Kay Honeyman

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…

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