1.) This display (see photo) was assembled by the Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas, Nevada. 200 pounds of dark chocolate were used for the tree alone. The monkeys were carved of fondant and milk chocolate. The flowers were made from white chocolate and candied sugar. The coins were made from gold dust and dark chocolate. The year of the monkey began on February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017.
2.) 2016-2017 Year of the Monkey was, in terms of elements, a fire year. The fire monkey gives way, in 2017, to the Year of the Fire Rooster. Fire signs, in Chinese astrology, are considered to be “born leaders. They are decisive and confident. They are also more aggressive and positive than other natives of their particular sign. These individuals love adventure and innovation. They are constantly on the move and they like to explore new horizons. They are true to their element and they usually attract others through their brilliance and warmth. Given to dynamic speech and action, the people ruled by the Fire element will try to dominate others with their originality and clever thinking. They have all the requirements to be winners in life but they must be sympathetic to the views of others before taking action. The more Fire people try to achieve their goals by force, the more they will encounter obstacles. People of this element must keep a check on their emotions. Their ambitions and forcefulness may amplify their selfishness and make them inconsiderate and impatient when they do not get what they want. It would be good for Fire persons to cultivate patience and compassion to curb their impulsive tendencies.” (A)
3.) “Good career choices for [those born in years of the] monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.” (B)
4.) Monkeys are the ninth in the Chinese astrological cycle. The ninth day of the Chinese New Year is the birthday of the Jade Emperor; the Jade Emperor is worshipped as the Supreme being by the Taoists and is considered to be the ruler of both Heaven and Earth. The number nine also sounds like the Chinese word for “long-lasting.” (C)
5.) Those born in a Monkey Year have lucky numbers 3, 7 and 9 and unlucky numbers 2, 5, and 8. (D)
6.) The monkey is a yang sign: it is male, creative, logical, enlightened, dominant and strong. (E)
7.) The next year of the monkey will be 2028. The previous one was 2004.
8.) Lucky colors for monkeys are white, blue, and gold. (F)
9.) Those born in Monkey years should seek Oxes and Rabbits for romantic relationships and avoid Tigers and Pigs. (G)
10.) The lucky charm for Monkeys is the pixiu: “Also called Pi Yao or Bixie, it is a mythical Chinese creature that looks like a lion with wings. It is considered as a powerful hybrid animal that drives away evil spirits and protects people, especially those who practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system that is literally translated as “wind-water.” It aims to make the environment and those living in it become in harmony with each other. Other lucky charms are bracelets, rings or necklaces with a Monkey sign and any of these gemstones: jade, rock crystal, tiger’s eye, rose quartz, amber, aquamarine, citrine or garnet.” (H)
The year of the rooster begins January 28, 2017.
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