|Fire Monkey means business, but do not be fooled—he wants to have a laugh.|
The Civic Year, ie 2016, is a calendar that emphasizes Solar energy, a social construct that rules the structural elements of society, whereas the Chinese Lunar Calendar gives us the mass emotional energy. Both are Soli-Lunar calendars and both are human constructs overlaid onto natural time. One is the flip side of the other—the civic year is the governmental and official year, while the Lunar Year is more to do with the people's mood.
It is useful to see the contrast between the qualities of Goat/Sheep/Ram and those the Monkey. To this end, I have cut and pasted some of the interpretations from other more specialist sites (see below in italics). Let us now compare the qualities of the Sheep/Goat/Ram, which ruled last year, and this year's Monkey energy, in order to feel the difference and to be cognizant of the change in flavour.
Starting with Sheep/Goat/Ram the energy from last year
The Sheep is kind, tender and sympathetic. Sheeps are creative and elegant. Because of their softer side, they are symbolic of peace and harmony.
If your baby is born in the Year of the Sheep, he or she will assume the characteristics of the Sheep: Sheeps are kind, elegant, creative, loyal. Empathy comes natural to sheeps, their happiness is derived from other people's happiness.
Sheeps avoid confrontation and are not born leaders. It is because of these characteristics that being born in the Year of the Sheep is not that highly regarded by some Chinese who prefer the energetic and dynamic characteristics of some of the other signs, like the Dragon, Tiger and Horse.
Fire by its very nature, is the element associated with brilliance, warmth, passion, spark...
An inventive and energetic Monkey combined with the sizzling characteristics of Fire, heralds a decisive and confident year. A year of adventure, resolve and innovation.
Back to Sheep (Goat/Ram)
The sign of the Sheep produces a person who is not overly fond of sudden changes or impulsive decisions. Rather, the tend towards the opposite end of the spectrum, finding comfort in both repetition and well-laid plans. Luckily for them, they have a natural inclination towards this type of work and are quite skilled at pulling together actions and events in a manner that flows naturally. Which allows both Sheep and anyone with them to enjoy a smooth and unhindered ride over life's many tiny bumps.
As much as the Sheep can improve a person's life, however, they are also protective about who they let into their inner circle. Not just anyone can get to know someone born under the sign of the Sheep. Rather, they must prove themselves steadily over time, through kind gestures and loving support, until the Sheep finally see that they are someone who can be trusted. Otherwise people are often left viewing things at a distance, not quite knowing why they feel distant from the Sheep, but feeling it strongly all the same. It is the Sheep's choice then to weigh their two main paths, between a safe lifestyle with few close friends, or a much more social way of life with its own inherent risks.
And Once Again, the Monkey
Those born under the sign of the Monkey are likely to view life as a series of quick events. Moving from one experience to the other, then, is not so much about the things that they are doing as the feelings that such moves evoke. If something is exciting, then they are likely to act upon it and see what comes their way. Which can bring moments of great achievement as well as times of loss and learning. What the Monkey represents then is a younger way of life, in which action, loss, and education all have an important role to play.
As a person born under the sign of the Monkey continues to age, however, and transitions into the phases of adulthood, they must readdress the lifestyle and choices that have guided them thus far. While this can be difficult, the momentum does not have to cease, but can simply be redirected towards other forms of endeavors, such as hobbies or new careers. For in this manner the Monkey can continue to expand their experiences, but do not risk the well being of the people that have begun to form their inner circle, such as friends of old or a partner and family.
that was from https://senn.cocoloni.com/chinese-zodiac/characteristics/monkey/
The monkey's sociable characteristics will pave the way for you to expand and nurture your relationships, with family, friends, colleagues... (Party, fun, kind of sociable nature ljl)
What to watch out for? A Red Monkey combines the cleverness of the monkey, the passion of fire... it could lead to an opportunistic or even deceitful and impatient atmosphere. This year we will do well by staying vigilant, and keeping our emotions in check, to think before we act and try to avoid hasty decisions.
The Year of the Monkey follows a steady Year of the Sheep, a year of contemplation... A Fire Monkey Year will be anything but. It is the year to act, innovate, take matters into our own hands. An adventurous path and clear goals are this year's mantra.
They are cheerful and energetic by nature and usually represent flexibility. People under the sign of the Monkey are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership. The weaknesses of the Monkeys are being egotistical, arrogant, crafty, restless and snobbish.
|The Chart is set for HK. If we use Beijing as the location, the Ascendant is only a couple of degrees different. If we use Shanghai, the Ascendant is 25 Libra.|
Western Astrology Integration
Last year, the Goat New Moon was in Pisces, square Saturn in Sagittarius. A bit dull!
This year, the New Moon in Aquarius is a tight square Mars in Scorpio, whist also in aspect to the Uranus square Pluto (outgoing but still influencing everything). This sounds a bit lively, perfect for a Fire Monkey. Mars is in Scorpio in the first house of the astrology chart and is heavily aspected. The game is on, the competition begins.
The New Moon has the Sabian Symbol of 'Dove as a Message Bearer', a divine message, an uplifting message that needs to be heard above the noise of any social conflict. This speaks of peace and spiritual upliftment, in contrast to the Martian energy.
Volatile, impulsive, competitive and passionate Mars connects in with many elements of the Monkey, squaring the Sun and looking to stir things up—and is easily stirred. More ego this year.
Libra Rising: The Chart ruler Venus is conjunct Mercury and Pluto, giving us the imperative of Diplomacy in an intense and difficult situation.
The Node with Jupiter asks us to master the difficult details of the social narrative