by Susan Levitt
The year of the Monkey begins on the new Moon of February 8 or 9 in 2015 (depending on where you are in the world). Fire Monkey year is ideal for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join the Monkey madness when risks are rewarded, chaos is the norm, and anything can happen. Even the craziest schemes can succeed. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. Just don’t be gullible or trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you the shells.
Those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, mercurial, and entertaining. They are wonderful to be around because they are fun, creative, and bring the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Monkeys embodies strong leadership potential and, like their best friend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell her them to do. Uninhibited Monkey rarely gets embarrassed by anything, and is free to express herself fearlessly in all walks of life.
In addition to acute mental alertness, Monkey also possesses physical stamina. Monkey is good with her hands, has skills and dexterity with machines, naturally has technological talents, and can easily master new concepts. A superb generalist, Monkey can do anything! In relationships, a Monkey loves romance, and is very sensitive and generous. But she can be fickle, run hot or cold, and treat relationships like a game. But everyone loves the Monkey, and the birth rate skyrockets in Asia during a Monkey year.
Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the red Fire Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year. If you do, especially during the heat of summer, calm the Monkey mind dynamic of jump to a branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, and drop it in a useless tail-chasing cycle. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck and trying to analyze the past.
Monkey year is very fortunate for all Monkeys, and for her friends the Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey energy can, at times, be problematic for the Tiger. Monkey correlates to the western sign Leo.