Where are you going in the year of the horse?

Legend has it that Buddha invited the animal kingdom to a party but only twelve creatures came. He rewarded them by naming a year after each one. The 12 animal signs of the Chinese calendar are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. And this Friday marks the Chinese New Year of the horse.

The animal that hides in your heart

According to Chinese tradition, you’ll share certain traits associated with the animal that rules your year of birth.  Take a look at the traits linked to each animal below.

The rat is: intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic and sociable

The ox is: loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady and determined

The tiger is: enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, confident, charismatic and a leader

The rabbit is: trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable and caring

The dragon is: lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual and charismatic

The snake is: philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive and decisive

The horse is: adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous and strong

The sheep is: tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive and calm

The monkey is: quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively and smart

The rooster is: honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse and confident

The dog is: loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable and smart

The pig is: honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere and sociable

With so many admirable qualities, it would be nice to think there’s a little bit of each animal in all of us. But what will the year of the horse mean for you?

It’s your year for…?

If horse people are adaptable, ambitious and adventurous, hopefully these characteristics will rub off on all of us this year. That way we can successfully adapt to whatever the year may bring, have the ambition to go after our goals and be adventurous enough to make them happen.

Whatever you’re hoping for this year, why not take some time to think about it with our new quiz, This Is Me 2014. You’ll get your very own vision board representing your goals. Yours to keep for daily motivation – it makes a colourful (and useful!) fridge decoration or a smart desktop background. And you can share it with friends for a little moral support. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Over to you

What do you hope the year of the horse will bring for you?

Do you think you share characteristics with your animal sign?



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