The Horse is the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.  In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.  People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, fabulous speakers who have a gift for getting through to other people.  They believe that their aim in life is “to seek individual freedom and happiness.” 


The Sign of the Horse

People born in the Year of the Horse share certain characteristics:  Self-reliant, joyful, outgoing, sophisticated, resilient, arrogant, and quick-witted.  Exciting and extroverted, vivid and animated, Horse people like to entertain friends with their humor and appeal.  They are bursting with energy, are the life of any party they attend, and always looking for the next party event. They are sharp-minded, dress fashionably, gifted with a silver tongue, and have acute insight.

Most of the people born in the Year of the Horse leave their homes when they are young; those who stay at home start their careers early.  They are vigorous and energetic.  They do not adhere to old habits and like to show off.  Their most striking point lies in their strong self-confidence, gentleness, and the ability as agents in financial transactions.

They like to be engaged in intellectual activities and sports, and people can see this from their skillful actions, graceful posture, and eagerness while speaking.  They react quickly and can decide promptly.  They are generous, like to join fun, and are totally easy-going persons.  They are flexible,  intelligent, and can usually control others.  They use their practicality to their advantage in their business and personal lives.

Their sharpness makes them quick to pick up new skills and are able to handle many tasks at one time.  However, due to their impatience, they don’t always finish what they start for fear of missing out on the next big event.  They are impetuous and stubborn in temperament and cannot recognize their own weaknesses, so they are slow to change.  It is difficult for them to adapt themselves to the schedule worked out by others, and they are too impatient to observe regulations.  They have their own  thoughts, and it is also difficult to make them submit to others. They want others to work as quickly as they do, and if they fail to obtain satisfactory results, they are full of complaints.

They have many good ideas, are good at solving knotty problems and are not selfish about material matters. Sometimes they can be forgetful and absent-minded.  The contradictions in their temperament should be attributed to their changeable moods.  They act according to their own intuitions, are often engaged in several activities at the same time, and  good at controlling situations.  They put their plans into practice without hesitation once they have made up their minds.  They will appreciate your sincerity and frankness if you would tell them directly and clearly whether a plan is feasible or not.

They are trustworthy, friendly and like to be surrounded by their relatives and friends.   They usually have a large circle of acquaintances, and make new friends almost every day, but they never rely on their friends too much.  Although they are good confidants, they are independent people and do enjoy their alone time.  They can struggle with obstinance and self-centeredness, which can lead to a flare of the temper if they don’t get their way.

People born in the Year of the Horse are usually quite healthy, perhaps due to their positivity and athleticism.  They get a lot of exercise and love to be out in the air and open spaces.  They should seek spirituality in times of despair or stress.

Horse people may fall in love easily and also break away from it lightly.  They love company and therefore will always welcome visitors in for a hearty chat.   They don’t always finish what they start, especially if something more exciting come along, so there are likely to be various unfinished projects in their homes. They can be impatient and have explosive tempers although they rarely bear grudges.

Their willingness to try anything new and their ability to pick up new skills with ease makes them suitable for most any careers they choose to pursue.  They may become excellent actors, but they are not suitable to become teachers. They are people persons and enjoy occupations that allow them to interact with other people.  Their need to be independent and self-reliant makes them crave positions of power and they are very well-suited for careers in the field of communications.

People born in the Year of the Horse may be rich, but they don’t think much about money.  When they have it, they spend it for themselves and for helping others.  When they run out, they make more.  Money does not constitute their happiness or well-being.  They feel it is only icing on the cake to have some and would rather buy fun things and  share it with others than save it. They are always active in stirring up situations,  often take the lead when there is nobody else to take responsibility for a decision, and can bring about sunshine in winter.

Famous Horse People:  Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Cherie Blair, Cindy Crawford, Ellen Barkin, Halle Berry, Helena Bonham Carter, Jacqueline Susann, Joanne Woodward, Princess Margaret, Rita Hayworth., and Robin Wright Penn.

Horse Years:  01/25/1906 to 02/12/1907 (Fire), 02/11/1918 to 01/31/1919 (Earth), 01/30/1930 to 02/16/1931 (Metal), 02/15/1942 to 02/04/1943 (Water), 02/03/1954 to 01/23/1955 (Wood), 01/21/1966 to 02/08/1967 (Fire), 02/07/1978 to 01/27/1979 (Earth), 01/27/1990 to 02/14/1991 (Metal), 02/12/2002 to 01/31/2003 (Water), 01/31/2014 to 02/18/2015 (Wood).


Following are my Chinese brush painting to celebrate the Year of the Horse.








(Spring Liao, 11/21/2007)