February 8, 2016 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, which runs to January 27, 2017. The Chinese Zodiac runs on a 12 year cycle, with each year represented by a different animal and its innate characteristics. The 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
Year of the Monkey
2016 is the year of the Red Monkey, according to the Chinese Zodiac. There are 5 elements composing each animal: water, air, fire, wood, and metal. With the Chinese Zodiac, it combines the theory of Five Elements, the relationships between animal signs, and the image meaning of I-Ching hexagram. With that said, the monkey combines the elements of metal and water.
2016 is a big year for financial success, because metal is associated with money, and water is associated with risk-taking and wisdom. Let’s take a closer look to see what your Chinese zodiac says for 2016.
Wise, intelligent, bright, charismatic, restless, lively, egotistical, arrogant
Monkeys, this is your year, after all, but you’ll be consumed by career goals and won’t have much time to mingle with love interests. However, make sure to take some time to bond with loved ones, and be patient when it comes to romance. Love might happen, but don’t force it.
Monkeys might see unexpected wealth, but should take care to not become too obsessed with money and power. Unlucky stars are on the radar, unfortunately, so watch out for anything suspicious, and take time for you whenever you can.
Whenever anything goes wrong this year, just remember to keep a smile on your face and treat others with sincerity and kindness. Do this, and any obstacles you face will quickly be removed.
(Art by Nicklas Gustafsson)
Friendly, faithful, loyal, courageous, adaptable, critical
This will be a difficult year for romance for Dogs, as they will let their insecurities block the road to love. Single dogs will have a full year ahead of career goals, so they are better off steering clear of distractions with romance. Couples might encounter issues due to miscommunication or selfishness. Make sure to listen to your partner’s needs and try not to blow things out of proportion.
Don’t let fear control your life this year, as it will hold you back when it comes to business and finance. As long as you keep a positive outlook, you can tackle anything you will face.
Successful, spiritual, courageous, innovative, imaginative, artistic, powerful, over-confident
Dragons, sorry to say, but this year doesn’t look so bright for finding love. However, the victory star will shine overhead, bringing much luck in finances and business. The wisdom of the Monkey will positively impact the Dragon, which will help to show you down the right path. Keep your head up through any difficulties, as they will quickly pass.
Polite, calm, compassionate, imaginative, intuitive, sensitive, determined, pessimistic
Sheep, this year looks promising for you in the love department, as long as you don’t let your sensitive nature control the outcome too much. Single sheep and goats will easily attract a mate, and those in relationships already might have marriage, vow renewals, or a baby on the radar.
The wealth star shining on Sheep will bring wealth, not just in financial areas, but also in romance, health, and careers. This year, take up artistic or other creative pursuits that you’ve been putting on the back burner; also, make sure to look after yourself and cut out any bad habits that harm your mind/body. Also, keep to a budget so that you don’t overspend or waste money on things you don’t really need.
The World of Dragons (Gallery 2)
Lake That Turns Animals Into Stone
Love Bites & So Do I
Clever, energetic, strong, popular, ambitious, arrogant, over-confident
Horses, this year doesn’t look so bright for love – relationships might either fizzle out quickly, or hit many roadblocks later down the road. However, it looks wonderful for your career this year, as the heaven luck star will guide you down the right path.
This year, remember to keep taking risks, look after your own health and energy levels, and watch your surroundings so that nothing catches you by surprise. Major life changes will await you if you put in the work and stay committed and focused.
Hard-working, loyal, honest, creative, determined, patient, stubborn, poor communicators
Ox, you have a romantic lucky star in the forecast this year, so be on the lookout for your next love interest.
Last year may not have looked so good for you, but don’t worry – just focus on clearing out negative energies and keep working on you. This year looks far better already for you, both love and career-wise. Keep reaching for the stars, and turn those dreams into reality! Just keep your confidence and believe that any wrongs will quickly be made right.
Happy, easy going, honest, trusting, sincere, optimistic, sociable, unrealistic, materialistic
Although Boars might see much opportunity for a romance to blossom, it seems that relationships will only last a short while. Long-term relationships might see great difficulty, so keep your calm this year if you encounter any obstacles. Boars have a strong exterior, but a soft, caring, sensitive heart. Remember to allow your loved ones space, and not get too possessive.
Wealth and personal success will easily come to you, with the lucky star shining bright on Boars.
2016 will bring with it great opportunities to follow big dreams and start up new projects. The Monkey represents creativity and an entrepreneurial, independent spirit, so no dream or goal is too difficult to reach. You’ll notice much abundance in your life this year, so get ready to accept what’s coming with an open heart!
Kind-hearted, friendly, empathetic, sincere, intelligent, stubborn, discreet
Single Rabbits will meet lots of new people and maybe even their one and only. Those in relationships will watch their love blossom and deepen throughout the year.
Rabbits will have the best luck of any animal this year, enjoying abundance in finances and business opportunities. Creative Rabbits will enjoy many new events and people this year, with the star of prosperity shining brightly up above them.
Intelligent, wise, charming, social, ambitious, stubborn, desires power
Rats, it looks like 2016 will bring much success in relationships. If you’re single, you’ll have opportunities to find a lover, and if you’re already partnered up, it might lead to something more serious.
Career-wise, everything looks positive, but make sure to not let petty arguments get in the way of success.
Kind-hearted, flexible, hard working, independent, honest, flamboyant, persuasive
Roosters, this year looks quite positive for romance. Flings may quickly turn more serious. You’ll see great luck and fortune in many areas of your life, including love, education, travel, and self-growth. You naturally are a dreamer, so this year you might see them come to life if you stay focused on the more realistic visions you have.
Wise, sympathetic, organized, elegant, attractive, discreet, lazy, vain
Those in long-term relationships may find themselves answering to a marriage proposal, and single Snakes shouldn’t let their picky nature influence a new flame.
Snakes will enjoy great luck and fortune this year, but need to watch their money closely. The victory star brings even more luck and good fortune to the Snake.
Friendly, charming, enthusiastic, ambitious, confident, irritable, boastful
Tigers, you will easily attract love this year, or keep it around if you already have a partner. However, the Tiger and Monkey are enemies, so watch out for conflicts this year.
Try not to let your impulsive nature run the show too much, Tiger. This is the year to step back and really think your decisions through before you act on them. Your determination and willpower will allow you to calmly make big decisions and see every goal through to the end.
(Art by tom wood)