When the horse first served the Jade Emperor in heaven he had a magnificent pair of wings. He could soar around the sky, swim in the sea and run to the earth. Arrogant and haughty, by bullied the other animals.

One day he was asked to take a message to the Dragon King of the East Sea. Stopped by the King's guards on his way into the palace, he became furious and kicked an unfortunate guard to death. When the Emperor heard of this, he ordered that the horse's wings be cut off and the horse placed underneath a great mountain.

After two hundred years of agony beneath the mountain, the ancestor of humanity passed by. Hearing him, the horse cried out that he wished to dedicate to serving humanity. The ancestor was moved by this and used magic to free the horse. In thanks, the horse dedicated himself to humans, ploughing the fields, transporting goods and fighting bravely in battle. Consequently, when the animal signs were being chosen, the horse was one of the first to be recommended by the people, and was duly appointed by the Jade Emperor in acknowledgement of their wishes.


You are independent and confident and usually have a welcoming smile for both old friends and new acquaintances. You thrive in lively company, and as well as being gregarious companion you are an eloquent and inspiring speaker. You like to be recognized for your skills and are easily flattered, but you also have an honesty and genuine warmth, which attracts many friends. People confide in you because you are interested in their thoughts and feelings, but you are so excited by new discoveries that you find it hard to keep a secret. This is not something that arises out of malice or revenge; sometimes you just cannot help yourself. The same could also happen when you take on new interests or projects: in your eagerness to begin or to organize you may offend others or unknowingly interfere with long-standing plans.

You are inspired by ideas and tend to act on them without delay, carried away by the excitement of the moment, but there is a danger that you are to impulsive and do not give enough thought for the future. When you are disillusioned by the outcome of your efforts, you then turn your attention to a new project and head off once again, brimming with new ideas. The thought of failing and having to pick up the pieces fills you with anxiety, and rather than dealing with this prospect you prefer to change course so that your energies are focused in another direction. Sometimes this drive and excitement serves you well, since it creates many openings and possibilities, but there are times when it leaves plans half-finished. You are always ready to offer good advice and can be very persuasive, but your confident and carefree approach hides inner doubts. Those who know you well recognize this, and offer the support and reassurance you need.
Horse YEARS: Positive elements
(1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,
1966, 1978, 1990, 2002,  2014)


You are won over by the thrill of romance and swept along vy the exhilaration of a new relationship, sometimes forgetting your responsibilities in the whirlwind of emotion. Your relationships are not likely to be boring.  There will be tempestuous moments but there will also be exhilarating and intimate times. It may be hard for you to quiet down and focus on one partner, but once you have overcome your initial hesitancy you are likely to take commitments seriously.

Just as a horse is calmed by soothing words, you are easily charmed by tenderness and affection. You need someone who not only takes care of you, reassuring you in moments of doubt, but also gives you the freedom to pursue your adventures. And you need a partner who does not object to you spending time grooming yourself, making sure that your hair and clothes are just right for the occasion. In contrast, you are more chaotic when it comes to domestic affairs, but this can be forgiven because you are a loving and spirited partner.


Once you have identified a goal you channel all your energies into achieving it, but do not be over-confident or assume that everyone else agrees with your methods. You are active and alert, and prefer the unusual to the unpredictable. If you decide to choose a new skill to further your career, persevere until you have perfected it and try to resolve any problems rather than simply avoiding them.

You are hard working, cheerful and independent, although you do not mind working as part of a team as long as your efforts are recognized. Many people born in the Year of the Horse have a healthy constitution and are suited to mentally or physically demanding work. You have potential to be an inspiring leader but try to hold back when situations irritate you, since a hasty word could land you in trouble.

You are suited to a job in politics, sport or the construction industry. You would also make a good geographer, explorer, actor, artist, and advertising or sales executive.

schedules and timetables
unenthusiastic or disinterested people
uncommunicative people
being told what to do
having too many material possessions
listening to others
criticism or complaint
being bored


begining a new project
being complimented
making people laugh (but not at them)
a change of scenery
going on a voyage
meeting new people
any conversation, chat or gossip
to feel like a pioneer
to discuss his or her emotions
to eat at expensive restaurants
being recognized

Famous Horses:

Neil Armstrong, Rowan Atkinson, Cheryl Baker, Ingmar Bergman, Karen Black, Helena Bonham-Carter, Chopin, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, Catherine Cookson, Ronnie Corbett, Elvis Costello, Kevin Costner, James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Britt Ekland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Bob Geldof, Sally Gunnell, Gene Hackman, Susan Hampshire, Rolf Harris, Rita Hayworth, Jimi Hendrix, Janet Jackson, Dr. Helmut Kohl, Lenin, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Princess Margaret, Spike Milligan, Ben Murphy, Stephanie Powers, Rembrandt, Barbra Streisand, Keifer Sutherland, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Kathleen Turner, Vivaldi, Robert Wagner, Billy Wilder, Andy Williams, Tammy Wynette, Boris Yeltsin, Michael York.
This will be generally happy year for Horses with a clean bill of health on the cards. Your love of the good life could prove expensive so try to be a little less extravagant when entertaining and maintain your appeal among close friends by keeping a rein on that temper. An auspicious time for those seeking to further their studies or promotion at work.
Summoning Spirit
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