Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey ~ 2016

Beginning on February the 8th, 2016 ~ The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will end on the 27th of January, 2017.

Full of strength and determination, Fire Monkeys are excellent at not only setting goals, but in meeting them as well. Others enjoy being in the company of Fire Monkeys, even though these Monkeys want the upper hand in every situation.

The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 culminate in a year that anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, will not make a mark during this year.

This cheeky animal bursts with exuberance, bringing a lightning fast pace and fantastical motivation. The Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. Business flourishes and risks tend to pan out. The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. Daring to be different can lead to success.

Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Talk is fast and cheap though, so be on the alert for deceptions. With so much mental energy zapping around, everyone needs to re-think their fitness program, diet and health plan. If you don’t have one, you definitely need to instigate some form of regular physical activity this year. The body was designed to move! Honor it! Stress needs to be burned off by going to the gym, swimming, yoga, water aerobics, dance, martial arts, team sports, tennis or long walks. When was the last time you did any of these things?

Although a lively, optimistic and progressive year where finances, politics, and real estate should see an upturn, there will be a decided undercurrent of insecurity. Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. However, business decisions made this year should be based on fact, not emotion. Problems and chicanery abound, so nothing this year should be taken for granted, whether politically, financially, professionally, domestically or emotionally.

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A particularly auspicious time for new inventions, the Year of the Monkey is for taking risks and being rebellious, a year where agile, inventive minds, sheer guts and bravado will win out. Now is the time of courage, action, anarchy, and true devotion to even the wildest of schemes, a time to start new endeavours, for they are destined to succeed under Monkey’s influence. But a word to the wise: those who can hang on for the wild ride, outsmart the confidence-trickster, and bluff their way through will come out unscathed. Those who are dull or slow witted, and can’t handle the stress will come unglued.

On the individual level, do go ahead with your life. Move forward, make strides, and stretch out for what may lay ahead. The Year Of The Monkey 2016 is a time for business considered as risky, and here the seeds of unplanned success lays. Run with ideas, embrace the inventive, and don’t look back.

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Remember that this year will reward the individual effort and those who place their trust in the group collective will face disappointment.

How will each Chinese Astrological sign fare in the year of the Monkey? The following delineations offer a brief guide. Remember, if you were born in the first two months after the Solstice (Capricorns and Aquarians) double check your Animal sign. The date for Chinese New Year fluctuates!

The almanac also states how people born under other signs will fare in the year of the Monkey. This is a generally auspicious year for Rats, Oxen, Dragons, Horses, Monkeys, Roosters and Dogs. This could be a difficult year for Tigers, Snakes, Dogs and Boars. Rabbits should beware their finances. Sheep should take care of their health.

Amazing Year for: Rats, Dragons, Monkeys – brings charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic!

Positive Year for: Goats, Rabbits, Ox – improvement in all areas of life. Progress finally!

Exciting Year for: Roosters, Horses – Tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation!

Complex Year for: Tigers, Snakes, Boars, Dogs – strong focus and objectivity brings the best results.  Read the Full Article and More at Astrology Club

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“I am the seasoned traveler
Of the Labyrinth.
The genius of alacrity,
Wizard of the impossible.
My brilliance is yet unmatched
In its originality.
My heart’s filled with potent magic
That could cast a hundred spells.
I am put together
For mine own pleasure

Metal Monkey in a Fire Year.

Year of the Monkey attributes

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As the Fire Year destroys the Metal Monkey weakening it, this is an inauspicious year.

  • Birth Element which will enjoy a favourable/unfavourable year etc.
    • Strong Wood, weak Fire, weak Earth
    • weak Wood, Strong Earth, weak Metal
  • Compatible Animal Signs
    2016:-Excellent – Dragon, Rat  ~   Avoid – Tiger, Horse
  • Good Travel Direction
    2016:  Wood – East / South-East   ~   Fire – South

Best Birth Months for the Monkey:

