Bing Shen-Year 2016 – the Year of the Fire-Monkey
For the time being the wood-goat goes on pension and clears the stage of
space and time for the fire-monkey who will take up office on 04 February
2016, 09:45h GMT.
People born in a the year of the monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,
1992, 2004 or 2016) are imaginative, inquisitive and love to keep an eye on everything
that is going on around them. They are always quick in offering an opinion or trying to
sort out the problems others have. They to be of assistance and their
advice is sensible and reliable.
‘Monkeys’ are intelligent creatures, well read and always eager to
learn. An extremely good memory helps them to store even the
smallest bit of information. They are convincing talkers and like to
take part in discussions and debates. Their friendly and self-assured
manner can be quite persuasive and they usually do not have any
trouble winning people round to their way of thinking. That makes it clear that we find
‘monkeys’ very often in politics, PR work, as teachers or in any job that involves selling.
Even though they may behave slightly erratically at times ‘monkeys’ are good
organisers who usually do not set out without a “plan B”.
Despite their love of company they cherish their independence. They need their
freedom to act as they want without being bound by restrictions of any kind. Likewise,
if things get monotonous or even boring they will soon lose interest and turn their
attention to other matters. They lack persistence which can really hamper their
‘Monkeys’ can occasionally be crafty and cunning sometimes even dishonest. They will
seize any opportunity to outsmart his opponents or to make a quick profit.
A special type of ‘monkey’ will be the ruler of this year. The fire-monkey.
He is famous for his intellectual activity and for his vitality. He takes pride in the fact
that he has no trouble in commanding the respect of others. He is imaginative and has
a wide range of interests, although these can distract him from more useful and more
Being very competitive he likes to be involved in everything that is going on around
him. If things do not run according to plan he can become quite stubborn. Those who
are less strong-willed than he is he sometimes tries to indoctrinate.
He is a lively character, attractive to others and loyal to his partners.
As soon as the year starts the exciting and innovative nature of the fire-monkey will be
Throughout the world we will observe events that will take some authorities by
surprise. Oppressed minorities will strive to be heard and recognised and many of their
activities will lead to changes, particularly in more authoritarian areas.
Monkey-years can be dramatic politically as well as culturally. In 1980 we world
observed the birth of the Polish Solidarity movement which finally led to drastic changes
On 04 July of fire-monkey-year 1776 delegates of 13 colonies signed the
Declaration of Independence and founded the U.S. of A. Let’s see what this year’s presidential
elections will come up with.
Especially in monkey-years the overall political situation can have an effect on stock
markets around the world. Quite easily there can be major swings and dramatic
currency fluctuations. It was in the monkey-year 1992 that
Black Wednesday occurred an event that is well remembered in the British fiscal history. Investors this year do need strong nerves, but despite fluctuations there is a good chance a real success stories when a good fortune is made. But leave it to those who really know all tricks of the trade.
Monkey-years favour progress and this we will most probably see in science, technology
and communication. It was in fire-monkey-year 1896 that Marconi launched the first
wireless broadcasting service and only in the last monkey-year 2004 a student by the
name of Zuckerberg started facebook which then gave rise to the social networking
phenomenon that we still observe today.
Unfortunately monkey-years can also be marked by violence and assassinations, the
world remembers those of President Doumer of France in 1932, Senator Robert
Kennedy, Martin Luther King, both in 1968, Archbishop
Óscar Romero in 1980 and John Lennon also in 1980. We do hope that the world does not have to experience that kind of thing.
Now let’s see what the year of the fire-monkey may bring to the svarious signs of the
(*) (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008):
It really helps when an ally rules over time and space. Fun, cheerfulness, joyful
expectations that stand a real good chance to be fulfilled make this year a very good
one. The fruit of their labours can finally be reaped. Put an emphasis on personal
relationships and social gatherings.
The month of the horse, 05 June 2016 – 05 July 2016, should not be used for far
reaching decisions or to settle financial matters. The ‘ox’ is always a good companion.
(*) (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009):
It is hard to deal with the cunning way of this year’s rule, minor mishaps may occur.
But this should not be reason enough to panic. Those cobblers who stick to their trade
get the most out of the year. This is admittedly not the best of times but definitely not
the right time to eat humble pie.
The month of the goat, 06 July 2016 – 06 August 206, should be used to relax,
important activities won’t bear fruit. Ox is advised to seek the company of ‘rats’.
(*) (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010):
Being the natural opponent of this year’s ruler can make life a little tougher than it
usually is. If you keep a low profile and if you do not stick your neck out, even if it is
hard to accomplish, you can get through the year unscathed.
A special challenge will be the month of the monkey, 07 August 2016 – 06 September
2016, in which you mind encounter one or the other obstacle. Remain true to yourself
and concentrate on your strength. A ‘pig’ should be your favoured friend and helper.
(*) (1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011):
This year will not be as wild as you might expect. But neither should you expect a fast
and successful progress in your business. The time is best used when you intensify the
relationship with your family and your friends. Establish new contacts, they might be
helpful in times to come.
The time between 07 September 2016 and 06 October 2016, the month of the rooster,
demands withdrawal in all fields. A ‘dog’ is a trustworthy friend at all times.
