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January 30, 2014

All You Wanted to Know About People Born In the Chinese Year of the Horse

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Things to Know About People Born in the Year of the Horse

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The Horse Personality

Popular literature in the West speaks of “men being from Mars and women being from Venus.”  Well, in Chinese astrology, the Horse is associated with male and its complementary sign, the Sheep, with female characteristics. Independence is the “male” characteristic epitomized by the Horse. Anyone who loves cowboy movies knows the first thing a cowboy does upon riding into town is to tie up his Horse. You are most likely adventurous, fun-loving and enjoy the outdoors as well as a variety of sports. It’s no chore to get you to go to the fitness center to work out, but you truly enjoy the combination of working out and being outdoors–hiking, jogging, biking, rock wall climbing.

You can be a human dynamo. Furthermore, you can stay in an action mode a lot longer than the rest of us. Others probably see you as a vivacious person due to your high energy level. It’s not only your vitality that catches our attention and wins our respect. You’re quick in both mind and body, and cut a dapper, colorful figure as you rush in and out of our lives. In general you must have things your way—now. Occasionally impatient and rash, you tend to engage in impulsive behavior more than the rest of us. In truth stability is not your strong suit. You are fickle, especially when it comes to fashions

The Horse In Relationships

You are a fun member of any team and likely to be found where the action is. Yes, even though you are most independent, you still love to be around lots of people. The catch is it’s you who decide when and where the party will be. No one ever said you were afraid to make a decision. It wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve been accused of being headstrong more than once. Add to this a stubborn streak and a bit of a temper, and you can be difficult to be around at times.

You can also be selfish and self-indulgent as you pursue your interests oblivious to ours. You can be hard to live with when you don’t get your way. This independent streak of yours and your emotional aloofness can be a magnet for those of the opposite sex. People always seem to be drawn to what they cannot have. But like the Eagles songs says, “Desperado you better let somebody love you, you better let somebody love you before it’s too late.” In other words, do not let your independence be an obstacle to true love.

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Personality

  • Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
  • Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky Flowers: giant taro, Jasmin
  • Year of Birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

The horse ranks seventh of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

People born in the year of the horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen in such occasions as concerts, theaters, meetings, sporting occasions, and parties. With a deft sense of humor, horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.

Sometimes, the horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn’t mean that he will not be interested in any problems except his own. However, a horse person is really more cunning than intelligent, that is probably due to the fact that most horse people lack confidence.

Health

Basically, horse people are very healthy, most likely because they hold a positive attitude towards life. However, heavy responsibility or pressure from their job may make them weak. Therefore horse people shouldn’t do overtime too often and then come home very late. Also, they should refuse some invitations to join parties at night.

Career

Jobs involving communicating with others attract horse people most. The sign of horse stands for leadership, management and decision-making. Horse people dislike taking orders. The horse can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for he is an extrovert and he needs to be surrounded by people who approve of him and flatter him. Good career choices for horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

Relationships

People born during the year of the horse have a pleasant, amiable, easy-going disposition. With good humor and geniality, they are extremely comfortable to get along with, for they have the ability of instantly putting people at their ease. They are very quick-witted and are  right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you were saying; they are on to the thought in your mind even before you’ve expressed it. All these guarantee their popularity and a large following of friends.

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Are you Born in the Year of the Horse… does this represent you?? 

Thank goodness for open spaces, because the Horse needs plenty of room to roam! Energetic, good with money and very fond of travel, Horses are the nomads of the Chinese Zodiac, roaming from one place or project to the next. All of this Sign’s incessant activity and searching may be to satisfy a deep-rooted desire to fit in. Paradoxically, Horses feel a simultaneous yearning for independence and freedom. Horses crave love and intimacy, which is a double-edged sword since it often leads them to feel trapped. Love connections tend to come easily to Horses, since they exude the kind of raw sex appeal that is a magnet to others. This Sign tends to come on very strong in the beginning of the relationship, having an almost innate sense of romance and seduction. Horses are seducers in general; check out any A-list party and you’re bound to find the Horse in attendance. This Sign possesses a sharp wit and a scintillating presence; it really knows how to work a crowd. Surprisingly, Horses tend to feel a bit inferior to their peers, a misconception that causes them to drift from group to group out of an irrational fear of being exposed as a fraud. An impatient streak can lead Horses to be less than sensitive to others’ needs. These colts would rather take a situation firmly in hand as opposed to waiting for others to weigh in or come to terms with it. The lone wolf inside the Horse can at times push others away, but this also makes this Sign stronger and is a key to its success. Horses are self-reliant and, though they might lose interest fast in a tedious, nine-to-five day job, are willing to do the work necessary to get ahead. Horses tend not to look much at the big picture; instead they just follow their whims, which can result in a trail of prematurely ended relationships, jobs, projects and so on. This Sign really knows how to motivate others, though, and get a lot accomplished. Once they find some peace within themselves, they can curb their wandering tendencies and learn to appreciate what’s in their own backyard.

