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Get Ready for the Fire Monkey!


The Moon is slipping away into a tiny sliver, and on Monday, the second New Moon after Solstice arrives.

That means to millions, maybe billions, of people, it’s the New Year — the Lunar New Year.

Some people call it Chinese New Year, but in fact, people from many countries in Asia celebrate this New Year.

Goodbye Wood, Hello Fire

This year we transition from the Year of the Wood Goat to the year of the Fire Monkey.

Although it won’t arrive until Monday, I am posting a little early for two reasons. First, as author Narrye Caldwell discusses, the energy of this shift has arrived early.

She writes, “Back in November several friends told me they were sure they already felt the effects of the coming Monkey year. I insisted that this was impossible, that Chinese astrology doesn’t work that way, it was too soon, and there is no such thing as ‘creeping Monkey,’ or ‘shades of the Monkey to come.’

“But the stories of strange and confounding challenges kept coming in—nothing that could be called a crisis, just frustrating annoyances that bordered on the humorous…”

She was reluctantly convinced after she and her friends kept experiencing a relentless series of misplaced items, wardrobe malfunctions (nothing racy, just stuff like being in an important meeting and discovering you are wearing one red and one black sock), leaving for work with the wrong set of keys, etc.

“Around about December,” she writes, “I revised my position and admitted that this departure from the expected course of things was exactly like Monkey qi [energy].

“How like the Monkey to sneak into the party incognito, peer into windows, and play some unexpected tricks on the guests just to get things going and create some fun.”

If that sounds familiar, get ready. This monkey party is just getting started.

Fire Monkey Energy

Narrye explains what we can expect:

There are two significant energetic shifts that will affect everyone this year. The first is that we’re moving into a Fire year after two Wood years.

Wood is growth, enthusiasm, the innocence of youth and the pursuit of a vision. Wood qi is fresh and unformed. It has the drive to break through barriers, but it lacks wisdom and refinement, so can sometimes be unstable and reckless.

Fire qi is the full expression of Wood’s vision. Fire brings forth the rose, lays the paint on the canvas, and gives voice to the song that’s been forming in the depths of your heart.

Fire is intense, passionate, and calls forth our need to connect with one another. In a Fire year, no longer satisfied with the pursuit of our dreams, we now can bring things into actuality. And as we see things manifest, we want to gather with our tribe, raise a glass, and celebrate.

But there is an important caveat with all this:

It’s important to remember that nothing is solid yet and there’s much to be done.

In fact, the danger now is getting so excited by the brilliance of the flame you’ve created, that you forget to tend it properly and it quickly burns out for lack of enduring and consistent fuel.

Fire is erratic and difficult to control. It can flicker precariously, burst into a dangerous conflagration, or settle into a nice steady hearth fire, depending on how it’s managed.

So that’s your first task this year—whatever you’ve created during the last two years, treat it now like precious tinder; protect it and blow on it very gently to nudge it into a nice steady flame; feed it with long burning fuel that will last.

Don’t throw fast burning paper onto it just for the dazzling but short lived burst of heat and flame. Slow and steady now, will get you a more enduring result.

The Fire Monkey is a trickster, intensely energetic, and, as Narrye mentions, a top-notch manifester. I’ll have more to share about it next week, but I come now to my second reason for sharing this early with you.

Reason Two for the Early Bird Fire Monkey Post

I am at Dancing Moon Books and Gifts all day today, and would love to meet with you over the Tarot cards to cook up something delicious for your New Year.

Give them a call at (919) 833-8081 after 11am, if you’d like to set up an hour or a half-hour appointment with me.

And please do bring your smart phone or recording device. People tell me that my readings have a funny way of continuing to unfold and sparkle in new ways long after our actual meeting. Hope to see you soon!

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  • February 5, 2016, 7:02 pm Elena

    Thank you for posting! I was born in 1968 year of the monkey what differentiates monkey from fire monkey etc?
    my birthday is 8/18/68
    Thank you

  • February 6, 2016, 9:08 am Beth

    I am no Chinese astrology scholar, Elena, but my understanding is that the Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, and each year in that cycle relates to an animal sign: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

    In addition, though, there are 5 elements applied to each of these signs. They are Wood, Fire, Metal, Water, and Earth.

    So it takes 60 years to totally complete a cycle (12 x 5).

    1968 was a monkey year, yes, but it was the Earth monkey. This is a Fire Monkey year, which means that it’s a great vibe for you, as a Monkey person; but you don’t get your next Earth Monkey year until 2028!

    I found a chart if you want to check on the various animal/element combinations:

    Thanks for your question!

  • February 7, 2016, 12:01 am Sharon

    According to the charts u provided…..I am a fire monkey and will b turning 60 yrs old this ye. What does that mean for me?

  • February 7, 2016, 9:18 am Beth

    As I mentioned, Sharon, since I am not an astrologer, much less a Chinese astrology scholar, I would suggest you look around the web for an interpretation. Or if you live in a city where you might have an actual practitioner.

    We all get our elemental animal return at age 60, and I am sure it is a watershed time. But I would consult an actual astrologer for the true implications for you.

    Blessings and happiness to you!