The Monkey in the Year of the Water Tiger 2022

Monkey Pic by @elliespinelli

Who is a Monkey?

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Years:         1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.
Month*:       August
Hour:          15.00-17.00

Day:            you’ll need a Chinese Calendar.

* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Monkey?
The image of the Three Wise Monkeys, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil is a reasonable summary of the qualities of the yang Metal Monkey, a particularly quirky primate. This is typically someone who shrinks from deep involvement. In elemental terms, this often amounts to too much yang Metal. What is meant by yang Metal essentially is precision and hence competition. Often the Monkey is so competitive he dare not enter the race.

As well as competitive, the Monkey is typically charming, loveable, dextrous, logical, quick witted and exact. The balanced Monkey uses these qualities constructively and in the service of his fellow man. The unbalanced Monkey (with say an August birthday in the late afternoon) does not clean up behind himself. He is in short a monkey.

The Monkey is often the most acquisitive as well as the gentlest beast but he is above all, competitive. In the extreme this means warfare. In its milder forms it is the ruthless competition that involves the belief that another’s gain is our loss. This is a (painful) mistake. It’s what leads to steroid abuse in athletics and ballet dancing in the Premiership penalty box. A Water Monkey like Spurs’ Son Heung-Min may learn this lesson early; it’s what makes him focus on goals rather than adulation. Pretty much all Monkeys subscribe to this delusion unless they learn not to through hard experience.

As you’d expect, the Monkey’s pitfall is frivolity. If he can’t win he takes the Mickey. Their natural allies however are the more ponderous Rat and Dragon. This is a pretty heavy-duty grouping, perhaps the most powerful in the Chinese Zodiac. Dominant Rats and egotistical Dragons are not, as a rule a bundle of laughs; the Monkey however often is. And together these three get stuff done; so many big revolutions including those of ideas involve this team. Many years of revolution (1776, 1848, 1944, 1956, 1968 & many more) are Monkey years.

2016 of course, the Year of Trump, M.A.G.A. and Brexit, was a Fire Monkey. As was hapless short-lived British PM Theresa May (born 1956, sixty years earlier) who may well not have entirely taken on the life lessons of the Monkey.

Monkey for sure is Karen Armstrong author of a History of God, founder of the Charter for Compassion and arguably the most important thinker of the 21st Century. This is a Monkey who has learned to speak no evil while seeing much. If you want to understand forgiveness, the heart of all healing, read Armstrong.

The Monkey also tends to understand the mechanical: engines and systems; he is the grease Monkey. He often also understand maths, science and argument and so is suited very often to a career in engineering or the law, also accountancy. Unbalanced, he neglects all of the above. The Monkey month of August spans Leo and Virgo and to see him as a hybrid of Virgo control and Leo passion is not far from the truth.

When the Tiger and the Snake meet the Monkey there is trouble. The Monkey both co-operates with and fights the Snake. The presence of the Tiger pushes this competition over the edge. Keep these three apart. The Monkey must take care to mind her p’s and q’s every February (the month of the Tiger) and every May (the month of the Snake). Also a Tiger Day in the Monkey Month is a day to stay off the roads; both Animals are about assertion and travel and of opposing Elements (yang Wood & yang Metal) and it may be uncomfortably warm.

So that’s the Monkey:  argumentative practical, mischievous and so competitive he can withdraw altogether. But you knew that already didn’t you?

Richard Ashworth © 2022

The Monkey in 2022

Monkey is in the spotlight this year, being at direct opposition to the year’s energy – you’ll need to learn to move not head on, but to navigate the year by tacking, and with care.

There is a feeling of youthful aggression in the air, with the potential for power plays, which if entered into you’ll likely come off worse. So, hold back your mischievousness, and instead pour cool water on such situations – communication is the answer.  You are generally reluctant to open yourself up to communication, preferring playfulness over deep honesty, so see this year as the year to learn new tricks – open communication and getting honest with yourself.

The Tiger brings authority as the ruling energy of the year, and you’ll likely feel it’s all too serious and hierarchical. Better to hold back your playfulness for moments when you know you have sympathetic ears (try a Snake) – this is not the year for making light of situations and/or people, as it may hurt.

Likewise, too much exactitude, and getting caught up in the mechanics of things may bring you to stalemate – the Tiger moves faster than you, and instead of trying to compete in your overly calculated way, hitch a ride to make helpful use of the Tiger’s momentum by finding your voice, opening up, communicating, and taking action – this is a year for getting on with things (but, tacking).

[Monkey through the year]


  • Sap gon luk?
  • Yik ma: lots of movement, change of jobs, home etc. Embrace this if you wish (as it’s typically your MO); if not, travel
  • Yute Duk – Blessings of the Moon / Star of Kindness: feminine moon is your illumination. Know this, and embrace the feminine, to balance all the male youthful energy this year, and you’ll survive disasters unscathed.

Helpful friends: Snake, Rat.

Best months: June, December

Zoë Vita James | Classical Feng Shui & Ba Zi


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