[ The Horse Personality ] [ The Horse Child ]

A lively and high-spirited year for all. Life will be hectic and punctuated with adventures. People will find themselves reckless, romantic and carefree. A definite time for advancement. We will find it quite agreeable to keep in step with the delightful Horse.

This will be a time when decisions and projects will be incorporated at high speed and with efficiency. Action will be the key word. Everything is on the go and we should take care not to drive ourselves too hard. It will be a rewarding but exhausting year. Exhilarating yet frustrating at times, this year's pace will tax our reserve energies and leave us feeling depleted. It is a good time for letting off steam and doing all the whimsical things you ever dreamed about. Listen to your senses. The wind may be changing constantly, but once you have picked up the scent, follow your intuitions.

Planning and procrastinating will be shoved aside. The impulsive influence of the Horse, coupled with his self-confidence, will dictate our actions and emotions. Industry, production and the world's economy will be on an upswing. Tempers, too, may be a bit frayed in areas of diplomacy and politics. But good humor will prevail.

Brace yourselves, the volatile Horse will quicken our pulses and bring tension and stress into our everyday lives. The Horse's tempo is fast, his disposition sanguine but erratic. But in spite of everything, we will retain his common sense approach toward money matters. An excellent time to strike out on your own. There will be freedom of movement this year. Be brave, bold and shocking!


A person born in this year is said to be cheerful, popular and quick-witted. He has raw sex appeal rather than straight good looks. Earthy and warmly appealing, he is very perceptive and talkative. His changeable nature may lead him to be hot-tempered, rash and headstrong at times. The unpredictable Horse will fall in love easily and fall out of love just as easily.

In most cases the Horse will leave home early. If not, his independent spirit will goad him to start working or to take up some career at an early age. An adventurer at heart, still he is noted for his keen mind and ability to manage money. Self-reliant, vivacious, energetic, impetuous and even brash, the Horse is a showy dresser, partial to bright colors and striking designs to the point of being gaudy on occasion

The Horse loves exercise, both mental and physical. You can Spot him by his rapid but graceful body movements, his animated reflexes and fast away of speaking. He responds quickly and can make snap decisions. His mind works at remarkable speed and whatever he may lack in stability and perseverance, he will certainly make up for by being open-minded and flexible. Basically, he is a nonconformist.

The native of this sign is often called the playboy or playgirl of the cycle. He loves fanfare and being where the action is. Definitely a fun person, he loves to pay compliments as well as receive them. He is just as skillful in business as in love. The quick and nimble Horse appraises situations astutely and is able to manipulate both people and event.

On the negative side, the Horse person is impulsive and stubborn. He has an explosive temper, though he quickly forgets his outburst. Others, however, do not find them amusing and may not recover as fast. Often this trait will cause him to lose respect and credibility. He tends to rush people and is unhappy when they do not perform a quickly or efficiently as he does. He demands a great deal but is prepared to surrender little, particularly when it comes to his all-important freedom. He can be childish and petty in satisfying his whims and caprices. Often he is forgetful, absentminded and given to jumping to conclusions.

The Horse-born will want things done his way. Self-centered by nature, he likes his home and environment to revolve about him. With his remarkable powers of persuasion, he will set out to sway people to his way of thinking. Snapping his fingers and clicking his heels, this trailblazer can talk you into anything once he begins to dish out that charm. He sells himself as Mr. Personality Plus.

To be able to really understand a Horse, you have to know one thing. He or she firmly believes in "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"--chiefly his own! And if you happen to subscribe to these same things yourself, well, he won't stand in your way. He is not possessive, suspicious OT jealous. The Horse only becomes aggressive when he fails to get his way after trying every angle.

His selfishness rarely extends into the monetary or material side of things. It would be more accurate to say that he is selfish with his time, his affection, his concern for others, his willingness to modify his ways in order to suit the group. He doesn't set out to be deliberately inconsiderate or contrary. He just cannot wait for other mortals to catch up to him, to match either his mental speed or hectic physical activity. For this reason, while he may be an outstanding performer, he is a poor teacher.

