The Year of the Red Monkey: Get Fired Up About 2016!
Ancient Eastern traditions recognize the first day of the New Year as falling between January 21st and February 20th. When the first new moon, a new year unfolds. This past Monday, February 8th, was the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
New Year festivities are centuries old and take place all around the globe. This year we embark on the Year of the Red Monkey.
The monkey represents curiosity, mischievousness and cleverness. Red represents the Fire Element, which is hot, expansive and high energy. When you put them together, a Year of Red Monkey promises us it’s time to dream big, be imaginative and explore your fascinations. Hold on to your seats, folks – 2016 is going to be a fun, fast-paced year.
If your birthday falls between any of the dates below you’re considered a Monkey according to the Chinese calendar.
As you look for your “monkey” birthday you’ll also discover which of the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) shape your personality and health.
February 6, 1932 – January 25, 1933 Water
January 25, 1944 – February 12, 1945 Wood
February12, 1956 – January 30, 1957 Fire
January 30, 1968 – February 16, 1969 Earth
February 16, 1980 –February 4, 1981 Metal
February 4, 1992 – January 22, 1993 Water
February 8, 2016 – January 27, 2017 Fire
This is an ideal time for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change and chart a new path. This year risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy.
During a Monkey Year it’s fine to make life up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people. If you don’t listen to your intuition that wily Monkey will take all your peanuts and leave you only shells.
There are Five Elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood – and 2016 is all about Fire and that wild and energetic Red Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity and joy.
Fire personality types are strong, dynamic people who can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year, especially this (hot) summer. Work to calm your Monkey mind. In Buddhism there’s a parable about a silly long-tailed monkey jumping from branch to branch, grabbing bananas and
quickly dropping them to the jungle floor. Don’t be this monkey! Avoid useless
tail-chasing cycles and habits. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one. Avoid staying stuck and analyzing the past. Always swing to a fruitful tree, silly Monkey!
As fruitful as 2016 is destined to be, the year will also be fraught with political squabbles, particularly unstable “old energy” governments. Finances will be shaky and currency fluctuations will prove a headache for investors. In such a period of insecurity, it would be unwise to take speculative risks on a large scale.
It is important to hold a strong rein during this shaky period; sound and firm management being an absolute necessity. It will be a great test of nerve and those who thrive will be in a much stronger position later.
People who are normally active, both physically and mentally, would be well advised to make sure that they allow themselves sufficient time to relax and unwind. Although the negative side of the Year of the Monkey indicates mischief and trouble, positive features include craft and dexterity.
HOW EACH ANIMAL SIGN FARES IN THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY
The Rat (years include: 1948 | 1960 | 1972 | 1984 | 1996)
This is an excellent period, for whatever the Rat has been trying to achieve over the past few years is finally accomplished and a long-standing ambition realized. Those hoping for academic success will have their hard work repaid handsomely. In business and at work, the lively and more confident Rat is more likely to be seen, heard and understood; and promoted. As a result of these developments, finances will be much more secure this year. But while your social life improves and romantic matters are much more satisfying, life at home may nevertheless have its awkward moments.
The Ox (years include: 1949 | 1961 | 1973 | 1985 | 1997)
Those born in the Year of the Ox may find this a tedious year, with numerous irritations and petty obstacles in their path. Ideally, it should be a period of quiet assimilation rather than activity. The best favored spheres of action are study, short journeys and agriculture or gardening. In romantic affairs, the need for a partner may be unfulfilled. Business, legal matters and family life fare only moderately but speculations are slightly better than usual.
The Tiger (years include: 1950 | 1962 | 1974 | 1988 | 1998)
This is likely to be a period of considerable friction for those born in the Year of the Tiger. Although financial and business affairs are generally very good, the signs are that the Tiger must overcome harassment and delays. Family conflicts are likely and some tolerance is needed at home. Thank goodness Tigers are good-looking and wise!
The Hare (years include: 1951 | 1963 | 1975 | 1989 | 1999)
Life does not seem to be taking the direction that the Hare would like now and a succession of unexpected events may cause unwelcome hindrance. The year is filled with minor frustrations and the need to deal with family problems allows less time for seclusion and privacy. General fortune and official matters are poorly expected, finance and business fare only moderately. The good news? Your romantic life is at a peak and about to get even hotter.
The Dragon (years include: 1940 | 1952 | 1964 | 1976 | 1988)
Dragon-types exceed themselves this year. Having established a well-deserved reputation for eccentricity, now that they’re under the influence of the capricious Monkey Dragons can put their more extraordinary schemes into practice. Some of these wild ideas will pay handsome dividends. However, it is a pity that when supported by such good fortune most Dragons will act lavishly. As a result, very little wealth is left at the end of the year. Be mindful and frugal.
The Snake (years include: 1941 | 1953 | 1965 | 1977 | 1989 )
With several unfortunate aspects dominating the astrological chart, this is an awkward period for those born in the Year of the Snake. The House of Travel is very badly placed for long journeys although shorter trips are favored. Business is slow. On the other hand, cultural pursuits, romance, personal relationships and health are all well-expected.
The Horse (years include: 1942 | 1954 | 1966 | 1978 | 1990)
Since the presence of the Monkey benefits the Horse, a great improvement in conditions are expected for the Horse personality this year. Confidence increases and general health certainly improves. As a result, relationships are strengthened and renewed enthusiasm at work leads to broadening of business interests. It is a very good period for innovation. Life at home is favored and suggests an improvement in living standards such as a move to a better house.
The Sheep (years include: 1943 | 1955 | 1967 | 1979 | 1991)
Many minor difficulties present themselves in the coming year and few things will fall into place. Prospects are poor for communication and several problems can arise as a result of misunderstandings, especially at home. Personal relationships and romantic attachments may deteriorate. But for the Sheep who prefers to work alone, or for those following artistic pursuits, this will be a fruitful period.
The Rooster (years include: 1945 | 1957 | 1969 | 1981 | 1993)
The Rooster is the complementary sign to the Monkey and many of the better aspects of the year rule in the Rooster’s favor. Career ambitions are realized and business expands satisfactorily. Although personal relationships and romantic attachments flourish, this is not a good period for matters connected with the home.
The Dog (years include: 1946 | 1958 | 1970 | 1982 | 1994)
This is a moderately good period for those born in the Year of the Dog and the gains at the end of this year in material terms will be quite considerable. Improvements will have been made to the home and social life will have been very busy indeed. But business will have taken up a lot of time. While ample compensation will have been made financially, personal life may suffer in some way.
The Pig (years include: 1947 | 1959 | 1971 | 1983 | 1995)
This is not a good year for the Pig with particularly bad aspects for those with home ties. In professional or leisure activities, the fields of fine art, literature and music all promise success, as do horticulture and farming. But the Pig in trade or industry can expect a lean time. The gloomier aspects for this year, however, are adequately compensated by romance for those about to leave home for greener pastures.
**Special shout-out to my buddy Derek Walters author of The Complete Guide to Chinese Astrology**
Chris Shelton | Chris@MorningCrane.com | www.MorningCrane.com | www.SheltonQigong.com | 408.391.2846