THE MONKEY MAN


His physicality

  • The Monkey man is probably the one native of the Chinese duodecimal zodiac with such an unmistakable air of benevolence about him, which becomes even more pronounced with age. In spite of his witty intelligence, people find him innocent, well-disposed, highly approachable. He is mostly recognizable by his angelic smile.
  • There exists certain elegance in this subject’s bearing and movements; it is absolutely natural, inborn, for he abhors nothing more than affectation. He has a nervous, somewhat hopping gait. His body is generally slender but not too long.
  • The Monkey male is by no means an effeminate man as are his Snake and Goat counterparts. However, one cannot help being struck by the softness of his look and the fineness of his features. In fact, his face faithfully reflects his tolerant, sympathetic soul. But as he is an emotional person despite the many indications of his personality to the contrary, this same face swiftly turn pale under the effect of surprise or restrained anger.
  • His forehead is high, surmounted with fair, light, almost mossy hair. He smiles or laughs mostly with his sparkling eyes which, at other moments, exhale astonishment and naivet. He likes to say hello to everyone by puckering up his rounded nose in the manner of rabbits, or winking amusingly.
  • This man shares many health characteristics with the Dragon male. Like his flashy astrological brother, he is subject to insomnia which, if not effectively combated, may become a severe handicap. His sleep tends to deteriorate with the passing of the years, and it is in his interest to learn to make the most of his endless wakeful hours, not by fretting, but by indulging in some useful hobby such as reading, listening to good music, or photographic laboratory work. In any case he seems to need less sleep than the average person.
  • The mechanism of vision is almost always more or less defective in the Monkey man. This sign supplies a good horde of myopes, astigmats, and individuals suffering from eyesight anomalies of one kind or another.
  • But unlike the Dragon, who often fall a victim to hypertension, the Monkey man is liable to hypotension, which, among other things, makes him very sensitive to cold. With his faulty, sluggish circulation, he is exposed, on one hand, to giddiness, migraine, feelings of faintness, sudden losses of consciousness, and on the other hand, to varices, varicose ulcers, hemorrhoids, and even arteriosclerosis. His heart may show signs of irregularity because of the weakness of his blood vessels. In addition, anemia frequently comes to complicate his health condition.
  • This usually soft-spoken and indulgent nature may have sudden fits of anger which are hard to account for and which he will bitterly regret afterwards. Also, it is not impossible for him to display a paranoiac comportment from time to time.
  • Although a careful, conscientious driver, he may cause a traffic accident every now and then during one of his well-known “attention failures,” for he is vulnerable to sudden strokes of absent-mindedness and euphoria.
  • All told, though not endowed with a robust constitution, the typical Monkey man does enjoy relatively good health. If he is prudent enough, he will rarely be compelled to keep his bed. Unfortunately, he often shows himself impardonably oblivious of the practical side of life, neglecting to take care of himself as he should. Is his chronic absent-mindedness responsible for his carelessness?
  • The native must above all secure his vital minimum of sleep, for it is through sleep that he can preserve a good part of his physiological equilibrium. In all logic, he must avoid coffee, tea, tense situations, and in general anything which may jeopardize the smooth functioning of his nervous system.
  • Fatigable because of his shaky cardiovascular apparatus, the Monkey man will find his interest in avoiding to overwork himself. Constant surveillance by a cardiologist is recommended.
  • Boredom being the worst enemy of his well-being, he will need to change activities frequently or, if this is not possible, to pause at short intervals during his work. In any case, it is preferable that he be his own employer.
  • To keep himself fit, he can practice some sport that requires adroitness and mental alertness such as skiing, lawn tennis, table tennis, or fencing. But he is advised against more strenuous sport because of his fatigability.
  • His diet must imperatively be as diversified as possible. This recommendation is of the utmost importance in view not only of his health requirements but also of his inveterate tendency to eat the same things day in and day out – he is always reluctant to devote his time to thinking of changing his menus.
  • Given his pathological predispositions, the Monkey man should regularly eat foods that are rich in phosphor such as fishes and oysters, in magnesium such as dried vegetables, in iron, and in vitamins. All fruits, fresh or dried, can prove most beneficial to him.

