the year of the horse

Not the sexiest sign in the Chinese horoscope (though many I’m sure would disagree)… but for some reason when I first discovered what I was, I was rather disappointed. Part of me hoped to be the tiger, or the rabbit and yes, even the rooster would have excited me. But the horse? So after celebrating the beginning of the year last night, as far as the Chinese calendar goes, I thought I’d be a little more self indulgent than usual and dedicate a whole post to me – the Earth Horse. Enjoy if you’re a Horse too!

If you were born in any of these years, you’re also a horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Characteristics: self reliant, joyful, outgoing, sophisticated, greedy, resilient, arrogant.


People born in the Year of the Horse are popular. They are cheerful, skillful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much. The are wise, talented, good with their hands, and sometimes have a weakness for members of the opposite sex. They are impatient and hot-blooded about everything except their daily work. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are very independent and rarely listen to advice. They are most compatible with Tigers, Dogs, and Sheep.

Horse people are extemporaneous and quick-witted. They are quite intelligent and use their practicality to their advantage in their business and personal lives. Their sharpness makes them quick to pick up new skills and are able to handle many tasks at one time. However, this ambition can be harmful because Horse people often don’t finish what they start for fear of missing out on the next big challenge.

Horses are trustworthy, friendly and open-minded. They are good friends to have and will always be honest with you. Although they are good confidants, Horse people do enjoy their alone time and are usually independent people. They can struggle with obstinence and self-centeredness, which can lead to a flare of the temper if they don’t get their way. Usually, after an episode or temper-tantrum a Horse can feel remorse, yet not all people will be able to forgive their reaction.

Career wise, Horses are language teachers, translators, journalists, publicists, bartenders, pilots, performers, librarians, tour operators, sales representatives, information technologists.

Horse lovers are eternally young at heart. They sail through life on a whim, spontaneous and open-minded waiting for the next big adventure. Horse lovers are charming and affectionate. They are inspiring with their imagination and vigor, their intellect and wit. They make you want to be around them and thus hardly have problems securing Saturday night dates.

Marriage: Horses are energetic spouses who fall in love quite rapidly. Along with their spontaneity comes a bit of impatience and they demonstrate that when they meet someone they want to be involved with. They throw all of themselves into a relationship, sometimes losing tiny bits and pieces of themselves along the way. However, a light at the end of the tunnel: in adulthood Horses are more stable and thus their adult relationships are more successful.

Money: Horses don’t think much about money. When they have it, they spend it. When they run out, they make more. Money does not constitute a Horse’s happiness or well-being. He feels it is only icing on the cake to have some and would rather buy fun things than hoard it or save it. His philosophy? You can’t take it with you.

So 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit; 2014, as it turns out is the Year of the Horse so I’m really looking forward to that! And hopefully, I’ll be in Brazil celebrating the World Cup!


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