February 8th 2016 is the 4713th Year of the Chinese calendar:
The Year of the Crimson Fire Monkey
The Yang Fire element symbolises happiness and optimism. The last Fire Monkey in 1956 sixty years ago saw:
- The Dow Jones Index surpass 500 points for the first time in history
- Elvis Presley come to prominence
- Norma Jean Baker change her name to Marilyn Monroe
- The Space Age officially begin
This is a year of adventure, discovery, questions and answers, when luck can strike at surprising times and fortunes can turn in the blink of an eye. Risk, strategy, learning, change and progress feature prominently in a Monkey Year. Yang Fire always brings optimism and warmth, so we can expect 2016 will be comparatively less violent internationally than 2014 and 2015 and it will be easier to reach agreements and treaties to resolve conflicts and struggles.
According to the Five Elements, Monkey contains Metal. The Fire element encompasses heart and blood circulation and is related to the shoulder and the small intestines. Metal is concerned with breathing, the lungs, skin, the large intestine and immune system. So this is a year to be vigilant of heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as inflammation of skin, intestines and breathing problems.
Metal relates to gold, therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey, a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have a good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey! Fire years often generate optimism and drive up the stock market. 2016 will be an active year for communication, shipping, construction, high tech and mining.
For wealth accumulation, the Year of the Monkey is bright with inspiration and opportunity. Don’t count on a steady income stream, as money flow can be erratic. Following a budget is a challenge. It’s best not to worry too much about money this year. Be sensible but allow some indulgence. The pleasure-seeking Monkey loves to throw money around, favoring lavish entertainment, stylish attire and generous helpings of the finer things in life.
The Monkey year is an excellent one for entrepreneurship. Original ventures are destined for success. Despite the Monkey’s rebellious nature the prevailing movement is forward, as trends turn toward greater freedom and independence overall.