Horse (zodiac)

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The Horse (馬 午) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of a "horse" nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly.



The horse is symbolic of energetic and financial volatility and impulsiveness, including taking on various new projects with variable success, and borrowing and spending money. The year of the horse is said to be the year for divorce and/or marriage.[1]


Persons with "horse personalities" are said to have the following characteristics: very active, tireless in racing towards their own goals on their own timelines, possessed of mental thought processes characterized by lightning-quick speed to the point of faultiness, multitaskers, self-confident, ambitious, fond of exercise, liable to physical and mental exhaustion, side-steppers of issues and others' concerns, and temperamentally impatient to the point of explosiveness.[2]

Relationship compatibility[edit]

Horses are thought to be particularly incompatible with rat, ox, rabbit and possibly, snake personalities; and to be particularly compatible with people of the tiger or dog type.[3]

Wood horse[edit]

Horses of the wood characteristic are said to be logical, inspirational, intelligent, and friendly, yet restless, high-strung, and lacking in discernment.[4] This could pertain to the horse year of 31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015, a Year of the Wood Horse.

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

Sculpture of Horse from Chinese zodiac in the park at Mount Mogan in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province, China.

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Horse," while also bearing the following elemental sign:[5]

Start DateEnd DateHeavenly Branch
25 January 190612 February 1907Fire Horse
11 February 191831 January 1919Earth Horse
30 January 193016 February 1931Metal Horse
15 February 19424 February 1943Water Horse
3 February 195423 January 1955Wood Horse
21 January 19668 February 1967Fire Horse
7 February 197827 January 1979Earth Horse
27 January 199014 February 1991Metal Horse
12 February 200231 January 2003Water Horse
31 January 201418 February 2015Wood Horse
17 February 20265 February 2027Fire Horse
4 February 203823 January 2039Earth Horse
23 January 205010 February 2051Metal Horse

Basic Astrology Elements[6][edit]

Earthly Branch of Birth Year:Wu
The Five Elements:Fire(Huo)
Yin Yang:Yang
Lucky Numbers:2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 5, 6
Lucky Flowers:calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Lucky Colors:brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden

See also[edit]