Year of the Monkey

Monkey Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Jin
Yin Yang: Yang
Strengths: Clever, innovative, sociable, enthusiastic, charming, innovative, self-assured
Weaknesses: Arrogant, suspicious, jealous, selfish
Lucky Colors: White, golden, blue
Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Flowers: Chrysanthemum, Alliums

The ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac , Monkey is cheerful, friendly – always on the move and always seeking the next mountain to conquer. The playful Monkey is a great friend and an intelligent and skillful person who can excel in almost every field. Read on if you’re interested in finding out more about people born in the year of the Monkey !


People born under the Monkey zodiac sign are funny, cheerful and friendly. However, they’re the ultimate strategists who will plan their way to achieving whatever they want in life. They’re witty, entertaining, highly intelligent people who are always on the move, looking for new challenges. Monkeys are usually attractive, likable and very popular. They are self-confident and able to achieve everything they want without much effort. These people are also versatile and can easily adapt to changing environments.
On the negative side, Monkeys can be really arrogant and tend to think that they are better than everyone else. They can’t take criticism or negative feedback and they can never acknowledge that someone is better than them. Monkeys are easily distracted and as a result, they’re often unable to finish what they started. These people tend to be self-indulgent and always seeking for the pleasures in life.


Monkeys are great problem-solvers and have excellent leadership and communication skills. They’re also curious, versatile and can easily adapt to new environments and situations. Some Monkeys can be disorganized and easily distracted so they find it hard to keep to deadlines. Monkeys also tend to change jobs more often than the other Chinese zodiac signs , so unless the job can hold their interest, they’re likely to move on to the next job that looks more exciting. Monkeys would be good in public relations, but they also make successful diplomats, lawyers, teachers, writers, and journalists.


Stress at work and family matters can take a toll on their productivity as well as their physical and emotional health in youth and middle age. Monkeys should pay more attention to digestive diseases in old age – a healthy, balanced diet can significantly improve their health. People born under this Chinese sign are advised to eat more protein-rich foods such as soy beans, tofu, eggs, milk, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Love and Relationships

Monkeys are charming, friendly and easy to approach. They are clever and will think of countless of creative ways to attract the person they like. Monkeys are scared of commitment and love the adrenaline rush of new romantic relationships. However, even though they’re unwilling to commit, once they realize that they’ve found their soulmate, they will be faithful, caring, and attentive to their partner’s likes and interests. Monkeys are passionate individuals and can be really possessive and jealous. If their relationship ends, Monkeys can move from one relationship to another with ease.


Best matches for the Monkey: Rat, Ox and Dragon

Monkey and Rat

The Monkey and the Rat are one of the best couples of the Chinese zodiac. These two signs have similar personality traits and together they can achieve everything they want in life with ease. They know how to keep each other interested with new things to do and different places to go, so their relationship will never be boring. They are both energetic, cheerful, intelligent and highly sociable people who like to go out, have fun, and spend time with their friends and families.

Monkey and Ox

The Monkey and the Ox have different personalities, but they complement each other and are highly compatible as a pair. The Monkey has great conversational skills and can help the Ox to open up emotionally. Both signs love success and money, but they have different methods they use to get what they want in life. The Monkey will keep the fire of passion burning, while the Ox can offer stability to the relationship, so they can live together happily.

Monkey and Dragon

The Monkey and the Dragon are both dynamic, highly active people who will keep each other stimulated by engaging in different pursuits and new experiences. Their relationship is likely to be fast-paced because they are both ambitious and have so many things to do and so many goals to accomplish. They are also sociable and like to be surrounded by a large group of friends. The Monkey and the Rat are willing to work on their relationship, which makes them a great couple.

Worst matches for the Monkey: Tiger, Snake and Pig

Monkey and Tiger

The Monkey and the Tiger have very different personalities, so they chances of a successful romantic relationship are quite slight. Even though the opposites attract, these two signs have different priorities in life and are unable to understand each other. The Monkey considers the Tiger to be idealistic and irrational, and the Tiger sees the Monkey as materialistic and selfish. When it comes to relationships, each is looking for something that the other cannot provide and as a result, these two signs could find themselves spending all their time in arguments.

Monkey and Snake

The Monkey and the Snake are both intelligent and resourceful, but they have different approaches to life. Both signs are competitive and jealous, so their relationship could easily turn into a battle of wills and wits. The Snake prefers to earn and spend money on a regular basis, while the Monkey has a tendency to spend impulsively. The calm and collected Snake feels that the Monkey is too impulsive, while the Monkey thinks that the Snake is uninterested in love. These signs bring out the worst in each other and for this relationship to work, they will have to make some compromises.

Monkey and Pig

The Monkey and the Pig have too many differences in their personality traits and are incompatible as lovers. The Pig is emotional, moody, and sentimental, while the Monkey prefers to live on a superficial level, away from emotional complexities. The Pig doesn’t like the way the Monkey manipulates others and the Monkey perceives the Pig as idealistic and foolishly naive. However, these two Chinese signs are still capable of having a long-term successful relationship if they try to overcome their differences.