Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Horse

You’ve probably heard people talk about their astrological signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces. Maybe you regularly check your horoscope, and maybe you don’t, but you are probably familiar with astrology. But do you know much about the Chinese zodiac? The Chinese zodiac is more than just your typical horoscope. It’s a system to predict relationships, health, career, wealth, personal characteristics much like an astrological horoscope, but there are several differences between Western astrology and the Chinese zodiac. Western astrology is typically based on constellations and how the planets align.  The Chinese zodiac is based on the temperaments of the twelve symbolic animals – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is associated with its own element – metal, wood, earth, water, or fire. These elements also have characteristics. The combination of the two elements is believed to define a person’s personality.

Each new year brings a new animal (one of the twelve mentioned earlier). The cycle began with the rat and continues down the list. After twelve years, the cycle restarts. There are different stories and legends explaining the origin of the Chinese Zodiac, but all explain that the zodiac is based on the twelve temperaments represented by twelve symbolic animals.


We are currently in the year of the horse. Fire is the element associated with the horse, snake and sheep. People associated with these elements tend to be aggressive, domineering, and dynamic in speech and action. People born in the year of the horse are great communicators, they love entertaining and being in large crowds they tend to want to be in the spotlight. They are kind to others and very perceptive. They are talented and clever, chatty at times, and sometimes stubborn. They can be selfish and rebellious. People born in the year of the horse tend to pursue high-profile careers. Were you born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002? Congratulations, you were born in the year of the horse. Notable celebrities born in the year of the horse include Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Kobe Bryant, Ashton Kutcher, and Emma Watson.

Do you see any of the similarities in personalities? What year were you born? Check Huffington Post to learn more about your Zodiac animal and what it means.