Monkey (zodiac)

The Monkey () is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

"Monkey" in regular Chinese characters
Zodiac monkey, showing the hóu (猴) character for monkey

Years and the Five Elements

The Three wise monkeys over the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan
The Monkey statue at the Shinto shrine in Tokyo

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Monkey", while bearing the following elemental sign:[1][2]

Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
2 February 190821 January 1909Earth Monkey
20 February 19207 February 1921Metal Monkey
6 February 193225 January 1933Water Monkey
25 January 194412 February 1945Wood Monkey
12 February 195630 January 1957Fire Monkey
30 January 196816 February 1969Earth Monkey
16 February 19804 February 1981Metal Monkey
4 February 199222 January 1993Water Monkey
22 January 20048 February 2005Wood Monkey
8 February 201627 January 2017Fire Monkey
26 January 202812 February 2029Earth Monkey
12 February 204031 January 2041Metal Monkey
1 February 205218 February 2053Water Monkey
17 February 20644 February 2065Wood Monkey
5 February 207623 January 2077Fire Monkey
24 January 20889 February 2089Earth Monkey
9 February 210028 January 2101Metal Monkey

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branches:Shen
The Five Elements:Metal
Yin Yang:Yang
Lunar Month:Seventh
Lucky Numbers:1, 3, 4, 7, 8 ; Avoid: 2, 5, 9
Lucky Colors:white, blue; Avoid: red, black, grey


  1. "Year of the Monkey: Years, Personality, 2018 Horoscope, Love Compatibility, Lucky Elements". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. "Chinese Zodiac – Monkey". Your Chinese Astrology. Retrieved 14 March 2018.

Further reading

  • Peter So (2015). Kaori Working House (ed.). Your Fate in 2016 – The Year of the Monkey. Translated by Jay Lowe. Forms Publications. ISBN 978-988-8325-85-6.
  • Neil Somerville (2015). Your Chinese Horoscope 2016: What the Year of the Monkey holds in store for you. 2015-02-22 (1st ed.). Thorsons/HarperCollins. ISBN 9780007588268.
  • Suzanne White (2015). 2016 New Astrology Horoscopes - Chinese and Western: Fire Monkey Year - Monthly Horoscopes for All Signs. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 360. ISBN 9781517127749.
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