing new things — they are easily bored and need constant stimulation. When they find an interest, they will pursue it intensely and will eventually know all there is to know on the subject. But then they are ready to move on to something brand new. A challenge for Horse children parents indeed. Still, their irresistible cheerfulness, constant curiosity, and upbeat personalities will enhance every day with joy and delight.

There could be an uptick in the World’s economies in this Year of the Green Wood Horse, the Wood element will help us in this Horse year as it compliments the usual Fire element of the Horse, and as the impetus of Horse energy is picked up and companies begin to realize they must use their accumulation of monies to hire more people in order to continue to grow and expand. Money is not number one on the Horse agenda, but they do enjoy spending it — when it’s gone — they are ready and willing to work hard to garner more. Knowing they can’t take it with them is probably their mantra. Spending their cash on their romantic partners, travel, and any adventurous quest would be money well spent from their perspective. Clothes, fine-food, cars, sporting events and anything they find of interest will be awarded a portion of their income. Their most compatible Zodiac partners would be the Dog and the Tiger — almost never the Rat. But one has to be clever to get these headstrong folks to make a commitment. They are the most evasive in getting pinned down to any one-and-only — it seems they like to share the wealth of their charm, élan, and ever-young attitude with a plethora of others. I would think that those who choose to engage with a Horse person must have to keep them on a very long and loose rein.

We may see a change in colors being worn this year with deep bold purples, blues and greens being featured, along with many prints of a Horse or others of a horse-like animal nature — the Horse is a dandy, and likes to be noticed — always with a smile, and a pat on the back to friend and foe — our Year ahead will be one of fast-moving action, lively banter, a touch of ego, and a generally good time to be had by all — that’s if the Horse has his way! Prancing, galloping, trotting or just pursuing the good life, our Horse friends will lead us a merry chase — making sure it’s all in good fun, and everyone is having the time of their life. How will our East meets West Horse folks fare this year — we’ll try to give a short overview of what may be in store in this Year of the Horse — 2014!

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PRIMAL ZODIAC SIGN OF UNICORN

Those born under the Primal Zodiac sign of the Unicorn are outgoing, energetic, smart, and unique. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they can also be self-centered, attention-starved, restless, and excessively eccentric.

Aquarius born during the Year of the Horse…

Horses born during the cycle of Aquarius are represented in Primal Astrology by the Unicorn. Of course, a unicorn is not a real creature, but it is exactly the fantasticness of them that suits Aquarians born during the Year of the Horse. These individuals are standouts wherever they go. They tend to be among the more eccentric Aquarians and are also more likely to voice their opinion. 

Overall, Unicorns are kind of giving by nature and have the capacity to venture far beyond their peers to reach places that others would find impossible. This is the greatest strength of the Unicorn. Their adventurous nature refuses to see limitations. They are always moving toward the next great idea and they almost always take the road less traveled to get there. Their seemingly endless energy can be infectious, and when they take on a challenge, they are as passionate as ever… for a while. While they truly care about the challenges they take up (and they do so often), Unicorns are quick to give up on something if they don’t see the end result fast enough for their liking. That’s not to say that they don’t care, they just lose focus on one project and would prefer to spend their exceptional capabilities on something else for the moment.

Unicorns are simply different from the rest, but they have good intentions. At best they use their energy to change the world. At worst, they become self-obsessed and spin their wheels in all the wrong directions. They never lack ideas, and are always on the move. If the Unicorn can get focused on a single destination, there is practically nothing that can stop them from getting there.

COMPATIBILITY (LOVE & FRIENDSHIP)

Unicorns make great friends as long as you don’t expect too much from the relationship, and they don’t expect too much from you. You can’t keep a Unicorn in one place for too long, unless it’s their idea to be there. It’s easy for others to wonder if the Unicorn has been listening to their problems at all, but they will be surprised to find that Unicorns are kind-hearted and always have advice to give, which is usually thoughtful and relevant.

