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Year of the Water Horse

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The Horse (馬 午) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of the Horse nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the Horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly.

15-Feb-1942--4-Feb-1943 - Element-Water(+)

13-Feb-2002--1-Feb-2003 - Element-Water(+)

The HORSE - Chinese name: MA

Ranking Order - Seventh

Hours ruled by the Horse: 11am to 1pm

Direction of this sign - Directly South

Season and principle month: Summer - June

Fixed Element: Fire

    Metal Horse
    Water Horse
    Wood Horse
    Fire Horse
    Earth Horse

People born during the Year of the Horse have a pleasant, amiable, easy going disposition which guarantees popularity and a large following of friends. Blessed with good humor and geniality, they are extremely comfortable to get along with for they have the knack of instantly putting people at their ease.

Charming and cheerful, the Horse is an extremely likable character. Hard working, self-possessed and sharp, the Horse skillfully acquires power, wealth and respect. However, the Horse's sometime-appreciated frankness can be tactless. The Horse's impatient pursuit of success may become selfish and predatory. Horses can be obstinate. In truth, they are more cunning than intelligent, and they know it. This is why, despite that air of assurance, the Horse lacks confidence in himself.

Above all, the Horse is cut out to be in politics, a career which could bring great personal satisfaction with the opportunity to grind his own ax. He could be a winner here, for he has the facility to sway the crowd.

He is very quick-witted and he is right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you were saying; he's on to the thought in your mind even before you've expressed it. This permits the Horse to forestall any arguments that anyone can dream up.

With the Horse, movement is everything. Freedom and independence are as essential to Horse-born people as the air they breathe. A low boredom threshold, both in terms of interests and friendships, is characteristic of those belonging to this sign, and adds a whimsical quality to the otherwise levelheadedness of these folk. Consequently, they tend to act on impulse, and this means there is an element of unpredictability about them.

Like the symbol by which they are represented, Horse-born people are high-spirited and lively. Their vivacity and enthusiasm make them very popular. With a deft sense of humor, Horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere. Sometimes rash and willful, they can be prone to rapid changes of mood and, although seldom really explosive of temper, when they do see red, it is not a pretty sight. Those who have suffered a Horse's rage will never feel quite the same about him again, for his fits of temper are inevitably a bit childish. If he wants to succeed, he has to master them.

Resourceful and self-confident, Horses approach all things enthusiastically. Quick-witted and mentally alert, they are quick to catch on and efficient in all their undertakings. Because of this ability, this dexterous and incisive mind of theirs, they can make accurate judgments and sound decisions instantaneously. They are particularly skilled at handling money, very often in business dealings following their hunches. When it comes to intuition they have a sixth sense that is quite uncanny. Unfortunately, as the Horse is a creature of changing moods he's liable to lose interest suddenly in things he's taken up, whether it's a love affair, a single deal in business, or a whole career. He'll start again with the same determination, and he'll enjoy an equal success. He can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for he is an extrovert and he needs to be surrounded by people who approve of him and flatter him.

Due to their dislike of inactivity, Horses get involved in many sorts of works outside their chosen trade. Good with their hands and attracted to art, they are skillful craftsmen with a talent for innovation.

The first and second part of the Horse's life will be full of ups and downs. He will leave his home and family while he is still young, and this will bring its own disappointments. His love life will be by no means smooth. But the third phase of the Horse's life will be a peaceful one.

Under the influence of the element Water, he is cheerful, dapper, with excellent business acumen, but inordinately concerned with his own well-being and comfort. He is extremely adaptable, nomadic and restless, with the habit of changing his mind frequently without bothering to give explanations, guided by sporadic bursts of inspired nervous energy. He has a delicious sense of humor and can be quite amusing when he chooses. He can discourse at length on any subject with anyone.

The water Horse has a friendly nature and brilliant sense of humour and is able to talk intelligently on a wide range of topics. They are great in business matters and are quick to take advantage of any opportunities that appear.

The Water Horse has a tendency to get easily distracted and can change their interests quite often throughout life and may sometimes leave a project before finishing it. They are usually dressed very smart and clean. They are very talented people and can go very far in life.