His psychology

  • It is never easy to make a good snapshot of the Monkey man’s psychological fabric. The difficulty does not reside in some kind of unpredictability as is the case with the Goat male – he is perfectly foreseeable – but in his innumerable, inextricable paradoxes and contradictions. This is a highly complex personality who, however, displays all appearances of simplicity. While essentially cerebral, moved by his head, he reacts almost exclusively with his heart – whence his incredible incoherence. Photographing the Goat, so to speak, astrologers are confronted with the problem of ever-changing lighting conditions; but when they do the Monkey, a careful dosage of the contrasting colours should be exercised so that neither the lights nor the shades are given undue emphasis.
  • Perhaps this subject’s only characteristic which does not bear an internal contradiction is his extreme independence. Under no circumstance does he accept to forgo his insistence on being his own master. He abhors any limitation on his freedom of thought or action: He must be the wind, or he will die!
  • The Monkey man is one – most probably the only one – who zealously spends his whole existence blasting old customs and outdated ideas as well as battling against retrograde minds. His non-conformism is in all appearance total and uncompromising. Progressive-minded, he acts as if he were born with the mission to being change into the world. Conventional marriage tanks high on the list of his targets as he considers it an old-fashioned institution responsible for many perfectly avoidable evils. But all the while he wants the universe and everyone around him to change, he tends to cling to his own basic attitude – it is perhaps not because of his inability to modify his stands but because of his self-righteousness. Moreover, he seems to hold some respect for his elders. We are putting our finger here on one of his countless inconsistencies, which are quite understandable to us once we have been informed of his incongruousness.
  • This individual’s non-conformism naturally conduces to his originality. He only wants to think and act in his own way, according to his own penchant, completely off beaten tracks of every description. Not vitally concerned with his own image – he could not care less about the opinions of others – he delights in shocking people by his singular manner of speech and outlandish behavior. To many, he appears just plain wacky; to others, his excessive individuality – say, his eccentricity – is a subject of either amusement or irritation. In any case, everyone finds him mystifying because of his exaggerated love of utopia, his unbelievable lack of realism and practicality. On the contrary, the idiosyncrasies of people he meets, however weird they may be, never surprise or trouble him because he takes them completely for granted. However, under the facade of his defying oddity and strangeness, there do exist some familiar shadows. For instance, being very young in spirit, he thinks it is unworthy to worry about money and likes to make fun heartily of penny-pinchers; yet he may from time to time surprise himself in the process of counting and calculating! One thing is certain: One never gets bored in his company.
  • Few people would equal him in intellectual curiosity. Fired with an unquenchable desire for knowledge, he deems everything good to know, including the most unpleasant truths. He is particularly enthusiastic about all things new or unorthodox, refusing to place them under any kind of moral or religious scrutiny – no doubt many heretics burned by the Inquisition were Monkeys. He loves to be the first one to hit upon some idea, to do something, to embark on some practice, even if this may mean that he will get scorched in the process.
  • The Monkey man is aided in his perpetual quest for novelty by his many relevant qualities. He has enough humility to be willing to learn from all those who have something interesting to tell or teach him. His natural ability to be detached and unemotional helps him keep his already sharp mind always open to anything, while his breadth of vision protects him from being a sterile hair-splitter. Last but not least, he has no bias whatsoever against women – one would have difficulty finding a trace of misogyny in this man, who readily bows to females if these have something to interest him with. Unfortunately, there are quite a few shadows scattered throughout the sunlight. For example, the native of the Monkey cannot help putting his nose into the affairs of other people, thereby tightly earning the reputation of being a professional meddler. He cannot either help trying over-explain everything he knows to his fellow men and women, even against their wishes, because he feels that everyone is more or less dumb while the only smart person on earth is he himself. It is impossible for a casual observer to understand why this man, who is a keen student of human behavior and can predict the outcome of actions and situations with outstanding accuracy, can at times display so surprising credulity and naivet.
