Chinese New Year: Fire Monkey

I’ll take any new beginning I can get and the Chinese Lunar New Year is a fun one. As this particularly special new moon rises over our horizons (specifically the second new moon after the Solstice) it ushers in the year with fascinating details and rich cultural imagery.

Thanks to placemats in Chinese restaurants everywhere, most of us are aware that the Chinese horoscope is comprised of 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig), along with 5 elements (fire, metal, water, earth and wood) and lots of interesting beliefs and predictions. We’re leaving the year of the sure-footed Goat and swinging from the branch of 2015 right into 2016 in the year of the Red Fire Monkey. This should be interesting to say the least.

Monkeys are perhaps the most fascinating of all the animals in the zodiac because they’re the most relatable animal to humans. These intelligent, clever, inventive animals work individually and in groups to live, love, play and solve problems. Sounds like a pretty good plan for humans, too. I’m excited to inject more fun into 2016 and to apply a lighthearted, playful approach to problem solving, whether in a solitary pursuit or in a group. Ushering in the year at an annual Chinese New Year party performing an exciting fire dance in a cute monkey mask was a good start! Now to keep that fun, inventive, playful monkey spirit alive the whole year through. Drop me an email and let me know how the year of the Red Fire Monkey is shaping up in your life.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Translation: Best wishes and congratulations, have a prosperous and good year.

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