Monkey Chinese Zodiac Sign: Year, Personality & Meaning | Astrology Daily

Chinese Zodiac Sign

The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny.

  • 1932
  • 1944
  • 1956
  • 1968
  • 1980
  • 1992
  • 2004
  • 2016
  • 2028
  • 2040

The Monkey is connected to the Earthy Branch shēn, and the hours it is associated with are between three and five in the afternoon. The Monkey was the ninth to arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party, and was late to arrive as it was with the Rooster and the Dog assisting a god in fighting off evil spirits. The three animals got to the party at the same time, so in the event of this tie, the Emperor decided to use the order that they arrived to help out the god. As the Monkey was the first there, it came ahead of the animals it fought alongside. Monkeys represent having a long life in China, as they eat a lot of peaches, which are representations of longevity. The most recent years of the Monkey were 2016 and 2004, and the next is 2028.


Personality and characteristics

Monkeys are known to be very smart and clever, which can sometimes manifest itself in devious ways. Monkeys can be sneaky, but they are good hearted and use their trickery not to hurt people but to have a good time. Their intelligence is combined with how hard working they are, and this gets them applause and success from their early years in school through their careers achievements. This can sometimes get to their head, and it makes them think too highly of themselves. It also makes them have a difficult time accepting when other people are more successful than them, and their competitiveness does not always manifest itself in a good way. Despite their poor sportsmanship, they are always learning, not just from their own mistakes but also from the success of others, and they don’t miss opportunities to improve themselves.



Monkeys can get along great with Snakes, as they have so much in common, but this can also go in the other direction. Monkeys love to spend time with Rats, whose sense of humor appeals greatly to them and always puts them in a good mood. Monkeys also get on well with Dragons, and the two can share a friendly competition. Monkeys have poor compatibility with Tigers, with mutual distrust and antagonism between them. Pigs and Monkeys simply are too different to get along in terms of personalities and commonalities.



Monkeys tend to have great health, but they need to be mindful of staying safe, as their physically adventurous nature leads them to more frequent injuries than others. They also fall under the weather fairly often as the seasons change. Their competitive side leads them to become self conscious about where they are at and how they are perceived, which can negatively impact their mental health, so Monkeys need to try to let go of these concerns and also seek positive relationships with people.



Monkeys are highly ambitious, and they are not afraid of taking chances in their careers. They do well playing the stock market, with its high risk, high reward nature, and they also do well in sports, where their competitiveness gets an outlet. They also succeed in quieter fields, though, as they utilize the calm, logical intelligence that they possess. Jobs such as attorneys and investigators are great fits for their problem solving abilities. Monkeys get bored easily, though, which is why they excel as freelancers, and they are able to embrace the lack of stability well. Jumping from job to job fits their personality well, and it is for the best as they can sometimes have clashes with their bosses.


Lucky things
  • Colors: white, gold, blue
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Directions of auspiciousness: northeast, east
  • Directions: northwest
  • Directions of love: west
Unlucky things
  • Colors: black, gray, dark brown
  • Numbers: 2, 5, 9


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