The horse is an extremely lovely person and usually has a massive amount of friends and admirers. They love to meet new people and will always be at a party or large social gathering as they love being the centre of attention. They have many good leadership qualities and are admired for their honest and to the point manner. They love to be involved in debating as they have a very persuasive manner. They also have a very nimble mind and can incorporate facts very quickly. They can suffer from a bad temper from time to time although it does not usually last very long, this can lead to them saying things they later regret. They are not the greatest at keeping secrets.

They have a huge range of interests and try to involve themselves in a wide range of activities but sometimes they can get involved in so many different activities that they actually forget to complete the majority of their tasks before moving onto the next one. They may also get caught up in the latest craze and set aside all their current affairs until the craze dies out.

The Horse likes to have a certain amount of freedom and independence in their life. They hate to be bound by the rules and regulations of society; they like to think that they should only have to answer to themselves. Despite this, they still like the support and encouragement of others.

The Horse is determined to go far in life due to their many talents and likeable nature. They enjoy Horses love a challengechallenges and are a systematic and untiring worker although it will take them a long time to recover and start again in any enterprise if things should go wrong for them. Success means everything to the Horse which means if they fail at something it is disastrous to them. They like to have variety in their life and they like to try out a lot of different things before settling down in one particular job, although they will still keep their options open to new opportunities. They have a restless nature and can easily get bored. The Horse will excel in any position that gives them sufficient freedom to act on their own initiative. Although they are not particularly bothered about accumulating great wealth, they are very careful with their finances and will rarely experience any serious financial problems.

Horses love to travel. The Horse loves to travel and visit far away places; they will be tempted at some point in their life to live abroad for a short period of time, due to their adaptable nature they will fit in very well. The Horse pays a lot of attention to their appearance and will usually like to wear smart, colourful and rather distinctive clothing. They are seen as attractive people to others and will often have many romances before they settle down. They are very loyal and protective to their partner, but despite their family commitments they still like to have a certain amount of independence and have the freedom to carry on with their own interests and hobbies.

They will find that they are particularly well suited to Tigers, Goats, Roosters and Dogs. They can also get on well with the Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Pig and another Horse. They will find the Ox too serious and intolerant for their liking. They will also have difficulty getting along with the Monkey and the Rat.

Chinese calendar uses the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in the system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Yin-Yang Wood,Fire,Earth,Metal,Water Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use the animal names.

The Branch sequence order is Rat,Cow,Tiger,Rabbit,Dragon,Snake,Horse,Sheep,Monkey,Hen,Dog,Hog Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin from Wooden Rat Male Wood Mouse Wooden Rat and end with Water Pig WaterPigWater Pig. You can see the entire sequence from the Chinese New Year's page. From Year 1924 to Year 1983 is a complete cycle. Year 2002 is Yang Water Horse, the 19th of the Stem-Branch in the system. Because Water is equivalent to color Black in the Five-Element system, Year 2002 is also called Black Horse year. In Chinese astrology, Horse contains Fire element and color Red can represent Fire. Since Fire element in the Year 2002, therefore the water is not cold anymore.

The Chinese New Year day is on February 12th, 2002. Because this is the new moon day, the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. If we apply Chinese lunar calendar system on the USA time zones, we find something interesting there. In the Pacific Standard Time, the new moon time is at 23:41 of 2-11-02, so the Chinese New Year day for the PST time zone is on February 11th, 2002. In the Eastern Standard Time zone, the Chinese New Year day is on February 12th, 2002, because the new moon time is at 02:41 of 2-12-02.

In China, the first day of the Black Horse Year is February 4th, 2002 in the Fortune-Telling Calendar system, because February 4th, 2002 is the first day of Tiger month and the Tiger month is the first month of a year in Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar system.

In the Chinese Fortune-Telling calendar, the first day of the first month, Tiger month, is called "Start of Spring", which is when the sun enters 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. In the China time zone, the time of Start of Spring is at 02-04 08:24. So the first day of the Black Horse year 2002 is on 02-04-02. For USA the time of Start of Spring is on 02-03 at 16:24 PST and on 02-03 at 19:24 EST, therefore we can say that the first day of the Chinese Black Horse year is February 3rd, 2002 in USA.

