Year of the Horse

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

Recent years of the Horse are: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.


Horses are free spirits who need space to be themselves.


Remember, Chinese new year begins in February, so if you have a January birthday, you will be the zodiac for the year before. i.e my birthday is January 1978, so I am a snake not a horse. Some say, the further through the year you are, the stronger the qualities of the animal.


Check the list of exact CNY dates at the end of this post.


Each zodiac sign has 'allies' and 'special friends' who are particularly powerful pillars of support. It is thought that by carrying amulets or having images of them in certain parts of your home/ office, your positive flow of energy (chi) will be empowered.


HOMEWARE

The Chinese Zodiac Tea Towel shows all 12 animals of the zodiac, and tells you about each.


Great way to know your lucky numbers, colours and flowers, and who you should keep as allies and secret friends.


Perfect Gifts: Not only a thoughtful personal gift, you are offering the gift of good luck, good health and good fortune.


Allies & Secret Friends

Allies of the horse who offer support & good fortune are the tiger and dog, with the ram being the horse’s secret friend.


Lucky Colours & Numbers

Green and yellow are lucky colours for the horse. 2, 3 and 7 are lucky numbers.


Lucky Flowers

Lucky flowers for the snake are Cala lily and jasmine.


Personality

Horses are full of energy, sometimes too much! Dream chasers, they are both studious and athletic. 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.


As the head of the six domestic animals, horses are crucial in transportation and war.



Chinese Legend 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.


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


The Five Elements of Horse is Fire (Huo), which symbolizes enthusiasm and energy. The animal gives people an impression of independence and integrity. Its spirit is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos - making unremitting efforts to improve themselves with passion and diligence.


Time of Day

The Horse is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī)wǔ (午), and the hours 11–

13 at midday.


In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Horse is yang (masculine energy).


Chinese New Year Dates

1940 - Feb. 08 Dragon

1941 - Jan. 27 Snake

1942 - Feb. 15 Horse

1943 - Feb. 05 Goat/Ram

1944 - Jan. 25 Monkey

1945 - Feb. 13 Rooster

1946 - Feb. 02 Dog

1947 - Jan. 22 Pig

1948 - Feb. 10 Rat

1949 - Jan. 29 Ox

1950 - Feb. 17 Tiger

1951 - Feb. 06 Rabbit

1952 - Jan. 27 Dragon

1953 - Feb. 14 Snake

1954 - Feb. 03 Horse

1955 - Jan. 24 Goat/Ram

1956 - Feb. 12 Monkey

1957 - Jan. 31 Rooster

1958 - Feb. 18 Dog

1959 - Feb. 08 Pig

1960 - Jan. 28 Rat

1961 - Feb. 15 Ox

1962 - Feb. 05 Tiger

1963 - Jan. 25 Rabbit

1964 - Feb. 13 Dragon

1965 - Feb. 02 Snake

1966 - Jan. 21 Horse

1967 - Feb. 09 Goat/Ram

1968 - Jan. 30 Monkey

1969 - Feb. 17 Rooster

1970 - Feb. 06 Dog

1971 - Jan. 27 Pig

1972 - Feb. 15 Rat

1973 - Feb. 03 Ox

1974 - Jan. 23 Tiger

1975 - Feb. 11 Rabbit

1976 - Jan. 31 Dragon

1977 - Feb. 18 Snake

1978 - Feb. 07 Horse

1979 - Jan. 28 Goat/Ram

1980 - Feb. 16 Monkey

1981 - Feb. 05 Rooster

1982 - Jan. 25 Dog

1983 - Feb. 13 Pig

1984 - Feb. 02 Rat

1985 - Feb. 20 Ox

1986 - Feb. 09 Tiger

1987 - Jan. 29 Rabbit

1988 - Feb. 17 Dragon

1989 - Feb. 06 Snake

1990 - Jan. 27 Horse

1991 - Feb. 15 Goat/Ram

1992 - Feb. 04 Monkey

1993 - Jan. 23 Rooster

1994 - Feb. 10 Dog

1995 - Jan. 31 Pig

1996 - Feb. 19 Rat

1997 - Feb. 07 Ox

1998 - Jan. 28 Tiger

1999 - Feb. 16 Rabbit

2000 - Feb. 05 Dragon

2001 - Jan. 24 Snake

2002 - Feb. 12 Horse

2003 - Feb. 01 Goat/Ram

2004 - Jan. 22 Monkey

2005 - Feb. 9 Rooster

2006 - Jan. 29 Dog

2007 - Feb. 18 Pig

2008 - Feb. 7 Rat

2009 - Jan. 26 Ox

2010 - Feb. 14 Tiger

2011 - Feb. 3 Rabbit

2012 - Jan. 23 Dragon

2013 - Feb. 10 Snake

2014 - Jan. 31 Horse

2015 - Feb. 19 Goat/Ram

2016 - Feb. 8 Monkey

2017 - Jan. 28 Rooster

2018 - Feb. 16 Dog

2019 - Feb. 5 Pig

2020 - Jan. 25 Rat

2021 - Feb. 12 Ox

2022 - Feb. 1 Tiger

2023 - Jan. 22 Rabbit


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