  • Routine in any form is death to this man as he considers life meaningless without variety and unexpected events. He adores surprises of every kind – a bad surprise is to his eyes even better than no surprise at all – and can adapt himself effortlessly to any situation which may arise. It is why he is constantly on the lookout for new adventures. He could perfectly slam the door against his boss or throw up a good job on the spur of the moment without any regard for possible consequences. Indifferent to riches as well as poverty, he has a passion for gambling; he also likes to put his material security in danger from time to time with a view to forcing himself to struggle of resist the temptation of “bourgeois” well-being. His deliberate, systematic search for new, unforeseen situations stems from his unshakable belief that every experience is good to go through; even the worst tragedies happening to him cannot grieve him much because he looks on them as mere challenges, moreover convinced that misfortune contains seeds of happiness. No wonder why he never feels regret or self-pity; no wonder also why he resolutely turns his back to the past – to him, only tomorrow holds the greatest excitement.
  • What makes this individual a fascinating person is perhaps not his mind but his heart, which is blessed with some rare qualities. Fundamentally good-natured and kind, he is a humanitarian whose energies are directed toward the alleviation of all unhappiness and evil in this wicked world. He believes firmly in the universal brotherhood of man and detests frontiers of any kind. This is a real citizen of the world, at home in any country and at ease with people from every corner of the earth. True to his magnanimous and sociable nature, he accepts people effortlessly, enjoys their company, and is ready to consider everyone his friend, be the latter a king or a tramp, a minister or a pimp. His tolerance is equaled only by his helpfulness. But all such fine qualities can be somewhat altered by his “counter-qualities.” This same soft-hearted native may at one time or another appear strangely distant and indifferent or, worse still, commit injustices and even acts of cruelty. While putting an extremely high value on human contacts, he also extols the virtues of solitude and seclusion. For all his magnanimity, he is not immune from touchiness and vindictiveness.
  • The typical Monkey man considers himself an honest, aboveboard person and can indeed substantiate his claim most of the time. He usually does his own thing without bothering to see whether society approves or not. He hates hypocrisy and underhandedness with every fiber of his being. Yet it would be inaccurate to affirm that he is a model of straightforwardness. First, if he has the ability to confess error, apologize, or accept criticism gracefully, he is not insensitive to flattery and adulation. Second, he has the deceptive habit of agreeing openly with others while rejecting their ideas in secret. Third, he respects law and authority only as far as his personal security requires it, not out of conviction of consideration for the next fellow. Fourth, his conscience is so elastic and can be so easily satisfied that he has few scruples and tends to make the end to justify the means in all cases. Fifth, he delights in fooling everybody and often uses his extraordinary ability to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
  • What is the most likely to endear this character to many people lies in his exceptional capacity to see the funnier side of life. They practically never run the risk of spending dull moments with him. His great sense of humour very seldom fails him, even in adversity or the worst possible circumstances. Always playful and full of fun, he takes nothing seriously, showing a marked tendency toward removing revered things from their pedestals and laughing at his own person, his own defects and misfortunes. He always has a crowd of jokes and amusing anecdotes up his sleeve, which he distributes generously around him wherever he goes. Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to believe him to be a really light-hearted creature. More often than not his playfulness is used, perhaps unconsciously, to cover up his basic pessimism about human nature. It may be relevant to apply this sentence to his case: “I hasten to laugh about everything, for fear of feeling compelled to weep about it” (Beaumarchais).
  • The Monkey man’s most precious characteristic is indisputably his well-developed common sense. Owing to it he almost never risks to stray far from the Golden Mean – it serves as a parapet to prevent him from indulging in excesses of either good or evil.

