Although not generally taught in acupuncture school, Chinese astrology is considered one of the oldest healing modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ancient writings have been dated as early as the fourth millennium B.C. Its roots take hold during the latter half of the Zhou Dynasty known as the Warring States Period (475 B.C.- 221 B.C.), and flourished during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.).
Chinese astrology is not necessarily about predicting the future, but rather an interpretive art that can be used to guide a person's destiny. Destiny is determined by the position of the major planets at the person's birth along with the positions of the Sun and Moon, and the person's time of birth and Zodiac sign. Chinese astrology incorporates Chinese thinking and philosophy including the theory of Yin and Yang, Five Element Theory, Heaven and Earth, Confucianism, and Taoism.
The 12 Signs of the Eastern Zodiac
The Eastern Zodiac is comprised of 12 signs represented by twelve different animals. According to legend, all of the animals in the kingdom were invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The animals that came included the intellectual Rat, the hardworking Ox, the visionary Dragon, the wise Snake, the physically active Horse, the artistic Goat, the clever Monkey, the resourceful Rooster, the altruistic Dog, and the gentle-natured Pig.
The legend continues that each animal acquired a year of its own, bestowing their symbolic nature and characteristics to those born in that animal's year. Each of the 12 animal signs lasts for an entire year, beginning on various dates between mid-January and mid-February. Each sign repeats every 12th year.
Were you born in the Year of the Horse?
If you were born within any of the following time periods, your Chinese zodiac sign is the Horse.
Who is the Horse?
The Decisive Horse - "the Great Debater"
The following is an excerpt from the book "Chinese Astrology" by Shelly Wu.
The seventh position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse, is lively, engaging, and artistic. Those souls born into Horse years learn the lesson of "decisiveness," the ability to choose. This talkative master of dissertation and discourse is independent and outgoing, with a cheerful demeanor and legions of friends. Horses charge into new ventures with the kind of optimism and enthusiasm that make more conservative types cringe. Horses are born to the successful (and succeed more than often than not), and are born to be in perpetual motion.
A born leader and eager to help their fellow man, Horses are honorable in intent and inspire others with their optimism and assertive personalities. The athletic Horse leads life's parade. Extroverted, energetic, and defiant against injustice, the Horse gallops valiantly through life, hurdling adversity and obstacles. Their gift of oration equips them to be the consummate "spokespersons" of the Chinese Zodiac. Horses prefer the podium rather than a spectator seat in the audience.
Friendly, intelligent, and independent, noble quests and searches for greener pastures are common traits of those born into Horse years. Always cheerful and gregarious, Horses are usually everyone's favorite party guest. Horses generally look terrific, have plenty of sex appeal, and know how to dress elegantly. They are comfortable in either a tuxedo or blue jeans. Horse souls seek any occasion where there will be plenty of people and social contact. Concerts, theaters, sporting occasions, and parties are activities they especially enjoy.
The most harmonious time of day for Horses is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the sun is brightest and the yang force is at its peak. symbolizing strength and vitality, the Chinese word for Horse is "Wu," which literally translates as "high noon."
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