Kung Hee Fat Choy! Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey! Whether you believe in astrology and horoscopes or not I think it’s always fun to see what the future may hold. If you aren’t familiar with Chinese astrology, there are 12 signs named after 12 different animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig). It is believed that each year those born in that year (Chinese use the lunar calendar) would inherit some of the personality of that animal year. For example, those born in the year of the Ox would be hardworking and stubborn, those born in the year of the Dog will be loyal and faithful. In addition to the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, there are 5 elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) which have a strengthening or moderating influence on the signs.
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Now while I can’t give each of you, your personal horoscopes, I can give you a little idea of what is predicted for this Year of the Monkey (taken from Your Chinese Horoscope 2016 by Neil Somerville).
“Monkey years can be regarded as times of great possibility. They favour enterprise and progress. They also contain the seeds of personal growth and making more of the potential that lies within. Each of us has the ability to put our talents to greater use. In the Monkey year, aim to make this year special – whether by nurturing your talents, working on an idea or contributing more in some way. Monkey years have energy and opportunity for us all.”
I’m excited! Are you excited as well? These are times of great possibility! This is your chance to show your stuff and utilize your potential. Maybe it’s nurturing the talents you already have or nurturing hidden talents, but this is the year for personal growth. Whether you believe in this stuff or not, who doesn’t want personal growth?! Everyone has special talents and maybe they aren’t glamorous like being a fabulous singer or an amazing basketball player, but everyone has got talent. What are you great at? What’s your special talent/super power? Flex those talent muscles, put them to greater use and make this year a special one to remember.
Good luck and good fortune to you all!