(1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
The Chinese year of the Horse is the seventh year of the 12 year cycle of Chinese Zodiac animals finishing in 7th place to the Heavenly gate. The old Chinese story behind this was that the Jade emperor ordered the race to select the 12 animals that were to be his personal guards.
Year of the Horse people are born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026 so if you’re a Horse, read on for a few more details!
Sarah was born in the year of the goat so read on and get to know what she is like from the eyes of the Chinese Zodiac!
They’re energetic, spirited, and athletic in mind and/or body. While that might sound like these individuals are sporty, it’s more about a restless spirit that leads the way, helping them prioritize what matters most to them above everything else, like traveling and tight-knit relationships.
They’re natural born leaders and hate to have their freedom taken away. As you can imagine, this restlessness and independence can give way to impatience and challenges with compromise. Even a drifter mentality where they hop from thing to thing in search of the next best thing!
Chinese Zodiac Elements
Chinese astrology assigns each zodiac year with one of the five elements (Gold, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire) with each element assigned to a zodiac animal year that recycles every 60 years. The 12-year cycle for each element starts with a year of the Rat and continues through the 12 zodiac animal years.
The next year of the Horse will be 2026 in the metal cycle.
Each Zodiac sign is also assigned a fixed element and Fire is a the fixed element for the any year of the Horse as is the Snake.
For more detailed information on Chinese elements, see this article on The Chinese Five Elements.
Full Zodiac Animal chart
Below is the full spectrum of Chinese zodiac animals. Click on the image to look up your own sign by birth year and read more about how Judy, Sarah and Kaitlin rediscovered their Chinese Zodiac signs in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking to shower your family and friends with well-wishes and greetings or at least understand them, check out 23 of the most common Chinese New Year greetings in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Don’t forget to visit our Chinese New Year recipe planning guide to plan your own celebration meal.