Years of the Monkey: 2018, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956
The Monkey is the ninth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. Monkey, Rooster, and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Monkey became ninth.
The Monkey is also associated with the Earthly Branch shēn and the hours 3–5 in the afternoon. In terms of yin and yang, the Monkey is yang. In Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity.
Because monkeys like eating peaches, with time, they also became associated with long life.
Monkeys’ most defining trait is their intelligence. As children, they win awards and the praises of teachers. As adults, they gain professional recognition and make great leaders.
Due to this, it’s understandable that they can be arrogant. They’re often disrespectful and self-centered when making decisions. Monkeys become jealous easily, especially when others are doing better than them. They are awfully competitive, which is both positive and negative.
However, they view everyone as teachers. They’re willing to listen to critique and learn from their mistakes. They are calm and logical thinkers. Monkeys are always able to triumph and be the final winner.
Men born in the Monkey year are enthusiastic and responsible. They’re humorous and can make anyone laugh. They also know how to easily get what they want.
They are stubborn and a bit immature, but actually tolerant. Other zodiacs might only focus on people’s faults, but these men can look past most faults. They’re also very forgiving. Many times, they don’t even remember what happened.
However, they can be problematic too. It’s hard for them to persevere since their interests are always changing. They’re the typical opportunist and can’t maintain long-term relationships.
Women born in the Monkey year are social and connect with others easily. People are unconsciously drawn to her beauty and warm personality.
They have high standards and expectations. These women are full of ideas and highly competitive. They don’t surrender when faced with difficulties. Sympathy and comfort from others aren’t needed.
Because of their confidence, they can be overly optimistic. But they are responsible and flexible. They adapt quickly to changing environments and make new friends easily.
Most compatible with Monkey: Snake, Rat, Dragon
The relationship between Monkeys and Snakes is very extreme. They are either the most compatible or clash the strongest. They have similar personalities, but one is yin and the other is yang.
Rats are able to cheer Monkeys up when they’re feeling down. When they’re together, it’s always full of laughter.
Dragons can also bring joy to Monkeys. They’re attractive to Monkeys too as a strong competitor.
Least compatible with Monkey: Tiger, Pig
Monkeys and Tigers clash strongly. They are suspicious of each other and fight constantly.
Pigs don’t have the same life goals and interests as Monkeys. It’s difficult to communicate and relationships don’t last long.
Lucky Things for Monkeys:
Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape myrtle
Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
Lucky months: the 8th and 12th Chinese lunar months
Unlucky Things for Monkeys:
Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
Unlucky colors: red, pink
Unlucky directions: south, southeast
Unlucky months: the 7th and 11th Chinese lunar months