THE HORSE MAN


His physicality

  • The male Horse is distinctively manful – there is no possibility of mistaking him for a gynandrous person, even when he is wearing long hair and an Indian tunic in the fashion of many hippies. He is prominently muscular and sinewy, especially in his neck, arms, and thighs. Few men would be as hirsute as this type: He has a luxuriant beard and dense hair on most parts of his body.
  • Women, or at least the more “female” ones, often find him strikingly attractive in physical appearance. His bearing has a certain elegance and nobility associated with sportiness. His manner is frank and open, his movements quick, his gestures decided and vigorous. He displays much self-confidence and feels at home everywhere. There is an undeniable air of robust health about him.
  • This subject is commanding in stature, with a well-built, tall, and athletic profile. He is possessed of broad shoulders, a thrown-out chest, powerful buttocks, and unusually long legs. A few Horses belong to the shorter category; in this instance they almost invariably begin to go stout around the age of fifty and show precocious baldness, as was the case with Nikita Khrushchev.
  • The Horse man has a somewhat square face due to his protruding jaws. His features, which are not very regular, make a striking contrast with his fine, straight, aristocratic nose. His forehead is noticeable for its breadth and bordered with anarchic, unruly locks of hair which bear witness to his resolutely nonconformist temperament. His eyes are very bright and alive with a malicious gleam. His mouth, already big, appears to be bigger still owing to his full, fleshy lips; it is indeed the mouth of a gourmand! People around him could not help noticing his presence because of his big booming manly voice and ready thunderous peals of laughter.
  • While not keen on making a spectacle of himself like his Dragon brother, he tends to be showy in dress and manner, just to underline his disregard for convention and formality. If he is incessantly restless and unable to keep still, it is certainly because he refuses, consciously or unconsciously, to be simply a member of the herd.
  • The native is endowed with a basically sound constitution and an appreciable health capital. So long as he lives correctly and wisely there is nothing he should fear on the physical plane and he is allowed to envision a happy old age. Probably his sole weak point is his liver; but this alone can give rise to a host of troubles, which may be as important as they are varied, if he does not take necessary precautions on a permanent basis.
  • This man’s worst enemy, as can be guessed, is his excessive greediness. He tends to eat and drink well beyond tolerable limits. He has a marked preference for what his fragile liver precisely is afraid of – delicacies, deep-fried foods, dishes cooked in sauce, wines, aperitifs, liqueurs, cigars, and the like. The more he advances in years, the more compulsive his greediness becomes, and, if he has not trained to successfully resist his penchant, he will most probably fall a victim to plethoric disorders and acne rosacea in his middle age. More than anyone else, he is directly and wholly responsible for the physical condition of the last part of his life.
  • This is an emotional person whose reactions bear all the more adversely on his neurovegetative system as they are swift and strong. As a consequence he often suffers from faulty digestion and disorders resulting from an inadequate elimination of waste. Sometimes he reacts at the cutaneous level, showing boils, herpes, or eczema, when he is greatly annoyed or has to repress his natural aggressivity.
  • The native is also liable to troubles in his hips and thighs and may be bothered by cramps or muscular contractions in these regions as well as by coxalgia and sciatica. Such miseries are not really important, and there is not much he can do about them except being careful when he exerts himself.
  • The advice to be given him is simple enough and proceeds from sheer common sense. First of all, he should not overeat under any circumstances; he would have to pay dearly and immediately for all excess he has indulged in. Secondly, he should refrain from all foods that are difficult to digest due either to their very natures or the way they are cooked. Thirdly, it is in his interest to eat every kind of fresh green vegetables and fruits; meats and fishes should be barbecued, not fried; Chinese stir-fried dishes seem to suit him best.
  • There is practically no need to counsel him to have sufficient sleep and physical activity. He loves sleeping – his sleep is almost always profound and highly refreshing – but does not tend to oversleep. He hates inactivity and a sedentary life and so is keen on flexing his muscles. He can do any kind of sport, but his preference goes to equitation – is it because he is a Horse? Besides, he is a fanatic of all branches of athletics.

