Surrounded as I am these days by an unusually large collection of monkeys made from paper, ceramics and socks, it only seems right to find out what this “Year of the Monkey” will bring. In China the year begins on February 8, so we have a few weeks to prepare.
(BTW, you’re a monkey if you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.)
A friend said that monkeys signify chaos, things running amok. If that’s true, it certainly fits with the times, but I would like to hear something more hopeful.
The website China Highlights says, “Everything points to disaster for Monkeys in this Monkey Year.” Travel China Guide agrees: ” Their overall fortune won’t be smooth in the whole year.” I am relieved not to be a monkey.
But I do want to know what will happen to the rest of us, the roosters, dogs, oxen, tigers, rabbits, sheep, dragons, snakes, rats, horses, goats and pigs. I can’t find anything about 2016 in general. All reports relate to the experience of each animal when interacting with a monkey. So I look up dogs, because my husband and I were born in the Year of the Dog. Telling people you’re a dog is not nearly as exciting or romantic as saying you’re a tiger or dragon, but easier to admit to than being a rat or snake.
What I learn about the relationship between dogs and monkeys in 2016 is not inspiring. We canines are straightforward, loyal and brave and have a strong sense of responsibility. Apparently the “monkey is a smart, wily, irritating and impatient animal… It’s used to take impromptu and immature actions. Dog can provide protection, education and training for Monkey.” Great. Can’t wait till Feb. 8.
There is a bit of good news in this scenario. Dogs contain earth and monkeys contain metal and water (don’t ask me what that means) and “Water in the Monkey stands for money to Dog.” Hmm.