The Meaning Behind The Year Of The Horse

The Meaning Behind The Year Of The Horse

Friday, January 31st Chinese around the world will be ushering in the year of the Horse.

What does the year of the horse mean for me, you ask?

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on the birth years of individuals, 12-year cycle and each year in that cycle is related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each animal is associated with an “earthly branch” such as fire, water, metal or wood. As it was observed that there were 12 full moons in one year, the number 12 is used to divide years and times of the day.

The seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, Horse:

They tend to be energetic, bright and intelligent, with excellent communication skills and a lust for the limelight. They are generally cheerful, popular, talented and enjoy entertaining. They crave success and abhor failure.

Those born on the year of the horse need to work hard in 2014. Due to their efforts, the return of success will be rapid!

It is believed the animals in the Chinese zodiac calendar originated from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), during which they were used to count years in same way as the modern Christian calendar.


2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918
The year of the horse means there is leadership associated with this sign this year, so your authority may increase. However, the impulsive behaviour of the horse can lead to recklessness, so stay away from gambling and speculations.
Work: Those in positions of authority will do well, but chancy businesses, like the stock market, are a bad idea.
Wealth: Don’t expect to make a lot money, and value the income you have.
Relationships: There won’t be a lot of excitement in your love life, and if you are engaged, you might want to delay your marriage until next year.
Health: Watch your health this year — you’ll get tired and can catch bugs easily. Make exercise and rest a priority.
Celebrities: Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Jackie Chan, Katie Holmes, Kevin Costner, Cindy Crawford, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Heming, Kirstie Alley, Janet Jackson, Ross Perot, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Kathleen Turner, Frederic Chopin, Vivaldi, Puccini, Edgar Degas, Genghis Khan, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlemagne and Khrushchev.


2003, 1991, 1979 ,1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919
This is a “connecting” year for you. Take advantage of your good relationships with other people, particularly for male sheep.
Work: Those who work in cars, analysis, public relations, entertainment, surgery, butchery and police work should expect to do well this year.
Wealth: Expect stability, with a slight increase in money this year. Simplify your investment portfolio.
Relationships: You’ll be quite beloved this year, so watch out for love triangles. If you’re married, make sure to demonstrate love toward your spouse.
Health: You are healthier this year than last, but be careful of small accidents. Drive carefully and take your time when working.
Celebrities: Maria Shriver, Julia Roberts, Chow Yun Fat, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Joe Pesci, Billy Bob Thornton, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher Walken, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rudolph Valentino, Laurence Olivier, Mark Twain, Barbara Walters, and U.S. Presidents James Madison and Millard Fillmore.


2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920
It’s important for the monkey to spread themselves around in order to gain success this year, either travelling or moving.
Work: Industries that are good for the monkey to work in include sales and marketing, law, education, travel and the financial world — things based around movement.
Wealth: Money is looking good for monkeys, with the potential for promotions and investments reaping rewards.
Relationships: If you’re single, this won’t be a great year for you, but those who are married can feel confident in the endurance of their union.
Health: Your overall health is good. Be careful of accidents such as from driving.
Celebrities: Hugh Jackman, Kim Kardashian, Kristen Bell, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Chelsea Clinton, Jerry Hall, Elizabeth Taylor, Ted Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice Walker, Martina Navratilova, Andy Garcia, Bette Davis, Julius Caesar, the Marquis de Sade, U.S. Presidents: Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson.


2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921
This is gearing up to be a big year for roosters. There are many opportunities for your work or business, but your personal relationships might be volatile. Rely on your friends for help.
Work: You do better outside an office than inside, in jobs like police work, the law and politics.
Wealth: Be careful with your money this year — don’t gamble.
Relationships: There’s a lot of love headed your way, but watch out for fights in your relationships. Take a step before continuing to argue, or they could end.
Health: Small accidents could be an issue for you, and pay attention to your heart and lungs.
Celebrities: Beyonce Knowles, Jay Z, Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Michelle Pfeiffer, LeVar Burton, Melanie Griffith, Deborah Harry, Nancy Kerrigan, Joan Collins, Steffi Graf, Yoko Ono, Nancy Reagan, Benjamin Franklin, Johann Strauss, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and Osama bin Laden.


2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922
This should be a lucky year for dogs. Everything from work and investments to relationships are on the upswing.
Work: Work within your natural creativity in the arts, music, architecture or writing. Even the stage is great for you.
Wealth: Use instincts, rather than logic, when making investments — it will help keep your money stable.
Relationships: Consider proposing if you haven’t already, and if you are married, demonstrate more love toward your spouse. Be humble when interacting with others.
Health: Enjoy your good health, but watch out for overeating.
Celebrities: Cory Monteith, Madonna, Mary J Blige, Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andre Agassi, Cher, Michael Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, Mariah Carey, Winnie Mandela, Ralph Nader, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, Jacques Cousteau, Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, the artist formally known as Prince, Shirley MacLaine, Brigitte Bardot, Connie Chung, Prince William and U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush.


