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Horsing around in 2014

The Year of the Wooden Horse starts on Friday 31st January, but do be aware that Chinese astrology is very different to Western astrology; Chinese astrology is viewed more like market research where you are apprised of potential problems and so can put the proper cure in place to mitigate the effect of any adverse energy. 2014 is the 4712th year of the Chinese calendar, so the Chinese have plenty of experience in this art.


Most of us will be glad to see the end of the year of the snake with all its twists and turns and are ready to welcome a new year of the horse. Overall this year will be fast-paced, so most of us will need to take time out at regular intervals during this year to ensure we get enough rest and recreation to handle the quick-moving opportunities that come in the year of the horse. We will also all need to watch our finances; the year of the horse may encourage us to overspend if we have that tendency and we are all likely to be far more social this year, as horses are quite social animals.


The predictions below are for your amusement and if you are born in January or February, you will need to check the exact date of the Chinese New Year for your year to make sure that you choose the right animal for your astrology. May I wish you all happy horsing around in 2014 ---



Rats are intellectual, imaginative, charming.

(1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008)

All the work you put in during 2013 with your career and social life could start to pay off at the beginning of the year. You may become quite the socialite and see a big rise in popularity but please be aware that 2014 will not be the best year for rats. You can use this to your advantage by networking with new people and making new friends as much as your finances will allow. April will be your best month for socialising.



Oxen are honest, motivated, genuine

(1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009)

If you are able to accept change and learn to adapt at the beginning of the year, you will do well in 2014 and could see many good opportunities come your way throughout the year. This will be an eventful year where you can build your career and increase your income. There will also be opportunities to change career this year. Overall finances will be good as long as you are careful with your outgoings and investments.



Tigers are brave, unpredictable, resilient

(1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010)

A fortunate year for Tigers, even those Tigers ending the year of the Snake with problems, and if you make an effort you will achieve much this year. Career is very good and you could be promoted, as well as making connections that will be useful in the future. Take opportunities offered to develop your skills and your education which should lead to a larger income this year. You may also benefit from unexpected gifts or wins. Prepare well for career interviews this year and you should do well. Hobbies and new skills will benefit you this year.



Rabbits are friendly, talented, calm

(1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011)

Career opportunities will be good this year. You will need to act faster than normal to achieve the best results rather than working at your own steady speed and be careful to keep a balance and not overwork yourself as this can cause stress for you. There are major openings for you to get into your ideal career this year, but you will need to stay focussed on your job hunt and be aware of every opportunity. Your skills will attract many new people who will do favours for you, as people will want to be of use to you this year. Any events you organise have the potential for success. Your home life will be calm and relaxed provided you pay attention to everyone in the home and talk to all family members to avoid possible dissention.



Dragons are innovative, self-assured, passionate

(1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012)

This year will be successful for you, provided you can resist taking too many risks. With determination and perseverance, you can make this year successful and satisfying. In your career you could find you have the opportunity to move into someone else’s role this year, as well as being offered new projects which give you a chance to show what you can do. This year is a series of small steps for you rather than your normal Dragon rush. Looking for a new job can be tricky this year, but your determination and skills could get you the job you want. Finances look good but your outgoings may be quite high and you may need to cut unnecessary expenses. Your social life is good this year and new people you meet could turn into long-time friends in the future. You need to beware of gossip and not allow yourself to be upset. Home life will be good. Take time for yourself and your hobbies this year, and avoid overspending.



Snakes are wise, intuitive, charming

(1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013)

You may feel isolated this year because a Horse year is fast-paced for the slower-moving Snake but this does not mean that you will not enjoy many successes. You could make fair progress in your career, provided you keep alert and do not spend too much time on any one project. You will have the chance to grow your skills and may find that your colleagues value your input. If you want to change your career this year you will need to detail your many skills and experience to impress future employers. Your finances look good for this year if you are sensible and home life is promising. If you can, take a vacation because you will need time out to relax in this fast-paced year.



Horses are friendly, positive, sophisticated

(1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014)

A very good year for career with recognition for previous hard work and strong possibility of promotion, leading to increased income. If you want to change career, this is an excellent year to make the most of your potential. Finances generally look good, provided you curb your natural instinct to rush into hasty purchases. It’s always a good idea to look around and compare prices. A good year to take a holiday and also for your home and social life, but do remember to thank others for what they do and make sure you do not take others’ good nature for granted this year as there could be problems caused by others feeling underappreciated. Overall, horses will enjoy a busy and enjoyable year where you can accomplish much.



Sheep are artistic, elegant, kind

(1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015)

Overall, a satisfying career year as sheep can take on more work responsibility this year by showing your authoritative attitude and using your experience from previous years. If you want a career change, you may find it very satisfying to look for a job that is totally different. You may need to use your organisation skills to get things done at home, and there is a chance for a lot of DIY in the home which will save you a lot of money. You can enjoy family this year, but there is a risk of conflict which can best be addressed early in the year. Talk it out and resolve differences quickly. Social life will bring opportunities to meet new people and experience new things. Your understanding manner will help you connect with different people and to offer others a helping hand which will bring you joy.



Monkeys are witty, clever, resourceful

(1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016)

You need to use your clever brain this year to avoid overwork and also to avoid the trap of thinking that you are doing better than you actually are. Career opportunities are promising because you can adapt more quickly than others to this fast-changing year, giving you a chance to shine. Promotion may be difficult to achieve, but you will still be able to take on new responsibilities that will be rewarding. Don’t set your expectations too high this year; your growth is more likely to be steady. You can kick-start a whole new career using the energy of this year, but do evaluate the role you apply for and make sure this is what you really want. Finances are good and you could receive a bonus or a lottery win but make sure you do not overspend. Home life will be good. Keep an eye on your diet and exercise this year and take time out to relax and think about your life. Take care socially because there is a risk of upsetting others in this high energy year.



Roosters are hard-working, courageous, romantic

(1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017)

Your organisational skills will help you this year, especially with adapting to the fast pace of a Horse year. Roosters like to prepare for everything in advance but you may need to act on impulse this year to snap up an opportunity. This is a challenging year for career and finance but if you monitor your outgoings you should do well. Home life is good with many family activities and memorable moments. Don’t take on too much this year or you could tire yourself. Social life will thrive, but be careful of jealousies and arguments in the year of the horse.



Dogs are loyal, compassionate, honest           

(1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018)

All you have learned in the last few years will be useful to you this year, bringing a very satisfying and proactive year both emotionally and physically. Your commitment to work will be valued and respected, leading to career opportunities and a better income. Reduce outgoings if you can, you may need to make big purchases or renovations this year. Protect yourself against theft this year. Home life will be good, take care of your health and your diet. Social life is good and you can make many new friends.



Pigs are reliable, generous, devoted      

(1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019)

A fortunate year for your career and for your home life. Look after your health, keep an eye on your diet and exercise. Try to take time out for yourself to relax and contemplate what you want out of life. You may find family members seek your advice this year. Finances will be good but beware of overspending and do check contracts carefully this year. Social life is excellent and you will meet new people and make good business connections.