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What will the Chinese ‘Year of the Horse’ mean to you in 2014?

Posted by | February 2, 2014 | living-in-hong-kong

Chinese New Year 2014 is upon us! This is the most important festival in the Chinese lunar calendar. Every year is symbolized by an animal and an element (wood, metal, fire, water, earth). This is the year of the ‘wood horse’.

According to the Feng Shui Society “the Wood element is about reaching onwards and upwards, planning ahead. Will your grand plans come to fruition? Be somewhat circumspect when it comes to formulating your blueprints for the year ahead. Whilst the Wood element may influence you to move forwards, the Fire in the Horse, which sits beneath the Wood, can burn up some of your designs, if you are not careful. You can set the world alight with your ideas, but put in place a Plan B as you might not have all the support you were hoping for at exactly the moment you want it. A burning desire goes a long way to bringing blue sky visions into the here and now, yet it would serve you well to keep your feet on the ground at the same time. The Wood Horse can bring an ambiance of excitement, yet it can also be quick to get angry when things go awry. Watch out for extremes of emotion. You can choose how to act on your feelings, be the rider who is in control of the Horse. In ancient times a Horse was an important mode of transport. Nowadays, we get into a car. Would it be a better choice to let excitement or anger sit in the passenger seat, rather than the driver’s seat? Things can happen quickly when the Horse is ruling the year, and matters can turn into non-events equally fast if those engaged in the endeavor lose enthusiasm. Look out for those moments when the leaders on the world stage think twice and change their minds in a flash. Will they be doing so to win over hearts and minds? Or will it be simply to look good? The energies of the Wood Horse are associated with both the heart and the eyes.”

To find out what the year might hold for you personally, you need to first work out the zodiac animal associated with your birth date. As CNY varies according to the lunar cycle, the years given below won’t apply to you if your birth month is in January or February, so you’ll need to check.

The following information was published by the Feng Shui Society:

RABBIT 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Chasing your dreams can seem like hard work when what you are seeking is far, far away. Worthy goals are rarely achieved overnight, yet you can gain a sense of achievement by setting some milestones which you can race past at regular intervals. When an obstruction appears on your path, there is no need to feel defeated, you know you can often find a way to go around it.

DRAGON  1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
What sorts of strings are attached to attractive offers that are dangled before you? Be wary of getting tied up in a knotty situation, because you were not fully aware of all the details. Going on a fact-finding mission before you agree to anything will mean you can weigh up the pros and cons. There is no need to follow the crowd if you feel something is not right for you.

SNAKE  1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Do not be surprised if you experience more rivalry this year. Is it you or is it your contemporaries? What truly belongs to you will find its way to you, yet there are those who will attempt to grab what is yours. With your competitive spirit you are not going to sit back and watch, you are going to play against your opponents. Some subtle tactics will remind all contenders that you know how to play to win.

HORSE  1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
As you trot into your own year, you might have already heard some remarks that it is unlucky when you meet your own sign. Life is not that black and white. Bad luck has not booked extra meetings into your diary for the year ahead. Meeting your own sign can mean it is a time for self-reflection. When you plan ahead, be generous in allowing enough time for you to make your mark in your own year.

GOAT  1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
What if what you wished for appeared right before your eyes? Would you be overjoyed? Or would you wonder if something that came so easily would be worthy? There is no need to chase after what you want. Trust that the universe can help you draw to you what you truly need. Count all the blessings in your life. When you appreciate what is truly valuable, you will be glad you have had it all along.

MONKEY  1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Challenging circumstances are not going to prevent you from forging ahead with your plans because you are going to remain determined. If somebody says something is too difficult you will take that to mean you are going to do everything you can to prove that you can do it. Before you prove that you can do something, make sure that you actually want to do that something, rather than going all out to merely prove a point.

ROOSTER  1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
What makes a couple-relationship just right is a tolerance for all those little things which are not quite right. If you are a solo Rooster, the energies of Horse year can bring you romantic opportunities. Do you know what you are looking for when it comes to love? If you do then you will know when you are suited to someone. If you are still figuring out what would be a good match, remember not to be too fussy.

DOG  1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
If events do not unfold in your favour, remember you do not have to struggle on all by yourself. The Horse ruling the year can bring those to lend you a helping hand, yet you need to be strong enough to reach out. Let it be known you would like some support. It gives others the pleasure of making a difference if they can do something to make your world a better place.

PIG  1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
You can feel more in control of certain tricky situations if you do not try too hard to be in command of every awkward individual or every minute detail. Having a plan does not mean you have to stick with it rigidly. Having a plan means that everyone involved is aware of what is supposed to happen, when it is scheduled and who is doing what. Last minute changes can make your plan work better.

Marion Udall

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