People born in a year of the Monkey are most often incredibly versatile. They try everything new and if there is not anything new they think up something by themselves. They always must be active and have difficulties to stay focused on one task for a longer time. There is so much interesting to discover, so many new experiences that have not been made yet and so much one does not know.
But versatility also has a flaw: Monkeys cannot devote themselves for one task alone. They need a relative short-termed goal which they quickly reach with intelligence and skill. After that the thing is filed under done and they go for a new goal. Monkey-Born are quite clever with words. Often they do speak several languages fluently but none perfectly. If they have reached their goal to make themselves halfway understandable it is no longer worthwhile to put energy into this in order to perfect their abilities.
There is also a certain lack of endurance. According to that their lives develop. Times in which everything evolves perfectly change with times in which it cannot go further down. But Monkeys stay in general optimistic; it is clear to them that there will come better days after the bad times and thus they never lose hope.
The restlessness of the Monkey is deeply within him. He knows about it, which sometimes amplifies into a feeling of getting driven. He is very aware of this and tries to find the cause. This on the other hand he does in a typical Monkey manner: He practices meditation, reads books about psychology, has a time of faith only to turn to atheism. Because of that some people believe that the Monkey-Born is superficial; but that is completely wrong. On the contrary; Monkeys seek - even if in their own manner - for depth and knowledge. Their volatility makes sense to a certain degree. They really want to try everything because then the possibility to meet the right thing is higher.
Whereas Monkey miss an important point; maybe it is not so important what you are doing but how you are doing it. Maybe perfection is an area of satisfaction and this you can only figure out if you keep being busy with one task over a longer period. But that is the Monkeys weakness.
The versatility and cleverness of the Monkey-Born makes life relatively easy for him. He manages to find a way out from situations in which other people would give in. You can learn a lot from him because he is able to talk about many things at least if there is no expert among the conversers. His knowledge is broadly spread but he does not get arrogant. He follows Socrates' motto: I know that I do know nothing and stays modest because he actually does know that his knowledge is not very deep.
The Monkey likes to use his cleverness to help others whereas he makes a big difference between true friends and acquaintances. True friendship means a lot to him and his fickleness is not valid in this area. It is not easy for him to get involved with others but if he really trusts someone he can be a very good converser.
People who are born under the sign of the Monkey usually leave a good first impression. They are charming and have a high social intelligence. With people that do not appeal to them they sometimes use this intelligence to mislead them. Then Monkeys can become quite sly; they are also quite often involved with intrigues. Most of the time they are good-hearted people showing their fickleness from time to time.
Monkeys are explorers. If they start to explore their inner being and if they manage to find a bit more stability they will lead a rich and satisfying life.
The monkey represents yang metal. If the monkey sign stands in its element you find in him the purest form of the monkey. Since there are five elements a year sign can stand in (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) the other elements (letting aside the month, day and hour pillar) change this pure form of the monkey.
The Metal Monkey
With his unshakable will and an iron fist, which is not always in a velvet-glove, this monkey is very business-minded. His persuasion and his will for success is as big as his pride and it allows him to face the toughest opponents. He is a little manipulative but also possesses the ability to realisation in work and is so energetic with the matter that he sometimes forgets everything around him.
The Water Monkey
This monkey is intuitive, friendly and kind, knows what he wants but obeys the circumstances, avoids difficulties, explains, deals, convinces and reaches what he wants. He is a bit egoistic, but he doesn't lack generosity, and he is favoured by luck. On the other hand he can be extremely sullen, plant discord and in the next moment be cheerful, pleasant and a good comrade.
The Wood Monkey
The wood monkey is intuitive like many monkeys, and he doesn't lack optimism in the sense that he always finds a good side even in the most difficult situations. He is organized, knows how to use his trumps carefully but hates to lose what sometimes happens through his rash actions. He possesses a great deal of thirst for intellectual knowledge, is open to innovations and admires efficiency.
The Fire Monkey
This monkey is energetic, enthusiastic, and ardent and is adventurous but possesses enough caution and practical disposition, which is essential for great success. His opportunism - he chooses his friends and associates carefully - includes a consuming ambition. His courage and his determination allow him to counteract all challenges and to avoid obstacles or to tear them down.
The Earth Monkey
This monkey is practical, intelligent, faithful and the kindest of all. He doesn't lack generosity. His ability to bring the most complicated problems to a point, his intellectual thirst for knowledge, his relentlessness, his motto "Who seeks will find" sometimes leads to a rougher-edged mentality or to a certain lack of subtlety. Sometimes, he is fickle in a discreet way, but in general however loyal.
Monkeys are quite volatile, which of course takes its toll on their love life as well. When they are young they change partners generally quite often.
They often are very attractive to the opposite sex. Their restlessness, their activity, their curiosity and of course their charming nature let them seem very interesting at a first glance; but after a while it becomes too much for most of the people. Even the monkey itself loses interest quickly if there is nothing new to discover. When they become older Monkeys figure out that in any relationship there is always something new to discover if the partners are not drifting apart and pay attention to each other. Not because they would be calmer then and their curiosity lessens; no they only draw the right conclusion from their many made experiences.
