What the Year of the Monkey May Bring

High spirits, intelligence, adventure and oh yes, just a little grouchiness! You can expect a little bit of it all, and more, during 2016, the Lunar Year of The MonkeyFunny, the monkey year characteristics sound like a lot of people I know. 

The monkey is the ninth animal symbol in the Chinese zodiac. Astrologers align it with fire and the color red. So Master Tsai tells us we call it the Year of the Red Monkey, or the year of the Fire Monkey. It begins on February 8, 2016.

According to ChinaHighlights, the Year of the Red Fire Monkey means that four and nine may bring you luck. The colors blue, white and gold may also add to luck, as will the chrysanthemum and crepe myrtle. 

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The Chineseastrologyclub.org predicts this will turn into a good year for most people. It’s supposed to bring opportunities to inventors and risk-takers and politicians, as well as to those who invest in finance and real estate. (Does this mean Donald Trump?)

But the club warns you to watch out for tricksters. Things in the monkey years move quickly and some may use wit and humor to take advantage of you. The astrologers suggest you, “…stay on the alert for deceptions.”

Other astrologers suggest you might want to travel more this year and you should take advantage of chances to learn new things and socialize more. But they also warn you to watch out for rocky romantic situations. And if you plan to travel, Chinese astrologers say heading north or northwest may bring you better luck than other destinations. 

Worthy people and celebrities born in monkey years, according to travelchinaguide.com, include:

Julius Casear, Leonard da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Besty Ross, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bette Davis, Alice Walker, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Daniel Craig, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Yao Ming, Miley Cyrus, Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrell, Nick Carter, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.  

Stone MonkeyHappy Red Fire Monkey Year. Good luck and watch out scams and crooks this year. 



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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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