The Year 2002 (Black Horse) is the 4699th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China who completed the Great Wall). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4699th year on February 4th, 2002. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Black Horse is the 19th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4699 = (60 *78) + 19, therefore this Black Horse Year is the 4699th Chinese Year.

Some web sites say the year 2002 is the 4670th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation from there, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C.. But the calendar of Yellow King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year. So the first winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st means nothing to Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C. for a year, then year 2002 is the 4670th Chinese year.


Chinese fortunetellers like to use the theory of Five Elements to predict people's fortune. If you want to know if you are lucky or not in the year 2002, you must know your lucky element from the Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar page first.

Year 2002 is the year of Black Horse, which contains Water and Fire. If your lucky element is Water or Fire, then you have a chance to get lucky in Year 2002. Also, if your lucky element is Fire, and your Birth Chart and your current 10-Year Major cycle contain a Tiger and a Dog, then you will certainly do well in 2002. However, it's still not easy that you can get whatever you want, because Fire and Water are opposite elements. If your lucky element is Fire, then Water is your unlucky element. So you still need to fight to get what you want. in short, you have the chance, but under pressure.

Year 2000 was an unpredictable Golden Dragon year. Year 2001 was a sad White Snake year for many people. For those people have a Tiger in their birth chart probably had to fight for their family survival like the Lady White in the story of White Snake. Year 2002 is a Water Horse Year. Horse contains mainly Fire with some Earth element. Horse is the strongest Fire element among 12 animals. Water cannot extinguish Fire all the time, because the Earth and Fire may let Water disappear. Therefore, when Water and Horse are together, the disputes and arguments are always there.

Year 2002 won't be a peaceful year. It's just like an unfriendly area and we have to pass through it in 2002. The way to handle that is to mediate the conflict between Water and Fire. The first solution is to use the Wood as the mediator, because Wood can release the energy from Water and then pass the energy to Fire. So you will safely pass year 2002, if you have more than 60 scores of Wood in the Birth Chart and current 10-Year Major cycle.

The second solution is to find any Female Fire in the Birth Chart and current 10-Year Major cycle. When Female Fire and Yang Water are together, the energy of Water decreases and the force of Wood is generated.

There is a hope for people without first two solutions. That is to find Metal as a compromiser between the Earth and the Water, because Fire releases energy to Earth, Earth produces energy for Metal and Metal passes energy to Water.

If any dilemma happens to you in year 2002, you can try to sit under a big tree in the park for one or two hours to cool down yourself first. Then, you may find your best solution from there. If you feel unlucky in year 2002, you should be optimistic because everyone should have his or her lucky season according to the tips of your lucky element.

Love and Romance

The year 2002 is a year of the Horse. If you were born on the DAY of Cow, Snake or Chicken, or born in the YEAR of Cow, Snake or Chicken, then you will have better chance to have a love affair.

If you weren't born on those Days and Years, you can try your romantic luck in the month of Cow (January), Snake (May) and Chicken (September). To find Dates of Chinese astrology months.

Feng Shui 2002

East South
6 2 4
5 7 9
1 3 8
North West

The eastern area of the house is an unlucky area in 2002. Do not have any home improvement in this direction. The southern area is not lucky area, either. Do not let weak or sick family member live in the bedroom in this direction. The northern area won't generate the career and money luck.

The western area is an auspicious area and gives people career and money luck in 2002. There is a money star in the southeast area. So the southeast area brings you money luck, too. The southwest area can make people smarter. So the southwest area is good for the study room and may bring your career or money luck, too.

Chinese Fortune Calendar provides a Feng Shui Flying Stars page for people to check the special relationships between year 2002 and their houses and wishes everyone having an auspicious Black Horse year.

Chinese Character - Horse

Chinese character Wu using in the astrology calendar means noon, not horse. The traditional Chinese character of the horse is Ma . There is no good explanation for why ancient Chinese selected Horse as the nickname of Wu. The invention of Chinese Horse character is quite interesting. For detail, click here .