According to Chinese Astrology, the Year of the Horse (one of 12 signs of the Zodiac) begins today and will end on 18th February 2015. I have to say I’m rather excited about this for a number of reasons:
a) born in 1954 my birthday falls under the sign of the horse;
b) one of the occupations in my portfolio working life is as a horse whisperer – working with people and their horses to improve communication and performance (see www.clocktowerstud.co.uk for more details);
c) I spend a lot of my life with my own horses and ponies; riding, training, and generally ‘hanging out’. Horses have been a passion since I could first walk and talk;
d) hopefully we will see plenty of literary references in the media to the horse this year;
e) Chinese astrologers are recommending that people born under the sign of the horse who will be 60 during the year should have a big party ‘to balance the luck’. Well, I’m all for that, given that I was too ill on my 50th to get out of bed, let alone go party!
What characteristics are people born in The Year of the Horse supposed to possess? Let’s consider the positive ones first: they will be ‘sanguine, sharp-minded, dress fashionably, gifted with a silver tongue and have acute insight . . .engaged in intellectual activities and sports’. All true of course! And the negative ones? Well, never mind about those . . .
Mirren and I like astrology and believe it has some merit both in our lives and for our writing.
We find it useful, for example, in working up characterisations.