  • March, April, July and August are auspicious birth months for the Monkey people.
    March: The Monkey people born in March are extremely intelligent. They are usually popular among others, have a bright future, and also marry well and happily.
    April: With the birth month of April, the Monkey people usually could enjoy a glorious life. During their life, they can usually do things at their will and lucky to get help from others. There is no problem of food, clothing and health for them.
    July: Born in July, the Monkey people usually could enjoy a safe, free and easy life.
    August: The Monkeys born in August usually have boundless prospects. They could get great success in career. Besides, they have good moral character and usually could own a harmonious family. Read more at Your Chinese Astrology
  • The spunky Monkey is the original party animal! Charming and energetic, Monkeys crave fun, activity and stimulation. They truly know how to have a good time and can often be seen swinging from one group of friends to another, attracting a motley crew in the process. Always upbeat, they are considered minor celebrities in their circle thanks to their sparkling wit and that rapier-sharp mind. Perhaps surprisingly, Monkeys are also good listeners and tackle complicated situations with ease. This Sign’s natural curiosity lends it the desire to become knowledgeable on a broad range of topics. Monkeys have a show-off side that loves nothing more than to dazzle their pals with all they know. Read More at Babies Online

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Next Leap Day: February 29, 2016

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Born in the Year of the Monkey

Monkeys can run circles around other people with ease. They are curious and clever people who catch on quickly to most anything. Monkey people generally can accomplish any given task. They appreciate difficult or challenging work as it stimulates them and makes them think.

Years of the Monkey

Monkey Years are ninth in the cycle following the Sheep Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Monkey Year actually begins.

1908* 1920* 1932* 1944* 1956* 1968* 1980* 1992* 2004* 2016*


Monkeys are fun-loving people who really enjoy a good time with friends, family or anyone else for that matter. They love practical jokes and like to play tricks on colleagues and friends alike. Monkeys tend to stir up trouble simply out of boredom, which can end up being more hurtful than they intended. Often, when this causes trouble, they expect others to understand it was all a joke and to deal with the consequences on their own.

Monkeys are curious creatures as well. Some people call them nosy. Others call them interested. The Chinese say they are just downright curious. Although gifted with a strong intellect, creativity and intuition are nor their fortes. They can’t put themselves in your shoes even if they try and will become easily distracted or confused.


People born in the Year of the Monkey share certain characteristics. The Monkey Sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the Sign of the Monkey.

Ninth in order, Chinese name—HOU, sign of imagination

Hour—3pm-4:59pm Month—August

Western Counterpart—Leo


Imaginative, responsible, humorous, witty, curious, clever, sneaky



The characteristics of the Monkey are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.


Persuasive and passionate, this Monkey is a warm person. He is successful due to his innate determination and ambitious nature. He works hard to climb the ladder of success and prefers to work alone. They are loyal employees, always prepared and tactful with answers and upper management. In love these Monkeys are just as loyal as well as loving and affectionate.


Water gives this Monkey sensitivity. He is easily hurt by the words or actions of others. For protection, these Monkeys usually wear a game face, preferring not to share their emotions or feelings with others. If they play their cards right and pay attention they can be quite successful. However, if they become distracted, these Monkeys can become consumed with gossip or meddlesome activities.


Wood Monkeys are sharp, witty individuals. They are practical and sharp and possess a general knowledge of how things work. They have a knack for communicating with others and excel in languages and information technology. These Monkeys can deal with all types of people with ease and grace. They work hard and apply their practicality to their work.


Fire gives the Monkey extra determination. It gives him stamina and strength and durability. These people want the upper hand at all times, even in relationships. These Monkeys can also be fickle when choosing a partner, but once they do, their partners will fall fast in live with them. They will continue their climb to the top of the ladder util they get there and are generally well-liked among co-workers and friends.


These Monkeys are pretty by-the-book. They are diligent, motivated individuals, honest and trustworthy. They are calm and collected, genuinely concerned for the betterment of others. They are serious about their occupations and their friendships and are more dependable than most. Earth Monkeys devote themselves completely to causes and people they love and believe in. They don’t have much of an ego because they are such genuine human beings. They demand respect and can pitch a fit if not shown what they believe they deserve.



Monkeys believe being sick is a waste of time. They don’t want to spend their days in bed. They want to experience the flavors of life. Usually, Monkeys are very healthy creatures, partly due to their active lifestyles. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system.


Most Monkeys enjoy the activity offered by the city life rather than the quiet and tranquility offered in a more rural lifestyle. They crave being in the middle of things, enjoying life from a spectator’s view. They also enjoy people-watching and can amuse themselves for hours at a time by just watching the people walk by. They need a view, and their homes are usually filled with windows and picturesque drawings.



