HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!! I can’t believe I’m so late in saying Kung Hei Fat Choy to you all – although the festivities do go on for a few more days yet. SO. The Year of The Horse. Oh dear. I am seriously glad I wasn’t born in the year of the Horse. Not good. Surprisingly, possibly the worst animal to be in the whole entire 12 year Chinese Calendar. Those born in the year of the Horse have mostly very unattractive characteristics. “A creature of darkness” they say. “Unstable, flares up easily impatient and talkative. Careless and spendthrift and needs to be supported, encouraged, complimented and even applauded”.
Favourite places? “Everywhere, other than where s/he lives” Often prefers the homes of others.
Detests: Silence and lack of communication.
So basically they say that whilst the Horse is loved by all with a good reputation historically it is all false and in fact the horse has a very tiny brain and is as easy to train as s/he is to frighten. If not controlled s/he will panic at any hint of danger and become dangerous and physically fragile. Too easily carried away and dominated by his/her feelings.
Those born under this sign are essentially gregarious: they love the social life and crave acceptance. Agreeable companions, glib and elegant talkers, they know how to please and enjoy pleasing. They are popular, never modest and are adept at attracting attention.
In the face of difficulty they seem sure of themselves and free from all doubts and yet in reality they are uneasy, anxious and vulnerable. They can’t handle criticism or contempt and it undermines their self confidence and their dependence on the support of their friends – which cannot be counted on deprives them of true independence. If disapproved of or rejected, if met with silence or sulkiness, Horses become panic stricken. For them, dialogue is essential; without it they are lost souls. Their temperaments and moods can swing so widely that others will lose confidence in them. Not a secure person as s/he has to navigate continuously between two extremes, at times announcing enthusiastically that s/he will get the better of everyone because s/he is the best and at other times doubts and self destructive feelings will convince him/her that s/he is good for nothing. Yet at such times s/he will have the secret hope that someone will come to reassure them, whereupon s/he will start out again, passionate and frisky.
Horses are active and impatient. Charging in, obsessed by attaining their objective. They are terrified of the fear of failure. Success means everything to them and they need to live in a state of full intensity. There is no time for doubt. Very self absorbed and impatient and therefore they fail to reflect on the needs of others. More gifted at self-expression than listening and intolerant of the art of discussion.
Quick tempered and capable of childish and blind fury when opposed. Impulsive and act on their whims, behaving in an unexpected and unreasonable way and will not take advice and only do as they please.
Horses are egocentric and in love with themselves, manipulating people throughout their lives to suit themselves. They have a curious mix of dependence and independence and lack depth. They are subject to immediate attraction and fall in love at first sight and will then do anything to win his/her loved one and will not accept delays or obstacles.
The horse is not easy to live with as s/he likes to decide what is bet for the other person, without argument and does not easily understand that they may have wishes or needs that are different from their own. Designed to live in the grand manner so his/her chosen love needs to match the spirit or they will tire easily, become bored and gallop off.
Elegant and well-groomed, they cannot abide solitude and tend to marry young and establish their own families, removed from the influence and authority of their own parents, whom they rebel against as soon as they reach adolescence. Horses usually welcome the wage of majority with a marriage vow.
Unhappily, that which encourages such sentiments in the Horse by no means protects him/her from passion. After several years of marriage have lessened the attraction and calmed the passion which s/he initially invigorated, the Horse will feel that something else is needed to inflame her/him again. This is why it is not unusual to see a Horse change partners around the age of thirty or forty.
They are erratic in their roles as parents – at times consciously present, at others clearly absent – but they are never stifling or boring. This doesn’t work for a number of different animal children and the Horse should expect some scathing criticisms when these children have acquired independence.
Mrs Horse likes to decorate her home, but does so in a rather conventional way, without any real originality or imagination.
A guide to relations with a Horse
Impatient and ready to resort to anything to get what s/he wants. All means will be justifiable including some remarkably well-planned and seductive declarations of love. Do not fall too easily for this champion of passionate declarations.
S/he expects you to share his/her enthusiasm and follow him/her gaily on their voyages – in body and in spirit.
If a relationship is coming to an end, be frank because s/he will accept it and you can remain friends. But if you have a great love affair, conceal it because s/he would take it as a personal failure which could destroy him/her.
In case of a break between you s/he will behave in a noble way unless s/he feels too diminished; in which case it will be a melodrama full of blood and tears! Be sure to take him/her seriously; s/he is sincere but excessive.
If you want to give them a gift, male and female horses often like sports so consider giving them camping equipment (I am so not a Horse) – or even an aeroplane – depends on your bank account.
If you want to seduce them: Read up on the subject that interests them the most. You must follow them everywhere and never leave them. If his/her passion is flying then good luck!