Chinese New Year. Below is an excerpt from an article about the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. The full post may be read here.
The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos –
making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic,
bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to
designate an able person as 'Qianli Ma', a horse that covers a thousand
li a day (one li equals 500 meters).
StrengthsPeople born in the year of the horse have
ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always
want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like
to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they
are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like
entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active
at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor
cannot last indefinitely.
WeaknessesThey cannot bear too much constraint.
However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real
substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about
everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely
listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have
strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are
wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack
of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to
move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile
careers. They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to
finish projects of their own.