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2016 Is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Updated on December 10, 2015

The Monkey God

You have to admit that some of the names that come out of the Chinese zodiac are pretty cool. Year of the Red Fire Monkey!

If you have ever heard of the Asian monkey God, Hanuman, then some of the characteristics of the Year of the Monkey might be familiar. The is the notion of something mischievous and clever which might be traits of a clever monkey or from a human point of view, just about any monkey. If you read up on the mythology of Hunuman one of the consistent elements is that at one point the Monkey God's tail is lit on fire and he uses the ocean to put the fire out.

The truth of the matter might be that monkey despite their very close similarity to human genetics have their own agenda and as long as we don't get in the way, they don't mind us too much.

And then there is that story of that woman getting her face ripped off my monkeys. A reminder that it is best not to anthropomorphize animals too much. And that close contact with exotic animals is for most people most of the time better left to experts. Most humans should probably stick with dogs and cats.


Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac runs in 12 year cycles.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. They include:













There are 5 elements in the Zodiac






5 x 12 =60, so there is a 60 year cycle combinations like Fire Monkey. 60 years ago was the last time the Fire Monkey came up.

From a western point of view it is interesting that the 12 year cycles would divide a lifetime roughly into puberty, a generation, middle age, old age and death.

Feb 8

The Chinese New Year begins on 8 Feb 2016.

Humans use notions like astrology to bring order to chaotic lives. So it is no surprise that the kind of advice that you can get for the Year of the Fire Monkey has to do with love and marriage and business and work life.

2016 then is the year to get crazy. To take risks. You should expect the unexpected and try not to fall prey to deception.


Monkey Astrology



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    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Happy New Year FlourishAnyway!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      I hadn't heard of the red fire monkey! Gonna take some risks -- my excuse. Happy New Year to you!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Well Laurel, the red fire monkey has heard of you! Have a Happy and Blessed New Year.

    • lollyj lm profile image

      Laurel Johnson 

      2 years ago from Washington KS

      I had never heard of the year of the fire monkey. At last!! This year I can get crazy and take risks!! Happy New Year!!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Happy New Year Alicia and Devika! Have a blessed Year.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A interesting write up here and has improved my knowledge.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this information. I've never heard of a red fire monkey before. He sounds like an interesting creature!

    • poetryman6969 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      I am glad you found it interesting Madan. Have a Happy New Year!

    • emge profile image


      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      This is an interesting post and certainly adds to all round knowledge


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