On February 8th, we said goodbye to the Sheep and hello to the Monkey, as Chinese New Year began! In addition to the twelve year animal Zodiac, there are also five elements that also rotate in cycles (wood, fire, metal, earth, water). This year is the element of fire, so 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey! But what does this mean for those born in the corresponding years?
1. The Fire Monkey is one of the most ambitious and adventurous creatures on the Zodiac.
But it is also one of the most irritable, so if you know someone born in 1956 or 2016, you’d better watch your back around them!
2. In 2016, Monkeys are more likely to have a prosperous career more than any other animal!
Monkeys are blessed with a hard-working nature, so make sure you keep focused and take advantage of any job opportunities that present themselves to you. This is the year to really climb that corporate ladder! If you’re looking for a change of career, try accounting, engineering, science, film directing or sales.
3. Monkeys will also encounter great fortune!
No Monkey should have to worry about their wallets this year, since the lucky stars are watching over your finances and making sure you always have some cash to fall back on. 2016 is a great time to make some important investments, but a bad time to partake in heavy gambling.
4. The year of the Monkey brings much activity.
Since Monkeys are so energetic, 2016 is a year for action and excitement. This makes a change from 2015’s steady year of the Sheep. It would be beneficial for everybody (not just Monkeys) to take up a new sporting hobby or join the gym.
5. It’s great to be single in 2016!
If you’re already a single Monkey, then you are going to have a good year because 2016 is all about ‘the self’. If you’re in a relationship, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed for failure. You just take extra care to make time for yourself and give your partner some space by trying a new hobby or focusing more on your friendships.
6. The Monkey’s lucky numbers are 4 and 9.
So if you’re planning to do the lottery this year, you might want to include the numbers 4, 9 and or 49!
7. If you’re a Monkey, wearing the colours white, blue and gold will bring you good fortune!
But make sure you avoid red and pink, as these shades are said to have the opposite affect!
8. Monkeys are full of variety!
This year should be a more diverse year than 2015, filled with different pursuits and ideas. The only problem is, Monkeys can lack focus if they’re not careful, so it’s important to set yourself some goals to make sure you get the important things done.
9. If you’re a woman, 2016 will be a great year for you!
This is due to it being a Lunar New Year, which means that the moon (representing females) is more dominant than the sun (representing males). The fairer sex are also compatible with the element of fire, which means that women will dominate men this year, especially in politics.
10. This year will bring luck to Rats and Dragons too!
Being a Monkey means that you will also help those who are born under the Rat and Dragon have a better year. However, Pigs, Tigers and Snakes may not be so lucky.
11. Confidence shouldn’t be a problem.
If there’s something on your mind or a risk you’ve been thinking about taking, 2016 is the time to do it! Monkeys have an amazing ability to appear brave and confident, even if they’re unsure deep down inside.
12. The year of the Monkey ends on January 27th 2017.
That means that anyone born in the year of the Monkey has almost a whole year of positive opportunities to look forward to! So if you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or, of course, 2016, this is your time to shine!