Welcome to the Year of the Monkey 2016

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

On February 8th 2016 we will bring in the Chinese year of the red, fire monkey. The year of the monkey will last until January 27, 2017. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and the monkey is ninth in the order. There are twelve animals and five elements - fire, earth, metal, water and wood - and this year is the year of the fire monkey.

The Chinese new year falls on a different day every year because it is based on the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is based on cycles of lunar phases unlike the solar calendar, the one used in the west which indicates the position of the earth in the suns orbit.

Below is the Chinese zodiac with the animals, their order and corresponding years...

 

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Monkey Years

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Lucky Things for Monkeys

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

The Monkey Personality

The Chinese believe that the year that a person is born is significant because they are engendered with the qualities of the animal of that year. Monkey's are witty, inventive and intelligent. They are problem solvers and very independent, and often over achievers. Monkeys are playful and graceful with their movements and as a result, a pleasure to watch. Monkeys are natural tricksters and excellent at reading people and, if out of balance can be manipulative and opportunistic.

The monkey, holding the ninth position in the Chinese zodiac, it is associated with the 9th terrestrial branch (of the twelve  terrestrial branches) and is called the "Shen" branch, which symbolizes limitless curiosity and and creative energy. Monkey's are strong willed, and natural tricksters. Monkeys also represent freedom of the mind - a mind free of inhibitions and guilt, which are uniquely human qualities. Because they are unbound by these attributes, monkeys have the unique ability to think outside the box, experimenting and pushing boundaries in ways that most wouldn't. They are risk takers, and often come up with brilliant solutions to difficult problems. Monkeys are fearless, and willing to take risks. This is why monkeys can do the impossible, as they do not see the limitations that would discourage others.

Monkeys are lively, talkative and highly sociable. Because of monkeys intelligence and skills in conversation he attracts a wide circle of friends. Monkeys are inquisitive, extremely curious and because of this, have a hard time staying in one place, or doing anything for an extended period of time. This makes monkeys prone to boredom and in need of constant stimulation to stay engaged and happy. Monkeys will succeed in any profession as they are intelligent, highly adaptable, able to think creatively and love a challenge.

 

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The Fire Monkey

Under the influence of the fire element, these monkeys are energetic, self assured, expressive and honest. They are natural born leaders and innovators who have a competitive drive and tend to be at the top of their chosen profession. They are however prone to jealousy and can become domineering, wanting to be in complete control. Fire monkeys tend to be very healthy, with great strength and vitality. Inventive and intelligent, those born in the year of the fire monkey have boundless enthusiasm that they use to broaden their minds and acquire new skills.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Monkey

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Amadeo Modigliani
  • Federico Fellini
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Mick Jagger
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Queen Sirkit of Thailand
  • Bette Davis
  • Charles Dickens
  • John Milton
  • George Lucas
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Diana Ross
  • Joe Cocker
  • Joan Crawford
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Danny De Vito
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Mel Gibson
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • James Stewart
  • Annie Oakley
  • Jacques Tati
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Salvador Allende
  • Ravi Sankar
  • Charlie Parker
  • Howard Cosell
  • Arthur Hailey
  • Isaac Stern
  • Aubrey Beardsley
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Sylvia Plath
  • François Truffaut
  • Omar Sharif
  • Anouk Aimee
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Louis Malle

 

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Welcome To The Chinese Year of the Snake

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

1905 ~ 1917 ~ 1929 ~ 1941 ~ 1953 ~ 1965 ~ 1977 ~ 1989 ~ 2001 ~ 2013

2013 is the Chinese year of the Snake, the sixth in the cycle of twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, a person’s personality is said to be governed by the animal ruling the time of their birth. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and 5 elements, so each animal year (occurring every 12 years) also has an element (which happens every 60 years). In 2013, we are in the year of the water snake.

People born in the year of the snake are considered to be intelligent and cunning, methodical in their approach to things, and successful in business due to their skills in moderating and communication.

Snakes are thoughtful, private people and not outwardly emotional. From the outside they can appear cunning and devious as they have the ability to keep their composure not matter what drama is unfolding before them and are not easily flustered. They are the most calm and collected of the animal signs. They are generally attractive, graceful and refined people with a hint of darkness and mystery that can seem both enticing and dangerous to the outside observer. Some of the most beautiful women and the most powerful men are born in the year of the snake.

