April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN
Monday, February 8th, 2016 is the second new moon following the winter solstice. This is the Chinese New Year and the start of the spring festival in Asian cultures. In February, the stubborn but gentle Wood Goat steps aside to make room for the lively Fire (Red) Monkey.
Each year of the Chinese calendar corresponds to one of the 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig). Besides the animal, we also cycle through each of the 5 elements (fire, earth, metal,water and wood) to create a full 60 year cycle. By the time you cycle back to the animal year and element that you were born in you will be 60–so, don’t hold your breath. Each animal carries its own unique personality and disposition, couple that with the elemental energies and can get an idea of the nature of the how the year may play out.
The nature of the monkey
Those born in the year of the monkey (2016, 2004, 1992….just keep subtracting 12…) are highly sociable, talkative and quick witted, imaginative and loyal. They often have a large group of friends, are very inquisitive, and require constant activity and movement. They are highly intelligent and competitive, they love money and are often skilled at whatever career they choose. Monkeys get bored easily and are always on the go–looking for the next adventure or game. Monkeys tend to have keen mental and psychological skills that allow them to read others easily. In virtue, this enables the to understand others quickly. In vice, the trait often plays out in subtle manipulation and egocentric behavior.When out of balance, the playful monkey might become meddlesome, opportunistic, sly, petty and manipulative.
Correspondences and compatibility
The monkey is the 9th sign of the twelve zodiacs. The monkey is a positive energy sign that corresponds to Gemini in the western zodiac.
Lucky numbers, 4 & 9.
Colors–red, gold, orange–think fires
Time of day–3-5 pm.
Western Zodiac appropriate sign– Gemini
Compatability–monkey, dragon and mouse.
Incompatability–snake, tiger and rooster.
2016 is the year of the Fire (Red) Monkey
Bend or burn, baby. This coming year may challenge many of us to see how very flexible and positive we can be. The year of the fire monkey should see an improvement in the economy, but also brings big challenges and transition on global levels. Watch for rallies, political tension, human rights awareness and activism. Delusions, lies and hidden agendas will come to light. This is a year that can bring big positive change, but those who aren’t ready for it or are too inflexible, might get singed.