His psychology

  • The Horse male could be anything you may imagine but satisfied with the immediate. He is inhabited by an irresistibly driving force that makes him constantly try to transgress the physical as well as temporal boundaries within which he finds himself. Only what lies in the future or another country is susceptible of interesting him.
  • All his existence, understandably, is marked with globetrotting and the crossing of frontiers, whether real or imaginary. He is known to everyone around him as the wandering, restless Horse. He can fare well only when he is elsewhere – away from his place of birth, his native country, or a region which has become too well known to him – and delights in traveling to get there without feeling any shadow of regret for what he leaves behind. He needs to be ever free to move around; there would be no unhappier person than a tied-down Horse.
  • This man makes an unconditional apostle of progress – the word “progress” here is understood in both its literal and figurative meanings. His philosophy of life is wholly and resolutely turned toward what lies ahead. To him, the golden age is before us, the past simply does not exist, and the present is boring to death. For this reason he is often frowned upon as a rebel, anarchist, or iconoclast. In any case he is decidedly a revolutionary – there is no such thing as a conservative Horse – and always looks for something new in every direction even if this means he must get his wings clipped in the process.
  • In order to preserve his freedom of movement, thought, and actions, this subject defends his independence with fierce determination. Uncompromisingly defiant of public opinion and traditions, he insists on following his own instincts, even to the point of rashness. As a child, he is already reputed as a turbulent, self-willed enfant terrible and has extremely tense relations with his parents and teachers. As soon as he is able to strike out on his own, he breaks away with a light heart from all family ties and influence. The Horse male is generally not much appreciated in Asian and other societies where the cult of the family is particularly strong and family loyalty revered as a major virtue, for he refuses to let himself be imprisoned – he is most casual about his immediate family and loves his relatives only from a safe distance.
  • Not rarely does this man even wish to be able to overstep the limits of his own person, becoming someone else – less imperfect, wiser, more likeable, better loved – or being born in another era. But this always remains a simple wish, which connotes his usual dissatisfaction with the status quo, and never threatens to degenerate into a fantasy.
  • In many ways the Horse male is quite a remarkable man. His optimism and enthusiasm, for instance, are matchless qualities. Essentially an extravert, he never allows himself to indulge in brooding, moodiness, or self-pity. Nothing can wear down his fighting confidence and blind faith. He gives the impression he can succeed in most of his undertakings. His adversaries are prone to say he is favored by chance; but this chance is unquestionably brought about by his firm belief in the value of his efforts and in final victory.
  • Enthusiasm, hot-bloodedness, ebullience, and an eternal youthfulness of spirit are the legendary hallmarks of this individual. His fertile mind and active body always operate at high speeds. To him, life is a fascinating adventure, and, curious about everything, he feels an unspeakable excitement for each new experience. If he often stays up late, it is because he is more or less consciously afraid he might miss something of the grand spectacle of existence. Keen on making the most of his potential, he is always ready to take up all challenges that offer themselves to him. He puts all of himself in every venture, displaying extremely high motivation and dedication.
  • He is a dreamer in his own way since he never loses touch with reality and has the ability to make his dreams to come true. Wishful thinking, apathy, and laziness have no place in his comportment. What he wants, he works relentlessly to get it – no question for him to slacken his vigilance and efforts so long as his objective has not been achieved.
  • Selfish the male Horse certainly is and never bothers to conceal it. But his selfishness is moderate and reasonable – he would not go so far as to step on other people’s toes in order to carry out his ambitions. On the contrary, no one could deny his abundance of idealism. He needs a lofty cause, noble goals, and transcendent aspirations in order to function adequately and show what he is capable of: Life would seem deadly boring without them, and their absence would plunge him into the darkest depths of depression. He always manages to find something worth fighting for and devotes all his time and energy to it. He finds blase people and those with a feeling of futility utterly beyond his comprehension.
  • For all his exuberance, he is no less trustworthy. One can rely on him under whatever circumstances. Loyal beyond the call of duty, he does what he says and says what he does, and, even at the price of many sacrifices, never lets down those to whom he has given his word. His extreme candor and open-heartedness may sometimes work against him, but this does not disturb him to any noticeable degree; he seems to believe it is a lesser evil to be betrayed than to be deceptive. His uncompromising honesty is indeed one of his finest qualities.
  • Another of his outstanding qualities is his courage which could be equaled only by that of the Tiger. Once he takes up a task, he will see it through to the bitter end. Difficulties and obstacles only act as an incentive to his determination. He would not embark on an undertaking which does not offer tremendous challenges to his strength of purpose. A born adventurer, he has a taste for risks and never hesitates to gamble with life if necessary. When it comes to truth, he is never afraid to speak it out although he is perfectly conscious of all the dangers his total frankness may entail.
  • But while his Tiger counterpart tends to pursue Herculean, impossible enterprises, the Horse man is more realistic and pragmatic. He is more conscious of his own limits and reluctant to bite more than he can chew. While his practical approach to problems and affairs does not give him a very glamorous aura, it does help him achieve good results and avoid many deceptions.
  • In compensation for his lack of glamour, he is endowed with an unusually sharp mind. He can divine other people’s intentions and designs quickly and is skillful at the art of taking his opponents aback by exploiting their most vulnerable, though well-concealed or even unsuspected, weaknesses. His great presence of mind enables him to handle all emergencies effortlessly and gracefully. Besides, it is not impossible for him to have occasional flashes of prophetic vision which help him gain an appreciable advantage over others.
  • As already indicated, the Horse male is no introvert. His comportment is completely turned outside, which makes him one of the most gregarious types. He needs and seeks the company of men and women of every walk of life. He loves mixing with people and is frequently seen at the very hub of places where there are entertainers or large gatherings. He enjoys all outdoor activities and involves himself unrestrainedly in all sports, either as a participant or spectator. He has a conspicuous penchant for races, probably because he is a Horse himself.
  • Because he sincerely likes people, friendliness is well to the fore of his personality. Warm, cheerful, debonair, having an easy laugh, and wearing his heart on his sleeve, he is very popular with many people. One always feels at ease in his congenial company. He shows a true and spontaneous interest in all those he meets – in fact, in all that is human. He likes giving pleasure, rarely refusing to do a favor asked of him and denying nothing to his loved ones. Unfortunately, he tends to make promises which he may not be able to honor either because there are too many of them or because they are well above his forces. In any case there is in him not a single streak of pettiness.
  • Very vulnerable to coldness and rejection, he spares no efforts to get himself entrusted with confidences, which he perfectly knows how to respect. If sometimes he does intervene in the lives of other people, it is simply out of his concern for their welfare, not because he wants to meddle in their own affairs. He does not bear ill will beyond the heat of the moment and is capable of demonstrating quick and sincere regret for whatever wrong he does.
  • If one examines the negative aspect of the typical Horse man’s personality, one cannot help noticing some important defects. First of all, this man has keenly pronounced likes and dislikes. There is no question for him to be subtle, to make room for various shades and tones. Black or white, all or nothing are his invariable way of reacting to people, ideas, and events. Once he has made his choice – once he has decided to love or hate something – he is likely to stick to his stand until his death, even though subsequent circumstances may make it necessary for him to reverse or modify his preferences or aversions.
  • Closely related to this is his opinionatedness. It is almost always a mistake with this man to make a point of defending any idea or position, for your arguments will never sway or convince him and will certainly fall on deaf ears. The native is unyieldingly positive in his views – so unyieldingly that practically no compromise can be expected from him. If he is fond of heated discussions, it is not so much because he is eager to find truth as because he is determined to prove his point. His habitual way of phrasing his ideas is often in itself a clear indication of his conviction that he knows all the answers. Moreover, he is very susceptible to contradiction and unable to accept criticisms gracefully. There is no mistaking that he takes himself too seriously and lacks the sense of humor and tolerance.
  • He can be as vicious as the next man. The list of his minor vices usually includes boastfulness, cynicism, enviousness, rudeness, lack of tact, criticalness, verbosity, self-conceit, and self-sufficiency. Lastly, he is a quick-tempered person, with his fits of rage flaring up in a split second and with his tendency to become something of a tyrant for those around him.

