Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016: The Monkey

The Year of The Monkey  

According to the Chinese calendar February 8 begins the year of the Monkey. The Chinese New Year, which is lunar ends on January 27, 2017.

What is the Monkey?

It is the ninth of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. It occurs every 12 years and this particular year is a Fire Monkey Year.

All animals in Chinese astrology are associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth.

Traditional Chinese wisdom states that both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny.

This chart explores the characters ascribed to each of the Monkeys (signs and the related element).

The Five Monkeys
Fire Monkey
Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey
Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey
Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey
Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey
Frank, optimistic, and fearless

People born in a year of the Monkey are said to be witty, intelligent, and have charisma. Their traits include mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, all of which we have learned by observation, monkeys are.

They are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. These fast learners can quickly sieve opportunities.

Since much of Chinese folk wisdom is based upon luck, an elaborate system of what is lucky and unlucky can help to direct the gods in your favor.

Here are some lucky things for Monkeys:

Lucky numbers: 4 and 9

Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month

Lucky colors: white, blue, gold

Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle

Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

To avoid bad luck, Monkeys should be aware of these omens:

Unlucky colors: red, pink

Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7

Unlucky directions: south, southeast

Unlucky months: Chinese lunar months 7 and 11

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