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2016 will be the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Monkey will start from Feb. 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year) and last to Jan. 27,2017. Chinese: 猴 hóu.

Years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968,1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.
From the web site:  http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/monkey.htm
The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

Lucky Signs for Monkey:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west

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Monkey Totem Animal Wisdom by Jeannie Vos

~ Intelligence, wisdom

~ Curiosity, observation

~ Communication

~ Insight, problem solving

~ Ingenuity, adaptibility

~ Integrity

~ Enhanced social skills

Monkeys played a significant role in ancient Egyptian religion dating back as far as the fourth millennium BC. Monkeys are highly intelligent with the ability to learn and mimic human characteristics. Monkeys and apes both resemble humans more closely than any other animals and for this reasons, the Egyptians thought that monkeys (and also baboons) were important forms into which the gods could be transformed. The god Thoth (or Hermes) was often depicted with a monkey or baboon head. Thoth was a messenger and great scholar. He was the diety of wisdom, learning and writing, thus the monkey became known as an Egyptian symbol of higher learning.

Monkeys are curious animals who are very interested the world around them. They often perch high in the trees, watching other animals and their territory from above. They closely study habits of other animals and copy their movements and actions. If monkey is your totem you are skilled in the art of observation.

Monkeys are very animated; they use a varied range of vocalizations, facial expressions and body language to communicate. Monkey shares with us his knowledge of using distinctive mannerisms to get your message across. When monkey totem appears as a messenger totem, he brings notification to be less subtle and more precise in communication with others. With Monkey is your birth totem, you have the innate ability to be very clear and concise through your actions, words and body language when communicating with others.

Monkeys move effortlessly and gracefully through their habitat. They are agile, limber and have clawed hands and feet, which allows fast climbing and jumping speed as they move from tree to tree. As they move through their habitat, they often stop to observe and take in their surroundings, paying close attention all that is going on. Monkeys also have keen eyesight, which helps them maneuver safely through the treetops and branches. Lastly, while moving in all directions, up, down, forward, backwards and sideways, they gain the advantage of seeing things from many different angles. For those with monkey as a totem, you have the ability to fully assess a situation by looking at it from all angles and you are able to easily see the big picture. Monkey shares with you qualities of insight and problem solving, making quick achievement of goals one of your strong points. You are also skilled at knowing where you have been and learning from the past as you move ahead toward life goals.

Monkeys are very ingenuitive and clever. They are very skilled in making tools to aid them in performing day-to-day tasks. They use tools to dig, use sticks to draw insects out of rotted wood and probe into tree holes or between rocks, and they use rocks to crack open seeds. When Monkey totem comes to you as a messenger, he is letting you know there may be an easier way to accomplish what you are trying to do. With Monkey is your birth totem, you have the ability to find ingenuitive ways to complete tasks, coming up with ingenuitive ways to work.

Monkeys share with us lessons of virtuous living. The qualities of monkey medicine have been instillled in proverbial teachings through the old adage, “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil” This proverb is portrayed as three monkeys covering their eyes, ears and mouth; these are reminders to us not to listen to or speak rumors, not to be quick to judge the things we see, as all things are not always how they seem on the surface. If monkey is your totem, you have the ability to easily practice a life of integrity and high morals. Monkey medicine also helps us to be disciplined enough to avoid negative situations.

Monkeys are community-based and strive to get along well with their family members. The numbers in their groups vary from small family groups to larger troops of monkies. Female monkeys spend a great deal of their time with their young and are very nurturing. Monkeys also spend a great deal of time grooming each other. If monkey is your totem you usually tend to get along well with others; but if you are having problems in this area, use of meditation and attuning to monkey totem medicine will assist you.
Totem Meditation:

Animals often reveal themselves to us through meditation (and also through dreams). Meditation with your totem animal can help you connect with and receive valuable messages regarding your past, present and future and/or to understand how their symbology relates to you. Begin your session by setting your intention for working with your totem. Stating silently to yourself a phrase about the purpose of your meditation, for example “I am now ready to recieve lessons about monkey medicine,” or use a phrase you feel most comfortable with, be creative and try different ones!

I recommend keeping a journal for at least a month’s time (for each of your animal totems). Record all info you get during your totem meditation, this can include signs, symbols, numbers, colors, feelings, words, visions, etc. In addition, if you have dreams about your totem, add any details you can remember to your totem journal.

To honor your totem during meditation, place pictures, statues or anything that reminds you of your totem near your meditation sacred space.

For monkey totem the base chakra is an important feature of their medicine and is associated with our physical life (day-to-day life, home, job). As a tool to enhance your meditation, use of a base chakra gem would be beneficial. A gem such as red jasper, smokey quartz, carnelian or any gem/crystal that is red colored to represent the color for the base chakra. The throat chakra, which represents aspects of communication is an important feature to monkey medicine. Use of turquoise, blue lace agate, sodalite are a few gemstones that represent the blue color of the throat chakra.

Copy Right – January 2016

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