Compatibility

Best with: Tiger, Goat or Dog
Worst with: Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse

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2014 Predictions for the Horse

Love: 2014 will see variable fortune for Horses in love. If you are single, you may expect new encounters but, sadly, these will not be of a romantic nature. If you are married, be wary of quarrels; you may need to rethink your position on some issues, but good will come out of it should you do so. This year, new marriages may prove more difficult than in other years. Horses generally should be wary of friction within their relationships this year; disagreements are liable to becoming particularly heated.

Career: Be particularly wary of competitive colleagues and other potential rivals at work. You will have many choices this year in the path of your career, but should you choose to take them you will face stiff competition. Those in the public sphere need to be particularly wary of this, and of underhand behavior on the part of underlings. Private business is also likely to face difficulties in the year ahead.

Wealth: Horses should not trust to luck this year; the outlook is unstable, and caution is required. Any gains are liable to be offset by additional expenses. Though there are some auspicious signs, these are unpredictable, so treat any seemingly glowing opportunity with care.

Health: As the Chinese appropriately say, ‘horse-horse, tiger-tiger’, a phrase meaning ‘so-so’. Take particular care of your health and safety. This particularly applies should you find yourself around – or worse, on – lakes or rivers in the fifth lunar month.

General Outlook: 2014 will prove a challenging year. There are too many malevolent stars that will beset you for you to walk away unscathed, so be cautious on the larger issues that you may be affected only by those smaller and of lesser importance. You yourself will be prone to error, so heed advice from friends and elders. Make sure you have a solid financial plan this year so as not to enter into crisis on that front, and don’t take any financial risks. Be wary of your relationships; approach them with caution and keep your temper. This year in particular, you will need others to be cooperative and on-side.

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Best Travel Destinations for the Horse in 2014

While Dragons and Snakes are confined to the west, Horses are similarly confined at the opposite end of China.  Stay east, and don’t think of galloping off anywhere else. Graze in easterly pastures and you will be fine. There’s plenty of grazing to do.

Shanghai

There can be few names of foreign cities more romantic in the mind of the foreign visitor than Shanghai given its long connection with the outside world through land possession and international trade. The Shanghai of today is certainly a destination to tick off your list so now, Horses, is the time to do so. In its modern form as an up-to-date international metropolis, Shanghai can, at times, seem like another country outside China altogether. Long-standing connections overseas have given the city a uniquely cosmopolitan flavor all its own unmatched within the rest of the nation and rarely matched outside it. It is now the largest and most successful of China’s commercial cities, its importance such that it qualifies as a municipality in its own right, one of four under direct central government control as they seek to preserve its unique status. No surprise that its ancient heritage and modern atmosphere make it one of China’s top four tourist destinations. Horses should be sure to trot along to the Bund and the Oriental Pearl Tower, the most famous of Shanghai’s landmarks, but there’s plenty to see after that. There are too many museums to mention here, colonial architecture including some magnificent churches, theaters,parks,shopping malls, anything and everything for all tastes and interests. Don’t miss out on the old towns which have been swallowed up in Shanghai’s expansion while retaining their cultural heritage. Zhujiajiao and the old traditional buildings in the Qingpu district are particularly worthy of attention.

Nanjing

The capital of Jiangsu province, Nanjing has a long and troubled history. One of the four major ancient capitals of Imperial China alongside Xi’an, Beijing and Luoyang, it has served both as a cradle for Chinese civilization and as a magnet to those who would disrupt it. Nanjing’s is a painful history into which to delve too deeply, but for the lighter, more creative side of what this ancient city has produced we would recommend the visiting Horse check out the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the Confucian Temple, the Yuhuatai Tomb of Emperor Zhuyuanzhang and his Queen, the Folk Art Museum, and top it all off with a relaxing stroll along the pretty Qin Huai river.

