The Chinese New Year begins Jan. 31 when the lucky horse kicks the tumultuous snake out. While astrological experts predict that the New Year will hold different fates for everyone, depending on which animal year they were born in, the overall forecast is a sunny one.


With 2014 being the year of the wooden horse, it’s expected to bring good financial news – something the world will welcome following the long-lingering global recession.


Carol Barrett Jewelry celebrates the year of the horse

In recognition of the Chinese New Year, Barrett has already started designing beautiful horse pieces and wooden pendants.


Her original Asian-inspired jewelry incorporating high quality semi-precious gemstones makes the perfect gift to commemorate the start of the Year of the Horse. One of Barrett’s beautiful one-of-a-kind Asian necklaces is particularly fitting given the optimistic tone this Chinese New Year is kicking off with.


A good year

Horses are strong, diligent and beautiful creatures known for carrying people to their destinations. There’s a sense this year that the horse will carry us to where we belong and get us back on the trail if we have been lost or wandering.


It will be a particularly good year for certain Chinese zodiac signs, according to Hong Kong-based feng shui expert Joseph Chau Kam Shing, who gave an interview to CBN News. Goats, roosters, pigs, tigers, dragons and snakes should expect good fortune in health, career, financial and relationship pursuits.


Changing your luck with charms

Forecasts are mixed for monkeys, dogs, rats, ox and rabbits.


If you’re one of these signs, no worries. Chau said the zodiac luck predictions can be enhanced or reversed using Chinese charms. The jade dragonhead fish is a good charm for career luck. The jade master protection pendant provides safety and longevity. Coins are good for health and a Mandarin duck will help with romance.


Benefactor jade is a good charm for improving one’s overall luck in the Year of the Horse, Chau said.


Looking forward

The Chinese say “a good horse never turns its head to eat the grass behind.” So, look forward to your new adventures instead of back this year and enjoy the good luck as it trots in.