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2016: Year of the Fire Monkey
Part 2: Your Year Ahead

Richard Giles presents his Chinese horoscope forecast for the Year of the Monkey in 2016. He looks down the timeline for all of the Chinese Zodiac Animals and gives the flavour of the year for each one. And you can calculate your Zodiac Animal with our free on line calculator!

Go to Top What's in store for each of the twelve animal signs in 2016?

What Chinese zodiac signs work this year? The Monkey is a strong Metal element and it clashes with the Tiger (Wood: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2009). Tigers need to watch their spending this year and their health. Emotional problems may be an issue. Focus on children and loved ones to dissipate any negatives. In a Monkey year there is more action and travelling. People born in the year of the Tiger, Horse, Dog, Pig, Rabbit or Goat will move about more. As so many people travel about, it triggers more traffic accidents (cars are metal). The Chinese animals combining well with the Monkey year are the Snake, the Dragon and the Rat. They are into a year of harmony and can do very well this year. For Monkey it's a year of learning and lessons, which can be easy or difficult, depending on your conditioned attitudes.

Quick summary:

  • It's an amazing year for Rats, Dragons and Monkeys, bringing charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic!
  • A positive year for Goats, Rabbits and Oxen who will see improvement in most areas of life. Progress finally!
  • An exciting year for Roosters and Horses, but tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation!
  • A complex year for Tigers, Snakes, Pigs and Dogs. A strong focus and objectivity bring the best results.
What is "The Penalty" in Chinese Astrology? The Penalty – facing the wrong direction, the direction of Monkey which is WestSouWest – is a hidden danger and causes irritation, worries and serious misfortune related to the Fire Element. These include relationship problems and health issues. These penalties can be serious and dangerous, and the Chinese way of protection recommends carrying the pendant of Snake to neuter the Metal of the Monkey year. The Rooster is a "Flower of Romance" in the year of the Monkey. The Monkey is also the "Academic Star" for people born in a Yang Fire year. So 2016 is also a good year for babies. All born this year will have the Academic Star, meaning good intellectual qualities and a strong desire to learn. Education is important to them.

Calculate Your Chinese Zodiac Animal

Enter your birth year. For example: "1980"

Please bear in mind that the Chinese year begins in February
Click for your Four Pillars of Destiny

Remember though, that this animal astrology is only a simple guide; a proper forecast for 2016 looks at your Four Pillars Chart, which is your full Chinese zodiac chart, using the Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth to get a true picture of your character. Check the full Chinese astrology at the, where you can calculate full birth date details of your Year, Month, Day and Hour of birth (or see Feng Shui Institute Four Pillars of Destiny Calculator).

NB: When the animal is listed here, its element is in brackets.

The Year Ahead for Each Zodiac Animal!

Monkey THE MONKEY (Metal):
(1920, '32, '44, '56, '68, '80, '92, 2004. 2016)

Success for people born in the Monkey year will not the most important thing.  You have a year of lessons and learning more about yourself.  In general all will be well with you Monkeys.  Justice is one of the areas to watch this year.  Take care of yourself and your health and look to your relationships and to your children and grandchildren as the most important place of your focus in this year.

(1921, '33, '45, '57, '69, '81, '93, 2005, 2017)

The Rooster also benefits from the Monkey year. Your career and workplace will be most important for you.  There will be travel involved this year that comes with workplace issues.  If it goes well you will be rewarded. Put emphasis on family and love life as there are issues there waiting for in 2016.

Dog THE DOG (Earth):
(1922, '34, '46, '58, '70, '82, '94, 2006, 2018)

This year it's most important to focus on family and social life . The presence of Fire in your chart will bring you some helpful attention this year.  Work and career may not be as successful and the best is to put more effort in those areas of your life. 

