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2016 - The Year of the Fire Monkey

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey begins on Monday February 8, 2016. According to Theodora Lau, author of the book, “The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes,” politics, diplomacy, high finance and business will be engaged in one big poker game with everyone trying to out bluff the other. She says, “If you are quick on the draw, this year will yield huge dividends. The USA was born under the sign of the Fire Monkey, so expect excitement and change in the coming year. According to Neil Somerville in his book, “Your Chinese Horoscope 2016,” political gyrations will have an effect on stock markets around the world, geographical borders of some regions around the world could change and world leaders will put past animosities behind them and forge new alliances. Twelve years ago, under the Monkey, Facebook was launched. Elvis Presley came into prominence with his song, “Heartbreak Hotel” in the Monkey year. Neil Somerville says that weather systems will wreak havoc and there will be more attention to climate change. Following are predictions for the Signs for the Chinese Year of the Monkey:

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008). The Rat is blessed with surprising good fortune. It is important to seize chances immediately before the moment is lost. Employment looks good, especially in August and October. There are many social opportunities and many Rats will find love. Home life improves and it is important to take a holiday this year.

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009). Many plans will work out well and opportunities come your way. Progress is made at work and income will increase. Look for more social opportunities in April, June, August and December. It is a lucky and prosperous year and you will be sought after by important people. Ox is slow to move; however this year things happen quickly, so seize the moment!

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010). The Tiger makes steady progress this year. It is important to make the most of situations as they are and not as you wish. Seize any chances to network and don’t act too independently – be involved! Employment looks good in April, July, September and November. A chance to travel could come up suddenly. Your domestic situation runs at a fast pace.

Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011). This is a reasonable year for the Rabbit. Your routine could change and pay close attention to your health and wellbeing. Affairs of the heart bring great joy. Don’t be complacent in money matters. Employment looks good in February, May, September and October. Overall, the Monkey year requires effort and some situations could be challenging.

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2012). This can be a successful year, but plans need to be made carefully. Your career could move in a different direction and good opportunities arrive in April, May, August and November. Try not to take things for granted – be attentive and well prepared. The Monkey year favors love and shows travel during the summer.

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013). This is a good year for the Rabbit and you will find help when you need it the most. Try to remain conservative or neutral in your affairs. Change is the key word for employment and when an opportunity arrives, snatch it up. Career matters are good in March, April, September and October. Financial prospects improve and you may work on improving your domestic situation.

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014). This will be a full and interesting year. Don’t spread your energies too widely. In your work, you are an ideal candidate for promotion. It is an excellent year to network. There is a focus on recreational activities. Affairs of the heart are well-aspected and this could be the year that you marry. Be disciplined in money matters.

Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015). This is a busy, rewarding year for the Sheep. You will see a promotion and some recognition at work and important developments on the career front happen in April, May, July and September. You may see shifts in your duties or possible relocation opportunities. Be very careful in your communications and avoid misunderstandings. It is risky to make assumptions now.

Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016). This is an excellent year! Things are at a turning point and relocation is possible. Exciting developments come in February, April, May and September. Financially, make provisions for the longer term. You will celebrate a special milestone and it is a year to act on ideas, build on strengths and make the most of opportunities. A health problem could appear from overexertion.

Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017). This is a demanding year, and some situations could be volatile. Do not make any errors in judgment. There are fast-moving developments in the work place and be ready to embrace change. The best months for career success are May, June, September and December. Your social circle will increase and the best months for romance are April, May, August and September.

Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018). This is a fortunate year. Things may be hectic, but you will receive some good news. In your work, there can be a promotion or a new job. Favorable events in your career happen in March, April, September and November. There could be more spending on the home front or a possible relocation. It may be an expensive year and travel is strongly indicated.

Boar (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) This is a moderate year. You will make good progress at work and there are many chances to move ahead. Developments in your career happen in March, May and July. You enjoy good support, but someone in the work place may not be as reliable or motivated as you are. You may be faced with repairs on your equipment. You could borrow money this year.

Sources used were drawn from authors, Theodora Lau and Neil Somerville. Check their websites for more information. and

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