The Year of the Horse, by Susan Levitt



The new Moon on January 30 at 11:20 pm PST (but listed as January 31 in many calendars) begins the year of the Wood Horse. Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. This new Moon also starts the month of the Fire Tiger making energy very strong and lively as Horse year begins, a clear departure from the slower energy of the previous Water Snake year 2013.

The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction. Know you can call me at 415.642.8019 or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot or astrology consultation about life direction in Horse year.



In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. Horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to the power and strength of the Horse.

Horse’s cycle is the seventh earthly branch in Chinese medicine and symbolizes June, the fifth lunar month. June is the time of Gemini, Horse’s western counterpart. In the summer month of June there is powerful yang chi, and yin chi starts to settle. The sun is brightest and the plants are strong, having reached maturity. In Chinese medicine, Horse’s earthly branch is the element Fire. Each of the 12 Chinese astrology signs have 2 hours; Horse hours are 11 am – 1 pm including the heat of high noon.

full moon horse


On a global scale, expect some world economies to become stronger while others experience economic chaos and collapse. Under Horse’s strong influence there is no middle ground. (The time for middle-ground diplomacy and planning was last year in Water Snake 2013.) Anticipate extremes in stock markets, fluctuation of prices, and general chaos in all things financial. There will be wars, battles, and skirmishes all over the world.

Middle class economies are developing with emerging markets in many places including Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, and India. But there will also be protests for fair development, even wars. Peace can be restored in Wood Sheep year 2015 but Wood Horse 2014 will be a wild ride as the world changes, and changes fast.

horses strong


People born in Horse years (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906) are bright, cheerful, popular, and fun loving. They find people and crowds exciting, and love parties. Horse’s childish innocence, sunny disposition, and natural charm attract many friends. Horse is a highly intuitive animal, so people born in Horse year follow their hunches. Their keen judgment and natural intuition often help them make the right decisions throughout their life. Usually they don’t need to struggle in order to succeed and obtain the fine things life has to offer.

Horses have a carefree nature and need ample room for self expression. When constrained by rules, proud Horse will rebel, refusing to be corralled or tamed. Horses will tell you exactly what is on their mind; they are frank and dislike hidden agendas. So this is the time for issues to be out in the open, especially with family members. The time for secrecy was last year Snake 2013, not now in Horse year.

The best years for Horse to have abundance, to marry, have a child, or expect doors of opportunity to open are in Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog years. Analytical Rat year is the least fortunate for Horse.

tang rider


Who should be a player and take big risks this year? If you just do what you want like a Horse, you could end up broke at the end of this Horse year! The impulsive way of doing things in a Horse year is not the best year for everyone. For example, the spontaneous energy of Horse year brings challenges to the thoughtful Rat who is Horse’s opposite.

Fast action flows just right for you if you are compatible with Horse energy by having Horse, Tiger, Dog, or Sheep in your Chinese Four Pillars chart of animal year, month, day, and hour. For info about your Four Pillars chart, schedule an astrology reading with me. But if you do not have lucky animal signs in your Four Pillars birth chart, maybe for you in this Horse year it might be better to just follow along with the herd. Let others be the risk takers or whistle blowers. You might benefit by sitting in the sidelines and watching the Horse race in front of you, especially if you have Rat or Ox in your Four Pillars chart of animal year, month, day, and hour. For you, stay smart and thrifty, hang on to what you already have, and not rebel like spirited Horse.

Keep in mind this year that Horse energy is free spirited, wild, willful, and independent. Horse has a refined instinct that acts fast, on the spot, unlike Horse’s opposite the Rat who thinks and plans before acting. The time for pondering and planning was 2013 Snake year. Horse year is time to act fast, buy that home, launch that business, travel the world, make a big purchase, get a promotion at work, have a breakthrough – take a leap and fly. If it’s right, then there’s nothing to think about. Just follow instincts. Even if you miss the mark, you’ll have all of Wood Sheep year 2015 to get cozy and enjoy life’s comforts in all their artistic forms.

Horse herd


Casual and outdoorsy Horse year is about freedom, returning to nature, and enjoying life and life’s adventures. You won’t always want to focus on work because it’s easy to be distracted by fun, good times, and parties in sexy Horse year. Because Horse can be impulsive, act now and think later, avoid the mistakes of overspending, enabling others, and denying when there is a problem. Overspending is easy in a Horse year because if you feel you deserve something or want a reward, the impulse to buy is strong. Horses often buy what they feel they deserve without realizing how their purchases effect their long-term planning because Horse rarely plans for the future.

Also in Horse year, it’s easy to make a snap decision, especially business decisions that are not planned but “just feel right.” Denial that there is a problem is another Horse trait. It’s easier to move on to the next adventure than face reality or clean up a mess. So don’t ignore details this year while being an optimist that things will all just work out on their own.

Horse doesn’t care about money and lives large, so in Horse year you might be tempted to overspend on entertainment, going out, fun festivities – anything to keep up with the Horse good times and spirit of live today. Horse year ends in triumph or tragedy, and more businesses will fail than succeed. So learn from what you see around you. You don’t have to act, but you do have to know. In the year of the Horse, you can let others lead the way then follow in the footsteps of their success – but you’ll have to act fast.  The Horse, Tiger, Dog, or Sheep benefit the most from Horse’s strong and spirited actions.

