02/08/2016 – 01/27/2017 (Fire)

The Monkey is the ninth Animal sign of the Chinese Zodiac which consists of 12 Animal Signs. People born in the Year of the Monkey can cope with almost any intricacy with a sober mind.  Ambitious and knowledgeable as they are, they can succeed in whatever career they decide to embrace.  They are bright, active, clever, good at competition, and  act quickly according to the situation.  They are highly sociable, good in comprehension, and easily merged with others, but dislike to be controlled by others and prefer fresh things.

The Sign of the Monkey

People born in the Year of the Monkey share certain characteristics:  Imaginative, responsible, humorous, witty, curious, clever and sneaky.  They are full of wit, innovative thinking, good at speaking, and have a strong desire of showing off.  They are very suitable to be actors or promotional traders.  They also have a strong desire in pursuing knowledge, reading books of broad subjects and have a wonderful memory.  They are flexible, creative and have a strong feeling towards their elder members of the family.

Monkey people have strong sense of competition and planning, but always keep this a secret.  They have great talent in seeking wealth, and planning for success.  However, they have their weak points, such as a strong sense of superiority, and egoism, so it is easy for them to become jealous when others achieve something or acquire something they don’t have. They also have a strong sense of self-protection.

One of the character traits of Monkey people  is the firmness.  Though some of them appear to be shy, they are adamant inside. Being ever-victorious, they are never satisfied with what they have had.  They want to have a try at everything and never waste a second in doing their work.  They are talented in imitating and acting.  Always cheerful and energetic,  they go straight toward their life aims with an indomitable spirit.  They never tell their secrets to those who are not their friends, though they speak in a loud voice.

Monkey people like to appreciate, show their wit and bravery, and never conceal their happiness and pride.  When they direct their wisdom into the proper channels, they blaze many new trails and initiate various kinds of inventions.  Moreover, since they are always in high spirits whether they have failed or not, and are determined to manage their business with great perseverance, they achieve marvelous things in the end.

They are fun-loving people who really enjoy a good time with friends, family or anyone else for that matter.  They are very curious  as well.  Some people call them nosy.  Others call them interested.  They love practical jokes and like to play tricks on colleagues or friends alike. They can run circles around other people with ease, and catch on quickly to most anything.  Monkey people generally can accomplish any given task.  They appreciate difficult or challenging work as it stimulates them and makes them think.

Monkey people believe being sick is a waste of time.  They don’t want to spend their days in bed.  They want to experience the flavors of life.  Usually, they are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles.  If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system.

Most of them enjoy the activity offered by the city life rather than the quiet and tranquility offered in a more rural lifestyle.  They crave being in the middle of things, enjoying life from a spectator’s view.  They also enjoy people-watching and can amuse themselves for hours at a time by just watching the people walk by.  They need a view, and their homes are usually filled with windows and picturesque paintings.

Good memory and the ability to adapt are two of their most prized possessions.  And, they are intelligent, so they are able to pick new trades up quickly and easily.  They have the spirit of working in earnest and they are good at managing financial affairs.  They are also able to do all the work in half the time it takes someone else, but will charge you double what someone else would charge.  They generally take occupations in the world of finance, such as banking, stock exchange or accounting.

Monkey people are  full of humor and resources, which makes it easy for them to get what they want.  And, they have some of the characteristics of strategists.  For example, they are always ready to seize any favorable chance to achieve their goals, and before they take action they will carefully plan for strategic changes and decent leeways.  Their talent for managing money matters and their wisdom  are the admiration of people of the other zodiac animals.

Famous Monkey People:  Ashley Judd, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Carrie Fisher, Celine Dion, Chelsea Clinton, Debbie Reynolds,  Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Hall, Lisa Marie Presley, Lucy Lawless, Lucy Liu, Owen Wilson, Peggy Lee, and Rachel Griffiths.

Monkey Years:  02/02/1908 to 01/21/1909 (Earth), 02/20/1920 to 02/07/1921 (Metal), 02/06/1932 to 01/25/1933 (Water), 01/25/1944 to 02/12/1945 (Wood), 02/12/1956 to 01/30/1957 (Fire), 01/29/1968 to 02/16/1969 (Earth), 02/16/1980 to 02/04/1981 (Metal), 02/04/1992 to 01/22/1993 (Water), 01/22/2004 to 02/08/2005 (Wood), 02/08/2016 to 01/27/2017 (Fire).      

The following greeting card  is my painting of a smiling monkey which I did in 2003. The auspicious monkey is loaded with good fortune symbols to wish you a prosperous new year full of joy and happy times.

This painting depicts together the best of feng shui symbols — Wu Lou (Gourd) for health and wellness luck, 6 big gold coins for heaven luck and financial success, immortal peaches for good health and long life, goldfish for abundance, “Ru-Yi” (made of green jade) for power and authority with a meaning of  things going as you wish, and lotus flowers for beauty, purity and perfection.

This happy monkey wishes to bring you all these treasures into your home.


The following images of the Year of the Monkey are prints, 8″ x 11″.






(Spring Liao, 01/27/2008)












(Spring Liao, updated 02/12/2016)




Two weeks before the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, which begins on February 8, 2016,  I visited Hsi-Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, Southern California, for a special Dharma service.  The makings of arrangements and decorations for the Year of the Monkey in the Temple are in good progress.  The following two images show some of the scenes to be getting ready for the New Year celebrations in the Temple.  (01/24/2016)

I visited Hsi-Lai Temple for the Lantern Festival celebration on 02/22/2016.  The following image shows the beautiful display for the Year of the Monkey in the Temple.  (02/24/2016)


(Spring Liao, updated 02/24/2016)