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 Ox (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.

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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!