Snakes are generally ambitious and material possessions are very important to them. If they decide they want something, they are willing to plot and scheme to attain what they most desire. When out of balance, the snake can become greedy, possessive and will resort to cunning and deceit to get what he wants.

Chinese Year of the Snake

The Water Snake

The last water snake year was 60 years ago, in 1953. People born in a water snake year are insightful, and good organizers. They tend to manage others well, and thrive in managerial positions in the workplace. They are ambitious and determined to be successful. They are intelligent and work hard for what they want and they believe that the goal is worth their efforts as well as the praise that comes with it.

Snakes are warm and affectionate with their families, devoted spouses, and responsible, loving parents. The snake, however, does not generally show this sensitive side to friends or colleagues.

Snakes love taking time off and going on vacation. They most enjoy just lying around and being lazy. When they take a trip, they go all out eating at the best restaurants, shopping at the best boutiques and visiting spas and health clubs, the snake loves to indulge! The snake has to be careful however, as his love of luxury can sometimes overcome his financial means, so snakes must be careful about money. Although they are ambitious and hardworking, they love to spend money, often on things they don’t need.

Snake Health

The snake personality is calm and serene, so their surroundings must be the same for them to feel relaxed and happy. The snake can become easily stressed or anxious if put in a loud, hectic or chaotic environment. To thrive and succeed, they need to lead a calm and quiet life. Some people love the adrenaline of parties, lots of people and loud music, but not the snake. The snake would much prefer a quiet afternoon alone with a good book. A snake must get lots of sleep and stay relaxed to live a long, healthy life.

Predictions for the Year of the Snake

Ahead for this snake year is a time that will be powerful for inner reflection, growth and self discovery. This year promises to bring a deeper awareness of spirituality and things whose meanings were hidden in the past, will be revealed this year. It is a year of release and renewal. So this is a good year to look deep into yourself and find the things you are holding on to, work through them and let them go, so that you can create space that you can fill with the new, wonderful and fulfilling experiences that are coming to you this year.

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Famous People Born in the Year of the Snake

John F. Kennedy
Queen Elizabeth, I
Dick Cheney
Charlie Sheen
Daniel Radcliffe
Marlon Brando
Sarah Jessica Parker
Liv Tyler
Ronan Keating
Bob Dylan
James Joyce
Pablo Picasso
Virginia Wolf
Hulk Hogan


Happy Chinese New Year - Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

January 23, 2012 is the Chinese New Year, and it brings us into the year of the Dragon. This is a very important year!

The Dragon is the only mythical animal in the Chinese zodiac, and anyone born in this year is supposed to be very lucky. The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and immense power and in Chinese culture, the Dragon is a divine creature. In Eastern philosophy the Dragon is said to deliver good fortune and is a master of authority, therefor people born in Dragon years are to be honoured and respected.

DRAGON CHARACTERISTICS

The key to the Dragon personality is that Dragons are the free spirits of the Zodiac. Conformation is a Dragon's worst nightmare. Rules and regulations are made for other people. Restrictions blow out the creative spark that is always aflame in these passionate people. Dragons must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colourful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and utterly irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas, ornate gestures, extreme ambitions. However, this behaviour is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident and fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful. Dragons usually make it to the top.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their generous personalities, but deep down, Dragons are solitary people at heart. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. A Dragon's self-sufficiency can mean that he or she has no need for close bonds with other people. Dragons are fiery creatures and have tempers that can flare fast!

Dragon

DRAGON FACTS

People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics. The Dragon sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual's personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Dragon.

Occupies the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese name-LONG.
Sign of luck

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Innovative
  • Ambitious
  • Enterprising
  • Driven
  • Flexible
  • Generous
  • Self-assured
  • Brave
  • Passionate
  • Dominant
  • Conceited
  • Tactless
  • Scrutinizing
  • Unanticipated
  • Quick-tempered

龍-seal

An ancient seal script form of thecharacter for "dragon" that is now written 龍 or 龙
and pronounced lóng in Mandarin Chinese.

DRAGON YEARS

1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000