The Year Of The Horse: What To Expect

Eyla_Year_of_the_horse_2Illustrated by Ly Ngo.
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On January 31, 2014 the Year of the Horse arrived. Full speed. Please. Pay attention. The Chinese consider the year of the Horse to be very auspicious.
It’s a year that promises to bring fortunes, quick victories, and passionate romances for many. In fact, the horse symbolizes freedom, travel, and nobility in many cultures and we have upon us the opportunity to take advantage of these qualities for the next year. To exploit the energy of the Horse, one must pay attention — this year will have an energetic velocity that has not been for many years. Things will happen quickly and we want to harness this power, so it works to our advantage. It’s essential to be prepared with focused intentions and goals. Many opportunities will arise, but you have to be prepared to identify and run with these opportunities or they will disappear as quickly as they came.
In 2012, the Dragon tore apart our normal perception of reality and asked us to see beyond our ego. We were asked to look at things differently. Our safety net was taken from us and we were left wondering what do to next. I know that 2013, the year of the Snake, was a difficult year for many. I witnessed many people experience tragic and trying events that left them feeling desperate and alone. Many people did smell the necessity for change and I witnessed a lot of people taking chances by relocating, and by leaving unhealthy relationships and jobs. While nothing seemed easy for anyone, it was the people who made changes in their lives and attitudes that weathered the storm best.
If you haven’t been paying attention and changing your attitude and perspectives toward the Universe, the past couple of years may have been challenging. The world is shifting fast and it’s time to saddle up and learn to adjust your view of the oncoming horizon as you ride through this new terrain. Now we have a great opportunity to leave the past behind and move even more quickly toward our desires.
“The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action.” — D.H. Lawrence.
Take a look back at 2013 and make a list of all the things that were good and you deem positive. Be grateful for everything you list. Now, make a list of all the challenges, disappointments, and negative things that happened to you in 2013. Take a long, hard look at your negative list and try to find good things that came from those encounters. Be grateful for the tests that were given to you and search for opportunities that can be discovered amongst the ashes. Good things always come from our greatest trials, and we would never appreciate the good stuff without having felt the negative. This form of gracious wisdom is what stops us from feeling like victims. The snake forced us to make changes — whether we were willing participants or not — either way, embrace the changes and find out the reason they were given to you. Whatever you were doing before will no longer serve you. You must adapt. Your goal for the year of the Horse is to take those changes and evolve with them.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” — Albert Einstein.
This is the year we have the opportunity to take control of our lives and stop being victims. Take a look at your life. Do you crave a healthy, romantic relationship and yet you keep meeting the wrong person? Ask yourself how you’ve been treating all the relationships in your life. Do you give what you would like to receive? Really? Have you played a healthy part in your relationships? How can you make your other relationships better?
Is your marriage suffering? What is your responsibility in this relationship? What is your partner telling you s/he needs? Are your needs being communicated and met? Can you let go of the past?
Are you often nervous or depressed? In what ways are you expressing gratitude on a daily basis? How are you helping others? How are you bringing joy or calmness to others? Who do you need to forgive?
Whatever your biggest concern is right now, it’s time to take responsibility, change what you’ve been doing and run with it. The energy of the Horse is going to give you the gift of moving forward quickly. There is no time to let the past keep us down.
“A good horse will never return to graze on grass, that it has already passed by.” — Old Chinese Proverb.
In 2013, when the Snake brought upon change, he didn’t necessarily ask us if we wanted the change. But, here we are in 2014, and we can either grab the reins and ride the change, or, we can sit and lick our wounds in the dust while life takes off without you. The Horse is asking us to appreciate the changes and advance from them. The energy of this upcoming year will not support you if you choose to be a victim. You must become the change you wish to see in the world. We are all connected and the simple acts of changing your attitude and behavior will have a great impact. Be grateful and be mindful with all your actions and you will find that the horse will respond to you with great speed and exhilaration.
Eyla_Year_of_the_horseIllustrated by Ly Ngo.
Feng Shui for the Year of the Horse
If the entrance of your home faces the south, expect wonderful things! The lucky star eight is in the south and you should prepare this area of your home to invite more prosperity. I like the idea of putting a money vase or a piggy bank in this area, and if it’s made of pottery it’s even better! Everyday, take your loose change and put it in there and envision great prosperity.
The north area brings us the auspicious nine, so you should put something red — or a candle in this area to ignite that fire energy.
The southwest is another area where we can encourage prosperity to enter our homes. Metal coins or a fish tank in this area can help in 2014.
The northwest area of your home houses the energy of the inauspicious number five. Find an all-metal wind chime and put it in that area to negate any effects.
This year I’m going to really stress the need to clear the entrance to your home. I’ve noticed that a lot of people have too much clutter at their entrance and it’s not allowing fresh qi to flow. Just do it. Open all the windows in your house (yes, I know it’s cold) for just a few minutes to bring in fresh, new energy.
Buy sage and burn it throughout your house. Again, let’s get rid of that old, stagnant energy. Make an appointment for the Salvation Army or another charity to come pick up your donations. Between now and your scheduled appointment, you are to fill a box with items that you no longer need and/or are causing clutter. Do a good deed for yourself and others.
Write a list of things you want to accomplish in 2014. With each item, write how you will feel when you accomplish that goal, and feel it.
Really get rid of the past and forgive someone. You don’t need to call that person and tell them you forgive them; you just need to do it in your heart.
Go out and help someone and expect absolutely nothing in return.
This is going to be an especially amazing year for those born under the year of:
The Goat (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
The Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962,1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
The Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
The year of the Horse is considered the “Flower of Romance” or a “Peach Blossom” year, which means the energy of this year has a spark in it that will ignite love and romance. This is especially true if you were born in the year of:
The Snake (1917,1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)
The Rooster (1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993, 2005)
The Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
You can anticipate a sociable year and deeper romantic relationships.
After a very challenging year in 2013, those born in the years of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) and the Snake (1917,1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) can expect a much better year.
If you were born in a year ending with the number 1, such as 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, etc, the year of the Horse is a “Nobleman” for you, which means you should expect protective angels to come your way and help you.
Those born in the year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) and the year of the Dragon(1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) should travel as much as possible. You should seek romance and adventure outside of your hometown and be open to the idea of relocating.
If you were born in the year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) this is considered a “self penalty year” for you, which can bring about some challenges. It’s a time of self-reflection and we all know that’s not always so easy.
The animal sign that clashes with the Horse is the Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008). It is suggested that Rats and Horses lay low this year and be cautious of anything too risky.
For people born the year of the Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) this should be a year of quiet contemplation for you. If you ever had a desire to write or create art, the energy of the horse will help you set it free.
This post was authored by Alessandra Bogner.

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