January 31 marks the Chinese New Year, and so begins the Year of the Wood Horse.
Every year, according to the Chinese Zodiac, one of 12 animals and 5 elements are paired up, setting the outlook for the coming months. Your birth year dictates your animal, with the Horse belonging to those born in 1961, 1978, 1990, 2002, for example, and 2014, of course.
The horse is known for it’s energetic and social personality, love of success, and iffy relationship with Taisui, the god of fortune. In combo with Wood, the energy-providing element, this year is slated to be one full of many fun social gatherings, as well as ever-changing finances. What does that mean for you?
Each Zodiac sign has an array of mainstay qualities that are influenced by the animal of the year. Rams, for example, should bump up their fitness regimen, while the Ox should double-check their finances.
Judith Wendell, Sacred Currents founder and Feng shui guru, has rounded up a Zodiac forecast with a full rundown on what’s in store for your year, from new sources of positive energy and reasons to spend more time with friends. She also advises on many “protection rituals” and good deeds to balance out your fate if your year shows anything inauspicious. —Sarah Sarway
Check out the Zodiac here, and may your 2014 be as lively and full of energy as the Horse!