The Chinese Year of the Wood Horse


carousel-241559_640Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse! This will be an incredible year for exciting romance, unusual opportunities and success, especially in the area of finances. Now is the time to open your dream business . . . and be successful.

The Chinese New Year always begins at sunset, after the New Moon, after the Sun enters the sign of Aquarius each year. This is the reason why the Chinese New Year starts on a different day each year. For 2014, the Chinese New Year starts on January 31st and gallops in on a Horse.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac and 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse. In Chinese astrology, the speedy Horse is associated with freedom, leadership and passion. The Chinese believe the Dragon and Horse to be the most auspicious of all their animals. The Dragon is the best flyer in the sky and the Horse is the fastest runner on earth. The Horse is so fast that it is involved with traveling, exciting adventures and unexpected romance. Being very competitive, victory is the destiny of the Horse.

In Chinese astrology, the five elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth.  Here is the Chinese astrology system: Each year, the animals change, but the elements continue for two consecutive years. For example, this year is the Wood Horse and next year will be the Wood Sheep.

The element of wood calms down the impetuous nature of the Horse and makes this version of the Horse more determined and less impulsive than the Fire Horse, for example. The Chinese see the magical Wood Horse as having supernatural powers and can even fly. They also see the Horse as strong, even heroic in battle, who usually wins.

So what can we expect for the Chinese New Year of 2014?  Wood Horse years are typically seen as fortunate that bring good luck and unexpected opportunities. This year will bring sudden victories, long-distance journeys and new adventures only available because of the Horse’s magical powers.

How can we use the new energy of the Chinese New Year to benefit each of us? Since Horse years are considered lucky and bring good things to us, be bold this year.  Take that long exotic trip that you have been dreaming about your entire life. This is the year for adventure. Open a business that would feed your soul and it could actually happen and be successful this year. But since the Horse can be impulsive and run wildly with a full gallop, make sure it’s really want you want to do and that it’s not just a whim.  Enjoy this exciting year with the zest of a Horse that is running full-speed ahead.

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