The monkey   

Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

The monkey is a clever, lively, and witty animal. Because of a lot of similarities to humans, the monkey is admired by people in many cultures and Chinese culture is no exception. In traditional Chinese culture, monkey has been considered a mascot to pray for the luck of official career as it pronounces the same with the Chinese character for “marquis (hou)” in ancient times. In some west areas of China, monkey is also believed to be able to protect little babies from evil spirits.

The most famous monkey in China is the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) born from a stone who is intelligent, brave, rebellious, and talented. Some similar personalities may present in people born in the Year of the Monkey, who tend to be lively, quick witted, righteous, brave, and humorous.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Jin (Metal)
Yin Yang: Yang

People born in the Chinese zodiac sign Monkey are born with brilliant minds. Not only are they intelligent, clever, and always valued by teachers and parents throughout their youth, but they also have a strong body that will make them perform well in an organisation, and they tend to be great leaders than anyone else. At work, they show initiative and have the courage to face new challenges. In life, they are helpful and humorous enough to be preferred by people.

However, boasting can prevent them from achieving great success and they need more patience. Too many opportunistic behaviours can also affect other people’s impressions.

Strengths: Active, quick-witted, smart, humorous, sociable, capable, courageous, fair
Weaknesses: Show off, tricky, opportunistic, impatient, boastful