“January 22, 2004 ushers in the Year of the Wood/Green Monkey “Jia Shen”. A Year of Movement, discussion and the exchange of ideas. A year highlighting: Politicians, diplomats, ambassadors, writers, spokesmen, storytellers, orators, salesmen, and confidence games. Welcome to the “Riverboat Gambler” year of the Chinese zodiac – the Irrepressible Monkey.” Courtesy of http://www.chineseastrology.com/wu/monkeyyear.html
“A year of sidestepping problems and clever manipulations, backed by intelligence and guile. Short-lived, transitory projects and the open exchange of ideas filters our emotions through an agile and razor sharp intelligence. Using a great sense of humor (and sarcasm) Monkey years, hold out bright prospects of a fascinating future, rich in the unexpected. A year of “transformations.” A year to give full rein to your imagination, but also be wary of over-optimism, allowing tolerance of the intolerable. Do not let your garden be over-run with weeds (destructive factions could bring trouble if allowed to propagate). Riots, revolutions and the overthrow of rulers, keep everyone on their toes! Monkey years spin everyone’s concept of “normal.” Bluffs, tricks, ruses and deceptions abound during Monkey years; Those who enjoy risk and novelty, thrive; Those who prefer predictability and convention, wince.”
Well, we can but hope for change in this country, but I suspect our little monkey smirky and his friends may have some surprises of their own saved up for the most opportune moments.
“The peak point in a Wood Monkey year is the Springtime, a period of growth and prosperity. The Wood element represents the first 12 years of life, the time of rapid development, idealism and youthful innocence. Wood element years are prime to begin sizable enterprises, expansions and major cooperation’s. Where there is recession, this Monkey year will tend to halt it in it’s tracks. Business should shoot up under this years optimistic and cunning influence. The resourcefulness in solving complex dilemmas should be a pleasant surprise.”
Happy Lunar New Year – we celebrated last night with a wok party with several friends – quite fun, lots of good food. With the new kitchen done, it feels like the house is ready for visitors once again. And perhaps that is helping me feel more up to it as well.
As for my coming year the chinese horoscope has this to say:
The Watchful Dog – The “Vanquishing Vigilante.”
Dogs have a tendency to complicate matters in Monkey years. Years ruled by the Monkey can bring the culmination of family disturbances, accusations, and losing face. The Dogs reputation may be on the line this year, do not act with haste, but carefully deliberate your options. Even though Dogs resent the carefree attitude and lack of perceived scruples during Monkey years, any vigilante-like rushing into chaos, could bring disastrous results. Take a deep breath and let it be…
Sounds like Dean may be a Dog. ;^) As for me, I think I had that year already a couple years ago. I’m ready to just let it be.