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3rdyearOfTheHorse iconChinese New Year will be celebrated on January 31, and will mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse, which represents freedom and emphasises reconnecting with nature and enjoying life’s unexpected twists. Astrologers insist they have it from the horsemouth that the year will be a tempestuous and galloping ride for many people.

In Chinese astrology, the horse symbolises hope, victory in battle, happiness, vivacity and loyalty. This will be an ideal year for people to travel, plan surprise romantic getaways, make life-changing decisions and secure business victories. The wild and wilful spirit of the horse will have a dramatic impact on the world economy and the year will also be one of upheavals as stock prices and GDPs fluctuate chaotically. Snap decisions might ‘feel right’, but people should hold off on making impulsive investments, lest they end up backing the wrong horse.

Of all the signs in the Chinese zodiac, be it the rat, snake or dragon, people born in the Year of the Horse (including people born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002) are sanguine, sharp and gifted with acute insight. This year, these people should trust their intuition and add splashes of purple, blue and grey in their lives – be it in their homes or wardrobes – to bring luck and ease tense situations. They should wear wooden pendants or coloured beads to ward off the evil eye. But beware, on the work front, socialising and gossiping will prove to be major distractions, so spend on a new planner to avoid missed deadlines.

High-end luxury brands have announced zodiac-themed products for the lucrative Chinese market. These include the Shanghai Tang & Moleskine Year of the Horse Diary, DKNY’s equine collection, Gucci’s Year of the Horse inspired handbags, Dupont’s gold Horse Prestige lighters and pens, Davidoff’s equine cigar packs and the US Treasury’s Year of the Horse Lucky Money Notes, which will probably become collector’s items.

– Ayesha Shaikh
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on January 26, 2014.