Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Fire Monkey

By Anton Antonio
February 8, 2016

Today, February 8, 2016, marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey based on the Chinese lunar calendar.  Specific for this year, 2016, is the Fire Monkey or the Red Monkey.  A lunar calendar is a calendar based on the cycles of the lunar phases.  This is directly different from the Gregorian calendar, or solar calendar, which is based on the revolution of the earth around the sun.  Since there are a little over twelve lunations (synodic months) in a solar year, the lunar year has 12 lunar months (or 254.37 days)… as opposed to 365 days in a solar year.

Here is a researched material on the people born in the Year of the Monkey, what to expect, and what is in store in the Year of the Fire Monkey…  “The year of the Monkey 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 Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen.  Even the most ambitious plans can succeed.  There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy.  In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along.  Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only 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.  Monkey embodies strong leadership potential and, like their bestfriend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell her what to do.  Uninhibited Monkey rarely gets embarrassed by anything, and is free to express herself fearlessly.  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 and 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, 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, especially during the heat of summer.  And try to calm what is called Monkey mind in Buddhism: 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 Monkey’s friends the Rat, Dragon, and Snake.  Monkey energy can, at times, be problematic for the Tiger.  Monkey correlates to the western sign Leo.” (Susan Levitt)

Most Feng Shui practitioners will say that the character and expectations akin to Monkeys also normally apply even to those with other lunations… although degrees of occurrence and strength of opportunity may vary.  Monkeys are just lucky for this is their year… the year of the Fire Monkey.

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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REFERENCE:, (2016).  “Monkey Year 2016”.  Retrieved on February 8, 2016 from

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