The Monkey

Monkeys are cunning and agile - they know how to get what they want.
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Chinese zodiac sign Monkey
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People who were born in the year of the Monkey (申) are charming and bold - they have profound self-conviction and confidence. The Monkey is skillful and persuading - this animal sign is a bookworm at heart, as they love to acquire new knowledge.

Monkeys are cheeky - they have impressive communication skills and high linguistic competency. Similar to their Horse companions, the convivial Monkey enjoys a good party. 


The Monkey's ambition is admirable

As soon as a problem occurs, the Monkey comes up with a perfect solution. The Monkey  confronts any challenge head on, and always bounces back after defeat. This sign handles criticism well because of their confidence. 

Monkeys have a wide range of interests and lots of ambition - they motivated by success. They are very focused on their individual desires - they know how to seek out the advantage so that they can get the biggest piece of the pie all to themselves. Still, this type of approach isn't always necessary because their curious and confident nature makes it easy for them to find success. Monkeys are highly inspired and have an abundance of ideas, as well as the talent needed to turn their ideas into reality.

The Monkey  is a fine actor and knows how to play the part when it must be persuading. This is especially true in the professional sphere. But Monkeys can have a difficult time winning trust - sometimes others questions whether or not they can believe them. This sign has the reputation of acting a bit maliciously at times - they may hide their true intentions to trick others into doing what they want.

10 things about the Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Family characteristics are shown equally…

Once they grown up, Monkeys like to claim their independence, even though deep down they are very family-oriented. They also are very determined to find a partner. Though they are lateral thinkers, they also hold a lot of space for love, as long as their partner gives them the space they need.


Great match:
Rat, Dragon

Good match:
Monkey, Dog, Rabbit, Horse

Decent match:
Rooster, Pig, Goat, Ox, Snake

Bad match:

The Five Elements of the Monkey

Wood Monkey

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

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The element of wood reinforces the Monkey's interest in growing and improving. Wood Monkeys  are explorers and never get tired of learning new things. Progress means everything to them as well as their social status.


Fire Monkey

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

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The Fire Monkey is the most confident breed of this zodiac sign. It wants to be at the top and is very sure of itself. This type of Monkey has a lot of energy and is warm-hearted.

Earth Monkey

Those born in earth years are intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

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Out of all of the Monkeys, the Earth Monkey is the most reserved and restrained. They tend to let others take the lead. They have lots of common sense and are good at estimating the value of things. This type of Monkey is more peaceful and also more reliable than their companions.


Metal Monkey

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented.

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Metal Monkeys have particular needs regarding safety and order. They are good with finances which makes them apt for dealing with business partners. They are hard workers and very efficient - everything they do is for success.

Water Monkey

Water is adaptable to change  (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

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The Monkey’s profound thirst for knowledge is heightened by the element of water. The Water Monkey  absorbs information very quickly and knows how to achieve its goals. However, water also brings out the Monkey's unpredictable side, as this breed can be very spontaneous and dramatic. Luckily, they are also very agile and supple. This is a warm-hearted breed of Monkey - they are the most helpful out of all the other elements.



Hours ruled by the Monkey:  3 pm – 5 pm

Cardinal direction: west, southwest

Season:  summer

Month:  August

Element: Metal

Zodiac sign:  Leo

Positive traits: confident, clever, communicative, curious, versatile, talented, eloquent, dramatic

Negative traits: impatient, envious, deceitful, selfish, unscrupulous

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