The Year of the Horse

恭賀新禧! Happy New Year!

Today is the start of the lunar new year, commonly called Chinese New Year outside of Asia.  This is the beginning of the year of the Horse.

Chinese astrology is divided into 12 years instead of 12 signs per year, and each year is named for an animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  There are also five elements that cycle through: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Finally, there are yin and yang years, so until February 18, 2015, this is the year of the yang wood horse.

So what does that mean?  Well, it depends on one’s own sign.  As a yang metal rat, this may not be the best of years for me–rats and horses are opposite signs (though I have a lot of horses in my life I love dearly). And thinking back to those horse years of my past all involved some sort of major change, often with a lot of unpleasantness but ultimately good–I spent most of one year of the horse pregnant with my son.  A fantastic change, but a rough pregnancy–that sort of thing.    But I know that no matter what this year brings, the ultimate outcome will be good.  But  I’m prepared for a bumpy and exciting ride.

The relationship between the animals helps explain one’s fortune, and horses (a fire creature) fear the rat (a water creature), so relations aren’t good.  But this will be an excellent year for dogs, roosters, pigs, dragons and snakes, so good news for some.

You can find some interesting 2014 horoscopes on the ‘Net today.  Huffington Post has one as does Horoscope.  You can check for your sign on both sites, but people born in January or February need to be careful because Chinese years are based on the lunar calendar, so you may not be the “year” you think you are.

But happy new year! Long life, happiness and prosperity to you! Another new beginning to celebrate!

 

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About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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