"Horse" in Traditional (top) and Simplified (bottom) Chinese characters
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Zodiac horse, showing the (⾺) character for horse

The Horse () is the seventh of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the Horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of the Horse nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the Horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year. Horse aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly. The year of the horse is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .


The lunar calendar paved the sequence of the Chinese zodiac animals. This calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C. Myths say that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, in 2637 B.C. invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon. In a folklore story that explains the origins of the cycle, the animals hold a race to determine their order. The custom of pairing an animal with a year in a 12-year cycle can be traced back to at least the Han dynasty (201 BC – 220 AD), and there are many legends and folktales surrounding the 12 zodiac animals, which are often depicted in East Asian art and design. A group of Chinese figures in the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection shows the zodiac animals with human bodies but animal heads. This way of portraying them became popular in the Tang dynasty (8th century).[1]

Years and the Five Elements

Sculpture of Horse from Chinese zodiac in the park at Mount Mogan in Deqing County, Zhejiang, China

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Horse", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[2][3]

Start date End date Heavenly branch
25 January 1906 12 February 1907 Fire Horse
11 February 1918 31 January 1919 Earth Horse
30 January 1930 16 February 1931 Metal Horse
15 February 1942 4 February 1943 Water Horse
3 February 1954 23 January 1955 Wood Horse
21 January 1966 8 February 1967 Fire Horse
7 February 1978 27 January 1979 Earth Horse
27 January 1990 14 February 1991 Metal Horse
12 February 2002 31 January 2003 Water Horse
31 January 2014 18 February 2015 Wood Horse
17 February 2026 5 February 2027 Fire Horse
4 February 2038 23 January 2039 Earth Horse
23 January 2050 10 February 2051 Metal Horse
9 February 2062 28 January 2063 Water Horse
27 January 2074 14 February 2075 Wood Horse
14 February 2086 2 February 2087 Fire Horse
1 February 2098 20 January 2099 Earth Horse

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branches of Birth Year: Wu
The Five Elements: Fire
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Fifth
Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9; Avoid: 2, 3, 6
Lucky Flowers: sunflower, jasmine
Lucky Colors: gold, yellow, red, blue; Avoid: orange, green, dark green
Season: Summer

See also


  1. ^ "The lunar zodiac".
  2. ^ "When is Chinese New Year?". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Chinese Zodiac – Horse". Your Chinese Astrology. Retrieved 14 March 2018.