The Year of the Horse, a Yang Fire Animal, follows the Year of the Serpent. Those born under the Sign of the Horse are said to be graceful, eager, impetuous, sharp, fashionable, hardworking, intelligent, friendly, cheerful and popular folks. People born in the Year of the Horse are excellent talkers, and can charm just about anyone. They are clever, kind to others, and like adventure. It is easy for them to fall in love. They are cheerful, perceptive, talented, and earthy. They like entertainment and large crowds. Horses are not comfortable with authority; they prefer to be the One in charge. They prefer a constantly changing, challenging environment. They are adventurers, scientists, poets, and politicians.
On the downside, Horses sometimes are overly talkative, meddling, selfish, egotistical, bad-tempered, stubborn and impatient, often acting without fully thinking things through. They have difficulty handling money. They cannot bear too much constraint. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. They need to avoid pessimism
The Horse’s best matches, for business or marriage, are the Tiger, Ram, and Dog. Bad matches with the Horse are the Rat, Ox, and Rabbit. An interesting short note, though: many consider a Fire Horse Year to be unlucky to be born in. In Japan, thousands of women get an abortion just to avoid giving birth, especially to a female baby, in a Horse Year ending in Six. This occurs only once every Sixty Years. The last One was in 1966. The next One is 2026.
A few famous people born in the Year of the Horse: Louisa May Alcott (1832), Frédéric François Chopin (1810), Davy Crockett (1786), Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford , Aretha Franklin, and Barbara Streisand (1942), Teddy Roosevelt (1858), Sir Isaac Newton (1642), Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Denzel Washington, and Jerry Seinfeld (1954), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Katie Holmes, Kobe Bryant, and Ashton Kutcher (1978).
Recent Horse Years are: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002. The next one will be 2014.