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 .

Years and the Five Elements

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

Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
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

Chinese Zodiac Monkey

SignBest MatchAverageNo Match
MonkeyMonkey, Dragon, RatSnake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Dog, HorseTiger

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year:Shen
The Five Elements:Metal
Yin Yang:Yang
Lunar Month:Seventh
Lucky Numbers:3, 7, 9; Avoid: 2, 5, 8
Lucky Flowers:chrysanthemum
Lucky Colors:white, gold, blue; Avoid: red, black, gray, dark coffee


The Monkey
Fixed Element/EnergyHours ruledPositive traitsNegative traitsHealth risks
Metal/Yang03:00 – 04:59 pm (15:00 – 16:59)Intelligent, dignified, optimistic, romantic, sociable, quick-witted, confident, agile, motivator, curious, gregarious

See also