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)(午), 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.

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

Horses are free spirits who need space to be themselves.

Recent years of the Horse are: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

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).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

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.

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.

Compatibility

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.

Horoscope

Horses in the Year of the Rat (2020)

The Year of the Rat will prove troublesome for the Horse. The promise of fortune from the previous year has passed, and it will be a struggle to get through this one. Because the Horse and the Rat are not compatible, problems will appear around every corner. To combat this misfortune, perform good deeds throughout the year, such as community service or random acts of kindness. Although bad luck is on the horizon, the Rat does bring success to all. If you get the chance, take it immediately.

Career

In the workplace, Horses will need to exercise caution. As easily angered individuals, it is best to steer clear of the things that irritate you. Inevitably there will be some unavoidable problems but try hard to keep your cool. If offered, take workshops for communication and better relations in the office. Team-building exercises are great for encouraging positive relationships in the office. Escape rooms are becoming a mega-hit for this purpose, but even simple luncheons will suffice. When in a sticky situation, remember to speak clearly with compassion and regard for the people involved. To succeed this year, you will have to work well with your colleagues. The Rat will send you blessings if you can combine your efforts as a group.

Paying close attention to legal issues in the workplace will be necessary this year. If left unchecked, they may hinder your overall success for years to come; self-assess your peer group and don’t get involved with the wrong crowd. Stay on track, keep your emotions on the down low, and be a team player.

Lucky Months: March, June, and September.

Unlucky Months: January, April, May, July, November, and December.

Education

Unfortunately, luck is not on your side this year. In your schooling, you will have to work extra hard to succeed, and you may face some unseen challenges in the classroom. Anything could be a cause for concern, from final tests to research papers. A professor might even push your buttons a little too much. The temptation to go at it alone will be high; however, joining up with a study group or friends in the same major will elevate your output. With bad luck, it is best to surround yourself with others. Additionally, they will be able to help edit papers, create study guides, and boost your morale. Never underestimate the power of a good colleague!

Health

In terms of health, Horses will have a mediocre outlook for the year. Horses do have one thing going for them; as one of the healthier zodiacs, they can spin their bad luck for the better. Be careful to avoid burnout from a crazy work schedule. Even though your energy is high and you can work through the night, too much effort will cost you. Without a regular sleep schedule, everyone is prone to illness. This year, anything from the flu to digestive problems will be cause for concern. For elderly Horses, hip and feet problems will be bothersome. Try to take it easy and rest whenever possible.

Relationships

The love forecast for this year will be uneventful. Horses will not experience much satisfaction from single or married relationships. Single Horses could end up alone for the entirety of the year. If you don’t put the work in, you might experience loneliness and depression. Instead of suffering in solitude, surround yourself with others. Family is always there for comfort and companionship. Your closest friends will do their best to cheer you up. Who knows? You might find love within your cohort.

Married couples will experience a similarly unremarkable year. As a couple, you will have to jazz up your love life. Dance classes might just do the trick! Try out ballroom dancing or the tango. Being part of an intimate activity will bring the two of you closer. However, if you are the Horse in the relationship, be wary of your irritability. One wrong word or phrase could create a bad couple of weeks. Try to remember the reasons you fell in love in the first place and all of the good feelings you associate with your partner. That will help you calm your mind and enable better communication with your partner.

Lifestyle

The Horse has some of the worst luck of all of the zodiacs in 2020. From career to relationships, it’s a lot to take as an individual. To combat the year’s misfortune, keep your friends and family close. The love they have for you will keep you afloat during the rough patches. In the workplace, especially, any help you can get from colleagues will do you well. You can also bring in luck from bamboo or essential oils. Anything you can do to boost your year will be beneficial!

Horses in the Year of the Rat (2019)

Many Horses savored a taste of success during 2018 (the Year of the Dog), while others enjoyed unexpected windfalls.

The Horse Horoscope for 2019 reveals that a bright star shall shine upon you and surround you with good vibrations. By all accounts, the Year of Pig 2019 will be an excellent year for Horses with fortune on the rise, romance blossoming in the background, and potential growth opportunities.

Be sure to kickstart a healthy lifestyle by eating well and keeping yourself in good physical shape. You may encounter some additional stress associated with high productivity, but if you maintain your healthy habits you'll be able to keep your stress at manageable levels.

Career

The Horse 2019 horoscope for career shows a great financial outlook as well as furtherance in your career. If you remain passionate and dedicated, you are sure to achieve your dreams and goals.

For those working part-time, you too will be extremely occupied, but in the end will be noticed for your hard work and dedication. In fact, your good fortune may even result in a raise or promotion that you deserve.

The 2019 forecast also shows that this could be a good year to make investments. You will certainly make a profit; however, the money is likely to burn a hole in your pocket when you spend it as fast as you earn it. Still, you shouldn’t worry; as long as you stay away from extremely risky investments, you will have enough money to enjoy a life of added luxuries.

Lucky Months: May 15th - Oct 8th

Unlucky Months: October 15th – December 8th

Education

The 2019 Year of the Pig will be a prosperous year for Horse students and scholars alike. There will likely be some issues around the middle of the year, but you will meet someone who helps you find a ‘missing piece’. Beware of distractions that can come from study partners, lest you fall prey to bad grades in the next semester.

Most importantly for horses in 2019, a part of their once-hidden path to the future will be illuminated. For some, this will be deciding which principal course of study fits them best, and for others it will mean the acceptance of a job at the end of their collegiate experience.

Health

Health prospects have the poorest outlook of any area during the Year of Pig, but it is nothing to worry about.
 More than likely you'll experience food poisoning or digestive issues, but nothing major. Be sure to pay attention to your body and complete your annual check-up this year. Exercise regularly, maintain a balanced diet, get enough sleep and everything will be just fine.

Another major hazard to your health this year is reckless driving. Remember to wear your safety belt and keep your emotions in check when behind the wheel as you sometimes pose the biggest danger to yourself.

Relationships

Hold onto your hats as the romantic horoscope for Horses in 2019 welcomes a year full of excitement and good times! Keep your eyes open, because you have a good chance of finding that special someone this year. You will meet an abundance of eligible suitors out there and are likely to be swept up in the passion associated with Earth and Pig. When you see someone that catches your eye, don’t hesitate to make a move.

For Horses that are already in committed relationships, try turning up the heat a little by exposing your deepest feelings. It’s time to move forward in the relationship and getting to the next level will be an adventure.

Lifestyle

In 2019, the Horse will see plenty of helping hands assist you. Friends, co-workers, and romantic partners will be very supportive, and will be firmly behind you in all endeavors. Be careful with what you say. Remember, words can be more hurtful than knives, so avoid conflict and disputes wherever you can. Attending more weddings this year will bring more good luck so be sure to send those RSVP’s!

Welcome to CNY 2019!

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