Each year, at the new moon while the sun and moon are in Aquarius, people throughout the world celebrate the beginning of a new year.
This year, which began February 8th, is the Year of the Fire Monkey. Fire monkey years are known for being years of change. The last one occurred in 1956, when there was a spirit of upheaval and mischief in the air. There was a revolution in Hungary and even an overly-raucous new year celebration in Japan. This year, a new year celebration in Hong Kong got out of hand, raising the ire of the Chinese government.
There will be a lot of change this year. No matter what we thought was going to happen, it is likely events will turn out to be quite different. Financial as well as political changes are expected. A pace that is enough to quell boredom even for the most restless soul might be more than some of us can take. Just as we think we’ve found stability, something else is bound to happen to get us scrambling once again!
Nothing bad needs to happen, and it’s far less likely that things will be taken away as long as you remember to be as playful and adaptable as possible.
What can we do to cope with the mischief of the monkey? Be adaptable. Use your talents to find ways to land on your feet, just as this adorable, hard-to-pin-down character does each time it jumps from tree to tree.
When not in the trees, the fire monkey is depicted as climbing the mountain. This year, when things get a little crazy and out of hand, let’s all be grateful we have that mountain to climb. It offers the promise of opportunities taken and potential fulfilled.
Below you will find some information for each Chinese Zodiac Sign. Look for your year of birth, but it you are born in late January or early February, check the date of Lunar New Year to see if you were born before or after the celebration. If you were born before the date of New Year, yours is the animal sign for the previous year. Each paragraph tells you a little about your sign, and then how it will be for you in the Year of the Fire Monkey!
There is so much more to Chinese astrology than these simple horoscopes, but it isn’t possible to get into all of it in this small space. If you’re interested in finding out more about your Chinese astrology map, including your life cycles and elemental make up, please call for a consultation (412-953-5315), or e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Chinese Horoscope for 2016
RAT - 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Rat is cunning and clever, active and intelligent, practical.
Rat is very compatible with Monkey. Love and career will go well as long as you don’t let the high-energy atmosphere wear you out.
OX - 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Ox is the messenger between Heaven and Earth, quiet and steady.
Ox does not like change, but will have to deal with it in the Year of the Monkey. If you can be flexible, there will be much to celebrate.
TIGER - 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Tiger is dedicated and tough, wants to protect others.
Tiger will be uneasy during the Year of the Monkey. Tiger will need to tame that natural instinct to intervene, especially in family relationships.
HARE - 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Rabbit is peaceful and clam, and basically non-competitive.
Rabbit will face emotional challenges, and must avoid upset. New relationships may be necessary, and opportunities will abound.
DRAGON - 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Dragon is a master at life. Naturally charismatic, lively and confident.
Dragon will be in the perfect place to start something new, and will enjoy the whirlwind pace of the Year of the Fire Monkey.
SNAKE - 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Snake is intellectual and active, but easily distracted - always alert to new opportunities.
Change will be a big factor in the lives of many snakes in the Year of the Fire Monkey, but the opportunities for advancement will keep them energized and engaged.
HORSE - 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Horse is independent and helpful, and likes to be recognized for skills and talents.
Horse will easily keep pace with the Year of the Fire Monkey, but also must be careful not to neglect family and romantic partners.
RAM - 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1981, 1993, 2015
Considerate, gentle and trusting, happy with the simple things.
Ram will feel like The Year of The Monkey is one long roller coaster ride. Stress must be released in constructive ways, as to avoid unwanted dependencies and distractions.
MONKEY - 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Monkey is naturally intelligent, honest and versatile, but mischievous.
Monkey will not get much time to breathe this year, and it is not a time to take it easy. Grab every opportunity, and remain career-minded. Don’t overindulge in the social life.
ROOSTER - 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Rooster is high-energy, discerning and can be somewhat critical.
Rooster will need to do lots of self-pampering during the Year of the Monkey. Keeping calm should be Priority #1, because without a clear head it’s impossible to deal with upcoming change.
DOG - 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Dog is honest, courageous, but loyal to a fault.
Dog will have to face up to challenges in the Year of the Monkey that may be lingering from years past. It’s time to set priorities and go forward only with those things that really matter. Build new relationships.
PIG - 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Pig’s affectionate nature wins many friends, and yearns to have new experiences.
Pig will have to take a philosophical view on things in The Year of the Monkey. It is best not to expect perfection, and open your heart with care and compassion.