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Year of the Monkey: Chinese Horoscope

The mischief-making Monkey will outsmart (and exhaust) us all, as this Chinese zodiac sign is unparalleled in cleverness and quick wit.

Monkey Years

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

You know that person who always seems incapable of sitting still—or like he’s about to cause mischief? Chances are, he’s a Monkey. Clever, naughty and oh-so talkative, Monkeys can annoy as much as they entertain. They’re whip-smart, even if they play dumb, and will chatter away like their signature animal, sometimes in a screechy tone.

Long, dangly limbs and loud voices are traits of this sign, and they love to entertain with goofy physical comedy. Their statuesque bods make them model material, but Monkeys are uncomfortable as glamour icons. They’ll quickly disrupt this reputation by crossing their eyes, making dorky gestures or cracking silly jokes. These showoffs just want to amuse themselves (and you). Monkeys are always thinking, and can be a bit neurotic or compulsive. Their minds move as quickly as their hands and mouths. Quick on the uptake, they stir up much drama with their outbursts and reactions. Life with a Monkey may not be peaceful, but it promises few dull moments, and plenty of entertainment.

Western Sign: Leo

Compatible With: DragonRat

Famous Monkeys

Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Karlie Kloss, Miley Cyrus, Charli XCX, Demi Lovato, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Rachael Ray, Owen Wilson, Ashanti, Gisele Bundchen, Rod Stewart, Pitbull, Alicia Keys, Katie Couric, Rebel Wilson, Macaulay Culkin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nick Jonas, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Daniel Craig, Guy Fieri, Celine Dion, Molly Ringwald, Rachael Ray, Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, Kim Cattrall

5 Elements of Chinese Astrology: Monkey

1932: Water Monkey
1944: Wood Monkey
1956: Fire Monkey
1968: Earth Monkey
1980: Metal Monkey
1992: Water Monkey
2004: Wood Monkey
2016: Fire Monkey
2028: Earth Monkey

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Chinese zodiac illustrations by The Grande Dame.


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