Year of the Monkey

China Zodiac Animal - Monkey

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

The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced 'Hou', the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

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

Years of the Monkey

Monkey Year Start End
1920 Feb.20,1920 Feb.7,1921
1932 Feb.6,1932 Jan.25,1933
1944 Jan.25,1944 Feb.12,1945
1956 Feb.12,1956 Jan.30,1957
1968 Jan.30,1968 Feb.16,1969
1980 Feb.16,1980 Feb.4,1981
1992 Feb.4,1992 Jan.22,1993
2004 Jan.22,2004 Feb.8,2005
2016 Feb.8,2016 Jan.27,2017
2028 Jan.26,2028 Feb.12,2029

Lucky Signs for People Born in Monkey Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west

Lucky Numbers and Colors of Monkey Lucky Flowers and Directions of Monkey
Things Should be Avoided:
  • Unlucky Numbers: 2, 5, 9
  • Unlucky Colors: red, black, grey, dark coffee
  • Unlucky Direction: east

The general image of people born in the Year of the Monkey is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
  • Perfect Matches: Ox, Rabbit
    They seem like made for each other, having several similarities in personality and life. Both of them can tolerate everything of each other, as long as they have enough space and freedom. Their love lives are full of fun because they have a strong sense of curiosity to get to know each other. Usually, they share common attitudes and opinions about life.
  • Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig
    Holding different values and views, they don’t have many common topics in daily life. It’s difficult for them to communicate with patience and respect. Quarrels and conflicts will bring lots of negative influences to their relationship.
  • See more about Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility
People of Chinese zodiac Monkey sign may encounter a little luck decline in 2018. Anyway, their fortune in all aspects shall be generally acceptable in the Year of Dog. In career, they may find a well-paid job. Their fortune of love and relationships as well as wealth would be improved. People born in the Year of the Monkey should pay attention to their health issues. 2019 is a hard year for them. Although there will be opportunities in their careers, Monkey people would be hard to get a promotion. Their body and emotional condition may suffer a lot. The love luck for them may also go down.
Monkey Luck in 2018
Their individual characters are different when combine Chinese zodiac signs with the 12 western astrological signs, like brave Aries, steady Taurus, confident Gemini, imaginative Cancer, enthusiastic Leo, cautious Virgo, talented Libra, diligent Scorpio, honest Sagittarius, mysterious Capricorn, gentle Aquarius and generous Pisces.
  • Blood Type O: The honest and frank personality traits help them win high popularity among surrounding people.
  • Blood Type A: They are always full of passion towards work and study. Meanwhile, natural talents also enhance their charms.
  • Blood Type B: They are good at expressing their own opinions and communicating with others but not stubborn to reject others’ suggestions.
  • Blood Type AB: Performing in front of an audience is their favorite thing. They pursue benefit and efficiency but lack patience.

The Five Phases of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water subtly impact on the personality and performance of people with Chinese zodiac sign Monkey.

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Monkey 1944, 2004 Holding lofty aspirations, active, responsible in tasks but some workaholic.
Fire Monkey 1956, 2016 Smart, passionate, adventurous, business-minded.
Earth Monkey 1908, 1968 Earnest and down-to-earth, industrious and frugal.
Metal Monkey 1920, 1980 Valiant, decisive, crafty, gifted with confidence and eloquence.
Water Monkey 1932, 1992 Having born leadership with great vitality but arrogance.

Celebrities with Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, George Gordon Byron, Yao Ming, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor,Truman, Alice Walker, Michael Douglas, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrell, Nick Carter, Patricia Arquette, Alyson Stoner, Christina Ricci, Cole Sprouse, Demi Lovato, Dylan Sprouse, Miley Cyrus, Mitchell Musso, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Empress Wu Zetian of China's Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)
- Last modified on Dec. 10, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Monkey
Asked by Eve from UKRAINE | Dec. 08, 2018 23:29Reply
Hi. I am a female monkey, type A, born on 19/11/1968. In October 2017
I fell in love for a horse born on 23/1/1966, but he declined me so roughly. I am still suffering forcefully from that attachment and feel poorly even though he broke with me in January 2018! He was my first real love and I feel disappointed.

Shall the year 2019 or 2020 bring a better love match or shall I give up thanking for all what I already have, please?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Isabel from CANADA | Dec. 09, 2018 17:13

Hi, according to your love compatibility, you are likely to become good friends. It's just a kind of reference. However, if you have tried many times but still failed. Maybe you need to move on. Anyway, follow your heart. Best wishes.
Asked by Angela from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 08, 2018 17:39Reply
Female monkey 1968
Hi - I have much earth in my chart 22/7/68 (earth pillar) and metal is good (hour pillar) but earth dog did not help with my career ... submitted many applications but no outcome. Is water pig year going to fare better for me?
Answers (2)
Answered by Mandy from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 09, 2018 17:08

I'm sorry but the pig Year is not very favorable for you either. It may be a little hard for you to get promotion in the career and your fortune in wealth is not very optimistic. However, keeping a positive mind is very important and will help you to so through the difficulties. Good luck!
Answered by Angela from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 10, 2018 00:39

So what are good animals for Monkey and career for Water person if not Pig?
Asked by taj08 from CANADA | Dec. 07, 2018 07:30Reply
I want to know if we have future together or no ? I am july 8,1980. he is april 19,1987.
Answers (2)
Answered by Sally from FRANCE | Dec. 09, 2018 17:04

Hi, your love compatibility is pretty high and you may have a very good chance to become a good couple. However, the love relationship need to be maintained carefully and more communication is needed. Good luck to you!
Answered by taj from CANADA | Dec. 10, 2018 06:50

Thank you for your reply, that's the hard part with what we have right now. I cannot seems to communicate with him. we always argue with small things. we have opposite opinion with everything, Many times i have given up on him but my heart is so crazy cannot stop coming back. :(
Asked by Nenita Mateo from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 12, 2018 16:20Reply
I am a Earth Monkey presently with a love partner of Fire Goat.
I'd like to know our compatibility, incompatibility, life process together, strengths & weaknesses being together and how to avoid conflicts & unlucky vibes. Looking forward for your reply. Thank you very much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Janny from USA | Nov. 12, 2018 19:07

Hi, your love compatibility is pretty high and you can be complementary in most aspects. It's easy for you to get along well with each other since you can find common interests and habits. Nevertheless, try to be more patient when being together and communicate in time once you have disagreements.
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