Monkey Shines

Fire Monkey flute

February 8 is the beginning of the Lunar New Year. In the 12 year cycle, this is the year of the Monkey and since the elements cycle through each of the signs, this is a Fire Monkey. Having a baby in the Year of the Monkey is generally thought to be more auspicious than in that of its predecessor, the sheep, and the cute creature is in any case largely beloved by the masses for its playful and human-like characteristics. Many people say people born in the Year of the Monkey are smart and have a very good imagination. Those born in the Year of the Monkey are held to be playful, mischievous and clever.

Forecasts for the signs (including your humble host who is a Wood Monkey) are as follows:

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Rat: 1912,1924,1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008 The Blessing of God

Cow: 1913,1925,1937,1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,2009 Time For Performance

Tiger: 1914,1926,1938,1950,1962,1974,1986,1998,2010 Show Your Wisdom

Rabbit: 1915,1927,1939,1951,1963,1975,1987,1999,2011 Good People Relationships

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Dragon: 1916,1928,1940,1952,1964,1976,1988,2000,2012 Good Reputation Coming

Snake: 1917,1929,1941,1953,1965,1977,1989,2001,2013 Caring and Yielding

Horse: 1918,1930,1942,1954,1966,1978,1990,2002,2014 Achievement After Hardship

Sheep: 1919,1931,1943,1955,1967,1979,1991,2003,2015 Ready For Action

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Monkey: 1920,1932,1944,1956,1968,1980,1992,2004,2016 Competition and Challenge

Chicken: 1921,1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993,2005,2017 Worries Behind Happiness

Dog: 1922,1934,1946,1958,1970,1982,1994,2006,2018 Caring For People

Pig: 1923,1935,1947,1959,1971,1983,1995,2007,2019 Rainstorm Coming


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5 Responses to Monkey Shines

  1. blueINdallas says:

    Happy Lunar New Year. It’s funny that my regular sign of the zodiac and my sign in the Chinese horoscope are very close in their description of my traits. Do yours match, as well?
    What is the difference between a wood monkey and a fire monkey?
    Since I don’t get FB reminders, I will do my best to wish you a Hapoy Birthday during the appropriate week, if not day.


    • Jamie says:

      They match closely if you know your full horoscope or at least the moon, rising signs, and major planetary house placements. I don’t take it all that seriously as we are all a combination of traits, but there is a book that combines both east and west: The New Astrology by Suzanne White which I have. If you tell me your year of birth I can send you the combined description.


    • Jamie says:

      The whole Chinese cycle is 60 years. Your sign comes up every 12 years, but each of the 12 year cycles has an element associated with it that contributes to the basic sign and relates to the other elements in your chart “It’s Complicated” 😳: Gold, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.

      You can read about the 5 Monkeys here:

      So far I haven’t managed to buy the property it says I should purchase, but the money I’m supposed to get never showed up either. 😀


  2. I am born under the Sheep….(this is the “Mom”) lol! catchatwithcarenandcody


  3. blueINdallas says:

    Colgate had the best ad if the night. Turn off the faucet.


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