His productivity

  • The native of the Horse is one of the ablest men in the professional field. Once he has decided to take up a job, there is every likelihood he will succeed in it and his competence will be recognized tacitly or explicitly by both his colleagues and opponents. What is important is that he be allowed to choose the right occupation, for his adaptability is rather limited.
  • In general this subject always longs to make some sort of career out of travel. He will be like a fish in water if his profession requires frequent trips, preferably trips to faraway lands. Changes of scenery are for him an invaluable source of inspiration and enthusiasm. He can do extremely well as a commercial traveler, a travel agency representative, or a leisure-time club leader. Journalism under all form suits him perfectly. He can also make an interpreter participating in all kinds of meetings and conferences.
  • Having a good flair for lucrative deals, he is likely to make a fortune in all professions which allow him to have contact with other people, particularly in import-export business which affords him the opportunity to get involved with citizens of various countries.
  • Since he likes all sports and outdoor activities, it is frequent to see him work as a professional sportsman, stable-lad, jockey, sport coach, or camp counselor. If he is a fireman or highway policeman, we can be sure he enjoys his job immensely.
  • His taste for risks sometimes lands him in perilous activities, and we can find him a pioneer, revolutionary, kamikaze, commando, counter-insurgency fighter, or member of the French Foreign Legion.
  • His interest in the future is an inescapable part of his character. He is therefore a passionate futurologist. Science fiction may be his specialty, whether as a writer or movie director. Naturally interested in research and education as the keys to the morrow, he works with equal enthusiasm in a laboratory or classroom.
  • Keen on influencing other people’s lives and clever at public speaking, the Horse male not rarely makes his career in politics, which could bring him great personal satisfaction. But he should guard himself against demagoguery, for he has the outstanding ability to sway the crowd.
  • As a rule the Horse male prefers being his own boss and only pursues occupations or professions where nobody is in a position to tell him what to do and when and how to do it. His independence is such that he finds it almost impossible to bear someone else’s authority. It is surprising, then, to see him in the civil or military service. But in this case we can be sure of two alternatives: He will give up his job at the first opportunity, or he will climb up to the very top of the hierarchy in a short time. It should not be forgotten that he is sensitive to honors and ranks among those who take particular pride in wearing medals and ribbons on their chests.
  • Diplomacy is certainly not a field of activity for him, given his outspokenness and hot-headedness. Nor are speculative sciences such as philosophy or theology. History may interest him insofar as it helps to have a better understanding of and command over the future. He hates sedentary works in general and can only make an unhappy farmer.
  • The career is something of great importance to this man, and he generally works at it steadily and conscientiously. But he may from time to time take a fancy to get-rich-quick schemes, plunges into them head-on, and comes out wealthy – or ruined!

