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Chinese Zodiac Horses of 5 Elements: Characters, Destinies

Chinese Zodiac Sign Horse

The Horse is ranked seventh among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water.

A Wood Horse, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle. It’s believed that people have different characteristics according to their birth year’s zodiac sign and element.


Years of the Horse and the Five Elements

Horse Year Lunar Zodiac Year Element and Sign
1930 Jan. 30, 1930 – Feb. 16, 1931 Gold Horse
1942 Feb. 15, 1942 – Feb. 4, 1943 Water Horse
1954 Feb. 4, 1954 – Jan. 23, 1955 Wood Horse
1966 Jan. 21, 1966 – Feb. 8, 1967 Fire Horse
1978 Feb. 7, 1978 – Jan. 27, 1979 Earth Horse
1990 Jan. 27, 1990 – Feb.14, 1991 Gold Horse
2002 Feb. 12, 2002 – Feb. 18, 2003 Water Horse
2014 Jan. 31, 2014 – Feb. 18, 2015 Wood Horse
2026 Feb. 17, 2026 – Feb. 5, 2027 Fire Horse

Gold Horses (1930, 1990)

The Character of Gold Horses: Kind, Straightforward

People of the Gold element and Horse sign are kind, straightforward, andready to help others. They are very popular among their friends, although often offend others without meaning to due to their straightforwardness.

Generally speaking, they get along well with young people.

The Destiny of Gold Horses:Unstable

Gold Horses are constant in love but their livesare full of challenges as they can only have harmonious marriages if their partnersare willing to put up with them.

As far as romance is concerned, they are rather calm and rational although they are liberalists, and they won't take any action before their love is fully devoted to them.

Famous Gold Horses

  • Neil Armstrong (born August 5, 1930)
  • Warren Buffett (born August 30, 1930)
  • Clint Eastwood (born May 31, 1930)
  • Emma Watson (born April 15, 1990)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (born August 15, 1990)

Water Horses (1942, 2002)

The Character of Water Horses: Irritable, Sentimental

Water Horses are amicable and always ready to help others.As a result, they are very charming for friends of the opposite sex. In addition, it's very easy for them to make people feel more confident and pleased due to their easygoing characters and sincere affection.

The Destiny of Water Horses: Lucky

People born in a year of the Horse with the Water element agreeing can sacrifice their interests for others. They are irritable and sentimental in life but their friends still show them the utmost solicitude.

More patience should be taken to develop a romantic relationship with them, and those who marry them will be very happy throughout their lives.

Famous Water Horses

  • Calvin Klein (born November 19, 1942)
  • Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942)
  • Jacob Zuma (born April 12, 1942)
  • Scott Wilson (born March 29, 1942)
  • Bob Ross (born October 29, 1942)
  • Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942)
  • Dick Butkus (born December 9, 1942)

Wood Horses (1954, 2014)

The Character of Wood Horses: Imaginative, Prudent

People born in a Horse year corresponding to the Wood element have an abundant imagination. They are greatly admired due to their insightful analyses on issues and they often read the minds of others.

They are prone to being irritable and sentimental; therefore, they should pay special attention to friends and partners of the opposite sex so as to avoid too much familiarity resulting in love.

The Destiny of Wood Horses:Smooth

Wood Horses are born leaders and decision-makers, and they leave their colleagues with no reason to complain due to their correct and prudent decisions in work.

Famous Wood Horses

  • Jackie Chan (born April 7, 1954)
  • Ang Lee (born October 23, 1954)
  • Angela Merkel (born July 17, 1954)
  • Rekha (born October 10, 1954)
  • Kamal Haasan (born November 7, 1954)
  • Ray Liotta (born December 18, 1954)

Fire Horses (1906, 1966)

The Character of Fire Horses: Smart, Stubborn

People for whom the Horse sign and Fire element overlap are smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, and have the potential to lead the way concerning fashion trends.

Fire Horses have an unyielding character and they rarely take advice from others due to their stubborn characters.

The Destiny of Fire Horses: Charismatic

Even though they may face great difficulties or be under great pressure, they will do their best to solve the issues with the help and support of their colleagues and bosses.

Famous Fire Horses

  • David Cameron (born October 9, 1966)
  • Cindy Crawford (born February 20, 1966)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966)
  • Enrique Peña Nieto (born July 20, 1966)
  • Adam Sandler (born September 9, 1966)
  • Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966)

Earth Horses (1918, 1978)

The Character of Earth Horses: Optimistic, Kindhearted

People born in an Earth element and Horse sign year are optimistic, kindhearted, righteous, and ready to help their friends; therefore, they have a lot of friends in work.

The Destiny of Earth Horses: Ordinary

They have a strong sense of responsibility and are brave enough to take action so they are often recognized by their bosses. They are surrounded by love although they sometimes make mistakes due to their irritable characters.

Earth Horses must work hard to make satisfactory achievements and can retain ordinary financial positions throughout their lives; however, they don't suffer from unexpected personal financial losses.

Famous Earth Horses

  • James Franco (born April 19, 1978)
  • Ian Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978)
  • Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978)
  • Josh Dallas (born December 18, 1978)
  • Matthew Bellamy (born June 9, 1978)
  • Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978)

Five Elements Analysis for Zodiac


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