In love, Unicorns tend to fall fast and fall hard. Love at first sight is more common for this sign than most others. Once members of this sign give of themselves, they give fully, a trait which can backfire if their mate is not as instantly passionate as they are, or if the two are simply not a very good match. Unicorns can end up heartbroken and resentful, but this rarely seems to prevent them from falling in love again quickly. Like much of their impetuous nature, this trait should ease with age, which is why many Unicorns end up finding their true life partner later in life than their peers.

CAREERS & GOALS

Unicorns should not choose a job that requires them to go to the same place at the same time and do the same thing every day. The life of a Unicorn is about the experience, not the big plan, which is why despite their very high intelligence, they typically don’t do well in school; They’re just not interested in sitting in lectures long enough to get a degree. While this certainly limits their career options, there are still many choices for the Unicorn, as long as they don’t think too hard about it.

Unicorns make naturally great salespeople. They excel at the social aspect of the job, and may find a sense of fulfillment in the job. This is particularly true if they believe in the product or service they are selling. It’s also even better if a Unicorn is left to their own capable devices. In this respect, they tend to feel comfortable and are more successful than if they were made to sit in a cubicle making cold calls all day.

Members of this sign are also members of the Aquarius zodiac sign, which means they have an inherent desire to help others. This is why a sense of purpose is particularly important to them. For those Unicorns who hear the call to humanitarian aid, a career as a charity fundraiser could provide exceptional meaning to their lives. Of course, they will not make as much money as their salesperson sign mates, but they may gain an even stronger sense of life purpose.

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The planet Uranus symbolizes originality, independence and cerebral energy bursting suddenly. Uranus triggers the irresistible need for freedom that we have in ourselves. Uranus tends to break the constraints that have become unbearable and gives us the courage and the will to get rid of what has become a burden; when he is well aspected, he also indicates genius.

Mars (in Gemini) in Relation to Sex:

Mars in Gemini represents the ‘war’ between the pairs of opposites, including Man and Woman. Conflicted relationships are probable (depending, of course, upon planetary aspects), and the conflicts will arise from the misuse of thought and speech—unkind, offensive and hurtful. There will be the tendency to argue rather than understand. The inherent dualism of both Mars and Gemini results in ‘dueling’ between the partners.

The mental plane will be more involved in sexual relations than in Taurus, and, probably, than in Aries. What one says and how one says it will very much affect sexual response. What one thinks will also play a proportionately larger role. As well, in these days of ‘cyber-relations’, what has been called ‘mental sex’ or ‘virtual-sex’ also becomes a possibility. There may also be some problem with commitment to one sexual partner, as the hunt (Mars) for variety (Gemini) may be a strong motivator. Perhaps a somewhat “light” attitude towards sex may appear. The quantity of sexual activity may be stimulated, but it may also be more superficial.

In any case, the sexual arena, so fraught with conflict already, will, with Mars in Gemini, have added to it the conflicts arising from the complexities of the mind.

A mole on either side of the mouth is indicative of a balanced, successful life. Individuals may be rich, famous and live a lavish lifestyle, but also enjoy satisfaction on the home front. Women with these moles may be extremely beautiful.

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Blood Type AB Personality: Out of the Ordinary

Too Cool

"Rational thinker — shows sometimes conflicting dispositions of Type A and Type B.” - ABC News International.

Type AB’s are rational, they deal with goals and obstacles on a cool and logical basis. Sometimes they could mean that they say the truth, whether people want to hear them or not. It is not that they do not observe social cues or cannot make the effort to tell white lies, but they see truth as logical, and therefore right. This leads them to be the problem solver, the philosopher, the seeker of truth. Of course, too much rationalization can also lead to thoughts that do not fit into the realm of social acceptance. To the rest of us, the logical solution may not be the acceptable solution. They have the love of structured of Type A’s and the lack of regard for social cues of Type B’s.

Far Out

According to author Tong-Son Pak, the thoughts of the AB may even appear to be alien or from another dimension. Author Yating Guo also indicated that type AB’s may prefer their own internal, rational thoughts over the messy realities experienced by the rest of us. Sometimes this is seen as being unemotional, or for those who interpret silence as a lack of support, judgmental. Relationshipswith Abs can be a challenge, as more often than not, being rational is not the same as being supportive. This can lead to hurt feelings or long held resentment on the other party. The AB person might have internalized his or her thoughts, but to others, it can seem like they have simply checked out entirely.