His love behavior

  • The Horse man may be said to be fickle in love. But his is a special brand of fickleness, which has nothing in common with, say, that of the Snake man. Any of his instances of infidelity can be traced back to a perfectly understandable feeling of insecurity or dissatisfaction. He is no inveterate philanderer and does not allow his eye to wander as a matter of compulsive propensity. It is why he is a specialist of short-lived liaisons.
  • If he is strongly attracted to glamorous women and if married women have a special appeal to him, it is because he feels an involvement with them can help him gain emotional stability – despite all his outward self-confidence he rather lacks self-assurance when it comes to love matters. On the other hand, as he places a high value on personal freedom and mutual trust between him and his spouse, any failure on her part to uphold his requirements is apt to drive him into another female’s arms.
  • His candor is sometimes utterly disarming. He readily confesses to his legitimate mate all his flirtations and infidelities, giving out as many details as she may be curious to know. But she had better try to find out the reason for his promiscuity and act accordingly instead of losing her temper, for her outbursts of jealousy would receive little sympathy, compassion, or understanding from him.
  • Concerning his family life, this individual’s comportment resembles that of the male Buffalo. He imposes his authority on all people living under his roof, regardless of their ages or ranks. He means to be obeyed and respected, and it never comes to his mind that his rule could be challenged. To him, there is nothing effeminate or degrading in helping around the home. His willingness to build a large family is ever apparent, and he likes to be surrounded when he is at home. He can always be relied upon to satisfy his children’s all material and educational needs.
  • But the Horse male differs from his Buffalo counterpart on an important point: Whereas the latter considers marriage to be a perfect, natural institution, the Horse only views it as a necessary, inescapable evil, an obstacle to “true” Love. It is impossible to resign himself to give up his personal freedom and love of change completely; he must, at least, retain the illusion of remaining as unattached as air. Despite all his sincere love for his family, he gets bored with it easily and prefers spending much of his time away from it. The singles bar of the quarter or a sport club are often his watering holes. In addition, he is ever on the lookout for various pretexts to go on trips; he will not forget, however, to write or phone home passionately and bring back wonderful presents for his wife and children. He also likes to lead a more or less secret life – “a life of my own,” as he would say. Every now and then he does suffer from pangs of guilt over his lack of total loyalty and devotion to his family; but it is rare he gets beyond this stage of pious conscience.
  • While he does not have the Snake male ‘s finesse in love, the Horse man is nevertheless eternally a sentimental and romanticist despite all the appearance to the contrary. Love is to him a distinctive handicap – not a stimulus – to success on other fronts, for it blinds him to everything else. When he loves, he loves without reserve of any kind and is too ready to give up everything for the sake of his loved one. He then allows himself to be completely besieged by the object of his love, to live only for her, to react to her every look, gesture, and wish. He is capable of being very loyal to a female if he really loves her and if she is clever enough to help him preserve the fiction of his desirability, independence, and personal freedom. No one can make a more enthusiastic mate than a well-loved and trusted Horse. But when he has decided to love no more for one reason or another, there is nothing his woman could do to make him change his mind, or rather, his heart. From now on he will be moved only by a vague feeling of pity, and what he will do for her will be strictly prompted by his sense of duty. All entreaties or vituperations will leave him completely unruffled.
  • What kind of woman does he seek in life? For reasons invoked before, he has a pronounced weakness for beautiful, sexy, glamorous, and aggressive partners, and looks down on those who play clinging vines or decorative objects. He needs a woman who constantly reinforces his highest opinion of himself, who believes in all his dreams, and who challenges him with her own independence. His nature will reach its highest level when he is involved with such a companion. To put it differently, what he wants in a female is a complete understanding of his aspirations and emotional needs. But he proves an impossible lover or husband for a professional termagant, for he can be ten times as vicious as she.
  • Unless he is severely perverted, this man can be as clever in the bedroom as he is in his import-export office. He looks for a high quality in his physical relations. His approach to sex is generally airy, tinged with much sensuality, affection, delicacy, and, surprisingly enough, a good dose of modesty. Perfectly able to switch off problems instantaneously once in bed, he makes love with gusto and does not bear coolness or coquetry. Sex games may interest him to some extent, but if they are too involved he will end up confused and frustrated. He needs plenty of sexual activity to keep himself happy and can display considerable sexual endurance. Although he firmly believes in equality within a relationship, he cannot help from time to time feeling somewhat domineering and sadistic when making love; but in general his partners are hardly aware of it.
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THE HORSE WOMAN


