Charma24Which just happens to be my sign from the Chinese calendar!


Horse is one of the Chinese favorite animals. Horse provided a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles. Horse can give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

Horses like to compete with others. They like the pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have a busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. Horse hour of Chinese Horoscopes is from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Sunshine generates lots of heat during Horse hour. Therefore, horse is connected to heat, hot, fire and red. Horses like the social activities, because horses like to show off themselves. Since horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, horse is treated as a Romantic Star in the Chinese Horoscope.

The Chinese wouldn’t let the horse do the farm work. Instead, all the farmland jobs go to the ox. This is because Chinese have higher expectations on horses. Horses can help humans to win the battle. Sitting on the Horse back implies that the person is from noble or higher ranking family. So people born in the Horse year usually care about their dressing, outlook and speech.

Horse is intelligent animal. Horses need to be trained to become useful to human. Human can make Horse famous. Without a human’s guide, Horse is just a wild animal. It doesn’t know where to go. There is no destination in its life.

In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is in the Fire group. Horse month is in the middle of summer. Horse is the strongest Fire animal in 12 zodiacs. 2014 is year of Wooden Horse. Wood can help Fire to burn. So Fire can last longer. When Horse meets Tiger and Dog, then they will form even stronger Fire. Too much Fire implies the hot temper and no patience. If the element of Fire is favorable to the person, then the person should have a good fortune in 2014. If Fire is unfavorable to the person, then 2014 will bring big trouble to the person.

The Year of Green Horse= Because Wood (tree) is connected to the color of Green. Therefore, 2014 is the Year of Green Wood Horse, and 2014 is a Wooden Fire Horse year. Fire is the child element of Wood. Mother Wood always helps child Fire to burn stronger. Wood does the giving without taking. Eventually, Wood will burn into dust. That implies 2014 will bring some kind of opportunities first, then those opportunities will disappear. Therefore, when we get help or advice, we need to learn from our sources as much as possible. We need to prepare to do the job by ourselves when help is not available. If there is no Fire or little Fire in the birth chart, Fire of 2014 will become very helpful. This is because Wood (Tree) needs water, earth and sunshine to grow taller and stronger. When lucky element Wood gains support from Fire, then stronger Wood will bring you better luck in 2014.
source: Chinese fortune calendar

A Charming New Year
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Rembrandt, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Sandra Day O’Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of the horse.

And when is the Chinese New Year?
This year it is on: January 31, 2014.

Nian Gao-Chinese New Year Cake


In Chinese, Nian Gao sounds like “getting higher year by year”. In Chinese people’s mind, the higher you are, the more prosperous your business is.

“Nian gao means year cake, but gao sounds the same as the word for tall or high,”. Hence the cakes symbolize achieving new heights in the coming year.

3 eggs
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups glutinous rice four
2 ½ cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ cup chopped dates
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 vegetable oil
Cooking spray or a stick of butter/margarine
Sesame seeds

Preheat the oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease a tube or pan with cooking spray or a little butter (or margarine). In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar. Slowly stir in the rice flour and milk. Mix the ingredients until they are completely blended.
Next, slowly add the vanilla, dates, baking soda and vegetable oil. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for fifty minutes.
Allow the cake to cool fifteen minutes before removing it from the pan. Finally, sprinkle the top with sesame seeds. Share with twelve to sixteen people while you welcome the New Year.

Special Note:
Be sure to follow directions about stirring in the ingredients, slowly. Nian Goa is a very dense cake, and this will keep extra air from getting into the mixture.

Which animal sign are you?