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2014 - Year of the Wood Horse
I am the Kaleidoscope of the mind.
I AM THE HORSE.1
1The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau
The Year of the Wood Horse starts from January 31, 2014 (year 4712 in the Chinese lunar calendar) and lasts to February 18, 2015.
Find out what you can expect from this exciting Year of the Wood Horse. Wood is related to tree or green, so it is also called Year of Green Horse.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 will have characteristics much like the free-spirited Horse described above.
Find out more about what you can expect in this action-packed year in our articles on the Year of the Horse and the Chinese New Year.
This year will be full of adventure, romance, and reckless abandonment. Fast and erratic in tempo, continual movement characterizes the Horse year. Expect a volatile and hectic pace for this rewarding but exhausting year. Not a time for planning or procrastinating, the impulsive Horse will influence our actions and emotions, providing us with freedom to try new things, such as starting a business. Expect rapid changes so follow your intuition. This is also a good time to concentrate on sports and outdoor pursuits. It's also an awesome year for travel, parties, and community gatherings.
In politics and international affairs, expect frayed tempers though industry and the world's economy should improve. However, beware of fluctuating fortunes with out-of-control spending and borrowing.
The Year of the Horse has often marked a historical turning point, such as both world wars (1918, 1942), the Great Depression (1930), and the Cultural Revolution of China (1966), so hold on tight and try to enjoy the ride!
For more specific predictions for your sign, see the article on The Animal That Hides in Your Heart: Your Animal Sign.
Horses were honored and loved in ancient China, with emperors enthusiastically breeding and raising them in the imperial stables, especially in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-905) when the game of polo was invented. Emperors would typically award a white horse to those who had achieved the highest honor. Even now the expression "white horse" is used to describe a good-looking and pure scholar. Horses were also a favorite subject for artists.
The horse is a vivacious, clever, and swift animal. People born in this year are decisive and bold in their actions, bursting with energy and confidence. They are offensive players and born leaders with strength, sparkling wits, and quick minds, ambitiously advancing in business, finances, and romance. They are brave and straightforward in communicating their likes and desires. Honorable and social, they dearly love cultural pursuits and enjoy all sorts of stimulating conversation. Beware of debating a horse, for you will usually lose!
Horses typically love to travel and can not sit still. Though highly skilled with their hands, their high-spiritedness makes it hard for them to finish projects. Freedom and independence are key to their well-being. If reined in, they will likely break free and rapid galloping away.
The Animal That Hides in Your Heart: Your Animal Sign
According to the Chinese, the animal ruling the year of your birth has a profound influence on your personality (that is, "This is the animal that hides in your heart.")