Her physicality

  • The female native of the Horse has a certain something. To say she is beautiful would amount to making an overstatement; there is nevertheless no denying her attractiveness and natural charm. Her overall physique unmistakably gives out an air of a thoroughbred and distinction. However, she often leans toward flamboyance in dress and manner, unafraid to verge on eccentricity and dubious taste; her comportment is less an attention-getting device than a way to convey her fierce claim to independence and disregard of convention.
  • Unless adversely aspected, this woman generally bubbles over with health and vitality. Her demeanor expresses a great deal of self-confidence, ease, equilibrium, a frank and open manner. Her appearance is as rule athletic and in full bloom. Overactive, restless, with quick movements and vigorous gestures, she has a taste for physical exertion and finds nothing more depressing than idleness.
  • She is graced with a solid sense of rhythm and movement, just as the Rabbit woman; but unlike her feline counterpart, she as the woman; but unlike her feline counterpart, she enjoys great self-assurance and is on good terms with her own body instead of feeling clumsy about it. Her physical presence is always strongly felt by others, and she would be quite surprised should she meet someone who would remain indifferent to her.
  • With her very expressive face which faithfully translates every hue of all her emotions, the Horse woman is incapable of concealing the various states of her soul and remaining impassive; usually radiant, her expression may suddenly darken and show menacing signs under the effect of a strong feeling or melancholic thought. Her eyes are extremely clear, lively, mobile, with a somewhat provocative gleam; she never lowers her gaze and is prone to stare at other people out of their countenance. Her mouth is large, her lips full and fleshy, her teeth well planted and long. Her resonant, cheerful voice constitutes one of her most distinctive characteristics.
  • One can often recognize the female of this sign by her wiry build, the manner she keeps herself upright, her relatively large shoulders, short chest, long arms and thighs. Although not very feminine by current standards, she is pleasing and sexy in her own way and sees no reason to envy other women in this respect.
  • This woman has about the same physical weaknesses and pathological predispositions as her masculine counterpart. Her exceptionally fragile liver often proves the seat of a host of disorders, minor and major; so is her capricious gall-bladder. However, she rarely shows a willingness to take appropriate steps to prevent trouble. Naturally greedy, she likes to eat everything without discrimination and does not care about overeating. When things do not go according to plan she tends to console herself by ingesting large quantities of high-calorie foods such as pastry, thus making herself more vulnerable yet. Unfortunately for her, emotions generally have the effect of intensifying instead of lowering her appetite.
  • She is also liable to allergic reactions, which may show themselves in various ways – by provoking skin affections, fever, digestive upheavals, or every sign of hay fever. They do not seem to result from the action of material agents such as mold spores or pollutants, but more clearly have their origins in her very psyche and can generally be accounted for by her strong emotions, annoyances, suppressed angers, deceptions, and the like.
  • Such reactions are all the more difficult to circumvent as she displays constant emotional instability to a very marked degree. She is wont to pass quickly, without warning signs, from laughter to tears, from serenity to trepidation, from affability to aggressiveness, from good humor to deep gloom. Her temperament resembles the summer weather, where sunshine and thunderstorms alternate without transition.
  • While her womb certainly cannot be held responsible for her occasional sudden hysterics – contrary to what the word “hysterics” indicates – she does suffer from disturbances of this organ as well as from those of her entire generative system.
  • Despite the lot of her miseries, the average Horse female has high hopes of living to a ripe old age if she earnestly takes correct measures to keep herself fit. She must first of all try by all means to secure emotional stability – she is often so high-strung that nervous breakdowns become a regular part of her existence. While there is nothing original in advising her to lead a wholesome, well-balanced, and stress-free life, she could not expect to find happiness without a good physical and moral equilibrium. She has to learn to appreciate leisure – reading, listening to good classic music, the pursuit of some artistic activity, relaxation, or meditation are all a good means to achieve peace of body and mind. There may be no need to incite her to do some regular physical exercise since she loves outdoor life and open-air sports, particularly horseriding and golf. As for her troubled reproductive organs, surveillance by a good gynecologist is often sufficient in keeping them functioning properly.
  • She must above all be careful about her diet. Carbohydrates and in general all foods that are too rich or too heavy are detrimental to her hypersensitive liver and gall-bladder. Spinach, asparagus, and sorrel – all of them rich in oxalic acid – must be avoided as they can do her great harm. She had better refrain from alcohol and tobacco altogether despite the strong temptation to use them. She would be well advised to eat barbecued meats, seafood, salads, and a lot of green vegetables. An infusion of Thyme, Verbena, Chamomile, or Orange-blossoms, taken as a nightcap, will not only act as a good soporific but also is a precious aid to her digestion.
  • It is in her vital interest to observe alimentary moderation, allowing nevertheless for some excess every now and then in order to safeguard or boost her joy of living.

