What is a Fire Horse?

I was already writing about a girl traveling through Angel Island to America when I discovered the year of the Fire Horse.

In much of the Western world, we use a linear measurement for time, the years parading forward into the future.  The Chinese use a cycle to measure their years.  On the mats in Chinese restaurants it looks like a 12-year cycle built around animals, but these animals are matched with five elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth creating 60-year cycles.  So you are not just born in the year of the Horse, but in the year of the Earth Horse or Water Horse…or Fire Horse.

Fire Horses are formed from the heat of flames and the wildness of horses making them as dangerous as they are strong-willed.  They fight and kick against boundaries, disregarding traditions, valuing blind faith over wisdom and cunning over intelligence.  The first part of any Horse’s life is said to be full of ups and downs, but for a Fire Horse, who is destined for extremes, these are even more dramatic. Their bold natures and the heat in their blood bring misery to their families, especially their husbands and fathers.  Trying to restrain the will of a Fire Horse girl can cause tragedy, even death.

Fire Horses race through life.  They travel often, leaving home at a young age to chase the freedom and independence that feed them.  Resourceful and confident, new situations do not intimidate them.  This can cause trouble since they are often too confident and curious for their own good.

The male Fire Horse is not considered as dangerous as the female.  The same drive and determination that often brings disgrace to Fire Horse women brings distinction to men. It makes them good leaders, quick to make decisions, and gifted at turning a bad situation to their advantage.  Fire Horse men are destined to be famous…or infamous.

Fire Horses are full of contradictions.  Their pride is paired with a great capacity for kindness.  Despite their fierce independence, they need to belong.  They are designed for conflict even inside their own skin.  This makes it difficult to predict what a Fire Horse will do, especially one that is in love.  They may sacrifice everything, but they are just as likely to destroy.

It is hard to predict what a Fire Horse in love will do.  Fire Horses are passionate creatures and likely to fall deeply in love.  They could break hearts or have their own broken.  Whatever happens, they will bounce back wiser, stronger, and willing to risk is all again, after all, a Fire Horse’s life is nothing without adventure, and what bigger adventure is there than love?

Excerpt from The Fire Horse Girl

“In Chinese astrology, the Year of the Fire Horse is a bad year for Horses. All of their worst traits — their tempers, their stubbornness, their selfishness — burn with increased strength. Girls should never be born in the year of the Fire Horse; they are especially dangerous, bringing tragedy to their families. But desperation flowed fast and thick through my mother’s veins. Children did not come easily to her. After four born only to be buried, she ignored the warnings of the zodiac and bore a Fire Horse girl, who was too stubborn to die like the others. Bringing forth something as vicious and powerful as a Fire Horse destroyed my mother. Her last breath mingled with my first. Stories are like that too — deep breaths, one ending so another can begin. One sacrificed so another can survive. We often dwell on the endings of stories, forgetting how they were born, but you must inhale to exhale.”

Jade Moon was born in 1906. Another generation of Fire Horses were born in 1966. The next generation of Fire Horse girls will be born in 2026.

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Kay Honeyman

I am a writer and teacher living in Dallas, TX. Check out my first novel, THE FIRE HORSE GIRL or pre-order my second novel INTERFERENCE (Oct. 2016)

17 thoughts on “What is a Fire Horse?

  1. Hmm, I’m female and was born in the year of the fire horse and none of this is me, especially when it comes to falling in love. I am strong willed and determined and persistant but that largely comes from my experiences in life. I know many people with such personalities as the firehorse who were born in different years. Year of the snake, pig, etc.

    Where exactly does all this come from? I am interested to know. This is more entertainment to me though I am sure that there are some who are convinced that it stands true for them.


    1. There are several stories that tell how the zodiac of 12 animals was formed. My favorite is the animal race, and there are several versions of it as well. You can get short versions of a few here – http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/story.htm

      There are a lot of sites that explore the traits. This is one of the most interesting and detailed that I’ve found lately –

      This Pinterest page I created also has some further information. https://kayhoneyman.com/2013/12/09/fire-horse-girl-info-and-inspiration/

      I hope that gives you a little more to explore!

    2. it depends on where your from the first nation people (american indians) have their own animals as do the greeks etc In nz you are most likely to be a bird being something comes from the heart

    1. Demeyos dit :Se reconcilier avec son frère c’est bien mais vouloir le faire en cachette?Que perdrait Ali s’il appelle ofilnieflemect AMO par son griot de service tous les vendredis?

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  2. Wow! Very accurate. Soooo, I am a fire horse, born in ’66. There has not been much on the web about them. I know that many fire horses were drowned as infants, but that is an article I read quite a few years ago. Now I am struggling with authority figures and bosses and I find it hard to be submissive and follow their lead, especially if I feel that I am being taken advantage of. So I was looking online for how to fix this nasty little trait of not liking authority and having a wayward temperament………

    Never mind- I guess I’ll just work for myself!
    Thank you🙏❤️

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  4. I too am a beautiful aggressive and self will run riot fire horse…..I might want to punch my lovely modest face in if I saw/heard me in a crowd. Fortunately I love my face too much and I would only punch a person if they punched me first.🙏💥🐎

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