Pig THE PIG (Water):
(1923, '35, '47, '59, '71, '83, '95, 2007, 2019)

The year ahead for Pigs is not as bright as you may hope.  You experience similar to what the Snake does in 2016.  Best to double check every thing you do to make sure there are not mistakes in your work day.  There can be conflict between what you feel you need to do for family and being free to do what you want for yourself.  If your love life is not working and you’re not feeling supported then you need to look at changes. 

Rat THE RAT (Water):
(1924, '36, '48, '60, '72, '84, '96, 2008, 2020)

This year of the Monkey you will benefit much from.  In the areas of work, money and career you will do best.  Watch the way you operate and do not bend any rules to get where you want to go.  How you go about your work life is important to yourself and others this year.  Be honest and correct.

Ox THE OX (Earth):
(1925, '37, '49, '61, '73, '85, '97, 2009, 2021)

The Ox had a tough year in 2015 and now its time to settle down into a better routine. Your work is important and you will attract more help in that area. You will experience more movement such as changing jobs or moving house.  Keep a good eye on your health as that is a weaker area this year.

Tiger THE TIGER (Wood):
(1926, '38, '50, '62, '74, '86, '98, 2010, 2022)

The Tiger is directly opposite the Money in the Chinese zodiac and you may expect to have a tougher time.  Watch the risks with money – do not overspend and watch your health issues.  Your main focus is to go into family and friends to make things better.  It's suggested you wear the pendant of the Snake.

Rabbit THE RABBIT (Wood):
(1927, '39, 51, '63, '75, '87, '99, 2011, 2023)

The Rabbit doesn’t have a great affiliation with the Monkey, so this year is not to be a great one.  You may feel it's moving to slowly for you.  Working with older people and romances are the two things that will help you this year.  Give yourself time to get out of the routines of life and enjoy some peaceful environments.

Dragon THE DRAGON (Earth):
(1928, '40, '52, '64, '76, '88, 2000, 2012, 2024)

Another Chinese animal that benefits greatly from the Monkey year.  If the Rat is present in your Chinese astrology chart you will do very well.  There can be issues of trust for you this year.  Make sure you understand everything that is going on around you.  Your love and romance are the strongest drives this year – don’t let career suffer.

Snake THE SNAKE (Fire):
(1929, '41, '53, '65, '77, '89, 2001, 2013, 2025)

The Snake can have some problems this year unless there is Water in your Chinese chart.  Generally the energy of the Snake gets you through the year.  There may be arguments with family that become too big. Health has to be watched.  Take this year as an opportunity to travel and move to places you haven’t been before. 


(1930, '42, '54, '66, '78, '90, 2002, 2014, 2026)

This year for the Horse is a good one.  Make sure that as you attract people around you this year that they may put a burden on you and you become too exhausted to help properly.  This is a favourable year for all Horses as the Fire in their charts benefits from the Monkey energies.

Sheep THE GOAT or SHEEP (Earth):
(1931, '43, '55, '67, '79, '91, 2003, 2015, 2027)

Most people born under this sign will have a successful year in family and career issues.  This doesn’t always bring huge wealth but it does will bring some of your efforts to the notice of others.  During 2015, the Sheep year, the work you did will now bring some results.

Every Chinese animal sign is different and it's important to remember that with each animal year there can be one of five different elemental combinations (with the Five Elements). As an example, there are Fire Monkey years, Wood Monkey, Earth Monkey, Metal Monkey and Water Monkey years. Each of those elemental combinations mean you'll react differently to the year depending on what elements are in play for you in 2016. If your element clashes with Fire, you may have a tougher, more challenging or testing year. It doesn't mean you won't be successful – the challenge may be just what you need to make it work.

May you prosper, experience abundance and be successful in 2016.

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Yin Yang Richard Giles is a Feng Shui practitioner and astrologer who is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. He has been involved in astrology for more than two decades and writes for several Australian magazines. He is also the director of the Earth Healing School of Queensland, running practitioner courses in Earth Healing and Geomancy. Click to contact Richard Giles.

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