Her psychology

  • The general belief that women are weak-willed could not find confirmation in the Horse female. This is an individual of unusually strong personality and character, who knows exactly what she wants and does not allow anything to discourage her from pursuing her objectives. Once she has made up her mind, she carries through with as much energy and dedication as could be wished. Her greatest gift in life comes from trusting herself, which enables her to look forward to the future with unshakable confidence and enthusiasm. She is quite prepared to meet life frontally, unflinchingly, never bothering to blame her difficulties or failures on others or circumstances. Capable of great brilliance and daring, she has the courage of her ideas, dreams with force, and firmly believes in what she does or projects. Her convictions are usually so total and strong that it is rarely difficult for her to convert other people to her viewpoint.
  • This subject is endowed with outstanding intellectual qualities. Her reactions are rapid and accurate, which allows her to handle with great ease most difficult situations that have arisen unexpectedly. One can always rely on her resilience and presence of mind.
  • Having a lucid, unbiased intellect, she thinks quickly and, aided by her sharp intuition, can find the right solution to problems which would require much more time of other people.
  • Her avidity to know seems insatiable. She is interested in everything imaginable, reads voraciously, and large opportunities are sought out which may enable her to grasp the meaning of the entire universe. An eternal student, she finds it hard to understand those who are not keen on seeking to expand their knowledge. Her wide views and open-mindedness are indeed high on the list of her strengths.
  • Exactly like her brother of the sign, the Horse woman is uncompromising in her love of freedom. To her, a lack of freedom is synonymous with death; it is why she always insists on going her own way and views with a jealous eye anything that may directly or indirectly impair her liberty of choice. As a consequence, she is uniformly unorthodox in her beliefs, detests convention and snobbery above everything else, deliberately chooses her friends from every walk of life, and takes pride in her ability to change her ideas or way of life at a moment’s notice. She makes it a point of honor to combat conformism and bourgeois-inspired behavior. And she is never afraid to pose as a diehard iconoclast in her tastes and manners.
  • Few people would be imbued with as much optimism as this woman. Dejection and despondency are practically unknown to her; so is cynicism. She is always confident that things will straighten themselves out in the end, however adverse present circumstances may be. Later in life she will certainly lose part of her high hope, but will still retain her tendency to look on the brighter side of life and preserve her high spirits, motivation, and impetuosity.
  • Although excessively emotional more often than is warranted, the native proves guileless for the most part. She is forthright, frank, open-hearted, direct, and likes so much to tell the truth that she simply ignores tact and diplomacy. Her honesty and integrity are above any kind of reproach – she would never stoops to do anything devious or duplicitous. On the other hand, she never lacks the courage to speak out her mind or act in accordance with her own convictions.
  • The Horse female undoubtedly ranks among the most sociable creatures on earth. She has the amazing ability to make friends everywhere and with a minimum of time. People are attracted to her by her above-board and straightforward manner. She sincerely enjoys crowds and likes having fun with others. Her conversation is often witty, gay, and amusing. She loves giving parties and entertains with such expertise that her guests, including the most difficult ones, can always have a good time. No wonder why she almost never suffers from solitude and moodiness.
  • Her main secret in keeping friends is her irreproachable loyalty. She will remain absolutely faithful and dependable once she has formed friendly relations with somebody. One can never see her turn down a friend in real need. It is here that she does honor to her own sex by proving that women are perfectly capable of true friendship.
  • In contrast to her prominent qualities, the native does have some notorious drawbacks, which however make her all the more human. Her worst defect is indisputably her exacerbated egoism. She only lives for herself and serves her own interests. It would be useless to try to win her over to any humanitarian cause, for in general she is completely insensitive and indifferent to the world’s ills.
  • She rarely allows herself to be moved by other people’s suffering or concerned about their problems. If she honors her friends, it is precisely because she has chosen them in all freedom; but her relations with members of her own family, who have been imposed on her by Nature, are often less than lukewarm, and her kins had better not count on her loyalty and support of any kind. This explains why the Horse woman, along with her male counterpart, is not well considered in Asian societies, where family devotion is viewed as a prime virtue.
  • Perhaps only the Dragon woman can equal this character in self-pride and touchiness. The Horse-born female has the solid reputation of being an arguer and quibbler. She always wants to have the last word to say in everything and insists on being right at all costs. When she can foresee the possibility of winning a discussion, she will not resist her tendency to speak in a presumptuous and peremptory manner; but when she finds herself in a weak position, then she will refuse to argue by keeping contemptuously silent. There is every likelihood that she will carry this comportment far into old age, although time will certainly help her acquire some philosophy, indulgence, and fair play.
  • While there is nothing she can care less about than the susceptibilities of others, she feels easily hurt by the smallest slight, be it intentional or unintentional. Rejection makes her suffer more acutely than anything else, and she usually reacts to it by either pouting, or flying into a thunderous temper, or growing particularly tough and aggressive. Because she lacks a good sense of humor, it is hard for her to play it cool when she becomes the target of some affront. She would react with exceptional violence if someone were to doubt her ability or honesty. In the same vein, she does not feel well at ease in this man-run world. Overconscious of her abilities but unable to deal with life in a realistic way, this ardent feminist contemplates nothing less than the total destruction of our present patriarchal society. She is not afraid in her crusade to commit excesses or absurdities. She means not only to make her dignity upheld and her independence respected, but also to humiliate men in general as a matter of revenge – for vindictiveness is well one of her traits of character.
  • Despite her uncommon courage and motivation, the Horse woman sometimes lacks strength of purpose. A project may be dropped offhand simply because she has let herself be charmed away by a bigger challenge. What she can see through quickly, she can do quite well; but she finds difficulty in persisting in anything for long. She also tends to spread herself too thin instead of applying herself steadily to a single endeavor at a time. Every now and then she becomes a prey to profound discouragement and weariness of life, probably because of her fluctuant humor.
  • In this subject a lack of perception is evident, bordering on clumsiness. She is totally ignorant of the art of persuasion beside the force of her convictions. Although warm and outgoing, it is hard for her to communicate her thoughts or express the emotions that permeate her so thoroughly – she is always in want of a certain adroitness in words and gestures. And when it comes to analyzing and understanding human nature, she usually does not fare better than an average adolescent.

