Farewell Year of the Snake, slither back into hibernation, and see you in another 12 years!  As of the the new moon on January 31st we have entered into the Year of the Wooden Horse. Those born in Horse years, (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014), are likely to have an important and significant year, with the opportunity to do well and flourish in all aspects of their life.

Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~ Author Unknown

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I asked my yoga student, Anna, (who is Chinese), how she feels about a Horse year and she said, "Oh, good, a lucky year, no problem, it's like a little Dragon year". (In Chinese culture the year of the Dragon ranks right at the top of favourites of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac). So the promise for 2014 is that it will be a lucky year, with lots of energy to move and take risks.  It is a great year to take off any self-imposed reigns, and set your sights to travel on new adventures of the heart, mind and body.  It's the year to act with speed and decisiveness.  Horses move fast.  Picture a powerful, wild stallion, galloping across the earth with complete freedom.  Could that be you?  Horses are beautiful, awe inspiring, intelligent and majestic. Even after centuries of domestic service their wild spirit remains as strong as ever.  Horses hold a powerful place in our collective psyche; how many girls spend years obsessed with all things horsey? They have magical manifestations in the form of unicorns, and as winged horses such as Pegasus in Greek mythology.

Personally, I'm feeling the Horse year energetic shift very strongly.  The dark, difficult, mysterious nature of the 2013 snake year has lifted.  I have shed my snake skin and grown new legs; legs that are itching for action. The gates are open and I have bolted!  Did you notice any shift of energy as we passed through the Chinese New Year? How is 2014 shaping up for you?

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon

Strengthening the active nature of this Horse year is that it falls in the element of Wood.  In the Chinese five element cycle Wood is the powerful energy of Spring; the incredible, upwards energy of new shoots that force their way through the crust of the earth and strive for the sun.  Wood is the strongest dynamic energy of the 5 elements and in Traditional Chinese Medicine Wood governs movement.  It governs muscles and ligaments, and regulates the smooth flow of body systems.  The emotion associated with Wood is anger.  Anger is a very clear emotion that demands your full attention and often is the catalyst leads you to act.

So 2014 is a year for action.  It is a great year to be courageous and try new things.  Everything moves quickly in a Horse year.  Be decisive.  Trust your instincts and when they say yes, go for it. What to watch out for?  This unpredictable and wild horse energy will of course not suit everyone.  If you act recklessly, or go against your instincts, then you may have have less than desirable outcomes.  Act with intelligence and wisdom.  Anchor the potentially flighty horse energy to the ground and remember that only mythical horses fly.  Every new seed that is cast to the wind is dormant until it lands in fertile soil, and then only thrives in favourable, nourishing conditions.

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When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.  ~William Shakespeare. (Henry V)

© Claire Heywood, February 2014