The Horse's inconsistency stems from his varying moods. He senses nuances that may go unnoticed by everyone else and he modifies his assessments accordingly. In other words, he goes by the feel of things. Don't ask him to explain his hunches and uncanny deductions. He can't. His is the amazing ability to improvise while the game is in progress. Frequently, he will be playing several games at the same time and be more than able to hold his own. Once he makes his swift decision, he does not hesitate on his course of action. You find him either dashing about doing 101 things or flat on his back from sheer exhaustion. More often than most signs, the Horse finds it difficult to unwind and may suffer from insomnia.

He keeps odd hours. A Horse is unable to stick to schedules not of his own making and has a lack of respect for standard procedures. When an idea strikes him, he will work around the clock without eating or sleeping. Then, when things are lax in the office, he is not above taking the day off to play hookey. He needs a stimulating job to display his competence.

He thinks up great promotional ideas, devises dynamic new approaches, solves tricky problems. So, if you have a Horse working for you, give him variety and plenty of rope, send him on missions impossible. His many valuable assets will come to the fore when he is given a free hand. But for goodness sakes, keep him busy. His performance will suffer when a job is undemanding.

When you are talking to a Horse, emulate him. Come to the point quickly, otherwise you will lose whatever fragile hold you may have on his attention. Whether the answer is Yes or No, give it to him directly, without disguise; he is quite able to revise his plans when they meet with opposition or to figure out a different way. Stringing him along will just bring out the worst in him. He will not take offense at frankness and will appreciate your being blunt if it means that you don't want to waste his time.

It would be unfair to ask a Horse to restrain himself unduly, to bottle up his feelings. He has to express himself. If he is forced to hold back his emotions, he may openly revolt--or break out in a rash if he is the silent type. Suspense and straitjacket procedures will kill him.

The Horse can be a fickle soul. If he cannot be with the one he love, then why not love the one he is with? Anyhow, there will be little harm in his flirtations: long, drawn-out entanglements do not appeal to him. The Horse knows which side his bread is buttered on. He won't get caught in a one-sided contract unless it happens to be on his side. He has a multitude of friends and makes more and more each day. But he learns never to rely too heavily on any of them.

The Horse could come prancing into your dull existence like a bright summer's day and make an invisible exit the minute you take your eyes off him. Then, just when you will have given up hope of ever hearing from him again, he could come waltzing back and pick up where he left off just as if he had never left.

Quick to warm up and reach top speed, a person born under the Horse sign is equally quick to lose interest. Neither can he sustain a long siege. He certainly won't break down your door like a Dragon. He will leave his card and call another day when you are likely to be more receptive. When the winds of change blow, the Horse will alter his course.

While he may not have long staying powers, you can never be sure when a Horse will resume negotiations on a long-shelved project. His mind is like a jigsaw puzzle; if and when he finds a piece that will fit, he uses it.

Like his best friend, the Tiger, the Horse will sow some pretty wild oats in his heyday. But reminding him of his blunders will be useless. If there is anything this person dislikes, it's to dwell on his mistake With a cheerful but contrite "mea culpa," the Horse will shrug and chalk it up to experience. You can't expect him to win them all! Next time, he promises to step more carefully.

The lady Horse is full of spunk. She is tart and saucy; pert and pretty; nimble on her toes and intelligent. She could be a chatterbox without reprieve, a tennis champion or a Grand Prix driver.

She can do her nails, write a letter, watch TV, talk on the phone and mind the children, all at the same time. Her ideas for relaxing can be taxing. She works off her energy with play that could seem like hart labor to the rest of us. Did anyone mention climbing Mt. Everest? Give her two minutes to pack--she will join the expedition.

The Horse lady loves to get things done. She would be in ten places at the same time if she could. Sometimes, one could swear that she is competing with herself. There isn't anyone else around who can do so much so fast.

Horse girls may look as soft as whipped cream and will usually smell as fresh as lavender, but underneath it all, they have razor-sharp minds that match their agile bodies. She may be the kindly brown-mare type or the firebrand who tosses her hair defiantly against handling, but she'll never lose that talent for assessment. She makes friends easily and will take her romantic involvements lightly. Home is a practical, easy and well-located station where she can refuel and take stock of her situation. But you won't find her parked in one place permanently.