Her productivity

  • There exists much common ground between the native of the Horse and her Tiger sister as far as their outlooks on life and work capacities are concerned. Both of them have about the same tastes, ideals, and aptitudes. Both are fiercely independent-minded and self-willed and resent someone else’s authority. There is no question for them to feel nostalgic about the past, for they are resolutely modernistic and avant-garde, living well abreast and even ahead of their time.
  • The Horse female is highly efficient in work. The secret of her success primarily resides in her firm belief in final victory. What interests her is not so much personal profit as a feeling of achievement. She spares no efforts to reach the objectives she has set for herself, often to the detriment of her private life or social adjustment.
  • She can give the best of herself in all endeavors that require a lot of activity and movement, or that involve excitement, challenges, and risks. No routine work would suit her; she is ever on the lookout for novelty under all forms, considering even disagreeable surprises better than no surprises at all. Her determination and resourcefulness command the admiration of both her allies and adversaries.
  • Dynamic and energetic, this woman does extremely well in jobs that afford her an opportunity to fight, compete, or emulate. This opens up large possibilities of choice, from being a professional sportswoman to combating in trade unions. She is not afraid of politics, where she displays considerable talent and resilience. If she chooses pedagogy, psychology, sociology, teaching, or journalism, it is with a view to struggling against retrograde, reactionary minds, and securing a better future for the world.
  • Always keen on defending ideas and practices that seem to her just and worthwhile, she is a revolutionary at heart and shows unlimited enthusiasm in working to bring about reforms in the most varied fields. Sometimes she earns her living as an abortionist.
  • It is in the framework of the feminist movement that her productive capacities reach the highest level. She untiringly and very often successfully fights for women’s absolute equality with men – as a lawmaker, attorney-at-law, family planning counselor, or writer.
  • One can find this woman succeed in quite a number of other activities. Like her astrological brother, she loves working as a commercial traveler or as someone who must maintain contact with a wide variety of people. Having a deep sense of adventure and the ability to be merciless when necessary, she would make a perfect secret agent. Abstract thinking is not inaccessible to her, and she can achieve good results in any field where intellectual sharpness and precision are required.
  • She is sensitive to compliments and even more sensitive to criticisms. This, coupled with her difficulty in sustaining long-drawn efforts, can sometimes create obstacles on her way to success.

