The Monkey is the ninth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Monkey became ninth.
The Monkey is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) shēn (申), and the hours 3–5 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Monkey is yang. In Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity.
Because monkeys like eating peaches, with time, they also became associated with long life.
Monkeys are lighthearted pranksters who have the ability to achieve all their dreams.
Recent years of the Monkey are: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although shēn is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).
See the table below for the full details of each year.
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
|Year||Celestial Stem||Earthly Branch||Zodiac||Element||Yin Yang|
Monkeys’ most defining trait is their intelligence. As children, they win awards and the praises of teachers. As adults, they gain professional recognition and make great leaders.
Due to this, it’s understandable that they can be arrogant. They’re often disrespectful and self-centered when making decisions. Monkeys become jealous easily, especially when others are doing better than them. They are awfully competitive, which is both positive and negative.
However, they view everyone as teachers. They’re willing to listen to critique and learn from their mistakes. They are calm and logical thinkers. Monkeys are always able to triumph and be the final winner.
|Earth||1968, 2028||These Monkeys are cheerful and optimistic. They don't have much support, but aren't afraid of difficulties. With their own efforts during their youth, they are able to become successful entrepreneurs. Thanks to this hard work early on, they enjoy a content later life.|
|Metal||1980, 2040||These Monkeys are bright and good public speakers. They are jokers who love pulling small pranks. This causes some to dislike them and negatively affects careers. It’s recommended for them to marry late, otherwise the marriage will fail. Other than low popularity, they are mostly successful.|
|Water||1932, 1992||These Monkeys are smart and like attention. They’re born leaders, but their arrogance can cause obstacles in their career. Education and higher EQ are crucial to success. They’ll also chance upon a fortune in life, but must be careful not to lose it all.|
|Wood||1944, 2004||These Monkeys are energetic but sometimes lack confidence. They love helping friends and need their encouragement in return. Work is stressful, but they’re able to get through it as workaholics. They are financially successful, but it often comes at the expense of their health.|
|Fire||1956, 2016||These Monkeys have big dreams and a business-oriented mind. They have a loving and happy family. However, they aren’t satisfied with reality and always want more adventures. They have hot tempers, but their lives are typically smooth with steady achievements.|
Men born in the Monkey year are enthusiastic and responsible. They’re humorous and can make anyone laugh. They also know how to easily get what they want.
They are stubborn and a bit immature, but actually tolerant. Other zodiacs might only focus on people’s faults, but these men can look past most faults. They’re also very forgiving. Many times, they don’t even remember what happened.
However, they can be problematic too. It’s hard for them to persevere since their interests are always changing. They’re the typical opportunist and can’t maintain long-term relationships.
Women born in the Monkey year are social and connect with others easily. People are unconsciously drawn to her beauty and warm personality.
They have high standards and expectations. These women are full of ideas and highly competitive. They don’t surrender when faced with difficulties. Sympathy and comfort from others aren’t needed.
Because of their confidence, they can be overly optimistic. But they are responsible and flexible. They adapt quickly to changing environments and make new friends easily.
The relationship between Monkeys and Snakes is very extreme. They are either the most compatible or clash the strongest. They have similar personalities, but one is yin and the other is yang.
Rats are able to cheer Monkeys up when they’re feeling down. When they’re together, it’s always full of laughter.
Dragons can also bring joy to Monkeys. They’re attractive to Monkeys too as a strong competitor.
Monkeys and Tigers clash strongly. They are suspicious of each other and fight constantly.
Pigs don’t have the same life goals and interests as Monkeys. It’s difficult to communicate and relationships don’t last long.
Monkeys are never satisfied and want to try everything. This makes them suitable for challenging and risky careers. Some choices are professional athletes and stockbrokers.
They’re also cool-headed and will do well in fields that require logical thinking. Monkeys are knowledgeable in many topics and are multi-faceted. They can deal with complicated problems. Detectives, editors and lawyers are good fits.
Because Monkeys aren’t the best at sticking to one thing, it can seem like they’re irresponsible. This effects the impression they give higher ups. Therefore, being a freelancer is another option for Monkeys. They can choose many short-term jobs that fit their abilities and interests.
Monkeys don’t have much to worry about in regards to health.
They have some bad habits though. Their active personality makes them accident prone and can hurt themselves. It often takes their bodies a while to get accustomed to changing seasons as well. Colds and sore throats are common.
Monkeys should also take care of their mental health. They care too much about what others think and can easily become depressed. Connecting with friends and family and exercise are very beneficial!
The new year brings both good luck and misfortune to Monkeys. Your career will not see much improvement; unfortunately, however, other areas such as education, health, and relationships will reap the blessings of the Year of the Rat.
The Year of the Rat brings success to most of the zodiac animals’ careers, but Monkeys, unfortunately, will not share in this good fortune. This year will be a tough one to manage job-wise. However, with the gift of intelligence, you will be able to triumph over rough patches if you play to your strengths wisely.
Channeling your persuasiveness and enthusiasm will do well for you, especially in leadership positions. When interacting with colleagues, remember to manage your temper and be mindful of the impact positive relationships can have in the office. Colleagues will be able to provide advice when needed; try to put aside your stubbornness and listen. Your associates will be a source of encouragement this year.
As creative individuals, Monkeys can also pursue business ventures from home. Take something you love and turn it into a business, anything from writing to entertaining. Just be careful in choosing your partners because you might face betrayal in the workplace.
Lucky Months: March, June, and November.
Unlucky Months: January, February, May, August, September, and December.
The Year of the Pig wasn’t a great year for education, but 2020, however, will offer better opportunities. Use your smarts to your advantage. With perseverance, you will be able to accomplish any task thrown at you. Be wary of making a hasty career change. Weigh the pros and cons before jumping to a new field of study.
Although this year has a generally good outlook for health, the thing to focus on is stress. Because Monkeys tend to be easily angered and agitated, it is vital to maintain a balanced mental state. Take a yoga class at your local gym or find a meditation guru to help with mindfulness—anything to lower your heightened emotions. Remember that a mental imbalance can affect everything from your career to your relationship.
Monkeys are active individuals and will not have to work hard to achieve good health. Keep doing your regular exercise routine, making sure to get enough fluids. Staying in shape helps avoid any sickness from changing weather patterns throughout the year. Colds might be cause for concern though. Fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C will be necessary for good health.
The Year of the Rat offers a good outlook for relationships. Your qualities will shine brightly this year, and suitors will take notice. Show off your best character traits of friendliness, fun, and intelligence. You will attract a mate in no time! Singles should have no problem finding love this year, as people will notice your good nature and be drawn to your personality.
Couples will enjoy a continued happy year together. After the previous year of intense passion, this year will simmer down, but partners will still revel in each others’ love. You will not have to worry about outside influences on your marriage. Your relationship will be immovable, rock-solid for the year.
In the Year of the Rat, Monkeys will face challenges in their career but benefit in other areas. This year will be about balancing stress and using your skills to your advantage. To get through the lousy parts of the year, focus on strengthening your mental health. Control your irritability and stubborn qualities. If you can accomplish these things, you will be able to enjoy this year to its fullest.