"A horse is a horse, of course of course"
Lyrics to the Mr. Ed theme song
The Chinese New Year of the Horse begins in a few days, on the 31st of January, 2014.
The Chinese Zodiac assigns one animal per year (unlike the Western zodiac which assigns one animal or symbol per month). The Chinese New Year goes by the moon instead of the sun and it falls on a different day each year when the sun and the moon are conjunct in the sign of Aquarius.
The horse also has significance in Bulgarian folklore; and it is also one of the symbols on the Ancient Bulgarian Calendar. The Ancient Bulgarian Calendar uses the same symbols as the Chinese Zodiac.
Today's post features a piece titled Horses of Fire Rachenitsa. Rachenitsa is a Bulgarian folk dance in 7/8 (slower) or 7/16 rhythm; it is the national dance of Bulgaria. This rendition is performed on a violin and an accordion, and it's very fast.
How many readers remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse from American TV during the 1960's? Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog know that I'm a fan of pop culture, and the old TV programs were so much better than the garbage being broadcast nowadays.
Just for fun, I'm including the theme song for the show. (Don't mind the lion at the beginning of the video, he's just trying to get some attention. He was born under the sign of Leo, anyway, and he's a big show-off.) The song is in 6/8, which just happens to be pravo rhythm. By the way, if anyone out there is inspired enough to create a Mr. Ed dance, please be sure to send me the video!
Happy New Year of the Horse!
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By the way the Madara Horseman, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bulgaria, is a rock carving of a man on a horse. It is one of the symbols of Bulgaria.
For more on astrology, visit one of my favorite sites: Astrodienst, and for information on Chinese astrology, click here.
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