August 2 - August 8, 2021
While the nostalgic and reflective month of the Goat and with it the final days of this current personal 12 month lunar cycle will run right through to the end of the week, by the weekend the lines between the past, present and future will start to blur. As the month of the Goat ends this will not only usher in the month of the Monkey but bring one personal 12 month lunar cycle to a close while ushering in the next. Yet while the month of the Goat will run through to Sunday, a Monkey Moon from Monday will start opening the windows to the future even if the doors might not open fully until Monday. By then the job of closing old doors will nearly be complete.
Year of the Ox
Feb 12, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022
The biggest challenge for the Monkey, moving from the fun, playful, romantic and creative Year of the Rat and into the busy and industrious Year of the Ox is not just the shift in focus from the playful to the busy side of life’s fence. The Rat and Monkey belong to the same triad of affinity, one that includes the fiery Dragon as the third wheel. The Monkey, Rat and Dragon are free spirits, passionate, exuberant, creative and spontaneous. This means that the Year of the Rat not only put the focus on matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative but your whole approach to life was through his exuberant and ‘live for the moment’ filter. The Ox, on the other hand, is slow, methodical and pragmatic and this is not just a shift to work and job matters and to the things in life that keep you busy but to a whole new operating system.
Fortunately, there has been a chance to prepare for this, with the busy and industrious month of the Ox underway during the final four weeks of the Year of the Rat. That meant that the final four weeks of the playful Year of the Rat saw the Ox’s influence starting to creep in. Before the Year of the Ox even began life was starting to become busier but because you were still under the influence of the playful Rat, this gave you a chance to prepare for this by taking steps to ensure you have the right balance between work and play. The Ox wants you to hold onto the Rat’s influence and not abandon this completely for his work ethic. For while the Ox will allow you to accomplish much, in order to retain your productivity and creativity you really will need to know when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off.
While the Year of the Ox puts the focus on work and job matters, all things productive and industrious and anything that keeps you busy and occupies your time, the Ox also has its own influence. Of all the 12 signs the Ox is known for its diligence, work ethic, determination and tenacity, doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes in a pragmatic way that is all about taking responsibility. This means that whatever you set your mind to, whether on the job front or tasks and projects in general, you will have a much better chance this year of seeing it through, staying on course and making it happen. The Ox is all about sticking to a task until it is complete, regardless of the personal sacrifice. While the Year of the Rat might appear frivolous in contrast it has been critical in preparing you for this year, allowing you to work with the Ox while maintaining a balance between work and play, which is key to maintaining your creativity.
About the Monkey
Fun, confident, energetic and a free-spirit, the Monkey is well-liked by friends and family. Being cunning and quick-witted, they are highly-capable of formulating original thoughts and ideas. They are fast learners and adapt well to various situations.
Monkeys are generally unconventional and often ignore rules. They can be devious and will sometimes bend the truth to get what they want or to help a friend, albeit within reasonable limits. Monkeys are clever and confident tricksters.
Monkeys are very intelligent and find it easy to influence others. Despite this, you will sometimes get confused and discouraged. But, conversely, you will always be enthusiastic and really go for whatever you want to achieve.
A Monkey often finds it difficult to commit to one person for they are popular with everyone. As vivacious as they are, they are challenged when it comes to displaying charm and affection towards their potential partner. However, once the relationship is established, Monkeys make wonderful partners.
Compatible: Rats & Monkeys