Chinese Horoscope: What is a Wood Horse and what year is it?

WHILE you may know your star sign off the top of your head, you may not know what animal you are in the Chinese Zodiac.

Repeating every 12 years, the animal cycle includes the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

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Each of those can then be split into five elements – Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water.

So what exactly is the 'Wood Horse' zodiac sign and what does it represent?

What year is the Wood Horse?

The Wood Horse year is 1954 and 2014.

The Horse is seventh of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.

The Horse is "associated with the Earthly Branch and the hours 11–13 at midday", according to

Horses are said to be 'flighty' galloping from one interest to the next, but being headstrong, they like to complete a project before moving on.

Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.

The horse, along side the goat, are referred to as 'kind and modest', each letting the other go first, with the emperor ranking them seventh and eighth.

Other years of the Horse

Other years of the horse are 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.

The next Horse year will be 2026.

Celebrities born in the year of the Horse include Denzel Washington
and Dennis Quaid.

Characteristics and personality traits of the Wood Horse

Gorgeous, laid-back, chilled, mellow, happy character.

They just want an easy life and to be allowed to do their own thing in their own time. That's about it.

There is nothing complicated going on here, no inner angst, no demons. Just a casual creature who does just enough to meander through life.

These characters have huge hearts and will absolutely help those in need without taking a breath.

The worst thing you can do to this majestically mellow, happy, kind, thoughtful, sociable, easy creature is to tie them down, demand time from them – it does their head in.

Leave them to their own devices, methods and daily schedules and you'll have bagged yourself one of the sweetest souls on this mad planet.

Types of Horse

Metal Horse: Kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends.

Earth Horse: Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others.

Wood Horse: Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues.

Fire Horse: Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but can be stubborn.

Water Horse: Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.


The Horse is the most compatible with the Goat, attracted by their tenderness and their reliance.

Tigers are willing to put in effort for a Horse, and their relationship is genuine and based on truth.

Horses and Rats have clashing personalities. They are the least compatible and their marriage will be painful.

Horses are also incompatible with themselves.

In more Zodiac news, here's everything you need to know about the Year of the Ox.

And if if you're the Year of the Dragon – find out what that means here.

In more zodiac news, read up on what the Year of the Rat means for you.

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