Year of Monkey. Photo: KnowInsiders
Year of Monkey. Photo: KnowInsiders

A symbol of mischievousness, cleverness, and intelligence, the monkey is the ninth sign in the 12-year cycle of Chinese animal zodiacs, symbolizing. The Year of the Monkey repeats once every 12 years. The period of 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM is the hour of the Monkey.

When is the Year of the Monkey?

The Chinese Calendar follows a luni-solar system that operates on a 12-year cycle, with each year marking a new Chinese zodiac sign. There are 12 different zodiac animals in total, and the monkey is the ninth animal in the 12-year rotation.

In Chinese astrology, the year in which one is born determines one’s zodiac sign. Therefore, anyone born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 was born under the monkey zodiac sign.

The exact start and end dates for the Chinese New Year fluctuate every year due to the fact that they are calculated based on the traditional Chinese calendar. The next Year of the Monkey will begin on January 26th, 2028 and end on February 12th, 2029.

The Monkey in Chinese culture

The origins of the Year of the Monkey

According to legend, the Chinese zodiac came into being after the Jade Emperor declared that the first 12 animals to cross to the other side of a mighty river would have a year named after them. This event is known as The Great Race.

During the race to cross the river, the Monkey cooperated with the Rooster and Sheep in order to reach the finish line. The Rooster built a raft for the three of them, while the Sheep and the Monkey carried the raft to the edge of the water and cleared away the obstacles they met along the way.

With the help of his friends, the Monkey finished the race in 9th place, and is therefore the 9th sign of the Chinese zodiac.

The unlucky 本命年 (běnmìngnián)

Every Year of the Monkey constitutes a 本命年 (běnmìngnián), which roughly translates to “natal year,” for everyone born under the Monkey zodiac sign. One’s natal year marks the time when one has finished passing through another 12-year zodiac cycle and has again reached his or her own zodiac year.

In general, during one’s 本命年 (běnmìngnián) it is considered ill-advised to make big moves in one’s career or life such as starting a new business, moving to a new home, or getting married. This is because in Chinese astrology, one’s natal year is considered unlucky.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in order to ward off the possibility of bad luck during your natal year:

Tip one: Wear red

Historically, red has always been an incredibly important and auspicious color in Chinese culture. It is also a lucky color, and it is believed that you can fight off bad luck by wearing red underwear during the entirety of your 本命年 (běnmìngnián). If you were born in the Year of the Monkey, that means you should remember to wear red underwear throughout the year 2028, which will be your next natal year.

Tip two: Auspicious jewelry

Another way to fight off bad luck during your natal year is to wear jewelry that contains a small pendant representing your zodiac animal (in this case, a cute little monkey!). Another option is to wear Jade – in Chinese culture, Jade symbolizes prosperity and success, so it is a great way to ensure good luck during your 本命年 (běnmìngnián).

However, you must be gifted these lucky pieces of jewelry in order for them to work. Unfortunately, you cannot buy them for yourself.

Another protective option is to wear a pendant representing a mythical animal called a 貔貅 (píxiū). The 貔貅 (píxiū) is a hybrid of a lion and dragon that can repel evil spirits and attract good luck.

Monkey's Personality: Monkeys are sharp, smart, but naughty.

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Photo: PNGWing

People born in a year of the Monkey have magnetic personalities and are witty and intelligent. Personality traits like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness make them very naughty.

Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Although they don't have bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt other people's feelings.

Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, others don't trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature.

Although they are clever and creative, Monkeys can't always exhibit their talents properly. They like to accept challenges and prefer urban life to rural life.

Men born in the Monkey year are enthusiastic and responsible. They’re humorous and can make anyone laugh. They also know how to easily get what they want.

They are stubborn and a bit immature, but actually tolerant. Other zodiacs might only focus on people’s faults, but these men can look past most faults. They’re also very forgiving. Many times, they don’t even remember what happened.

However, they can be problematic too. It’s hard for them to persevere since their interests are always changing. They’re the typical opportunist and can’t maintain long-term relationships.

Women born in the Monkey year are social and connect with others easily. People are unconsciously drawn to her beauty and warm personality.

They have high standards and expectations. These women are full of ideas and highly competitive. They don’t surrender when faced with difficulties. Sympathy and comfort from others aren’t needed.

