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Years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.
The Horse occupies the seventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Snake and before the Goat. Horse years recur according to the Chinese zodiac 12-year cycle.
You will get the following information on this page:
People born in a year of the Horse are called "Horses" in China. If you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014, then you're a Horse.
However, Horse years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year).
|Horse Year||When||Type of Horse|
|1930||January 30, 1930 – February 16, 1931||Gold Horse|
|1942||February 15, 1942 – February 4, 1943||Water Horse|
|1954||February 4, 1954 – January 23, 1955||Wood Horse|
|1966||January 21, 1966 – February 8, 1967||Fire Horse|
|1978||February 7, 1978 – January 27, 1979||Earth Horse|
|1990||January 27, 1990 – February 14, 1991||Gold Horse|
|2002||February 12, 2002 – February 18, 2003||Water Horse|
|2014||January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015||Wood Horse|
|2026||February 17, 2026 – February 5, 2027||Fire Horse|
People born in a year of the Horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen on such occasions as concerts, theater performances, meetings, sporting events, and parties.
With a deft sense of humor, Horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.
Sometimes, the Horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn't mean that she/he ins't interested in others' problems. Horses are really more cunning than intelligent, and that is probably why most Horse people lack real confidence.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. A Wood Horse, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by his/her birth year's zodiac sign and element. This means there are five types of Horses, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Horse||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Horse||1954, 2014||Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues|
|Fire Horse||1906, 1966||Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but stubborn|
|Earth Horse||1918, 1978||Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others|
|Gold Horse||1930, 1990||kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends|
|Water Horse||1942, 2002||Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.|
Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the characteristics of each animal into account. Only those whose characteristics match each others can be good partners.
See below for the compatibility of the Horse with other animals, and find out if the Horse is compatible with your sign or not.
Jobs involving communicating with others attract Horses most. The Horse sign stands for leadership, management, and decision-making. Horses dislike taking orders.
Horses can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for they are extroverts and need to be surrounded by people who approve of them and flatter them.
Good career choices for Horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian, or pilot.
People born in a year of the Horse have a pleasant, amiable, easy-going disposition. With good humor and geniality, they are extremely comfortable to get along with as they have the ability to instantly put people at ease.
Horses are very quick-witted and are right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you are saying; they know what you are thinking even before you've said it. All these traits guarantee their popularity and a large following of friends.
Basically Horses are very healthy, most likely because they hold a positive attitude towards life. However, heavy responsibility or pressure from their jobs may make them weak. Therefore, Horses shouldn't do overtime very often and go home too late. Also, Horses should refuse some invitations to parties at night.
Horses will be busy at work with many challenges in the first half of 2020. During the second half of the year, they will have no stress, leading to a bittersweet year overall. Their competence will be enhanced and a wonderful romantic relationship will come their way if they are open to it.
According to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign comes around it is believed to be bad luck. It is called one's Ben Ming Nian (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year').
The Ben Ming Nian is a whole year of bad luck. Generally, all aspects of your life, including love, health, your career, and finances, will not go well. Therefore, “Horses” should be more careful in years of the Horse. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.
The next Horse year is 2026. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 17, 2026). Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New year falls to confirm their birth sign.
|Famous Horse||Birth Date||Element|
|Isaac Newton||25 December 1642||Water Horse|
|Neil Armstrong||August 5, 1930||Gold Horse|
|Stephen Hawking||8 January 1942||Water Horse|
|Jackie Chan||7 April 1954||Wood Horse|
|James Cameron||August 16, 1954||Wood Horse|