by Carolyn S.
Prepared in 1999
I am the Kaleidoscope of the mind
I impart light, color and perpetual motion
I think, I see, I am moved by electric fluidity
Constant only in my inconstancy
I am unshackled by mundane holds,
Unchecked by sturdy, binding goals.
I run unimpeded through virgin paths.
My spirit unconquered-
My soul forever free.

Feb. 15, 1942-Feb. 4, 1943
STEM: Positive

A person born in this year is said to be cheerful, popular and quick-witted. He has raw sex appeal and often straight good looks. Earthy and warmly appealing, he is very perceptive and talkative. His changeable nature may lead him to be hot-tempered, rash and headstrong at times. The unpredictable Horse will fall in love easily and fall out of love just as easily.

In most cases the Horse will leave home early. If not, his independent spirit will goad him to start working or to take up some career at an early age. An adventurer at heart, still he is noted for his keen mind and ability to manage money. Self-reliant, vivacious, energetic, impetuous and even brash, the Horse is a showy dresser, partial to bright colors and striking designs to the point of being gaudy on occasion.

The Horse loves exercise, both mental and physical. You can spot him by his rapid but graceful body movements, his animated reflexes and fast way of speaking. He responds quickly and can make snap decisions. His mind works at remarkable speed and whatever he may lack in stability and perseverance, he will certainly make up for by being open-minded and flexible. Basically, he is a non-conformist.

The native of this sign is often called the playboy of the cycle. He loves fanfare and being where the action is. Definitely a fun person, he loves to pay compliments as well as receive them. He is just as skillful in business as in love. The quick and nimble Horse appraises situations astutely and is able to manipulate both people and events.

On the negative side, the Horse person is impulsive and stubborn. He has an explosive temper, though he quickly forgets his outbursts. Others, however, do not find them amusing and may not recover as fast. Often this trait will cause him to lose respect and credibility. He tends to rush people and is unhappy when they do not perform as quickly or efficiently as he does. He demands a great deal but is prepared to surrender little, particularly when it comes to his all-important freedom. He can be childish and petty in satisfying his whims and caprices. Often he is forgetful, absentminded and given to jumping to conclusions.

The Horse-born will want things done his way. Self-centered by nature, he likes his home and environment to revolve about him, with his way of thinking. Snapping his fingers and clicking his heels, this trailblazer can talk you into anything once he begins to dish out that charm. He sells himself as Mr. Personality Plus.

To be able to really understand a Horse, you have to know one thing. He firmly believes in "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" – chiefly his own! And if you happen to subscribe to these same things yourself, well, he won't stand in your way. He is not possessive, suspicious or jealous. The Horse only becomes aggressive when he fails to get his way after trying every angle.

The Horse's inconsistency stems from his varying moods. He senses nuances that may go unnoticed by everyone else and he modifies his assessments accordingly. In other words, he goes by the feel of things. Don't ask him to explain his hunches and uncanny deductions. He can't. His is the amazing ability to improvise while the game is in progress. Frequently, he will be playing several games at the same time and be more than able to hold his own. Once he makes his swift decision, he does not hesitate on his course of action. You find him either dashing about doing 101 things or flat on his back from sheer exhaustion. More often than most signs, the Horse finds it difficult to unwind and may suffer from insomnia.

He keeps odd hours. A Horse is unable to stick to schedules not of his own making and has a lack of respect for standard procedures. When an idea strikes him, he will work around the clock without eating or sleeping. Then, when things are lax in the office, he is not above taking the day off to play hookey. He needs a stimulating job to display his competence.

When you are talking to a Horse, emulate him. Come to the point quickly. Otherwise you will lose whatever fragile hold you may have on his attention. Whether the answer is Yes or No, give it to him directly, without disguise; he is quite able to revise his plans when they meet with opposition or to figure out a different way. Stringing him along will just bring out the worst in him. He will not take offense at frankness and will appreciate you being blunt if it means that you don't want to waste his time.

It would be unfair to ask a Horse to restrain himself unduly, to bottle up his feelings. He has to express himself. If he is forced to hold back his emotions, he may openly revolt – or break out in a rash if he is the silent type. Suspense and strait-jacket procedures will kill him.

The horse can be a fickle soul. If he cannot be with the one he loves, then why not love the one he is with? Anyhow, there will be little harm in flirtations: long, drawn-out entanglements do not appeal to him. The Horse knows which side his bread is buttered on. He won't get caught in one-sided contract unless it happens to be on his side. He has a multitude of friends and makes more and more each day. But he learns never to rely too heavily on any of them.

The Horse could come prancing into your dull existence like a bright summer's day and make an invisible exit the minute you take your eyes off him. Then, just when you will have given up hope of ever hearing from him again, he could come waltzing back and pick up where he left off just as if he had never left.

Quick to warm up and reach top speed, a person born under the Horse sign is equally quick to lose interest. Neither can he sustain a long siege. He certainly won't break down your door like a Dragon. He will leave his card and call another day when you are likely to be more receptive. When the winds of change blow, the Horse will alter his course.

While he may not have long staying powers, you can never be sure when a Horse will resume negotiations on a long-shelved project. His mind is like a jigsaw puzzle; if and when he finds a piece that will fit, he uses it.

Like his best friend the Tiger, the Horse will sow some pretty wild oats in his heyday. But reminding him of his blunders will be useless. If there is anything this person dislikes, it's to dwell on his mistakes. With a cheerful but contrite "mea culpa", the Horse will shrug and chalk it up to experience. You can't expect him to win them all! Next time, he promises to step more carefully.

The animated and affable Horse is said to be very susceptible to the perils of love. He could easily lose everything if he falls head over heels in love. Consequently, he may have many affairs that end unhappily or even several marriages and divorces.

A Horse born in the summer will lead a better life than a winter Horse. His best stage in life will come during his middle age when he is mature enough to grudgingly accept the shackles of responsibility.

The best partners for the Horse will be the Tiger, Dog, and Sheep. The next best matches will be with Dragons, Snakes, Monkeys, Rabbits, Boars, Roosters or another Horse.

The Horse will not fall for the Rat, who will not like the Horse's shifting ways either. He could also come into direct conflict in his dealings with the rigid Ox people. The Ox will demand consistency and the Horse cannot and will not comply.

WATER HORSE (specific)

A cheerful, dapper Horse with excellent business acumen, but inordinately concerned with his own well-being, status and comfort. He is very adaptable to change and can make extensive adjustments without batting an eyelash.

This nomadic type of Horse could be more restless than the others. A travel bug and sports enthusiast, he won't let any grass grow under his feet.

He could also have the habit of changing his mind frequently and may take up an entirely different course of action without bothering to give any explanation. His mind and movements are guided by sporadic bursts of nervous but inspired action.

He will have a delicious sense of humor and can be very amusing when he wants to be. A smart and colorful dresser, he can discourse on any subject with anyone.

When he is negative, he is pretentious and inconsistent and can exhibit a deplorable lack of consideration for others. The Water Horse must develop long-range planning and dedication.

Other famous Water Horses:
F.D. Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Raquel Welch

Other famous people born in the Year of the Horse:
Pablo Picasso, Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, Franz Shubert, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Grace, Edgar Allan Poe, Brahms, Mao Tse-Tung, J. Paul Getty

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