THE HORSE PERSONALITY
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 eaerly 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 strking designs to the point of being gaudy on occasion.
The Horse loves exercise, both mental and physicla. You can spot him by his rapid but graceful body movements, his animated reflexes and fast way 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 flxible. Basically, he is a non-conformist.
The native of this sign is often called the playboy or playgirl of the cycle. He loves fanfare and beingwhere 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 nimbele Horse appraises situations and is able to manipulate both people and events.
On the negavtive side, the Horse person is impulsive and stubborn. He has an explosive temper, though he quickly forgets his outburts. Others, howerver, 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 as quickly or efficiently as he does. He demands a gread 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 is 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 understsand 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, or 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 affections, his concern for others, his willingness to modify his ways in order to suit the group. He doesn't setout 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 everynoe 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 hesistate on his course of action. You find him either dashing about doing 101 things or flat on his back from sheer exhaustions. More often than most signs, the Horse finds it difficult to unwind and may suffer from insomnia.
He keeps odd hours. A Hoprse 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 hockey. 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 offence 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 strait-jacket procedures will kill him. The Horse can be a fickle soul. If he cannot be with the one he loves, 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 would 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 live 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 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 mistakes. With a cheerful but contrite "mea culpa" the Horse will shrug and chalk it up to experience. You can't expect 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 and 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 hard labor to the rest of us. Did anyone mention climbing Mt. Everest? Give her 2 minutes to pack-she will join the expedition.
The Horse lady loves to get things done. She would be in 10 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 firebrand who tosses her hair defiantly against handling, but she'll never lose the 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 cripsness, 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 passsions the Horse possesses, they will be multiplied over when He or She is born in the year of the Fire Horse, which comes once in every 60 year cycle. The last Fire Horse year was in 1969 and it will not come again until the year 2026. In days of old (when liberated and overly assertive women were frowned upon as trouble makers 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 everthing 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 benefits 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, 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 lifestyle, I am willing to wager that he is 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.
THE FIVE TYPES OF HORSE
Metal Horse - 1870, 1930, 1990, 2050
A popular but peripatetic and unruly type of Horse. Demonstrative, impetuous and bold, he will be a most engaging personality. He is highly amorous and very appealing to the opposite sex.
Gifted with a prolific mind and fine intuition, he can be extremely productive when he is positive. It will be difficult trying to keep up with him as he seems to be everywhere at the same time.
Blessed with strong recuperative powers, the Metal Horse is never out of action for long. He is constantly seeking excitement and climbing to breathtaking heights.
Metal will make this Horse more stubborn and self-centered than other types of Horses. He may be a proverbial bubbling stream filled with brilliant ideas but he is not a consistent administrator. If his work gives him no satisfaction, no fun, no rewarding stimulation, he will become irresolute and irresponsible. He cannot exists on a diet of daily routine. Nor can he function with someone glancing over his shoulder. He thirsts constantly for new experiences and challenges. When he is negative, he will have an irrational need for liberty and be unable to establish deep personal involvements for fear they may curtail his freedom or make demands on his time.
Water Horse - 1882, 1942, 2002, 2062
A cheerful, dapper Horse with excellent business acumen, but inordinately concerned with his own well-being, status and comfort. He is very adaptable to change and can make extensive adjustments without batting an eyelash.
This nomadic type of Horse could be more restless than the others. A travel bug and sports enthusiast, he won't let any grass grow under his feet. He could also have the habit of changing his mind frequently and may take up an entirely different course of action without bothering to give any explanation. His mind and movements are guided by sporadic bursts of nervous but inspired action.
He will have a delicious sense of humor and ca be very amusing when he wants to be. A smart and colorful dresser, he can discourse on any subject with anyone.
When he is negative, he is pretentious and inconsistent and can exhibit a deplorable lack of consideration for others. The Water Horse must develop long-range planning and dedication.
Wood Horse - 1894, 1954, 2014, 2074
Friendly, cooperative and less impatient, this type of Horse could be the most reasonable of the lot. But he will still resist being dominated. The Wood element enables him to discipline his mind better and he will be capable of clear and systematic thinking. The Wood Horse will have a happy disposition and be very active in social affairs. Amusing and a good conversationalist, he is not overly egoistical and will not constantly vie for the headlines.
But, as he is progressive, modern and unsentimental, he will throw out the old and welcome in the new. Charges and new inventions capture his imagination and he will not shrink from trying the unconventional. He will like to explore many other fields but will try hard to fulfill his responsibilities first. The strong, high-spirited and sanguine Wood Horse does not have a lazy bone in his body, but he would do well to learn to be more cautious and discerning.
Fire Horse - 1906, 1966, 2026, 2086
A flamboyant and itinerant Horse with a superb intellect and great personal magnetism. He tries to bring about the changes he desires through force and sheer willpower.
This is a double Fire sign (Fire also being the Horse's fixed element), and it will produce a native who is highly excitable and hot blooded.
The Fire Horse is easily distracted and is too inconsistent to stick to repetitious tasks. He has flair, wit and charm but his continuous stream of bright ideas makes him extremely volatile. His personality is many-faceted and he requires a great deal of spice and variety in his life. He is happiest leading a double or triple life or having several professions to his credit.
