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The Monkey is the ninth of 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Monkey years include: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.
Interestingly, Monkey years are all multiples of 12 — from 12 AD, through 1200 AD. 2016 was a year of the Monkey, and the next Monkey year will be 2028.
In China, people born in a year of the Monkey are called "Monkeys". Usually, if born in a multiple-of-12 year, like 1980, you're a Monkey.
Zodiac years, however, are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting at Chinese New Year), so if you were born in January or February, check below to see whether you're really a Monkey.
|2016||February 8, 2016||January 27, 2017|
|2004||January 22, 2004||February 8, 2005|
|1992||February 4, 1992||January 22, 1993|
|1980||February 16, 1980||February 4, 1981|
|1968||January 30, 1968||February 16, 1969|
|1956||February 12, 1956||January 30, 1957|
|1944||January 25, 1944||February 12, 1945|
|1932||February 6, 1932||January 25, 1933|
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
(Some Chinese astrologers consider zodiac years to start and end around February 5 — the beginning of 'Start of Spring', according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar.)
In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one of the Five Elements: Fire, Wood, Water, Gold (Metal), or Earth. Both the sign and the element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:
|The Five Monkeys||Born||Character|
|Fire Monkey||... 2016, 1956, ...||Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable|
|Wood Monkey||... 2004, 1944, ...||Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn|
|Water Monkey||... 1992, 1932, ...||Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty|
|Gold Monkey||... 1980, 1920, ...||Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn|
|Earth Monkey||... 1968, 1908, ...||Frank, optimistic, and fearless|
|Famous Monkey||Birth Date||Element|
|Leonardo da Vinci||15 April 1452||a Water Monkey|
|Tom Hanks||July 9, 1956||a Fire Monkey|
|Kylie Minogue||28 May, 1968||an Earth Monkey|
|Will Smith||September 15, 1968||an Earth Monkey|
|Justin Timberlake||January 31, 1981||a Gold Monkey|
In 2017, Monkeys will have quite good luck. But since 2016 is the Monkeys' unlucky year, they will still need to be careful, until all the bad luck is gone.
Good fortune for Monkeys this year will come mainly from your careers. In 2017, Monkeys' efforts will be rewarded.
Someone will be able to help you a lot with your career. Don't overlook anyone you are relating well with. If you want to profit from investment and finance, consult your male seniors for advice.
Engineers, car-mechanics, those who work outdoors, or with cigarettes, wine, or men's suits, will all have good fortune. Things will go smoothly at work for those who work on design, creative work, advertising, or planning.
Monkeys will have a good opportunity to expand to different markets and gain a fortune. But Monkeys need to stop when you have enough and not show off your fortune.
To earn well in 2017, Monkeys will need to work hard. With luck, someone will help you with your career. And you'll have an opportunity for promotion in 2017.
Seize the opportunity and your career will develop very well. You can expand your markets to other places. Your business trips will serve to improve your career prospects.
Females, however, should not have too much close contact with your male colleagues, for such contact may lead to misunderstanding and cause family conflict.
If you are considering a job change, you should ask for advice from male seniors or leaders who have helped you in the past.
With the legacy of bad luck from the previous year, Monkeys may not get completely free from bad luck until the autumn. With pressure from hard-work, you may quarrel frequently with family members. Thus you may begin to think 2017 is an unlucky year.
Just doing your own thing, however, will have a bad effect on your career, your friendships, and your family. When arguments happen, view the problems from the perspective of others.
To relieve pressure when you are upset, do some exercise, such as going for a walk with family or friends. And pay attention to your diet by eating more fruit and vegetables.
You single ladies have a good chance of making a good match in 2017. But in case you are caught up in a love triangle, you should get to know him well before you develop a relationship.
You single men will also tend to be in a relationship, but not stable, and during the relationship you may suffer unexpected personal financial loss.
If you find there is little prospect of a relationship, ask your male seniors for their help as matchmakers.
You who are married should not have too much close contact with the opposite sex. Otherwise, there will be family conflict.
People born in a year of the Monkey have magnetic personalities and are witty and intelligent. Personality traits like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty.
Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don't have bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others.
Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, others don't trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature.
Although they are clever and creative, Monkeys can't always exhibit their talents properly. They like to accept challenges and prefer urban life to rural.
Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and their drive to experience different flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system.
People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work than average. To save energy, Monkeys need to remember to take breaks during their busy schedules.
Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay special attention to safety; also while traveling or driving.
Monkeys work very hard in their careers. They can adapt well to different working environments.
Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.
Monkeys are not very quick to settle down into relationships, as they tend to be promiscuous and easily bored. Once Monkeys find the perfect partner, however, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys are sociable and love to talk, it's easy to relate to them.
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac takes into account the unique characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Monkey with other animals.