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The Monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese 12 year calendar.


Those born in this year are confident and quick witted; they are always on the move and usually up to something.  They have quick brains and are rarely caught out in any situation. They are able to access what is going on quickly and adjust accordingly. They are logical thinkers and can be methodical in how they carry out tasks.  When approaching a new situation they can be imaginative and resourceful and will leave no stone unturned.

They are intelligent and questioning, they rarely take things at face value, they will always want to know more and carry out their own investigations if they feel there is something they are not privy too.  They can be quite daring in how they approach a situation, they certainly are not known for taking the easy, conventional route, they are not afraid to rock the boat, in fact they quite enjoy rocking boats.

They really enjoy learning; in fact they have a hunger for new things.  They are the ones that will read up on a manual that most of us would throw out.  The more they know on a topic the happier they are, they dislike being caught out.

They usually enjoy movement as the reference to Monkey would suggest, they do well to engage in sport and exercise especially at a competitive level as they would really enjoy being challenged.

If there is a negative to this year it is that they bore easily with people that do not stimulate them, they have little understanding for a brain that is not quick or enquiring, and thus can cause rejection and hurt in those around them.


  • Element:  Metal
  • Favourable colour:  White, Yellow & Gold
  • Unfavourable colour:  Pink, Purple & Red
  • Compatible with:  Ox, Rabbit, & Dragon
  • Least compatible with:  Pig & Tiger
  • Lucky Gemstone:  Peridot
  • Polarity:  Yang
  • Lucky flowers:  Chrysanthemum
  • Lucky numbers: 4, 9 & 7

Health Risks

To stay healthy they need to keep themselves grounded as much as possible, they have a tendency to move fast and cause injury.

Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey:

Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Daniel Craig, Miley Cyrus, Elizabeth Taylor, Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry, Will Smith.