The Year of the Monkey, a Yang Metal Animal, follows the Year of the Ram. Those born under this Sign are said to be ambitious, mischievous, magnetic, energetic, generally cheerful intelligent, inventive, clever, entertaining. They are often well-liked; they easily make close friends. They are great at planning; they can be successful in any field of endeavor. They are also known to have a good sense of humor and a fearless streak that allows them to take the risks. They are driven to do continuously better. Monkeys are trailblazers, and “think outside the box”. Monkeys excel in dealing with money, and are meticulous in record keeping; they do well as financial planners, accountants, stock brokers, or bankers. They are also the finest inventors, plotters, entertainers, counselors, therapists, bus drivers, nurses, occupational therapists, teachers, journalists, and the creative geniuses.
On the downside, Monkeys can be dangerous, and are easily discouraged. They can't always be trusted. They should guard against being opportunistic, jealous and distrusting. They are always striving to “keep up with the Joneses”, and extremely competitive. Although they put on an appearance of being shy, they can be deceptively strong. They do not share their success secrets. Monkeys, at their absolute worst, can also be hyperemotional, capricious, guileful, self-indulgent, immature, insecure, indifferent, careless, gullible, petty and grabby.
People born under the Sign of the Monkey are most compatible, for love or business, with the Rat, Pig and Dragon, or, for that matter, another Monkey! There is also a Legend, that only a Monkey can fool a Dragon. They are incompatible with the Tiger, Pig, Rooster, and Serpent.
The most recent Monkey Years are 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004. The next is 2016.
Some Famous Monkeys: Jacqueline Bisset, Diana Ross, and Timothy Dalton (1944), Victor Borge (January 3, 1909), Yul Brynner and Walter Matthau (1920); Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Perkins, Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Cash and Elizabeth Taylor (1932); Tom Selleck (January 29, 1945), Rod Stewart (January 10, 1945). Ian Fleming (1908), Harry Houdini (1874), David Copperfield and Tom Hanks (1956).