Celebrating the Year of the Green Horse


AA Year of the HorseThe Chinese New Year occurred on January 31st, during the first new moon of the calendar year, ushering in the Year of the Green Horse.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12 year cycle, each year represented by a different animal, so if you were born in 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or are expecting a 2014 baby (congratulations!), you may find you share certain traits with the horse. But what exactly does that mean?

The good news is that horse people tend to be energetic, intelligent, and popular. They’re often extroverts who enjoy stepping into the limelight and entertaining their friends. The not-so-good news is that they can also be impatient, hot-blooded, and pessimistic when things don’t go their way. Luckily, once a horse learns to reign in his or her emotions, it’s a full gallop toward fun and adventure.

If 2014 is the year a horse is hoping to find a romantic partner, look for people born in the years of the tiger, goat, or dog, as they’ll be your best matches. If you discover a potential partner was born in the year of the rat, ox, rabbit, or horse, consider trotting quickly in the other direction. Some well-known people born in the year of the horse include Genghis Kahn, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Louis Pasteur, Neil Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and Cindy Crawford, which would make for a very interesting dinner party!

Speaking of interesting, horses themselves have played a fascinating role in the history of acupuncture. Chinese records dating back over 2,000 years describe the use of healing needles on horses, due to their importance in Chinese society – horses were used in both agriculture and in war, and acupuncture was a natural way to keep these essential animals healthy and happy. Today, acupuncture continues to heal all kinds of animals, both big and small. While some people think patients must “believe” in acupuncture for it to work, its use in animals proves otherwise – horses, dogs, and cats have all been successfully treated for a variety of aliments using acupuncture, and generally seem to enjoy the process.

No matter what animal you were born under, 2014 promises to be a year of health and prosperity, an ideal time to travel, explore, and experience new things. Whether you’re staying close to home in Wilmington, NC, or traveling to distant shores, take advantage of the Green Horse by trying a new restaurant, taking risks at work and in your career, and taking care of your health through nutrition, exercise, and regular acupuncture treatments. Remember: when the horse takes the reigns, you’re bound to end up somewhere interesting!


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