He will love to travel, anticipates action and change and works most efficiently when put in charge. He rarely accepts supervision from others, even his superiors.
The Fire Horse is a thrill-seeker. He can sort out and deal with all kinds of people and situations within a minute's notice. He is skillful at resolving sticky affairs but is not above being argumentative.
This type of Horse will have the gifts of ingenuity and resourcefulness but not perseverance.
Earth Horse - 1918, 1978, 2038, 2098
A happy, congenial Horse; more precise and slow moving. He is apt to be more logical but less decisive. He likes to consider all sides of a question before acting.
With Earth as his element, he will be less abrupt. He can settle down and learn to toe the line when necessary. He offers less resistance to authority. Still, he is a finely tuned animal with an ability to sniff out feasible investments. He can bring shaky business back to life and give impetus to lagging industries.
Although he is the look-before-you-leap type, he is, nonetheless, very capricious about little things and will not make up his mind easily. He may hedge on one occasion and then take on more than he can handle on another.
HOW THE HORSE FARES IN DIFFERENT YEARS
Year of RAT
A difficult year for the Horse. Problems and unhappy romantic involvements. He must steer clear of confrontation, especially with the law. Some monetary troubles in the family. A time for the Horse to be cautious and persevering. Should not lend or borrow money.
Year of OX
Life will be smoother for the Horse in the year of the Ox. He will still have to work hard to achieve his goals but he will be given the power to control his own situation. Few untoward incidents and some monetary gains are in store for him. Problems tend to come from children or subordinates.
Year of TIGER
A moderately happy year for the Horse. No health problems but a lot of entertainment and additional expenses foreseen. Advancement in his studies or on the technical side of his profession can be expected. Disputes or broken friendships could result from his losing his temper this year.
Year of RABBIT
A lucky year for the Horse, especially in his investments. His life will be smooth but very involved. He can expect happy news or new members in the family. A protected year in which he can venture anywhere and encounter few problems.
Year of DRAGON
A mixed year. Many unsteady and unsettled affairs try the Horse's patience and worries weigh upon his mind, causing health problems. He must not expect the worst. The storm will blow itself out and there may not be as much damage as predicted. A time to look to the bright side of life, cultivate friends and placate enemies.
Year of SNAKE
A busy, involved year that brings taxing demands on the Horse's time and energy. Difficulties come from partners or friends and delays are caused by unseen obstacles. He will find support in his family but cannot expect a great deal of achievement in spite of all his efforts.
Year of HORSE
A good and prosperous year for the Horse. Recognition or promotion brings him satisfaction and happiness. Plans are realized without much effort and he will be lucky playing his hunches. A year in which the Horse is also susceptible to contagious disease, so he must not visit sick people or expose himself unnecessarily. He must not break friendships or partnerships this year.
Year of SHEEP
A moderate year for the Horse. Changes in residence or a long trip are indicated. The good balances out the bad this year and no serious problems or worries affect him.
Year of MONKEY
A lucky year for the Horse, as sudden gains or unlikely benefits are foresee. He will be able to find whatever he is searching for, but he must also be careful about freak accidents that are likely to occur. There may be sad news in the family, but the troubles of others will not affect him personally.
Year of ROOSTER
A fair year. Good tidings at home but slight disturbances in career. The problems he encounters will not be large ones but they may slow down his progress and he will tend to get upset too easily.
Year of DOG
A good year for the Horse academically. He could pass exams with honors or be given a job he has sought after. Important people will notice him. A lawsuit in the family or the departure of a loved one is indicated. No health problems or financial setbacks are foreseen.
Year of BOAR
Not-so-favorable year as some of the Horse's success is destroyed by outside interference and illness delays plans and progress. Investments and projects develop snags and he must deal with many complications. His troubles should start to fade with the onset of winter.
COMPATIBILITY FOR THE HORSE
HORSE and RAT
Unhappiness and strong animosities. Personality clashes and bitter rivalry in marriage an business relations. Highly incompatible.
HORSE and OX
Not very lasting or congenial ties. Some barriers in communications. Few similar interests. Cool relationships.
HORSE and TIGER
Excellent and happy match in love or business. No troubles trsuting or communicating with each other. Highly compatible team.
HORSE and RABBIT
Do not have much in common. Cannot relate well to each other. Uncoopeartive or indifferent ties in love and business.
HORSE and DRAGON
Mutual respect with some underlying clashes for dominance. Will be able to communicate to a certain degree to settle grievances. Moderate ties.
HORSE and SNAKE
Have some difficulties comprehending each other. Unlikely to have much in common. Polite or distant relations at best.
HORSE and HORSE
Have a lot in common. Teamwork can achieved. Mutual cooperation and success in their relations. Good and lasting ties.
HORSE and SHEEP
Strong affinity and attraction for each other. Mutually beneficial relations in love and business. Very compatible and successful ties.
HORSE and MONKEY
Will cooperate to a certain degree to achie common goals. Share some similar interests. No strong ties or understanding.
HORSE and ROOSTER
Some communication barriers and personality clashes. Will be able to work out their differences. Cool to amicable relations.
HORSE and DOG
Very Happy and compatible union. Success and prosperity in love and partnership. Deep understanding and affinity for one another.
HORSE and BOAR
Some areas of mutual interest. Moderately compatible. No special attraction but no strong clashes either.