A Monkey’s good memory and his ability to adapt are two of his most prized possessions. He is intelligent and stoic, able to pick new trades up quickly and easily. Monkeys are also able to do all the work in half the time it takes someone else, but will charge you double what someone else would charge. As such, Monkeys generally take occupations in the world of finance, such as banking, stock exchange or accounting.


Monkeys are just as good as spending money as they are at making it. They can’t really save it because it burns a hole in their pockets. Occasionally though, Monkeys should put a little away today for an emergency tomorrow.


Those born in the Year of the Monkey share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Monkey are listed below:






Sales representatives

Market traders


Air traffic controllers


Film directors





Whether Monkeys are compatible with their business partners depends on whether their signs are harmonious or antagonistic to those of their business partner. Considering the congruity of their own characters and the characters of their business partners can also be very useful.

Monkeys ruled by Benefit From Are Antagonistic to

Metal Earth Horses Fire Roosters

Water Metal Pigs Earth Sheep

Wood Water Dragons Metal Tigers

Fire Wood Monkeys Water Snakes

Earth Fire Rats Wood Rabbits


Since Monkeys are born under the same Animal Sign they often share likes and dislikes. Following are similar likes and dislikes of the Monkey personality.

Color Preference: Yellow and Gold

Gems and Stones: Quartz Crystal, Aquamarine, Topaz, Agate

Suitable Gifts: Books, pens, mobile phone, a makeover, joke book, crossword puzzles

Hobbies and Pastimes: Playing an instrument, working a puzzle, karaoke, mind teasers

Monkeys Dislike: Being told to be quiet, not being the most popular, people who don’t like their jokes


Monkey people love taking so much that they need to be surrounded by people constantly. For vacations they are drawn to the hot spots, nightclubs, bars and big city lights. A Monkey’s luck may encourage him to try his hand somewhere like Las Vegas or Atlantic City.


Monkeys are sociable and lovable and make good friends. As they desire attention, they generally have a grand following of friends and acquaintances. No other animal finds communication and talking with others quite as easy as the Monkey does. As friends they will make you laugh when you want to cry. People want their Monkey friends around them because of their wit, sensitivity and effervescence.

Compatible Friends

Best Friends: Dragons and Rats

Mortal Enemy: Tigers


Monkey parents can be more like big brothers and sisters than actual parents. They retain their child-like qualities and therefore find it easier to relate to their children than other people might. Monkey parents don’t experience the generation gap other families might, partly because they remember what it is like to be a child. However, becoming a parent can cramp a Monkey’s style. They are not ones to stay inside, helping with homework on a Friday night. They would prefer to be out and about, and sometimes take their children with them if it’s appropriate.


Young Monkeys are full of life. They are vivacious and colorful characters, curious about everything in life. They can’t stay still for long and concentrating is not always easy. In school they are sharp and intellectual, finding schoolwork easy to do. However, they can be the class clown, but not without consequences. Their antics can be disturbing to other children, which can land them in a heap of trouble.


Some parents immediately click with their children while others find they will never have a close relationship no matter how hard they try to make it happen. Following are compatibility ratings for Monkey parents and their children.

Monkeys with Under the same roof Compatibility Rating

Rat very affectionate relationship ****

Ox happy and stable ***

Tiger differing points of view *

Rabbit sensitive ***

Dragon get along quite well ****

Snake cool and aloof **

Horse clashes of temperament **

Sheep positive and fun ***

Monkey quite compatible ****

Rooster some conflicts of interest **

Dog opposing ideals *

Pig lots of affection ****

*uphill struggle **some complications ***easy bonding ****on the same wavelength



Monkeys, of all the other signs, are the most promiscuous. They are flirtatious and like to seek the attention of others to get what they want. They are easily bored and must be stimulated intellectually as well as physically in order to stay around for extended periods of time. The Monkey can be clever, mischievous and manipulative when pursuing a love interest.


Monkeys are intense, sensual lovers. They can tease or charm anyone in a matter of seconds. They enjoy entertaining their lovers with their senses of humor and their ability to captivate a crowd. When the Monkey decides on a mate, it is likely to be forever.


