The Monkey (猴) 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 申.
The Shēngxiào literally “birth likeness”, is also known in English as the Chinese zodiac. Zodiac derives from the similar concept in western astrology and means “circle of animals”. It is a scheme and systematic plan of future action that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It remains popular in several East Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Mongolia.
The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat. The following are the twelve zodiac signs (each with its associated Earthly Branch) in order and their characteristics.
1. Rat – 鼠 (子) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water)
2. Ox – 牛 (丑) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water)
3. Tiger – 虎 (寅) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
4. Rabbit – 兔 or 兎 (卯) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
5. Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
6. Snake – 蛇 (巳) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
7. Horse – 馬 / 马 (午) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
8. Goat – 羊 (未) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
9. Monkey – 猴 (申) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
10. Rooster – 雞 / 鸡 (酉) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
11. Dog – 狗 / 犬 (戌) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
12. Pig – 豬 / 猪 (亥) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water)
In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals), by day (called true animals) and hours (called secret animals).
While a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally, an Ox truly, and a Goat secretively.
For Example: My Zodiac Breakdown
My Year : Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975 (Associated Element) Yang Wood (Heavenly Stem) 甲 (Earthly Branch) 寅 (Associated Animal) 虎 Tiger (Future Cycle) Feb 19, 2034 – Feb 7, 2035
My Month : (Season) Summer (Lunar Month) 4th – 巳 (si) Snake (Fixed Element) Fire (Solar Longitude) 44° (Solar Term) 立夏 lìxià (Gregorian Date) May 5 – May 20 (Western Zodiac) Taurus
My Hour : 07:00 – 08:59: 辰 Dragon
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