Because of their confidence, they can be overly optimistic. But they are responsible and flexible. They adapt quickly to changing environments and make new friends easily.

Chinese Zodiac Monkey and The Five Elements

Just as in Western Astrology, no person is defined solely by their primary Zodiac or Sun Sign. In Chinese Astrology, each of the New Year’s animals’ personality traits and characteristics are colored by 2 of the 5 elements.

Each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals has an ascribed fixed element which affects their basic personality. In addition, the element belonging to one’s birth year is a secondary influence on who they are, can and will be, life’s purpose, career path, etc.

Scroll down to find your birth year. This will tell you which “type” of Chinese Monkey you are and help you to learn more about how the combined energies of the fixed and secondary element impact your life.

Water Monkey

* Feb. 6, 1932-Jan. 25, 1933

* Feb. 4, 1992-Jan. 22, 1993

The Water Monkey is more sensitive to other’s needs and feelings than are the other elemental types of Chinese Monkeys. Water in their chart also makes these Monkeys extremely sensitive in regards to their own emotions and, though they will rarely show it to the outside world, the Water Monkey wounds deeply and easily.

Those born in The Year of the Water Monkey are a bit more settled and patient than the rest. Further, they are less selfish in nature.

Just as all rivers flow into the ocean, The Water Monkey has a larger sense of purpose, sees the bigger picture and is driven to cooperate and compromise for the greater good of all.

Fire Monkey


* Feb. 12, 1956-Jan. 30, 1957

* Feb. 8, 2016-Jan. 27, 2017

Those born in The Year of the Fire Monkey are confident, truthful and imaginative.

The quest for power and control is what drives the Fire Monkey and they are a force to be reckoned with. They also have an almost overpowering need to have the upper hand even if they are not in control.

The fire in their chart takes this Chinese Monkey’s already rabid amorous pursuits to levels undreamed of by most mortals yet they are truthful when expressing their emotions.

Metal Monkey

* Feb. 20, 1920-Feb. 7, 1921

* Feb. 16, 1980-Feb. 4, 1981

Metal in this Chinese Monkey’s chart greatly increases their already, almost obsessive desire for success in business and the financial wealth that comes with that success. The Metal Monkey is practical and hard working, opting for frugality and wise, conservative investments.

With an upbeat attitude and positive outlook on life, the Metal Monkey who can sell the proverbial ice to the Eskimo due to their exceedingly charming personality.

Those born in The Year of the Metal Monkey are warm, passionate and the most likely Monkey to be loyal in a romantic relationship.

Wood Monkey

* Jan. 25, 1944-Feb. 12, 1945

* Jan. 22, 2004-Feb. 8, 2005

Wood Monkeys are natural explorers who love to see what’s over the next horizon. This Chinese Monkey loves challenges and actively seeks them out. They spend an inordinate amount of time finding and implementing ways to grow personally and professionally.

Those born in The Year of the Wood Monkey have a great mystique surrounding them. They are known for their inexplicable ability to see into the future, accurately predicting events.

Earth Monkey

* Feb. 2, 1908-Jan. 21, 1909

* Jan. 30, 1968-Feb. 16, 1969

The Earth Monkey’s personality deviates quite a bit from the other elemental types of Chinese Monkeys. The Earth Monkey is calm, has a genuine concern for others and works hard to make sure they are always above reproach.

Whereas the other types of Chinese Monkeys show the tendency toward selfishness, those born in The Year of the Earth Monkey have virtually no ego. They are selfless and completely devoted to helping any soul in need.

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey Love Compatibility

Best Match

The best matches for Monkey are Rat, Monkey, and Dragon. A Chinese zodiac Monkey’s relationship with a Rat will be happy because they view each other’s differences as strengths. As a result, they complement each other nicely. The only issue that may arise comes from the Monkey’s restlessness and the Rat’s difficulty in settling on just one thing at a time. If they can work that out, the Monkey can cheer up the Rat anytime the Rat is feeling glum.

Good Match

The second-best Chinese zodiac match, surprisingly, is another Chinese Monkey. Typically, a combination of two signs so alike doesn’t work, and this one has its potential pitfalls, but if they care enough to work through those, they will be a fantastic power couple. The key is for each Monkey to focus their competitiveness on a shared goal, rather than on each other. Another concern is the Monkey’s focus on self. If the Monkey Monkey couple works their intuitive and people skills to manipulate others in their favor, inevitably, they will fall for the green-eyed monster known as jealousy. Instead, if they work together to undo that unpleasant trait they share, they could be the better for it and still accomplish a great many things.