Crescent Moon Goddess


In risk-taking fast-moving Horse year, people are impatient to regain their loses. Everyone want to make fast money and win big. But luck is with you most strongly if you were born in the year, month, day, or hour of the HORSE, TIGER, DOG, or SHEEP.

Horse hours are 11 am – 1 pm. High noon is the most Horse moment.

Tiger hours are 3 – 5 am.

Dog hours are 7  – 9 PM.

Sheep hours are 1 – 3 pm.

If born during Horse hours 11 am – 1 pm, you can follow your instincts and they will lead you to the right place! This is a fortunate year for you especially in summer.

If born during Tiger hours 3 – 5 am, like nocturnal Tiger you are ready to go day or night. Time to be the leader and work independently.

If  born during Dog hours  7 – 9 pm, you honestly are in the right place at the right time in this Horse year. You’ll be able to keep up when others realize how fast the pace is in this Horse race year.

If born during Sheep hours 1 – 3 pm, luck is with you for love and romance. Romantic Horse succeeds when paired with a kind and sensitive Sheep so opportunity can come your way in a Horse year.

In summation, you have a chance at wild good fortune and sudden gain in Horse year. But odds are much better if your birth year, birth month, birth day, or birth hour is Horse, Tiger, Dog, or Sheep. If these animals signs are not in your Four Pillars chart, then perhaps step aside and take a front-row seat to the Horse race. It will be all or nothing as life events move fast then are gone in a gallop!


Create your Intentions for 2014, by Sakara


In last night’s S-Life Society event, we practiced the act of sakara- turning our thoughts, dreams and desires into physical form. We dug deep into ourselves to discover our true drivers and use them set intentions for the year ahead. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we want to share with you an activity that you can do at home to practice sakara on your own and create the 2014 of your dreams.

Step 1: Set the space.

To start, take several minutes to set the energy of the space around you and inside you. Whatever gets you into a space of authenticity is what you want to practice. Go for a walk, engage in some seated meditation, or put on some soulful music and dance around in your home. You do you, Sakaralite.

Step 2: Dream big.

Once you feel as though you’ve arrived, take out a piece of paper and write down everything you want in 2014. Everything. From the material to the spiritual to the practical to the dreamy. Do you want less stress? Put it down. A healthier diet? Put it down. A new car? Put it down with pride. Don’t let your ego tell you what you can or can’t want.

Step 3: Dig Deeper.

When you have totally explored every nook and cranny of your desires, take some time to comb through your list. Go through, desire by desire, and identify what feeling these wants will give you. Ultimately it is the feeling that we get from these things that is what we truly want. What feeling are you searching for in each of these desires? Is it more connectedness with other beings? Greater love and acceptance for yourself? More creativity on a daily basis? The beautiful part is, you most likely experience these feelings to some degree on a daily basis and are well on your journey to achieving these goals.

Step 4: Create your intentions.

From this list, create your intentions for the year. Your intention is the underlying motive that will drive your future actions. Write each intention down on a different piece of paper, so that it can hold its own weight and its own space. Create each intention based directly off of each feeling you are searching for. Promise to treat yourself kindly, to nurture your relationships, to fill your day with bits of adventure and inspiration. Put together each piece of your dream world and your dream YOU with these actions.

Step 5: Turn your intentions into form.

If possible, have someone else read your intentions out loud to you. If not, listen to the words coming from your own mouth. Taking the words off of the paper and sending them out into the universe is the first step to giving them form and making these dreams a reality. Keep this piece of paper in a place that you can see it, read it, repeat it– often.


Designer Constructs Micro 96-Square-Foot Cabin to Forego Building Permitsby Jacob Paul Wiegmann

Hoping to have a personal space to escape to for much needed relaxation, Finnish designer Robin Falck set out to build his own little getaway. Rather than being held up by government red-tape, he decided to avoid the need for a building permit by constructing a live-in structure that’s under 96 square feet. After conceiving the design and getting approval from an architect, Falck began to make his own private micro hut.

Built on the Finnish archipelago of Sipoo, Falck has erected a tiny, two-story structure known as Nido that features a fully functional kitchen, bathroom, living room, and a lofted bedroom. The compact home includes a large angled window that takes up nearly an entire wall, giving the visual impression of extra space. It also allows for natural light during the day and a view of the stars at night.

To further divert one’s attention from the residence’s size, Falck added an open-air lounge area. Attached to the side of the cabin is a small deck for enjoying the natural surroundings that were left undisturbed during the entire building process. The whole project was completed in just two weeks and used locally recycled materials for the construction.


Reminiscence of Marie A., by Bertold Brecht

Und über uns im schönen Sommerhimmel
War eine Wolke, die ich lange sah
Sie war sehr weiß und ungeheuer oben
Und als ich aufsah, war sie nimmer da.
Bertold Brecht
And above us in the beautiful summer sky
There was a cloud which I watched for a long time.
She was very white and tremendously high
And as I looked upwards, she was there no more.
“Reminiscence of Marie A.” or “Memory of Marie A.” (German: “Erinnerung an die Marie A.”) is a 1920 poem by German poet and playwright Bertold Brecht (1889-1956) that was first published in his collection Die Hauspostille (1927). Brecht wrote the poem in his notebook on 21 February 1920 on a train to Berlin. The poem is a reminiscence of time spent with a former lover and a kiss beneath a plum tree remembered only because of the memory of a passing white cloud.

John Green to aspiring writers and creators

Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.

Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won’t — and if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But, ultimately, that doesn’t change anything — because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.




Failing and Flying, by Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.