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 to 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 (地支 / dì zhī) shēn (申), and the hours 3–5 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), 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 are lighthearted pranksters who have the ability to achieve all their dreams.
Recent years of the Monkey are: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although shēn is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).
See the table below for the full details of each year.
Personality and characteristics
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.
|Earth||1968, 2028||These Monkeys are cheerful and optimistic. They don't have much support, but aren't afraid of difficulties. With their own efforts during their youth, they are able to become successful entrepreneurs. Thanks to this hard work early on, they enjoy a content later life.|
|Metal||1980, 2040||These Monkeys are bright and good public speakers. They are jokers who love pulling small pranks. This causes some to dislike them and negatively affects careers. It’s recommended for them to marry late, otherwise the marriage will fail. Other than low popularity, they are mostly successful.|
|Water||1932, 1992||These Monkeys are smart and like attention. They’re born leaders, but their arrogance can cause obstacles in their career. Education and higher EQ are crucial to success. They’ll also chance upon a fortune in life, but must be careful not to lose it all.|
|Wood||1944, 2004||These Monkeys are energetic but sometimes lack confidence. They love helping friends and need their encouragement in return. Work is stressful, but they’re able to get through it as workaholics. They are financially successful, but it often comes at the expense of their health.|
|Fire||1956, 2016||These Monkeys have big dreams and a business-oriented mind. They have a loving and happy family. However, they aren’t satisfied with reality and always want more adventures. They have hot tempers, but their lives are typically smooth with steady achievements.|
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
- Colors: white, gold, blue
- Numbers: 1, 7, 8
- Mineral: topaz
- Directions of auspiciousness: northeast, east
- Directions of wealth: northwest
- Directions of love: west
- Colors: black, gray, dark brown
- Numbers: 2, 5, 9
Careers fit for Monkeys
Monkeys are never satisfied and want to try everything. This makes them suitable for challenging and risky careers. Some choices are professional athletes and stockbrokers.
They’re also cool-headed and will do well in fields that require logical thinking. Monkeys are knowledgeable in many topics and are multi-faceted. They can deal with complicated problems. Detectives, editors and lawyers are good fits.
Because Monkeys aren’t the best at sticking to one thing, it can seem like they’re irresponsible. This effects the impression they give higher ups. Therefore, being a freelancer is another option for Monkeys. They can choose many short-term jobs that fit their abilities and interests.
Health and lifestyle
Monkeys don’t have much to worry about in regards to health.
They have some bad habits though. Their active personality makes them accident prone and can hurt themselves. It often takes their bodies a while to get accustomed to changing seasons as well. Colds and sore throats are common.
Monkeys should also take care of their mental health. They care too much about what others think and can easily become depressed. Connecting with friends and family and exercise are very beneficial!
Monkeys in the Year of the Ox (2021)
The Monkey will be subject to lucky and unlucky stars in 2021. As such, your overall fortunes can be mixed. On the bright side, you will have many avenues for growth, particularly in your work and social life.
Discover new ambitions, put yourself out there, and strive for excellence this year. As you do so, you will need to keep an eye on your health and try to avoid any accidents that could befall you thanks to inauspicious stars.
The Monkey will encounter many new career opportunities this year thanks to the energy of the Metal Ox. Take every business opportunity as a chance to further develop your skill set and reputation. Focus on delivering results, and you will impress your boss and even get a raise or promotion out of it.
Those who have just entered the workforce will likely receive a helping hand from your mentor, allowing you to jumpstart your career. Because Monkeys tend to be impulsive individuals, you might also find yourself arguing with colleagues over the direction of a team project. If possible, keep a low profile and showcase your value through actions, as these will speak louder than words.
There will be some volatility in your wealth and finances this year. While you may acquire an appetite for taking risks, such risks are more likely to cost you a fortune. Avoid sketchy investing products at all costs.
Live within your means, and do not indulge in luxury purchases. If you have the time and energy, 2021 will be a good time for you to start a side business. To make money in 2021, you will need to find either need to venture out, or rely on work income. The choice is in your hands.
Lucky Months: February, March, and November
Unlucky Months: January, June, and October
Monkeys pursuing education in 2021 will find that they have many decisions to make. Your choices during this time may determine the trajectory of your academic career, and may cause you significant stress. You will need focus and determination to stay afloat during these hectic times.
Throughout the year, you might think that you are not getting enough recognition for your hard work. You may feel frustrated with a teacher, professor, or project partner. Remember, such frustrations are only ever a temporary setback. Keep moving forward, and success will come to you in due course.
