Year of the Monkey Facts


Element: Metal

Direction: West-South-West

Season: Autumn

Month: August

Polarity: Yang

Gemstone: Peridot

Lucky Number: 10

Color: Yellow

Allies: Dragon, Rat

Foes: Tiger

Western Analog: Leo

Mentally alert and multi-faceted Monkey is the ninth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Monkey people are naturally confident. They rarely underestimate themselves. Their high-spirited love of life helps other feel good as well.

Monkey people are analytical and can turn any situation to their advantage. They are good with words and money and love solving problems in original ways.

If there is a flaw in all this talent, it's Monkey's ease at cutting corners. Monkey is clever, but not scrupulous about honesty if his or her best interests lie elsewhere. Friends forgive this tendency to bend the law. Monkey spontaneity is often irresistible.

Monkey natives on a good day are brilliant. They are communicative and versatile. They can be blind to anything that does not affect them directly but not out of any true selfishness. Rather, they are exuberantly expressing themselves. They can succeed in any work that combines skill, challenge, communicating ideas, and supporting the social good.

Monkeys develop wonderful skills that help them make important contributions to others. Monkeys can find original ways to make money. Do not expect loyalty from a Monkey if self-interest is in the mix. These clever people keep their options open.


Quick-witted, imaginative, ingenious, resourceful, versatile, persuasive, humorous.


Cunning, mischievous, deceptive, manipulative, sly, restless, superficial.

    Yearly elements

  • 02/02/1908 to 01/21/1909 - EARTH
  • 02/20/1920 to 02/07/1921 - METAL
  • 02/06/1932 to 01/25/1933 - WATER
  • 01/25/1944 to 02/12/1945 - WOOD
  • 02/12/1956 to 01/30/1957 - FIRE
  • 01/29/1968 to 02/16/1969 - EARTH
  • 02/16/1980 to 02/04/1981 - METAL
  • 02/04/1992 to 01/22/1993 - WATER
  • 01/22/2004 to 02/08/2005 - WOOD
  • 02/08/2016 to 01/27/2017 - FIRE
  • 01/26/2028 to 02/12/2029 - EARTH