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Happy Year of the Green Wooden Horse

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 1, 2014, 11:51 PM

Year of the Horse by Dustrucshin
Happy New Year!

2014 is the Year of the Green Wooden Horse. The Chinese calendar rotates through a pair of cycles. One cycle consists of twelve animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The other cycle consists of five pairs of elements: Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water, and Yin Water. Since one cycle consists of twelve parts and the other of only ten, the animal is coupled with a different element each time it comes up in the rotation. 2013 was the Year of the Water Snake. Now, water is giving way to wood and horse is the next animal. Wood in the yang phase is green. Put it all together, and it is the Year of the Green Wooden Horse.  Horse's domains are traveling, competition, and victory. In contemporary terms, it represents speedy success. Horse's element is fire. A wooden horse has plenty of fuel, so it will burn hotter and longer than previous horse years. According to astrologers, that means that 2014 will be a wild ride. For those who harness the fiery energy of Horse by seizing the best opportunities as soon as they are presented, it will be a very prosperous year. For those who are slow to react, it may be a disastrous year because they will be trampled by their competitors. Those who make unwise choices or who don't understand the consequences of their goals may also have a rough year because they will ride wild horses in the wrong direction faster than they can be reined in and turned about. It is said that there is no halfway or middle ground for Horse. Success and ruin are its destinations. So pay attention, act fast, catch the correct horse, hold on tight, and ride it for all its worth.

That is, if you believe in supernatural elements and agents. I am fascinated by the cultural aspect of the Chinese Zodiac, but I am skeptical of its influence over real life events. I respect that some people consult horoscopes before making important decisions or to understand the pattern of events in their lives. I will not attempt to dissuade them. However, I would like to see concrete evidence that it is more than just cultural tradition before I apply such practices to my own life. That said, I do intend to seize each and every day, just in case.

The best thing about the Year of the Horse for everyone who is horse crazy is that it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the magnificent animal. Since my passion is most often expressed through creativity, I will showcase exemplary equine art throughout the year. I will also put my strongest effort toward finally developing my own talents. Not every art feature will be dedicated to horses, but it will be a recurrent theme throughout 2014. I'll kick it off with a random exhibition of some favorites. If your favorite work of equine art is not displayed in this journal, please leave a comment with a link or a thumbnail. deviantART hosts hundreds of equine artists. A simple search will present thousands of horse themed deviations. I have not seen them all. Please, show me what I have missed. If you see something below that makes your heart skip a beat, just like Velvet Brown in National Velvet, then please click on it and let the artist know that you appreciate their work. A simple fave would be great. A fave and a comment would be even better. Some of the deviations are offered as prints. If Horse is giving you a prosperous year, then spread the wealth while honoring its spirit by purchasing equine art for your home and office.

I wish a prosperous and happy year to all.

2014 year of the horse by jackie97

fierhorse by Unita-N  Karachay horse by VeronikaFrizz  Commission - Gypsy Vanners by oxpecker  family by artediamare  Alive by crystalcookart  Bonding by Stephanie-Greaves  Horses by radina  Racing with the Eagle... by SabrinaJenema  Hombre by Fire-n-ash  Svetlana's Horse by Enotus  God of The Desert by dashket  Arabian horse. by Loginova  white horse by tom274  Dream horse by be-yu  draft horses's fear by dashket  Trio of gray horses. by Loginova  Rainbow Horse Study II by sythesite  Crazy Horse by Berga65  Black horse by Grey-Gryphon  blue horse by gala66  Horse 04 by vishalmisra  Horse by gehenna1986  Stallion Spirit by Stephen-Coelho  Le Petit Cheval O Ka Fee by RubisFirenos  Journey by akitku  Small problem by Araniel  THE 4 HORSES OF THE APOCALYPSE by outofmypen  Apollo's Horses by Afilimona  Dancing Horse by Skarbog  Roman Carousel Horse by lunatteo  The Temptation by Hellanim  horse drawn in pen by AlmightyShadow  Arabian Horse by shakhoori  Break Free by Bonniemarie    Horsepower by KHAIYTE  Galloping Heard by Blue-Ryuk  The Warrior by KaiPrincess  Circus horses by Avalon90  Arabian Horse by abd-ELRAHMAN  Lipizzaner Playing by DoodleDuo  Lino 2 by Dk-Raven  .: plaid ponies :. by xdragonflyx  horse by ParvaLupa  Night Time Carousel of Doom by Jay-bo  Asiatic Wild Horse by LEXLOTHOR  Groovy by erickaposta  Stone Ponies 2 by CrazyCrowMan  Woodcarving  horse by evertsss  FRESIAN HORSE by ygres  Sayyed Al Hawa resin by tolthorse  Bacchus by FriesianFury  Horse Commission by DragonsAndBeasties    Ghost horse -running by Amadoodles  Drive 1 of 3 by Pompeiii  pinker horse by infectedmantis  Grass Stains by IntheOffing  Gillespie by Himmapaan  Golden Morning by nellmckellar  One Day I'll Be Free... by nellmckellar  FloCha's Arisen by euroboros    Celtic Fire Horse by Theophilia  Dream horse by Naia-Art 
horses by wasted-photos  Power Horse by Awadh  Belinda's Horses by dawnsartstudio  Turquoise by AmandaDrage

  • Listening to: Tarja
  • Reading: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Howrse
  • Eating: Raw vegetables
  • Drinking: French Roast, black


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Shawna Lynn
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In high fashion, it is vital for all elements to co-ordinate. Notice how my hair matches the wood grain of the door.




Hello. I am Shawna Lynn Ballard, better known at deviantART as Silvermare. An endless dreamer and eternal student, I am fascinated by flights of imagination and the natural world alike.

Horses are among my greatest passions. I have been horse crazy for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, aside from the short period when I worked on a ranch and had my beloved black mare, Nieve, live horses have rarely been a part of my life. Fascination and rarity have given them a sense of magic and mystery. That is expressed in my visual depictions of them. Wild colors and loose, stylistic forms are key elements of my equine art. I craft them as I feel them in my soul rather than strictly as they appear. It is how I keep horses in my life.

The fine art of storytelling is my other great passion. I've been writing for as long I've known how to hold a pencil and shape letters. My first novel is in progress. My other interests include the sciences, geography, and the humanities. Expect variety from me as I continue to explore new art styles, forms, media, and techniques.

An endless dreamer and eternal student, my journey as an artist is sure to take some intriguing turns. Watch my gallery to see where it takes me next.

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SmileYourAmazing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyy Silver! This is bugie158 from howrse, I don't know if you remember me. (:
SanelMemic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank you :) (Smile) 
TalviEnkeli Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank You for the fave!!! :heart:

Feel free to visit my facebook site as well!! :rose:
Berga65 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thanks a lot for the fav Shawna....
akitku Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the fav! :hug:
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