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And Aquarius is soothing to the often doom-filled, being a sign noted for its ability to calm the disturbed.

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The summit of joy is not joy, for in joy, I sense the moment coming when it will end, while in despair I sense only death coming: I have of it only an anguished desire, but a desire and no other desire. Despair is simple: it is the absence of hope, of all enticement. It is the state of deserted expanses and—I can imagine—of the sun.
Georges Bataille. Inner Experience. Translated by Leslie Anne Boldt. (via criminal-delirium)

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What are you doing, you devastated one?
Why dress yourself in scarlet
and put on jewels of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?
You adorn yourself in vain.
Your lovers despise you;
they want to kill you.

Jeremiah 4:30 (NIV)

Mars in Gemini

Cool, Intellectual, Player

People born with Mars in Gemini are very intellectually aggressive. They go after what they want by using their brains, getting in peoples heads, and messing with their minds.  They are usually immensely intelligent. You should exercise great caution when trusting these people.  They will not always be who they appear to be.  They always have some sort of mental game going and are always trying to play people.  They are big talkers. This is the sly, charming, 007 type who can weave himself in and out of trouble without scuffing up his suit.  They can be athletic but do best as coaches advising on strategy from the sidelines.  Their biggest strength in any competition is there ability to get inside of their opponent’s head.

Men:

Men born with Mars in Gemini will be witty and charming.They will come off like cool, confident, intellectuals with a wicked sense of humor.  They are highly flirtatious. They will seem really light on their feet. They are often kind of lanky or skinny but they can really have any look or any style of dress. They will dress appropriate for whatever game they are playing.  They are very cool, though, so they can look great in tailored suits or anything trendy and sexy. They can be very GQ with their style.  They are always so cool and calm and never get their hands too dirty. Watch out! These people can be VERY sexy. They KNOW what turns people on — if they are hot it was definitely part of their plan.

They have quite a way with words and they know how to get into people’s heads.  Often they don’t even have to fight because they have already beaten their competition through some head game.  Their biggest opponents are other intellectuals.  People who are just as smart as them who can see through their game and who challenge them to up the ante.  These people LOVE to play games.  They need the constant mental stimulation. That turns them on, gets them off.

If it should ever come down to a physical confrontation, Mars in Gemini man will first probably do all he can to talk his way out of it or manipulate the situation in some way to avoid this.  These peole are CHAMPION talkers. They will do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation. They will probably get knocked out if it actually happens or completely dismantle the other person. It could go either way.

Men with Mars in Gemini are very flirtatious. They tend to be very into casual sex. They may also exercise little to no discrimination in choosing their sex partners.  The more different from the last one, the better.   Tying them down for the long haul is often a challenge. They tend to have “scattered” sexual energy. This often manifests as promiscuity and rampant infidelity.  They are the types who may need a lot of different partners. They get bored easily and kind of like mischief a little.  Being faithful to one sexual partner is often a big challenge to them. Should they marry, their partner may want to think about being open in her perspective of fidelity.  

They are probably best with types who are always changing and who can’t really be domesticated in the traditional way. They can best be faithful to a partner who always keeps them guessing and is always activating their intellect.

They can be very fun in bed. They will probably love to talk a lot and may really love phone sex. They may have really sexy voices and may have a great talent for seducing with their words. They may talk a bigger game than they can deliver though.

Men with this placement tend to keep a very lean body. Their minds are very active and consumes most of their energy. They do best in sports where mental dexterity is required.  They are excellent strategists and often make great coaches. Whatever sport they choose, they will become an expert at it. They will study every detail of it, they always want their opponent to be mentally intimated. These natives want their opponents to know that they are playing against a master.

Women:

May prefer a partner with the above qualities. May prefer an intellectual partner who talks a lot.  May prefer a man who is really non-committal and carefree.  May be a bit of a player and an excellent strategist.  May be able to talk her way in and out of any situation. May be very social and talkative.  May be immensely intelligent, much smarter than she is first assumed to be. May be a big player and major hustler with men and people in general.  May have a really big mouth and a way with insults.

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