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!