Year of the Horse

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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014.  This is the year of the horse, the Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. My Chinese Zodiac is the dog.

If you were born in the year of the dog, you . . . Are strong-willed. Loyal to your friends and mate. Never compromise when you think you are right. Occupying the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog symbolizes character traits such as loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. Dogs often become deeply involved in others’ lives and are sometimes perceived as nosy. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success. That’s me!

The Chinese animal signs are a significant part of the new year, with this year ushering in the horse, an animal signifying unexpected adventure and surprising romance, according to astrologer Susan Levitt. These characteristics are the most pertinent to those born in the year of the horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.

The twelve animals are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. The 12 Chinese zodiac signs are determined by people’s birth year.

The Chinese months are determined by both solar and lunar changes, with the new year coming approximately a month and a half after the winter solstice and symbolizing the beginning of spring.

An additional astrological factor that isn’t as universally recognized is the element put together with each year: either metal, wood, water, fire or earth. These distinguish the year even further, with 2014 known as the year of the wooden horse, or the green wooden horse, as wood is associated with greenery and nature. (You can find out your specific animal and element using this tool at ChineseAstrology.uk.)
Chinese Zodiac Rat Chinese Zodiac Cow Chinese Zodiac Tiger Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Chinese Zodiac Dragon Chinese Zodiac Snake Chinese Zodiac Horse Chinese Zodiac Sheep Chinese Zodiac Monkey Chinese Zodiac Chicken Chinese Zodiac Dog Chinese Zodiac Pig
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