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2002. Chinese Year of the Water Horse

Year of the Horse February sees the commencement of the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, using a Solar calendar, the Chinese start the year on the 4th February and begin a new animal cycle in their zodiac. The New Moon of 12th February, 2002 however, is the official New Year celebration day.

Last year was the the year of the Metal Snake. Now in the cycle of animals comes the Horse. The Horse in Chinese astrology is a strong and active animal. The original symbol for the Horse in ancient China was the shape of an arrow or spear pointing to the qualities of purpose and direction, so the Horse carries tremendous inner strength and persistence.

Horse people are always willing to do the best they can in devoting themselves to the task at hand, and are determined to see things through. The Horse also links the earthy with the spiritual and traditionally the Horse is said to travel the worlds between heaven and earth - thus the legends of the Centaur and also Pegasus, the winged Horse.


The Horse has been a helpful companion to mankind for thousands of years. Its also a wild animal and has to be befriended by man to use its strength. Its a powerful animal and when threatened it becomes temperamental liable to kick, rear and run. These qualities are found in the Horse person. So we can expect all these themes to figure in the coming year.

In the Chinese Cycle of elements, the Horse is a Fire animal - the element of midsummer, action and Yang energy. The other element of the year is Water, making 2002 a Water Horse combination. In the Five Element Cycle, Water and Fire do not mix well. So the potential for more conflict and dramatic change is signalled in the Water Horse. However, when Fire hits Water it turns it into steam and thus transforms the water into the new elemental form of vapour, so the potential for rapid and extraordinary transformation is inherent in the Horse Year.

What does Water represent in Feng Shui? Its about the media, communications, arts, advertising, computers, the internet, film, music, shipping, oceans and the oil industry. In the body its kidneys and the bladder, the brain,ear, fluids, sexual organs and organs of elimination. In these areas we can expect to see much focus or big shifts and changes.

Water also rules secrets so I expect more of the inner workings of the world economic and political systems will be exposed and many secrets revealed to the public. Some people will be very disillusioned.

There'll be movement in the media world, communications and film, and perhaps a resurgence in the arts led through film and television. Fresh breakthroughs in technology will push the boundaries in computing even further than we know today. I would especially watch the world oil supplies (and prices) as being a big area of change. The role of the media is going to be put under strong scrutiny in 2002. Overall themes include transformation in all areas above - especially changes in systems that are just not working.


Since Fire and Water are the driving force behind weather patterns (heat and rain) then 2002 is going to be a year of more extremes in weather. We have seen the boundaries of weather excesses pushed in the last few years. I suggest that in 2002 we'll see great storms and floods which do immense damage in some parts of the world and prolonged droughts in other areas.

Fire rules the heart and things of the heart and the fluid substance of the blood. It rules the eye, tongue, heart, arteries and small intestine. So human emotions and passions will be close to the surface all year. If emotional issues are not addressed then there will be outbursts of passion and rebellion against governments or systems that do not acknowledge them.

Months to watch during the year for big activity will be when either Fire or Water combine in the elements. February, May, June, November and December could be challenging months. The month to especially note is June 2002 which is a double Yang Fire month and on the 6/7th are Fire days with the 7th June being a double Yang Fire day. Watch that heat!

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