The Horse: A Fire Sign
The Horse sign is of the Fire element.Generally, the Fire element determines a very strong sense of confidence, leadership and a strong personality. People born under the Fire element will be seen and heard; they will be active, social, confident and very capable of holding their own.
The Metal Horse – 1930, 1990
This is the most popular but also stubborn and uncompromising of all the Horses. He is exceptionally friendly and warm-hearted, which will endear him to many people.
The Metal Horse is highly active – so much so that it can be very hard for anyone else around him to keep up. He thrives on excitement, and new challenges that will bring him further and to great heights. At his peak, his stoically unyielding focus and drive will see every job right through to its most successful end, a trait that many distracted, volatile Horses struggle to achieve. Often, this more than capable Horse will not need to depend on anyone to get the job done.
As much as he is driven and focused however, this same quality can make him quite stubborn, unyielding and irresponsible. More so than other Horses, he is fiercely independent and will strongly resist any form of monitoring or regulation. He especially hates it when people try to interfere with his goals and tell him what to do. If situations aren’t giving him what he wants, he can become easily bored and frustrated. In turn, this makes him irresponsible and unreasonable. This makes it quite difficult for him to make any long-term commitments – either socially, romantically or in business – that may threaten his sense of freedom.
The Metal Horse should be aware that his passionate, driven focus can become plain stubbornness and learn to channel that energy into seeing his endeavors through to a successful completion. His impulsive, headstrong nature could also get him into trouble, so he should be aware that he does not offend others when he speaks and acts.
The Water Horse – 1942, 2002
The Water Horse is a particularly cheery, amiable sign which is colourful, fashionable, and able to talk to and be liked by anyone. He has a particularly versatile nature and like water, is able to fit into any surrounding, finding his own comfortable level among a very broad diversity of people, situations and places.
The Water Horse also has an above-average intuition, enabling him to tune into the subtlest changes around him and to make the necessary changes to adapt and make the most out of every situation, no matter how tricky. This makes him particularly adept at doing business or in careers which require making and maintaining inter-personal relations.
However, the restless nature of the Water Horse also means that he is easily distracted and has a tendency to change his mind frequently, much to the exasperation of his colleagues or friends. He listens only to himself, guided only by his instincts and going off as and when he fancies. At his most negative, he can be very inconsistent and simply go about at his own whim without much awareness of others’ needs.
The Water Horse should make the most of his flexible nature and strong intuition by combining it with a sensitivity for others’ needs. This would enable him to make excellent decisions that would benefit not just himself but bring much greater, widespread results for all.
The Wood Horse – 1954, 2014
The most grounded of the Horses, the Wood Horse is a hard and tireless worker, with much strength and many amiable characteristics that will endear him to others easily. He is friendly, very socially active and can maintain very good friendships and conversations without dominating the scene or offending anyone.
He has the propensity for being very generous too. He has a more open mind that is able to think broadly and systematically, while taking on several activities and interests at the same time. The stoic Wood element will make it easier for him to find discipline and he is more likely to fulfil his responsibilities than his other flightier Horse siblings of other elements.
With his head on his shoulders, the Wood Horse is progressive, modern and also practical. He is willing to adopt new methods and discard old ways of thinking – whatever will be the most practical solution! However, although he is more able to compromise than the other elements, he still likes his independence and to be leader of the pack.
The Wood Horse has the ability to take on a lot of projects but he needs to be careful not to overcommit, or he may not be able to fulfil everything and be inclined to opt out.
The Fire Horse – 1966, 2026
Led mostly by his heart and his passions, this is the wildest and most volatile of Horses. The Fire Horse is exceptionally intelligent and has a brilliant personality. He is most courageous, most willing to take on several different things at the same time and to take risks – whatever will keep his heart pumping! Not one for practicality or caution, the Fire Horse will pummel his way through by sheer force and willpower to get what he wants. He is highly competitive, always trying to raise the bar and set higher and higher goals for himself. This drive can be good… until he gets bored or totally offends others who don’t agree with his plans.
As the Horse’s own fixed element is Fire, people born in the year of the Fire Horse will be twice as fiery! This means they are highly excitable and constantly on the move, with the exceptional gift of being able to react quickly and deftly to any number of situations.
However, the volatile nature of Fire makes them highly distracted and inconsistent in their actions. It is difficult for them to focus on anything unless it provides constant challenges and stimulation. He will have great ideas and fantastic abilities, but not the tenacity to see things through to the end. It also means they can have a very explosive, hot temper. At their worst, Fire Horses can be very destructive, channeling their huge reserve of energy and power to negative or harmful ends.
The Fire Horse could do with putting out the fire every now and then and learning to cool off and slow down, or he could well burn himself and others out. He is already highly intelligent and capable – now make the most of it by developing greater perseverance to see things through to the end.
The Earth Horse – 1918, 1978
The Earth Horse is a happy horse and perhaps the most amiable of all. The earthy element makes him more steady, less impetuous and more likely than the rest to weigh all sides of a situation before acting. However, this can also mean that he is often indecisive and acts with far less certainty than his other Horse counterparts.
The Earth element makes him more careful and it is also easier for him to settle down, fulfill his responsibilities and take heed of others’ advice. The Earth Horse is also known for having a very solid set of principles and holds on strongly to a moral code. His inherently intuitive nature also reveals a much softer side to others that is more altruistic and sensitive. This Horse is much less likely to offend than Horses of the other elements, and brings a much more positive energy to the people he works with.
This grounded, practical Horse works particularly well with money and finances. He is able to sniff out good opportunities or investments and with his deftness, skill and careful assessment, he is even able to revive failing businesses or make mediocre projects yield greater results and returns.
The Earth Horse needs to be firmer in making decisions and stand his ground. Because he already has a strong in-built ethical code, acting with more certainty will lend much more credibility to his decisions.
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