Year of the Horse

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On these pages you will find articles and research on the healing effects of tai chi, chi kung (qigong), Taoist Meditation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Doctors and medical researchers continue to investigate the effects of these arts on conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, pain, and stress management. This page presents a selection of health articles along with others on Chinese philosophy and culture.

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Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.

The Year of the Fire Horse begins February 17, 2026

Rapid occurrences and unpredictable events will abound and those who grab the reins will reach their destination. Symbols of agility and success, horses are strong, stable, social and smart. They are cooperative and calm when well trained, yet are never far from their innate wildness. Act dismissively toward them and you will rue the day, but respectful treatment will repay you tenfold and carry you to your goals.

People born in the Year of the Horse enjoy crowds, prefer the limelight and dress for success. Cheerful, perceptive and talented, they are good communicators but often talk too much. They are independent and have powerful egos. They rarely listen to advice and often have difficulty with constraint,

Horse people are powerful and enduring and have the will to win, but their power can only carry them so far, to succeed, they must control their tempers.

Famous Horses (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Davy Crockett, Jackie Chan, Emma Watson, Rembrandt and Genghis Kahn.

About the Lunar New Year
New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. At Chinese New Year people wear red clothes, decorate their homes with poems on red paper, and give children lucky money in red envelopes. The fireworks that shower the festivities frighten evil spirits and forecast a fortunate year.

The Lunar New Year lasts for two weeks. There are parades, parties, fireworks and feasts. Eat dumplings, melon seeds and candy to bring wealth, good fortune and happiness. Seven days before the new year, clean your house and feed the Kitchen God. As the story has it, one week before the Spring Festival begins, the Kitchen God returns to heaven to report on the family's behavior in the previous year. A negative report means bad luck in the coming year. So to get a good report, the custom evolved of giving him sweets.

Tradition holds that whatever occurs on the first day of the Lunar Year will happen for the rest of the year. So don't be angry or sad, and don't do anything bad. For a good year, smile, laugh, be kind to everyone you meet and practice, tai chi, chi kung and meditation.

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