January 31st marks the end of the Year of the Water Snake and ushers in the Year of the Wood Horse. The Year of the Snake has been a year of shedding old skin, circumspection and growth. The Year of the Horse promises to be a year of grace and beauty – but hold on tight because it promises to be a fast-paced and exciting ride!
Chinese Medicine recognizes the planets and stars in our solar system influence our planet, including us, as they move through the heavens. As a result, there are tendencies, cycles and phases that can be predicted fairly accurately. This is the basis of Chinese Astrology.
The Year of the Horse is thought to bring good fortune. The horse is greatly respected in China because the strength and power of the horse, in large part, was responsible for many historic victories in battle. The Wood Horse brings the energy of wood, which is associated with rebirth and growth – but with the lightning speed of the horse! Because things will happen very fast, you should be prepared to take decisive and swift action. The Year of the Wood Horse is a great year to make a major life change if you have been contemplating doing so.
The end of the Year of the Snake, and beginning of the Year of the Wood Horse is the perfect time to let go of the old and start anew. But make sure you take time to do your due diligence. Balance quick decisions with wisdom, because an impulsive decision can get away from you with the speed of a horse.
Of course, horses love to be wild and free, so it’s an excellent year for travel and adventure. It’s also a great time to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. This can help keep you grounded and satisfy the need for space and freedom.
People born in Horse years (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, and 1906) are, like horses, generally intelligent, optimistic, well-liked, fun-loving and intuitive. They tend to make friends easily. They have a strong need for personal space and freedom. Self-expression is a priority, and they don’t like to be constrained. The Year of the Horse is especially powerful for people who were born during a Horse year. –Diane Gross, L.Ac.