As we are well into the Year of the Horse, we have decided to let our readers in on what the Horse has in store for us in 2014. We therefore asked our collaborator and established astrologer Master Tsai from Chinese Fortune Calendar, to explain to us what the symbol of the horse is in Chinese Astrology and how its coming can influence our lives. Here is what he told us:
The Horse and the Chinese Calendar
2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse. The Year 2014 is the 4711th Chinese year. The first king of China was the Yellow King. He started to rule the nation in 2697 B.C., therefore China entered the 4711th year on Chinese New Year Day on January 31, 2014.
The Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and a cycle of 60 stem-branch systems together. The stem-branch counting system is the combination of Five Elements and 12 animals. The five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The twelve animals are the following: Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. The Green Wood Horse is the 31st stem-branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 31 = 4711, 2014 is the Green Wood Horse Year.
The horse is one of China’s favorite animals. It was the quickest means of transportation before cars, allowing people to quickly reach their destinations. The horse also helped man to win battles. Therefore it is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory. That’s why it is so deeply connected to China’s speedy success.
The Dragon and the Horse are auspicious symbols for the Chinese. The Dragon is seen as the sky’s best flyer and the Horse is the best runner on the ground. The Dragon and the Horse are the symbols of high achievements, uniqueness, nobility and leadership. According to Chinese history books, the Horse has 30 percent of Dragon’s personality in it. Horses that exceed 8-feet are called Dragon-Horses. It is not rear to hear Chinese people encouraging others to use the Spirit of the Dragon-Horse. The Dragon-Horse Spirit doesn’t only refer to a fully energetic person, but also, a person pushing him/herself to exceed his/her limits and take the lead.
The horse in Chinese history
Throughout China’s history, every Chinese dynasty’s members intensively looked for sturdy and beautiful stallions. The stallion had to be tall and able to outrun other horses. If a stallion could run run one-thousand-Chinese-miles (about 312 miles) a day, then it was named a winged steed. One-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses would help emperors in their wars. They were deeply respected because they could save their masters lives by running away swiftly, if the master was not in a position to fight with the enemy. Today, when Chinese people call someone a one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horse they mean that this person belongs to a rare, outstanding and experienced kind that knows how to run business.
One of famous one-thousand-Chinese-mile Horses in China is the so-called “Sweats Blood” Horse. The name derives from the popular belief that this red Horse sweats blood when it runs in high speed for a long time. This horse is believed to have originated from Turkmenistan. According to tradition, a Chinese emperor sent more than 50 thousand soldiers to Turkmenistan to bring back a thousand “sweats blood” Horses. However half of them arrived to China alive.
Genghis Khan built the Mongol Empire with the help of horses. The Mongol Horses were a smaller breed, they were bred for endurance, not for speed like stallions. Genghis Khan conquered Eastern Europe so quickly, because Eastern European countries never believed that the Mongol cavalry would arrive to their territories so fast and, hence, didn’t have enough time to prepare their defense. It is said that each Mongol rider had three or four horses. In this way they could change to another horse when one got tired. Mongol cavalrymen even knew how to sleep on the saddle. That’s why they could travel long distances without stopping. It is a known fact that horses can sleep while standing. Mongolian horses had even handier sleeping habits. If they ran in a herd, the horses in the center could sleep while running.
Chinese New Year and astrology
The horse is an intelligent animal. Horses need to be trained to become useful to humans. It is human intervention that makes Horses famous. Without human guidance, horses are just wild animals. They don’t know where to go. They have no real destination in their lives. Chinese Fortunetellers say that a person will not achieve great success without the correct enlightenment from a good advisor.
The Chinese celebrate the Chinese New Year from Chinese New Year Day to Chinese Lantern Festival for 15 days. During the Chinese New Year holidays it is a common practice in China to ask fortunetellers to read horoscopes and give their advice for the coming year. Chinese professional fortunetellers will ask people’s birthday and birth time to make their predictions. The major fortunetelling theory they use is the Yin Yang Five Elements. The Yin Yang theory is based on the notion of balance. Therefore, our Horoscope is a depiction of the balance system between Five Elements. The page of 2014 Chinese Horoscopes for Green Wooden Horse in the chinesefortunecalendar.com is the Chinese Five Elements prediction for 2014. In order to find out whether the Horse will bring you luck in 2014, you need to know what your Lucky Element is.
Lots of people think that the Five Element Horoscope is too complicated. They prefer to read simple Chinese zodiac predictions, which are based on studying the 12 animals’ relationship with the animal sign of the new year. The prediction of Chinese zodiac signs can be found in newspapers, magazines, the Chinese farmer’s almanac or Internet websites. Since these predictions only use a person’s birth year, they are less accurate. Before reading the Chinese Zodiacs, you have to know your Chinese Zodiac Sign based on your birth year. Following, you need to find your animal sign in the page 2014 Chinese Zodiac for Year of the Horse Predictions
Chinese Zodiac theories derive from Chinese numerology, animal characteristics, the stars and the Five Elements. In the Five Elements’ theory, all 12 animal signs can be converted into Five Elements. For example, the Horse belongs to the Fire group. 2014 is the Wooden Horse year. Wood can help Fire to burn. Therefore, 2014 is a significant Fire year. 12 animal simple predictions are in the following.
- Rat is in the Water group. Fire and Water are opposite elements. The Rat and the Horse cannot get along. 2014 is not a peaceful year for the Rat.
- The Cow and the Horse are farm animals. Farmers treat Horses better. The luck of the Cow is fair for 2014.
- The Tiger sign contains Wood and Fire. Fire can bring the Horse and theTiger together. People with Tiger signs will have good people and love relationships in 2014.
- The Rabbit is in the Wood group too, but needs to work hard to receive reward from the Horse.
- The Dragon and the Horse are auspicious animals in China. The Dragon has advantage over the Horse.
- The Snake is in the Fire group, too. Since Fire is a favorite Lucky Element, 2014 will be a wonderful year.
- This is the Year of the Horse and in Chinese Zodiac theory when a horse meets another horse it is not a good sign. It is a year of competition. The Horse needs to stay alert.
- A Sheep is a good companion to the Horse. Sheep will have a good year in 2014.
- The Monkey sign contains Metal and Water. The Monkey needs to use its intelligence to deal with the Horse. 2014 is a fair year.
- The Chicken belongs to the Metal group. The metal is afraid of fire. The Chicken will face pressure from Fire. 2014 is a year of challenge.
- The Dog and the Horse can get along well. People or love relationships should be great in 2014.
- The Pig is in the Water group. The Pig and the Horse look incompatible. Actually, they have their secret love. 2014 is good for Pig.
For more information on the 12 animal signs can be found in the following.