Dear Parents: If you have a child due to be born between January 31, 2014, and February 19, 2015, rest up now while you can. According to Chinese astrology, your baby will be born in the year of the Wood Horse. Chinese astrologers say there will never be a dull moment sharing life with your free-spirited, intelligent, energetic, independent child.

Chinese Astrology
Chinese astrology is based on 12 animal signs, with each sign bringing the characteristics of the animal into the lives of all children born in a given year; 2014 is the year of the Horse. It is not uncommon for parents to plan to have a child during a certain year so their child will inherit specific traits.

Chinese astrological signs are influenced by five earth elements: earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. This is the year of the Wood Horse.

The Chinese year is based on moon cycles, beginning with the second new moon after winter solstice. This is why the Chinese lunar new year isn’t the same as the new year marked by the Gregorian calendar.

The Wood Horse
The Wood Horse craves adventure, treasures freedom, and lives life with passion. It possesses the self-reliance, health, and stamina to put ideas into action but its rebellious streak means it will resist pressure and not think twice about changing courses if constraints, boredom, or a better idea pops up.

Horses are social animals and prone to make friends in all circles although their respect must be earned. They’re loyal, straightforward, entertaining, and good conversationalists. Horses enjoy the outdoors and often excel at sports and other athletic endeavors.

Horses crave intimacy and will do just about anything for love but will flee without question if they feel pressured or cornered. No matter the nature of the relationship, never try to corral a Horse.

The Horse’s independence and social nature, combined with the reluctance to follow orders, makes them ideal for jobs where creativity and communication skills are valued. The entertainment, journalism, public relations, and travel industries might prove to be good career matches and don’t be surprised if your Horse turns to bartend to put him- / herself through school.

Most/Least Compatible Signs
All animals of the Chinese zodiac will enjoy loving and prosperous relationships with parents, siblings, playmates, co-workers, friends, lovers, and spouses born under signs that compatible with their own. They face friction with those born under opposing signs.

The Horse is compatible with people born in the year of the Dog, Sheep, and Tiger.

The Horse might be happiest avoiding relationships with the Ox and the Rat.

Famous Wood Horses
To see what the future might hold for your own little Wood Horse, here are some Wood Horses you may recognize:


  • Chris Evert
  • Angela Merkel
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Rene Russo
  • James Cameron
  • Jackie Chan
  • Matt Groening
  • Ron Howard
  • Michael Moore
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • John Travolta
  • Denzel Washington

Source: Myers, S. Ali. “2014 Year of the Wood Horse in Chinese Astrology.” Jan 1, 2014. Web. Feb 7, 2014.

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