A Monkey’s best love interest is lighthearted and open-minded. He can’t be overly sensitive or the Monkey will lose interest.



Common ground gets you on the right track.


If it works out, it’ll be a lot of fun.


You’ll drive each other crazy!


It won’t end well. Preserve your friendship.


You share similar points of view and a common understanding.


You make a great pair intellectually, but envy will drive you apart.


Better suited to be friends instead of lovers.


Your differences could unite you.


You can bring out the youth in each other. What a fun partnership!


Not an ideal romance.


You have a lot going for you.


Arguments bring you together and leave you sexually charged.

Love Partners at a Glance

Monkeys with Tips on Togetherness Compatibility

Rat terrific attraction ****

Ox you complement each other **

Tiger too much competition **

Rabbit don’t try it *

Dragon quite refreshing ****

Snake must learn to compromise **

Horse friendship, yes romance, no **

Sheep quite successful! ***

Monkey what a holiday! ****

Rooster way too choosy *

Dog happy and content ***

Pig vibrant and exciting ***

*dispute **keep working at it ***intense sexual attraction ****angelic




These are high-profile, popular people who enjoy the limelight. They like to have fun and wil do anything or try anything to avoid boredom.


These Monkeys like the high life and acquire material things for fun. One part stability and one part adventurous, it can be hard to be this Monkey’s partner.


These people are quick thinkers who can process and problem solve with ease. They have energy and lead an active lifestyle. They need someone to adore them in order to be happy.


Cancer gives the usually out and about Monkey a sense of domesticity. This Monkey enjoys a quieter life than most and treasures his time with his family.


These Monkeys need to be liked and supported. They thrive from attention and love to be head turners. Generally, these Monkeys are wonderful at showing off their talents and their beauty.


This Monkey is a perfectionist. He desires acute detail and is often obsessive about his work. He can pick up a new skill easily, partly due to his sharp intellect.


Libran Monkeys know exactly what to say to get what they want. They are sweet-talkers who can make a situation end up to their advantage. They are also smooth talkers, able to mediate any situation.


These Monkeys are quite amusing. They love to have fun and tackle adventurous things. However, the Scorpio can bring out a deviousness and a negative curiosity that can be troublesome for this Monkey.


This Monkey is lucky and carefree. He likes to think and act big. He will try and try again in order to succeed at what he wants to achieve.


This Monkey is generally more resolute and motivated than other Monkeys. He is a diligent employee who applies his talents to make his work easier.


A razor sharp mind gives this Monkey a colorful and vivacious personality. He is born with intense curiosity and an innate ability to problem solve.


These Moneys are clever and charismatic. They are cultured and sophisticated enjoy developing their God given talents. They are however, prone to making up stories to get out of trouble.

Career: Maybe Prosperous, if…

Monkeys can have prosperous careers in 2016, if correctly aligned with the Tai Sui star. They will be able to make breakthroughs, if they focus on their career and discipline themselves. If not, they will hardly achieve anything. They should guard against untrustworthy people and discipline themselves in order to avoid trouble. The luckiest months for them will be the second, fifth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should seize opportunities instead of missing them.

A Year of Money for Monkeys?

Great unexpected fortune will find its way to Monkeys in 2016, so they will not have to worry about food and clothes. The best months for them to make their fortune will be the second and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. They should avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy gains, or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third Chinese lunar month. They should also guard against becoming poor due to greed. Monkeys should not show off their wealth, or they will be persecuted by others.

A Year of Health Risks, Especially Traffic Accidents

Monkeys will suffer from minor illnesses; however, they will not come to much harm if they are careful. If they take their medicine, the symptoms will lessen. They should be aware of traffic safety as they go about their daily routine, and never take risks. Great attention should also be paid to food safety to ensure illness is avoided. Their health horoscope is never above neutral, but worst in the fourth and tenth Chinese lunar months.

Monkeys may have difficulty in relationships in 2016.

Monkeys’ relationships will be rather colorless in 2016. The more they long for a relationship, the harder it will be for them to get one. They may encounter a romantic relationship if it happens naturally, especially in the seventh and twelfth Chinese lunar months. They will have a happy ending if they seize the right opportunities.

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