Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Horse

The Horse is the seventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Horse had to pass a cemetery on his way, but he was too scared. He hesitated for the longest time because running past it with his eyes closed. After he overcame that obstacle, he went at full speed and managed to arrive seventh.

The Horse is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) wǔ (), and the hours 11–13 at midday. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Horse is yang. As the head of the six domestic animals, horses are crucial in transportation and war.

Horses are free spirits who need space to be themselves.

In Chinese culture, they represent speed and freedom. Many Northern ethnicities, such as the Mongolians and Manchurians, revere and worship the horse.

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although wǔ is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).

Recent years of the Horse

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1930 gēng Horse Metal Yang
1942 rén Horse Water Yang
1954 jiǎ Horse Wood Yang
1966 bǐng Horse Fire Yang
1978 Horse Earth Yang
1990 gēng Horse Metal Yang
2002 rén Horse Water Yang
2014 jiǎ Horse Wood Yang
2026 bǐng Horse Fire Yang

Personality and Characteristics

Horses are full of energy, albeit a bit too much. Both studious and athletic, they are strong believers of chasing after dreams. Rather than wealth and fame, happiness is what motivates them. They expect others to operate at the same speed as them and don’t understand why others can’t.

Contradicting characteristics come from the fact that they are ever-changing emotions. They have short tempers and become angry quickly. But once it’s over, they forget quickly. They’re biggest fault is that they’re blind to their own faults.

Elements and fortunes

Element Year Fortune
Fire 1966, 2026 These Horses are bright and energetic. As natural leaders, they are the trendsetters. With their skills and support from friends, they are able to solve any problem. However, they sometimes don’t take criticism well.
Earth 1978, 2038 These Horses are work fanatics. Optimistic and kind, they love helping others and have many friends. Although a bit impatient and make mistakes at times, they are appreciated by everyone around them. They must work hard, but will receive what they deserve.
Metal 1930, 1990 These Horses are kind and positive. They are too straightforward and blunt at times, hurting others without realizing. They place great value on love and need a partner that can tolerate their faults.
Water 1942, 2002 These Horses can be emotional and impatient, but their friends stay by their side. They are able to receive recognition from higher ups at work. They can also attract others quickly, but require time in order to develop a real relationship.
Wood 1954, 2014 These Horses are full of imagination. They look at everything from a unique perspective and always want to express their ideas. They can be emotionally sensitive, but make efficient leaders.

Men born in the Horse year are independent and crave freedom. They’re easygoing and treat everyone sincerely. Their humor and selflessness makes them popular in every group. These Horses are willing to do whatever they can to help others. This is usually a sign of maturity, but these men generally mature slower than others.

They also often overestimate themselves. Even if they know what their faults are, it’s hard for them to change.

Women born in the Horse year are beautiful and give off a refreshing aura. Sometimes they are gentle ponies, other times they can become wild stallions. Regardless, they are impressive and good at what they do. Motivation and help from others aren’t important. As long as they’re doing what they like, they will succeed.

They can be chatterboxes and have a clear division between like and dislike. However, they are usually indecisive. Rather than having a clear plan, they leave things to fate.


Most compatible with Horse: Goat, Tiger, Dog

Horse and Goat are the most compatible. They are attracted by Goat’s tenderness, while the Goat’s reliance will make a Horse feel content.

Tigers are willing to put in effort for a Horse. Their relationship is genuine and true. With a Dog, Horses will find a partner in work and life.

Least compatible with Horse: Rat, Ox, Horse

Horses and Rats have clashing personalities. They are the least compatible and their marriage will be painful.

With Oxen, there will be obstacles in communication and the relationship is cold. Horses are also incompatible with themselves. They cooperate well, but are too similar to maintain a lasting relationship outside of work.

Lucky things for Horses

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Mineral: crystal
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southwest, west
  • Directions of wealth: southeast
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: gold, brown, black
  • Numbers: 6, 7, 8

Careers Fit for Horses

Rather than a simple and routine job, Horses are more suitable for technical and effective work. Some examples include journalism, sales and translating. These jobs require quick reflexes and improvisation. They must also be ready for work at all times. With these, Horses will be in their element.

