The Monkey is the ninth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Monkey became ninth.

The Monkey is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) shēn (申), and the hours 3–5 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Monkey is yang. In Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity.

Because monkeys like eating peaches, with time, they also became associated with long life.

Monkeys are lighthearted pranksters who have the ability to achieve all their dreams.

Recent years of the Monkey are: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although shēn is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial
Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1932 guǐ shēn Monkey Water Yang

1944 jiǎ shēn Monkey Wood Yang

1956 bǐng shēn Monkey Fire Yang
1968< shēn Monkey Earth Yang
1980 gēng shēn Monkey Metal Yang
1992 rén shēn Monkey Water Yang

2004 jiǎ shēn Monkey Wood Yang
2016 bǐng shēn Monkey Fire Yang
2028 shēn Monkey Earth Yang

Personality and characteristics

Monkeys’ most defining trait is their intelligence. As children, they win awards and the praises of teachers. As adults, they gain professional recognition and make great leaders.

Due to this, it’s understandable that they can be arrogant. They’re often disrespectful and self-centered when making decisions. Monkeys become jealous easily, especially when others are doing better than them. They are awfully competitive, which is both positive and negative.

However, they view everyone as teachers. They’re willing to listen to critique and learn from their mistakes. They are calm and logical thinkers. Monkeys are always able to triumph and be the final winner.

Element Year Fortune
Earth 1968 These Monkeys are cheerful and optimistic. They don't have much support, but aren't afraid of difficulties. With their own efforts during their youth, they are able to become successful entrepreneurs. Thanks to this hard work early on, they enjoy a content later life.
Metal 1920, 1980 These Monkeys are bright and good public speakers. They are jokers who love pulling small pranks. This causes some to dislike them and negatively affects careers. It’s recommended for them to marry late, otherwise the marriage will fail. Other than low popularity, they are mostly successful.
Water 1932,1992 These Monkeys are smart and like attention. They’re born leaders, but their arrogance can cause obstacles in their career. Education and higher EQ are crucial to success. They’ll also chance upon a fortune in life, but must be careful not to lose it all.
Wood 1944, 2004 These Monkeys are energetic but sometimes lack confidence. They love helping friends and need their encouragement in return. Work is stressful, but they’re able to get through it as workaholics. They are financially successful, but it often comes at the expense of their health.
Fire 1956, 2016 These Monkeys have big dreams and a business-oriented mind. They have a loving and happy family. However, they aren’t satisfied with reality and always want more adventures. They have hot tempers, but their lives are typically smooth with steady achievements.

Men born in the Monkey year are enthusiastic and responsible. They’re humorous and can make anyone laugh. They also know how to easily get what they want.

They are stubborn and a bit immature, but actually tolerant. Other zodiacs might only focus on people’s faults, but these men can look past most faults. They’re also very forgiving. Many times, they don’t even remember what happened.

However, they can be problematic too. It’s hard for them to persevere since their interests are always changing. They’re the typical opportunist and can’t maintain long-term relationships.

Women born in the Monkey year are social and connect with others easily. People are unconsciously drawn to her beauty and warm personality.

They have high standards and expectations. These women are full of ideas and highly competitive. They don’t surrender when faced with difficulties. Sympathy and comfort from others aren’t needed.

Because of their confidence, they can be overly optimistic. But they are responsible and flexible. They adapt quickly to changing environments and make new friends easily.


Most compatible with Monkey: Snake, Rat, Dragon

The relationship between Monkeys and Snakes is very extreme. They are either the most compatible or clash the strongest. They have similar personalities, but one is yin and the other is yang.

Rats are able to cheer Monkeys up when they’re feeling down. When they’re together, it’s always full of laughter.

Dragons can also bring joy to Monkeys. They’re attractive to Monkeys too as a strong competitor.

Least compatible with Monkey: Tiger, Pig

Monkeys and Tigers clash strongly. They are suspicious of each other and fight constantly.

Pigs don’t have the same life goals and interests as Monkeys. It’s difficult to communicate and relationships don’t last long.

Lucky things for Monkeys

  • Colors: white, gold, blue
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Mineral: topaz
  • Directions of auspiciousness: northeast, east
  • Directions of wealth: northwest
  • Directions of love: west

Unlucky things

  • Colors: black, gray, dark brown
  • Numbers: 2, 5, 9

Careers fit for Monkeys

Monkeys are never satisfied and want to try everything. This makes them suitable for challenging and risky careers. Some choices are professional athletes and stockbrokers.

They’re also cool-headed and will do well in fields that require logical thinking. Monkeys are knowledgeable in many topics and are multi-faceted. They can deal with complicated problems. Detectives, editors and lawyers are good fits.

Because Monkeys aren’t the best at sticking to one thing, it can seem like they’re irresponsible. This effects the impression they give higher ups. Therefore, being a freelancer is another option for Monkeys. They can choose many short-term jobs that fit their abilities and interests.

Health and lifestyle

Monkeys don’t have much to worry about in regards to health.

They have some bad habits though. Their active personality makes them accident prone and can hurt themselves. It often takes their bodies a while to get accustomed to changing seasons as well. Colds and sore throats are common.

Monkeys should also take care of their mental health. They care too much about what others think and can easily become depressed. Connecting with friends and family and exercise are very beneficial!

Monkeys in the Year of the Dog (2018)

Unfortunately, the 2018 Year of the Dog will be hard on Monkeys. Each step is difficult and there will be many shocks. It’s crucial to maintain communication and relationships.

On the bright side, things are generally smooth for entrepreneurs. It’s an innovative year with many opportunities for growth. Monkeys only have to understand that along with success, comes more stress and problems.


There will be many changes in career this year. They can be business trips, relocation or even job changes. It’s better to keep moving rather than staying still.

If Monkeys take advantage of these opportunities, they can gain the recognition of leaders.

However, Monkeys must control of their temper and listen to differing opinions. They may have unstable emotions this year and be too extreme in their actions. This can create enemies and ruin their fortune.

Successful months are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October.

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13), May (June 14-July 12) and September (Oct 9-Nov 7).


There are some obstacles in education this year. Monkeys will find themselves running in place. Relationships with teachers and classmates aren’t the best. This negatively affects studies.

Studying abroad and exchange programs aren’t recommended. Outside of class, Monkeys should work to connect with others.


There are drastic rises and falls in health. Accidents and surgery might be necessary in 2018.

Extreme sports and events such as funerals should be avoided this year. Donating blood and a trip to the dentist in the beginning of the year can ward off bad fortune.

Problems in work and love can bring insomnia and indigestion. Monkeys also need to be extra careful during business trips. Changes in weather, commute and luggage can all be sources of accidents.

Healthy months are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), June (July 13-August 10) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Months where Monkeys must be careful with their health are: Lunar March, July (August 11-Sept 9) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


Monkeys shouldn’t plan on finding their significant other in 2018.

Business trips and vacation is a good chance to meet new friends. Monkeys can also meet new people through relatives and friends.

However, because Monkeys are always on the move, they aren’t very family-oriented. This means that relationships are hard to maintain. To further develop feelings, it’s recommended to bring family along on the trips and vacations.

The sweet months are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Monkeys this year are the south and southeast. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.

To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the north and northeast. Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 1 and 8.

The lucky colors in 2018 are gray and yellow. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are pink and green.

Overall, the Year of the Dog is a test for Monkeys. But due to their adventurous nature, they love nothing more than a challenge. Though difficult, it will benefit Monkeys and set them on the road to success.