The Red Fire Monkey of 2016

The Red Fire Monkey of 2016

Chinese Zodiacs

The Chinese lunar calendar will say goodbye to the Wooden Sheep of 2015 as the energetic albeit playful Red Fire Monkey swings in with zest marking a new year on the Chinese calendar.

Traditional Chinese people and even some of the younger generation study the zodiac signs zealously. The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. Whether you are the superstitious kind or not, some of the lucky elements for the Monkey year include the below:

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9,
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month,
  • Lucky colours: white, blue, gold,
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle,
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west,
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12.

The Red Fire Monkey

Good news! Unexpected fortune will find its way to those of the Red Fire Monkey in 2016, so they will not have to worry about food and clothes. The best months will be the second and twelfth Chinese lunar months to make their fortune, during which they should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. However! Please avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy grains or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third Chinese lunar month. Guard against becoming poor due to greed! Monkeys should not show off their wealth, or they will be persecuted by others so humility is always a virtue.

What else are Monkeys known for in the wild? Being cheeky and playful! Monkeys can have prosperous careers in 2016 and able to make breakthroughs, if they focus on their career and discipline themselves. Less play and work smart! If not, they will hardly achieve anything. They should guard against untrustworthy people and discipline themselves in order to avoid making a quick buck. The luckiest months for them will be the second, fifth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should seize opportunities….carpe diem!

Traditional beliefs, superstitions and such exist everywhere around the world. Closer to home, the Aboriginal believe that the land owns the Aboriginal community. All objects are living and share the same soul or spirit Aboriginal people share. If a rock is damaged, one’s soul is equally damaged too.

Chinese zodiac symbolism uses animals to represent the 12-year cycle with each animal portraying a unique set of personalities, career prospects, love, money luck and various others. Australia’s traditional owners of the land tend to lean more towards an invisible connection to their land. A key feature of Aboriginal spirituality is to look after the land, an obligation which has been passed down as law for thousands of years.

Can you see the stark commonality here? Both use natural beings …. animals and Mother Earth!

I am more spiritual than religious, and there is no right or wrong as long as we do no harm to each other. Whilst 21st century pop culture and modern hipsters may find the Chinese zodiac and Aboriginal spirituality boring, it still deserves a quiet acknowledgment and respect for their very existence. The fact that a lot of people are still talking about it goes to show their essence lives on even until today!

Seeing may be believing, but sometimes imagining the unseen can be even more powerful. Our eyes may have blind spots, but our creativity is always awake in us all.

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