Chinese Astrology 2014: The Year of the Wood Horse

Make way for the year of the Wood Horse.

Can you feel the shift in energy for 2014?  2013 was a year of change for many and while change can be difficult, 2014 is going to be the year that we take all those changes and begin putting them into positive action.

In Chinese Astrology, the biggest shift in the last 60 years is a upon us as we move from the element of Water, to Wood.

The Ancient Chinese cycle goes like this – Wood feeds Fire and then Fire’s ash creates Earth and then Earth creates Metal and Metal holds Water, which nourishes the Wood and then the cycle is born again.

This cycle represents the rebirth and death cycle with Wood being the Rebirth and Water being the ‘death’ or clearing phase.

According to Chinese Astrology, the last two years we have been ruled by Water which created deep introspection, deep thoughts and feelings of solitude. Under the influence of water, we were forced to deal with our shadow selves and emotions (developed in the Earth and Metal phase). We were forced to let go, soul search and break down any walls that we had built in order for us move to the next stage.

Beginning January 31st, the energy is going to now shift to the Wood which will see us all emerge from our introspection, ready to take on the big wide world- this is the rebirth phase.

Along with each element, the Chinese Astrology calendar also assigns an animal to each year which is symbolic of the energy that is upon us and 2014 is ruled by the Horse.

The Horse is impulsive, passionate and is ruled by the element of Fire. This means that 2014 will feel like a ‘destined’ year where things will just seem to fall into place. When in doubt, this is the year to follow your intuition because it will be supported and strong. It is also a perfect year to make a vision, start plans, find a new path, set new goals and find a new passion for life.

The key words of this year is “new” and “passion” because after clearing out our “water” we are ready to take on new challenges and a new direction with help from the fiery horse.

In order to get ready for this energy, all the old clutter of the years gone by needs to be cleaned out and all regrets need to be dealt with and put aside.

While many of us started ‘cleaning out our closets’ towards the end of last year, the time to complete the clean is now. Anything that no longer serves you, anything you don’t want to take into the next cycle of your life and anything that is stopping you from moving forward needs to be let go of now.

As this water energy fades things will seem to move quickly and the chance to sit and ponder will be lost. We will move in to a time of action, a time of purpose and a time of passion.

According to Western Astrology, 2014 is going to be a challenging year that will help to “reveal”.

Things will be revealed about ourselves, about the people around us and about businesses.

We are also in a time where we are moving back to a more spiritual way of life and we are finding comfort and truth in alternative medicines, energy healing and the metaphysical.

What energy do you feel around you for the year of the Wood Horse?


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Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.