She will love crispness, greenness and outdoor sights and sounds. She refreshes herself in a thousand ways. The ocean's roar, the rustle of the trees, the magic of the woods, the majesty of the mountains, will all call to her sense of adventure. When she takes off, she isn't being unfaithful or unreliable. It's just her nature to respond to such exciting stimuli. If you love her and want to keep her, don't fence her in.

Horses of both sexes will accumulate wealth but not security. They don't care that much for security so they won't be missing all that much. They have an inclination to oversell, to stretch the truth, to ad lib with little white lies, all of which in their eyes are not faults but by-products of their creative imagination. They are not timid about taking the lead, and will run themselves out, so to speak, before stopping to listen to advice.

Orientals believe that whatever unbridled passions the Horse possesses, they will be multiplied many times over when he or she is born in the year of the Fire Horse, which comes once in every sixty-year cycle. The last Fire Horse year was in 1966 and it will not come again until the year 2026. In days of old (when liberated and overly assertive women were frowned upon as troublemakers and difficult to marry off) it was considered most unlucky to have a daughter born in this year.

Legend has it that the Fire Horse will consume everything in his path and wreak havoc wherever he goes. Many a lady Fire Horse, so they say, has ruined the life of a good man simply because of her passionate nature.

The male Fire Horse is not always considered as bad; he may even be fortunate as he can bring distinction on himself and be credited with famous as well as infamous deeds. The Horse, of course, like the Dragon and the Tiger, is identified as a strong masculine sign.

However, the fame and fortune of the Fire Horse, as well as Horses of other elements, seldom benefit their immediate family, especially as they usually leave home early. Leonid Brezhnev, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Otto Preminger (all born 1906) are but some examples of modern-day Fire Horses. Aristotle Onassis gave his year of birth as, 1905, but some historians put it in 1906, as he is said to have made himself a year older when he left home in order to get a job. Looking into his biography and phenomenal life style, I am willing to wager that he was indeed a Fire Horse instead of a Snake.

The animated and affable Horse is said to be very susceptible to the perils of love. He could easily lose everything if he falls head over heels in love. Consequently, he may have many affairs that end unhappily or even several marriages and divorces.

A Horse born in the summer will lead a better life than a winter Horse. His best stage in life will come during his middle age when he is mature enough to grudgingly accept the shackles of responsibility.

The best partners for the Horse will be the Tiger, Dog and Sheep. The next best matches will be with Dragons, Snakes, Monkeys, Rabbits, Boars, Roosters or another Horse.

The Horse will not fall for the Rat, who will not like the Horse's shifting ways either. He could also come into direct conflict in his dealings with the rigid Ox people. The Ox will demand consistency and the Horse cannot and will not comply.

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A child born in the Horse year will be animated, boisterous and mercurial. He or she will have a passionate love of life and a buoyant personality. He likes to do things quickly and will be able to learn new things easily. (Many horse youngsters are also born left-handed.) This child will tend to be disobedient, stubborn and willful when held back, but he is not the whining, crybaby type. This sprighty little fellow will love the outdoors and should be allowed plenty of exercise and independence--otherwise he will just take it.

Although he may roam the neighborhood and indulge in all sorts of rough games, he will always find his way home at meal time. He will be plagued by a restless and searching spirit and needs to be constantly occupied.

He will walk and talk early and will resent parents who restrict him too much. He is affectionate and demonstrative but won't like too much cuddling. Constrict him with rules, regulations and demanding schedules and he will bolt. A happy-go-lucky daredevil, he does things on the spur of the moment.

It would be well to discipline the Horse child as he should learn to control his volatile temper and impulsive ways. Self-centered as he is, the realistic Horse will conform and adapt himself once he sees that there is no other way out.

No doubt this adventurous little person will get himself into countless predicaments, but he won't be needing you to bail him out. He is quite capable of getting himself out of danger. Although he does not deliberately look for trouble, he does not scare easily and will like to fight his own battles.

All in all, the colorful and lively personality of the Horse will perk up any household.

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