The Zodiac

What sign are you?

And who shares it with you?


A year of movement beckons. Whether it is more fun than a barrel of monkeys will depend on your attitude. More travel than usual could entail the dream holiday of your life or sleeping past your subway stop on the way to work. Perhaps you are moving house . . . or someone else’s heart, a year to monkey around. Gibbon a chance, the digestive tract has the potential to go ape.


You don’t want to be monkeying around with your health, so take extra care in the third, sixth, ninth and twelfth lunar months. Food and drink should not be too cold, so perhaps keep the gorilla to hand. The dog stars say stay well by placing stone in the west, so if you have kidney or gallstones just lie on your side when you sleep.


Reputations are on the line and you are no-one’s chimp - time to get the monkey off your back. Your efforts may not translate into hard dollars this year, but those bananas you’re storing will keep through the months and ripen later. It’s not a time to turn down peanuts. Shelling out now will keep you ahead of the pack.


We all know that goat years have monkeys falling for their better half, but just because this is not a goat year does not mean that wearing horns around on full moons, growing a goatee and patting your underbelly, claiming it is cashmere, will do you any good. Go out and seek love, it’s waiting for you beyond the bars of your emotional zoo cage.


Climbing that greasy monkey pole gets so tiring, but this year you might get a monkey grip on it. Movement is indicated and we don’t think that means the fire escape. You’re on the way up! Take note of chattering apes that you pass by, as you might just make your macaque, and that’ll not be monkey business.

Famous Monkeys

Hong Kong actor and singer Nicholas Tse; businesswoman Wendi Deng; actor and singer Leslie Cheung; martial artist and actor Lo Mang; film maker Wong Ka-wai; US actor Tom Hanks.

Guiding hexagram from the Yi-Jing (Book of Changes)

Pushing upward has supreme success. One must see the great man. Fear not. Departure towards the south brings good fortune.

Within the earth, wood grows: the image of pushing upward. Thus the superior man of devoted character heaps up small things to achieve something high and great.

Six at the beginning means pushing upward that meets with confidence brings great good fortune.

Wood grows on the earth, monkey climbs wood. Get it? Pushing upward is relative - throwing women and children behind you will present the same image to those onlooking stars. Heaping up small things works in your favour, you need to visualise a throne placed on peanut shells and fruit rinds. This year you have the Heavenly Horse star blessing you - and you’ve seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes . . .

Fire Monkey

08 Feb 2016 - 27 Jan 2017
12 Feb 1956 - 30 Jan 1957

Wood Monkey

22 Jan 2004 - 08 Feb 2005
25 Jan 1944 - 12 Feb 1945

Water Monkey

04 Feb 1992 - 22 Jan 1993
06 Feb 1932 - 25 Jan 1933

Metal Monkey

16 Feb 1980 - 04 Feb 1981
20 Feb 1920 - 07 Feb 1921

Earth Monkey

30 Jan 1968 - 16 Feb 1969
02 Feb 1908 - 21 Jan 1909

Directions for fortune at home
Taboo words this year

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