His productivity

  • The male Monkey ranks among the most talented individuals as far as work capacities are concerned. And when it comes to versatility, he occupies an unchallenged position.
  • This man can succeed wonderfully in any and all professions if he is sufficiently interested in them. Here lies the basic fact about his abilities: They can be catalyzed exclusively by a keen interest, not by profit, glory, or other considerations. Once he has squeezed all the spice out of a given endeavour, he will simply drop it without regret and start to look for excitement elsewhere. It follows that he is definitely not the one to do well in any routine or repetitive job. Also, though he may enjoy group collaboration due to his natural gregariousness, he needs to be given plenty of rope or, better still, to be his own boss: Without the possibility of moving at his own erratic pace or changing professions whenever he feels like it, he would only prove a disheartened and worthless worker.
  • Given his shrewdness and adroitness as well as his love of independence, the average Monkey man is very good as a handyman or craftsman. His creations always bear the mark of both originality and practicality.
  • Although not overambitious, the native often finds himself entrusted with “noble” tasks. People seek him out for his discerning intelligence and the sharpness of his judgement. Gifted for brilliant studies – provided he accept the matters taught him – he sometimes covers himself, almost against his will, with an impressive array of diplomas, which naturally lands him in very high and responsible positions.
  • He is probably the most inventive man beside the Snake. The fields of science and research are therefore wide open to him. He can be a first-rate engineer or technician; he can equally distinguish himself in such disciplines as biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, sociology, or psychology, owing to his passion for theories and his power of vision. As only the future holds real interest to him, it is not rare that he makes himself known as an inventive genius in avant-garde techniques – electronics, space travels, computer science, and so on. Unfortunately, as he always lives ahead of his time, his theories, too revolutionary as they are, rarely fall on receptive ears. He does not care much about it, however, since he gives much more importance to ideas than facts, to projects than realizations. Politics, for this specific reason, should be out of question for him.
  • As already indicated, material gains are not a prime mover in the Monkey man’s life. This observation is nevertheless not meant to mask his undeniable facility for making money, his amazing adroitness in financial deals. It is not impossible for this subject to earn a huge lot of money one day – but only to lose it the next day through gambling or just for the thrill of losing. In general, there is no such queer thing as an entrenched, “bourgeois” Monkey!
  • This man can fruitfully exploit his deep knowledge of human nature and his skill in human contacts in being a troubleshooter. People would be well-advised to appeal to him if they want to settle disputes or conduct negotiations to the satisfaction of all the parties concerned.
  • His unique sense of humour helps him be an exceptionally brilliant satirical writer or, at a more modest level, an extremely popular comic or clown.
  • Despite all their abilities and qualifications, many Monkey men only occupy a marginal place in society as a result of their uncompromising non-conformism and their dogged refusal to work up the ladder. This situation does not bother them in the least, for what really counts for them is that they belong to themselves.

His love behavior

  • It is in the field of love that the Monkey man’s paradoxes and contradictions seem to be the most acute. People could rightfully wonder if he ever knows what he wants here. His love life would be less inextricable and happier if he could adopt a definite attitude instead of eternally wavering back and forth.
  • The root of his sentimental problems lies in his utter incapacity as well as categorical refusal to surrender even a small portion of his independence and personal freedom. On the other hand, his heart, like everybody else’s, craves for love and abhors loneliness. With his exuberant character and gentle disposition, he falls in love very easily; yet it would be surprising to see one of his love affairs marked with a reasonable degree of stability.
  • One of the solutions he usually chooses consists of contenting himself with passing fancies, which, of course, cannot bring him entire satisfaction. He loves sincerely – at least this is what he believes – but will be quick to disengage himself as soon as the object of his love appears to have serious designs on him. It would be unjust to accuse him of fickleness, but his desire to avoid confinement in the institution of marriage is so strong that he treasures bachelorhood as much as he does his own eyesight. Though he can be passionate, his instinct for “self-preservation” rarely fails to intervene in time to cool off his ardor. Consequently, his life is often an endless string of separations and ruptures, which makes him complain bitterly that he never has good luck in love!
  • His second solution seems equally erratic. It involves love affairs with beautiful, glamorous women who should preferably be inaccessible for one reason or another. In this way he can give full rein to his heart and experience a whole range of thrilling emotions without running the risk of being caught. Married women, understandably, are his prized preys. Whether or not he wants to admit it, he wishes with all his forces to suffer from unrequited love!
  • His third solution represents an important compromise he may eventually be willing to conclude with reality. It consists of his settling down, on a basis of friendship and complicity, with a woman who should imperatively be intelligent, fun-loving, and fiercely independent-minded herself. This concession of his must be subordinated to the agreement, whether tacit or explicit, that neither party will ever pose as an obstacle of any sort to the other freedom – both partners must feel absolutely free to indulge in infidelity or walk away whenever the fancy takes them. As a rule this man always prefers free union to conventional marriage!
  • It may not be superfluous to repeat that, to the Monkey-male, there must always exist more friendship than “pure” love in any affair. A girl who projects to capture his heart would find her interest in being to him a companion first and a lover second.
  • There could hardly be anything he resents more than possessiveness. He will not hesitate to drop a girl the very moment she becomes possessive. In the same vein, he loathes the clinging type of woman. He himself believes jealousy is degrading and can remain perfectly unruffled should he be betrayed or when other men ogle his woman.
  • Once committed, he may show himself capable of fidelity as long as his personal freedom is not threatened. Although rarely lavish with sentimental demonstrations, he does care for his mate and give her sufficient proof of his affection and devotion. His kind and understanding disposition could heal many emotional wounds he may have unwittingly inflicted on her. As he has no prejudices against the female sex, she will find no reason to complain about his misogyny.
  • This man has a special predilection for mysterious women. A good way for his mate to retain his interest is never to unveil herself entirely.
  • This is not an authoritarian type of lover. He could not care less if his woman wears the trousers both in the home and in society.
  • His physical appetites are of the moderate variety for the precise reason that sex constitutes only one facet of his mercurial existence. This does not necessarily imply that he is incapable of sensuousness and charming little romantic idiosyncrasies. He enjoys giving pleasure as well as receiving it. Both foreplay and afterplay are as important to him as the copulatory act itself, for he considers sexual intercourse primarily as a game.
  • Despite all his affirmations to the contrary, he only feels lukewarm love for children and never appears enthusiastic about having a large family.
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THE MONKEY WOMAN