2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923
Get ready for a great year, you’ll make friends, have breakthroughs in business and be surrounded by help. However, this all will need some effort at the beginning.
Work: Great industries for you include metaphysics, religion, public relations, human resources, media and politics.
Wealth: Money will be stable for you this year, but don’t gamble or invest in speculative markets.
Relationships: Nothing exciting, but nothing bad here either, as your relationships stay flat but stable.
Health: You will feel much better than last year, and even if you get sick, you’ll recover quickly.
Celebrities: Mila Kunis, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Denise Richards, Minnie Driver, Wynona Ryder, Noah Wyle, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett, Emma Thompson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Julie Andrews, Farrah Fawcett, Luciano Pavarotti, Steven Spielberg, Ernest Hemingway, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet


2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924
The rat is in opposition this year, so this could mean losing some money this year. However, the rat sign is generally lucky, which can help keep you out of trouble.
Work: Show business is great for you, including things like pageants and the arts. Be sure to stay away from gambling.
Wealth: “If you are not greedy, you will not lose money.”
Relationships: Try to be quiet and patient this year, as otherwise, many of your relationships will consist of arguing.
Health: Areas of the body to watch for include the lungs, kidney and waist. Get lots of exercise and rest.
Celebrities: Ben Aflec, Jennifer Garner, Marshal Mathers (Eminem), Hugh Grant, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Antonio Banderas, David Duchovny, Samuel L.Jackson, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoi, Truman Capote, Amadeus Mozart, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Daryl Hannah, Prince Charles, Al Gore, and President George Washington.


2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
The ox is in conflict with the horse, which could mean arguments with other people this year. However, the ox is a sign of authority, potentially signifying promotions.
Work: Good environments include politics, the army or police work, where a promotion might be waiting for you. But watch out for enemies.
Wealth: Don’t expect a lot of money, but your income is proportional to your authority level.
Relationships: There isn’t a lot of romance expected for you this year. Be patient with the people in your life.
Health: Your health is fine, just watch out for small accidents.
Celebrities: George Clooney, Meg Ryan, Jim Carey, Sigorney Weaver, Kate Moss, Meryl Streep, President Barack Obama, Napoleon, Idi Amin, Malcolm X, Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Diana princess of Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Walt Disney, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Sellers, Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, William Buckley, and Margaret Thatcher.


2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
This should be a good year for tigers.. It could bring luck, joy, romance, spirituality and learning opportunities.
Work: You do well in business that have to do with blood, such as surgery and the army, as well as teaching and philosophy. If you are self-employed, expand your business.
Wealth: This should be a year of stability for your money.
Relationships: Romance is in the stars. If the opportunity is there, consider marriage. If you’re married, watch out for temptations from extramarital affairs.
Health: Watch out for sharp objects, and be careful of accidents and bleeding.
Celebrities: Dax Shepard, Lea Michele, Lindsay Lohan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Robert Pattington, Tom Cruise, Michelle Yeoh, Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Martin Short, Paula Abdul, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Princess Anne, Alec Guinness, Queen Elizabeth II, Hugh Hefner, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, and Peter Gabriel.


2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
This will be a year of romance and controversy, with lots of happiness everywhere for rabbits. Just be careful about your non-romantic relationships with others.
Work: Entertainment, speaking and sales roles all suit you — mental work is better for you than physical.
Wealth: This year, the more you work, the more you make.
Relationships: Romantic entanglements await, but watch out for love triangles.
Health: There’s a mild concern about sharp objects.
Celebrities: Russell Brand, Johnny Depp, Whitney Houston, Jet Li, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Conan O’ Brien, Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, Quentin Tarantino, Helen Hunt, Brigitte Nielsen, Tatum O’Neil, Jane Seymour, Frank Sinatra, Confucius, Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, Andy Warhol, Francis Ford Coppola, Sting, and American presidents: John Adams, James K. Polk, James Garfield and William McKinley.


2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
This should be a good year for dragons, as horses and dragons together have great energy. Health and wealth abound.
Work: Working with both blood (surgery, butchery, soldiers) as well as spirituality (philosopher, priest) are in your favor.
Wealth: You would do well in travel or trading businesses. Invest based on your intuition.
Relationships: It does not look like a particularly romantic year for dragons.
Health: You have a general tendency to get into accidents, but other than that, you’ll be very health.
Celebrities: Blake Shelton, Sharon Osborne, Keanu Reeves, Robin Williams, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Courtney Cox, Alicia Silverstone, Dan Aykroyd, Salvador Dali, Sigmund Freud, Joan of Arc, Bing Crosby, Placido Domingo, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Raquel Welsh, Lady Godiva, Marlene Dietrich, Faye Dunaway, Mae West, Martin Luther King, Jr., Shirley Temple Black, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and American presidents William Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.


2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
Last year was a year of conflict for the snake, so this year is a money year.
Work: Keeping in line with your money year, businesses that are good for you include finance and the stock market. Entertainment can also work for you.
Wealth: Bring in the dollars! Both your regular and speculative incomes are looking good.
Relationships: Think about marriage, if you haven’t already. And be sure to express love toward your spouse if you’re already hitched.
Health: Keep your immune system boosted, as you’ll be prone to colds and the flu. Exercise and rest plenty.
Celebrities: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Pierce Brosnan, Taylor Lautner, Charlie Sheen, John Malkovich, Courtney Love, Samantha Ronson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Aristotle Onassis, Kim Basinger, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, King Hassan, Indira Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Howard Hughes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, John F. Kennedy, Mao Tse-tung, Princess Grace Kelly Rainier and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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