Welcome to the Year of the Wood Horse

January 30th (at 11:20 EST, to be precise) is the second new moon following the winter solstice.  This is the Chinese New Year and the start of the spring festival in many Asian cultures. This year we say good by to the slippery water snake that dominated 2013 and say hello to the  decisive action of the wood horse. 

Each year of the Chinese calendar corresponds to one of the 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig).  Besides the animal, we also cycle through each of the 5 elements (fire, earth, metal,water and wood) to create a full 60 year cycle.  By the time you cycle back to the animal year and element that you were born in you will be 60–so, don’t hold your breath.  Each animal carries its own unique personality and disposition, couple that with the elemental energies and can get an idea of the nature of the how the year may play out.  Last year we found ourselves slowly rolling with the twisting, turning and plotting  energy of the water snake.  Kiss that good bye.

The nature of the horse

Those born in the year of the horse (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942….just keep subtracting 12…) are fun loving, energetic and bright.  They tend to be popular and love social gatherings and excitement.  They may suffer from a lack of patience and are ill tolerant of those who ponder or procrastinate.  Not a good match for the contemplative rat.

With its high energy, a lot can be accomplished in horse years, if you are clear in your intentions and  actions.  In other words-don’t saddle up, if you don’t have a plan in mind, because the horse is ready to tackle that mountain, whether or not you choose to hang on.   Symbolizing strength, heroes, freedom and power, horse years are considered years of luck and fast action.  Giddy up….

Be well,


And a huge “Thank You,” to Ken Hsu for the use of the pretty pony…