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Chinese New Year 2016

2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac.
The Year of the Fire Monkey starts from Feb. 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year) and lasts to Jan. 27, 2017.

2016 is year of the Red Monkey.
The Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar.
This year is in the Fire group, the colour of Fire is connected to Red, Therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year.

MonkeyMonkey birth years are : 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968,
1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac.
The Monkey  possesses such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness and  cleverness. They are forever playful,

Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes.
Even though their intentions are always good, this desire to be a
prankster has a tendency to create ill will and hurt feelings.

Although they are inherently intellectual and creative,
 Monkeys at  times have trouble exhibiting these qualities.
When that happens, they  appear to others to be confused,  but nothing could be further from the  truth as Monkeys
 thrive on being challenged.  Monkeys prefer urban life  to rural, and their favourite pastime is people-watching.

 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

The Fire Monkey 1956, 2016

The Fire Monkey is the most active and aggressive of the Monkeys.
 Naturally dominant, he automatically gravitates towards leadership roles and is competitive in whatever he is doing.
 He will need to be careful  not to let this overwhelm him and turn into toxic jealousy.

He also constantly strives to be in control of whatever situation he  is in, which can become overbearing.
The main drive for whatever he  embarks on is to head straight for the top and stay there.
However, when he is in charge of a situation, his people skills kick in and he nurtures those under his charge who need it.

With his Fire energy, this agile, impulsive Monkey often leaps where  angels fear to tread.
This reckless behaviour sometimes turns out to not be to the Fire Monkey advantage.
However, he is very creative,  dynamic and has a particularly good talent at drawing people to him
This often helps him get out of scrapes. He will leap from tree to tree whichever has the most fruit at the time
Then find the quickest,  cleverest escape before others get to him.

In general though, the Fire Monkey is flamboyant and charmingly friendly, and has a large social circle.

Life Lessons

The Fire Monkey aggression needs to be channelled correctly to  correct and positive directions.
Or he risks become very destructive and harmful.
If the Fire Monkey could develop more patience, it would be  good for him and those who work with him.
The Fire Monkey also needs to  think through his ideas before acting on them in order to safeguard his  own interests.

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