Her physicality

  • The Monkey female is well noted for her benevolent look. One can detect no shade of malice or wickedness in those naive eyes, which are sometimes dreamy, sometimes surprised. Many natives of the sign, however, have such a strange expression in their eyes that ill-disposed people may take them for sorceresses.
  • A glowing complexion is often another distinctive trait of the Monkey woman. She gets a tan easily and quickly, even with a tanning lamp, so that she can appear at any period of the year as just back from sunny vacation.
  • Her face represents a graceful oval, highlighted by the fineness of her features. Her cheekbones are high and protruding. One can generally recognize her by her large, smooth forehead, her small but well-shaped mouth, and her relatively short nose. She often wears her hair short because it is seldom abundant.
  • This subject enjoys a slender body which slackens only under exceptionally adverse conditions. Her gait and gestures are brusque and jerky, faithfully reflecting her natural nervousness and profound dissatisfaction with the established order. Her garments are even more indicative of her rebellious temperament – she dresses up in an incredibly eccentric manner and wears barbaric jewels. Nevertheless, there is often a curious air of absent-mindedness about her which has its own undeniable charm.
  • The Monkey female’s general physical condition is rather good. A priori, her health does not give any subject of grave concern. But one cannot help noticing how closely her well-being depends on her psychological equilibrium: When happy, she can show astonishing resilience; but when besieged by worries or deceptions, she invariably falls victim to a variety of miseries, minor and major.
  • She displays a propensity for obscure disorders, which may be only a physiological translation of her nervousness, or more exactly, her drastic refusal to accommodate herself to the existing state of things. As a result, she often suffers from insomnia, colds, fevers, allergies, respiratory troubles, and skin disorders. A homeopath or psychiatrist is likely to be in a better position to treat her than an allopath.
  • She is sometimes liable to problem of motion, hemiplegia, and even total paralysis. While it may prove difficult to diagnose these flails of hers in advance, it is known that they can only result from some kind of injury to one of the motor centers of her brain. Close surveillance by a well-trained, well-equipped specialist is therefore highly recommendable.
  • Just as like her male counterpart, the Monkey woman rarely escapes anemia and circulatory troubles with all their possible consequences – periods of exhaustion, vertigoes, faintness, nosebleeds, among others. Her gums may tend to bleed, and her teeth to work loose. But as a woman she deems her disposition to fatigue less “catastrophic” than varices and swellings in her legs!
  • The most important thing she has to do is to realize and accept the fact that she does not possess an iron health. Once this difficult step has been taken, the task of preserving her physical well-being becomes a rather simple affair.
  • In view of her extreme nervousness, she will have to live at a leisurely pace and avoid all violent emotions. It is in her interest to convince herself that “Rome was not built in one day” and that world revolution is not her exclusive responsibility.
  • She needs a lot of sleep – at least eight hours each day – and should never be careless on this score. Her insomnia can be combated efficaciously with herbs, not with sleeping pills, which would only make her condition worse. Alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and in general all stimulants must be categorically banned.
  • Concerning her hypotension, there is nothing more pernicious than a sedentary mode of living. Clerical work, for instance, definitely does not suit this subject, both psychologically and physically; even hairdressing is detrimental to her as it may compel her to remain in standing position for hours on end every day. On the other hand, it is good for her to know that the best way to get varices or aggravate them is to bask passively in the sun.
  • Her foods must be highly digestible and above all varied, with special emphasis put on those rich in B vitamins such as wheat germs, brewers’ yeast, bean curd and bean sprouts. Her appetite often needs to be stimulated, preferably with mild spices.

