Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Monkey

Monkey and Chinese character
12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

The Chinese zodiac sign monkey is the ninth sign of the 12 animal zodiac signs. It's not just a random choice that the animal monkey and the zodiac monkey share the same traits.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Monkey

Here are some of the birth date ranges for the Chinese zodiac sign monkey including which element applies according to the birth date.

  • Metal Monkey: February 20, 1920 to February 1921 or February 16, 1980 to February 4, 1981
  • Water Monkey: February 6, 1932 to January 25, 1933 or February 4, 1992 to January 22, 1993
  • Wood Monkey: January 25, 1944 to February 12, 1945 or January 22, 2004 to February 8, 2005
  • Fire Monkey: February 12, 1956 to January 30, 1957 or February 8, 2016 - 27 January 2017
  • Earth Monkey: January 30, 1968 to February 16, 1969

Monkey Profile

The monkey is a playful soul who enjoys entertaining the crowds. Among his many skills are several social ones that can help him succeed in life. The first skill in this set is the ability to charm anyone into agreeing to almost anything. When this art of persuasion is combined with the monkey's natural wit, he quickly becomes the life of any social event.

Not All Fun and Games

While monkeys enjoy a good joke or a great party, they can also be quite serious when the occasion arises, such as during an important business deal. They also tend to enjoy sports because these activities allow them to exercise their innate competitive nature. The monkey's opponents are familiar with his relentless drive to succeed, while his friends might never see that side of him.


The monkey is a planner who spends a great deal of time mentally assessing his situation and any sudden circumstances in which he finds himself. He has the uncanny ability to assess people he just met and does so with astounding accuracy. This gift enables him to excel in business and other situations where he must out maneuver his competition.

Natural Born Gambler

The monkey is a risk-taker of the first degree. Nothing scares him away. In fact, the bigger the stakes, the more excited he is to make the bet. However, he isn't a careless gambler. Thanks to that analytical mind of his, he clearly weighs the odds and balances the outcome so that any gamble he makes is certain to come out in his favor.

Romantic at Heart

It's true that when it comes to love, the monkey often has his head in the clouds and only sees what he wants to see in his beloved. He will wine and dine his lover and enjoy social outings such as parties and culturally rich events such as the theater, art shows and symphonies. He can turn on a dime and have just as much fun at a rock concert. His tastes are wide and varied. While he can entertain his lover for hours on end, his beloved may find it difficult to entertain him. This isn't his lover's fault; he's just a difficult act to follow. He's also a bit of a flirt, and most lovers won't be very understanding when he declares that it's all in good fun. He needs to consider his lover's feelings before he does something careless that could ruin the relationship.

The monkey can make a good and devoted spouse, but the person he commits to must be his equal. If that partner can do a few things better than he can, the monkey will remain more interested in the relationship.


It's true, the monkey has been known to create a little drama when he becomes bored. It's just his nature. It's like a fish needing water to swim. If he doesn't have enough excitement in his life, he'll find it. The Chinese word for monkey is Hou, which means imagination, and this sign has boatloads of creative talent. The real challenge the monkey must face is finding enough new projects to keep him occupied. Boredom can be a never-ending threat, and it's his fear of running out of new things to try that drives him to the next adventure.

Elements Play an Important Role

In the Chinese culture, there are five major elements that also rule the zodiac signs as well as the philosophy of feng shui. Here's how the element associated with each monkey's birth date affects him.

  • Water: This the sensitive element. Water makes these monkeys vulnerable to what other people say and do. They take everything very personally; they agonize over things they've said and worry that someone may have taken it the wrong way. As long as they don't let other people's agendas derail them, they can go far in their chosen careers.
  • Wood: A wood monkey is sturdy like a tree. He is a practical person who understands how social and business systems work. He has excellent communication skills and is drawn to careers where he channels information, such as a teacher or news reporter.
  • Fire: The fire element stokes the monkey's determination and endows him with great stamina to endure whichever challenges he faces in order to reach his goal. He's very career-oriented. Unfortunately, fire can also make him overly passionate and unreliable as a faithful lover.
  • Metal: The metal monkey is a natural actor and has a smooth way about him that is very persuasive. He has a respect for those who've gone before him, but he prefers doing things his way. He's loyal to those who treat him well, and he responds favorably to praise. In fact, he enjoys the spotlight and being the center of attention.
  • Earth: This element brings stability to the monkey sign by endowing him with a calmer nature. That doesn't mean he's docile by any means, but he's more reliable than monkeys of the other elements. He sets roots and thrives in the right environment. His ego isn't as large because he's grounded, literally.

Clearly, the element associated with the Chinese zodiac sign monkey can enhance or detract from this sign's natural traits.

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