Monday, February 8, 2016


Today is the first day of the Year of the Monkey.  If you were born in 1920, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, or 2028, you are a Monkey.  Of course, the Monkey people from the year 2028 haven't been born yet, but they will be.  Unless the world ends first or something like that.

The Monkey is the ninth symbol in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.  It is an animal that represents irrepressible curiosity and creative energy; however, it can also be seen as a naughty trickster.  People born in a Monkey year are energetic, inventive, gregarious, wise, intelligent, cheerful, and witty.  They are excellent problem solvers.  As bold risk-takers whose consciences don't bother them much, they are not afraid to experiment and test their wildest theories.

On the negative side, Monkeys can be snobbish, egotistical, deceptive, stubborn, reckless, suspicious, and manipulative.  They are opportunistic and not always trustworthy.  Beneath their youthful zest for life may lie an unscrupulous adolescent.

People born in a Monkey year are generally healthy, but they sometimes suffer from circulatory and heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety and panic issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or bipolar disorder.

Some famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Leonardo da Vinci, Harry S Truman,  Eleanor Roosevelt, John Milton, Paul Gauguin, Bette Davis, Charles Dickens, Diana Ross, Gustav Mahler, Annie Oakley, Charlie Parker, Elizabeth Taylor, Omar Sharif, Isaac Stern, and Peter O'Toole.

The best jobs for Monkey people are those that offer excitement and challenge.  Examples would include being professional athletes, stockbrokers, realtors, lawyers, actors, writers, journalists, and diplomats.

If you consider all the good and bad qualities of the Monkey, you end up with the prospect of a year in which anything can happen.  The energy and motivation of the animal will create a fast pace, with better communication, more humor, and more wit.

It should turn out to be an optimistic year where finances, politics, and real estate will see an upturn.  However, there may be an undercurrent of insecurity.  It's a time for people to start new projects and devote themselves to even the most unlikely schemes.  Those who can hang on for the wild ride and outsmart the Monkey trickster will come out unharmed.  But the dull and slow-witted who cannot handle stress might come unglued!

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