Similarly, Horses would enjoy jobs that are constantly changing. This is because Horses constantly change attitudes and feelings towards certain things. They’re able to adapt to changing environments. Many times, they already have a plan when others are still trying to figure things out. This makes strong candidates as politicians and critics.

Give Horses the freedom they need. There is nothing more painful for them than doing the same thing every day.

Health and Lifestyle

Horses are always moving. Once they reach one goal, they set off to the next destination without rest.

Because of their personality, Horses often disrupt their biological clock. This can cause various problems, such as liver and kidney diseases. They should be alert if a cold leads to chest pains.

To prevent health problems, Horses must calm down their fast-paced rhythm. Do not ignore minor symptoms, as they can worsen into serious illnesses.

Overall, Horses are naturally healthy. But it can be worrisome if they force themselves on without proper rest. Pulling all-nighters is a habit and they continue working even during holidays. Horses must create and stick to a more manageable routine if they wish to maintain their health.


Horses in the Year of the Tiger (2022)

Entering 2022, Horses will be rid of the influence of Fan Tai Sui in 2021, so their overall fortune will be on a steady climb in this year. Many stars will bless them with stellar career achievements if they are able to harness their energy and work hard. A meteoric rise is possible if they play their cards right and recognition and public praise are more than likely.

At the same time, there will also be aspects less favorable for this zodiac sign which they will need to guard against. Most of all, Horses will be prone to even more emotional instability than previous years. They will feel suspicious of people around them, and their personal relationships can suffer damage as a result. If Horses are not careful, they could end 2022 lonely winners with no one to share the joys of their achievements with.

Love and Relationships in 2022

Horses will only have mediocre luck in love in 2022, as the stars do not bless this part of their sky. Most of their energy will be focused on work, leaving little time for romantic ventures.

For married Horses and those in a serious relationship, you can find it difficult to trust your partner this year. It’s not that anything will happen to suggest this, but you will somehow have a nagging feeling of suspicion. If in doubt, opt for trust and communication. You do not want anything to go wrong at home this year and have that disrupt your progress in the workplace. On top of that, no one will be happier for you when you achieve your professional goals than your partner. Treasure their company and support.

Single Horses are unlikely to start a relationship in 2022. Even though your overall fortune is on the climb, your love life seems the one area that is not particularly blessed. In addition, you may feel that love is too complicated and requires too much effort, and opt to focus on your career. It would not be a bad decision, as there is only so much time in a year, and it would be a terrible waste to not make the best use of all the stars in your professional favor in 2022.

Career in 2022

Horses have always been valuable in the workplace, so it’s a pity that over the past few years they have not been appreciated at work leading to them having stagnant careers with little motivation. This year, this is set to change as they will find their careers rapidly changing—most likely for the better.

Devote more time and energy to work, as this year your effort and all your previous efforts will finally be recognized and pay off. Raises are all but guaranteed, and your employers will not only appreciate your talents and contribution, but will very likely favor you with a higher position and more responsibility that will be satisfying without the extra money.

Horses who are already executives and leaders in the workplace will receive further development and may likely achieve public renown. As their careers flourish in 2022, Horses may also find themselves in the public eye and be looked up to as role models by younger people in their industry.

All Horses are advised to take action in 2022, because most likely things will take the most optimistic course this year. The only thing is to watch out for jealousy from unexpected quarters and be extra vigilant with your contracts – dot your i’s and cross your t’s before signing off on anything. You have the power to make or break something important this year and you should not use that power carelessly.

Wealth in 2022

Horses will experience a clear uptick in their wealth this year, a repayment for last year’s bad luck in this area. Horses who have worked hard over previous years will see sudden pay-offs this year, and will be able to expand their businesses and career scopes, which will lead to more money. Outside their work income, Horses will have steady fortunes as well with few troubling news. The stock market will be a good bet, although doing your research remains important. Part of your success and fortune will come from your ability to analyze and think for yourself, so do not speculate.

