Chinese Zodiac: The Monkey

The Monkey is the ninth animal on the Chinese zodiac wheel. Representing intelligence, curiosity, and versatility, Monkeys are known for their lively and mischievous nature. 

They’re very eccentric!

In Chinese mythology, the Monkey King Sun Wukong is a trickster god who can shapeshift into 72 different animals and objects. Those born under the Monkey sign tend to get along with everyone, but they also have the massive ability to conceal their true thoughts or nature.  This can sometimes make them seem sneaky or manipulative and, like the myth, we’re not always clear on the Monkey’s true intention or ‘face.’ 

Monkeys are clever and confident. They know their intelligence, and have a natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge. They’re excellent problem solvers (as well as trouble-makers)!

They think outside the box, preferring innovation over convention. The Monkey’s keen observation skills means they can analyse situations swiftly, and make their move before anyone else. Excellent communicators, Monkeys can express themselves clearly and convincingly. 

However, Monkeys get restless when they’re not enjoying themselves. Easily bored, they become impulsive or scatterbrained. Monkeys can also be cunning, and manoeuvre situations in their favour. They do have a selfish streak, and can be jealous of other people’s success.

Monkeys are highly creative, and versatility is a key trait. They’re quick learners, and highly capable. Usually, Monkeys have mastered a range of talents and skills, from the artistic to the industrious to the analytical. 

Importantly, they’re unafraid. Monkeys are willing to explore all sorts of paths until they find the one they like the best. It’s this versatility that gives Monkeys an advantage over many of the other signs – they hold their cards close while they get on with their plan. They’re rarely forthcoming about what they want to do next.

Of course, Monkeys are naturally playful and mischievous. They enjoy making us laugh with pranks, word play, and observations. They’re always up for trying something new, and thrive on excitement and stimulation. 

Monkeys keep us on our toes!

Are you a Monkey?

Years of the Monkey: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Tap into: enthusiasm, skills and tactics, responsibility, play, healthy mischief, flexibility, versatility, bravery, confidence, capability

Watch out for: jealousy, manipulation, deceit, dishonesty, arrogance, mean-spiritedness, selfishness, suspicion, exploitation

Famous Monkeys: Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig, Justin Timberlake

Polly is a practicing witch who primarily works with Persephone, Brigid and the Cailleach. She's the High Priestess expert on seasonal Australian practice and archetypal symbolism, and is a teacher at Witch School.