Hangzhou

The capital of Zhejiang Province, situated on the Yangtze River delta, Hangzhou has its own unique feel given its location on the West Lake, arguably the most famous lake in all China. This lake has gained such worldwide renown in its own right and in its surrounding scenery that many locations are listed by the World Record Association. It is said that ‘As there is paradise in Heaven, so there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth’. Nor is scenic beauty the only attraction. With a history of some 2,200 years since its foundation, Hangzhou is rich in culture, much of it again to be found around the lake itself. Given that much of your time here should really be spent around the lake area, we would recommend hiring a bicycle and considering renting a boat to cruise the waterways.

Suzhou

Often coupled with Hangzhou given their proximity, as in the quote above, Suzhou has its own atmosphere quite distinct from that of Hangzhou. Listed as a primary city for its historical and cultural background, established in 514 BCE, its 2,500 year history as of this very year, your year, the Year of the Horse, has made it one of China’s top ten tourist destinations. That history is largely focused upon the Wu people, giving it a unique color on the map of China for the Wu’s singular attitude and approach to life.

The most remarkable and memorable aspect of Suzhou is to be found in its traditional and ancient gardens. These are many, and to be sought out by the traveler for their fantastic variety and points of focus, whether they be built upon a theme of flowers, shrubs or rock formations. There can be nowhere better than Suzhou in which to see this ancient Chinese tradition of landscape art. Don’t get too caught up in the gardens, though. Exploration of Suzhou’s winding waterways, small bridges and alleyways, and the ancient architecture that is scattered throughout the city is something not to be neglected.

Huangshan

Huangshan is the famed ‘Yellow Mountain’, an area of some of the most fantastic scenery to be found not only in China, but also anywhere on earth. Be prepared for a lot of hiking here, and your reward will be some of the most spectacular sites you have ever seen. Located in the south of Anhui province, head for the Huangshan district of Huangshan city and you can’t miss it. It’s pretty big. What makes Huangshan unique is the sheer variety of forms and delights to be found here, all the classic images and experiences of pines clinging to fantastic rock formations, seas of cloud and, for relaxation, there are even hot springs located here, everything anyone could ever want from all mountains all here in one.

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Places to avoid

This may be your year, Horse, but don’t think you can have your way in everything. Inauspicious stars mean that Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Luoyang, Datong and, indeed, anywhere north is best avoided.

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Famous People Who Belong to Horse

The second emperor of Qin (230 BC-207 BC), or Ying Huhai, was the youngest son of Qin Shihuang.

Emperor An of Han, or Liu Hu (94 AD-125 AD), the sixth emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Zhang Daoling (34 AD-156 AD), the founder of Taoism.

Genghis Khan (1162-1227), known as the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, was the leader of the Mongol Empire.

Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1678-1735), the fourth son of Emperor Kangxi.

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The City that Represent the Horse – Shenzhen

If any city in China has moved forward at a gallop, that city is Shenzhen. In the few decades since China’s opening-up policy was put into action, Shenzhen has exploded out from very humble beginnings into a huge metropolis, testament to its advantageous location for trade situated next to Hong Kong and with favorable access to the sea and thus international commerce. When it comes to sheer commercial power, those few decades have seen Shenzhen rise to fourth position behind Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. There can be no other place in China as symbolic of the rapid changes that have taken place in the nation as a whole.

However, Shenzhen is not all about economics. This is a vibrant, lively city packed with life and activity given that it has a largely youthful population drawn in from all quarters in China. Nor has it lost all its scenic attractions in the thrust to modernization, while it has added a few scenic spots of its own in its modernity. Check out ‘Splendid China’, (‘锦绣中华’)Sea World, (海洋世界); the Wildlife Park, (野生动物园); the Rare Botanical Garden, (珍稀植物园); and don’t forget the beaches, with some of the prettiest and most clement bathing opportunities around China.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

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Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot-blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high-profile careers.  They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

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Horoscope and Numerology Elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: wu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): huo (fire)
Yin Yang: yang
Auspicious Directions: northeast, southwest and northwest
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 6, 5
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Best match: tiger, sheep, dog; Avoid: rat, ox, rabbit

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Celebrities Born in the Year of the Horse
Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Genghis Khan, Emperor Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911)

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Fortune Foretelling in 2014
Overview:  It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2014, their fortune in all aspects will fluctuate, so will require great care. They may feel more stressed out, in which case they are advised to talk about it with close friends or councilors, and take part in group activities. Faced with any difficulties, they should be strong to overcome them all. If they treat people around them friendly and behave righteously, they will get through the year smoothly.