Preferable Match

The next best match is the Chinese Dragon. The Dragon has just the right amount of spirit for the Monkey, and vice versa. In many cases, the Monkey is the brains, and the Dragon is the brawn of any operation they undertake. They are equals in this relationship, and each loves the thrill of challenges in careers and life.

Not Compatible

The worst match possible for the Monkey is the Chinese Horse. While they are both strong-willed, autonomous, and extroverted. That in itself isn’t so bad, but it doesn’t help either of them work together to get past their differences. The Chinese zodiac sign Monkey uses subtlety and a chameleon-like changeability to understand what it wants, while the Horse is volatile at best when it comes to getting its way. They will not last long together.

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey in Love

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Photo: Mixkit

Monkeys in love always go after what they want, and rarely do they do this in a straight-forward manner. There is almost still an ulterior motive. If a Monkey, you are dating approaches you directly and covers you in flattery and attention, guard your heart. Monkeys know how to charm potential love interests. They are good at it. There is just one problem; you won’t know if this person loves you or just wants to play.

If you choose to pursue a delightful and amiable Monkey relationship, be prepared. The idea of a serious relationship with responsibilities and commitments is something that makes most Monkey lovers uncomfortable in the extreme. When faced with a choice, don’t be surprised if he or she bolts. The good news is that Monkeys are mainly like this when they are younger. Once they grow up and mature, like most people, many of them learn to love for real.

Monkey Zodiac: Fashion

For the most part, Chinese Monkeys tend to be very outgoing and spirited. This is reflected in their clothing choices. The essential items are usually close to the body and show off what is often a good figure in both men and women. Monkeys enjoy wearing white, as it is flattering, but they will adorn it will be bright splashes and pieces of color or metallic bits. They must be seen from a distance, after all! Most people know when a Monkey comes and goes.

Careers Fit for Monkeys

Monkeys are never satisfied and want to try everything. This makes them suitable for challenging and risky careers. Some choices are professional athletes and stockbrokers.

They’re also cool-headed and will do well in fields that require logical thinking. Monkeys are knowledgeable in many topics and are multi-faceted. They can deal with complicated problems. Detectives, editors and lawyers are good fits.

Because Monkeys aren’t the best at sticking to one thing, it can seem like they’re irresponsible. This effects the impression they give higher ups. Therefore, being a freelancer is another option for Monkeys. They can choose many short-term jobs that fit their abilities and interests.

Health and Lifestyle

Monkeys don’t have much to worry about in regards to health.

They have some bad habits though. Their active personality makes them accident prone and can hurt themselves. It often takes their bodies a while to get accustomed to changing seasons as well. Colds and sore throats are common.

Monkeys should also take care of their mental health. They care too much about what others think and can easily become depressed. Connecting with friends and family and exercise are very beneficial!

Monkey Zodiac Child

Active is a Monkey child’s middle name. It is impossible for them to sit still, and it causes only aggravation for parents to force them. Paired with this wiggle worm tendency is a truly brilliant mind. All Monkey children are bright in their way, but brilliance and creativity are hallmarks of this Chinese sign. They pick up on any subject that captures their interest with lightning speed, they pepper parents with constant “why” questions, and they do their utmost best to entertain everyone in the room at all times.

These little Monkey kids are some of the most social kids of the zodiac, but they will only choose a handful of people to be their close friends throughout their lifetimes. Parents need to know that while it is difficult to stay mad at your little charmer, you do need to follow through with discipline when your child has done something wrong. Monkeys, especially when they are young, tend to have a very high opinion of themselves. Monkey girls and boys will be best served to know that they are not always right and that they will not ever get their way in life.

How to Build Relationships with Monkeys

Monkeys are not very quick to settle down into relationships, as they tend to be promiscuous and easily bored. Once Monkeys find the perfect partner, however, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys are sociable and love to talk, it's easy to relate to them.

