Chinese Astrology: Chia Wu year, meaning Horse in the Clouds.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Horse and Heavenly Stem Wood.
People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse share many characteristics. This Chinese horoscope sign is an optimistic one, and Horses often act as though they don't have a care in the world. In truth, Horses do tend to live one day at a time, and they avoid becoming stressed out by thoughts of the future.
The optimistic attitude of a person born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Horse extends to money. He or she spends freely until money runs out, and they happily looks for a job to earn more cash. Since Horse people are intelligent and talented, it is never difficult for them to find a job when needed. They do have a problem keeping employment, however, due to their ever shifting natures. Most Horse people have problems with commitment, whether it is to a job or a spouse.
People born under the sign of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac have a need to run free. Just like the wild and proud Mustang, they will gallop about, changing direction with small shifts of the wind. Horse people respond to currents that others barely feel, and their patterns appear random to others. Do not count strongly on a person born as a Horse in Chinese astrology to finish what he or she starts, because there are too many distractions.
Horse people have a hard time finishing chores, and they are very reluctant to commit to a relationship because it makes them feel very confined. Many Horse people would rather run the other way than discuss commitment.
Every Chinese sign is affected by one of five elements, and the Horse that is tempered by the element of Wood is really strongly affected by this element. Wood changes the Horse's personality in many ways, and give a Horse the ability to stick to a project or relationship much more than the average Horse person can.
A Wood Horse, in the Chinese Zodiac, retains the sociable qualities of a Horse and also shares the Horse's talent for physical movement and exercise. The Wood Horse, however, can set long term goals and stick to a plan or regimen much better than other Horses. As a result, Wood Horses are not so unpredictable, and make better partners and friends.
The person born as a Wood Horse in the Chinese horoscope still has the Horse's adaptability and ability to handle change, but is so much more steady and reliable. The Wood Horse has the best of both worlds, because he or she is not getting distracted away from finishing tasks, but can still switch gears quickly if it is needed. A Wood Horse is also much better at making decisions. Since they are not so terrified of commitment, it is not so hard for them to make decisions in the first place.
Despite the difference from other Horses, a person born as a Wood Horse in the Chinese Zodiac still has a deep love of travel. This person is likely to use up his or her vacation time in exotic locales.