Watch Out For The Wood Horse


The Lunar New Year has come and gone, and the year of the water snake has been eclipsed by the year of the wood horse. Yes, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with gusto in areas across the world, and if you’re one to put stock in your zodiac, then you’re probably wondering what the horse has got in store for you.

If you’re shaky on what the Chinese zodiac even is, then you’re probably wondering what the big deal is all about.

For those on the clueless end of the spectrum, the Lunar Calendar is based on a rotating cycle of twelve animal zodiacs with certain years assigned to them, and those of us born in them are believed to possess qualities related to the corresponding animal.

Less well known, however, is that these twelve zodiacs are combined with five alternating elements: wood, metal, fire, water, and earth.

The singular combinations happen every sixty years or so — the last Year of the Wooden Horse was 1954 — and give the year a unique character.

As one of the typical fire signs of the zodiac, the year of the wood horse is seen as a very energetic year full of passion and quick decision making. This is a year for adventure, and travel is recommended, but make sure you are confident in your decision before committing because diving headfirst without any planning can leave you with an empty pocketbook or a broken heart.

The wood will kindle the burning spirit of the year, much to the concern of global astrologists. Ting-Foon Chik, a respected Chinese astronomer, warns, “whilst the Wood element may influence you to move forwards, the Fire in the Horse, which sits beneath the Wood, can burn up some of your designs, if you are not careful.

There is no room for middle ground in the year of the Wooden Horse, and predictions speak of extremes in the stock market, wars, battles and skirmishes all across the world. We mustn’t forget to be cautious, even as we leap into exciting new events.

Now, whom will this year be hardest for? Those born in previous years of the horse will feel the effects more strongly than others. The recklessness and turmoil will also be hard for the Horse’s polar opposite — the Rat, sorry, rats.

Emma Paquette
One of those quiet advocates that the world add just a few more hours to the day. Even if I don't live in the District, I'm close enough to pretend that I do.
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