Monkey (zodiac)

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The Monkey () is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

The three wise monkeys over the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan
Monkey Statue at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Monkey", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[1]

Start date End date Heavenly branch
6 February 1932 25 January 1933 Water Monkey
25 January 1944 12 February 1945 Wood Monkey
12 February 1956 30 January 1957 Fire Monkey
30 January 1968 16 February 1969 Earth Monkey
16 February 1980 4 February 1981 Metal Monkey
4 February 1992 22 January 1993 Water Monkey
22 January 2004 8 February 2005 Wood Monkey
8 February 2016 27 January 2017 Fire Monkey
26 January 2028 12 February 2029 Earth Monkey
12 February 2040 31 January 2041 Metal Monkey

The Monkey and the Five Elements[edit]

The Monkey: A Metal Sign

The Monkey sign is of the Metal element. Generally, people born under a Metal sign have a great deal of confidence and are resolute in their drive for success… sometimes to a point of being hard-headed and stubborn! There is a strong sense of attractiveness around this element – they have an energy and confidence that makes them very likeable.[2]

The Metal Monkey – 1920, 1980[edit]

Metal Monkeys carry a double metal element so they are doubly resolute once they have decided on something. Fiercely independent, ambitious and risk-averse, the intelligent Metal Monkey can make a successful entrepreneur.

As an employee, as long as the Metal Monkey agrees with the corporate direction, he would be a good team player as he would be able to steer the team in the right direction. He is also independent, constant and focused in his work, and always keep to explore new, more challenging prospects. The Metal Monkey is never one to be complacent. A hard worker, the Metal Monkey earns well and saves well, ensuring that his future is secure.

On a social level, the Metal Monkey is friendly, sociable and openly affectionate towards his loved ones. He also excels in the art of persuasion, combined with the gift of the gab, which allows him to sell ice to Eskimos.

Life Lessons:

The Metal Monkey may be capable of looking after himself but he should not reject all forms of assistance. Being open to help may mean that he can complete his work faster and more efficiently. His independence may also make him seem arrogant and unapproachable so if he is aware of that and tone it down, perhaps he will gain more support.


The Water Monkey – 1932, 1992[edit]

Water softens the Monkey and this element makes the Water Monkey more sensitive and he can react negatively to criticism. The Water Monkey knows what he wants and will do what it takes to get it. The Water element makes this Monkey more fluid and versatile to adapt his methods to achieve his goals. Water also makes him creative, innovative; combined with his cleverness and naturally likeable ways, it’ll also be easy for him to enroll support for his ideas, no matter how unusual they may seem.

He is also charming and affable but does not always reveal his innermost thoughts. Even when confronted, the Water Monkey is likely to avoid direct questions and like water, this Monkey will cleverly flow around the questions he doesn’t want to answer. Monkeys are naturally quite impatient and if things aren’t going the way he wants them to, he is quite likely to just jump ship.

Water also lends a level of intuition to the Monkey and he finds it easy to relate to people on his level. He will go with their flow but manipulate them to his ends without them even knowing it. You may need to be a little wary around this Monkey, for he looks out keenly for his own interests and for every favour he grants you, he will probably expect one back in the near future.

Life Lessons:

Water Monkeys should learn to be able to accept feedback and contemplate on its validity. Lower your ego to consider the feedback and if it is valid, implement it! The Water Monkey can also be more open with his intentions so people can support him better.


The Wood Monkey – 1944, 2004[edit]

The Wood Monkey is popular and respected by his friends and colleagues. However, he has a tendency to need constant approval. Tell your Wood Monkey friend that he’s okay and he will be your friend for life.

Ambitious by nature, he is also constantly seeing how he can improve on his current situation, and he is often not happy with what he has. As he is always looking for change, a career in travel or a position where he would be constantly traveling would be suitable for him. He has both a practical nature as well as in inquisitive mind – this means he is always keen for new challenges and will see them through to successful results.

Like all Monkeys, he won’t sit still for long. He has an especially keen interest to acquire knowledge, especially if it will bring him good and immediate returns. He certainly knows how to look after himself, even in times of trouble.

The Wood Monkey is very perceptive and can assess situations easily. This good instinct also allows him to establish good relationships with people as well as to size up situations around him to his greatest advantage.

Life Lessons:

The Wood Monkey should channel his restless energy to focusing on what he is working on rather than looking to jump ship. As he is conscientious and practical, he overcomes problems diligently. He just needs to learn to stay put.


The Fire Monkey – 1956, 2016[edit]

The Fire Monkey is the most active and aggressive of the Monkeys. Naturally dominant, he automatically gravitates towards leadership roles and is competitive in whatever he is doing. He will need to be careful not to let this overwhelm him and turn into toxic jealousy.

He also constantly strives to be in control of whatever situation he is in, which can become overbearing. The main drive for whatever he embarks on is to head straight for the top and stay there. However, when he is in charge of a situation, his people skills kick in and he does nurture those under his charge who need it.

With his Fire energy, this agile, impulsive Monkey often leaps where angels fear to tread. This reckless behaviour sometimes turns out to not be to the Fire Monkey’s advantage. However, he is very creative, dynamic and has a particularly good talent at drawing people to him – this often helps him get out of scrapes. He’ll leap from tree to tree – whichever has the most fruit at the time – then find the quickest, cleverest escape before others get to him.

In general though, the Fire Monkey is flamboyant and charmingly friendly, and has a large social circle.

Life Lessons:

The Fire Monkey’s aggression needs to be channeled correctly to correct and positive directions, or he risks become very destructive and harmful. If the Fire Monkey could develop more patience, it would be good for him and those who work with him The Fire Monkey also needs to think through his ideas before acting on them in order to safeguard his own interests.


The Earth Monkey – 1908, 1968[edit]

The Earth Monkey is honest, dependable, staid and stable. They are not the ones to rock the boat nor break the rules. This permeates in every aspect of their lives so financially they are also usually quite secure.

The more academic and scholarly minded of the Monkeys, the Earth Monkey prefers to be in the background rather than the limelight. However, he still needs acknowledgement of his achievements and abilities and may become withdrawn and sullen if he does not receive what he thinks he deserves. While he may not be the most outspoken though, he is highly intelligent and perceptive and any team would do well to ask for his opinions and listen when he talks.

Usually, the demure and retiring Earth Monkey is less sociable than the other Monkeys but to those he loves, he is very caring and protective. The Earth Monkey is also the least self-centred of all the Monkeys and is inclined towards charitable works. With the Earth element, he holds high principles and maintains a very strong moral code. He is forthright, honest and righteous. It won’t be unusual to see him championing the rights of minorities or dedicating his life to help the downtrodden.

Life Lessons:

The Earth Monkey can sometimes be overly cautious so he needs to learn to loosen up and lighten up. He would also do well to be more confident about his abilities and not rely on praise from others to feel good about himself.

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
The Five Elements: Metal (Jin)
Yin Yang: Yang
Lunar Month: Seventh
Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8; Avoid: 2, 5, 9
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum
Lucky Colors: white, golden, blue; Avoid: red, black, gray, dark coffee


The Monkey
Fixed Element/Energy Hours ruled Positive traits Negative traits Health risks
Metal/Yang 03:00 – 04:59 pm (15:00 – 16:59) Intelligent, dignified, optimistic, romantic, sociable, quick-witted, confident, agile, motivator, curious, gregarious Egotistical, vain, arrogant, selfish, deceptive, reckless, snobbish, stubborn, suspicious, manipulative, restless. Circulatory and heart troubles, prone to diabetes, arthritis, anxiety and panic issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder

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