Chinese Year of the Monkey continued …


Monkey years draw their nature from the animal of the year. The Monkey is an intelligent, witty, and inventive animal. They are problem solvers, working with their group while simultaneously demonstrating an independence associated with achievers. The nimble monkey is playful, youthful in nature, and is a joy to watch as they move from activity to activity.

The monkey is one of the symbolical animals corresponding to or having affinity with the ninth of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches, called the “Shen” Branch, and symbolises irrepressible curiosity and creative energy. Though worshipped to some extent by the Buddhists, the Monkey is commonly regarded as the emblem of trickery.

In the traditional Chinese mind, which is echoed in the annually-reprinted ancient almanac, the Monkey is very intelligent, hyperactive and strong-minded. He represents the unfettered mind freed from inhibitions and guilt. Relieving himself from the heavy burdens of a touchy conscience, the Monkey type will not hesitate to test his theories, experiment and think the unthinkable. In his domain, everything is possible. What is difficult, he could do right away; what is impossible may take a little longer.

All the animals have a shadow side, and the Monkey is no exception. The problem solving tendencies can turn the Monkey to being a tricky tactician, opportunistic and not all that trustworthy. The youthfulness hides an unscrupulous adolescent, and the independence can turn to unfaithfulness.

Some important people born in the Year of the Monkey

Leonardo da Vinci, Federico Fellini, Pope John Paul II, Harry S. Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mick Jagger, John Milton, Paul Gauguin, Lyndon B. Johnson, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Nelson Rockefeller, Charles Dickens, Queen Sirkit of Thailand, Amadeo Modigliani, Joe Cocker, George Lucas, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Danny De Vito, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson, James Stewart, Jacques Tati, Salvador Allende, Simone de Beauvoir, Gustav Mahler, Annie Oakley, Charlie Parker, Ravi Sankar, Howard Cosell, Arthur Hailey, Isaac Stern, Macauley Culkin, Aubrey Beardsley, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvia Plath, François Truffaut, Omar Sharif, Anouk Aimee, Peter O’Toole, Louis Malle and Little Richard.

The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 culminate in a year that anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, will not make a mark during this year.

This cheeky animal bursts with exuberance, bringing a lightning fast pace and fantastical motivation. The Monkey increases communication, humour and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. Business flourishes and risks tend to pan out. The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. Daring to be different can lead to success.