Rooster 2022 Feng Shui & Lucky Elements

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Photo: iStock

* Lucky colors: Klein blue, pine green (Water, Wood elements)

* Lucky numbers: 5, 9, 21

* Lucky months for marriage: May, August, and November of 2022

* Compatible zodiac signs in 2022: Dog, Horse, and Pig

Lucky Feng Shui objects:

Wu Lou Amulet for Health – a symbol of good health. It absorbs negative energies from around us. Ox Amulet – Feng Shui remedy for wellness, prosperity, and protection.

Western Signs Born in the Year of the Monkey

Aries: Arians born in the Year of Monkey are outgoing and self-confident. They won’t find it difficult to get along with others.

Taurus: The influence of Monkey on Taurus can add optimism, adaptability, and mental strength. However, they could have a hard time accomplishing any task due to their laziness.

Gemini: Gemini Monkeys have an entertaining and chatty personality that makes them popular in a social circuit. Nothing bothers them much as long as they get to voice their opinions.

Cancer: The combination of Cancer and Monkey represents vibrancy, diligence, and homeliness. They can live harmoniously with everyone and make rightful adjustments.

Leo: Under the influence of the Monkey, Leos tend to be more ambitious, aggressive, and curious. As they take any relationship seriously, breaking their heart can make them revengeful.

Virgo: Although Virgos are extremely meticulous about everything, they become more light-hearted and easy-going in the presence of the Monkey.

Libra: Libran Monkeys are seekers of knowledge, gathering information from all kinds of sources. They are constantly on a lookout for a soul mate as they prefer settling early in life.

Scorpio: Scorpions born during the Year of the Monkey are witty and innovative. Their inquisitiveness can sometimes make them nosy and interfering.

Sagittarius: Sagittarians born in the Year of Monkey are good in taking shortcuts and getting success. Due to their gregarious nature, they love having meaningful conversations.

Capricorn: Capricorn Monkeys can finish intricate tasks through sheer hard work and determination. At the same time, they try finding out time for their friends and family.

Aquarius: In the presence of the Monkey, Aquarians become more jubilant and manipulative. Entertaining them could be a challenge as they cannot live without intellectual stimulation.

Pisces: Piscean monkeys do not like unnecessary talks and discussions. They like to have their personal space without anyone causing interference in their life.

Monkey's Fate by Birth Time

The birth time of people plays a very important role in terms of whether the destiny is auspicious or not. People under the Monkey sign born in different time periods will have different characters and fate. Those who were born and will be born between 01:00AM - 03:00AM and 05:00AM - 07:00AM are the most auspicious.

Monkey's Fate by Birth Date

The Monkeys born in the 1st, 5th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 25th, 26th or the 28th day are usually blessed with good luck and fortune during the entire life.

Monkey's Fate by Birth Month

Best Birth Months: March, April, July and August are auspicious birth months for the Monkey people.

March: The Monkey people born in March are extremely intelligent. They are usually popular among others, have a bright future, and also marry well and happily.

April: With the birth month of April, the Monkey people usually could enjoy a glorious life. During their life, they can usually do things at their will and lucky to get help from others. There is no problem of food, clothing and health for them.

July: Born in July, the Monkey people usually could enjoy a safe, free and easy life.

August: The Monkeys born in August usually have boundless prospects. They could get great success in career. Besides, they have good moral character and usually could own a harmonious family.

Note: The dates and months here is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Please use the Gregorian-Chinese Calendar Converter tool on Chinese calendar page to find your lunar birth date and month.

Year of the Monkey: Birthstones

Monkey Chinese zodiac lucky stones: Black noble opal, black tourmaline, cacholong, cat's eye, clear quartz, Dalmatian jasper, diamond, eudialyte, hawk's eye, gold, Herkimer diamond, moss agate, rainbow fluorite, selenite, septaria, starry obsidian, tiger Iron, white calcite, white noble opal, silver

Monkey (zodiac) eminent personalities

Celebrities born in the Year of the Monkey

Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, Caligula, Jacques Chirac, Ernesto Che Guevarra, Ban Ki-moon, Robert Mueller, Haruhiko Kuroda, Jennifer Aniston, Louise Bourgoin, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Macaulay Culkin, Dalida, Céline Dion, Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue, Sıla, Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Gosling, Ronaldhino, Steven Gerrard, Gisele Bundchen, Yao Ming, Ashanti, Chris Pine, Krystian Zimerman, Didier Deschamps, Neymar Jr., 6lack, Jin (BTS member)

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