The Lunar New Year is coming up with the new moon February 9th, ushering in a year of the (male) Fire Monkey. According to Tibetan Astrology a Monkey year is “extremely rich and holds many surprises—anything can happen. This is a year in which one must be cunning and seize new initiatives. All opportunities are open and one should be flexible enough to take advantage of them. This is a year of daring progress, not for the slow or timid.” The fire element adds to that rather exciting stew: “Fire transmits a vital, brilliant, and transforming energy and enhances expression, extroversion, and the ability to make decisions.”
According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold and discernment. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Outwardly we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap into making changes be it in finance, career, business, or relationships. The key word for the coming year is volatile. If you are able to meet volatile movement with flexibility and resourcefulness you will be able to take advantage of what could otherwise seem a chaotic wave of events.
Generally, if you are born in a monkey year ( 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) be careful. To a lesser degree this is true for those born in the year of the tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) which is opposite the monkey. Every 12 years you return to the sign of your birth which is considered unfavorable and therefore a time to keep a low profile. Good advice for health professionals: check a patients lunar year of birth. Knowing that they have a strong or weak year can help with treatment prognosis and protocol. Of course, applying stems and branches by far the best if you had the luxury to learn it…
However, if the element of your birth year is earth it is more favorable as the annual fire element supports earth.
Bottom line, it will will be a very volatile year! There will be endless opportunities as long as you know how to go with the flow but anyone looking for something to hold on to might find the time ahead challenging.
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 Strictly speaking, the new moon takes place at 1 am on the 9. February (AEST) so the Chinese celebrations are before the actual new moon.
 Tibetan Astrology by Phillipe Cornu