The Chinese celebrate he beginning of their New Year at a different time than we do in the West.
The Chinese calendar – called Sheng Xiao – has 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts for one year and represents an animal which includes Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Chinese New Year 2014 is here.
Welcome to 2014 – the year of the Wooden Horse.
Chinese New Year falls on January 31st this year. The shift begins on the 31st and will continue until the 4th.
According to Chinese astrology, people born under the horse zodiac are very active and energetic.The Horse symbol represents summer and a very active energy.
The fire of the horse represents an economic and mental shift in a very positive direction. The Chinese are hoping that the horse energy will help to eliminate the frustrated and fearful state that the world experienced from 2008 to 2012, then disappeared for awhile during the first half of 2013 but the world back into again in August. The good positive energy of the horse is expected to hold for the entire year. Those who study Chinese culture are expecting a lot of good economic movement and growth for 2014. The energy of the horse has been long awaited by many people throughout the world.
The negative aspects of the Horse symbol are confrontation and fighting energy. It is expected that the world will see some of that this year. The Horse does not back down easily and therefore current global conflicts are very unlikely to be resolved. Peaceful resolutions to difficulties will be harder to achieve this year.
The Chinese calendar defines the zodiac of a person. 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse and people who are born in the years 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918 and 1906 belong to this zodiac sign.
The coming year is called the Year of the Wooden Horse because in the world of Chinese calendars and astrology the “heavenly stem of the year” is wood which sits on top of the horse in the Ba Zi chart (Chinese Astrology). The wood is also called wind and supportive to the fire, causing the fire to be extremely strong throughout the year. Some people will refer to the Year of the Horse as the Year of the Wind Horse. The fire of the Horse is very good for the economy therefore it is expected housing and the stock market to be on the upswing. People will start feeling better about the future. This all sounds very good if it comes to pass as the Chinese predict.
From a Feng Shui perspective to prepare for Chinese New Year and be able to celebrate properly it is a good idea to make sure that your home is clean and ready for January 31st. Try to complete any organization projects prior to this date. Do not clean, sweep, or vacuum on the 31st as this could take away the good energy of the upcoming year. The things you do on the day of Chinese New Year set the tone for the entire year. So it is advised to refrain from having negative thoughts, arguing, or doing things you do not want to continue throughout the coming year ahead. Feng Shui experts say to place a piece of red paper with the words “happiness’ and “harmony” written on it and place it on the front door. This symbology collects the good energy as the door is opened and closed and good energy is therefore brought into the home.
However you decide to celebrate the coming year ahead, whether you take the Chinese customs to heart or just enjoy Chinese New Year as another holiday we get to celebrate, plan to have a wonderful Year of the Wooden Horse this year.
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