(*) (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012):
There is nothing that could get in the way of your ambitions. It surely pays to be an ally
of this year’s sovereign. Slowly, my friend, slowly! Differences of opinion are likely to
escalate. It may be hard to do but quite often you can say more by being silent.
In the month of the dog, 07 October 2016 – 06 November 2016, avoid disputes at all
costs. If you need assistance ask the ‘rooster’.
(*) (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001):
As a good friend of the monkey you may expect a lot of good things to happen. But
only if you remain true to yourself, if you do not exaggerate whatever you do, if you do
not try to excel the antics the monkey makes.
The month of the pig, 07 November 2016 – 05 December 2016, is best used for
relaxation and withdrawal.
(*) (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014):
The vivid horse can gain most from the likewise lively monkey by staying in the
background, not copying what the monkey does. “Slow and steady wins the race” and
“n ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should be the guidelines for you this
year to keep. Following these should hold misfortunes at bay and give you better
chances for success.
The month of the rat, 06 December 2016 – 04 January 2017, will be quite challenging.
Being in the company of a ‘goat’ helps to take things more easily.
(*) (1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015):
The is no time for last year’s ruler to relax from strenuous duties. The monkey will take
care of that. But rest assured, even a permanent switch between ups and downs allows
you to reach your aims. The more focused you stay on path towards your goals the
easier the journey will be. Allow yourself to be guided by a healthy and critical
enthusiasm. If you need help, aks the ‘horse’. Don’t do important work in the month of the ox, 05 January 2017 – 03 February 2017.
(*) (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004):
It is common knowledge that birds of a feather flock together. That applies to monkeys,
too. Whatever this year will be, it will never be boring. Even the most daring leaps have
very good prospects of becoming great successes. This is the right time to pursue your
The year starts with the most challenging month, with the month oft of the tiger. Use
the time from 04 February 2016 – 04 March 2016 to built up steam slowly but steadily
so that you are ready to rumble once this month is over. Whenever you need a friend
think of ‘snakes’ first.
(*) (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005):
You have to be quite disciplined and courages if you want to make this year a successful
story. You’d better watch from a safe distance first, think of a useful plan, then act with
care, caution and a structured workflow. This is the only way to stay out of trouble and
The month of the rabbit, 05 March 2016 – 03 April 2016, might be a little bit provocing.
You better join forces with a ‘dragon’.
(*) (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006):
Only fools rush in where angels fear to tread. The monkey can be inspiring but dog
must do things in his own way. This can be a tricky business this year. If you do not
want to have Sisyphus as a foreman, be aware that there is no time for shortcuts.
The dragon-month, 04 April 2016 – 04 May 2016, will be a tough test for your patience.
The ‘rabbit’ can show you how to dodge and turn corners.
(*) (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007):
“Easy come, easy go” should not be the slogan for this year. So handle financial matters
with utmost care. The monkey knows how to make tempting offers. But the only one
who can gain from these is monkey himself.
It is advised to taker care good care of family and friends. They can give you the
strength you need to carry on.
Do not expect much from the month of the snake, 05 May 2016 – 06 June 2016. It
helps to be in the company of a ‘tiger’.
Looking at a the annual cycle monkey initiates the season of autumn. Grain is ripe, the
fruits have been harvested, leaves are turning yellow and brown and dryness proceeds.
We reap the benefits of your efforts, even the whirlwind some sowed as wind. Banking,
financial and related services we be the world’s focus as well as electronics, mechanics
and future-focused IT technologies. There is significant growth potential which hopefully
will be utilised wisely.
Looking at the fire-monkey through the eyes of the Traditional Chinese Medicine we
must talk about a yang-fire/yang-metal constellation. Yang-fire stands for the heart,
blood and blood vessels, yang-metal for lung and large intestine.
Fire is positively connected with joy and enthusiasm, on the negative side
with agitation and restlessness. When yang is strongest we should stop still
and reflect on our actions. If we ignore this point we are likely to cross our
own boundaries which then will lead us into exhaustion or even beyond that.
We must become firm in our minds to control ourselves so that we pause
whenever it is necessary, that we find appropriate ways to calm down when
the going gets tough.
The lung is the connective link between the in-side and the out-side. That
has a lot to do with keeping things at a safe distance. We should know
where our own limitations are and we should know how close we allow other people to
come. Whatever comes too close we should hold at bay and keep sufficient distance.
We should say “yes” only when we definitely want something. All the rest belongs to
the category of “no”. Keep in mind: there is nothing like a vague “maybe”.
In our houses, apartments, shops and offices we should use the southwest and the east
extensively as they stand for success and progress. But leave the northeast alone. Keep
this particular sector very quiet, refrain from building activities, earthworks and
renovations. Do not do anything important or work on professional matters in the
For further assistance ask your Feng Shui consultant for advice.
The more we are open to new possibilities, the more possibilities will open.
May we all get what is best for us in the year of the fire-monkey.
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Bing Shen-Year 2016 – the Year of the Fire-Monkey
(*) for this kind of analysis we work with the solar calender. With a satisfying accuracy we can say
that all years start on 04 February. This means that e.g. a person born on 31 January 1983 is born in
the year of the dog as the year of the pig starts on 04 February 1983.
In consultations I certainly work with the exact dates and times.