Her love behavior

  • The Horse woman very often experiences strained relations with men on the sentimental plane, and there is not much she can do about it due to her very nature. With her unusual strength of character, her provocative dynamism, uncompromising independence, and aggressive feminism, she inspires awe in many members of the bearded sex, who do not hesitate to call her an “Amazon,” “tigress,” or “phallic female.” It would be erroneous to say she feels no need of men and can lightheartedly refuse intimate relations with them. But she is too prone to reproach them for rarely being equal to the quality of her dreams, and she can be bitingly critical and sarcastic with a male who falls short of her expectations.
  • Another serious obstacle to her success in love is her lack of warmth and sensitivity in her relationships with the opposite sex. She is never quite convinced of her feminity, which makes her secretly doubt her merits as a woman. She is cold and aloof almost in spite of herself, with her interest in romance and displays of emotion either fleeting or artificial. If she can at times show some degree of sensuousness, sentimentality is definitely out of her reach, and she is generally more interested in the erotical than emotional aspects of a relationship.
  • With such handicaps, the typical Horse woman’s love life is rarely a smooth, “normal” one. In her heart of hearts, she does long for a strong-willed and sentimental prince charming who will take her into his arms, protect her, and shower her with his love; but there is every likelihood this will eternally remain an impossible dream. In compensation, she is prone to settle for easier solutions which, however, can seldom give her deep and durable satisfaction. Strong as she is, she often attracts weak-willed, effeminate men whose personalities she crushes and who can only inspire her with a feeling of disdain in the end. Not rarely does she choose to play the role of a female Maecenas, making her life with a talented but somehow handicapped artist or scientist, and finding her consolation in helping him achieve success and fame. In order to offset her feeling of inadequacy in the realm of love, she sometimes throws herself indiscriminately into tumultuous love affairs, which cannot fail to be ephemeral and leave a bitter taste in their trail. She may also make so impulsive choices that her life is strewn with broken engagements and marriages.
  • An ideal solution for her would be to share her life with an intelligent and understanding man who is himself very independent and possesses perfect self-assurance. Her fears will melt away and she will become as feminine as the next woman when her man can appreciate her at her real worth without viewing her as a potential rival. To increase their chances, they had better take all necessary measures to avoid any possibility of competition between them.
  • Once her choice of a partner has been made, how does the Horse woman love? She is like the Vietnamese single-string violin, which is extremely difficult to play but which, at the hand of an expert musician, can yield exquisite melodies. It would need much patience and adroitness to thaw this female and rouse her more animal instincts. But when she has learned the deep sensual implications of physical love, she can surprisingly show her real, softer side and will be as sexy as she is ever going to be; she will not even remain impervious to romance, poetic license, and feminine pleasure in sexual submission.
  • The man who loves her should never forget the jealous eye she keeps on her personal freedom. In no case is she prepared to sacrifice her liberty of choice for love; her hatred of constraints will be eternal, immutable. She is also extremely touchy about her intimate self and will not tolerate any undue intrusion. Should her partner make a faux pas in these directions, he may find an empty space next to him in bed much sooner than he could have suspected.
  • This woman can be classified as faithful, probably because she is conscious of her difficulty in seducing men. She will stick to the same man so long as he still shows respect for her and she still retains her absolute faith in him. Unjustified jealousy is not a part of her comportment.
  • It is never easy for her to opt for the conformist way of life and settle down in conventional marriage. But once she has decided to take this road, she can be relied upon to follow through by behaving as a good spouse and an excellent mother. However, she will have to experience extremely painful moments when she tries to conciliate everything – her love, her homemaking duties, her professional career, her love of independence and adventure. She may need to mobilize all her energy and even seek support in religion in order to stifle the feelings of revolt that seethe in her heart from time to time

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Horse are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

 

THE METAL HORSE 1930 AND 1990

 The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigour and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. The Metal Horse loves to roam. He is self-sufficient and treasures his freedom and liberation. Any type of committed situation is sure to send this Horse running for the hills, so a stable relationship is certainly not his idea of a priority. Horses change jobs and partners frequently because of their need for adventure and their desire to tap into the unknown. This vigour and untamed spirit draws people to the Horse. The Metal Horse will make a better friend than partner because a friendship doesn’t tie him down the way a relationship does.

 

THE WATER HORSE 1942 AND 2002

 Water Horses are quite adaptable. They make the best out of their situations, yet are the most indecisive of the elemental horses. Like the element that characterizes it, the Water Horse moves in many different directions, depending on the flow of the situation and can therefore change his mind several times a day. This can cause confusion with colleagues and partners alike, but most people chalk it up to the Horse’s adaptable nature and his ability to go with the flow of things. However frustrating it can be, the Water Horse will always cheer you up and be able to get a smile back on your face before you even knew he had upset you. The Water Horse expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

 

THE WOOD HORSE 1954 AND 2014

 Like other Animal Signs, wood gives this Horse stability and strength. These Horses don’t have such a hard time making decisions that other Horses do. Their ability to stick to their guns makes them a bit more predictable than other Horses. They are better equipped to maintain a disciplined approach to their lives and the lives of those they are associated with. They have no problem working with other people and to a point, Wood Horses will stick to their scheduled tasks more readily than other Animal Signs, or even other elemental Horse signs. Because of their ability to easily adapt and work with other people they are successful in their professional and personal lives. Still, don’t try to tell a Wood Horse what to do unless you are his superior. Otherwise, he will simply gawk at your attempt to boss him around.

 

THE FIRE HORSE 1906 AND 1966

 The Fire Horse is animated and sociable. He has a wild side that leads him to a life on the edge. Fire Horses are generally either incredibly lucky or ridiculously unlucky. They love the excitement of action and the change it brings. The Fire element makes them passionate about their feelings and they always take a stand in a situation. Fire Horses are never on the fence about anything and have definitive opinions about the world which can make their tempers can be overbearing. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

 

THE EARTH HORSE 1918 AND 1978

 Earth Horses are able to see situations from all angles and corners. They are relatively easygoing, preferring to determine each pro and con before making a final decision. Earth Horses work hard to accomplish goals they have set and would rather take longer to do an outstanding job than to work shorter and shave a little quality. They have great senses of humour and are extremely adaptable in most instances.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions. 

 

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