Her psychology

  • The Monkey woman is even a worse bundle of contradictions and inconsistencies than the male half of the sign. She has numerous faces, each of them possessing its own counterpart, which can be more, less, or equally perceptible. Some people believe she is elusive and devious; in fact, ambiguity and paradoxicality are the more proper words to apply to her case. One may find her at the same time intelligent and gullible, childlike and blase, malleable and headstrong, generous and mean, magnanimous and petty, subject to sudden impulses and showing extraordinary strength of purpose, devoted to her friends and harsh with her dearest ones, defending ideas of equity and committing injustices, expressing her opinions with courage and absorbing those of others, gentle and having hysterical fits of anger, tender and aggressive, romantic and earthy, methodical and careless, serious-minded and happy-go-lucky, orderly and inclined to anarchy. In sum, there exists in her a perpetual conflict between the mind and the heart: This is an essentially cerebral creature who lets herself be guided exclusively by her sentiments; consequently her ideas are most of the time in flagrant contradiction with her deeds. Her greatest problem in life, it seems, should consist of striking a good balance between her intellectual requirements and her affectivity – of becoming neither too emotional nor too cerebral. There is no doubt she has the potential of achieving success in this direction, thereby coming to be a most remarkable and charming individual.
  • The Monkey woman voluntarily poses as an all-out insurgent. Always engrossed in reform ideas of every description, she takes part with gusto in protests of every kind. Unconventional in thought and manner, she delights in blasting all forms of conformism, sometimes going as far as advocating or practicing abortion. Because many people, annoyed by her various crusades, view her as an object of spite, a light touch of persecution complex can easily be detected in her. For all her provocative nonconformism, she does show some inclination toward looking up to really worthy people and respecting their viewpoints.
  • To this female, the past is definitely past, and there is no point in crying over spilt milk or regretting golden days. Even the present interests her only moderately. The future alone can hold thrill for her. It is why she feels an insatiable thirst for change and novelty, an unfailing love of inventions and discoveries. She gets tired of everything once she has drawn all the fun and excitement from it.
  • Her originality moves in the superlative more often than that of her male counterpart. It easily becomes eccentricity and craziness, at least in the eyes of the common run of people. She does things the way it pleases her, never bothering about how others may react to it or do them. “Feminity” does not mean much to her as she deliberately chooses to think, talk, and act like a typical man; besides, she seems to be hardly conscious of the differences between men and women, probably because she values others in terms of their intellectual capacities, not of their sex. A relentless individualist, she loves to shock people out of their countenance.
  • There is no question of doubting the Monkey female’s intellectual acumen. She has nothing to envy the finest men on this score. Graced with outstanding powers of observation and discrimination, she is able to solve the most difficult problems with amazing ease; she also proves an excellent judge of human nature, imbued as she is with a great deal of common sense. She can visualize the future so far ahead that her ideas often seem utterly incongruous at the time she conceives them; but they generally turn out to be quite relevant. A curious mind and a voracious reader, she knows how to ask intelligent questions and appreciate things at their true value.
  • Usually, she is very tolerant of other people’s ideas, giving everyone his chances to expose his views. She can be wonderfully detached regarding criticisms and cheerfully willing to acknowledge her shortcomings. Yet, it is not quite easy for her to alter her opinions – having the courage of her convictions, she will not budge an inch when she believes she is right. In any case, she can never abide stupidity in those around her – she does not mind being involved with all kinds of people, but not with fools.
  • Exactly like her astrological brother, she believes firmly in the possibility of a better world, in man’s capacity for improvement. An idealist out to ameliorate mankind’s lot, she sometimes works with a real missionary’s zeal. Her fighting optimism helps her cope effectively with most difficulties and disappointments.
  • If the Monkey woman’s unorthodox comportment earns her quite a few enemies, her gregariousness, friendliness, and generosity favorably dispose many people. She is interested in everybody, finding in him a unique occasion to study the human heart and savor its delicacies. She has no prejudice whatsoever in her choice of friends – she chooses her friends from every calling and walk of life. People find her a congenial companion whose conversation is delightful and stimulating. Her loyalty can perfectly resist the test of time and circumstances – she believes in helping friends in trouble to the utmost limits of her capacity. Friendship is indeed one of the rare things in life on which she places a high value. And she is tireless in promoting the high ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood.
  • One would have reason to reproach her for her extendible conscience. To her, all means to an end is good: She tends to merrily circumvent existing laws and morals and get away with it.
  • Lastly, she is generally uneasy expressing her innermost emotions, thus appearing to be detached and aloof. But those who know her well can be fully aware of the depth of her feelings and the sensitiveness of her heart.