Career: Horse people are easily offended this year even for trifles, and seem not to keep a harmonious relationship with colleagues. Sometimes they doubt themselves too much, leading to a gradual loss of confidence. When finishing a task, they seek confirmation again and again from people around them. In this case, it is suggested to be confident and talk more to family instead of complaining to colleagues. Just keep a low profile, get along well with your boss and be careful of tricks by mean people and then achievements in your job will come.
Wealth: Their financial fortune will be unstable in 2014. It seems that there will be much unexpected cost. Thus to make ends meet comes first When managing money matters, they should consider accepting others’ suggestion. It is necessary to be careful to make any investment. Businesspeople should make a full scheme before making a large amount of investment, because the market will be changeable in the year.
Relationships: The fortune in love life for horse people will be just so-so. If they would like to get married in the year, it is strongly suggested to select an auspicious date according to the dates of birth of the bride and the bridegroom, or they will suffer a lot in marriage. Singles may meet several people that they have feelings for, but none of them are doomed to be their Mr./Ms. Right. If faced with a dilemma, they’d better refer to the idea or suggestion of their relatives and friends. Husband and wife will argue a lot in the year; a focus on communication and mutual understanding can avoid it. For all lovers, mutual trust is the secret for an everlasting relationship.
Health: As they offend “Taisui” this year, they may suffer some discomforts. Some insidious diseases like dermatitis may happen. To avoid that, they’d better have a full physical examination. Besides, they also need to be careful to avoid unexpected injuries by knives and others sharp items. Females should pay attention to problem in urinary system and males need to care more about their stomach. Adjusting their emotions and traveling outside will help with their health as well. They also need to remember not to eat too much for each meal.

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The Horse Revealed
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What can I expect in the Year of the Horse?

You might be surprised at my answer. It’s … You already know. Here’s the reason. You see of the 12 Chinese Astrology sign, Horse is the one that most closely resembles the characteristic of the animal, horse. But let me help you organize your thoughts. I want you to think about three places where you can find horses, cowboy movies, the racetrack, and the arena.

We learn a lot about horses in those old westerns. For example, the first thing a cowboy does when he arrives in town at the beginning of the show is to tie up his horse. They’re independent critters. So individual effort is favored this year. And in relationships – don’t be surprised if that special someone doesn’t want to be tied down. It’s also not unusual for a partner to wander off, just like the horse that isn’t tied up properly.

And how about those movie scenes where a herd of wild horses is majestically moving across the open range! Freedom. The open spaces. Adventure. Power. Yup. The outdoors and the environment are big this year. Get as much of the outdoors as you can into your vacations. By the way, you want to get in shape so you can run with those horses.

Speaking of running. How about the race track! Speed, getting a quick jump on the action, madly rushing to the finish line. Things’ll happen quickly. The pace fast. High drama. Passion. Quick thinking wins the day. You snooze, you lose. Get the picture? The race for glory. And there’ll be plenty of it. It’s a time to get in the game, to make your maximum effort. To run hard. But remember this, you have your limits. Everyone does. So make sure you get enough down time. Another caution. Opportunities could come fast and furious. Make your plans now. There’s always a risk with hasty decisions. But, you can reduce it by thinking about what you want before you have a need to jump into the fire.

Did I mention passion? Maybe I rained on your parade earlier. Stay with me. There’s an upside to relationships. Love and sex come alive with the Horse in charge. Again, think about the track. Drama leading up to the race. The gun goes off. A few minutes of frantic action. And it’s over! I think you get the point. You might get lucky, but for the most part forget about creating a lasting relationship or finding your soul mate (unless your sign is Sheep). On the other hand … Fleeting romances you have this year could become some of the most fun times of your life. So enjoy them.

Last but not least. The horse is a graceful animal. And it’s not just the track where we see it. Think about the equestrian events at the Olympics or a performance of the Lipizzaner Stallions in Vienna. You can expect to see great performances at the movies, theater and concerts. If you’re an entertainer, this is the year you’ve been waiting for! Flair. Style that flaunts itself. Might be time to kick your wardrobe up a notch. I’m not talking excess. Just enough to make sure you’re noticed. Maybe you’re shy. I’d never tell anyone to change who they are, but … Well, can you at least let go once in a while.

You put all three together, and what do you get? Adventure. Fun. Action. Flamboyance. Focus on individual achievement. Sounds like a good time to me. And it will be if you keep a hold on common sense and take breaks when you need them. Horses to the starting line…!

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