As a Monkey, you are bound to have many new adventures in your love life this year. Single Monkeys will be particularly popular with potential love interests. You will still need to keep your eyes peeled for a partner that suits you, however. If you do not see potential in someone, do not string them along. Communicating your needs in a direct but kind way will save both of you a headache.
For those who are already in a stable relationship, 2021 will be a terrific year to take your love life to the next level. That being said, you should not be in a hurry to commit if you are not ready.
Utilize this time to strengthen your bonds and deepen your understanding of your partner before you exchange vows. Married Monkeys may be tempted to stray this year. Do not give into such temptations; remaining faithful to your partner will prove itself to be the right course in time.
While you may experience luck in your career and love life this year, you will not be so fortunate when it comes to your health. You will be vulnerable to minor illnesses and discomforts throughout the seasons. If you are older, you should be especially careful with your cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
You may also suffer from occasional bouts of immune deficiency that can lead to additional health concerns. Resorting to professional opinions and medical intervention will help you rebound. That being said, do not discount the effect that a positive attitude can have on your health and well-being.
Overall, the Monkey will have a busy and fulfilling year in 2021. Soak in all the luck and opportunity this year has to offer you. While the Metal Ox will give you a boost of confidence in your social life, be sure to exercise caution when choosing friends and partners.
Broaden your perspective, and try to connect with those who will allow you to better yourself. When you do find great connections, take the time to nurture them into beautiful relationships. You won’t regret it.
Monkeys in the Year of the Rat (2020)
The new year brings both good luck and misfortune to Monkeys. Your career will not see much improvement; unfortunately, however, other areas such as education, health, and relationships will reap the blessings of the Year of the Rat.
Monkeys will need to be mindful of their strengths and weaknesses this year. Your intelligence will be beneficial, but your irritability and stubbornness may prove troublesome. Try to channel a sense of harmony this year.
The Year of the Rat brings success to most of the zodiac animals’ careers, but Monkeys, unfortunately, will not share in this good fortune. This year will be a tough one to manage job-wise. However, with the gift of intelligence, you will be able to triumph over rough patches if you play to your strengths wisely.
Channeling your persuasiveness and enthusiasm will do well for you, especially in leadership positions. When interacting with colleagues, remember to manage your temper and be mindful of the impact positive relationships can have in the office. Colleagues will be able to provide advice when needed; try to put aside your stubbornness and listen. Your associates will be a source of encouragement this year.
As creative individuals, Monkeys can also pursue business ventures from home. Take something you love and turn it into a business, anything from writing to entertaining. Just be careful in choosing your partners because you might face betrayal in the workplace.
Lucky Months: March, June, and November.
Unlucky Months: January, February, May, August, September, and December.
The Year of the Pig wasn’t a great year for education, but 2020, however, will offer better opportunities. Use your smarts to your advantage. With perseverance, you will be able to accomplish any task thrown at you. Be wary of making a hasty career change. Weigh the pros and cons before jumping to a new field of study.
Although this year has a generally good outlook for health, the thing to focus on is stress. Because Monkeys tend to be easily angered and agitated, it is vital to maintain a balanced mental state. Take a yoga class at your local gym or find a meditation guru to help with mindfulness—anything to lower your heightened emotions. Remember that a mental imbalance can affect everything from your career to your relationship.
Monkeys are active individuals and will not have to work hard to achieve good health. Keep doing your regular exercise routine, making sure to get enough fluids. Staying in shape helps avoid any sickness from changing weather patterns throughout the year. Colds might be cause for concern though. Fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C will be necessary for good health.
The Year of the Rat offers a good outlook for relationships. Your qualities will shine brightly this year, and suitors will take notice. Show off your best character traits of friendliness, fun, and intelligence. You will attract a mate in no time! Singles should have no problem finding love this year, as people will notice your good nature and be drawn to your personality.
Couples will enjoy a continued happy year together. After the previous year of intense passion, this year will simmer down, but partners will still revel in each others’ love. You will not have to worry about outside influences on your marriage. Your relationship will be immovable, rock-solid for the year.
In the Year of the Rat, Monkeys will face challenges in their career but benefit in other areas. This year will be about balancing stress and using your skills to your advantage. To get through the lousy parts of the year, focus on strengthening your mental health. Control your irritability and stubborn qualities. If you can accomplish these things, you will be able to enjoy this year to its fullest.