Her productivity

  • The Monkey woman’s claims to equality with men are corroborated not only by her intellectual abilities but also by her capacities in the realm of work. She can do all the jobs suitable for the male of this sign well as he does, sometimes even better owing to her stronger motivation. In fact, there are few fields in which she would not be successful. But the first and foremost condition of her success remains always the same – her interest – material gains and social status having practically no special appeal to her.
  • The native usually gives the best of herself in such activities as enable her to defend a cause she feels just, preferably a revolutionary one. An ardent feminist who always seeks the front line, she militates efficaciously for the recognition of women’s dignity and rights. This is also a dedicated trade unionist much appreciated by her comrades. One can find her in any organization concerned with the defense of the oppressed and the underprivileged. Her courage forces the admiration her friends and adversaries alike.
  • Curious of human beings, she can excel in professions that afford her numerous contacts with other people – as a public relations officer or a travel agent, for instance – or that give her an opportunity to scrutinize human nature – as a psychologist or social worker. As a rule she considers herself lucky through all occupations having to do with human factors.
  • Often shrewd and sly in money matters, she feels much at ease in banking and all forms of financial manipulation. She may also be fortunate in the many fields of entertainment owing to her deep knowledge of human behavior and her superb sense of humor.
  • Two general remarks should be made here about this subject’s work behavior. First, a number of jobs are definitely unsuitable for her: They are those which would curb her personal freedom and thwart her initiative. She means to organize her work completely as she pleases, according to her own ideas – or whims. Only under this specific condition can she show all her worth.
  • Second, if she works to earn her living, it is only a concession she makes to reality. Actually, she would like to be able to separate work with all idea of material profit, thus having the choice to work for pleasure or not to work at all. It should not be forgotten that her most cherished ambition is to preserve her time to live, to enjoy the unexpected to the full, and to be free from all forms of slavery. No wonder why many Monkey females come to swell the ranks of drop-outs, hippies, tramps, and enthusiasts of community living.

