The Horse (⾺) is the seventh of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the Horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of the Horse nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the Horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly. The year of the horse is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 午.
The lunar calendar paved the sequence of the Chinese zodiac animals. This calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C. Myths say that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, in 2637 B.C. invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon. In a folklore story that explains the origins of the cycle, the animals hold a race to determine their order. The custom of pairing an animal with a year in a 12-year cycle can be traced back to at least the Han dynasty (201 BC – 220 AD), and there are many legends and folktales surrounding the 12 zodiac animals, which are often depicted in East Asian art and design. A group of Chinese figures in our collection shows the zodiac animals with human bodies but animal heads. This way of portraying them became popular in the Tang dynasty (8th century).
The use of animals to mark the years originated in China and spread throughout East and Central Asia. Some animals were adapted in line with local species – for example, the central Asian Turkic peoples replaced tiger with leopard, pig with elephant, and rat with camel. Vietnam uses a water buffalo instead of an ox, and a cat instead of a rabbit. Variations of the zodiac animals remain popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, as countries such as Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all celebrate the Lunar New Year. New Year's decorations often feature that year's animal, and the zodiac animals feature abundantly in art and design from these regions.
Men born in the year of the horse are independent and crave freedom. They are easygoing and treats everyone sincerely. 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. People with the horse zodiac loves jobs that are constantly changing. Rather than a simple and routine job, Horses are more suitable for technical and effective work. Some examples include journalism, sales and translating. This makes strong candidates as politicians and critics.
|Start date||End date||Heavenly branch|
|25 January 1906||12 February 1907||Fire Horse|
|11 February 1918||31 January 1919||Earth Horse|
|30 January 1930||16 February 1931||Metal Horse|
|15 February 1942||4 February 1943||Water Horse|
|3 February 1954||23 January 1955||Wood Horse|
|21 January 1966||8 February 1967||Fire Horse|
|7 February 1978||27 January 1979||Earth Horse|
|27 January 1990||14 February 1991||Metal Horse|
|12 February 2002||31 January 2003||Water Horse|
|31 January 2014||18 February 2015||Wood Horse|
|17 February 2026||5 February 2027||Fire Horse|
|4 February 2038||23 January 2039||Earth Horse|
|23 January 2050||10 February 2051||Metal Horse|
|9 February 2062||28 January 2063||Water Horse|
|27 January 2074||14 February 2075||Wood Horse|
|14 February 2086||2 February 2087||Fire Horse|
|1 February 2098||20 January 2099||Earth Horse|
|Earthly Branches of Birth Year:||Wu|
|The Five Elements:||Fire|
|Lucky Numbers:||1, 4, 5, 7, 9; Avoid: 2, 3, 6|
|Lucky Flowers:||sunflower, jasmine|
|Lucky Colors:||gold, yellow, red, blue; Avoid: pink, brown, white|