Education in 2022

Younger Horses will be blessed with improvement in their academic performances in 2022. Their usually impatient temperament will see a change this year, and they will feel more at ease by putting in effort. This will mean more than luck alone, as the knowledge you acquire now will serve you for many years to come.

Health in 2022

Horses will most likely be free from any major diseases in 2022, although their mood could experience some ups and downs thanks to these aspects. In particular, they may feel lonely this year, even while they are very suspicious of the people around them, adding to their emotional burden. This has always been something of a problem for Horses, but this year the problem will be exacerbated.

Learning to deal with mood swings and endowing your interpersonal relationships with more trust and ease will be a good idea, as emotional health will otherwise become a long-lasting trouble spot that Horses will have to deal with in future years. Consider practicing Tai Chi, yoga or going jogging. These types of activities can give you a more Zen-like mentality. You may well realize that all of your anxieties and suspicions never had any basis in reality after a spin around a park.

Horses in the Year of the Rat (2021)

The Horse and the Ox form one of the six harming pairs (Liu Hai), meaning that the Horse will clash with the Tai Sui in 2021. Therefore, do not expect your overall fortune to be spectacular.

You will be overwhelmed with the stress of your career and relationships, and you may feel frustrated at times. You should not let these obstacles get the best of you, however. Failure to adjust your mindset will likely harm your future development.


Due to the influence of Tai Sui, you are likely to experience significant volatility at work this year, and might find it hard to stay at your current company or position. As these unexpected challenges unfold, try to develop a transferable skill set that can lead to future opportunities.

There will be times when you need to put in more work than usual, which can lead to stress. You will also have trouble with workplace relationships, as you may argue with your colleagues and make enemies. Though your trials may prove difficult, hard work and a good professional reputation will help you succeed in your endeavors as the year ends.

You will face some ups and downs in your finances this year, and may find yourself facing unexpected expenses such as medical bills, home repairs, and gifts for social gatherings. The Horse typically doesn’t have a shrewd understanding of managing personal finances, so you might often worry about money.

This is not a great year to make investments, as you are likely to lose more than you gain. You should also be careful with your personal belongings, as you are more prone to theft this year.

Lucky Months: January, June, and August

Unlucky Months: May, October, and November


Though the Horse will clash with Tai Sui this year, your education prospects will not be significantly affected. This year may not feature your proudest academic achievements, but it will still be a great time to read up and learn the material.

Pursuing academic research and participating in fieldwork will help you garner knowledge and wisdom. Use this opportunity to learn from everyone and everything around you in order to improve yourself intellectually.


Unfortunately, the love life of the Horse does not look promising this year. The single Horse will not have a very adventurous love life. While you may find new partners this year, many of them will not suit you, and it is unlikely you will develop any lasting relationships this year.

For this reason, it is important to be cautious in your romantic endeavors, lest you find yourself getting hurt. If you are already married or in a committed relationship, you and your partner may experience some difficult times.

Commitment and understanding will see you through, however. As the year progresses, the clouds will gradually disappear and peace will follow. Do your best to work out your issues before things get out of hand. If your relationship is not working, consider taking a break and moving onto the next chapter of your life.


There can be many hidden troubles for your health in 2021. Clashing with Tai Sui will consume a lot of your energy, and you may often find yourself feeling worried, anxious, or dispirited; you may even suffer from long-term negative effects.

To counteract these effects, you need to pay special attention to your daily habits and focus on improving your health by making small adjustments to your lifestyle. Do not yield to your love for fatty and spicy foods, as they might lead to chronic health issues down the line.

Find healthy activities, such as a sport you enjoy or nature hikes, as these will recharge you mentally and physically. Keep in mind that, due to Tai Sui, you will be prone to accidental injuries this year. Watch out for any potential dangers when you go out at night, and be careful when you drive.


This year may be rough for the Horses, but it will be worth it in the end. Try to avoid unnecessary risks and strive to maintain stability in both your personal and professional life. Seek out the positivity that surrounds you.

Have faith in yourself, and seek out community and charity work that can grant you peace of mind. You will reaffirm your values by engaging in volunteer work, and your year will end well thanks to those who are willing to lend you a helping hand.