Her love behavior

  • Isn’t it strange for a female like the Monkey woman, who is so provokingly cerebral and so suspicious of everything involving emotions, to be so romantic-minded when it comes to love? Her behavior would become perfectly comprehensible should one realize that incongruity and contradiction are the hallmark of her entire life.
  • The native of the Monkey sign, like any “bourgeois” adolescent, dreams of marvelous love affairs, regardless of her age or the condition she may find herself in. Always in quest of her prince charming, she avidly reads matrimonial advertisements in newspapers and stays vigilantly on the lookout for good opportunities.
  • The kind of prince charming she is after should be a man whom she can admire unreservedly – a great artist, great thinker, great scientist, great statesman, great military man, or the like. Of course, she is much more often disappointed than satisfied in her quest.
  • Not rarely does her deception come only after she has got deeply involved with a man whom she had believed to be an ideal choice. The disillusionment then renders her unpleasant, harsh, even spiteful with her mate: She behaves as though it were he, not her lack of realism and discernment, who is responsible for her misfortune.
  • At the courtship stage in this woman’s love the part of romanticism appears surprisingly important. She delights in drawn-out relationships, a certain kind of “intellectual” coquetry, flirtations on the telephone, passionate exchanges of letters, and the like. Perhaps her elaborate gimmicks spring from her need to prove to herself that she is irresistible to men, and this need itself stems from her obscure doubt about her appeal as a woman.
  • But in love as in all other areas of her life, inconsistency is the general rule rather than an exception. She may be quite sweet and sentimental with her mate and then become her aggressive self again, allow her dreams to take second place to his and then let loose her provocative feminism, choose to stay with the man she no longer loves, remarry the one she dropped by sometime ago, extol the virtue of loyalty and at the same time indulging in infidelities or condoning her husband’s unfaithfulness, insist on absolute candor while not detesting ambiguous relationships. One may indefinitely enumerate her contradictions, which she finds perfectly normal since they are the very texture of her character.
  • The men involved with the Monkey female would be well advised not to lose sight of her cerebralism despite her more or less extended fits of romanticism and self-abandonment. She is never quite convinced she is in love, even when she is head over heels interested in a male. On the other hand, this is not a woman overflowing with sensuality and eroticism – she tends toward excessive impersonality and a lack of emotional warmth and responsiveness. In sum, she is the exact opposite of her Goat sister.
  • The Monkey woman’s cerebralism is most apparent in her insistence on the part of friendship in love. To her, true love must begin with friendship. She expects more friendship than love from her lovers throughout all her involvement with them. Whatever the cause for separation, she always wants to remain a friend to her former mates. “Pure” love is in her eyes either a fiction or a monstrosity.
  • What, specifically, is her sexual behavior? First of all, she is a bit too matter-of-fact, to the point of being able to draw a clear line between love and sex as well as between love and marriage. Second, sex does not make sense to her if its way has not been paved with intellectual satisfactions. Third, she does not surrender herself until the man she loves gives sufficient proof that she is really desirable. Lastly, her approach to lovemaking is complicated and perhaps lacking in naturalness and spontaneity.
  • This woman, who views marriage as a necessary evil, is understandably callous about it. But she can be purely and perfectly faithful to one man if she chooses to and if she is sure she is not missing anything. It would need a miracle, however, to induce her to make her man the center of her life. Unless he is broad-minded enough, her husband may find cause for jealousy as she has so many friends of the opposite sex – in fact, of either sex – and gets involved in so many outside activities: He simply could not shut her away for himself.
  • However romantic her love for a man might be initially, she is certain to change rather abruptly around her menopause: The lover in her irrevocably fades away to leave room exclusively to the friend. But this new friend she is from now on has a new trait in addition to the old ones – she tends to become so garrulous and loquacious that her husband would need Job’s patience to bear her.
  • The Monkey woman never displays much enthusiasm for having children. Nevertheless, few women would be better mothers than she is. Believing in the natural goodness of man, she shows herself tolerant, understanding, and reasonable, giving her offspring the possibility to develop as free and responsible individuals. Here as elsewhere, she lays emphasis on friendship.

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Monkey are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL MONKEY 1920 AND 1980

The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigor and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. Persuasive and passionate, this Monkey is a warm person. He is successful due to his innate determination and ambitious nature. He works hard to climb the ladder of success and prefers to work alone. They are loyal employees, always prepared and tactful with answers and upper management. In love these Monkeys are just as loyal as well as loving and affectionate.

THE WATER MONKEY 1932 AND 1992

Water gives this Monkey sensitivity. He is easily hurt by the words or actions of others. For protection, these Monkeys usually wear a game face, preferring not to share their emotions or feelings with others. If they play their cards right and pay attention they can be quite successful. However, if they become distracted, these Monkeys can become consumed with gossip or meddlesome activities. The Water Monkey expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

WOOD MONKEY 1944 AND 2004

Wood Monkeys are sharp, witty individuals. They are practical and sharp and possess a general knowledge of how things work. They have a knack for communicating with others and excel in languages and information technology. These Monkeys can deal with all types of people with ease and grace. They work hard and apply their practicality to their work. Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in the dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.

THE FIRE MONKEY 1956 AND 2016

Fire gives the Monkey extra determination. It gives him stamina and strength and durability. These people want the upper hand at all times, even in relationships. These Monkeys can also be fickle when choosing a partner, but once they do, their partners will fall fast in live with them. They will continue their climb to the top of the ladder until they get there and are generally well-liked among co-workers and friends. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

THE EARTH MONKEY 1908 AND 1968

These Monkeys are pretty by-the-book. They are diligent, motivated individuals, honest and trustworthy. They are calm and collected, genuinely concerned for the betterment of others. They are serious about their occupations and their friendships and are more dependable than most. Earth Monkeys devote themselves completely to causes and people they love and believe in. They don’t have much of an ego because they are such genuine human beings. They demand respect and can pitch a fit if not shown what they believe they deserve.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions. 

 

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