Whether you believe in Chinese astrology or whether it’s just an interesting placemat at your favorite Chinese restaurant, the Chinese New Year and all that it promises arrives on Jan. 31. The New Year is always the new moon day in the first lunar month, but the Chinese astrological year, the first day of Spring in China, actually begins a few days later on Feb. 3. This year is the Year of the Horse — with the lucky element being wood and the color associated with it being green — the color of luck, growth and money.
In culling the predictions of a number of online astrologers and psychics, the Year of the Horse, which runs from Feb.3, 2014 to Feb.15, 2015, looks to be a wild ride with no middle ground. Extremes in the stock market, global economies and price fluctuations are predicted. It’s a year of fast victories, unexpected adventure, travel and romance. Decisive action, not procrastination is the theme and yet the astrologers caution us to consider our choices carefully.
This might be the year to accelerate — to buy a house, launch a business, travel the world, make a breakthrough or a big purchase, just not an impulsive purchase. Large scale projects, especially engineering projects, are said to be favored. Horse years end either in triumph or tragedy, depending on your choices.
People born in a Horse year are reputedly clever, good communicators, cheerful, energetic, kind, talented, very independent, painfully frank, honest and intuitive. They are also stubborn, impatient, talkative, somewhat superficial and don’t listen to advice.
Famous people born in the Year of the Horse are Louisa May Alcott, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Denzel Washington, Rembrandt, Theodore Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Paul McCartney, Sandra Day O’Connor, Harrison Ford, Genghis Khan and Kobe Bryant.
It’s supposed to be a particularly good year for people born in a Tiger or Dog year and not so hot for Rats and Boars.
I’m looking forward to the Year of the Horse. It sounds like fast and furious fun, especially if you like change. The Year of the Black Water Snake was last year and things were a bit circuitous. Maybe this year will be a spirited gallop in which you either have the ride of your life or you fall off. According to the astrologers, it doesn’t sound like there will be any in-between.
I predict there will be some gold, silver and bronze medal winners at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since the Games begin after the Year of the Horse starts, winners could be those with the greatest speed. Athletes will either win or lose — there will be no middle ground. Spectators might feel that way about Russia as well.
I predict that soccer players representing many different countries will turn up at the World Cup in Brazil this year and that some of them will win important games.
Since the success of large-scale engineering projects is predicted in the Year of the Horse, maybe the El Dorado trail segment from Missouri Flat to Placerville Drive will finally open.
I make no prediction about the scheduled withdrawal of all U.S. and U.K. troops from Afghanistan by Dec. 31 — I just hope it happens. And no one can predict what Congress may do, but since the Year of the Horse is supposed to be a lucky one, we can all hope that luck is with the American people and our representatives will start taking decisive action in accordance with the will of their constituents. Then again, that might be too much to hope for, even during a Horse year.
Giddy-up and try not to fall off.
Wendy Schultz is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. Her column appears bi-weekly.