People born in a year of the Monkey are at a first glance quite interesting to talk to but the fact that it is so difficult for them to really deal with someone else leads of course to many problems in relationships. Monkeys are good listeners - but only for a short time, then they switch off and turn their attention to something else. The personal development of the Monkey depends strongly on a good relationship. A partner, who complements him well, helps him to reach a bit more patience and moreover who has the necessary tolerance you need in a relationship with a Monkey will get his best side out.
Monkey and Monkey
When two of the same kinds meet and the two are moreover two monkeys their surroundings will receive a very entertaining show. At one moment they are deep in conversation and exchange intelligent comments and in the next they fight with all theatricality and are the worst enemies, only moments later to hug laughingly. As an outsider you may unbelievingly shake your head but the two monkeys know that that is the highest happiness on earth.
Monkey and Rooster
The beautiful rooster and the intelligent monkey, what a combination! The public effect of this couple is phenomenal. However, internally not everything is as shiny as it seems, especially when it comes to the daily life. Neither rooster nor monkey has a real talent for that. But if both take their time outs from time to time the relationship between the monkey and the rooster can always be fresh and last for an entire life.
Monkey and Dog
Trust is what connects monkey and dog with each other. The dog loves to give the monkey's imaginativeness form and body and the monkey admires the dog for his wisdom and his sense of the essential. Thus, two meet, who are a team in the best sense of the word and who will enjoy going through thick and thin. This strong connection both won't give easily up and even in times of crisis they firmly stand together.
Monkey and Pig
The monkey is too unstable for the pig's liking and most of all the pig has a problem that the monkey does not take the truth too seriously from time to time, which is an absolute must for the truth loving pig. The monkey thinks the pig is boring and tries to provoke him. From time to time both try to come together but the monkey has difficulties in treating the pig as a true partner. How long the pig will accept that is questionable as well as being a good combination as a couple.
Monkey and Rat
This relationship can be quite intense in every aspect. All starts with the monkey and the rat finding some sort of a soul mate in each other. Both are rather restless types and have a high intellectual standard. The attraction between both cannot be denied but it is not constant but extremely volatile. On one day they like each other, the next they quarrel. All in all both will have a relationship which may seem crazy to others but which is also envied.
Monkey and Ox
The liveliness and flexibility of the monkey make the ox a lot nervous. Namely the ox values the world openness of the monkey, admires the ease with which the monkey moves at mental heights but the insecurity coming with that the ox does not like at all. The ox wants to be sure of his partner and thus a lot of convincing work is necessary until the ox can trust the monkey completely. The monkey should not give in too early even if the ox' tendency to control disturbs him a lot. Both simply need nerves and a big portion of humour.
Monkey and Tiger
Tiger and monkey, well, they really like each other. The monkey is sympathetic to the tiger because he is like quicksilver and does not put up with everything. The monkey has a lot of respect of the tiger's charisma which opens doors for him. But this fascination usually does not reach further than an affair. In a relationship it often comes to stressful situations because both the monkey and the tiger don't want to compromise in favour of the other. Both want to dominate the relationship in their own way. In order to have the relationship work both need a lot of free space from each other.
Monkey and Rabbit
A relationship between rabbit and monkey does not go smoothly in the beginning. Especially the rabbit needs to use his famous tolerance because the monkey will take the rabbit's patience and care as a weakness. The monkey won't let any chance go to trample on the rabbit's feelings. While on the contrary the monkey feels true love for the rabbit without any doubt. Perhaps the monkey likes to tempt the rabbit and to motivate him. The rabbit probably defers to it for a certain time but whether he sticks to it until the end of time is rather questionable.
Monkey and Dragon
When a dragon and a monkey meet, both instantly like each other. Thoughts and ideas are flowing between the two and the topics to talk about are never-ending. The dragon enjoys the intellectual flexibility of the monkey and the monkey enjoys the unmistaken clearness of the dragon. Where the monkey gets often lost in details the dragon quickly brings the matter to the point. And where the dragon sometimes is one-sided in his thinking the monkey will take care of movement in an intelligent way. This is a relationship full of dynamics!
Monkey and Snake
A relationship between monkey and snake seems impossible at first glance. The snake with her fine nature quickly detests the monkey's high spirits. The monkey thinks the refined manners of the snake are ridiculous. Yet monkey and snake constantly come back to each other. Behind all of the rejection of the other's nature they feel a deep emotional bond. Outsiders should not get irritated by superficial disputes though. It is just a somewhat unique manner to show that they love each other.
Monkey and Horse
Does this relationship have anything akin to stability? Both the horse and the monkey possess such a big energy level that it is hard to imagine that here could be quiet and consideration. In fact both partners don't like a quiet togetherness but are constantly on the way and on the search for a new excitement. Disputes generally only happen if one of the two cannot match the beat of the other. All too quickly a separation threatens then, but always only for a short time...
Monkey and Goat
The level-headed goat is very much attracted by the lively temper of the monkey. The monkey values the goat's high tolerance that does not stick to the details. But there are enough explosives between the two. Especially when the monkey overdoes his escapades the goat sooner or later loses the patience which can be indeed a reason to go their separate ways. The monkey can learn from the goat to better evaluate his limits and to engage more into the common well-being.